Mathematics teachers shortage
Shortage of math teachers in public schools decried
Rawalpindi, March 03: The students enrolled in several public sector schools of the
Rawalpindi district have expressed concern over the shortage of mathematics
teachers in their institutions affecting their education badly.
condition of anonymity, some students and their parents alleged that dozens of
high, elementary and secondary schools of the Punjab government in the
Rawalpindi district are being run without mathematics teachers. Due to the
absence of mathematics teachers, both male and female students are poor in the
subject, they said.
According to them, the heads of the concerned
institutions have time and again brought the matter into the knowledge of
concerned authorities, including the city district government, executive
director education (EDO), but mathematics teachers could not be appointed as
yet. Parents are forced to hire the services of private teachers for their
children against huge amount as tuition fees.
The students as well as
parents besides the heads of different educational institutions have demanded of
the provincial government, city district government, Rawalpindi, EDO and other
concerned authorities to take immediate measures for filling the vacant posts of
mathematics teachers in schools.
Education Directorate (Rawalpindi)
Director (Administration) Khalid Javed Rehan rejected the allegation levelled by
students as well as their parents that dozens of Punjab government educational
institutions are being run without mathematics teachers. He said that
there was shortage of 95 mathematic teachers in different government schools of
the Rawalpindi district. According to him, the directorate has recruited 91
mathematics teachers, 71 male and 20 female, against 95 vacant posts. The
remaining posts of four mathematics teachers would be filled in a couple of
months. The Punjab government is fully aware of the issue and applications are
being invited for filling the vacant posts, he added.
He said that the
schools based in Murree, Kotli Sattian and Kahuta are also facing shortage of
mathematics teachers, which would be filled within two months. Besides this, the
Directorate of Education and the city district government have converted 60 Urdu
medium government high schools into English medium both male and female
institutions (30 each).
There are 364 Urdu medium educational institutions in
the Rawalpindi district. The remaining 304 institutions would also be converted
into English medium by June 2010, he added.
"Salam, I have done M.Sc in Mathematics from University of Peshawar and have more than 6 years teaching experience. I am looking for a teaching position in Rawalpindi or Islamabad. Thanks, Shah Nawaz Khan"
Name: Shah Nawaz Khan
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AIOU announces Intermediate exam results
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Tuesday announced the results of final exams of
Intermediate programmes for Spring 2009.
According to Controller examination
AIOU, result intimation cards are being sent by post to students at their
Students who do not receive the result intimation cards up to March
5, are advised to contact their nearest Regional Office or Superintendent
(Result) Examinations in the main campus of University in Islamabad personally
or on his telephone number 051-9057319 & 9057308 to get the duplicate result
cards. The students can also download their results from the university website
www.aiou.edu.pk. The news
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FDE teachers' salaries
Islamabad: The ministry of education has decided to release the
salaries of 175 contractual teachers held for the last eight months by the
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
The ministry also directed the
FDE to make a summary for regularisation of the services of those teachers who
have acquired professional qualifications including BEd and CT.
meeting between the officials of the FDE and the ministry of education on
Monday, it was agreed that all those contractual teachers who had acquired
professional qualifications would be regularised in BS 14.
would be implemented in phases. Initially, the salaries of 175 English teachers
serving in various federal schools will be released followed by that of science
teachers," said an official of the education ministry. Dawn
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Young madrassa students
Islamabad: Youngsters in 'madaris' are more vulnerable than the general
population of youth due to the fact that the majority of these young people live
away from their families, are very young (mostly in teenage) and have less
knowledge about their body protection, health and hygiene.
observations were shared at Life Skills Based Education Forum titled 'Bridging
the Gap' organised by the World Population Foundation (WPF) to capture the
learning of its initiative in the 'madaris' of Quetta and Peshawar.
2009, the WPF introduced its Life Skills Based Education (LSBE) initiative in
non-formal education systems, i.e. 'madaris' of NWFP and Balochistan, to improve
the quality of life of 'madaris' youth by equipping them with relevant skills,
knowledge and attitudes to adopt safe, health-seeking behaviours and protect
them from abuse, exploitation, drugs and diseases.
During the first year
of the project, a total of 1,355 students, including 623 male and 732 female,
were imparted life skills education.
To make this initiative a success not only
did WPF partner with local NGOs of NWFP and Balochistan, but also took on board
religious scholars (a Rahber Committee comprising 12 'ulema' from 12 shortlisted
'madaris' in Peshawar and Quetta was formulated) with whose help both teachers'
resource materials, as well as students' workbooks were formulated to meet the
unique needs of 'madaris' youth.
The religious scholars had reviewed this
curriculum and facilitated in enriching the text with supporting evidence in the
form of Quranic verses and authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be
The members of the Rahber committee were trained as master
trainers while a total of 32 teachers (16 male and 16 female) each from Peshawar
and Quetta were trained to impart LSB education in selected 'madaris'. Moreover,
'madaris' were also assisted in the improvement of their physical infrastructure
while 11 medical camps were organised in both Peshawar and Quetta, benefiting
1,168 (472 male and 696 female) students.
Religious scholars from across
Pakistan took part in the learning forum and reinforced the needs of providing
life skills based education to young people in 'madaris' to bridge the gap that
exists among various education systems. The way forward recommended by many of
the participants was to replicate the programme in various 'madaris' in various
districts all across Pakistan as well as to include it in the curriculum of
various systems including Wafaq-ul-Madaris and Rabt-ul-Madaris.
Atta-ur-Rehman, Mohtamim Madrassa tul Rashad from Quetta, strongly endorsed Life
Skills Based Education and emphasised the need to upscale the project in
'madaris' in other parts of the country.
WPF Programme Manager Cyma
Ashraf, while sharing the experience from the past one year, explained that
opposite to the assumptions of many, the heads of 'madaris' in Quetta and
Peshawar had embraced the idea of life skills education in Pakistan with open
arms and had offered all possible support for its smooth implementation.
In the end, WPF Country Representative Qadeer Baig expressed the resolve
to upscale the initiative to other provinces of Pakistan and hoped that
youngsters studying in 'madaris' would receive equal opportunities to learn
behaviours, attitudes and skills that would benefit them all through their
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RMC 8th convocation
Rawalpindi: As many as 466 graduates of academic sessions 2007 and 2008
were awarded degrees at the eighth convocation of the Rawalpindi Medical College
(RMC) here on Tuesday.
College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan
(CPSP) President Professor Dr. Zafarullah Chaudhry was the chief guest and
University of Health Sciences (Lahore) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Malik
Hussain Mubbashar presided over the convocation.
Medals were awarded to
the best graduates and shields and certificates were distributed among RMC
students of 2007 and 2008, who got distinctions and topped the college or UHS.
Hina Hafeez Abbasi was declared the best graduate of RMC for the year 2007, as
she topped the UHS three times and got five gold medals during her stay at the
RMC. Umair Saeed was declared the best graduate for 2008 for topping the UHS and
RMC five times in his five-year stay in the college, bagging 12 gold medals and
securing 16 distinctions during the course.
Speaking on the occasion,
RMC Principal Professor Dr. Muhammad Mussadiq Khan stressed on the need for
modest behaviour, attitude, improved communication and true professionalism. He
said that knowledge without integrity might become harmful for the social
fabric. "Doctors must understand that to have real honour, they need to further
improve their attitude, behaviour and professionalism," he
said. He also stressed on the need for change in the curriculum of medical
education in Pakistan.
The chairman of the organising committee of the
eighth RMC convocation, Professor Dr. Faisal Bhopal, while highlighting the
establishment and progression of the college, said that the RMC has attained an
honourable position among public sector medical education institutions of
Pakistan and could proudly put forward its achievements both in academic and
He said that the RMC has
established the departments of telemedicine and continued medical education. It
has recently established a mother and child healthcare centre to provide
specialists' cover to the District Headquarters Hospital, Chakwal, and Tehsil
Headquarters Hospital, Talagang, along with monthly visits to 12 basic health
units (BHUs) and fortnightly visits to three rural healthcare centres (RHCs) of
the Chakwal district.
From a humble beginning in 1974, the RMC has now
become one of the most renowned medical colleges of not only the Punjab province
but also Pakistan, and is now making its mark among world medical institutions.
A total of 31 batches comprising 6,583 doctors have completed graduation from
here during the last 35 years, including about 600 nationals belonging to
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia,
Nepal, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
RMC students had topped Punjab University more than 14 times and secured
distinctions in various subjects more than 150 times. The RMC enjoys full
recognition by the medical councils of different countries, including Royal
Colleges of UK, CPSP and also by the World Health Organisation.
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NISE painting exhibition
Islamabad: Tuesday was indeed a big day for 15-year-old dyslexia patient,
Hamza, as his paintings were exhibited in first of its kind exhibition at the
National Institute of Special Education (NISE).
Muhammad Hamza Khan, who
is not able to read and spell as normal boys, fully utilised colours and his
imagination to convey his feelings and thoughts in an extraordinary way. Every
painting was a combination of hope and frustration over the social attitude
towards such patients.
The intelligent use of colours and images was depictive
of the amazing talent the teenage boy possesses who instead of giving up,
struggled to survive the social isolation majority of such patients suffer at
the hands of society. Though painted without the supervision of any art teacher,
the depth of vision and use of colours in all 21 paintings stunned the visitors
who generously appreciated the hard work done by the child. They also praised
the boy for his urge to do something extraordinary despite his disability.
The exhibition was organised by the National Institute of Special
Education, Ministry of Social Welfare, mainly to break the silence about the
illness that affects more than 10 per cent of our population.
Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis Syed Khursheed Shah was
the chief guest on the occasion. The minister took keen interest in paintings
especially in the message conveyed by Hamza through his work. He urged media to
create awareness about the issue among general public especially parents and
teachers so that they become able to identify the problem at right time.
"Intellectual debate in media can generate discussion in the parliament, which
can lead to formulation of a policy about the issue affecting a large portion of
the population," he pointed out.
Considering Hamza's interest in
mechanics, the minister gave him admission in auto mechanical course in one of
the Skill Development Institute under his ministry. Agreeing to the fact that
the problem cannot be solved with these small gestures, he said that
comprehensive policy is required to address the issue in proper way. Talking
about special seats for disabled in the parliament, he said that such decision
would require change in the constitution.
"The way of contesting general
election is always open for such people," he said adding that providing special
seats will mean encouraging every segment of the society to demand special
The proud mother of the child and consultant at the Ministry of
Social Welfare for Dyslexia, Shazia Khan said that majority of Dyslexia patients
suffer silently through out their life, as society is unaware of the fact that
with special environment and attention, such children can live normal lives.
"People are not even aware of existence of such problem," she mentioned. She
said that Dyslexia is a learning disorder that manifests itself, as a difficulty
with reading, spelling and in some cases mathematics.
"The disease is curable
and is separate from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as a
non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing. It is unfortunate that due
to lack of awareness, such people are treated as mentally retarded in our
society," she said. She said that the biggest manifestation of the existence of
Dyslexia is the child using his left hand or writing words in opposite way.
To explain her point, she showed one of the paintings of her son in
which he wrote the name of Allah in opposite direction. She said that intensity
of the problem ranges form 5 per cent to 100 per cent.
"With a little knowledge
about the disease, a mother can judge whether her child is suffering from the
disease or not." Deputy Director National Special Education Centre for Mentally
Retarded Children Zia A Beg said that the institute is conducting
special classes for such children.
"We have got 22 such students in our
students." He said that such children are more imaginative and talented than
normal people. "Many big names who did wonders in their fields also struggled
through this problem such as Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Tom Cruise." The news
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