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‘Gender relaxation’ marks for female candidates

By Qadeer Tanoli

Karachi: Women who passed the tests for various posts of teachers will be awarded 20 extra marks as “gender relaxation” for the first time in the history of the education department, Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Ibrahim Qambar told The News.

The EDO, who has charge of 3,620 schools, including primary, secondary and higher secondary institutions, where 612,000 students are being taught, further said that the World Bank (WB) will soon release the long-awaited funds for the education department.

“I think it will take another month to get the funds, after which final touches will given to the new teachers who were recruited via tests which were conducted in July,” he said.

Qambar said the WB had some reservations about the release of funds, which amounted to Rs7 billion. He said that Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq successfully removed the hurdles in release of the funds during a visit to New York.

Nine hundred candidates passed the tests for Higher Secondary Teachers (HST), against the available 300 vacancies; 1,200 candidates passed the tests for the 850 available posts of Junior School Teachers (JST); and 2,600 candidates passed the test for 600 available posts of Primary School Teachers (PST), the EDO siad.

He said that the provincial government will first verify the files of JST candidates, after which the documents of the candidates for HST posts would be checked. He said that the files of candidates for the posts of JST have been completely collected and were currently being scrutinised.

Qambar stated categorically that no fresh appointment of teachers has been made in any district of the province.

He said it will take around 20 days to verify the files of the candidates who passed the test for the posts of HST, and authorities concerned will start issuing appointment letters to successful candidates after permission from the provincial government.

He further said that steps were being taken to streamline affairs at government schools in Karachi where the number of staff exceeds the number of students.

Qambar said that he had ordered all the district officers (DO) concerned to submit their report in this regard, and he was optimistic that the process will be completed in 15 to 20 days.
Source: The News

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