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BISE online registration for 2011 examinations

BISE taken to court over slow online registration of students
Rawalpindi, Dec 21: Private schools have taken the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, to court over the poor and slow working of the mandatory online registration of students for the next year's annual examination.

The students of the 9th and 10th classes have been facing problems in accessing the admission forms and registration process after the Punjab's Higher Education Department made it mandatory for candidates to get online registration for the 2011 examinations.

Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh of the LHC's Rawalpindi bench on Monday directed the secretary Higher Education Department and chairman BISE to file their comments on December 22, and also ordered them to be present in the court on the next date of hearing.

Hearing the petition of All Pakistan Private Schools Association, Justice Sheikh observed that the decision of using only internet for the registration of students was not feasible.

Though the assistant controller of BISE Rawalpindi appeared in the court, he failed to satisfy it about steps taken to address the problems faced by students in getting registered online.

The official said the system was not launched by the BISE in Rawalpindi, adding that it was initiated by the Higher Education Department. He said only the department could take steps for removing problems in the online registration.

Representing the association, Advocate Raila Saleem Suboohi told the court that the problem was severe for the students of rural areas where there was no internet facility, adding that they had to come to urban areas for using internet.

On December 13, the board has asked for registration with normal fee but the petition maintained that the candidates have been unable to download the admission forms. The petition said if the situation did not improve, many students would fail to get register for the next year's examination.

The association said literacy rate in the country was not more than 46 per cent, questioning how many of them could be computer literate at school level, and added that internet was not available everywhere.

The petition said regular students were also facing problems as their previous data could not be retrieved for further registration.

Meanwhile, the BISE in a press release reiterated the condition of using downloaded admission forms and online registration for candidates appearing for examinations of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) starting on March 5 2011 and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) on May 7.

Announcing schedule for the admission, the statement said last date with normal fee for 9th class was December 31, for 10th class January 8 and for HSSC-I February 19 and for HSSC-II February 28. Dawn

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FDE, FBISE fail to issue any notification to schools

Islamabad: The ambiguity regarding the authority for conducting the class eighth examination prevails as both Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) have failed to issue any notification to schools even on Monday.

The heads of both departments, who were claiming to conduct the examination under their authority, are now keeping mum over the issue and reluctant to give any version to journalists. Meanwhile, the officials of Ministry of Education, including Additional Secretary Shaigan Shareef Malik, also expressed their ignorance over the issue.

According to sources, the authority for conducting the examination for class eighth has become a big issue as both departments are trying hard to convince the Ministry of Education officials to give this authority to them. However the issue could not be resolved despite intervention of top officials of the Ministry of Education.

According to well-placed sources in the FBISE, it is actually the responsibility of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education to conduct the examination for class eighth for transparency and better evaluation. "The FDE is only responsible for imparting quality education and not assessing the quality of education they are imparting by conducting examinations. It is not fair if the FDE itself conducts examinations and prepare results," he said.

On the other hand, the officials of the FDE believe that according to the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Act 1975 (as passed by the parliament), the FBISE could not conduct the examination for class eighth. "According to the Act, the FBISE could only hold examinations for class IX and class X besides class XI and class XII. For any changes in the Act, they must go to the parliament for amendments," they said.

They further alleged that the commencement of examination under the FBISE is meant to strengthen it and create more posts in it. "Obviously when they are taking an additional responsibility, they will demand more staff for which they will be able to pick their blue-eyed individuals," sources alleged.

It is pertinent to mention here that the examination for class eighth and class fifth are conducted by the FDE. Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali announced that the examination for class eighth would be taken by the FBISE instead of the FDE, however, no written notification has been issued in this regard. It is also worth mentioning that the schedule for the examination for class fifth has been issued by the FDE.

FBISE Chairperson Shaheen Khan ruled out the perception that the commencement of examination for class eighth by the FBISE was illegal. "When we can conduct examinations for class IX and class X then why can't we conduct examinations for class eighth?" she inquired. She said that the FBISE have a whole set-up for examinations so they would not need any other special arrangements for this additional responsibility.

She expressed her full confidence that the examination for class eighth would be held under the FBISE as announced by the federal minister. "I will inform you soon as the notification would be issued by the FBISE," she asked this scribe to wait till evening.

When contacted in the evening, she asked this scribe to contact FDE Director-General Aurangzeb Rehman and Ministry of Education officials instead of her. "The file regarding the approval of the FBISE as an examination-taking authority is lying with the Ministry of Education so it is better to contact its officials," she remarked.

On the other hand, FDE Director-General Aurangzeb Rehman did not attend the call despite repeated attempts by this scribe.

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Students of suburbs facing transport problems
Islamabad: Students coming to the twin cities from suburbs have to face worst transport problems and endanger their lives for reaching their academic institutions on time by travelling on rooftops of buses and wagons.

A large number of students from Kallar Syedan, Rawat, Kahuta, Sihala and Bhara Kahu are studying in colleges and universities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. These students have no proper transport facility and they have no option but to travel in public service vehicles. During rush hours, they have to travel on rooftops of buses and wagons. Many students have lost their lives in road accidents while several sustained severe injuries, but the problem is still intact.

Yasir Raza is a student of a government college in Rawalpindi. He daily commutes between Kallar Syedan and Rawalpindi. He said that in winter it becomes more difficult to travel early in the morning on the rooftop of a bus. "During two years of college, I have never travelled by sitting on a seat in a wagon or a bus. Every day I have to travel by standing on the footrest of the bus," he told INFN.

"We have to travel in overloaded buses, which is a violation of traffic laws, but as we have no other option we have to do it," said Mobeen Razaq, another student from Rawat. He said that they had staged protests several times for a proper transport system, but no one took notice of their problem. "Our problem can easily be solved by allotting two or three buses on every route," said Shakeel Ahmad, another student.

"Students are the most important segment of society and they should be provided with all basic facilities. But here in Pakistan, we have a different trend where no one cares even about our lives," said Zeeshan Mirza, a student, in a sarcastic tone.

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SDC announces 11 new courses
Islamabad: Skill Development Council has announced eleven new training courses for the current and next month.

The training objectives are to develop skills, strong knowledge and grounds about sales which are pivotal for adopting successful corporate sales profession in local, national and international markets, said a press release issued here on Monday.

A course titled 'Become a Corporate Sales Guru', is a two months long certificate course, while all others are short courses. The course will overview sales training and selling methods along with techniques.

The course will act as a fuel for graduates and professional sales people and companies of all sorts to enhance their skills needed in all markets across the global to generate effective business.

It will also help the participants to start their own business from homes with minimum cost. Online registration is open. The course will start from the last day of the current year.

In short courses, Pro-engineer, wildfire 5.0 is significant as the trainees will focus on learning core-modelling. The topics include sketching, part modelling, assemblies, and drawings model management techniques along with comprehensive design projects that enable participants to practice their net creating realistic parts, assemblies and drawings. It starts from Monday and registration can be done by Friday. The duration of the course is 36 hours. Two hours classes will be held thrice a week.

The remaining courses include counselling skills, export and supply chain management, safety, primera P6 and MS project, industrial automation using PLC, professional accountant training, web development and graphic designing. The news

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OPF Girls College teachers stage protest rally
Islamabad: The faculty members of Overseas Pakistan Foundation (OPF) Girls College F-8/2, on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the college administration.

The teachers were protesting against non-implementation of raise in salaries, non-payment of medical allowances and non-regularization of their services as promised in 2005.

The teachers were holding placards and banners against OPF administration. They warned the administration that if their demands were not met within 24 hours, they would come on to the roads with full vigour.

The teachers said the government in 2005 enhanced the salary of faculty members, and promised provision of medical allowance to them and regularization of their services. During the protest, teachers boycotted the classes and no academic activity took place in the college. Daily times

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School evacuated after fire
Rawalpindi: The Federal Government Sir Syed Secondary School at the Mall was evacuated after a fire erupted there followed by a mild explosion in the office of the principal. An electrician/plumber was burnt critically after being trapped in the fire.

Schoolteacher Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Yasir, another employee, were slightly hurt. However, Mohammad Ajmal, the plumber/electrician, was shifted to Holy Family Hospital where he is in critical condition.

The fire erupted when Ajmal, who has been associated with the school for the last two decades, entered the office of Principal Khalid Nawaz at about 2.30pm before the beginning of the second shift and switched on the ceiling fan for the gas exhaust.

"Hardly had he switched on the fan, a mild explosion occurred followed by the fire. He was trapped in the fire and thick clouds of smoke could be seen bellowing out of the building," said acting Principal Saifullah. He added: "All the classes were going on smoothly when the fire erupted."

The classes were evacuated; however, none of the students was hurt or injured.

He said all the students were allowed to go with their parents or guardians as the school closing time was already approaching.

After efforts of more than one hour, the flames were controlled by the firefighters.

The fire also caused damage to the principal office and two other rooms.

The acting principal said though the electrician/plumber had taken care while entering into the room where the gas was leaking, the fire erupted as he switched on the ceiling fan. The fire department said electric sparking was the cause of the fire. Dawn

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