Ghost teachers in fix as court raids on schools continue

March 7, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Thousands of ghost teachers drawing salaries in different parts of Sind province without discharging their duties in schools were rattled as the court teams on the instructions of Supreme Court of Pakistan continued raiding schools particularly in rural areas. Dozens of ghost teachers have already been sacked during the process. The parents have widely greeted the judiciary activism to save the crumbling education system in Sind from a total collapse.

On Thursday in Mithi Additional Sessions Judge Suhail Jabbar Malik raided 25 schools in Mithi and 15 schools at Chelhar and ordered the district education officer to lodge FIRs against the ghost schoolteachers and officials who had embezzled the funds of school management committees SMCs. He noted that many schools had been closed for years and even their doors and windows were taken away by thieves. He expressed anger when an atta chakki wheat flour mill was found in a school building at Village Kharo Bajeer.

In Shahdadpur, additional sessions judge Manazrul Haq raided 25 schools and took action against the ghost teachers. He also sealed a school building built seven years ago, where educational process was yet to be started. He summoned whole record of this project. This high school was constructed at Village Ranjhona with a cost of Rs5mn but the educational department had still not posted any teacher there and the building was being used by local landlords to keep their livestock and store grains.

In Badin district and sessions judge Ghulam Rasool Sammo raided schools in different villages. During a raid a primary school at Village Chanesar Soomro was found converted into the guest room Autaq of local landlord. The education officers accompanied the judge could not explain why the school building was being used by the village landlord. When the landlord, Abdul Hameed Soomro, was summoned he said that due to dilapidated condition of the building he had asked the village students not to attend the school. The judge asked probe into the sad state of affairs and ordered repair of dilapidated schools.

Simi lair raids were also conducted in the other districts of the province, which was widely welcomed by the parents. However, the court raids have rattled the corrupt officers of education department who allow schoolteachers not to attend their duties in return of half of their monthly salary as bribe. This corrupt practice in schools is called ‘visa’ in local language and the visa holder ghost teachers are allowed to go to other towns and cities to run their private businesses or to do other lucrative jobs.