SC shows concern over not rebuilding quake-hit schools

The Nation  |  Aug 03, 2021

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday expressed its grave concern over not constructing the schools damaged in the 2005 earthquake. A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi conducted hearing of the petition related to forced retirement of a female teacher of a primary school in Mansehra. The bench after hearing the arguments of both the parties restored the lady teacher. The court said that 16 years have passed since the devastating earthquake but the schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) could not be reconstructed. The bench, therefore, issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Education Secretary KP and Director District Education Mansehra.

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed noted that the KP government does not treat its teachers well. He questioned that why the schools were not reconstructed and said that how the teachers could teach in the schools, which do not have a basic structure.

UEFA European Conference League playoff round does draw The Chief Justice of Pakistan inquired that where the billions of rupees funds received from international donors in the aftermath of the earthquake were utilized.

Justice Mazahar remarked that when there is no basic structure in Mansehra then how the children of that area will receive education. He appreciated the female teacher (petitioner) for getting an M.A. degree despite the difficulties.

The KP Service Tribunal had converted the dismissal of the lady teacher from job into forced retirement. The Peshawar High Court had maintained the Tribunal decision.

After issuing the notices to the respondents, the apex court deferred the hearing till August 4 for further proceedings.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed has given approval to revise the rate of utility allowances (gas & electricity) of the Supreme Court employees. The SC Registrar has issued notification for increasing the employees’ utility allowance.

Aamir Liaquat yells at traffic warden in Karachi According to the notification, Grade 1-6 employees utility allowance increased from Rs4,500 to Rs6,000, for Grade 7-10 increased from Rs6,000/- to Rs8,000/-, Grade 11-15 from Rs6000/- to Rs10,000, Grade 16 rated revised from Rs6,000/ to Rs12,000, Grade 18 utility rates changed from Rs7,500 to Rs18,000/- Grade 19 rate increased from Rs12,000/- to 21,000, Grade 20 the increase is from Rs12,000/- to 24,000/- and Grade 21 and above from Rs15,000 to Rs30,000/-.

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