The Sindh education department has sent a list of 34 corrupt employees to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
"From now on, NAB will also look into the matter of corruption in the education sector," Sindh education secretary Fazlullah Pechuho told The Express Tribune. "We are committed to eliminating corruption so that better education facilities can be made available to the people of Sindh."
The education department was already investigating around 397 employees, including teaching and non-teaching staff from across the province. The investigations are being carried out not only for corruption, but also for fake appointments.
Pechuho pledged to remove the poison of corruption from the department in order to boost its credibility. "No mercy will be shown to the black sheep of the department," he said, adding, however, that the process would take time.
Former education minister Pir Mazharul Haq was earlier granted pre-arrest bail in a corruption inquiry after he approached the Sindh High Court to avoid arrest by the NAB authorities. The bureau is investigating around 13,000 fake appointments made by the education department under Haq's leadership, allegedly allowing him and others to earn up to Rs13 billion.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2015.