PHC issues stay order against school teachers' polio duty

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) restrained the provincial government from the merger of the Directorate of Education for erstwhile Fata with the KP Education Department till next order of the court.

A two-judge bench of PHC comprising Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Musarrat Hilali issued the restraining order while hearing the writ petition filed by Naseer Shah, the President of All Tribal Teachers Association of the newly merged districts.

The petition said that the teachers from the merged districts seek proper strategy, reformation, service structure, policy and planning for the employees of the Directorate of Education before merger. The bench fixed April 24 for next hearing, directing the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government through secretary establishment to submit reply in the petition.

During hearing, Daris Khan, Attorney for the petitioners submitted that after merger of the erstwhile Fata with the KP province, secretary Elementary and Secondary Education issued a notification on December 14, 2018 stating that Fata Directorate for Education was merged into the KP Elementary and Secondary Education.

The lawyer argued that the notification was issued without proper infrastructure, scheme, planning and reformation. He said that the secretary Education on January 8, 2019, issued another notification stating that the defunct Directorate of Education of erstwhile Fata be shifted to Directorate of Elementary and Secondary Education KP along with supporting staff and record.

He submitted that the petitioners first approached to the respondents and other forums for suspension of the notification of merger till devising a proper strategy, service structure, policy and planning for the employees’ seniority, promotion and up-gradation as per the law, but to no avail.

The lawyer also pointed out that Supreme Court of Pakistan in an appeal of the KP government, gave six months to the government for development of infrastructure and take steps to bring uniform system as prevailed in the province and thus the respondents are first required to develop uniform system through proper reformation for the redressal of the grievances of the petitioners.

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