PESHAWAR: Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Education Ziaullah Bangash has said that the appointment orders of 17,000 newly appointed teachers through the National Testing Service (NTS) will be issued soon.

The adviser said this in a meeting with KP Director Education Dr Hafiz Ibrahim and Director Education Fata Hashim Afridi in Peshawar on Friday. Mr Bangash said advertisements for filling 5,000 teaching posts will also be published in newspapers. He said work on education sector in the tribal districts after the merger with KP is underway. He said 2,500 new teachers will be appointed in the tribal districts.

He said the Education Department is working to bring uniform policy for transfers and postings of teachers. He said a comprehensive policy for appointment of ASDEO, SDEO and DDEO will also be introduced. He said the government is also working to bring a service structure for teachers appointed through the NTS.

The adviser’s statement came at a time when thousands of candidates who have qualified the NTS tests and are on merit for the 17,000 vacant teaching posts are waiting for their appointment orders for the last several months. The appointment process was first halted due to a stay order of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) and then the process was again halted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) due to general elections. During the exams, a paper for the PST exam was also leaked after which the paper was cancelled and the provincial government had ordered inquiry against the officials involved in the scam.

After the elections, the process resumed slowly, but it is still not completed despite the fact that all the qualified candidates have submitted their documents two months ago. The appointments will be made on 17,000 vacant posts of male and female senior subject teachers, certified teachers, physical education teachers, drawing masters, Arabic teachers, theology teachers and primary school teachers.