Demo against ghost teachers

KARACHI: IELP Schools Owners Association Sindh and Save Sindh Save Education on Tuesday jointly held a protest demonstration against the Sindh government for closure of schools in Sindh and ghost school and ghost teachers causing loss to education and government by getting salaries for doing no work.

The demonstrators, carrying placards and banners, chanted slogans against the government’s non-serious attitude to resolve the school problems in Sindh and depriving children from educational activities.

Addressing the protestors, the IELP Schools Owners Association Sindh leader Wajid Laghari with his supporters said the government, through its order issued in July this year, has closed 900 schools being run under the banner of Sindh Education Foundation and deprived 0.12 million children from educational activities while the government had given advertisement in newspapers to open new schools in these areas.

While condemning the act, he said in 1992, the bill, passed from the Sindh Assembly for establishing of schools in remote areas of Sindh to support government which recently enhanced to 1500 schools with (IELP) Integrated Education Learning Program.

Wajid claimed that some elements do not want success of this project. He appealed Chief Minister Sindh, Minister and Secretary Education to pay attention towards the issue of closed schools.

On the other hand, Save Education Save Sindh leaders Rabia Khalil, Aajiz Jamali and Liaquat Mirani said ghost teachers are damaging education system in Sindh. They said thousands of schools are closed and about 40 thousand teachers do not attend their duties regularly.

They said the biometric system introduced in Sindh should be accelerated, emergency should be announced in education sector and money spent on constructing of school buildings. They said NTS pass teachers should be issued their salaries while the new appointments should be made on pure merit basis.

They said that the action should be taken against those officers who take bribes for promoting staff and the action should be taken against so-called teachers association that are sheltering the ghost teachers.