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FDE, Piera headless for years.

Like its predecessor, the PTI government appears to have little interest in appointing heads of the two main organisations that supervise the capital's public and private sector educational institutions, which have been headless for a long time.

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), which looks after the affairs of Islamabad's 423 schools and colleges, has been waiting for a regular head since December 2016, following the retirement of Dr Shahnaz Riaz.

The Pakistan Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Piera), which regulates the capital's rapidly growing private education sector, has also been headless for years.

A Piera member, Imtiaz Qureshi, is currently looking after the authority's affairs.

The FDE is being run on an ad hoc basis, with a joint secretary from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training looking after its affairs on an additional charge.

An FDE official said the ministry is mulling whether to make changes to the FDE's rules to pave the way for advertising the post of director general, and this could be one of the reasons behind the delay.

Other officials said it seemed the government was not interested in filling these offices, as important positions are being run on an ad hoc basis.

Education ministry spokesperson, Joint Education Adviser Rafiq Tahir, could not be reached for comment.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 19, 2019
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