Rawalpindi schools lack basic facilities
60% schools in Rawalpindi district lack basic facilities
Rawalpindi, Jan 13: Lack of
basic facilities in over 60 per cent schools in Rawalpindi division is proof of
the provincial government's negligence in providing education, which is a basic
right and the only way poor can extricate them from poverty.
schools have no roofs forcing the students to study in open atmosphere in all
four seasons. There are a lot of other public schools that lack infrastructure.
Many schools have no furniture in classrooms, and lack teaching staff, toilets,
clean drinking water and playgrounds.
Clean drinking water has always
been a big issue for public schools. A number of schools in the district have no
water tanks and some that have them, don't have drinkable water. A number of
public school students get sick after drinking water from these tanks.
The Executive Director of Education Department, Rawalpindi, Qazi
Zahoor-ul-Haq commenting over the report agreed to the fact that the condition
of schools in Rawalpindi division is not good however, the percentage of
affected schools is not more than 60, he added. Around 40 per cent schools are
deprived of basic facilities, requiring revamping and reconstruction works, the
Qazi Zahoor-ul-Haq informed that the Punjab government has
recently approved, allocated and released Rs18 million for the revamping and
renovation of educational institutions in Rawalpindi. The funds for this purpose
were announced in a recent meeting held under the chairmanship of Secretary
Education, Punjab, the EDO said adding the work on improving the condition of
remaining schools would be done in accordance with the release of
About the shortage of teaching staff, the EDO informed that the
Punjab government on January 3, 2011 approved the proposal of education
directorate to recruit the teachers/instructors for the institutes where they
The process of filing up the vacant posts would kick off by
the end of March this year. However, he expressed his reservation as to say how
many vacant posts of teaching staff would be filled. The position would clear
out after March 31 that how many posts would be filled. It depends upon the
Punjab government, Qazi Zahoor remarked.
To yet another question, the
EDO demanded allocation of 5 per cent funds for the Punjab Education department
out of the total provincial budget. It would be greatly helpful in promoting the
education in the province, he added.
The government must concentrate on
the education sector and take revolutionary steps to improve it. The primary
education sector needs to be standardised according to modern education systems.
If the primary education syllabi and system is standardised according to modern
needs, it could help the country develop.
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Education ministry's demand likely to be rejected
Islamabad: National Assembly Standing Committee on Education is likely to categorically reject the
demand of the Education Ministry regarding relocation of Higher Education
Commission (HEC) with it.
Higher Education Commission (HEC), which now
enjoys the autonomous status, remained as a body of Education Ministry till
2002, as University Grants Commission (UGC). Ministry of Education in its
recommendations sent to the NA Standing Committee on Education has demanded that
HEC should be relocated with the Ministry of Education.
of HEC with the Ministry of education would further destroy the education system
in the country, it should enjoy the status of autonomous body for the larger
interest of the country," said NA Standing Committee on Education Chairperson
Abid Sher Ali while talking to this scribe.
He said: "We wholly support
the role of federal government in Ministry of Education, however; HEC is
performing better in its autonomous status. The recommendations from the
education ministry would be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the standing
committee to be held on January 17 after which we will formulate final
recommendations to be sent to Implementation Commission Chairperson Raza
The recommendations that suggest the relocation of HEC says,
"University Grants Commission (UGC) always remained, as a body of Ministry of
Education till 2002, when it was re-designated as the Higher Education
Commission (HEC). It needs to be relocated with the Ministry of Education," It
has also been stated that Higher Education Commission (HEC), already kept at
Federal level under Entry 12 in Part II of Federal Legislative List, needs to be
relocated with the Ministry of Education.
It is for the third time that
the attempt has been made to relocate HEC under Ministry of Education. First
time when Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali became the chairperson of HEC, second time
when the HEC had started verification of degrees on the directives of Supreme
Court and now for the third time after the 18th amendment according to which all
powers should be transferred to provincial governments.
However, it is
pertinent to mention that despite several attempts by the influential
politicians including Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali
Khan, the recommendation or demand to end the autonomous status of HEC have
always been disapproved by the Federal Government.
Even the allegations
against HEC regarding the high recurring budget in comparison with the minimal
out put could not move the federal government to relocate it with the Education
The other recommendations that have been sent to NA Standing
Committee on Education include that the Ministry of Education must be kept
intact, as per functions under Part I and Part II of Federal Legislative List,
Core Curriculum up to Higher Secondary Level must be within Federal
jurisdiction, Islamic Education needs to be with the federal level, Centres of
Excellence (12), although included in Entry 38 of abolished Concurrent List are
research entities and covered under Entry 16 of Part I of Federal Legislative
List. They need to be retained at the Federal level.
Talking about other
recommendations, Abid Sher Ali said that he supports all other recommendations
of the Education Ministry and after a discussion with the other committee
members in the upcoming meeting, they would send these recommendations to
Chairman Implementation Commission Raza Rabbani. "The devolution of powers would
further deteriorate the education system in the country where every province
would formulate the curriculum of their own choice that would end the concept of
nationalism in the country," he said. The news
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RMC students protest against occupation of hostel by NAB
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) female students on
Wednesday staged a protest demonstration on the college premises against the
illegal occupation of their hostel building by National Accountability Bureau
(NAB) for the last 10 years.
The students chanted slogans against NAB for
illegal occupation of the hostel that increased the accommodation problems of
the students and forced many to stay in other hostels. The protesting students
demanded that the government get their hostel building vacated at the earliest
and resolve their residence issue.
The female students said they were
facing multiple problems due to the lack of residence and the management of the
college was unable to provide them accommodation due to paucity of hostels. They
said they had to pay huge rent in other hostels besides travelling fare and the
authorities should take action or provide NAB some other place to solve the
issue. The students said NAB was violating the orders of Punjab Chief Minister
and Rawalpindi Commissioner in which the Bureau was asked to vacate the hostel,
but despite the orders the hostel was not vacated. The students came hard on the
authorities for being negligent to their issue for the last 10 years that has
increased their residential problems manifold. Daily times
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Madressah reforms making no headway
Islamabad: The project of madressah reforms is turning out to
be an elusive dream for the present government too.
As per statistics available on the website of the federal education ministry,
only 507 madressahs have been registered since former president Gen (retd)
Pervez Musharraf started madressah reforms in 2002.
Just after taking over, the PPP government had asked Interior Minister Rehman
Malik to monitor progress of the project, but nothing concrete has been done
except holding a few meetings of a special committee.
Qari Mohammad Haneef Jalandhari, who is a member of the
committee, said: "The government has no time for the project because it is
preoccupied with its survival. We hear political parties leaving the government
and then joining it. Then there is the issue of an increase in the prices of
petroleum products. Now there is a movement going on for protection of the
Qari Haneef, who is also a spokesperson for the Ittihad-i-Tanzeemati Madaris
Pakistan, said the ITMP had a similar experience with General Musharraf. "He
kept us busy in negotiations for many years, but nothing happened."
In reply to a question, he said the PPP government had given the ITMP a
working paper for discussion on how best madressahs could be reformed. "We will
give our suggestions when the government has time."
Sources said that no significant development could be expected because the
project was not on the list of government's priorities.
"You can see the level of preoccupation of the interior minister who, besides
taking care of the interior division, is all the time busy in pacifying the
government's coalition partners," said an official.
He said Mr Malik could be seen making statements only for public consumption
in the media about the government's seriousness to bring madressahs at par with
other educational institutions.
The sources said the government and ITMP, a representative body of five
madressah boards which have over 20,000 seminaries, had yet to agree whether
there should be a collective madressah regulatory authority and how could
madressahs could be upgraded to the level of regular education system.
The official blamed both the government and ITMP for lack of seriousness.
"The ITMP wants acceptance of its Wafaqs on the lines of public sector
examination boards with no government interference at all. They are happy with
the status quo."
According to latest statistics, Wafaqul Madaris Al-Arabia, which belongs to
the Deobandi school of thought, has over 12,000 religious schools with an
enrolment of around three million students.
Tanzeemul Madaris, which follows the Barelvi school of thought, has over
6,000 seminaries with over 130,000 students.Rabata-ul-Madaris Al-Islamia, which
is run by the Jamaat-i-Islami, has about 700 madressahs and nearly 100,000
Wafaqul Madaris Ashia, which belongs to the Shia community, has over 500
madressahs and around 10,000 students. Dawn
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Seminar on 'cervical cancer' held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A seminar titled 'Awareness about Cervical Cancer' was held here on Wednesday at the
Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), which was organised by Department of
Students were informed that cervical cancer is a deadly
disease, which could only be prevented through screening. It is common in
females of our country. Around 5,00,000 women have died due to cervical cancer
The purpose of arranging the seminar was to create awareness
among students and staff about cervical cancer.
The guest speaker,
Lieutenant Colonel (r) Dr. Naila Bangash, briefed the audience on the
significance of treatment of cervical cancer in females. She talked about major
signs and symptoms, causes and its preventive measures. She emphasised on
preventive measures like vaccination, smoking avoidance, nutritious food and
Chairperson of the Department of Education Dr. Mussarrat
Anwar Sheikh appreciated the speaker's presentation and efforts of students who
organised the event with enthusiasm. A large number of faculty members and
students of all departments attended the seminar.
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English declamation held at Fauji Foundation College
Rawalpindi: Enthusiastic students participated in the Annual English Declamation Contest, held at Fauji
Foundation College for Girls here on Wednesday.
The contest, arranged by
the college council, was the first preliminary round of the final competition to
be held by Federal Board. The winners of this competition would represent Fauji
Foundation Colleges in the final round. Three colleges participated in the
competition, including Fauji Foundation College for Girls, Fauji Foundation
Higher College for Boys and Fauji Foundation Higher Secondary School
Foundation University of Liberal Arts and Sciences (FUCLAS)
Principal Maqsood Alam Bokhari was the chief guest on the occasion.
topic of the Declamation Contest was 'Spring is not far.' Judges for the
competition included Assistant Prof. Seema Hussain from FG College Kashmir Road,
Rawalpindi, Gul-e-Rana from Fazaya College and Uzma Siddiqui from FG College
Abid Majeed Road Rawalpindi.
First position went to Qurat-ul-Ain of Fauji
Foundation Girls College, second to Ammara Shoaib of Fauji Foundation Girls
College and third to Hadia Madin. Consolation prize was given to Ismail Ahmed
Khan of Fauji Foundation Boys College.
The chief guest while speaking on
the occasion said that we should not forget our moral values and strive hard for
excellence in every field.
Awards were also given to the students, who
had excelled in HSSC level examinations, by the chief guest and Fauji Foundation
College for Girls Principal Amina Naeem Shafi. Sameen Shaukat, who stood first
in Pre-Medical Group in Federal Board by obtaining 1,014 marks out of 1,100 was
awarded with gold medal, Saba Zara, who stood 2nd in Pre-Medical Group by
securing 1,011 was awarded silver medal, while bronze medal was given to
Michelle Mary Gomez, who obtained 971 marks. Sameen also stood 3rd among all the
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Urdu debate competition held at Margalla College
Islamabad: On the third day of the ongoing intercollegiate competitions, an interesting Urdu
debate contest was held at the Federal Government Margalla College for Women,
F-7/4, on Wednesday.
The topic of the debate was 'Media is torch-bearer
of truth,' where students came up with hard-hitting arguments over the topic.
The competition was aimed at giving the students an opportunity to tell how they
view the current trends in Pakistani media in the coverage of current issues.
Girls who spoke in the favour of media were of the view that media was
instrumental in making people more aware with regard to post 9/11 scenario,
atrocities committed in Guantanamobay prison, inviting world attention to the
disaster of earthquake and floods in Pakistan, and highlighting the importance
of a free judiciary in the country.
The debaters paid tributes to brave
media men, who lost their lives in the line of duty while covering violent
incidents. On the other hand, students with opposing views contended that media
is spreading more and more sensationalism by blowing up political issues in
their opinion leads to cause restlessness in the society. Opposing panel said
that Pakistani media was not effective in highlighting real issues confronting
common man whose sole need for survival, bread, shelter and cloth is not being
They maintained that media is also not bold enough to condemn drone
attacks and expose devastation caused by these strikes.
Director News of
a private television channel Moeed Pirzada, who was the chief guest on the
occasion acknowledged that media has been playing both positive and negative
roles on different occasion and in different eras. But stressed that media being
a torchbearer of truth should always maintain a balanced and neutral approach.
At the end of the competition, the first prize was awarded to Mariam Zeb
of Bahria College, second prize went to Hifza Rafiq of F G Post Graduate College
Rawalpindi and third prize went to Anila Abbassi of FG College I-8/3, and the
consolation prize to Ayesha Rehman of the Army Medical College, Rawalpindi.
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Expo on biodiversity from tomorrow
Science Foundation (PSF) is holding 'French Travelling Expo on Biodiversity' in
collaboration with French Embassy in Pakistan from January 14 to 31 March 2011
in five major cities including Islamabad.
The Expo on Biodiversity is
also a milestone towards commemoration of International Year of
Biodiversity-2010 and beginning of World Biodiversity Decade (2011-2020). It is
hoped that this will be an excellent opportunity for the students to get first
hand knowledge on the theme of "Biodiversity" and related issues.
to APP, spokesperson of PSF said "We are continuously striving for developing
science culture in the society through its various science popularisation
programmes". Among the programmes, holding S&T Fairs and Expos is an
So far, PSF has organised four (4) National S&T
Fairs and three mega Expos namely; S&T Expo 2007 'Shaping the Future'
[March- April 2007, Islamabad], International Math Expo 'Engineering
Mathematics' [April-May 2008, Islamabad, Lahore & Peshawar] and Expo on
Environment 'The Earth's Future in our Hands' [Oct-Dec 2009, Islamabad, Sukkur
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MUNiC held at City School
Islamabad: The City School organised its Annual Model United Nations (MUNiC) at the capital campus
The event spread over four days provided a platform to the
students to have a wider perspective to debate on global and local issues in the
mornings and enjoy social events in the evenings.
MUNiC was first
organised at The City School, Capital Campus, in the year 2008 initiated by a
then student Ahmed Safwan with 24 teams participating from within the campus.
The following year MUNiC went intra-school with the participation of 36 teams
from various branches of TCS Network. This year MUNiC became an inter-school
event with 49 teams participating in various UN committees and otherwise. In the
coming year MUNiC plans to go international with participation of teams from
across the world.
The event kicked off with Global Village where
participants display the prevalent cultural diversity through setting up stalls
of various countries and show the prevalent cultural diversity on the ramp walk.
On the occasion were present various dignitaries, namely Mr. Baudara
from the High Commission of Sri Lanka; Mr. Terje Barstad, Minister Counsellor of
the Royal Norwegian Embassy; Mr. Hazeu-el-Shorbagy, the Cultural Attache of the
Egyptian Embassy; Ms. Lazum Hkawn Nau, Deputy Chief of Mission, Myanmar Embassy;
Mr. Asif Iftikhar, Director UN Foreign Office, Pakistan.
They termed the
event a success and appreciated the efforts of the students in extending a hand
of unity to nations of their countries. As part of the event, the delegates were
also enthralled by a live concert of a very popular band CALL. Sports Gala
another of the features of MUNiC was also a mega success with the students where
they learned to exercise their competitive selves in various sports in a healthy
What is most commendable about the entire event was that it was
organized and managed entirely by A- Level students. Secretary General Yashfeen
Malik and Director General Sanan Amir along with the delegate members of their
host teams pulled off an excellent MUNiC with events to be remembered in the
years to come. The news
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