The interview process for recruitment of Educator teachers in BPS-14 remained mired in mismanagement and height of slackness of the officials concerned of the education department, adding to the miseries of the male and female candidates.

There is no let-up in the officials-induced miseries during the ongoing interview process, decried the perturbed candidates and their parents while talking to the newsmen here on Friday. They alleged that all the male and female candidates remained “at the mercy of the junior clerks.” However, some senior educationists and junior clerks remained deputed there at Govt Boys Comprehensive High School Sialkot for joint conduct of interviews of the MA/MSc passed candidates.

According to perturbed candidates, some senior educationists and junior clerks jointly conducted interviews of several master degree-holders instead of special selection committee comprising senior educationists meant for interviewing the candidates at Govt Boys Comprehensive High School.

They termed interviews of MA/MSc degree-holder candidates by clerks great injustice, apathy and insult to master degree-holders.

Experts are of the opinion that the interviews should have been conducted at tehsil headquarters in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils, adding that it seemed that the Sialkot Education Department official did not learn any lesson from previous mistakes and called thousands of the male and female applicants for interview at Govt Boys Comprehensive High School and Govt Lady Anderson Girls High School Sialkot, where a great rush of candidates was witnessed in and around the schools, cursing the district administration for its failure to make appropriate arrangements for the interview process.

Thousands of male and female candidates strongly protested against the management and chanted slogans against the department.

On the other hand, students taking their matriculation examinations also suffered great ordeal as their examination centre has also been established at Govt Boys Comprehensive High School.

Meanwhile, traffic remained block for several hours on Sialkot-Jammu-Kingra Road due to wrong parking of vehicles, which brought the candidates to Govt Boys Comprehensive High School Sialkot for interviews. Most of the candidates remained stranded as they could not find their names in the lists, as their names were missing. Hundreds of candidates complained that their documents were missing.

The perturbed male and female candidates who reached the school after travelling from far-flung areas of the district, could not be interviewed due to worst mismanagement and a number of anomalies in the process.

Earlier, two days ago, thousands of female candidates remained unable to give interviews for the posts of Grade 9 Educator teachers, remained waiting for their turn and they could not get back their documents allegedly misplaced by the officials of Sialkot education department. Majority of the female candidates had refused to give their interviews to the middle and matric passed junior clerks assigned to conduct the interviews of the masters’ degree-holders candidates.

The affected candidates have expressed grave concern over the critical situation and have urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Shumail Ahmed Khawaja and Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar to look into the matter and order a strict departmental probe against the officials concerned of the Sialkot DMO offices and EDO (Education) offices for the worst mismanagement.

Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Sialkot chapter has expressed grave concern over the critical situation. PTU Sialkot District President Ch Inamullah and Central Information Secretary Punjab Muhammad Imtiaz Tahir strongly criticized the Sialkot education department for the inept handling of the situation.

Assistant Education Officer (AEO) Sialkot Muhammad Shabir Ansari said that under the Punjab government’s new recruitment policy, all the process of the recruitment of the Educator teachers would be completed only at the district headquarters in all the districts and not at tehsil headquarters.

When contacted, District Monitoring Officer (DMO) Sialkot Muhammad Aamir claimed that the situation remained “better” there at Govt Boys Comprehensive High School Sialkot as the education department officials led by District Officer Education Raja Aizaz Muhammad handled the situation “amicably.”

Replying to a question, the DMO added that junior clerks remained present there to help out the senior educationists for conducting the interviews. DMO revealed that senior educationists today conducted interviews while clerks only checked documents of the male and female candidates.