At least 418 teachers in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) lost their jobs on Tuesday after they failed to validate their induction in government service during a re-interview.
On March 4, a committee comprising G-B Education Secretary Muhammad Nawaz Naseem and Services Secretary Saad Khan re-interviewed as many as 734 government school teachers accused of being appointed through backchannels in the past three to four years.
According to a district government official, only 316 out of the 734 interviewed teachers managed to pass and were able to retain their jobs, while the rest are no longer government employees.
The official who was aware of the results requested anonymity, saying he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The committee that re-interviewed the teachers and verified their degrees found that 267 out of the 418 sacked teachers did not have the required qualifications for government service, shared the official. Similarly, 48 teachers lost their jobs because they did not show up for the second interview.
“These 418 posts will be advertised and filled on merit after a test and interview,” the official added.
In January, the education director and his deputy were fired by the G-B government after an inquiry proved they were involved in illegal appointments in the education department.
The decision to re-conduct interviews was taken by G-B Chief Secretary Younas Dhaga and was backed by Chief Minister Mehdi Shah after another enquiry report proved several teachers had been appointed by bypassing the set protocol.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2014.