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Govt teachers love politics, journalism

Zeeshan Azmat

KARACHI: The Education Department on Thursday released a list of 352 of its employees, mostly schoolteachers, from 23 districts who are illegally working in the private sector. Interestingly, most of such public-sector teachers are working with media organisations, according to the official list.

Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has asked the heads of private-sector organisations to relieve such people from their offices immediately. The list issued by the Education Department also shows that some of the teachers are important office-bearers of political groups. For example, Farooque Noohpoto from Matyari, a primary schoolteacher, is also the general secretary of the PPP’s Youth Wing. Another teacher from Sanghar, Anjum Nizamani, is the president of the Sanghar Press Club.

Pir Mazhar said that an inquiry would be conducted against such teachers who, in spite of performing their official duties, worked in the private sector to make money. The district-wise list issued by the Education Department includes names of schoolteachers, workshop instructors, drawing teachers, language teachers, junior clerks, supervisors, peons, Naib Qasids, stenographers, computer in charges, watchmen, and laboratory attendants who have been found working for media organisations, radio stations, insurance companies, NGOs etc.

According to the list, a junior schoolteacher, a Naib Qasid, a Sindhi language teacher and five primary schoolteachers from Karachi are working for different media organisations. At least 13 government employees from Kambar-Shahdadkot are part of different media groups. Around 15 employees from Khairpur are working in insurance companies.

Twenty-nine employees of the Education Department from Shaheed Benzairabad, 18 from Thatta, 11 from Umerkot, nine from Naushehro Feroze, 16 from Matyari, 12 from Tando Allahyar, 32 from Sanghar, 15 from Jamshoro and eight from the Hyderabad district are working with media companies.

Furthermore, 22 government employees from Tando Muhammad Khan, 12 from Kashmore/Kandhkot, one from Tharparkar, nine from Larkana, seven from Shikarpur, 14 from Jacobabad, 28 from Dadu, nine from Sukkar, eight from Ghotki, 22 from Mirpur Khas and 34 from Badin are illegally working in the private sector.

The minister announced issuing another list of such teachers soon. “Such employees should be sacked from the government service and fresh teachers should be appointed on those posts,” he said.

“Unfortunately, these teachers draw salaries from the provincial government but do not bother to perform their duties.” The minister directed the zonal officers of the Education Department and the regional directors of colleges to collect details of ghost employees working for other sectors.

Pir Mazhar also appealed to the heads of the print and electronic media houses to purge their organisations from government employees. “The ghost teachers have caused great loss to the education sector. In fact, they have destroyed the entire education system in the province,” he claimed.

Source: THE NEWS