ISLAMABAD: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has issued a list of 810 employees working in its headquarters and educational institutions who habitually come to work late.

The list includes the names of 19 heads of institutions/principals, three vice principals (headmasters/mistress), 16 associate professors, 24 assistant professors, 89 lecturers and four senior teachers.

However, representatives of teachers demanded a change to the yardstick of declaring an employee ‘habitual latecomer’ and also called for disclosing the names of officers working in the FDE who come late.

The list, available with Dawn, also includes the names of one director physical education, eight senior computer teachers, four computer teachers, nine junior teachers, two deputy headmistresses, 16 daily-wage teachers, 16 secondary school teachers, 21 trained graduate teachers, nine elementary school teachers, two DPI/PTI, 16 senior elementary teachers, one Qari, five computer lab attendants, 16 computer lab incharges, eight lab assistants, 15 lab attendants, four library assistants, one library attendant, 19 gardeners, 18 accountants, four admin officers, seven assistant private secretaries, 14 assistants, 59 watchmen, one superintendent, one telephone operator, two drivers, four conductors, 16 daily wagers, one electrician, five head clerks, one inspector, 38 UDCs, 129 LDCs, 77 Naib Qasids, 52 sanitation workers, one stenotypist, one storekeeper and five employees whose designation was not specified.

Teachers’ body demands change in criteria, issuance of names of FDE officers as well

A principal, requesting not to be named, claimed that the biometric attendance of employees from Nov 1 to Nov 24, 2021, was observed before issuing the list.

“We have heard that the names of around 17 officers of FDE, including directors and deputy directors, were also presented to the director general who arrived late in the office but their names were deleted from the list. Currently, the names of non-gazetted employees of the FDE and gazetted and non-gazetted employees of educational institutions have been mentioned in the list. So we demand that the names of FDE officers should also be mentioned,” he added.

President of Federal Government College Teachers Association Dr Rahima Rahman said: “Teachers at all times are devoted to their duties. They are responsible to take their classes and complete their academic assignments efficiently. They follow the timetable and never miss their classes. The official opening timing of educational institutions is 8:30am. If the class of a teacher is at 9:15am and he/she arrives at 9am it is not generally a big issue.”

“There are different timings for classes/periods. There should not be a similar yardstick to gauge the attendance of teachers. The biometric attendance system cannot assure quality education in the institutions,” she said.

Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2021

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