NTS-passed teachers to reappear in tests for reinstatement

KARACHI – Taking notice of protesting National Testing Service (NTS) passed teachers, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah decided on Friday that the teachers would have to reappear in tests if they wanted their jobs to be reinstated.

He further said that an examination of all the government teachers would be conducted after every five years for renewal of their contracts while the candidates failing in these exams would lose their jobs.

The CM was presiding over a meeting held here to review the progress in education sector besides the issue of protesting NTS-passed teachers.

The CM said that quality education would only be ensured in the public sector when the teachers would develop in them real teaching skills.

He was of the view that teaching skills must be improved by introducing professional training courses; right from the primary to higher secondary level.

“There should a teachers’ training academy where special training programmes be designed and launched,” Murad added.

“We are paying huge salaries to teachers so that our children, particularly of poor families, could receive quality education, but every other day they are out on the roads to press the government for the acceptance of their one or several demands,” he deplored.

He went on to say that there was something missing in our system due to which the issues of government employees remained unaddressed, forcing them to come onto the roads. The chief minister was told that there were 15649, including 612 HST, 5288 JST, 9749 PST and NTS pass teachers appointed on a contract for a period of three years.

When the chief minister asked the chief secretary about the regularisation of the NTS-passed teachers, the chief secretary said that they had completed their three- year contract period, and now they wanted to be regularised.

He read out paragraph 10 of Terms & Conditions of their appointments which says, “In case of extension of contract, the appointee shall work in the specified school for the extended period. Selected candidate shall be evaluated through Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The government can extend the contract of those candidates who successfully qualified the QTS. It will be mandatory for all contract teachers to qualify QTS during their three-year contract period to become eligible for extension. The maximum three attempts are allowed to appear in the QTS.”

The CM directed the Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar and Karachi commissioner to meet with the teachers and discuss all these contract clauses with them and the conditions for their regularisation.

He also directed the chief secretary to resolve the time scale issue of teachers.

The meeting was attended by Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Commissioner Karachi Aijaz Ali Khan, Secretary Law Iftikhar Shahelwani, senior officers of the education and finance departments and others.

On the other hand, the teachers’ sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) entered into fifth day on Friday.The teachers who were hired through Sindh University and the NTS are demanding regularisation of jobs without further conditions along with the payment of outstanding salaries.

The protesters have warned that the sit-in will continue until their demands are met.

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