ISLAMABAD: As the central selection board meets today, the Federal Directorate of Education has failed to prepare a list of principals of government degree colleges to appoint as its new director general.
The FDE has been without a full time director general for over a week after its former chief Shahnaz Riaz retired on December 10.
According to the rules for appointing a director general of FDE (basic pay scale-20 grade) formulated by the Ministry of education in March 1990, a DG shall be appointed by promoting people from within the department.
These include serving directors (of BPS-19 grade) or a principal of a degree college (BPS-19) who have had at least 17 years teaching or administrative experience.
Moreover, SRO-225 dictates that director generals must have at least 17 years of teaching or administrative service in BS-17 or at least 12 years of service in BS-18 and above or five years in teaching or administrative service in BS-19 in case of direct recruits.
Usually, the FDE appoints a DG on turn basis, alternating between the two categories. Since the last DG, Riaz, was a director before being promoted, it was expected that this time a principal of a degree college would be considered.
However, sources in FDE told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, that only profiles of three directors have been submitted to CSB for consideration for the vacant post while ignoring principals of degree colleges. This, the sources said, was sheer violation of the rules of recruitment.
Criticising the government for its discriminatory attitude towards the education departments, teachers said that if the government wants to promote education and see educational institutions of the federal government progress academically to impart quality education, then a DG should be appointed according to the rules and a principal of a Degree College (BPS-19) should be promoted.
“The appointment of permanent DG according to rules is the only solution of the problem. An eligible person from within the system should be appointed through the formula of promotion to end the crisis for the good and welfare of the public institutions of Islamabad Capital Territory,” a teacher said while requesting not to be named.
“The teaching community of FG colleges is really angered at this mala fide action of FDE. The teaching community strongly protests against the politics being played at FDE to destroy the institution,” read a statement from an association of teachers in the capital.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2016.
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