Election holidays in schools, colleges | PU teacher under threat
Islamabad school, colleges to remain closed on 9th, 10th
Islamabad, May 07: The educational institutions functioning under the Federal Directorate
of Education (FDE) will remain closed on May 9 (Thursday) and May 10
(Friday) due to preparations for the general elections falling on May 11
An announcement from Ministry of the
Capital Administration and Development (CAD) Joint Secretary Rafique
Tahir said all the colleges and schools which come under the
administrative control of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE)
will not open on May 9 and May 10.
However, the majority
of staff of these institutions including heads, deputy heads, teachers
and non-teaching staff would not be able to leave Islamabad to visit
their native towns as they have been assigned duties at polling stations
in Islamabad's urban and rural and adjoining areas.
of the polling stations have been established in FDE's schools and
colleges. According to the polling scheme, there are 285 polling
stations in NA-48 and 261 polling stations in NA-49.
sources that the District Returning Officer is accepting no excuse from
the staff who are deputed as polling stations to get exemption from the
duty. They have deputed as presiding officers, assistant presiding
officers, polling officers and other responsibilities at polling
"The training of most of the staff has been
completed and now the presiding officers along with police personnel
given at their disposal, will come at office of the District Returning
Officer (DRO) to fetch ballot papers, ballot boxes and other polling
material," the sources said.
The presiding officers would be given powers equivalent to those of Magistrate Class one. The news
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Lahore schools to remain shut from 8th to 13th
Lahore: The Punjab school education department has
notified that all public and private sector schools in the province will
remain closed from May 8 to 13 for the general election.
The notification says the teaching and non-teaching staff detailed by
the Election Commission of Pakistan will perform their duties at
designated polling stations and those who have been placed under the
category of the reserved staff will remain available at their place of
posting for the polling duty.
The remaining staff, if any, not detailed for the election duty or as
reserve, will also remain present at their educational
institute/workplace for alternate arrangements in case of shortfall of
The Punjab University will also remain closed from May 8 to 13 for the conduct of election.
However, all administration staff, including the faculty, will remain on duty during these holidays.
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Private schools split over poll holidays
Karachi: Private schools in the city are divided over
the issue of closure from May 8 to May 11 in view of the upcoming
Keeping in view the security situation in the city, All Private
Schools Management Association (APSMA) chairman Syed Khalid Shah
appealed to the education department to announce school holiday up to
"We are in constant touch with the administration of our schools and
are well-aware of the problems faced by the children and their parents
during city disturbances," said on
"We have to make the education department understand this. It makes
sense to close all schools when there is so much violence and bomb
blasts taking place all over the city. It may get even worse as the day
of election comes nearer," he said.
"Thankfully, the education department has listened to our point of
view. I have heard that schools in Punjab, too, will remain closed from
May 8 to May 11. The notification has been issued there and is expected
here by tomorrow," he said.
However, Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) senior vice
chairman Sharaf uz Zaman opposed the idea saying that the demand for
closing of schools was unnecessary so many days ahead of the polling
day. "We have decided to keep our schools open till May 9 to close only
on May 10 and 11," he added.
"The students' education has already been affected by strikes and
uncertain situations developing in the city. So only those schools that
have been chosen as polling stations may be closed while the rest should
carry on as usual," he said.
"It was on the insistence of one of our friends who heads his own
school association that the directorate wrote to the secretary of
education to consider closing of schools from May 8 like they are doing
in Punjab. But there are no bomb blasts, killings or strikes taking
place in Punjab.
Karachi is a separate case. The schools here are closed every other day
due to one thing or the other. How will the children study this way? How will our teachers get their salaries when the schools are closed for
most part of the year? I have just got some text messages from private
school owners in Peshawar, and they, too, will only close on May 10 and
11," the gentleman added.
"Holiday notification or no holiday notification, we will remain
open. In case there is any disturbance, we will deal with it when it
happens. But right now we cannot afford to close schools without any
reason," he added.
Meanwhile, another association, the Peak Private Schools Management,
which was earlier against any extra holidays agreed to remain open for
one more day, Tuesday, and go on leave from Wednesday, May 8, to
Saturday, May 11.
Sunday (May 12) being the weekend holiday means five days off.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the education department denied that
the Sindh government had declared holidays in all educational
institutions in connection with elections, adds APP.
He said that the government would officially announce the election holidays in due course of time. Dawn
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PU teacher under 'threat for exposing irregularities'
Lahore: An Assistant Professor at Economics Department of the Punjab University
(PU) has been under threat over exposing embezzlement of funds and
irregularities allegedly by the Economics Department chairman of the
"In reaction to my complaint, Dr Hafeez ur
Rehman and his allies have turned against me," Dr Hafiz Khalil Ahmad
wrote in the application sent to PU VC on April 11, 2013. "They are
conspiring against me," he alleged.
In March, Dr Hafiz
Khalid Ahmad, had written an application to the VC that Chairman PU
Economics Department, Prof Dr Hafeez ur Rehman, was allegedly involved
in embezzlement of funds and administrative irregularities in the
Department. But even after passage of over two months' time, the PU
administration has failed to take any action against the chairman so
far, he said.
In a three-page application, available with
The News, Hafiz Khalil had alleged that Hafeez ur Rehman was involved
in embezzlement of funds and administrative irregularities, including
more than 30 admissions of holders of Post Graduate Diploma in Applied
Economics (PGDAE) which were made against only nine sanctioned seats
without seeking approval from the competent authority. "Severe violation
of rules in 2012 admission of MSc Economics (Replica) programme has
been done", Hafiz wrote.
According to the application,
laptops in the first batch were given to students having less than the
required marks. Besides this, employees were also given laptops
violating the rules of the scheme, Hafiz said, adding that Zaheer Abbas
(Jr. KPO) and Muhammad Sarwar (Assistant Controller) were involved in
the corruption, in connivance with Dr Hafeez ur Rehman.
of office equipment is assigned to Zaheer Abbas who takes bribe and
misappropriates the official funds. Zaheer Abbas gets bribe from
students for improving their grades and to pass the failing students",
According to Hafiz, MSc Economics
Morning class was bifurcated into sections A and B to benefit favorite
part time and contractual teachers but this act of the chairman was
causing a loss of two million rupees to the public exchequer annually.
further wrote that Dr Tahir Mahmood, who was declared ineligible by the
University for the Post of Associate Professor at Economics Department
in 2011, had been appointed as Associate Prof on deputation at the said
Department with the blessings of Hafeez ur Rehman. According to him,
Mushtaq Hassan, son of Muhammad Sarwar (Assistant Controller), holding
an MBA degree, was not eligible for the post of lecturer in Economics
due to irrelevant degrees.
He had prayed to the VC to
suspend all persons involved in misappropriations at the department for
conducting independent special audit of accounts and independent
When the PU VC kept mum over the issue for more
than two months Hafiz Khalil wrote another application to the VC on
April 11, 2013, titled "Request for protection of soul and self
respect", to remind him about the issue that no action has been taken
against accused persons so far.
Hafiz wrote in the
application that, through his reliable sources, he had learnt that Dr
Hafeez and others were preparing a girl to entangle him in a sexual
scandal to make him doubtful and unreliable person to influence the
conduct of fair and impartial inquiry against their corruption.
contacted, Economics Depart chairman Hafeez ur Rehman declined to
comment on the issue, saying the matter was under examination by the VC,
who he termed the right person comment. "The VC will say anything on
the issue," he maintained.
Director Public Relations
(DPR) Punjab University Israr Rana, when contacted, claimed that Dean
Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan
Malik and the VC had held a meeting on the issue and they had reached a
consensus that a fact-finding committee should be formed. Action would
be taken against the persons responsible after the submission of the
report, he added. Rana failed to mention when the committee would be
formed and who would head it.
When this scribe contacted
Dr Hafiz Khalil, he said he would not say anything on the issue as it
was the internal matter of the PU.
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Lahore: Government College University, Lahore, Monday awarded a PhD to a scholar in Urdu.
GCU scholar Mian Humayun completed his research under the supervision of Prof Dr Sadaat Saeed. The news
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4,000 teachers assigned election duty in Swabi
Swabi: A total of 4,000 teachers have been assigned
election duty at 1,464 male and female polling stations in the district. The names of the teachers and their designations
were provided to the district election commission office by the heads of
colleges, higher, high, middle and primary schools and the same were
sent to the returning officers to assign them election duty.The ROs have
finalised the staff names and also informed them about their designated
polling stations, the sources said.
"The deputed staff in each polling station would work under the presiding officer," said an officer.
Of the total, 2,400 are male teachers and the remaining 1,600 are
female teachers, said the sources, adding there was no need to depute
staff from the other departments of the public sector. They would
perform their duty in 850 male and 614 female polling stations in the
two national and six provincial assembly seats in the district.
Each presiding officer has been informed about his staff and the
institution/school where they have to make up arrangements for voting on
May 10, a day ahead of the election.
The educational institutions would remain closed on May 10 and on the
same day the deputed staff has to perform their duty in their
designated polling stations, finalising necessary arrangements for the
Election Day. "We would ensure all necessary material at polling booths
on May 10," said a presiding officer.
Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the election training of the
teachers was expected to be completed today (Tuesday). The government
high school Swabi has been chosen as the training centre because it
could easily be approached by the deputed staff from all areas of the
district, said the teachers, adding the returning officers visited the
training centre and met with the deputed staff. Dawn
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