Caretaker Balochistan Minister claims 2,000 ‘ghost’ Teachers Drawing Salaries

Approximately two thousand provincial Education Department teachers have been receiving their wages while they have been abroad. These instructors have not registered for a no objection certificate or applied for Ex-Pakistan Leave.

In an interview with PPI here on Sunday, caretaker Minister for Education Qadir Bakhsh disclosed this information and vowed to take serious disciplinary measures against the province’s education department’s “ghost teachers,” which included two thousand teachers who were residing outside.

In response to questions regarding the two thousand teachers who were not present for work, Yousaf Kakar, President of the Balochistan Junior Teachers Association, stated that the caretaker Minister for Education in Balochistan discovered that the majority of the teachers in the province’s educational department did not carry out their duties by using the names of teacher unions was accurate.

On the other hand, in contrast to the claim made by the Caretaker Minister for Education, Habibur Rehman Mardanzai, Chairman of the Government Teachers Association, expressed denial. He stated that teachers had left Pakistan after obtaining an ex-pat certificate and no objection certificate from the relevant authorities.

Despite being the largest province in the nation, Balochistan has long suffered from infrastructure problems, most notably from an inadequate educational system that has resulted in thousands of students being denied their right to an education due to long-term administrative negligence and mismanagement. Official data shows that 1,964 schools do not have proper buildings and that 0.8 million school-age children are currently not attending school. The problems were worsened by the superfloods in 2022. They destroyed over 5,500 schools, only 50 of which have been restored to date. To make matters worse, the province is currently experiencing a teacher shortage.

The caretaker government has announced plans to improve 150 primary schools in the province, but these efforts may have little impact if mismanagement of funds and corrupt practices continue. Issues about nepotism in the education sector, which has resulted in the appointment of incompetent and underqualified teachers, have been raised by past complaints from provincial officials, teachers, and students. Furthermore, the lack of modern teaching equipment and a decades-old curriculum have negatively impacted the quality of education in Balochistan. Fifty percent of the 12,000 primary schools in the province have just one teacher.