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FDE institutions to have O, A level classes
Islamabad, Dec 24: In order to bridge the gap between children of the haves and have-nots as far as education is concerned, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has decided in principle to launch O and A level classes in the schools and colleges of the federal capital in phases.

Initially, the FDE will launch a pilot project introducing O level education in two schools and A level classes in two colleges to be selected from among the 418 institutions being run under the directorate.

FDE Director-General Atif Mehmood Kayani on Friday said: "We have decided in principle to launch O and A level classes in two schools and colleges each for both boys and girls."

The capital city, he said, would now stand with distinction as Federal Directorate of Education would be the first education directorate across the country offering O and A level education to children of the poor in government-run institutions," claimed Mr Kayani.

According to details shared by the director-general, the FDE is currently managing 418 schools and colleges for girls and boys having around 8,600 teachers.

"Out of 418 institutions, 274 are located in rural areas while 144 in urban areas. In order to provide equal opportunities to the poor children living in rural areas, we will launch O and A level classes in institutions of the suburban area as well," added Mr Kayani.

He maintained that the current initiative was being taken with the full backing of his political leadership and this project would not be rolled back at any cost.

"I know there is a powerful lobby of private institutions which is running elite schools but PPP leadership is clear that the poor students would be given quality education at par with students coming from elite families and we are ready to face any pressure in this regard," Mr Kayani said.

It is pertinent to mention here that around 700 private educational institutions are registered with Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Peira).

Regarding the faculty for O and A level classes in government schools, he said: "We have some very good teachers in different FDE institutions and will select the best ones from the current teaching lot. However, if hiring of faculty for few specialised subjects is required, FDE will definitely look for the best human resource for its pilot project."

Asked when the classes under the new education system would be launched, he said: "A complete planning is being done by officials of different wings of the FDE. We will have our first batch of O and A level students in the beginning of the next year."

According to an education expert, the syllabi of O and A levels have a broader spectrum with a large variety of subjects giving more exposure to the students who are better placed in career building.

"O and A level education system under Cambridge, Oxford and London universities is more creative since in its exams concepts of students and their approach towards a subject is analysed," the expert said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kayani explained: "We are introducing the system to bridge the gap among different education systems at federal level."

He said after the success of the pilot project, O and A level classes would be extended to all FDE institutions within a few years. Dawn

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Students demand laptops
Lahore: Many Punjab University students enrolled in evening programmes staged a demonstration on Friday demanding they should also be considered for the laptop scheme. The demonstration was held outside PU New campus gate-2. The students carried placards and chanted slogans over non inclusion of evening programme students in the free laptop scheme. They demanded of the authorities to also consider such students warning otherwise they would continue their protest. The demonstration also disrupted traffic flow outside the varsity for a considerable time.

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Female student leads police to bust blackmailers' gang
Peshawar: The busting of a gang, members of which belonged to respectable families but were involved in rape and blackmailing of young boys and girls, was made possible when a female student of the University of Peshawar approached the local police following her rape and blackmailing by the management of a guesthouse on the University Road.

Police busted the gang involved in the rape and blackmailing of over 20 young girls from respectable and notable families who mistakenly landed at the guesthouse located on the University Road in the jurisdiction of the Tehkal Police Station. The gang also used to lure males through five female prostitutes and blackmail them after making their films through a hidden camera fixed in the doors.

A police official said a female student of the University of Peshawar approached the authorities of the capital city police and narrated her ordeal. She said she went to the guesthouse along with a male friend last week when she found her university hostel closed.

"The girl admitted that she was late and after finding no place, the two decided to stay at the guesthouse," the official said. The official added that the boy had to run away when the management of the guesthouse threatened to hand him over to police as he didn't have any legitimate reason to stay with the girl. "He was told that the management would return the female to her family. In his presence, the guesthouse managers arranged for her a taxi to take her home," explained the official.

However, the girl told the police that after boarding the taxi she was brought to the same guesthouse as the taxi driver too was a member of the gang. She recalled that later one Khalil not only assaulted her at the guesthouse but also filmed the entire episode.

The girl was allowed to go the next morning, but was told to come to the guesthouse whenever she was called. Otherwise, she was threatened that the film would be circulated all over the city. The victim after finding no other way to get the criminals fixed decided to approach the police. She also provided all the proofs she had against the gang.

"We have arrested the management of the guesthouse as well as the five prostitutes. The films have also been seized," Superintendent of Police (SP-Cantonment) Mian Saeed Ahmed said.

He added that a case had been registered against the gang under Sections 371 A, B, 294, 4PO and 9C of the Pakistan Penal Code. The official said that all the managers and owner of the guesthouses in University Town have been called for a meeting for Monday where they would have to clarify that they were not involved in such activities. "I have made it clear that they would not be spared if such a thing happened to anyone in future," said the SP Cantonment.

"The female student who approached us may have committed a mistake but what happened to her is shocking. The culprits need to be punished for ruining the lives of the youth from respectable families," said Mian Saeed.

There have been reports since long that many guesthouses, hotels and rest houses in the city were not only being used as brothels but those staying there were later blackmailed through hidden cameras installed in different parts of the rooms. A number of such videos were later circulated through cellular phones and are available with the dealers of mobile phones sets.

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Sports day held at St Mary's School
Rawalpindi: St. Mary's Cambridge School, Murree Road, held its Annual Sports Day with a colourful PT and gymnastics display. The sports event was held at the school after a gap of seven years, thanks to the efforts of the recently appointed principal Roger Francis who was given charge of the school in August.

Prizes and certificates were awarded to the winners of weeklong inter-house competitions in which the students participated with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Students competed in basketball, football, cricket, volleyball, badminton and tug-of-war matches. Iqbal House won most of the matches and the overall sports championship. The old boys of the class of 1986, who had been specially invited by the principal to grace the occasion, gave certificates and trophies to the winners.

The principal stated said that in this age, sports and physical training holds as much importance as ever for the wholesome development of our youth into well-rounded personalities. Sports gives them a healthy outlet for their youthful energy, and inculcates in them team spirit and a spirit of healthy competition.

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GCU produces first PhD
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Lahore has produced its first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the filed of Clinical Psychology. GCU Examinations Department notified Sadia Saleem as Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology after the approval of her thesis on "Prevalence of Emotional and Behavioural problem, and their relationship with performance and self-esteem in children of Class 8-10''. She completed her research under the supervision of Prof Dr Zahid Mahmood.

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ISO, IJT hold protest
Lahore: The Imamia Student Organization (ISO) activists on Friday held a massive protest demonstration against the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and vowed to observe Youm-e-Hussain (AS) at the Punjab University.

The protest demo was held in the wake of Thursday's violent incident on PU New Campus when the ISO and the IJT activists clashed with each other. On Friday, a large number of ISO activists and people from different walks of life, including women and children gathered outside the Lahore Press Club and protested against the Jamiat. Carrying banners and placards, they also chanted slogans and condemned the Thursday's incident.

The ISO office-bearers and leaders of Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen, including Allama Abdul Khaliq Asadi, Afsar Raza Khan, Muhammad Taqi and Salman Abid, spoke on the occasion and strongly criticized the Jamiat for not allowing the ISO to hold its event at the PU.

The speakers vowed that they would not allow any student organization to maintain its hooliganism in the educational institutes especially in the PU. They said the ISO had got permission from the PU administration for holding the event but it was the Jamiat which started clash with them and tried to stop them from organising their scheduled event.

The speakers also lamented that the police had not arrested any accused so far. They also announced three-day mourning over the incident. In a resolution, they demanded that it was need of the hour that a grand operation should be launched against illegal occupants equipped with arm at the PU hostels. A massive traffic jam was witnessed on Davis Road and other adjacent roads for quite some time due to the demonstration. Meanwhile, the IJT activists held a demo outside the PU New Campus Jamia Mosque and alleged that the university vice chancellor was responsible for the incident. It is pertinent to mention here that the PU administration had held the Jamiat responsible for the incident. The news

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