Punjab govt schools & laptop's scheme
17,020 govt schools lack basic amenities in Punjab: survey
Islamabad, April 19: As many as 10,020 government schools, both primary and high, across
Punjab remain without latrines and over 7,000 are deprived of clean
drinking water facility, as the provincial government pushes ahead with
its free distribution of laptops among brilliant students, a scheme
costing it well over Rs4 billion.
A survey by the
Ministry of Education Punjab for 2010-11 has made startling revelations,
which arguably makes the multi-billion laptops scheme highly
questionable and needless in the given exceedingly deplorable state of
the government schools, which reflects a huge disconnect between the
on-ground situation and the lavishly publicised laptop scheme.
experts believe that a nation moves forward on the basis of conducive
and enabling environment in educational institutions. They pointed out
young girls' school drop-out remains alarmingly high and one of the
major reasons of this worrying trend is non-availability of latrines
inside their schools.
They billed the laptop policy as a
political gimmick, which was performed by young generation of PML-N such
as Hamza Shahbaz and Maryam Nawaz, not holding any government position.
"Our students desperately need provision of basic facilities such as
clean drinking water, latrines, electricity and boundary walls. First
ensure these and then you may go for laptops policy," they contended.
representative of an NGO claimed that whenever a donor agency intended
to extend aid or grand for educational institutions, their prime focus
was on provision of latrines and clean drinking water.
senior office-bearer of PML-N, which heads the provincial government,
Senator Mushahidullah Khan, agreed that side by side with the laptop
scheme, attention must also be paid towards the condition of schools.
Mushahidullah, who is also PML-N Central Information Secretary, said
that apart from the laptop scheme, the provincial government was setting
up IT labs in 4286 schools besides improving the school infrastructure.
He claimed the government schools situation in general
had improved during the last four years but conceded things were yet to
improve in far-flung areas and a lot of work needed to be done there.
PML-N senator also agreed that revolutionary changes needed to be
carried out in the education sector and said everybody wanted drastic
measures but these could not be done overnight.
a total of 59,054 schools in the government sector, electricity is
available only in 38,588 (65%) of them, whereas 10,000 (17%) are without
boundary walls and despite rapid deterioration in drinking water
quality, clean drinking water is not available in over 7,000 schools. The news
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No textbooks despite a week into new school year
Islamabad: Students of the educational institutes run by the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) are facing problems due to
non-availability of the textbooks despite a week into the new academic
Parents fear that their children would not be able to cover the syllabus in time if textbooks were not provided.
Gul, a father of two children who are studying at the Islamabad Model
College for Girls (IMCG) G-10/2, told APP that his children had only
received books of four subjects so far. "It is the responsibility of the
FDE to deliver textbooks to students before the commencement of their
classes to save precious time," he said.
A student of
matriculation at the Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), G-10/4,
said he received the books of only three subjects. "Teachers are saying
that rest of the books will be provided in a few days."
man said, "My children studying in Model College have received only one
textbook of mathematics, while the teachers are saying that they have
not received other books from the directorate. It will be difficult for
the children to prepare for the first-term exams if the books are not
Talking to APP, Model Colleges Director Tariq
Masood said that the National Book Foundation (NBF) was the textbook
publishing authority, and claimed that it had delivered 98 percent of
textbooks to the directorate.
"The FDE is continuing the process
of dispatching the textbooks to all model schools and colleges, and
hopefully the textbooks will be handed over to the students until the
last week of April," he said.
The directorate provides free books from Class-I to matriculation every year to facilitate the students. app
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Graduation ceremony held at PAF Academy Risalpur
Islamabad: The Graduation ceremony of No 128th GD (P), 72nd Engineering, 86th Air
Defence and 11th A&SD Courses and Commissioning Parade of 130th GD
(P), 76th Engineering and 12th A&SD Courses was held at PAF Academy,
According to a press release, Air Chief
Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force
honoured the ceremony as the chief guest.
A total of 84
Under Training Officers and 16 cadets were graduated and 117 cadets were
commissioned on the occasion. The ceremony included the award of branch
insignias to the graduating cadets and trophies to the front-runners.
The chief guest awarded the Champions Banner to No 1 Squadron of the
While speaking on the occasion, the chief guest
said, "The PAF has highly sophisticated aircraft, air defence systems
and other supporting equipment that will be assigned to your care as
sentinels and custodians of the country's aerial frontiers. To keep
these precious national assets in the highest operational state and
accrue maximum advantages out of it, it is incumbent upon every one of
you to exercise your professional acumen and technical expertise to the
maximum." "The oath that you have taken today symbolizes the trust that
nation and the PAF have reposed in you, which puts an important and
sacred responsibility on your young shoulders. I am confident, you will
Inshah Allah acquit yourselves of your duties in a most dignified
manner, in line with the aspirations of the nation and traditions of the
Pilot Officer Muhammad Imran Afzal of No 128th GD
(P) and Pilot Officer Atta-ur-Rehman of 72nd Engineering Courses were
awarded trophies for best performance in general service training,
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Pak student excels in Abu Dhabi competition
Islamabad: Ali Raza Randhawa, a final-year student of BS Electrical Engineering at
the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, snatched a win for
Pakistan during the Elevator Pitch Contest held in Abu Dhabi.
event was held at Abu Dhabi Women's College, Khalifah Campus. Over 70
short-listed semi-finalist teams, out of 4,500, pitched their idea 20
times to 20 CEOs, Presidents, Directors, and Saudi Khalifahs, who were
representing different companies at a two-day entrepreneurship workshop.
event was jointly organised by GIST (CRDF Global) and MIT Enterprise
Forum Pan Arab Region. Sheikha Lubna Al-Qassimi, Minister of Foreign
Trade for UAE, and Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher
Education and Scientific Research, were chief guests on the occasion.
Morse, Founding Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Centre, trained
the young entrepreneurs around the world during the workshop.
Solution, founded by Randhawa, is committed to becoming pioneer of
green revolution in Pakistan by providing cost-effective energy solutions to the masses.
farmers cannot afford high prices of chemical fertilizers whereas use
of these chemicals is the prime cause of damage to the quality of food
in Pakistan. To cater this problem, Pak-Energy Solution is introducing
an affordable biogas plant," says Randhawa.
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IIU female students hold annual cultural week
Islamabad: It was a perfect time for International Islamic University female students
to have a fantastic break to mark the annual cultural week after
conclusion of their mid-term examinations last week.
backyard of the grand Faisal Masjid wore a festive look, as students set
up around 50 stalls inside and outside of the International Islamic
University Auditorium Complex, depicting cultural snapshots of Punjab,
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The joy of festivity, taking place in the foothills of lush green
Margallas, was doubled by the spring season.
keen interest, several students also established stalls of various
brotherly and friendly countries, including China, Iran, Saudi Arabia,
Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries. Scores of students
of these countries also study at the university.
staff members of the Islamabad-based embassies also visited the related
stalls. Several embassies cooperated with the students by providing a
few traditional items: Bangladesh embassy provided sari, fishing net and
other articles to the students, after having been approached and told
about their intention to set up a stall; Saudi Arabia, Iran, China and
other countries also did not lag behind in extending similar cooperation
to the students.
Captivating and appetising smell of
Iranian and Afghan food attracted a lot of visitors, as food items of
these countries and of others, were nicely cooked and tastefully
presented. Even recipe books were also available at stalls.
university departments provided funds to the students, who also
contributed as much they could, to outdo others in putting up impressive
work at the venue. It was the 24 annual cultural week since the
inception of the university. It is organised in March but this time, it
was delayed due to mid-term exams.
Through a presentation,
some students also provided their fellow colleagues and visitors a
chance to have peep into Mughal era, as they visited a stall, showing
Mughal era. Some of the students complained
about outsiders (males), who were invited to decorate certain stalls,
as over 98 per cent stalls were set up by students themselves.
stall of China consisted of two portions, like many other stalls, one
was devoted to its culture and show-casing the phenomenal progress the
country made in every sector of life over the years and this brought a
sorry feeling in the minds of many, as to why Pakistan lagged far behind
despite having won freedom two years earlier than Beijing; the other
section projected mostly its traditional foods.
One of the
organisers told this correspondent that male entry to the venue was
banned, however, teachers or female family members of the students were
encouraged to be part of the festivity. "It has been very informative.
We must appreciate these students, who despite limited resources, made
commendable efforts to depict in their own way, a glimpse of friendly
countries, besides showing diverse cultural shades of the four provinces
and other regions," remarked the mother of a student. Some university
teachers and students had also their food stalls before the complex,
where food items were bought like hot cakes by students as well as their
family members. A dress show is planned for Thursday, followed by prize
distribution next day. The news
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