Anomalies found in seniority list of female lecturers of Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Some irregularities have been found in the seniority list of female lecturers in BPS-17 and 18 (college cadre), as junior teachers have been placed on the top than seniors, while the authorities concerned expressing unawareness about the matter.
Sources told The News that the Education Department, on the directives of the federal government, formulated a seniority list that was supposed to be circulated to all the lecturers concerned so that they could verify it and file appeals with the relevant quarters, if they had any reservations.
The practice, the sources said, was aimed at eliminating favouritism and nepotism in the process. But this process has not been followed in the NWFP and Fata while preparing the final list, the sources said.
The seniority list showed that people in Serial No. 30 and 31, approved by the Public Service Commission on January 17, 2002 and February 1, 2002, respectively, had been placed senior to Serial No 32 and 33 duly approved by the Public Service Commission on July 18, 2001 and July 1, 2001, respectively, perhaps on the pretext of merit.
Similarly, a lecturer at S No 59 approved by the Public Service Commission on July 27, 2001 has been put junior to two lecturers at Serial No 53 and 54 who were approved by the commission on January 26, 2002.
Female lecturers have voiced serious concern over the issue and demanded of the Higher Education Department to rectify the mistakes in the seniority list of BPS-17 and 18 and provide the revised list to all female lecturers for record and reference.
When contacted, a senior official of the Higher Education Department expressed his unawareness about any irregularity in the seniority list. He said everything had been done in a fair manner. In case there is anything misprint, the list would be revised and corrected, he said.
The official, however, added that in some of the cases the lecturers had taken a lead of those approved by the Provincial Public Service Commission before them due to merit. He ruled out any nepotism or favouritism in the matter.