Sharmila Says we should give due respect to teachers and education lower staff will be regularised soon
KARACHI (April 16, 2011): Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh Women Wing Information Secretary, Sharmila Farooqui, said on Saturday that the Sindh government under the dynamic leadership of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was fully determined to resolving Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) issue and regularising lower education staff amicably.
“We should give due respect to teachers community because they play greater role in national progress. They are the teachers who create experts in every sector of life, including education, information technology, agriculture, business, science and economy”, she said in a statement here on Saturday.
Sharmila stated that the government had always encouraged the SPLA for serving Education Department. However, its leaders should adopt peaceful way in view of their demands. The PPP Women Wing leader recalled that the government had appointed 575 lecturers in 2009 and 615 in 2010 through the Sindh Public Service Commission, which was a remarkable achievement.
She also recalled that it was also the good omen of the present regime that services of 452 male and female lecturers, appointed on an ad hoc basis by the previous government, were regularised.
Sharmila said that the time scale issue of primary and secondary teachers had already been resolved, while the government was considering SPLA’s demand of time scale besides resolving its other issues. Hence there is need that the teachers must shun violent attitude because the government is with them, she asserted.
She said that Sindh Assembly had recently passed a resolution endorsing permanent status to the lower cadre contractual employees of the Sindh Education Department. In view of the assembly resolution, the government is committed to regularise the lower staff of education in a peaceful way, she assured.
Sharmila pointed out that the government had also appointed primary teachers on pure merit under the World Bank programme. Our government is in touch with the World Bank to bring revolutionary
educational reforms and ensure pure merit in education sector of the country.
She informed that the World Bank in March 2011 also approved $400 million assistance package to help Pakistan improve access, quality and relevance of education. The package is aimed at improving conditions for teaching and research at the tertiary level besides increasing enrollment rates and reducing gender and rural-urban disparities in primary education in Sindh and Punjab.
“The government is also committed to eliminating gender gap at all levels of education by the year 2015. The allocation of substantial funds as scholarships to girl students has encouraged the girls towards getting education, she said.
The Sindh government had also raised the education development budget from Rs 5.9 billion to Rs 7 billion in fiscal year 2010-11 and it is also willing to raise it this fiscal year too, Sharmila concluded.