TEACHERS IN TROUBLE: Pakistan has seen spiralling growth in the number of private schools, which, no doubt, is a huge employment-generating sector for fresh graduates who aspire to join the sector on a fulltime basis, but have to keep the kitchens functional till they get a similar government job. However, private school managements often harass teachers with different tactics, like withholding or delaying their salaries or terminating them without any prior notice on minor issues. The government should have some regulatory role in this regard.
HUB DISTRICT: The provincial government recently carved out Hub district by bifurcating the Lasbela district. This new district is purely conceived on a political basis. Balochistan now has 36 districts and eight divisions. In contrast, Punjab has 36 districts and nine divisions despite having a population much bigger than Balochistan. The province should utilise its resources effectively.
EXTRAVAGANT PURCHASE: The decision by the Punjab government to purchase dozens of new cars for its ministers, costing hundreds of millions, is disturbing. This extravagant expenditure comes at a time when the country is going through its worst financial crisis that has been aggravated by the recent floods. While politicians expect the common man to put up with difficult economic decisions, they are not ready to set the example themselves. It would be most appropriate to defer the purchase of cars, and use the amount for flood rehabilitation.
WORDS AND DEEDS: When Imran Khan was getting ready to enter politics, he was helped a lot by various elements. In that phase, he had penned an impressive article about one of the Pious Caliphs and his accountability with respect to Baitul Mal. During his tenure at the helm, however, his actions were not quite in line with the approach he had outlined in that article. The difference between his words and his deeds was quite huge, unfortunately.
Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2022