KARACHI - Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar on Thursday accepted that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had been at the centre of corruption in the hiring of teachers in the province.

“The [relevant] department was bribed to hire teachers by the dozen in 2012, some of whom are not even acquainted with Arabic language,” Dahar said. “There were 23,000 ghost hiring in the province, with 11,000 in Karachi alone, at a time when there were no vacancies,” he said, adding that the Sindh government has decided to take retests of all the teachers .

The provincial minister’s statements came after teachers protesting non-payment of salaries since 2012 on Thursday marched towards the Sindh Assembly and protested at its gates. The protesters claimed that Secretary of School Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili had assured two months back that their salaries would be paid but he had failed to keep the promise. In a statement to media, Dahar also claimed that the protesters were planted.