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Senate committee seeks interim report on teachers’ service structure

In its final session, the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Federal Training asked the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to finalise a policy about the service structure of university teachers and submit an interim report by Friday.

This was the last meeting of the Senate panel at the Parliament House, chaired by Senator Irfan Siddiqui, before the formation of the upcoming government.

The chair acknowledged the unwavering support of both committee members and officials from the education ministry and the HEC over the past three years, whereas the committee members commended the chair for the efficient operations of the committee during his tenure.

During the discussion, the absence of a service structure for university teachers was discussed by the panel. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed briefed on the special committee’s progress, and the chair directed the HEC to submit an interim report by Friday.

HEC says report in ‘final’ stages

Last year, a large number of university teachers staged a protest outside the HEC in Islamabad against “no service structure for teachers serving in university under the Basic Pay Scale (BPS)”. Later, the said Senate panel took notice of this issue and also heard the representatives of the teachers’ committee.

The Senate committee in previous meetings had directed the HEC to take steps to finalise a policy for university teachers.

On Wednesday, it directed the HEC to submit an interim report.

The committee also addressed the agenda item related to a question posed by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi during the Senate session on January 5, 2024. The senator had inquired about government-run institutes for the training of teachers.

Training of teachers

The caretaker education minister informed the committee about two such institutes in Islamabad. Senator Tangi emphasised international training for teachers to instil in them modern educational practices.

The committee chairman directed the education ministry to devise plans for the teachers’ training.

The committee also discussed a question from Senator Mushtaq Ahmed regarding the number of students enrolled in ‘A’ and ‘O’ levels under the Cambridge International Education system in Pakistan.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed expressed concerns about the lack of information, citing a message “received from the UK embassy” in which the sought information was being termed as a “business secret. The chairman directed the ministry officials to coordinate with the foreign ministry to obtain this vital information.

The meeting was attended by Prof Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Fawzia Arshad, Engr Rukhsana Zuberi, Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, Falak Naz, Naseebullah Bazai, and Mr Tangi, along with the caretaker education minister, the secretary, and the HEC chairman.

HEC briefs minister

Meanwhile, the interim education minister also chaired a meeting at the education ministry, which was attended by Director General Tanvir Ahmed of the Federal Directorate of Education – a federal body which regulates 431 schools and colleges in Islamabad.

The HEC officials briefed the minister about the amendments in the Smart Institute of Science and Technology bill.

The minister was also briefed that the HEC was finalising a policy regarding the service structure and promotion of university teachers.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of Inter Board Chairmen Commission Dr Ghulam Ali Mallah informed the minister that there were about “6000 A and O-level students” in Islamabad.

Title : Senate committee seeks interim report on teachers’ service structure
Author : Daily Dawn
Type : News
Role Performer : Corporate Author
Subject : Senate Committee urges HEC action on university teacher service structure
Publisher : Daily Dawn
Publication Place : Islamabad
Date : 2024-02-15
Language : English