FDE Class-V examinations postponed
Class-V examinations postponed
Islamabad, Feb 18: The centralised examinations for class five, scheduled to start on February 19, were
postponed till further orders in the wake of complete strike being observed by
teachers working under the Federal Directorate of Education
According to well-placed sources in the Ministry of Education, the
negotiations between teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education
continued till late at night but could not reach any conclusion as the teachers
were determined to continue their strike till the approval of their demands.
Insiders said that the Ministry of Education officials tried
their level best to convince teachers to call off their strike but failed. "The
officials were of the opinion that they have sent a summary regarding
upgradation of teachers to the Ministry of Finance and its response was awaited.
They said that as soon as the summary gets approved from the Finance Division,
the package for teachers would be implemented in no time," they said.
the other hand, teachers believe that the Ministry of Education is not sincere
in their upgradation. "We have our sources in the Ministry of Education through
which we learnt that no such summary has been moved so far," said a teacher
"The centralised examinations for class fifth,
which were scheduled to start on February 19, have been postponed as teachers
were boycotting classes and other activities," said a high-level official of the
Ministry of Education.
The teachers of many as 388 educational
institutions under the FDE have been observing complete strike by not taking
their classes, examinations (both internal and external) and any kind of duty
The teacher of all cadres peacefully staged a sit-in on the
premises of their respective schools. They displayed protest banners at the main
gates of their academic institutions and wore black armbands.
were asked by their teachers to enjoy free time in playgrounds. "The intensity
of our boycott will increase with each passing day. Students will also join us
in a couple of days," said an office-bearer of the Federal Government Teachers
FGTA President Azhar Mahmood Awan, addressing on the
occasion, said that the ongoing strike of teachers was not against any person or
institution. "It is aimed at making the current leadership of the country to
realise that the prevailing education system in the ICT is based on disparity
and discrimination," he said.
He said that the FGTA wanted substantial
and comprehensive structural changes in the education system. "For this, uniform
nomenclature of all institutions and uniform service structure for all teachers
of all cadres have become a clarion call of all teachers, students and parents
as well," he added.
The teachers, on the occasion, distributed their
charter of demands that included issuance of notification regarding uniformity
of education system in ICT so that it can be implemented in letter and spirit as
per the announcement made by the Prime Minister, issuance of notification
regarding up-gradation of teachers, residential ceiling with pay to all
employees under FDE Islamabad and immediate issuance of supplementary grant for
hiring, immediate provision of transport facility to remote areas/federal area,
immediate regularisation of all sacked teachers, contractual teachers, teachers
on deputation, computer teachers and English teachers, hardship allowance to all
FDE employees working at hard stations.
Ministry of Education Additional Secretary Shaigan Shareef Malik said that the ministry
was strongly committed to the implementation of the package for teachers in
letter and spirit. "We are continuously in the process of negotiations with
teachers," he added. The news
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Schoolteachers go on strike
Islamabad: Some 7,000 teachers of the federal government schools in the city went on an indefinite strike on
Thursday demanding uniform service structure for themselves and uniform
education system for the students.
"We will remain on strike till we get our demands fulfilled by the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE)," president of the FDE Teachers Association Azhar
Their action affects the nearly 100,000 students who attend the 388 schools
run by the federal government in the capital territory.
However, the director general of the FDE, Shaheen Khan, said: "I have
personally given them [teachers] assurances that their concerns will be
resolved; however, the teachers ignored my request leaving the students without
a lecture the whole day which is unfair."
She said the federal secretary education had already sent a reply to their
demands and "we are all set to resolve it."
But the protesting teachers also had a point to make, as several female
teachers chanted slogans at the Federal Government Girls Secondary School,
The teachers were carrying placards inscribed with slogans against the
Federal Directorate of Education and the education ministry now without a
minister and being looked after by its principal accounting officer, who happens
to be the federal secretary education Mohammad Athar Tahir.
"There are three different directors sitting in the FDE and looking after as
many education systems running parallel to each other in the capital," said Mr
They are: Director Islamabad Model Colleges, Director Islamabad Model Schools
and Director Federal Government Colleges.
"There must be a unified system of education because teachers working in the
federal government model schools, which is for grade 1 to grade 12 students, are
working in grade-9 and grade-16 for almost two decades and are hardly considered
for promotion to the next grade," said Mr Mehmood.
On the other hand, he said, teachers were directly hired in grade-16 in
Islamabad model colleges and considered for promotion to grade-17 and above.
Reading out the demands in front of the protesting teachers, Mr Mehmood said:
"We need notifications for a unified education system, unified promotional
structure for grade-9 to grade-20 teachers, promotion of all F.G. teachers to
the next grade as elementary schoolteachers e.g. grade-16 to grade-17 and
re-designation of sanctioned posts of teachers." He said the teachers should
also be given house ceiling along with their salaries besides provision of
Mr Mehmood said all the teachers who were sacked by the FDE last year should
Meanwhile, the FDE director general said the secretary education had marked a
few queries regarding the said matter raised by the F.G. teachers, adding they
were positively working on it.
She advised the teachers to demonstrate patience, adding: "protest is their
right but they should not snatch the right of education from the students."
Ms Khan clarified that on January 12 she was again given the charge of the
FDE director general so "I must be given some time." Dawn
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KMC students want exam postponed
Peshawar: The final year students of Khyber Medical College on Thursday staged a protest to press the
Khyber Medical University administration to postpone their examination till
The protesting students were holding banners and placards
inscribed with slogans against the university administration for unilaterally
announcing schedule for their final professional examination to be held in July
next. They said that they had been given little time for preparations as the
university often remained closed due to poor law and order in the province. They
asked the university to delay the examination till September 2011.
Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Hafeezullah, on the other hand, rejected the
demand. Talking to reporters, he said the university had already issued schedule
for the examination in which no changes would be made.
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Nasim Anwar wins BioAsia-2011 Award
Islamabad: Renowned Pakistani scientist and Adviser Science with COMSTECH Secretariat in Islamabad
Dr Anwar Nasim has been selected as winner of BioAsia-2011 Award.
valedictory ceremony in the honour of Dr Nasim who is also an expert in
biotechnology in Pakistan is being arranged on February 24 in Hyderabad, India.
The governor of Andhra Pradesh will be the chief guest of the
Dr Anwar Nasim had been President of Federation of Asian
Biotech Associations (FABA) and his services in the field are widely recognised
in the world of biotechnology. The decision to select him for the ward was
announced Thursday by Dr BS Bajab, Secretary General of FABA. Dr Nasim had a
doctorate from University of Edinburgh, UK. The news
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