Sindh Minister of Information and Labor Saeed Ghani said the simultaneous recruitment of 50,000 merit-based teachers in the province proves the commitment of the provincial government and the senior leadership of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party to the because of education.
He said this during a ceremony held at the NED University of Engineering and Technology on Monday to hand over appointment letters to 288 newly recruited primary and secondary school teachers belonging to Jamshed Town. The teachers had passed the recruitment test organized by the IBA, Sukkur.
Ghani said that for the first time in the country’s history, 50,000 teachers had been recruited simultaneously and the majority of teachers inducted by the government since 2008 had been recruited on the basis of merit.
He informed the audience that the senior leadership of the PPP, particularly its President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, had given clear instructions that the teacher recruitment process should remain free from undue interference and should be completed on the merit basis.
He said the full support of the PPP leadership enabled the education department to complete the historic recruitment drive. He said hiring 50,000 teachers at one time was a big challenge for the government, and Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah and outgoing and former secretaries of the School Education Department had been working hard to complete the task. Ghani said he also remained associated with the recruitment drive during his tenure as education minister.
Acknowledging that problems existed in the public education sector, he said that the state and the government had an obligation to address these problems. He said the government was bound to fulfill its responsibility to provide quality school education for children free of charge. He pointed out that the standard of government-run schools should be improved so that parents can send their children to educational institutions without any fear.
Ghani said the availability of qualified teachers in public schools was mandatory to achieve the goal of educating every child in the country. He urged the new teachers to discharge their academic duties with full commitment, dedication and honesty to play their part in the development and progress of Sindh and the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, Ghani praised the Hamdard Foundation’s philanthropic services in the education and health sectors as he addressed a ceremony held on Monday to distribute checks and certificates. of the Shaheed-e-Pakistan Hakim Muhammad Said Memorial Scholarship.
Some 204 deserving students received scholarship checks and certificates on this occasion. Ghani praised Said’s vision which had laid the foundation for Hamdard which had now become an established institution rendering invaluable services in the public health and education sectors.