The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, has barred the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from making final appointments until the next hearing of the petition filed against the process of recruitment of Matric Trained Teachers (MTT) in BPS-9.
According to the copy of the order sheet, Judge Rashid Sheikh said that the FDE may continue the process of recruitment, however, no final appointments should be made till the next hearing. The court asked the FDE to submit their comments within 15 days.
The petitioner, Raja Mohammad Khan, alleged that the recruitment in question is to be made as per the criteria laid down in the posts advertised in a daily on October 13, 2010. The petitioner believed that the advertisement for walk-in interview without written tests were illegal.
“The process of recruitment of BPS-9 teachers, which has been announced by the FDE, militates against Rule 12 of the Civil Servants (appointments, promotion and transfer) Rules 1973,” said the petition.
According to information, the FDE advertised 226 posts in newspapers for Matric Trained Teachers (BPS-9) with Secondary School Certificate and PTC qualification and Trained Undergraduate Teachers (BPS-14) with the qualification of FA-FSc and CT. It is learnt that the ministry has also forwarded a summary to the prime minister for approval, proposing that the grade 9 and 14 should be abolished and appointments should be made from grade 16 in all schools and colleges with the qualification of BA-BSc and BEd, but contrary to this policy the directorate is again going to recruit teachers in the grades, which are supposed to be phased out gradually.
Moreover, according to the National Education Policy no recruitment would be made in grades below 16 including 9 and 14 and educational qualification required for that would be BA-BSc with BEd. However, sudden announcement of the MTT teachers when there is no emergency, raised objection and many FDE employees alleged that such an announcement has been made to “accommodate” special ones.
Talking to ‘The News,’ FDE Director General Shaheen Khan dismissed the allegation that any vacancy has been announced against rules. “Whatever has been done is according to rules and regulations and we will mention those rules in the comments to be submitted in the LHC,” she added.