KARACHI Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has lashed out at the teachers associations who are exploiting the teachers to remain away from the educational institutions in the province. The majority of teachers are ghost in Sindh who do not go to teach children, however the Education Department has directed the DCOs/District Administrators to submit a list of the ghost teachers in their districts concerned so that action could be initiated against them. Replying to a point of order raised by Opposition leader and PML-F Parliamentary leader Jam Madad Ali Khan in Sindh Assembly on Wednesday, the Education Minister said that the teachers associations misguiding the teachers in Sindh. Opposition leader said it had been reported that the government was planning cancellation of the contracts of lower grades employees, who joined the education department in 2007. He also urged the government to not cancel their contract as it was not the policy of the PPP government to snatch employment from the people. Raising another issue, jam Madad Ali said that teachers in Sindh were protesting to get resolve their problems, adding that the teachers of Sindh were not receiving teaching allowance, while same facility was being given to their colleagues in other three provinces. He also sought that the government should resolve the problems of teachers on priority basis. Education Minster Pir Mazharul Haq said that the previous government while ignoring the relevant rules had made contractual appointments in the education department on political basis. But the present government would consider not to terminate the services of lower grades employees on humanitarian grounds, adding that however the Sindh Chief Minster will take a final decision in this regard. Referring to the demand regarding teaching allowance for teachers, the minster said that the chief minister had formed a committee led by him with a task to formulate a formula for teaching allowance. The committee which comprising Provincial Secretaries of the Finance and the Education departments and representatives of the teachers associations, had unanimously agreed to adopt 'teaching allowance being given to the teachers in Balochistan. However, a summary carrying recommendations has been submitted to the Sindh CM which was still under consideration as huge financial implication on Sindh exchequer is the reason of a delay in approval of summary, he added. He criticized the role of the teachers associations, saying that they were provoking the teachers against government. Despite the fact that a summary, in this regard is still under consideration, some leaders of the teachers body are misguiding the teaching community that their proposal has been rejected. On contrary to the previous regime which banned the teachers unions in Sindh and sent the teachers on forced leave, the present government was striving to provide all facilities to teachers, besides lifting a ban from forced leave. But teachers doing enmity with the education of Sindh, he claimed. He said that after devolution plan, the schools were under the administrative control of local governments/districts, where 50 percent were already ghost teachers and did not go teach children, while remaining on strike. He informed the house that the education department had asked the DCOs, who were also district administrators to send a list of the ghost teachers. The Provincial Department will write to the Chief Secretary and district governments as presently education department has no powers to take action against them. He said that district governments were authorized to recruit and terminate the services of the school teachers from grade 1-15. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Jam Madad pointed out that lots of junior officers were working on senior posts in education department creating sense of deprivation among the senior teachers. However, the senior minister agreed with the point raised by the Opposition leader and said that the Education Department had formulated a policy, under which posting of junior officers on senior posts and on OPS had been banned. But, he said, that implementation was the duty of the district governments, if they did not follow the policy, the provincial education department will approach the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to implement the policy.