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Rawalpindi SSC exams roll number slips problem

20% of candidates still without roll number slips
Rawalpindi, March 22: Mismanagement continues in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) (Part-I) Annual Examinations 2011 being conducted by the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) because still 20% of candidates could not get their roll number slips.

Those who got roll number slips appeared in English paper on Monday, however, 100 per cent of candidates could not get roll number slips of practical papers. In the SSC examinations, more than 50% of candidates could not get roll number slips and they gave papers in an uncertain condition.

Students and their parents said on Monday that they have not received roll number slips. How could they appear in the examination halls to attempt English paper without roll number slips, they said. "We are like a rolling stone wandering here and there to get roll number slips," they said.

When contacted RBISE Controller Examination Professor Abdul Sattar Ramay, he said that they tried to send roll number slips to all candidates. "We sent roll number slips to candidates through registered mail as well as through online system," he said.

He admitted that some candidates are still without roll number slips, but assured that no one would miss his or her paper. "Those candidates who have not received roll number slips should contact the board office, he said. He also admitted that they did not send roll number slips for practical papers, all candidates would get roll number slips for practicals till April 1.

A total of 124,254 candidates are appearing in the annual examinations of class 9th. The total examination centres are 396 - 171 are for male and 151 for female candidates, while 74 centres are for both males and females. All education boards in Punjab have been asked to introduce email system thus every candidate, whether of class IX, X, XI or XII, has to email his or her admission forms.

The bureaucrats who conceived the idea perhaps were convinced that all students are well-off and have computers or at least have an access to them. They conveniently forgot that the majority of our students belong to rural areas where, let alone computer, there is no electricity.

Under the new dispensation you are required in the first place to send a hard copy of your admission form duly filled in at the computer. To whom is it to be sent is anybody's guess. Some say that it goes in the central office located somewhere in Lahore and supervised by some consultant of high repute who is incommunicado. If you have a complaint send it through an email which they say is never replied, let alone acknowledged.

That is not all. After you have travelled from your hamlet to a city, located an internet club, paid a sizable amount to the owner to fill in your form and sent it to the concerned quarter, you have more trouble at hand. After sending the hard copy you have to go through the old rigmarole, i.e. to send a soft copy to the relevant board office. Get an admission form as usual. Fill it, attach the required documents with three photographs, get it attested from someone authorised to do so, and deposit it in the board office by hand or send it under registered cover. And in this process do not forget to deposit the prescribed fee in the nominated branch of the bank.

You need not be an expert in rocket science to figure out the trial and tribulations students and parents have to pass through this process. Have the great minds behind this scheme ever thought of the miserable plight of our villages. Most of them have yet to see the amenities of modern life. Internet and email is not for them. This is used by only a very small fraction of those in the cities. Have they realized that by launching this 'ambitious' project they have opened floodgates of corruption and plunder?

Students and parents said that the Punjab government is trying to close all doors of getting education by introducing complicated online form system. They said that the majority of students belonging to poor families could not get roll number slips to appear in examinations. They warned that like class IX and X, candidates appearing in class XI and XII examinations would face great difficulties in getting roll number slips because online system is a 'shit' system, which creates a lot of hardships for students.

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HEC chairman opposes appointment of retired persons in universities
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) wants implementation of the Supreme Court verdict of not allowing reappointment of retired people in public sector universities, said HEC Chairman Dr. Javed Laghari.

Talking to this scribe, he said that he has circulated the verdict of the Supreme Court in this regard in all universities and hopes that it would be implemented in letter and spirit. He said that a retired person should not be appointed when a below-60 person is available in a university fulfilling the requirements.

The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations had given a one-month notice to the HEC to get removed all retired vice-chancellors, deans, chairpersons, professors and other staff reappointed on contract basis after retirement and threatened action, demonstrations and even strike.

In a press release issued here on Monday, Professor Kaleemullah Bareech, FAPUASA general-secretary, stated that the historical decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding removal of retired officers from regular posts should be implemented immediately in all public sector universities.

He said that unfortunately no practical steps had so far been taken. He said that it is observed that further special posts and positions are being created to accommodate retired persons. The FAPUASA, he said, considers this action a violation of the Supreme Court decision and strongly demand that all such retired persons should be removed as soon as possible and no new one should be appointed. Otherwise, he said, the FAPUSA will start a countrywide agitation. The news

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SPSC tests from April 11
Hyderabad: The Sindh Public Service Commission has announced that pre-interview written tests for posts in Sindh government departments will be held from April 11.

Call letters to eligible candidates were being sent by post and those who would not receive their letters by April 6, should contact SPSC office at Thandi Sarak, Hyderabad, or on phone Nos. (022) 9200694, 9200162, 9200246, 9200248 and Fax Nos. (022) 9200248, 9218337. Dawn

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Students throng Education Expo 2011
Islamabad: A large number of students thronged the International Education Expo 2011 on its concluding day here on Monday and gathered information about various universities, their academic programmes, fee structures and scholarships.

The expo, organised by the HR Consultants (private) Limited in partnership with the Jang Group, provided students with an opportunity to get information about foreign universities offering courses and degrees in various disciplines.

Representatives of dozens of top-ranking universities of Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada had set up their stalls in the expo where visitors were given free information.

The foreign universities offered a wide range of courses, including Engineering, Fashion Design, Business, Computer Engineering, Public Health, Health Services and Medicine.

The representatives made it clear to the students that IELTS or TOEFL is a prerequisite for admission in most of the foreign institutions and universities. However there are a few exemptions in case the student has a Level 3 proficiency in English or possesses a GCE Certificate. Once the application and educational documents are evaluated, the students would be advised whether they need to take TOEFL or IELTS prior to applying for admission-visa.

HR Consultants Director Hamid Rauf said that studying in a foreign country is the best way to develop international exposure and to get familiarised with cultures while preparing for the challenges and opportunities of the global world.

"The familiarisation of another culture will come not only through classroom learning, but also through the experimental learning of living in a developed country. An international degree can help achieve both personal and professional goals," he said.

He said that the HR Consultants is providing foreign professional education in Pakistan, in both campus-based and distance learning modes. Also test preparations such as ACCA, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS are provided by highly trained and qualified professionals.

The major participants of the expo included the Australian National University, Murdoch University, University of New Castle, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology, Central Queensland University, La Trobe University, Griffith University, University of Newcastle, University of Western Sydney, TAFE NSW, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE and Melbourne Institute of Technology. The news

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