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Education minister set to pick Islamiat teacher as DEO education

ISLAMABAD, May 31: The tall claim of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) provincial government about raising the education standards across the country was exposed as its provincial minister is flexing muscles to hand-pick a woman having masters degree in theology as the district education officer (female). Sources privy to the development told ChitralToday that after making Zohra Jalal OSD the provincial government was considering inducting a woman having a masters’ degree in Islamiat as the new DEO (education) female Chitral. When ChitralToday contacted the provincial minister for education Muhammad Atif Khan, he had nothing to say about the removal of Zohra Jalal except saying she belonged to the teaching cadre which forced the department to avail her services in the schools. “We have not demoted her (Zohra Jalal) rather we want her services in the schools which will be of great help as she is a competent officer. We’re going to post her at some school to avail her services [and] there should be no misunderstanding,” he maintained. To a question about another woman who is making all-out efforts to occupy the slot through the backdoor, the minister said no name had yet been finalized as replacement of the former DEO in Chitral. When pressed that he had finalized the name of another lady officer belonging to the same cadre having the blessings of a local PTI leader, Mr Atif said anybody could be posted as DEO – a clear contrast with his earlier statement in which he declared Zohra Jalal was removed for being belonging to teaching cadre. About bringing down the standard of education through political appointments, the minister came with an interesting reply, saying education is not a rocket science for which we could only consider the PhDs – a million dollar question how serious the PTI government is about the quality education in the province. He insisted that the women holding degrees in Islamiat, Urdu, Pashto, and even Persian could also hold the top positions, adding we are into only those who had done masters in English, Political Science, or qualified from foreign universities. When the minister was reminded of his party’s manifesto where quality education always remained on top, he said that people of the area must not worry as the recent reshuffling was a routine exercise and there will be another deserving candidate fully capable to run the affairs of the schools in Chitral.  ]]>

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