New tablet policy for inductees
KP, Elementary and Secondary Education department has introduced a new tablet policy, upon the approval of Provincial Cabinet in a notification no. MO-III/ESRU/E&SED/Tablet PCs policy/2020, dated. 29/06/2020. The notification has ten pointers, of which the salient features include, buying of tablet on their own expanses by the newly appointed teachers, for the tablet generics specified by the department. This futile venture is too much for these teachers as many of them cannot even afford to deposit application form fee for the NTS test and they either borrow or beg for money intended for this purpose. Moreover, on 2nd July, 2020, the directorate of E&SED issued a formal notification to withhold the pay release of fresh appointees under the advertisement of May, 2019.
In addition to this, the department will reimburse a lump sum of Rs. 15000 upon the formal submission of purchase receipt from the dealer, who is registered with FBR under sales tax regime. It is not a new fact that a claim of reimbursement of one’s own money is nothing less than a nightmare, which prolongs for almost indefinite period. Moreover, the snail pace of releasing salaries to the new inductees, which takes from 6 to 8 months, is also an indicative of sheer injustice and perfect portrayal of education department’s dealings regarding money. Besides this, Induction Program (IP) is merely a charade to spent honest tax payers money and fills few pockets. The efficacy of IP is just about 15-20 percent because most of the new teachers have Bachelor or Master Degrees in Education.
Internationally, IPs are implemented and designed for a sustainable and uniform education system. In contrast, our policy makers are injecting the same IPs in a non-sustainable and non-uniform system, evolved under adhocism. It is pertinent to mention, that after the enforcement of 18th amendment, each province is a King of its domain and there is no uniform curriculum, across country. It is a time now that the policy deciders should be practical and pragmatic. They should stop playing the game of “passing bowl” and suggest a nearly fool proof education policy, compatible with contemporary needs by taking all the stakeholders onboard, especially the teachers.