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Exploitation of teachers by private schools goes unnoticed
Islamabad, June 27: An unfortunate aspect in
relation to private sector schools which goes almost unnoticed every year is
non-payment of salaries to the teachers during annual summer
Except a few big names in the private sector, many of the
private schools either do not pay salaries to their teachers at all or pay half
amount despite the fact the schools charge full fee from students and in most of
the cases that too in advance. It is also an unfortunate reality that sometimes
before the start of summer break, teachers are said goodbye by the management
with an aim to save the amount to be spent on their salaries and subsequently
fresh appointments are made after the summer holidays by these private
This year too, in the ongoing summer break which will continue
till August 14, there are reports about non-payment of salaries to teachers. The
situation needs prompt action by those at the helm. Many of the private schools
have introduced different categories of teachers and pay them salaries in summer
vacation as per their experience unlike the practice these schools follow in
Another important point which needs to be highlighted is related
to low salary structure of teachers and job insecurity at private
But since there is no regulatory body of the Punjab government
to monitor and regulate affairs of the private schools, there are serious
apprehensions among the academic circles that private sector would continue its
unbridled working and would keep on exploiting teachers.
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Teachers yet to receive their payments
Rawalpindi: Hundreds of teachers working in different educational institutions who had been recently
assigned duties of house numbering during the census had yet not received their
payments for the services they performed.
A number of teachers headed by
Shafiq Bhulwalia, President of Secondary Education School Teachers Association
along with Saghir Alam, President of Punjab Teachers Association, Rawalpindi said that they were not paid their allowances for performing duties
of home numbering in different parts of the country.
According to the
agreement, the assigned teachers were to be paid Rs6,000 to Rs9,000 special
allowance for the special duty of home numbering which was carried out from
April 15 to May 5 this year. During the period, the teachers assigned the work
remained on their duties on the orders of the higher authorities in the federal
government, provincial governments and the related district administrations.
Shafiq Bhulwalia and Saghir Alam on behalf of other teachers as well
called upon the concerned authorities to take measures for the payment of their
allowances by June 30, 2011.
They threatened that they would not perform
their duties during population census in October if the assigned teachers are
not paid their allowances by 30th of the current month. The teachers termed the
allowances of Rs6,000 to Rs9,000 as meagre in the sense of hardships they faced
during house numbering. On the other hand, Executive Director Education Qazi
Zahoor admitted that payment has yet not been released to them. However, cheques
of all government teachers who performed their duties have been prepared which
would be given to them in a couple of days. Tension among the teachers would
release soon, Qazi Zahoor said.
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Three IIU students awarded PhD degrees
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has awarded PhD degrees to Muhammad Iqbal
Naeem, Aamna Saleem Khan and Lamia after they successfully defended their
Muhammad Iqbal Naeem defended his thesis on 'A comparative study
of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and General Certificate of Education -
Ordinary Level (GCC O-Level) English Language Course.'
Aamna Saleem Khan
defended her thesis on 'Existing level of understanding of concepts in the
subject of chemistry among class IX students and effects of teaching chemistry
through concept formation teaching model on students' achievements.'
students of PhD Education Degree Programme undertook their research under the
direction of Dr. Maqsood Alam Bukhari. Their theses were also evaluated by
foreign experts; Professor Dr. Uger Demiray, Faculty of Communication Sciences,
Turkey, and Professor Dr. W A Gulam, Newton Annex, Salford University,
Lamia completed her PhD Islamic Studies (Usuluddin) (Specialisation
in Hadith and Sciences). She undertook her thesis under the supervision of Dr.
Suhail Hassan, associate professor at the IIU, whereas her thesis was evaluated
by two foreign experts - Dr. Najim Khalaf, former assistant professor at the
Ajman University, UAE, and Dr. Asim Al-Qaryot, professor at the Imam Muhammad
Bin Saud University, Riyadh.
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Harvard University offers special S. Asia course
Islamabad: Aimed at building bridges between Pakistani and American societies, Harvard University is
offering a special South Asia course that will bring together Harvard Summer
School students and Pakistani activists, advocates and scholars who represent an
emerging and vibrant civil society.
The university will use video
conferencing technology to connect the people of two countries. "An immediate
objective is to highlight some of the vibrancy, diversity, constructive
criticism, and potential of Pakistani society that often is ignored in the
mainstream western media," said Maggie Ronkin, the brain behind the course
titled Social Development in Pakistan. She will be joined by the director of the
Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Centre, Fayyaz Baqir, and the director of the
American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Nadeem Akbar, in Pakistan.
is the second such course collaboratively designed and produced by the same
team. Maggie launched the first US-based course last summer in the Programme on
Justice and Peace at Georgetown University. This time, along with some changes
in topics to be discussed, special arrangements create a bilocational classroom
by selecting ten Islamabad-based Harvard Summer School student participants.
"The interaction of these students with students on Harvard's campus will foster
communication among all, and, of course, create new opportunities for
Islamabad-based students," said Maggie.
that video conferencing would enable interactions of US students with
Islamabad-based implementers of solutions to inequalities and injustices, and
with expert conservators, as well as with peers. "Pakistani students get
opportunities to learn about US society as large numbers of them visit the US
for education etc., but US students have few opportunities to mingle with
members of Pakistani society. In part, that may be why they fail to notice
admirable things happening in Pakistan's development sector," said Maggie, who
is very excited about the upcoming course.
Maggie further said that often
the mainstream US media seem only to project poverty, corruption, and extremism
in grim stories sounding alarm over instability in this Muslim-majority state.
"For a second year, we are proud to partner with many inspiring guest experts on
the ground to focus on Pakistanis' own narratives of identity through expert
lenses of participatory development and community building. Inviting
Islamabad-based student participants with concrete and varied experiences,
interests, and questions to join us this year will prove to be an enormous asset
for everyone involved," she added.
She says that feedback that her team
received from the participants in the last course shows that previous
opportunities for interaction clarified many misperceptions that exist among the
public, especially among the youth, of the two countries. The Pakistani guest
experts also reported that they benefited from conversations with students
Quoting a student in the last batch from a small US liberal
arts college, she said that the interactions enlivened student participants with
hope for better communication and cooperation. The student noted, "The wide
variety and diversity of speakers has really humanized the region for me. Each
and every discussion we have with [an] Islamabad [guest expert] fills me with
hope and makes me realize that there are very tangible things that can be done
to alleviate poverty and foster peace throughout the world."
comments and many others give us motivation and energy to continue to develop
and, especially, to deepen and expand the academic potential this unique course,
said Maggie. "This year, Harvard also recognised team efforts in this area with
the appointment of a teaching assistant, Wajiha Naqvi, a LUMS graduate who
earned the Falak Sufi Scholarship to focus on Pakistan studies at New York
Maggie is finalising course arrangements in the USA. She has
taught anthropology, socio-linguistics, and communication at leading
universities including Georgetown, the University of Texas at Austin, and LUMS.
She also studied in the University of California's Berkeley Urdu Language
Programme in Pakistan and wrote theses on constructions of identity in a Lahori
woman's narratives. In addition to developing the videoconferencing initiative,
Maggie is now co-producing two videos on performance traditions and lifeways of
Course partner Fayyaz Baqir directs the
Islamabad-based Akter Hameed Khan Resource Center. The AHK Center was
established in 2000 to preserve the legacy of Akhter Hameed Khan, a social
scientist recognised globally for his contributions to the theory and practice
of participatory social development. The Center maintains a collection of field
reports, unpublished documents, and video footage. It also sponsors academic
programmes, research, public lectures, and publications on poverty
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AIOU initiatives for staff welfare lauded
Islamabad: The Academic Staff Association of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has welcomed the moves
and initiatives of AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nazir Ahmed Sangi regarding
uplift of faculty and other servicing cadres of the university by conducting of
connective four selection board meetings which was unprecedented in the history
of the university.
According to a press release issued here on Saturday,
contrary to the past, these selections and appointments are made without any
favour or fear and based on merit only. The selection board is highly commended
The association for these moves fully support and stand with
the vice chancellor and with the selection board. The association also requested
looking into the cases of those faculty members and officials whose promotions
were held up for so many years.
These recent moves by the vice-chancellor
have created a genuine academic environment for achieving the goals of the
university and will enhance quality of education in the country.
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NLA to sell selected books at 50% discount
Islamabad: With an aim to provide quality books at discounted prices, the National Language Authority
(NLA) will display a stall of books under the title - '100 Books and 100 Guests'
- from Monday. The books will be available at the stall with an aim to promote
availability and sale of NLA books all over Pakistan. Writers, intellectuals,
researchers, students and general readers are invited to visit and buy books at
50% special discount. The news
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