File Photo of a shelterless school in Balochistan's Killa Abdullah district: Photo by Asmat Khan Kakar

Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: In a significant move to bolster education in Balochistan, Chief Minister Sarfaraz Bugti announced the recruitment of 9,000 teachers on a contract basis. Addressing a press conference at the CM Secretariat, Bugti emphasized that the results, prepared by Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, would be the basis for these recruitments. He clarified that all positions would be on a contractual rather than permanent basis, reflecting his administration’s broader policy preference.

“My personal attempt and desire is to recruit people on contract in the education and health departments in Balochistan,” Bugti stated. This approach, he believes, will introduce much-needed change and flexibility within the system. To ensure fairness and transparency, a committee of senior, well-reputed officers will be established to conduct candidate interviews.

The Chief Minister underscored the government’s commitment to enhancing teacher presence in schools and maximizing student enrollment. Bugti revealed that efforts are being made to collaborate with Punjab province to improve educational indicators in Balochistan.

However, this decision has not been without controversy. Candidates who had been expecting regular appointments have protested against the contractual nature of the new positions. Demonstrations have erupted, with many arguing that contractual jobs offer less job security and fewer benefits compared to permanent roles. Despite these protests, Bugti remains resolute, asserting that the contractual approach will help address immediate staffing needs while providing flexibility for future adjustments.

This recruitment drive is a part of a broader strategy to uplift education standards in Balochistan, aiming to ensure that qualified teachers are available to provide quality education and thereby improve literacy and educational outcomes in the province. The government’s proactive measures, though contentious, signify a robust step towards educational reform in the region.

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