LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday rejected the Punjab government’s plea to resign from the stay order granted earlier against the recruitment of 30,000 educators as the officials were unable to answer the court’s and the petitioner’s queries.

Punjab’s Advocate General, Ashtar Ausaf assured the court that the matter will be resolved within a week.

Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had on Feb 02 restrained the government from recruiting the educators after a candidate had accused the School Education Department of rigging the recruitment and showing favouritism.

Saqlain Abbas, of Chaniot, had submitted that the Punjab government had invited applications for all subjects as well as Subject Specialist Teachers in BPS-16. The petitioner had pleaded that he had studied Botany and Zoology during his BSc as well as a Masters Degree in Zoology.

The Chiniot District Coordination Officer invited the application through an advertisement for the 615 posts of Educators for Biology/Chemistry and the criteria set was BSc with Chemistry, Zoology and Botany and MSc Biology/Chemistry.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government issued a letter on Nov 23 2011 stating that candidates having BS (Honours) or four years equal to MSc in the prescribed subjects and BSc with three subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Zoology and Botany) are also eligible for this posts (Biochemistry). He pointed out that the department did not advertise that letter and concealed its facts just to deprive the candidates having pre-medical from their fundamental rights.

He pointed out that after this letter the department recruited pre-engineering for teaching Biochemistry to reward their favourite candidates. He also claimed that hiring a teacher for a subject who had never studied it was discriminatory. Assistant Advocate General Shujaat Ali Khan requested the court to quit the stay as the department had completed the process of recruitment but he failed.

The Chief Justice observed, “Please tell me of a teacher who has no degree in a subject but teaches in that subject?” Disappointed at the department officers, the Chief Justice had summoned Advocate General Ashtar Ausaf to apprise the court.

Ashtar Ausaf appeared and assured the court that the matter will be resolved within a week. The Court accepted his request and put off the hearing till Feb 14.