Islamabad schools summer vacation likely to extend
School summer vacation in Islamabad may be extended
Islamabad, Aug 10: Taking notice of the concern expressed by parents and teachers regarding the reopening of schools
in the hot and humid weather, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is
likely to extend summer vacations till September 4.
sources, the notification regarding an extension in summer vacation would be
issued on August 10. According to it, schools would reopen on September 4 after
Eidul Fitr. Earlier, schools were to reopen on August 11 and students were
directed to participate in the Independence Day celebrations on August 14.
"The pressure to extend summer vacation has been mounting and the FDE
was left with no option but to extend the summer holidays," said sources. There
was a strong demand by parents and teachers to extend the holidays till Eidul
Fitr. A large number of people residing in the capital belong to other parts of
the country who usually leave for their hometowns during the summer vacation and
Eid holidays. In case of reopening of schools on August 11, these families would
have to return so that children could go to schools and then would again have to
go to their hometowns to celebrate Eid.
"i think its the right decision ..it will be good for both the teachers and parents"
City, Country: rawalpindi
"it would be a good decision. weather is so hot and humid here in Punjab and other parts of the country. Punjab government should also extend summer vacation till 4th September. it would be difficult for both teachers and students to engage in curriculum activities in Ramzan."
"Mulk k haalat k paesh e nazar aur leaves honi chahiyein"
Name: Mohsin jahangir
City, Country:Mian channu
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1,200 students still waiting for SSC result
Rawalpindi: The future of around 1,200 students is at stake as they are still waiting for the
result of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 from
the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE).
The RBISE announced the result of the SSC examination on August 2.
However, around result of around 1,200 students was not declared at that time
due to fault in online system.
They fear that if the result is not
announced in a couple of days they could lose their precious year as government
colleges have already announced August 16 to be last date for submission of
admission for intermediate.
A number of students
said that they had been visiting the office of BISE Rawalpindi for last many
days in hope of announcement of result, as they want to lose their precious
Most of the students belong to middle class families and could not
afford the expenses of private colleges. They appealed to the government to take
notice of this delay in the announcement of result.
One of the students
told this scribe that he daily visits the board office, however, the officials
claim that they were still looking for my answer sheets.
He said strict
notice should be taken of the negligence of board officials for delaying results
of around 1,200 students.
When contacted Director Colleges
Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, who also has the addition charge of the chairman Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi said, "We are trying our best to
announce all the late results as soon as possible."
Talking about the
last date for submission of admission forms in government colleges, he said they
would extend the date in colleges to facilitate the students who are still
waiting for their results. The news
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Education: The road to deliverance
Imran Khan rightly pointed
out on a private channel recently that our education system caters to the elite,
the middle class and the poor on different planes. He has advocated the case of
educational reform for over a decade now. Sadly, from among the mainstream
politicians, he is the sole spokesman even today.
Education has never been our
priority. Pakistan's public expenditure on education is among the lowest in the
world. In the region, we are second only to Afghanistan. The problem is not just
inadequate funds - problems only begin with it. At present, there are numerous
streams of the education running side by side in our country. There are
government schools, English medium and Urdu medium, madrassahs, elitist private
schools and public schools.
With only 52 percent
enrolment in schools, we can also boast of the second highest number of
out-of-school children in the world. There are studies that show a correlation
between conflict outbreak and low educational attainment. Countries with the
lowest rates of primary school enrolment show a greater incidence of conflict.
There is evidence to support this thesis as well. A lion's share of recruits for
jihadist groups like Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the like come from more
than 3,000 madrassahs.
Our madrassahs essentially
cater to the underprivileged of the society. The education our children receive
in these schools provides them with little or no hope for job opportunities in
the market. The state patronised the rise of these madrassahs in the eighties
and used their students in the Soviet Jihad. In 1971, we had only 900 registered
madrassahs. In 1980, the number went up to 10,000 and had more than 2,50,000
students enrolled in them. While the generous Arabs donate handsomely in the Ivy
leagues colleges, the same petro-dollars flood our madrassahs.
If one could spare a minute
to ponder on the problems we face in government schools, it will help us get a
hang of what the expanding universe could mean to a physicist or a cosmologist.
Our schools are understaffed - let's not get into the faculty's merits and
qualifications. There is an absence of basic facilities such as electricity,
water, libraries, boundary walls and at times even the buildings. Then, there
are many ghost schools. And many more have now become unsafe or referred to as
sanctuaries. In government schools, rather poor effort is made to enable
children learn the English language - a requirement, unfortunately, for most of
the white collar jobs. It is a secondary language for almost all the students.
Linguists believe that an efficacious learning comes in an internalised
language. The focus, however, in our schools, and here is when I generalise our
attitude, has never been on learning but simply on English.
Even an Aitchisonian friend
admits that the school is not the same as it was in the sixties and early
seventies. Progressive decay, a trend not unique to Aitchison College only!
Another premier school Burn Hall - in comparison to its glorious past is in
shambles today. In Burn Hall's case, it was the military coup of 1976 that
catapulted its flight to rock bottom. These schools once had foreign students
from Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Malaysia, UK and USA. In Achebe's words, the Umuofia
has now changed. Things, we know, are less promising elsewhere. Ironically
though, no one questions the very existence of these anglophile elite schools.
These colonial schools are the legacy of the British Raj. It is good enough for
many. It's hardly a surprise, since we still suffer from the post-colonial
The British realised that in
order to break the backbone of India, our spiritual and cultural heritage, they
needed to replace our ancient education system and our culture. "For if the
Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than
their own, they would become what we want them: A truly dominated nation" - Lord
Macaulay's address to the British Parliament on February 2, 1885. The idea of
societal transformation by education was not new at the time. We can trace back
its origins to the Macedonian conqueror Alexander. The starting point of any
education system is to develop in a child an understanding of himself, his
culture and his values. Even after 64 years, these colonial schools train our
children to essentially ape the English and their manners.
The awe of these schools
inspired a mushroom growth in modern tuition academies or mildly put private
schools. These schools are elitist in nature, driven by profit motives. The
problem with this rat race is, even if you win it, you are still a rat. Students
who pass out from these schools are as alien to Pakistani culture as are
foreigners. Incidentally, most of them have affected accents as well - the
cherry on the cake! No abstracted notion on nationalism, no big ideas - everyone
who is born in Pakistan is a Pakistani. That said, a Pakistani student should be
as acquainted with Manto as with PG Woodhouse - if not more.
Education is not a pure
public good. However, the state must do the bare minimum and oversee the
standardisation of the education, possibly through public-private partnership.
Firstly, these different school systems should be abolished. Even if they have
to coexist, there has to be a degree of proximity in the provision of
opportunities to all Pakistanis - regardless of the system they are enrolled in
or the background they come from. We are the sixth most populous and one of the
youngest nations in the world. There are more persons aged 14 and below in
Pakistan than in the US. Pakistan's only hope is plainly her youth. The
potential is huge, no doubt. Before most of this wealth is laid waste or lured
by militants, the state needs to wake up.
Ummar Ziauddin - The writer is a freelance columnist and A-levels student. (The nation)
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Arid University Produces Off Season Vegetables
Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi Tuesday completed Higher Education
Commission (HEC) sponsored research project on commercial viability of
hydroponic vegetable production and its marketing at international
research project has been completed by faculty members and students of the
University, which is now capable of exporting about one ton of high quality off
season vegetables to Middle East on daily basis, said a press release issued
This ongoing activity is
generating valuable foreign exchange through export promotion for the already
foreign exchange deficit country.
Major products include
tomato on vine, cherry tomato and coloured bell pepper (orange, yellow and
Previously, Pakistan was
importing beef tomato, coloured bell pepper and cherry tomato from international
With the success of this
project, the University is now able to substitute these imports saving valuable
foreign exchange for the country.
These products are also
available in Pakistan in major cities on superstores.
The University is also
conducting research on production of different vegetables under the same
hydroponics system including tomato on vine, beef tomato, cherry tomato,
strawberry tomato, cucumber, bitter gourd, egg plant and white onion.
hydroponics system ensures disease and pesticide free vegetables in the country.
These products are recognized for their taste, shape, colour and quality. app
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