Rawalpindi board employees examinations boycott
RBISE staff to boycott SSC examinations
Rawalpindi, Feb 16: The employees of Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (RBISE) have decided to boycott the SSC examinations starting from
March 13 in protest against the Punjab government's decision to exempt students
from paying examination fees.
In this regard, the Board Employees Union would
announce its new strategy in a press conference in the coming few
The employees argued that the decision would harm them economically.
The employees had first decided to go on strike but later they called it off
after meeting the Punjab Special Education secretary. Daily times
RBISE employees protest
Rawalpindi: Employees Welfare Association (EWA) Rawalpindi
Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISER) has announced next phase
of its ongoing protest movement against Punjab government for not fulfilling
their longstanding demands warning the boards' employees would lock their
offices today (Tuesday).
This announcement was made during a protest session
of EWA-BISER held under the chair of its president Raja Sajjad Akber here on
Monday. Senior vice-president Muaf Ali, Secretary General Mehar Akbar and many
other office-bearers also attended the meeting. While addressing the
participants, EWA-BISER President Raja Sajjad said that Punjab government
despite employees' six-day long pen drop strike had not yet paid any attention
towards their problems which had forced them to take the extreme step.
this, the board's employees would also take out a protest rally on Benazir
Bhutto Road and later stage a sit-in to denounce Punjab government policies, he
added. He said that owing to elimination of board fee by provincial government,
the education boards had become defaulter while employees were deprived of their
salaries for long.
Besides, the issues of permanency of daily wagers, 15
percent raise in medical allowances and transfers of board employees had also
been put in cold storage by Punjab government, which irked the poor employees,
EWA-BISER president lamented.
He said that the negligence on part of the
provincial high-ups has left no option for the board employees than to hold
protests, stage sit-in and observe strikes. He also appealed to Chief Justice
(CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take notice of 'injustice'. "If provincial
government does not fulfil their demands, EWA-BISER along with others boards of
Punjab would march on foot from Rawalpindi to Lahore and encircle Chief Minister
(CM) Secretariat" he warned.
It is pertinent to mention here that EWA-BISER
on the call of Punjab Education Board Employees Federation has been observing
pen down strike since 9 February in favour of their demands and against Punjab
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Probe into FDE's illegal recruitments demanded
Islamabad: Teachers of various schools and colleges working
under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have demanded an inquiry into the
appointments made during 2009 against various posts and accused officials of the
Education Ministry of taking bribe in appointments and ignoring eligible
They also demanded suspension of Deputy Director at FDE, Sohail
Mughal, who, according to them, was responsible for all the illegalities during
recruitment process. The teachers have also raised the issue at the platform
of Federal Government Teachers' Association demanding an inquiry and to declare
They alleged that 220 LCDs or junior clerks have been
appointed against 60 posts likewise, 350 extra persons were appointed whereas
posts were not vacant. Due to unnecessary appointments by FDE it would not
be possible to create posts for many years.
General Secretary of the
Association, Ali Sher Rind, informed that taking heavy bribes, people
were appointed on various post in schools and colleges working under FDE but
posts were not created according to rules and approved by the Establishment
Division and Ministry of Finance.
Thus Accountant General Pakistan Revenues
(AGPR) refused to release the salaries for such employees raising various
objections on the non-completion of records, which caused severe economic
problems for the employees.
Thousands of teachers of different subjects
including Science, English, Computer, Fashion Designing and non-teaching staff
appointed without following the rules on contract basis and without proper
creation of posts by the directorate have also not received their salaries. The nation
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Tamasha 2010 shows
Islamabad: Lively and thrilling performances by young students during the
theatre and cultural shows at the concluding day of Tamasha 2010, organised by
FAST University, enthralled the audience here Monday.
organised by a society 'Jagoo' recently set up by the students of FAST, hosted
some 200 students from 30 universities for various competitions including essay
writing, bilingual declamation, painting, theatre and cultural performances.
The cultural show titled 'Mehndi' proved to be a great success for the
organisers, who found it difficult to accommodate a large crowd from different
walks of life in the 500-seat auditorium. The performing students portrayed
local cultural norms and traditions with particular reference to wedding
ceremonies in which family members, relatives and other people showered their
love and affection to the bride and groom.
"The cultural show covered
the unique wedding culture, focusing on the fabulous function of 'Mehndi'. The
students tried to strictly stick to real emotions and feelings that are always a
hallmark of such kinds of events," said Arslan Khalid, coordinator and
choreographer of the cultural show.
In theatre competition, the students
were divided into 16 teams and each was given 20 minutes for a street
performance - 'notanki' and mime (silent). "The event attempted to infuse
theatre as a cultural norm in our society. The young students provided a fresh
and invigorating look on life through their dazzling performances," said Shaheer
Mansoor, coordinator of the theatre competition.
The essay writing
competition was divided into two categories of English and Urdu, while the
English essay writing was further divided into fictional and normal writing. The
topics for fictional writing included 'Photographer & Meaning of Life',
'Journey of a Water Drop', 'Global Warming' and 'Priest', while the participants
of normal writing wrote on topics such as 'Dog Day' and 'The Planet
In Urdu essay writing, Shaista Zeb of NUML got the first
position while Muhammad Hassan of UET and Hafiz Mudassar of Gomal University
grabbed the second and third positions respectively. In English essay writing,
Farrukh Zafar of PARC National University, Waqas Maqsood of Punjab University
and Rabel Mustafa of FUMC secured the first, second and third positions
respectively. In English fictional essay writing, Salman Latif of PSED stood
first, while Syed Shahbaz and Haroon Yasir of Beaconhouse secured the second and
third positions respectively. The team of PAF Academy won the best prize in the
In the painting competition, some 18 students
were given two-day time to complete their work under the themes of
'Renaissance', 'Psychedelic' and 'Conceptual Art'. Aysha Kamal of NCA grabbed
the first position for her painting, while Habib Akram of Punjab University came
second. The team of Punjab University was awarded as best in the 'concept'
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Bahria University scholarships
Islamabad: Honouring a commitment made only a day ago, the rector of
Bahria University, Vice Admiral (r) M. Haroon, here on Monday announced award of
jobs and scholarships for three disabled persons.
The rector articulated
his intention of offering employment opportunities and scholarships to persons
with disabilities (PWDs) in Bahria University while addressing a Disability
Equality Training session. The session was arranged in collaboration with the
American Institute for Research (AIR) at the university's Leadership Development
Centre on Sunday.
As a follow-up to the commitment, a Board at Bahria
University has approved the appointment of the physically disabled Abdul Manan
in the university's department of statistics. Another wheelchair-bound graduate,
Abrar Hussain, has been offered the position of a teaching assistant at the
university. Ali Shabbar, who is visually impaired, has been offered to continue
his research degree in Supply Chain Management.
The head of the
Leadership Development Centre, Junaid Kiyani, has pledged his unconditional
support for disabled persons who are competent and interested in pursuing higher
education at Bahria University.
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Needy students scholarships
Islamabad: As many as 277 students, who obtained 80 per cent and above
marks in their annual examination, received scholarships in an auspicious
ceremony at Islamabad College for Boys (ICB), G-6/3.
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Dr Shahnaz A Riaz said the scholarships
would encourage the students to further their hard work and determination, and
suggested that more scholarships should be introduced to help those hardworking
students, who could not continue their studies due to financial
Referring to the prime minister's recent visit to a school to
check on the poor educational standard, she stressed all the students and
teachers to aim their activities towards achieving academic excellence.
Discussing about the Temporary Employed Faculty, she said the government
is quite serious in this matter and is trying to solve it somehow. "The wages of
the supporting staff, working on the daily-wage system, will also be increased,"
Dr Shahnaz congratulated Principal ICB Prof Muhammad Habib
Khattak for his extraordinary efforts for the College in a very short span of
time. She admired the overall discipline of ICB in particular and IMCBs in
Later on, she inaugurated a drinking water filtration plant and
thanked PTA's former general body for bearing the expenses for the purpose. The
plant has been recently installed in ICB through an aid by PTA that costs around
Rs296,000, whereas it is likely to filter 1,000 litres of water per
Earlier in his speech, the ICB principal proposed an increase in
the scholarship amount, terming the current amount insufficient, which the DG
assured to consider.
Discussing issues related to academics, the
principal emphasised the availability of permanent teaching staff in model
colleges. To him, the achievement of academic excellence is directly
proportional to the number of permanent faculty members.
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Donation of 500 books
Islamabad: The Asia Foundation, Islamabad under its books for Asia
Programme presented a collection of more than 500 books related to Natural
Social and Biological Sciences to the Quaid-i-Azam University library on Monday.
The books were presented by Gareth Aicken, country representative of
Asia Foundation in Pakistan to Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, vice chancellor of
the Quaid-i-Azam University.
Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai thanked the
foundation for its generous contribution towards the Library of the University
and said that special donation of 500 books made by the Foundation shall be put
to proper and effective use by the students and faculty members of the
Gareth Aicken, country representative of The Asia Foundation,
remarked that it considers Quaid-i-Azam University as a institution of higher
academic standards engaged in imparting quality education in this region would
therefore, extend special help to it in all times to come.
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Wetlands Fiesta 2010
Rawalpindi: Students and teachers of The City School's Junior Branch in
Harley Street and Satellite Town's Boys Campus showed outstanding performance in
the recently held Wetlands Fiesta 2010.
There were many categories in
the competition. Sallar Shoaib of Junior Branch, Harley Street, won first prize
in the Art Competition. The Best Art Teacher Participation Award was given to
Hassan Ahmed of the same branch.
From the Satellite Town's Boys Campus,
Maryam Ali Asad of Junior I-N won first prize in the category of Documentary. In
the category of Nature Photography, Zeeshan Ahmed and Zargham Ali of Jr-III-C
won first prize and Atif Sajjad of P-I-S won second prize. Nafees Ahmed of
Jr-V-C won first prize in the Urdu Poetry Competition.
Zerlish Arshad of Jr-II-S
won first prize in Poster Competition. In the 3D Model Display, the Best Art
Teacher Participation Award was given to Zain Ayesha. The news
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