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UoP launches 4-year B.Ed degree programme
Peshawar, Nov 05: The Institute of Education and Research (IER) of
University of Peshawar has launched four-year B.Ed (Honours) elementary
degree programme with the support of USAID and Pre-service teachers'
education programme (Pre-step) in Pakistan.
Dean Faculty of
Social Sciences Dr Sara Safdar was the chief guest at the inaugural
ceremony while chief of Pre-step Dr Mahmoodul Hassan was also present on
the occasion, said a UoP press release.
Dr Wazim Khan,
coordinator of the programme, said that the Higher Education Commission
had approved courses of the four-year programme and this year the IER
institute had enrolled 25 students in B.Ed (Hons).
He said that
15 of the enrolled students had been given scholarship which would
cover their admission and boarding charges. The provincial government is
also on board to recruit all the trained teachers of B.Ed (hons)
elementary in grade 16 and 17 respectively, he said.
said that well-trained teachers at the primary level were a basic need
to establish a strong base for nation-building. "We need to give more
incentives to the primary school teachers and bring their status at par
with other government employees so that they could give better results,"
he said. Dr Sara Safdar thanked the HEC for approving the course and
the USAID for providing financial support for the programme. Dawn
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Failure to protect Fata schools Over 800 Class-IV employees sacked
Bara: Over 800 Class-IV employees of the Education Department in the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have been suspended and
terminated by the political agents of different tribal agencies under
the territorial responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation
(FCR) for not protecting government schools against the militants.
100 female staff members are among the punished government employees.
Fazl-e-Manan, Director Education Fata confirmed that the
suspension and sacking of the employees and said that they were
terminated by the political agents of the respective tribal agencies for
failing to protect school buildings against the militant attacks.
defending the decision, he said all the Class-IV employees including
water carriers, gardeners, peons and watchmen were recruited on the
recommendations of the relevant political agents and they had the power
to terminate them.
Fazl-e-Manan said all the Class-IV workers
belonged to the families that had allotted land to the school building
as no outsiders could be recruited against such posts in any school in
Fata. He admitted that only watchmen were deputed for protection of the
schools but action against other Class-IV employees could also be taken
under the territorial responsibility clause of the FCR. "Up to 209
government schools and colleges for boys and girls have been blown up by
the suspected militants in Fata so far," he said. However, he did not
have the exact number of the suspended and sacked employees.
to the official figures, out of 209 damaged government educational
institutions, 123 were boys' schools and 79 girls' schools. Seven
colleges for boys were also destroyed in the terror acts. The figures
provided by the Directorate of Education in Fata seemed to be outdated
as it showed 14 damaged schools in the Khyber Agency whereas the office
of the Agency Education Officer confirmed that 22 schools had been blown
up by militants. At least 78 Class-IV employees have been suspended and
were later terminated in the Khyber Agency, the official sources said.
the official figures put the number of damaged schools in Bajaur at 50
and in Mohmand Agency at 29. But according to media reports and
independent sources the tally of damaged schools has exceeded 100 in
Bajaur and 55 in Mohmand Agency.
"We cannot protect our houses from
militants, how can we protect the school buildings?" said Salahuddin, a
former watchman of the Government Girls High School in Alam Godar in
Bara that was destroyed by the militants some nine months back.
said a dozen militants kidnapped him from the school at night and
released him after having triggered the explosion to destroy the school
building. He condemned his termination and that of five other Class-IV
employees including two females at the school, saying that it was the
responsibility of the security forces to protect government
installations in the militancy-affected areas as local people were
helpless before the ruthless and well-equipped militants. He said the
tribal people had been displaced from their homes by the militancy and
military operation. "How they can be made accountable for the protection
of government buildings in such a volatile situation?" he asked.
said the militants ended the writ of the civil administration two years
back in Bara tehsil, adding, why the poor people were being punished
for the job that the government itself had failed to do. "A bomb blast
outside our school did not damage the building but the government has
stopped our salaries for the last several months," said Abdul Hafeez, a
terminated watchman of the Government Boys School at Lateef Khan Killay
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Students protest against varsity administration
Miramshah: The students of the Government College of Management Sciences staged a
protest against the controller of examination of the Gomal University,
Dera Ismail Khan for not awarding them degrees of Master of Information
Technology even after completing the five-year course. Chanting slogans
against the varsity administration outside the Miramshah Press Club on
Thursday, the student activists including Razaullah, Raees Khan, Ishaq
and Zahidullah said they completed the required course for the MIT
degrees but were handed over degrees of Bachelor of IT. They said first
the university administration extended their course duration by one and a
half year, which was normally of four years. They said even then they
were deprived of masters' degrees, which they deserved. They said they
would not be able to secure proper jobs as they were given bachelors
degrees instead of masters in IT.
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HU body elects new members
Peshawar: The Senate of the Hazara University in Mansehra elected its new members for a term of
three years on Thursday. New members of the Senate included Arbab
Taufeeq, Azam Jan, Muhammad Zahid, Shujaat Ali Khan, Shabbir Ahmed,
Hafiz Nasiruddin, Usman Khan, Hafizur Rehman, Habib Elahi, Rakhshanda
Sartaj, Nadia Naureen and Fazle Ameen.
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Students hold protest against Apcoms administration
Islamabad: Hundreds of male and female students of the Army Public
College of Management and Engineering Sciences (Apcoms) on Thursday
staged a protest demonstration against their college administration for
its inability to get their degrees recognised from the Pakistan
Engineering Council (PEC).
The protesting students carrying banners
and placards shouted slogans against 'harsh' and unfavourable behaviour
of the college administration and staged a sit-in for more than one hour
in front of the Jang and Geo offices.
They demanded the immediate
withdrawal of a criminal case against nine students that was filed by
the Apcoms administration. The students who were arrested and sent to
Adiala Jail on November 2 included Muhammad Talat Nadeem, Shafqat
Majeed, Tariq Zia, Nauman Abbasi, Rehan Abbas, Usama Nabeel, Ilyas Khan,
Shabir and Rana Awais.
Founded in 1999 under the administrative
control of the Inspector General Training and Evaluation, Apcoms is a
constituent college of National University of Modern Languages and
Sciences. Its department of engineering sciences is offering courses in
Computer Science, Telecommunication Engineering and Electrical
The students vowed that they would continue to protest
as long as necessary because they would not compromise or bow down
before the pressure of the college administration.
gathering Muhammad Talat Nadeem said the students who have secured
degrees from Apcoms are finding it hard to get jobs as public and
private sector institutions reject their applications on the ground that
their degrees are not recognised by PEC.
He said the situation has
reached to the point that even if any student of Apcoms writes the word
of 'engineer' with his name he can be awarded six-month sentence and his
degree can be cancelled by the relevant authorities.
Talat said the
college administration is treating them as if they are 'burglars' and
registration of case against students has proved that it wants to mute
their voice with the use of government machinery against them.
student Raheel said that it is a sad reflection on the existing
democratic system that students are being subjected to intense
victimisation for demanding the accountability of their college
He said that Apcoms has been taking fees as much as
Rs60,000 per semester from students yet the degrees that are handed out
at the end of four years are totally useless because PEC simply does not
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Halloween, winter welcomed
Islamabad: The O and A level students of International Grammar School
and College (IGSC) welcomed winter with a grand celebration in
accordance with the renowned tradition of All Hollow's Eve - also known
Straddling the line between fall and winter, Halloween
is an exciting time of year for children across the globe, who celebrate
it in great spirits by dressing up as different characters and going
trick or treat.
Comprising an international student body and,
therefore, keeping in pace with international traditions, the students
of IGSC hosted a spectacular evening at their campus in F-11/4. The
campus Gym Hall was done up with spooky decorations and props and was
lit up only with fairy lights and flickers to give the effect of a
haunted house; with dangling cob webs, flying witches, scarecrows,
spiders, bats, ghosts and pumpkins placed all over the hall. All guests
were dressed up as various characters from science fiction and horror
movies, feeling quite at home, their outfits blending in with the themed
decor. Costumes were a compulsion, even for the teachers!
seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly, swaying to the catchy beats
of the music being played. The highlight of the event was a costume
parade where all got a chance to show off their creativity.
the 'Best Costume' has been a very difficult task, each one of the
students have put in a great effort to dress up as the character they
want to portray " remarked IGSC Vice Principal Mrs Kamal.
awarded to the best-dressed students. The first prize was won by Rayyan
Ahmed in grade VII dressed as 'The Mummy'; the second prize was won by
Mehr-un-nisa Mughal from A level dressed as the 'Goth Fairy'; the third
prize was given to Myrasu from grade VII, dressed as 'Count Dracula';
the fourth prize was given out to Farah Iqbal from A level dressed as a
'Serial Killer'. Sher Shah Nasir also from grade VII got the consolation
Later, the IGSC youngsters flocked around the bonfire to
enjoy the mouth-watering, scrumptious delicacies that were served for
"Grammar school is known for celebrating global festivities
with full zest and zeal - a happy child makes a diligent student,"
commented the Principal, B A Kureshi as she thanked all the guests for making the event a stupendous success.
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Educational tour for students
Islamabad: Motorway Police Education Unit arranged an educational tour for the students of Imperial
International School and College, says a press release issued here
Thursday. The children were taken to M-2 toll plaza where they were
temporarily made traffic police officers and given the opportunity to
check vehicles and drivers violating rules. From toll plaza they were
taken to Chakri and they were educated about the functioning of speed
check cameras, emergency mobile workshop and emergency telephone booths.
It was followed by an animated and lively discussion/ question answer
session in Chaki Auditorium. The news
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School with less than 10 students closed
Lakki Marwat: A government maktab primary school (GMPS) was
closed and its absent teacher fined on Thursday after the education
department found that not a single student was enrolled in the school
during last one year, sources said.
They said that following
public complaints elementary and secondary education EDO Haji Noor Hasan
Khan visited several government schools and found that strength of GMPS
Mir Adam Koroona was less than 10 students while no enrolment was made
during the last one year. The sources said that the only teacher of the
school was absent and did not attend the school for the last one week.
The EDO ordered immediate closure of the school.
The EDO also
took notice of low enrollment of students in girls' middle school,
Chowki Jand, and directed the teachers to contact area elders to
increase enrollment. Dawn
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