NWFP schools incomplete courses
Courses at NWFP schools likely to remain incomplete
Peshawar, Nov 8: Most of the schools in NFWP will not be able to complete
courses within the stipulated period as educational institutions were closed
twice in the province owing to the prevailing law and order situation.
The teachers and parents fear that non-completion of courses will badly
affects the students appearing in Secondary School Certificate examinations in
March next. The educational institutions were closed on May 15, some 15
days before the annual summer vocation, to accommodate more than two million
internally displaced persons from Swat. Usually schools are closed for summer
vocation on June 1.
The schools, colleges and universities were again
closed for two weeks after two bomb blasts at International Islamic University
in Islamabad and series of bomb blasts in Peshawar. Though the closure
of educational institutions have affected all students yet teachers and parents
of the students, appearing in SSC examinations, are more worried about the
future of their children.
The results of SSC examinations are considered
very important for the future of students. Educationists say that good result of
SSC examination is the first step towards the bright future of a student. The
students, who obtain good marks in SSC examinations, can get admission at
reputed colleges. Out of 19 chapters of English in Part-I of SSC, only
nine have been taught, a teacher wishing anonymity informed. The closure of
schools for two times was a big loss for the students of SSC, he said.
The first term examinations, usually held in September, couldn't be held
because the required course was not completed owing to early closure of schools
before the scheduled summer vocation, he said.
The mid-term examination
would take another 15 to 20 days in which teaching the course would be stopped.
Secondly, according to the demand of the students, they would be freed for 15
days for preparation of examinations.
Another teacher, who teaches
Pakistan Studies said that he had taught only five chapters out of 10. He
said he didn't expect that courses would be completed within the specified time.
"We need time to cover the course," he added. He suggested that SSC
examinations should be taken at least one month late of the scheduled date. Dawn
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Private schools decided to restart academic activities
Rawalpindi: The private schools of the capital city, which were closed after the security
threats will re-open from Tuesday.
Parents and students have been
informed about the decision. In the wake of security threats, the private
schools had announced extension in vacations for almost 10 days that were
scheduled to be open on November 1 and now have made all necessary security
arrangements to cope with the threat of terrorist attacks.
the sources, a high-level meeting was held in which the management of schools
has checked the security arrangements on the premises of schools besides looking
into other options.
"One of the most discussed options included opening
of 'A' and 'O' level classes while junior sections closure till Eid-ul Azha, but
later on it was decided that all classes would start functioning
simultaneously," the source revealed.
An official of a leading private school said that they have made all necessary
security arrangements that include installation of walkthrough gates,
CCTV cameras, pickets and deputation of skilled guards. "Whatever had
been prescribed by the law enforcement agencies we did it all in order to secure
the students studying in our institution," he said.
On the other hand the
parents of the students studying in the leading private institutions on one hand
heaved a sigh of relief as their kids were facing huge academic loss while on
the other hand seemed concerned over the lingering danger of terrorist
The parents highlighted the area that needs immediate attention
of the authorities in order to avoid any untoward situation.
Rehman, a father of two kids, said that the security inside the boundary wall of
the school was not enough, but concrete measures should be taken to ensure the
security of children even outside the boundary walls. "Jam packed traffic is a
routine matter on the roads where all these leading private institutions are
situated which could be a severe security threat, but nothing has been done so
far to regularise the traffic in these areas," Rehman said.
said that installation of CCTV cameras in the vicinity of schools was not
fruitful until a control room is installed where continuous monitoring of all
happenings on the premises is ensured. "Mere footage of some untoward incident
is only useful for the TV channels and could not do anything in curbing such
incidents," he said.
Some parents said that they were expecting increase
in fee. The said that the administration of schools have collected Rs100 few
months back saying that they were deputing private security guards for the
security of students beside collecting Rs50 from each student for making
students' identity card for security purpose.
A vice principal of a school said that they have completed all necessary security
arrangements and informed parents about re-opening of schools on
Tuesday. "It is right that previously we were reluctant to open the
junior section, but there was a consensus over the opening of all sections in a
high level meeting held here on Friday," he said.
To a question, he said
that the decision of increase in salary could not be taken up by individual
campus. "If the headquarter asked to increase the fee then it has to be
increased," he added.
SP Kamran Adil said that they have constituted
special teams, which are checking the security arrangements in the schools. "No
school would be allowed to open the school until they fulfil the criteria set by
the district administration," he said.
Adil said that the special teams
would continue visiting schools in order to check the security arrangements on
regular basis. "It is not that we would stop our duty once the schools re-open
rather the process of checking the arrangements would continue until the law and
order situation improves," he added.
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No clue yet to kidnapped KUST VC
Peshawar: Missing vice-chancellor of the Kohat University of Sciences and
Technology (KUST) remained untraced while 15 tribesmen of Darra Adamkhel were
arrested and four of their vehicles impounded under the Collective
Responsibility Clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) here
A large-scale operation was carried out in Darra Adamkhel and
the surroundings of Matani but the law-enforcers failed to find any clue to the
missing scientist and senior-most academician, Dr Mian Lutfullah Kakakhel.
Dr Lutfullah, also a former advisor to the NWFP governor, was kidnapped
on way to his residence in the Professors Colony at the University of Peshawar
campus along with his driver and a staff member on Friday. His two companions
were freed before the captors shifted the vice chancellor along with his car to
an unknown place.
"We have conducted raids in many parts of Darra and
Matani. Also, we have taken many people into custody to reach the kidnappers," a
senior official said.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the
kidnapping. There were reports that the militants intercepted Dr Lutfullah's
vehicle on a number of occasions on Kohat Road in the past, but let him go.
Meanwhile, teachers of the University of Peshawar and other universities
criticised the government for not providing security to such a senior
academician, who had to pass through the volatile Darra Adamkhel, a militant
stronghold that is yet to be fully cleared and secured by the security forces
after months of military operation there.
Also, lawlessness has increased
in Matani during the past few days as several incidents of kidnapping, ambush
and bomb attacks had taken place in the area recently. Law and order situation
had improved to some extent in Matani and nearby towns during the past few
months. However, the miscreants, who had gone underground, have resurfaced to
make the Kohat Road one of the most insecure areas to travel on.
as a dedicated teacher, Dr Lutfullah had helped establish universities of
science and technology across the NWFP when he was appointed advisor to the then
NWFP governor, Lt Gen (R) Iftikhar Hussain Shah.
Hailing from Nowshera
district, Dr Lutfullah has been making efforts to promote information technology
education in NWFP. He has done his PhD in Physical Chemistry from UK. Apart from
authoring a number of books, he founded the Computer Science Department at the
University of Peshawar.
Meanwhile, the students of the KUST took out a
protest rally against the kidnapping of the VC and blocked the Indus Highway for
Speaking on the occasion, Umair, the president of Students
Welfare Association and Mudassir, the president of Students Action Committee,
condemned the government for its failure to provide protection to the
They threatened to continue their strike if the kidnapped VC
was not recovered soon. Sources said the teachers and students would take out
another procession today (Sunday) against the kidnapping of the
NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani Saturday condemned
the kidnapping of the Vice Chancellor of Kohat University of Science and
Technology, Prof Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel.
The governor, who is also the
Chancellor of the University, assured the family members and relatives of the
officials that efforts were underway to ensure his safe recovery. The incident,
the governor said, was intolerable and every patriotic and conscious citizen
must condemn this highly immoral and inhuman act on part of kidnappers.
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5,995 passed out at ITP driving school
Islamabad: A total of 5,995 candidates including 1,428 women have passed the driving course
at the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) driving school during the last three and
The candidates are given the training under various categories
i.e. motorcar driving, driving of LTV and HTV and issued licenses after
successful completion of driving course. So far, these 5,995 candidates have
passed out in 49 batches out of which 1,428 are women. SSP Traffic Dr. Moeen
Masood while addressing the last 49th batch of ITP Driving School's
students apprised them that they should always fasten seat belt and refrain from
the use of mobile phone during driving.
He said that pedestrians have the
first right to cross the road and driver should give them this
right. "The ITP Driving School is not only providing training but a
source of community policing", Dr. Moeen Masood said. He stressed upon the
passing out students to observe traffic rules and ensure discipline on
road while driving the vehicles. The basic responsibility of ITP is to
provide safe traffic system to the citizens and instructors at ITP driving
school are doing their best to ensure it.
The SSP (Traffic) said the
fine tickets were not issued as punitive measure but the purpose is to create a
sense of responsibility among them. Traffic police staff have also been
directed to take more steps for improving the police image and
facilitate the citizens by providing an effective traffic system to them, he
said. The news
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Teachers, student hurt in Quetta grenade attack
Quetta: Two teachers and a student were injured on Saturday when
terrorists hurled a hand grenade at a girls' school in Quetta, police
Separately, 13 people were injured when in a grenade attack on a
busy commercial area in the city. The assailants in the school attack lobbed the
grenade at a junior school, senior police officer Khalid Manzoor
said. The grenade blew off the staff room's roof and the shrapnel hit two
female teachers and an eight-year-old student, he said.
sustained head injuries but both are out of danger," Manzoor said, adding that
the student had minor injuries. No one has claimed responsibility for the
attack. Grenade and bomb explosions and drive-by shootings are fairly
frequent in Balochistan, which is gripped by an insurgency. The attacks have
usually targeted school and university teachers, a majority of whom is of
Hundreds of people have died since Baloch militants
launched attacks against government employees and security personnel in 2004,
demanding autonomy and a greater share of the profits from the region's natural
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