English medium government schools
Government schools to go English medium
Lahore, Feb 11: The Punjab School Education Department has notified the conversion
of all its schools from the Urdu medium to English medium from the next academic
year, says a handout issued here on Wednesday.
The government decision
aims at competing with the globalized word in the field of knowledge.
The department spokesman said teachers protest against the decision was
not justified, and they must appreciate the government efforts to enhance their
knowledge through capacity-building programme.
With a view to enabling
the teachers to teach English medium books, all the headmasters/ headmistresses
and senior teachers have been designated "Master Trainers". The teachers have
already undergone six-day training course in spoken English, he added. The rest
of the teachers would undergo spoken English 12-day course.
He said the
government of Pakistan had approved in the curriculum-2006 that mathematics,
science and social studies subjects would be taught in English. The School
Education Department had issued instructions for the implementation of the
decision of the federal government, he said, adding, however, the government of
the Punjab was implementing the decision gradually.
In the first phase,
he said, some primary, middle and high schools have been selected where the
above mentioned three subjects would be taught in English. From April 1, 2010,
some more schools have been included in the programme, whereas, from April 1,
2011, all schools would be converted into English medium schools.
spokesman said the training programme aimed at improving the teaching skills of
the teachers, which the teachers would have to pay nothing for.
other hand, the government has taken many steps for the welfare of teachers,
approving heavy package for the financial benefits of the teachers. The teachers
protest reflects negative approach towards constructive initiative. Come what
may, the government would keep on working on the initiatives, he added. The news
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BISE pen-down strike threatens matric exams
Lahore: Employees of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE)
Lahore on Wednesday observed a pen-down strike and demonstrated in front of the
The employees shouted slogans against the government for
not issuing a grant to the education department in relation to the payment of
the matriculation examination fees. They demanded the government releases grants
for payment of the fees immediately as promised, instead of abolishing the cost
Earlier this week, the Employees Welfare Union of
BISE had threatened to boycott the upcoming matriculation
In December 2009, employees of various unions, along with
BISE members, observed strikes and protested against the announcement of the
Punjab chief minister (CM) regarding the abolition of examinations and
registration fees for students of public sector educational institutions.
claimed that since the educational boards were autonomous bodies and generated
revenue on their own, the CM's decision would have an adverse financial impact
on education boards. Daily times
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KU reschedules BCom, BA exams
Karachi: The Controller of Examination at the University of Karachi
on Wednesday announced that B.Com Part-I paper-VI (Economics Analysis
and Policy) and B.A (H.I.S), Fine Arts (Theory) part II Examinations 2009 have
been rescheduled. The papers to be held on Sunday February 6 2009 will now be
held on February 14. However, timings and centre will remain the same.
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Teaching hospitals upgradation
Karachi: The Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday,
urging the government to establish liver disease centres at teaching hospitals
in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and Larkana to prevent
the increasing incidence of hepatitis in the province.
Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah, in a rare development, took personal interest in
the resolution, which was moved by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislator,
Heer Soho. Shah said that diagnosis centres would be established in 70 per cent
of the districts in the province during the current financial year, adding that
the government would "progressively improve the situation." He also promised to
set up diagnosis centres for early detection of hepatitis in each hospital of
all districts, albeit on a gradual basis.
Talking on the resolution, the
CM said that the government, taking cognizance of growing incidents of
Hepatitis-B and C in the province, had announced Rs2 billion for the prevention
and control of the disease in the budget last year, while another Rs1 billion
would be added to this year's budget under the same head, as treatment of
hepatitis was very expensive.
The CM said that when he took charge,
there were only two diagnosis centres for hepatitis, one each in Karachi and
Hyderabad. He said that now, such centres had been established at every
divisional headquarter, while treatment was made available in each district.
Shah claimed that thus far, around 40,000 people had been treated
against hepatitis. He also maintained that he had suspended health officials who
did not provide treatment to patients suffering from hepatitis.
Soho, the mover of the resolution, said that an estimated two million patients
were suffering from Hepatitis-B and C in the province, but there were no
facilities for treating the ailment and neither were qualified doctors
available. She said that no liver transplant facility existed in the province,
while treatment abroad costs around Rs1 million.
Sindh Revenue Minister
Jam Mehtab Dahar said that the unnecessary use of syringes by 'quacks' and the
practice of injecting unscreened blood were the main causes of hepatitis. He
said that since treatment of hepatitis was very expensive, special funds had
been reserved by the government. He also underlined the importance of creating
awareness about the causes of hepatitis.
Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said
that the government was considering proposals to establish hospitals in each
union council. He said that since such a project entailed financial
implications, liver disease centres would be established in phases.
parliamentary leader, Syed Sardar Ahmed, said that the proposed centres at
teaching hospitals in major cities would be of great significance. However, he
said, such centres could not be established in 23 districts because of resource
Dr Sikander Shoro underlined the significance of early
diagnosis of liver diseases to avoid complications.
Sardar Jam Tamachi
suggested starting 'mobile laboratories' to provide testing facility for liver
diseases as well as to administer vaccines to patients on concessional rates. He
said that proper care should also be exercised this year to import vaccines to
control hepatitis, as these kind of vaccines had proved to be already expired
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) legislator Nusrat
Abbasi and Industries Minister Rauf Siddiqi suggested reducing administrative
expenditure and 'foreign trips' to save money for providing basic health to the
Culture Minister Sassui Palijo, while supporting the resolution,
said that "ground realities" should not be overlooked, as infrastructure did not
exist for liver diseases. She claimed that many diseases could be prevented by
controlling the supply of contaminated water.
Katchi Abadis Minister
Rafiq Engineer, Tourism Minister Shazia Marri, Dr Rafiq Banban, Sharjeel Memon,
Amir Moin Pirzada and Shamim Ara Panhwar also spoke in favour of the resolution,
and urged the government to provide treatment and diagnosis facilities in remote
districts of Sindh, such as Thar. The news
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LCWU interactive session
Lahore: A keen observation, good knowledge and exploration of your
surroundings are the fundamentals for any form of writing, renowned columnist
and playwright Munno Bhai said.
He was relating his experiences to Lahore
College for Women University (LCWU) Mass Communication students in an
interactive session held on Wednesday. Advocating gender equality, he said in
ancient civilisations women had introduced various innovations. Daily times
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New Institute at LGH
Lahore: Principal of the Post-Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) and
Lahore General Hospital (LGH), Prof Dr Tariq Sallahuddin, has said that Chief
Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has given approval for establishment of the
Institute of Neurosciences at the LGH and released a token grant of Rs 10
million for this purpose.
Dr Sallahuddin was addressing a function
organised for giving appointment letters to 151 nurses of the LGH who had been
regularised on the directions of Punjab chief minister at the hospital, a
handout said on Wednesday. MS Dr Iqbal Kazmi, AMS, Dr Abdul Basit, Nursing
Superintendent Ishrat Ishaq and doctors and nurses attended the
The PGMI principal further said that it was an established fact
that nurses were the backbone of healthcare system and medical sector was
incomplete without them, adding that the Institute of Nursing would be set up at
the LGH and steps would also be taken to award foreign scholarships to
Talking on the occasion, the nurses, who were regularised,
thanked the chief minister, saying he had given them economic security and they
would serve patients with more commitment and dedication.
said that they had been working on a contract basis since 1999 and their
regularisation had brought happiness to their families. The news
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