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21,000 sit NTS exam
Lahore, April 7, 2008: Around 21,000 students across the country on Sunday took the National Testing Service (NTS) examination, a prerequisite for admission to Master's, MPhil and PhD programmes.

Some of the students said the mathematics and analytical portions of the test were not only tough, but also outside the course curriculum. They said they were confused and because of these portions and could not properly attempt the English portion of the examination.

NTS Director Dr Haroonur Rasheed, however, did not accept the argument that the paper was difficult and outside the course curriculum. "The examination was simple and was approved by several educationists," he said.

Students said the analytical portion of the Graduate Aptitude Test (GAT) had been removed, but Pakistani educational authorities still imposed it on students.

Most universities require at least a 50 percent mark in the NTS examination for admission to Master's, MPhil, and PhD programmes. There was a heated debate about the test last year and in the end several institutes withdrew the NTS examination requirement and arranged their own examinations instead for programmes. This year several students who had just taken BA examinations also took the NTS examination to avoid problems in admission to Master's programmes.

Students say that the NTS examination follows international tests like the GAT and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), but that it should be tailored to the Pakistani educational system.

Because the test has been made compulsory, even students who are currently studying on MPhil and PhD programmes have to pass the test before they finish their programmes. If they do not, their degrees will be cancelled.

Shafique Ahmed, an MPhil student, said that it was the forth time he had sat the exam because in the last three attempts he could not secure a 50 percent mark. "The English portion carries 50 of the percent mark, mathematics 25 percent, and the analytical portion carries 25 percent. The GRE has dropped its analytical portion, but the NTS examination has that part, which is unfair to us," he said.

Muddasir, a PhD student, said that he was doing his doctorate in communication studies, which had nothing to do with mathematics. "It is the fifth time I am appearing in the examination," he said and added that academies offering preparation for examination taught different things to what was on the examination.

Amir, another student, said he was studying physics and had difficulty with the analytical and English portions of the examination.

The administration of KIPS, an institute offering preparations classes for the NTS examination, said there was no specific outline for the examination and that it changed every year. Daily Times

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"i think it should not be taken becuse it is business not the way to check the students knowledge. ability of student cant check by ths test who has proved his self in his early education."
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3,000 class IX students allowed to sit in exam
Lahore: Governor Lt General (r) Khalid Maqbool on Saturday directed the Lahore Education Board to allow about 3,000 class IX students who registered in 2005 to sit in the April 8 examination, said a press statement.

It said the parents of the aggrieved students had filed an application to the Punjab Ombudsman. The parents maintained that their children were registered in 2005, but that the schools did not promote them to class X due to which they could not appear in composite matriculation exam 2007.

The Punjab Ombudsman ordered the Lahore Education Board to allow these students to appear in the exam as regular students. The Lahore Board, however, appealed to the governor to review the ombudsman's decision. Later, the governor ordered the Lahore Board to allow the students to sit the exam. Daily Times

30 schools compete in FIFA Pakistan
Lahore: Thirty educational institutes from across the country participated in a one-day tournament hosted by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Pakistan at Lahore University and Management Sciences (LUMS) on Sunday. A carnival was also held which was attended by the players and their families.

The 32 teams were divided into two categories: under 18; and university open. Female players featured in the teams of several schools, including Lahore American School (LAS), the National College of Arts (NCA), LUMS and the Punjab University.

About 1,000 people attended the carnival. Several companies had set up stalls at the event to promote their products; a musical show was arranged; and all students and their family members were given drinks and lunch.

Ali Hassan, a Choueifat student, said that the tournament should be held on a larger scale, and that the sport should be promoted so that Pakistani football teams could at the international level.

Adeel Sheikh, a LUMS student, said the event had been held at LUMS due to security concerns. "The tournament was organised by a private institute, but the government should also be a patron of such sport activities," he added.

Nimra Sohail, a Lahore Grammar School (LGS) student, said the event had encouraged women to take part in sports. "Leagues should be formed to collaborate with international organisations to promote such sport activities in the country," she added.

Humail Khan, an Aitchison College student, said the event provided an opportunity for networking among educational institutes.

The matches that look place were: Garrison Academy vs Beaconhouse (DHA); Garrison Alumni vs University College Lahore (UCL); Lyceum vs Garrison Academy; UCL vs Government College University (GCU); LUMS vs GCU; Divisional Public School (DPS) vs Crescent; University of Engineering and Technology (UET) vs Warwick; University of Management and Technology (UMT) vs NCA-A; Warwick vs NCA-B; Beaconhouse (DHA) vs LAS; Beaconhouse Alumni vs LGS Alumni; Iqra University vs LUMS-4; City School vs DPS; Lahore Alma (Whites) vs LGS; Lahore Alma (Blues) vs Beaconhouse Garden Town; Lahore College of Arts and Sciences (LACAS) vs Crescent School; LGS vs Sharif; NCA vs UET; and DPS vs LACAS.

At the time of writing, LUMS (Whites) had qualified for the final while semifinalists Punjab University and LAS were competing to gain the other finalist position. Daily Times
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