Sindh college teachers await promotions

Karachi: Thousands of male and female college teachers in Sindh await promotions in next grade, but the provincial education department bureaucracy is sitting over their cases, said Sindh Professors and Lecturers’ Association (SPLA).

SPLA spokesman Prof Iftikhar Azmi told PPI here Wednesday that promotions of college teachers from BPS-17 to BPS-18 and BPS-18 to BPS-19 have been kept pending for years and despite repeated requests of the SPLA the provincial education department is not ready to give the college teachers their due promotions. He said incompetent bureaucracy, political nepotism, corruption and sheer mismanagement has hit hard the college educations sector in Sindh province.

He said there is acute shortage of both male and female teachers in government colleges which needs immediate recruitment of college teachers through Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) exams. He said on one hand the vacant posts are not being filled and on the other many filled posts are not included in the budget book, creating problems for teacher fraternity.

Prof Azmi said in dozens of government colleges junior teachers have been made college principal on OPS basis, neglecting the senior and experienced teachers. He said in some government colleges there are surplus science subject teachers, while in some other colleges there is shortage of science teachers. Quoting example of a government college in Karachi, he said the incompetent bureaucracy has posted a Botany teacher in a commerce college. He said everything is possible in Sindh education department, because decisions are made here on the basis of bribery.

He said colleges in Sindh have been facing huge financial crisis as they cannot charge fees from students, while the government issues them quarterly funds which are not sufficient to meet day to day expenses of these colleges. He said without solving the financial problems of government colleges this sector could not be given the desired boost.

He said education and health are prime sectors which can transform any society. He requested the provincial government of Sindh, especially Sindh education minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take notice of mismanagement and corruption in the education department and take steps for betterment of the college education in the province.

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