Punjab private schools still open | Rawalpindi teachers
Private schools still open; stern action
Lahore, June 04: Summer vacations in schools across Punjab were supposed to start from
June 1, but a large number of private schools are still open and the
Education Department has announced to take stern action against them
The School Education Department announced
that all public and private schools in the province would remain closed
from June 1 to August 23, until Eidul Fitr; however, many private
schools refused to follow the schedule and announced different dates for
A large number of parents of children studying in
private schools had complained that schools had not announced summer
vacations, despite the fact that mercury was constantly rising and many
children had fallen ill due to the harsh weather conditions.
the mother of a Class 5 student studying at a private school said that she had tried to convince the management of her
daughter's school that they had to close the session, but they refused
to do so by saying that they had to complete the course.
"They said that they cannot close the school before June 15," she said.
the father another schoolchild, told this scribe that his son had
fallen ill due to the hot weather conditions prevailing in the city.
"Now I am forced not to let my son go to school," he said, adding that
private schools just wanted fees, due to which they were not closing
schools. "They fear that they will not be able to charge fees after a
notification by the high court," he said.
Pervaiz Akhtar said that schools were only allowed to conduct activities
from 7am to 10:30am during the summer camps, and "if any school is
found open after these timings, it will be served a show-cause notice to
justify the act. If they fail to do so, their registration will be
Pervaiz said that he had a very low staff for the
inspection of more than 5,000 private schools in the city; therefore,
"there might be some schools left open during the surprise visits". He
urged parents of students to inform the Education Department about
opened schools so that action could be taken against them.
question about completion of syllabus during the summer vacations,
Pervaiz was of the view that the department had allowed schools to
operate for four hours a day, which was enough. "Schools can complete
their syllabus during these timings."
However, the All Pakistan
Private Schools Owners Association (APPSOA) raised objection against it.
APPSOA Punjab President Abubakar Naseem said the main reason for not
closing the schools was that they were unable to complete the syllabus
during the remaining academic year, as there were several vacations
during the year. Daily times
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Of tuition centres, students & parents
Rawalpindi: Teachers whether they belong to a government or private school are
either running or working in tuition centres called academies,
foundations or centres.
"Nobody questions the need for
such academies/centres despite the fact that their kids are left with
no time for play and it is affecting their health," says Tufail Sheikh, a
child psychologist. These academies offer courses for students
preparing for examinations and require an enormous amount of extra study
"We spent a lot of time looking at the
materials and we believe we have devised an excellent course. We love to
have students take our course," says Sharif Qureshi, running a famous
academy. He added: "Our tests can be daunting for any students seeing
them for the first time, but the already stressful exam situation is
smoothened by the fact that the test results can have life-changing
consequences for these young people." Actually, increasing competition
has created a huge demand for tuition centres.
father of a 10th class student, recounts how he was forced to send his
son to a the tuition centre despite financial difficulties, "Last year
when my son was about to appear in the examination, I noticed that his
curriculum was unfinished. I complained to the school principal about
the matter but it fell on deaf ears. I had no alternative but to send
him to a tuition centre."
Ghazal Zahid, a mother of three
students says, "I think tuition fee is a huge burden on our family
budget. I don't understand why tuition is necessary when the school,
college managements pay their teachers for doing the same job."
it's the low pay-scales that make teachers lose interest in
classrooms," says Samina Khan, a teacher from a private school. "How can
you imagine gifted and bright people taking up teaching as a profession
sans reasonable salary? Just take my example, I have Master's degree in
chemistry but live an ordinary life and that also in a rented house.
Those who are running tuition academies are rich now and hire services
of people like me on a low pay," adds Samina.
salary-scales have also compelled certain teachers to take full-time
jobs at various tuition centres. "I at first joined a school. But after
weighing my options, I decided to join a tuition academy. I am getting a
lot more money than what any other school, government or private, would
have offered to pay me," says Shafique.
hundreds of tuition academies and centres in the city, a figure that is
increasing day by day. According to reports great majorities of the
students receive private tutoring or go to tuition academies and centres
by the time they reach class ten. Nowadays every student is running for
tuition academies for getting success. They do not believe in
"The fact is the society has simply accepted
the existence of tuition centres and both the teachers and the students
have attuned themselves to the system so it is just impossible to bring
any major change in the system despite the domination of the education
sector by some profit-making guys," says Shakeel Ahmad, a teacher
associated with a tuition academy.
"Any drive to hold back tuition academies can't solve the problem. Raising teachers' salaries is a key to the problem," he adds.
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300 VCs from OIC states to attend forum
Islamabad: The Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), in collaboration
with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(ISESCO), Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, and the Ministry of
Science and Technology, is organising a two-day Vice Chancellors' Forum
on 'Higher Education in the Islamic World: Challenges and
Opportunities'. The forum will be held on June 11-12 in Islamabad.
300 vice chancellors, rectors and presidents of universities and higher
education institutions of the OIC member states will attend the event.
Higher education institutions play a fundamental role in imparting
education and bringing about economic and social changes in a society.
To facilitate the coordination on higher education among the OIC
countries, the forum would dilate on the major issues of governance,
knowledge management, science, technology and innovation and quality
assurance. The objective of the forum is to help establish linkages and
promote networking among the participating universities/institutions.
The forum would help in pooling resources but not limited to offering
scholarship for higher studies. To facilitate the resource sharing among
the institutions of higher learning in the member countries, the forum
would promote exchange of students and faculty among the participating
The Forum is expected to further the
initiatives of the ISESCO that recommend the OIC member states to
initiate and strengthen their national innovation systems in higher
education to support scientific capacity building and partnership among
public and private national stakeholders, including legislators, media
and civil society to enable application of scientific knowledge and
results to achieve viable economic development.
will provide a platform to the university leaders from the Islamic world
for fostering collaboration, strengthening cooperation and encouraging
dialogue among them and the institutions they represent.
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Rawalpindi: Muhammad Sohail Afzal, a students of the National University of
Sciences & Technology has successfully completed M.Phil in
Bio-Medical Sciences, says a press release.
also awarded gold medal at a ceremony held at the convention centre,
which was received by his father Seth Muhammad Afza Hilal, as Sohail is
studying in PhD in France.
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SUSIT imparting education to over 15,000 students: VC
Islamabad: Taking start with only 68 students in just two disciplines in 2001, the Sarhad
University of Science and Information Technology (SUSIT) has currently
over 3,000 students enrolled in over a dozen disciplines in the seven
faculties of the university and has produced thousands of skilled and
qualified lot to serve the society and abroad in different fields.
university has also been imparting education on minimal charges to over
15,000 students under distance education programme for which a total of
33 distance learning study centres have been set up in the province,
Islamabad and abroad, said Professor Dr Salimur Rahman, Vice-Chancellor
of the university in an interview.
of the distance learning study centres have been set up in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, four in Islamabad and three abroad, as according to the
university charter and Higher Education Commission's rules, they cannot
open such centres in other provinces without prior permission of the
respective governments of those provinces, he added.
Salim, who is one of the founding members of the university, said that
they started the project in 2001. "Initially, we had only two faculties -
Faculty of Computer Science and Faculty of Management Sciences," he
In 2004, the faculties of life sciences and
biotechnologies were launched to offer degree courses in pharmacy, he
informed. He added that the engineering and technology programmes were
started in 2005 for which two separate faculties were established. He
informed that currently they were offering degree programmes in civil,
electrical and mechanical engineering.
He said that the
university was also offering B.Tech, physical education, Urdu and
education courses. Dr Salim said that they start a new programme after
every two years.
He said that they also have a programme
for distance learning, which they had started from Punjab in 2002 but
due to restrictions from the HEC, they had to wind up the programme in
other provinces and focused it in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the federal
He said that in the distance learning programme
students were imparted education at the doorstep on the pattern of open
universities like the Allama Iqbal Open and Virtual University. At the
study centres for the programme, science laboratories have been set up
where the students can come to have experiments. The centres help the
students out on all points except examinations in which they could play
no role, the vice-chancellor said.
He informed that they
started another programme two years ago to offer CT, B.Ed, M.Ed courses
outside the main campus of the university. In this programme, the
students need to take the services of the university recommended tutors
in their respective areas. A two-week workshop is compulsory for the
students of this programme in every semester, he added. Soon they would
start liberary science in this programme, he said.
Salim said that till 2005 they had only bachelor degree programme after
which they started post-graduate and doctorate courses. He said that the
university has offered a number of M.Phil and Ph.D degree holders in
various disciplines. But they are not too many in number due to the
strict admission criteria for the programme. "We give admission to only
those students who have done their master's in first division and have
passed the NTS," he said.
He said that the university was
also have a good position in the HEC ranking, which would further
improve next year, as the research publications of the university have
The university also undertook soft skill
training with the support of USAID under which over 1,000 students were
trained. The university has also set up two career development centre
with the support of USAID to know the aptitude of the students and
provide them proper guidance after they take admission in a particular
discipline, he maintain.
He further said that they also
have an entrepreneurial development centre established in 2007 with
support of Small and Medium Entrepreneur Development Agency (SMEDA) in
which the students are trained to start own businesses. The news
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