Govt schools facing shortage of teachers

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Rawalpindi:A number of schools in the Rawalpindi district are still facing shortage of teachers which badly affecting the future of the students.

The sources told ‘The News’ that shortage of teachers persist in elementary, secondary, middle and high schools of the Punjab government. Moreover, some of the schools do not have even headmaster/headmistress to function the respective institution properly. Due to shortage of teachers burden is being put on one respective teacher to take additional classes despite the fact that they are not well versed in teaching different subjects. As a result both boys and girls suffer a lot during classes.

Out of shortage of 3,000 teachers, the Punjab government headed by Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had recruited over 2,400 teachers early this year. The remaining posts were to be filled in next three to four months.

Moreover, due to delay in recruitment of 2,400 teachers in the government schools, the shortage exceeded by another 500 teachers According to sources, there is a shortage of 1,100 teachers in schools of Rawalpindi district, the sources said.

Executive District Officer (Rawalpindi), Muhammad Ashraf Malik when contacted by ‘The News admitted shortage of teachers in different schools. “We had recruited 2,400 teachers in March this year and the remaining posts were to be filled accordingly. However, the process stopped as the government has still not given any green signal in this regard,” he added.

As soon as the Punjab chief minister would allow us to fill in the vacant posts, we would start the process immediately, the EDO added. He said that more than 1,000 teachers have to be recruited in the government schools including elementary, secondary, middle and high schools. However, he expressed his unawareness about the schedule of recruitment saying it depends upon the government.

Some officials in the EDO office on condition of anonymity told ‘The News’ that due to the ban; the process of recruitment of teachers was stopped. As soon as the government lifts the ban, teachers would be recruited to fill in the vacant posts, they added.The news