KARACHI - Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has expressed serious concern over the decision of Sindh Public Service Commission to fail 26 out of 535 ad-hoc lecturers in interviews, and said that the commission had lost its credibility. Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Sindh Chief Secretary have turned from their assurance to regularise all the ad-hoc lecturers in the province, which shows their lack of interest towards the problems of teachers and college education as well. SPLA central leader Professor Ather Hussain Mirza expressed these notions while speaking at press conference held on Sunday at DJ College. He further said that the education department had not regularised all ad hoc teachers as per their commitment; demanding that the teachers should have been regularised through Public Service Commission. President SPLA Karachi Region Prof Muzaffar Ali Rizvi, Prof Himmat Ali Patani, Prof Ghazanfar Shah, Prof Yaqoob Chandio and Prof Iftikhar Azmi were also present on the occasion. Professor Mirza said that the education minister and chief secretary in two different meetings held on 25 February, 2009 and 24 March 2009, had assured the members of SPLA that all ad-hoc lecturers, appearing in the commission, would be regularised, but is regrettable to say that 26 out of 535 adhoc lecturers have been failed in interviews. Although they had been rendering services in different colleges since five years. He further added that the government had realised that they were not eligible for such positions, adding that what about the eligibility of such officials who had appointed ad hoc teachers they are still on their positions. He said, Sindh Public Service Commission is labelling blame on some ad hoc lecturers that they have fake degrees, but the department has failed to provide any proof in this regard. The ad-hoc lecturers in their interviews have been asked with irrelevant questions that show that interviewers did not have subject expertise. On the one hand, the apathetic behaviour of the Sindh Education Department towards the college education forced the teachers community to observe protest, while, on the other hand, academic responsibility compel the community to defuse the protest, he said. He added that the last strike, on 17 August, was observed in all educational institutions of the province only to record a protest of teachers against the incoherent behaviour of the Sindh Education Department. In the majority colleges of Sindh, nearly 106 colleges are working without principals, this is just of because Sindh Education Department was giving priority to junior teachers over senior ones. Junior teachers are working as in-charge principal this is contrary to the service laws. On the other hand, Secretary Education Sindh is not taking the issue seriously. On the other hand, the issue of college cadre up gradation is still in limbo despite the approval of the education minister, he said. The executive meeting of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has decided that the college teachers community will observe chain of strike form August 24 to September 10, 2009 in all educational institutions of the province to get their demands accepted. During the meeting, members of SPLA have produced to journalists some proofs declaring the regularisation of Mrs Abeda Nizamani on vacant post of lecturer as openly violation of departments jobs rules and regulations. They said that the above-mentioned teacher was not on job since 2005 to till date but she has been confirmed in 2009 on the vacant post of the lecturer. She has been posted at Government KBMS College Hyderabad. More regrettable to come to know that she have been allowed to draw her salary for the period from August 19, 2006 to February 16 2007.