QUETTA-Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani has imposed a ban on transfers/postings in Education Department for a period of 3 months with immediate effect. This was announced by Nawab Raisani during a presentation on the performance of Education Department here on Tuesday. Secretary Education, Dr Saqib Aziz gave a thorough briefing on the overall situation of the education sector in the province. On the occasion, Raisani directed that the process of recruitment of 5,000 educated youth in teaching cadre under Aghaz-e-Haqooq Balochistan package for which test/interviews have been conducted in all the 30 districts across the province must be finalised on fast track basis. The Chief Minister directed that while issuing appointment letters to the qualified candidates transparency and merit must be observed in letter and spirit. He maintained that education was the sector where the province urgently needed competent and able teachers to provide best learning to our future generation. 'Therefore, it should be our moral obligation to select best teachers, he added. Chief Minister also announced establishment of two independent Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, one each for Mekran and Zhob Divisions in order to facilitate the students of the remote and far-flung areas. Raisani observed that it was a long overdue demand of the people of these areas and separate boards would help the students in terms of enrolment, issuance of certificates and seeking NOCs etc. It may be recalled that hitherto the people of far off places had to travel all the way to provincial capital Quetta in this regard. He said the government was fully aware of its responsibilities and would leave no stone unturned in providing maximum available resources for improving educational standards in Balochistan. He also issued instructions to civil authorities and law-enforcement agencies for ensuring fool-proof security measures around educational institutions in the wake of recent spate of terrorism in different parts of the country. 'We must ensure that there was no break in academic activities and the teachers as well as the students provided peaceful environment in schools, colleges and universities, he added. Earlier, Secretary Education made a detailed presentation of the education sector and the measures the government had taken for introducing qualitative changes in the department including scholarships for talented and needy students, infrastructure development and provision of modern-day equipment and gadgets to public sector institutions. It may be noted that more than 38,000 educated people had applied for seeking jobs under the Aghaz-i-Haqooq Package and 5,000 vacancies were announced in the Education Department in grade 14 and 16. These special teaching cadres would be filled up through competition at district level quota. The appointments made against these vacancies are non-transferable in order to ensure availability of local teachers. The Federal government would provide finances to meet the salaries of the newly appointed teaching cadres in schools and colleges. Besides, 6100 provincial jobs and 5400 federal jobs would also be filled up in the next phase under Balochistan Package that had been announced by the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in November last year.