Schools academic sessions: PU registration, 'Incompetent' teachers
Private, govt schools academic sessions to start separately
Lahore, March 17, 2008: The government has considerably failed in achieving parity,
regarding the commencement of academic session, as almost all private schools,
especially elite ones, are ready to observe new session, starting from
March/April unlike government schools where the same will commence from
August/September this year.
The private sector's "defiance" to follow
similar academic session as followed by government schools very well exposes
government's "control" over the schools, working in private sector. The previous
Punjab government's role in connection with streamlining and monitoring the
affairs of private schools has always been a subject criticism, as it failed to
evolve any regulatory mechanism for this purpose over the years.
2006, the government had introduced a uniform academic session, starting from
August/September, for both private and public schools, however, later, it proved
an announcement for the government schools only, as majority of the private
schools were still following the old pattern.
The decision had become
controversial ever since its announcement when most of the stakeholders, from
both public and private sector, had raised their voices against it and had
strongly criticized the change but to no avail. The issue was taken up by the
Inter-Provincial Education Ministers' Meeting at Karachi in February this year.
However, no decision was taken, as the caretaker government did not want itself
to be a part of any controversy afterwards. It was decided that the coming
government would take a final decision in connection with the start of academic
It is interesting to note here that private schools have to
follow the August/September session for students of matriculation who appear in
local board examinations.
Stakeholders from the private sector schools
argue that August/September session is not suitable, as students have to sit in
examination in extreme hot weather whereas frequent power failures and lack of
facilities at exam centres also put the students in hot waters.
representing government schools, argue that the past two years had proved a
great academic loss for the students because soon after the annual exams, summer
vacation were observed while books for the next classes were provided to the
students after the vacation. "One can well imagine how students will be
observing these holidays without books", they pose a question.
circles are also very critical of the prevailing disparity and urge the
government to ensure uniformity in this regard so that students, who have to
change their schools in any case, may not suffer and can continue their studies
without any difficulty.
They also urge the coming government to ensure
much awaited and much debated legislation, regarding private sector's
involvement in school education.
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has started registration of private candidates who want to
appear in BA/BSc Annual Examination 2009. According to a press statement, the
last date for registration with single fee has been set as June 28 while the
last date with double fee is July 31, 2008. The registration forms can be
obtained from the New Campus, the Old Campus and nominated branches of the Habib
Bank on depositing Rs 15. The registration form downloaded from university
website www.pu.edu.pk is also acceptable. The News
Visiting faculty: 'Incompetent' teachers giving PU a bad name
Lahore: The 'incompetent' and
'irregular' visiting faculty at the Punjab University (PU) is bringing a bad
name to the 126-year-old institute.
Last week, the PU
administration wrote a letter to all departments regarding their 'incompetent'
The letter stated that the visiting faculty was
unaware of academic discipline and they were damaging the university's repute
among academic circles. It also read that most visiting teachers were government
employees and they had not sought permission from their respective departments
to teach at the PU.
Hassan, an Institute of Administrative Sciences
student, said, "Three retired colonels have been appointed to teach
administrative sciences at our department. Our coordinators are also retired
army officials. They have been appointed on the basis of their
Usman, an Institute of Communication Studies student, said,
"About 90 percent of the visiting teachers have been appointed on the basis of
A Political science student said that it was the need of the
hour that the PU administration should frame a complete strategy in this
PU spokesman Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori said, "We have received
complaints from students about inefficient visiting teachers. Most visiting
teachers are relatives of department heads and 'influential people'. The PU vice
chancellor has issued instructions in this regard and we will frame a mechanism
to evaluate visiting teachers."
PU Registrar Prof Dr Naeem said,
"Presently, about 150 visiting teachers are teaching at the PU. We hired these
teachers to help our students perform well." Daily Times