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Interns to make up for college teachers’ shortage

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:23
LAHORE:October 3:The Punjab government has initiated a College Teaching Interns (CTI) programme to compensate the lack of staff in colleges across Punjab. Teachers, however, believe the initiative will not be as useful as it was launched too late into the academic year. According to the initiative, the college head will produce a report of staff shortage in their respective colleges. Consequently, interns would be hired after walk-in interview. College teachers to protest new HED policy today Interns will be positioned as per the demand of teaching staff in the colleges. The duration of the internship would be six months and each intern will be paid Rs30,000 per month. According to the rules of hiring interns by the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED), the interns would be temporarily hired for an academic session or until he or she was replaced by a full-time appointee. According to the terms of contract, the placement of the intern was deemed temporary and could be terminated by the Selection Committee at any time if it considered the performances as unsatisfactory. Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) and college teachers’ representative bodies expressed their dismay over the initiative. Talking to The Express Tribune, PPLA President Hafiz Khaliq Nadeem said that the teaching body had been demanding that all vacant teaching positions should be filled, but the government had delayed recruiting lecturers. He pointed out that teaching interns were being hired two months after the start of the academic year. Nadeem said that CTI hiring should have been done before the start of the academic year. He said it was an administrative failure of the HED that it was unable to take necessary measures on time. The PPLA president said the recruitment process would take the month of October only the months of November and December would be left. Punjab gets modern Staff Development Academy When contacted, Lahore Division Director (Colleges) Zafar Inayat Anjum said the initiative had been taken to fulfill the requirement of teaching staff in colleges and interns would be hired through a walk-in interview which would be conducted by a Selection Committee comprising vice principals and heads of departments. When asked about the delay in the CITs recruitment process, he refuted claims by teachers and said that CITs were hired in November every year, but this year it was done a month earlier.Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2017.Lahore

Surprise visits: 24 teachers suspended over absenteeism

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:21
FAISALABAD:October 3:Chief executive officer (CEO) Education has suspended 24 male and female teachers of four schools on charge of absence from duty without permission and without informing the department formally. A spokesperson for the education department said on Tuesday that Education CEO Javaid Chishti conducted surprise visits to four schools and found 24 teachers absent from duty. The teachers included Abdus Shakoor, Afzal, Ali Raza, Ghulam Mustafa, Riaz Ahmad, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Ajmal, Muhammad Yar, Muhammad Arshad, Allah Ditta, Maqsood Ahmad, Farzana Kausar, Shehnaz Begum, Sumera Rasool, Afshan Bibi, Saima Zafar, Razia Bibi, Nauman Akram, Nasreen Aslam, Nasreen Akhtar and Najma Akhtar. The said teachers were serving at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Rehmay Shah. Similarly, Muhsan Shah and Muhammad Abrar of Government High School Chak No 448-GB and Robina Kausar of Government Girls High School Chak No 467-GB were also suspended. The education CEO issued show-cause notices to the teachers for further action. Besides, the teachers had been called for personal hearing on September 28, the spokesman added. Earlier, Education CEO Javaid Iqbal Chishti suspended 12 teachers, including a headmistress for maintaining poor hygiene in schools in Faisalabad. The CEO visited various schools in Tandlianwala and Mamonkanjan areas and found poor sanitation condition in Government Girls Elementary School Chak No 548-GB and Government Girls Primary School No-2 in Mamonkanjan. Iqbal suspended 12 teachers, including the headmistress of Government Girls Elementary School. The suspended teachers were identified as Kalsoom Akhtar, Fateh Bibi, Sarwat Begum, Zarina Bibi, Umme Kalsoom, Musarrat Rehman, Rehana Kausar, Naseem Akhtar, Yasmeen Yousuf and Farhatun Nisa, etc.Published in The Express Tribune, Faisalabad

Lahore High Court orders halt of teachers’ deportation

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:19
LAHORE:October 3:The Lahore High Court issued orders to stop the deportation of the teachers of Pak-Turk schools and told the Federal Minister for Interior to submit a reply on the matter by October 6. Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza ordered the clubbing of all petitions filed by Turkish teachers. The orders were issued when the court was hearing the petition of Murat Erdogan. Advocate of the petitioner, Asad Manzoor Butt, told the court there was chaos in Turkey due to the political instability. Turkish teachers vow to continue serving Pakistan “Opponents of Erdogan are being victimised. His opponents in Pakistan are also being targeted. Turkish nationals residing in Pakistan enjoy protection under international agreements,” the lawyer said. He added that regardless of the situation in Turkey, these teachers were still being deported. He also pointed out that court had already issued stay orders against their deportation. The court, after hearing the arguments, issued orders to stop deportation of Turish teachers. It also sought a reply from the interior ministry by October 6 and asked that the petitions of all Turkish teachers be clubbed. On September 27, Rumi Forum Chairman Mesut Kamcaz, his wife and two teenage daughters were picked up. The victims had an asylum certificate, issued by UNHCR, which was valid till November 27. Earlier, the attorney general of Pakistan, on a petition, had told the court that the government was not deporting Turkish teachers affiliated with Pak-Turk schools till November 24, 2017. On Friday last week, Turkish teachers expressed their utmost desire to live in Pakistan and not to be deported to Turkey. Living in fear: Turkish teachers move court against deportation They were speaking during a news conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday. Fatima Tosun, a teenage Turkish girl, daughter of a woman vice-principal of a Pak-Turk School, said that she came to Pakistan more than ten years back. She was five years old at the time. “Pakistan is a country of freedom and democracy for me. I love Pakistan and I don’t want to leave it,” she said. My foreigner friends often say you live in Pakistan? How are you still alive there? I reply that this is my country. They don’t know how loving the place is, how good the people here are.” The teenager says she has known no other country other than Pakistan as this is the place she grew up in and became conscious. Tosun said that Huma and Huda were her friends for 10 years and were her sisters. She remained extremely worried about them. “We don’t know how they are or what are they doing. And also whether they are safe and have eaten or not? She further stated that Meral is her mother. “She is not just the mother of Huda and Huma. Novin Tosun said that she was the vice principal of a Pak-Turk school and had been in the country for ten years. “I have three children. The last one was born in Pakistan and he is a two-and-a-half-year-old. I have named him after Iqbal, Pakistan’s national poet. Tosun said that Meral was like her sister. “Her daughters were the only friends my daughter Fatima Tosun had,” she added. “We are two sisters. My other sister (Emine Emrah Gelik) has been in jail with her husband since August 2016 in Turkey. She has three children and their uncle was looking after the children,” Tosun said. She feared a similar fate if deported to Turkey. Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2017.Lahore

HEC directed to certify medical graduates degrees

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:18
LAHORE:October 3:The Lahore High Court on Monday ordered Higher Education Commission (HEC) to certify transcripts/degrees of medical students issued to them by Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) within two weeks. Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza issued this order while hearing a petition moved by Khadijatul Kubra and hundreds of other students who passed their MBBS from Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC). However, the HEC declined to certify their degrees on the ground that FJMC was not a constituent college of FJMU. The petitioners through their counsel pleaded that they completed their MBBS and were duly issued degrees but they were disallowed to do house-job after HEC showed reluctance in certifying their degrees. The petitioners pointed out that their career was in doldrums due to HEC’s act. They asked the court to order the HEC to verify their degrees enabling them to start house-job. A law officer informed the court that the Punjab government had issued a notification declaring the FJMC constituent college of the FJMU. He said a similar notification from the federal government would also be issued soon. The officer stated that the degrees of the petitioners would be certified by the HEC as per an undertaking given by the commission’s counsel. Justice Mirza disposed of the petition directing the HEC to certify the degrees of the students within two weeks.The news.LahoreMedical College in Lahore