Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government planned to regularise 40,000 contract-based teachers of government schools in the province to ensure service quality in education.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan had promised to regularise the National Testing Service based teachers appointed across the province, however, the teachers are still waiting. KP government has selected 40,000 male and female teachers in last four years in order to fill the vacant positions in the government schools.
In 2014, the KP government appointed 15000 male and female teachers, while in 2015, around 15000 more teachers were appointed and, around 10000 were hired in 2016.
KP government plans to appoint 15000 more female teachers for primary schools in the last year of PTI government in province. In his speeches, KP elementary and secondary education minister promised the regularisation of jobs to the NTS-based teachers, however, so far no timeline or plans to do so have been intimated by the minister’s office.
All Primary Teachers Association (APTA) demands the KP government to fulfill its promises, however, while the education minister gives them assurances, no action to regularise their jobs is seen.
KP Elementary and Secondary Education Minister said that 40,000 NTS Teachers are to be regularised after cabinet approval as they have suggested this to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak.
Atif announced that apart from the government schoolteachers, Information Technology teachers would also be regularised. Education Minister said that job security would enable the teachers to work zealously to improve service delivery. Atif claimed that merit based employment on all levels is a priority of PTI’s KP government and they would fulfill their promised before the end of the government tenure.
PML-N MPA Amna Sardar who is also member of Education Committee in the KP Assembly said that the PTI government has failed to regularise the teachers. She said that first time school and college teachers left for a prolonged protest leaving their schools closed. She demanded that the PTI’s KP government should decide the regularisation of the teachers so that the educational institutions can perform their job well. She said that if government failed to fulfill their promise with teachers, their future would be in dangers in the coming time.
All Teachers Coordination Council (ATCC) Spokesperson Azizullah Khan said that they appreciate this effort by the government to appointed 40,000 teachers on merit but now they should fulfill their demands and regularised these teachers. He said that education minister and secretary education promised them to honour all teachers’ demands on several occasions including time, scale and, regularisation of NTS based teachers but so far they failed to meet any of these promises. He said that twice they have staged protest for their demands and each time the local government assured them that all demands would be fulfilled very soon but nothing came of it.
Azizullah said that if the government failed to regularise these teachers before the end of their current term, they would close the schools and the incumbent government would be responsible for it.
A NTS based teacher in Mardan Murad Ali said that there are thousands of teachers both male and female facing an uncertain future since their jobs are not secure and they have been appealing to the government to regularised their job since the year 2014.
Ali said that all these teachers have been selected on merit and through a rigorous process they have been appointed on these positions. He said that last week KP education minister gave his word to a delegation of NTS based teachers that they have sent summary of teachers for regularisation and very soon Chief Minister would approve it.
Keeping in the view the versions of education minister, opposition party and independent observers, the Truth Tracker rules that PTI government has failed to meet their promise of regularisation of teachers in KP.