Schools, colleges closed in capital | PU exams to continue
Schools, colleges closed for three days
Islamabad, Mar 14: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Friday
announced that all its educational institutions in the capital territory would
remain close from Saturday till Monday (March 14-16) in the wake of the lawyers'
long march in the city.
If the government failed to find an agreeable
solution to the prevailing political crisis and stuck to its guns, participants
of the long march would be reaching Islamabad on March 16 for a sit-in on the
Whereas the government, as it seems, would take
every possible measure to stop them outside the federal capital. Resultantly,
people of the twin cities, especially students, would be at the receiving end.
FDE Director General Attiqur Rehman said: "In the wake
of upcoming long march, as a precautionary measure we have decided to keep all
our schools and colleges in the federal capital closed for three days, i.e. from
March 14 to 16".
Replying to another question, he said examinations
scheduled for March 14 and 16 would now take place on March 24 and 25,
When asked what if the long march continued for some days
as its organisers have planned to stage a sit-in in front of the Parliament
House until the restoration of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad
Chaudhry, Mr Rehman said the directorate would take action accordingly.
Meanwhile, private schools in the federal capital would also observe
holidays from March 14 to 22.
The Rawalpindi government has also
announced holidays from March 14 and 16 in all the government and private
educational institutions in the district.
Islamabad Professors and
Lecturers Association President Prof Qasim said vacations would have an adverse
impact on the students, especially those who were busy preparing for their board
March being the month of examinations has critical
importance for students and even a little disturbance would affect their
preparations for the examinations, he said.
So far, the Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi and the Federal Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education are following their issued date sheets for
matriculation exams commencing from March 17 and 25, respectively.
However, in case the long march prolongs as announced by the lawyers'
community, the boards would have to take some decision for the students of the
twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
But the University of Punjab has not announced anything regarding the ongoing annual
examinations so the papers of B.A and B.Sc. would be held according to the date
sheet at the centres, he added.
The students took their papers of Geology,
Computer Studies, Urdu, Political Science and French on Friday and today
(Saturday) they have to take the papers of Economics, Kashmiriyat and Sociology.
District Magistrate Islamabad Asad Ullah Faiz has also declared holidays for
the local private educational institutions in Islamabad on March 14 and March 16
for Saturday and Monday. Therefore all the local private educational
institutions in Islamabad will remain closed on March 14 and March16 said the
However, Afzal Baber, President Private School Network, said only
those institutions, which follow O and A Level system would close their
institution whereas other private schools and colleges would remain open.
"Theses schools and colleges are not situated in distant areas and the
students need no transport to go to the schools. And this is the month of
examination and from Mach 17 final examination of Rawalpindi Board would start
so theses days are very important to them so we cannot close down schools for
two days" the president of Private Schools Network said.
universities would remain open, as no official notification has been issued in
this regard by the decision bodies of the universities or the ICT administration
but on Monday the universities may remain closed and it is expected that it
would be announced today. But the Quaid-I-Azam University would remain closed on
Monday. The decision was taken on Saturday at a meeting lately by the
administration of the university.
Meanwhile, District Nazim Rawalpindi Raja
Javed Ikhlas has declared holidays on March 14 and 16th for private and
government educational institutions throughout the Rawalpindi district. Dawn/The Nation
GCU dean dies
Lahore: Prof Dr Sohail Ahmad Khan, Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning and
Chairperson Department of Urdu of the Government College University (GCU)
Lahore, passed away on Friday morning. A renowned Urdu scholar of international
repute, Dr Sohail taught at the postgraduate level for 40 years. He served
Punjab University Oriental College as Professor and Principal.
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Punjab University BA/BSc exams to continue
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Controller Examinations Prof Zahid Karim has said that all the
papers of BA/BSc and other examinations will continue as per announced schedule.
There were rumours that the PU might announce cancellation of ongoing BA/BSc
exam in the wake of ongoing political crisis in the country.
Beaconites try their best for top honours
Islamabad: Students enthusiastically participated in all events at the
Annual Sports Day of the Beaconhouse School System here on Friday.
of students competed in three categories, including flat race, obstacle race and
relay race. Parents of the students also participated in two events, which were
specially organised to add colour to the day.
Former world hockey star
Shahbaz Senior was the chief guest on the occasion, who witnessed all events and
consistently encouraged the participants.
Speaking on the occasion,
Shahbaz Senior said that sport activities enhance the morale of students and
enable them to utilise their talent in a befitting manner. Recalling his own
experiences, he said, sport events always provide entertainment and infuse
spirit among students.
Ayesha Shabir, principal of the Beaconhouse School
(Islamabad), said that co-curricular activities were a part of efforts aimed at
providing quality education to students.
Later, Shahbaz Senior
distributed trophies and shields among the winners.
In flat race (boys)
of class III, Waleed Zaheer, Hamid Farid and Daniyal Khan got first, second and
third positions respectively. In the girls' category, Zoha Khan grabbed first
position, Momina Hussain second and Amina Naeem got third position.
flat race (boys) of class IV, Zeeshan Nasir, Buraq Khan and Adil Shami got
first, second and third position respectively. In girls' category Bashishta
Ahmad got first, Fatima Ijaz second and Noor-ul-Amin got third
In the flat race (boys) of class V, Waleed Malik grabbed first
position, Saif Ali second and M Ahsan got third position. In girls' category of
the same event, Mikhal Iqbal got first position, Minahal Bukhari second and
Zeenat Shafiq grabbed third position.
In flat race (boys) of class VII,
Anas Nasir, Taha Rohan and Ammad Akhtar stood first, second and third
respectively. In girls' category Tehreem Khan stood first, Zara Aftab second
while Asma Majeed got third position.
In ball balancing (boys and girls)
of class VII, Alina Sameer was first, Khuda Yar second and Tehniyat Masood was
third in the event.
In relay race (boys and girls), Taha Majeed and
Nabeel Ahmad got first; Pashma Hashmi and Zubair Saleem second; and Yaseera Amin
and Tanvir Khan got third position.
In relay race (mix) of class IV and
V, Meekhail Ahmad, Maryam Javed, Amer Ali, Sirat-ul-Habib grabbed first
position; Hasan Raza, Ayesha Ahmad, Fahad Kamal and Sophia Rehman second; and
Abdul Moiz Noor, Maha Nasir, Zubair Haider and Haya Khan got third
In obstacle race (mix) of class IV, Ahmad Gillani and Fatima
Naveed got first position; Ali and Musa Haroon second; and Ali Nasir and Zara
Ali got third position.
Fathers of the students participated in the flat
race (100 metres) while mothers competed in brisk walk (50 metres).
the end, various groups of students presented karate and gymnastic shows and
daring moves exhibited during triple storey pyramids and somersaults through the
fire ring spoke volumes about the training and efforts, which had gone into
preparation. The News
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