Plan for uniform education system likely to end in fiasco

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ISLAMABAD: The government’s plan to implement a uniform education system in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) is likely end in fiasco owing to educational managers’ inability to win approval of the required funds.
The uniform education system as well as upgrade of the teachers of the capital territory was announced by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on the international teachers’ day two months back. Gilani, while addressing a function to mark the day, announced a lucrative package for the ICT teachers for their upgrade.
However, despite the passage of two months the ICT teachers are still awaiting the fulfillment of those promises. The teaching community is now fast losing hopes and has begun to call the prime minister’s announcement as a false pledge.
Federal Government Schools Teachers Association President Azhar Mehmood told Pakistan Today that teachers’ upgrade and the incentive packages announced by the PM were being delayed for lack of approval from finance and establishment divisions.
A senior official of the Education Ministry, on the condition of anonymity, said that with the announcement of devolution of the Education Ministry, the officials concerned were paying no heed towards the implementation of the package.
According to the package, the teachers from BPS 9 to 18 have to be promoted on the basis of their qualification and experience.
Muhammad Shafiq, a primary teacher, while talking to this scribe, said the PM had also announced transformation of all federal government-run educational institutions into Islamabad model institutes.
He added the PM had also announced abolition of evening classes in the ICT schools to provide all the students with equal opportunities, but the evening classes were still taking place in the ICT-run schools and colleges, he regretted.
The ICT teachers demanded of Education Minister Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali to play his role for the early implementation of the PM’s announcements, otherwise they would launch a protest movement against the government.