Teachers of private colleges seek CM's help
Rawalpindi, Sep 19: Teachers of different private colleges have appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to intervene into the matter of their salaries, as they were underpaid as compared to fee structures of students.
A number of teachers imparting education to students in different private colleges, said that the college administrations raise the fee structure as per their requirements, however the salaries of the teachers have never been increased.
They also claimed that private colleges do not follow any specific code of conduct and were applying their own rules and regulations in the campuses. Muahmmed Zahid, a private college lecturer said that he is working as lecturer at a meagre salary for the last two years. He said that the college administration had time and again raised the fee structures of the students, but the salaries of the teachers have never been raised.
On the other hand the female lecturers claimed that the college administrations adopt a discriminatory attitude towards them as far as matter of salaries was concerned. Huma Hayyat, a lecturer in the private college said, "There is a huge difference between the salaries of male and female staff."
According to the sources of a private college administration, the information and the salaries of the staff mentioned in the record of the district officer (colleges) is much better and none of the lecturer's salary is less than Rs15,000 in that record. But in reality the lecturers are getting around Rs5,000 to Rs7,000 per month only.
Hamid Nawaz, the owner of a private college situated at 6th Road said, "It is totally wrong that we gave wrong information regarding salaries in the record of the district officer (colleges). We are giving salaries to the teachers according to their qualification and expertise."
District Officer (Colleges) Ulfat Mehmood Janjua said, "Private colleges provide us fake information in different aspects." He said that only a limited number of colleges in the Rawalpindi division are following the set code of conduct and as for as the matter of salaries is concerned, the salaries they showed in the college records was much higher as compared to the payments made to the lecturers.
When asked what sort of action the district officer colleges can take to rectify the situation, Ulfat Mehmood Janjua said, "We are helpless to take action against them, as they use their political sources."Your Comments
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Principal-teachers row all time high
Rawalpindi: The row between the principal and the teaching as well as non-teaching staff of the Divisional Public School and College (DPSC), Rawalpindi, has further aggravated, putting the future of 1,730 students at stake.
Chairman of the executive committee, head of junior section, 16 low cadre staffers and as many as 50 teachers have threatened to resign against, what they alleged, misconduct, abusive and threatening attitude of Principal Dr. Muhammad Ubaidullah. Around 90 per cent female teachers and 10 per cent male teachers are teaching in the DPSC being run under the administrative control of the commissioner, Rawalpindi.
Principal Divisional Public School and College (DPSC) Dr Muhammad Ubaidullah said that all teaching and non-teaching staff members are against him because he wants better performance from them. He claims that he showed better results and the number of students also increased in the institution. He said that he did not use abusive language against any teaching or non-teaching staff, adding, "I feel suffocation upon seeing indiscipline."
The situation is directly affecting the students, many parents complained. The principal is illegally occupying the seat as his tenure has already expired on January 5, 2009. The city district government had not extended his term nor issued any new contract to the principal to continue his job, sources said.
Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Captain (r) Zahid Saeed, who is also the chairman Board of Governors (BoG) of the DPSC confirmed that the tenure of the principal had ended some 8 months ago. He said that the BoG is scheduled to meet on July 18, but due to official work they cancelled the meeting. Now BoG has decided to hold the meeting after Eid in which it would be decided whether the principal would continue working or not, he said. He said that unrest in the institution could not be tolerated adding that the management would do whatever is in the interest of students.
Life Time BoG member and adviser to Chief Minister Punjab Saeed Mehdi admitted the fact that he received many complaints against the principal. He said that several parents also complained that he used vulgar language against them. "They were busy in the holy month of Ramazan. The BoG meeting would be held just after Eidul Fitr and they would decide whether he would continue or not," he said.
PML-N MPA Raja Muhammad Hanif said that some people are blaming him for backing the principal, which is wrong. "We want to appoint a better person in place of Dr Muhammad Ubaidullah in the school in the best interest of students," he said adding that several teachers complained to him against the principal for his misconduct and abusive language. He said that the management should take action against him and appoint a better person for the sake of students, he added.
DPSC Executive Committee Chairman Aziz Ahmed Hashmi said that he would tender his resignation in a few days, saying that he could not accept such intolerable attitude of the principal against teachers and staff members. "All teaching and non-teaching staff members are ready to resign because of the abusive language of the principal," he added.
"The principal blackmails teachers by appointing them on ad hoc basis for three months to keep them under the thumb." He said teaching and non-teaching staff members have complained against him. "I wrote many letters to the principal to get his stance but he never bothered to respond," Hashmi said.
One of the former section heads of DPSC on condition of anonymity said that the principal had terminated her services without any reason and without any notice, while she was regular in her service for the last 10 years. "The only mistake I committed was that I refused to accept his unbecoming conduct," she said, adding that she visited members of the Board of Governors as well as the commissioner but nobody showed any sympathy to her.
Junior Section Head (DPSC) Nilofer Jaffery said that all her staff members have threatened to resign. "Right from a peon to a section head are concerned about their job security," she said adding that the principal threatens her to cover up all his wrongdoings, "which I could not." She added that children start weeping after the principal frequently uses abusive language against teachers in classrooms. The principal also issues warning letters to teachers on petty issues, she said.
DPSC Bursar (finance in-charge) Tanvir Ali expressed his deep apprehensions over the worst ever atmosphere in the school. "All the non-teaching staff is frustrated and many of them are ready to resign because they could not afford Rs1,000 deduction in their monthly salaries as a punishment." He said that several letters were sent to the higher authorities, but no positive steps were taken so far.
The parents in exasperation said that they were not bothered about who is right and who is wrong. What genuinely concerns them is the future of their children, which is at stake. They expressed deep disappointment over the fact that it is quite some time that the row between the staff and the principal is going on but no care seems to be worried and no one in authority has taken any action in this ugly episode. The news
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USAID delegation calls on NAVTEC chief
Islamabad: A four-member USAID team called on Chairman National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) Adnan A Khawaja at his office in Prime Minister's Secretariat here on Friday.
During the meeting, the USAID team offered their cooperation in various areas including establishment of 'National Qualifications Framework Structure' for assuring quality training.
Outlining the salient features of National Skills Strategy, the Executive Director NAVTEC Muhammad Athar Tahir informed the delegation that it was formulated after one and a half year of intensive and sheer hard work of studying international TVET systems and in consultation with all the stakeholders and the concerned international donors and experts.
He further said that to have first-hand knowledge of the skilled workforce demands of the industrial sector and industry, advisory groups have been formed.
As the most of the skilled workers have to be absorbed in private industrial concerns, private sector have been given heavy representation in NAVTEC board. The nation
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IIU observes 27th Ramazan as Pakistan Day
Islamabad: The International Islamic University here on Friday celebrated 27th of Ramazan, as Pakistan Day. Two separate ceremonies were held at the male and female campuses.
Speaking on the occasion IIU Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik paid rich tributes to Pakistan Movement leaders.
He said Pakistan was established to safeguard religious, political, economic and social interests of the Muslims of sub-continent. He urged new generation of Pakistan to revisit Pakistan Movement leaders' lives.
Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, president of the university recounted sacrifices made by the Muslims of the sub-continent for creation of Pakistan. He called upon reshaping collective lives in line with spirit of the Pakistan Movement.
Parveen Qadir Agha, Vice President of the University, Prof Abdul Jabbar Shakir, Director Seerah Study Centre of the University, Prof. Zia-ul-Haq, Chairman Department of Shariah and Law of the University, Prof. Quaiserah M. Alavi and a number of other speakers also highlighted salient features of the Pakistan Movement, says a press release.
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Students share Eid joys with kids of SOS Village
Rawalpindi: The students of the City School's junior branch in Harley Street showed a lot of enthusiasm in contributing towards charity collection for the less fortunate children of the society on Friday.
In order to gain blessings of Allah, during the month of Ramazan and to share the joys of Eid with children of SOS village Rawalpindi, the student collected food items for them which included juice packs, sweets, cold drinks an biscuits etc. These food items were handed over as the Eid gifts to the representative of the SOS Children Village, Rawalpindi, who were invited to the school for collection of the charity.
Headmistress Samina Raja said that on the occasion of Eid we should also remember our counterparts who are less fortunate and we should try to contribute some on our part to make them happy on Eid. "Through this kind of activity, the school endeavoured to inculcate the sense of sharing and caring in children which will help them in future to become an effective and helpful member of the society," she said.
The students who contributed for the cause were awarded with the appreciation letters by the school management for their encouragement.
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Pirated copies of Jaswant book confiscated
Islamabad: The FIA conducted simultaneous raids on five bookshops identified as stocking and selling pirated version of Jaswant Singh's book 'Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence'. The FIA team was able to recover around 150 pirated copies.
The owners of these bookshops have been arrested and an FIR has been registered against them for violating the Copyright Laws of Pakistan. The FIA carried out the raids in response to a complaint lodged against the accused by the Oxford University Press of Pakistan. The news
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