In Islamabad, Teachers’ community has expressed reservations over the removal of director general of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Shaheen Khan.
According to teachers, the step would discontinue the implementation process of the recently announced package for the teachers.
Joint Education Advisor Aurungzeb Rehman on Nov 12 replaced Shaheen Khan. The former was appointed as an acting director general of FDE.
Talking to APP, Prof Tahir, representative of the Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA), said that Shaheen Khan was removed from her position soon after the announcement of package for the teachers.
He said Shaheen Khan made intensive efforts in fulfilling the longstanding demand of teachers for upgradation since taking charge of the directorate, a few months back. She was removed at the behest of some negative elements, who did not want implementation of the package in its true spirit, he alleged. Prof Tahir said “ all the teachers associations of model and federal government educational institutions have strongly opposed the removal of Shaheen Khan and decided to stage protest after Eid holidays, if the removal orders are not reversed”.
He appealed Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali to reverse the decision.
An FDE official told APP that the removal of Shaheen Khan at this moment would hamper the implementation of the teachers’ package.
“Though new DG Aurungzeb Rehman is a competent man but it will be difficult for him to implement the package in its true spirit. Ultimately, the teachers will have to bear the brunt,” the official said. “Unfortunately, bureaucrats and army personnel have been appointed as FGE DG in political and military regimes. Educationists are rarely given a chance to serve at this position,” said Prof Javed, a senior lecturer at a Federal Government College.
For the first time, a landmark initiative of upgradation of teachers was taken but now it seems difficult to make it happen, he said. app