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Class 5, 8 exams | Students attack Tevta office

Class 5, 8 exams concluded
Lahore, Feb 14: The chairman of the Chief Minister's Task Force on Elementary Education, Raja Muhammad Anwar, has said holding of Class-5 and Class-8 examinations in a peaceful and transparent manner this year is an achievement of Shahbaz Sharif government. In a DGPR handout issued on Friday, he said training of teachers at the elementary level and future curriculum would be prepared on the basis of results of the said examinations, adding that the results would be helpful to evaluate the standard of education.

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Students attack Tevta manager's office
Lahore: The office of District Manager Tevta situated at Polytechnic Institute for Printing & Graphic Arts Wahdat Road was attacked by protesting students on Friday over non -availability of water in the institute.

According to details, students of the institute which runs under the administrative control of Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) have been facing acute water shortage for almost a month when the principal of Government College of Science Wahdat Road disconnected water connection of the institute.

The Tevta's Polytechnic Institute of Printing & Graphic Arts is situated next to the college and main gate of the college is used as entrance for both the educational institutions.

Sources in the printing institute said that a new tubewell was installed at the Government College of Science almost a month ago, adding since then the institute was deprived of water facility by the college principal, Dr Asghar Ali.

They added students had been protesting since then but to no avail, adding it was only because of principal's reluctance that the problem was not being solved.

They further said there were some monetary issues between both the institutes over the water supply owing to which innocent students were suffering. "No concrete steps have been taken so far to solve the problem which aggravated the students", they further added.

It is important to mention here that on Friday a large number of students of the institute were staging a protest demonstration over non-availability of water outside the office of the District Manager TEVTA, situated within their institute, when some angry students attacked the office and smashed its windowpanes, etc.

They chanted slogans and criticised the management for not ensuring availability of water for students which according to them was creating many problems for them.

Sources said the office suffered minor damage since the officer was out of office and it was closed, adding otherwise the situation would have been very different.

When contacted, District Manager Tevta Nadeem Arif Durrani said that at the time his office was attacked he was in a meeting with Secretary Higher Education Punjab Azhar Shamim regarding the issue of disconnection of water supply.

He said some miscreants in the disguise of students instigated the protestors which resulted in disappointing situation otherwise no student could get involve in such activity.

Secretary Higher Education Azhar Hussain Shamim said he had called a meeting over the issue at his office on Saturday (today) adding DPI Colleges had also been asked to probe the matter.

Chairman Tevta Mohsin M Syed when contacted said there was some kind of a personality clash between principals of both the institutes owing to which students had to suffer. "It was mismanagement on part of both", he said adding, "We are going to take a very serious notice of the situation".

He further said the supply of water was restored to the institute on Friday night. Dr Asghar did not respond to the calls. The News

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