Evening shift in government schools | Punjab Youth Festival
Evening shift will soon be a thing of the past
Islamabad, Nov 08: If things go as planned, the long-delayed phased elimination of evening
shift in Islamabad's government schools will get underway next year.
last year, former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had ordered to
do away with second-evening shift in Islamabad's schools overseen by
Federal Directorate of Education, but the decentralisation of the
education ministry and red-tape blocked action on the orders issued to
ensure unified education system in Islamabad capital territory.
Evening shift was introduced in Islamabad schools almost two decades ago to accommodate maximum number of students.
to a source at the Capital Administration and Development Ministry, CAD
Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal will be announcing the elimination of
evening shift from Islamabad schools in four phases during a function at
a local educational institution in late November or early December.
the plan, according to the source, Islamabad's all government model
schools will stop offering admission to Prep-5th classes in evening
shift from April 2013 onwards, while evening shift of 6th and 7th
classes there will be abolished in April 2014. Evening shift for
8th-10th classes at government schools in Islamabad are to be done away
with by April 2015.
And once evening shift ends, students will be adjusted to the nearest schools of their choice.
consideration, the source says, is another proposal that evening shift
at Islamabad schools be eliminated in one go instead of phases to the
comfort of the students.
According to the source, to put
in place a unified education system in Islamabad capital territory, all
educational institutions under FDE will have the same nomenclature,
admission policy and schedule, fee/fund structure, syllabus, daily
timings and working, curricular and co-curricular activities, annul
calendar, distribution of workload of teachers, assessment/examination
system (internal/external), student uniform, logo, code of ethics for
teachers, parents and student societies.
When contacted, CAD Secretary Riffat Shaheen confirmed that abolition of evening shift in Islamabad schools was on the cards.
She, however, said that discussion on how to do it keeping the students' benefit in view was underway at the ministry. The news
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Int'l Punjab Youth Festival takes off
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday
opened the International Punjab Youth Festival at a colourful ceremony
at the National Hockey Stadium.
Some national teams and some club level teams from 26 countries are
part of the festival which will continue till Nov 15. Touch-ball,
fist-ball, rugby, baseball besides football and athletics are part of
Earlier, the Sports Board Punjab claimed that 41 countries would be
participating but later it said 26 nations were being represented here.
All foreign teams have been paid for tickets and five-star
The organisers claim the clubs and national teams from England,
Indian Punjab, South Korea, Palestine, New Zealand, Nepal, Afghanistan,
Sri Lanka and many other countries are taking part.
Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also attended the opening ceremony.
Shahbaz Sharif said cricket and hockey competitions would be held
after every two years on a reciprocal basis to strengthen the friendship
between two Punjabs. He said the Punjab Assembly team would also play
cricket match against the Indian PA team in near future.
He said both countries should ignore the miseries of the past for a better future. He said the European countries had been
fighting against each other for decades but now they had overcome their
issues and emerged as most developed countries of the world.
Sukhbir was delighted over his visit to Lahore and said he could not
forget the love the Lahorites had given to him. He said both Punjabs
could not live without each other and they should further come closer in
all spheres. He said holding of such festival was a good step to
channelise the youth's potential towards healthy activities.
He said the Indian Punjab would stage third World Kabaddi Cup at
Bathinda on Dec 15 this year and Shahbaz would be the chief guest.
Pakistan and Indian Punjabs would also compete separately in hockey,
kabaddi, tug-of-war and wrestling. Moreover, in 'Dosti Cup', Deaf and
Dumb teams of India and Pakistan would clash in cricket, kabaddi,
wrestling, badminton, table tennis and chess.
Though the sports board made ample arrangements, half of the stadium remained empty. Dawn
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NUST organises int'l conference on ACTA-2012
Islamabad: The National University of Sciences and Technology
organised a two-day international conference on Advanced Concrete
Technology and its Applications (ACTA-2012) on Monday and Tuesday. The
chief guest of the closing session of the conference was Ministry of
Science and Technology Secretary Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.
aimed at promoting awareness, transferring technology and benefiting
from the extensive work of reputed foreign research scholars. Enhancing
awareness on exploitation of modern concrete and promoting collaboration
between industry, academia and practitioners were few of the agenda
points of the conference. The conference was organised with valued
cooperation of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the American
Concrete Institute. pr
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