SED to charge teachers for skipping ECP training sessions: report

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LAHORE: The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has directed to initiate proceedings against teachers who were absent in the training sessions organised by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the upcoming General Elections, local media reports have informed.

In a letter sent to all District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), the department asked to take action against the selected presiding officers and senior assistant presiding officers who failed to show-up at the two-day training.

The latter asked the officials to proceed against the absentees under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act (PEEDA) 2006.

According to the attendance report attached with the letter, the highest number of absentees during the training were recorded in the Faisalabad district with a total of 210 absentees out of a total of 1050 trainees expected.

The CEOs were directed to ensure the presence of staff during the rest of the training sessions.

Earlier, the department was asked to assign 30 percent additional staff as a backup for the elections. The department,  in a letter to CEOs, said that there was a shortage of staff at the polling stations for the upcoming elections and hence forwarded this request to arrange for reserve staff.

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