450 teachers appointed
Rawalpindi: The provincial government has directed to fill in the posts of teachers in the Rawalpindi district, Executive District Officer (Education) of Rawalpindi, Muhammad Ashraf Malik, told the newsmen here on Thursday.

He said that out of a total shortage of 3,000 teachers in schools of the province, the education office had been able to fill only 1,998 posts. While in the phase-I, the education department had to recruit over 2,450 teachers. The shortage of teachers was started during the tenure of the previous government.

Ashraf Malik said that a total of 25,000 applications were received for appointment of teachers in the phase -I in September 2008 and the process was to be completed till November that year. However, due to delay in recruitment process, 450 of the applicants did not turn up as most of them had got jobs in other government departments and private organizations.

The shortage of teachers during the two years period rose to over 3,500, however, on the directives of the provincial government, 452 posts are being filled. Appointment letters have been issued to the successful candidates who would report for duty after summer vacations, he said.

The EDO said that 850 more teachers would be appointed in the third phase to fill in the vacant posts as and when directed by the Punjab chief minister.

The EDO informed that Rs112 million have been provided to the Rawalpindi education department for maintenance and renovation works in schools like construction of boundary walls and construction of class rooms.

He said that over 50 per cent government schools are functioning without headmasters out of a total number of 2,350 institutions. The issue has been brought into the notice of the Punjab chief minister and the city district government for over coming the problem.

When asked that education is a provincial subject yet the government has no hold on any private institution, which are minting huge fees from students and parents, the EDO said that the matter was brought into the matter of the Punjab chief minister who has decided to form a regulatory authority to check this practice.

Ashraf Malik said that the present Punjab government is determined to promote education in Rawalpindi district for which a comprehensive plan has been chalked out. In order to raise the standard of government schools, the government has converted 30 per cent Urdu medium institutions into English to bring them at par with the private institutions. The remaining schools would also be made English medium by the end of June 2011.

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