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Nowshera teachers demand govt fill vacant positions
« on: November 27, 2017, 01:17:34 PM »
Nowshera teachers demand govt fill vacant positions
PESHAWAR:27 November: A group of teachers have demanded that the provincial government appoint physical education teachers on posts which have been lying vacant for the past four years.
Should the government fail to fulfil their demand, they have warned that they may approach the Peshawar High Court to resolve the matter.

The Malgari Ustazan, a faction of teachers from Nowshera, has said that hundreds of students are suffering since teachers are unavailable in different government schools.

Dilawar Khan, the president of the group, told The Express Tribune that posts for dozens of teachers in the primary, middle and high school have been lying vacant since 2013.

The incumbent government, Dilawar said, has failed to hire teachers with the relevant qualifications on these positions during its tenure.

The Malgari Ustazan president added apart from hundreds of students in other parts of the province suffering from the absence of these teachers, it was ironic how the government had failed to address this deficiency in the constituency of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.

Dilawar noted that the K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Department had gone on a massive recruitment drive, appointing thousands of teachers across the province after they had cleared the National Testing Service qualification exams.

However, the teacher said that while instructors were appointed in other areas, the government had failed to fulfil teacher requirements in primary and middle schools.

Since 2013, Dilawar claimed, the district education office had failed to convene any departmental promotion committee to promote teachers. By comparison, he said that other districts had managed to convene similar committee meetings twice a year.

Sharifullah Khan, another representative of the same group of teachers, said that according to Service Structure Rules 2013, around 20 per cent of the promotion quota of primary school teachers had been allocated for physical education teachers.

He said that as per the rules, the concerned district education office was bound to arrange departmental promotion committee twice a year.

But in Nowshera, Sharifullah complained, the DEO had failed to convene the promotion meeting since 2013.

The teachers’ representative claimed that only in Nowshera were teachers deprived of their rights of promotion.

He warned that unless their demands are met, they will approach the Peshawar High Court to secure their rights.

Nowshera District Education Officer Fayaz Khan rejected claims made by the teachers and said that they have been arranging a meeting of the promotion committee every year.

Fayaz added that a promotion committee meeting is arranged when some posts are available in the district concerned.

He further explained that for a teacher to be promoted, it is necessary that the corresponding posts are available and that the candidate has the relevant experience.

The DEO said that they have convened a promotion committee meeting already this year in which the promotion of a number of teachers to the next cadres was discussed and approved.Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2017.
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