Women to be confined to teaching primary

LAHORE:February 9:PML-N MPA Joyce Rofin Julius, who is the parliamentary secretary for school education, confirmed that the Punjab government revised its policy by deciding that women teachers will only teach at primary boys’ schools. Responding to a query in the house, she added no women would teach at boys’ high schools after 2018. She was responding to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) MPA Dr Waseem Akhtar, who, during the question hour session, raised a strong objection over attempts to develop a mixed culture of men and women in society. He said such integration led to cases of rape and murder. Julius was responding to Akhtar’s supplementary question which asked why there was a deviation from the old policy. She stated that the new recruitment policy was introduced in 2011 and the Government Central Model School is an old one. She said there was a girls junior wing consisting of 35 women and there were 67 men were in the senior boys wing in 1944. Later, this wing came under the board of governors in 2009. The secretary continued that the board later approved that appointment of women and five of them were hired. However, the policy was revised again in 2017-18 and it was decided that no women teachers would work at boys’ schools. Akhtar said the department’s reply clearly stated the before the creation of Pakistan, there were women teachers in boys junior schools. However, after the approval of the board of governors, women were appointed to senior wings, but now the secretary is claiming the policy had been reviewed. He sought a detailed answer over the matter. Julius said there were five women teachers teaching boys of Class-VI. She stated it was the government’s policy which dictated that women taught in the primary section as motherly figures to minor boys. The secretary stated that the government adopted a policy that women will not teach higher classes after 2017-18. One of the treasury legislators, speaking on a point of order, accepted the challenge of his own party’s provincial law minster Rana Sana Ullah. The minister had asked the Jamaat-e-Islami MPA to produce even a single can purchase receipt (CPR) for sugarcane issued by a mill at less than the government’s rate of Rs180. Express News.

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