Education secretary inaugurates biometric system at DEO Larkana

LARKANA: Sindh Education Secretary Fazalullah Pechuho has declared that government should not be forced to impose education emergency in the province, adding that GSTA can be banned.

This he said while talking to media here. Education Secretary also inaugurated biometric system at the office of the District Education Officer Larkana. He said most of the teachers are regularly attending their school duties but few are ghost. Pechuho said that GSTA should initiate struggle for opening of closed schools in the province. He said teachers go to NADRA for CNICs, mobile phone centers for biometric verification of their Sims and passport offices to get passport then why they are reluctant to come to their own offices for their biometric verification which shows their malafide intention.

He said that GSTA is forcing for imposing education emergency in the province, adding it can also be banned. He further said that all employees of the department, including teachers will be verified through this latest system to ensure their regularity and punctuality for which they are paid from tax-payer’s money, adding that after this process their duties would be monitored through this latest system for which 2000 new monitors will be recruited who will be expert computer operators.

He said world bank is financially helping for introducing this system for which a grant of $66 million has been approved and this system will be attached with NADRA. Pechuho said that they are trying to get space in NADRA’s smart card Sim and if it is not granted then new system will be invented.

He said that Larkana’s biometric system would be for entire five districts of the division, which will be completed within six months. He said that he received complaints that teachers of Jacobabad, Kashmore, Ghotki and Kamber-Shahdadkot are performing dual duties. The education secretary warned them that if any teacher is found ghost, he will be removed from service.

He revealed that as many as 31,000 teachers are working in Larkana division out of which 24,500 are primary teachers and 6,500 are secondary teachers, adding that biometric system will be introduced in the entire province. Pechuho said that bogus appointments are being sorted out, adding that during Musharraf era new schools were constructed by the Nazims without SNEs, teachers and other facilities.

Reform Support Unit chief Saba Mehmood, IT chief of the education department Shahid Abro and others were also present. Teacher Irum Gul became the first teacher to get biometric verification. Education secretary directed that teachers who arrive for verification must be given due respect for which no negligence will be tolerated. A schedule will be prepared for each are and conveyed to the teachers to arrive on those specific dates. Meanwhile GSTA leaders have opposed this government decision in a meeting held under their district president GM Abro and have announced to start struggle.

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