DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu has directed heads of all the government colleges across district to ensure hundred per cent attendance of teaching and non-teaching staff besides making them punctual to ensure quality education to students. He regretted that the government colleges in the district lacked certain measures which were, otherwise, prerequisite for restoring confidence of the public in the government educational institutions.

DCO Iftikhar Sahu stated this while presiding over a high level meeting of the heads of all government colleges of the district here on Tuesday.

He stressed that no nation could progressed without adopting punctuality in every sphere of life. He said that the teachers had gigantic responsibility of making the future of the students bright by imparting them quality education, adding that the teachers were the true nation-builders and their prime obligation was to prepare students who were the future of the nation.

It is to be noted that Sialkot DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu remained under fire for raids on government colleges across the district and Govt College Women University where he had suspended 138 professors, assistant professors, lectures including the university principal for absence from the duties on Nov 29, 2013. The University of Gujrat (UoG) management and Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) strongly criticized the suspension of senior teaching and non-teaching staff by DCO of Govt College Women University Sialkot and had termed his this step as “unjustified”.

Following the strong criticism, the district administration avoided issuance of written suspension orders of the 138 teaching and non-teaching staff.

Finally, the DCO broke his 12-day-long “silence” by holding a meeting of heads of all government colleges, pledging to ensure punctuality in all governmental institutions in the district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils.

On the other hand, DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu raided different government schools in district and suspended 17 male and female teachers for remaining absent from the duty without any intimation on Tuesday.