No 'P' in textbooks | Education complex problems
Department doing it on its own: 'No Pervez and Pervaiz in textbooks'
Lahore, April 26, 2008: The Punjab education department has taken a decision to
remove President Pervez Musharraf and former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz
Elahi's messages and pictures printed back-to-back on a page in Class-I to
Class-X textbooks, being distributed free-of-cost in government schools all over
In order to avoid embarrassment at the hands of the new
PML-N government in Punjab, the education department itself discussed and took a
decision that a page carrying both political leaders' messages and pictures be
removed from the textbooks lying in the warehouses at tehsil-level as well as
the main warehouse of the Punjab Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU). It
is estimated that over 500,000 textbooks are lying in the warehouses.
is learnt that the education department led by secretary Qazi Afaaq Husain had
also discussed an option to block the textbooks lying in warehouses. However, it
was decided that such a huge number of textbooks be brought in use by removing
the 'objectionable page' instead of blocking and converting those books into a
pile of waste papers. The meeting agreed that the wastage of books would bring
embarrassment than purging the textbooks of `political influence of the previous
government' by removing a page.
Consequently, the page is being torn by
education department monitoring supervisors under the supervision of district
monitoring officers (DMOs) and the PMIU at all warehouses in tehsils in Punjab
and the main PMIU warehouse.
It is learnt that the new textbooks, which
are being printed these days, do not carry Pervez Musharraf and Pervaiz Elahi's
messages but that of the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The new textbooks
include those for Class-I, VI and IX, which are based on updated
When contacted, Punjab special secretary education (schools)
Zahid Saeed said the education department had this year decided to distribute
textbooks before summer vacation to students studying in government schools all
over the province.
As the new PML-N government had come into power, he
said, the education department had on its own decided to remove one page
carrying Pervez Musharraf and Pervaiz Elahi's messages and pictures to avoid any
embarrassment. "The education department had discussed various proposals and
finally agreed to remove the page in question," he said.
question, Saeed said the department had no option than to remove President
Pervez Musharraf's message and picture because it was printed back-to-back on a
page carrying Pervaiz Elahi's message and picture as well.
He said the
new textbooks, which are in printing process, do not carry any political
leader's message or picture but that of the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
"The textbooks were sent for printing, while there was a caretaker government in
the Punjab province," he added. -By Mansoor Malik (Dawn)
Education Complex without water for many months
Lahore: The Education Complex, which houses offices of two senior
education officers and the related staff, has been facing an acute water
shortage for many months, creating problems for employees and
The complex, situated near the famous electronics market Hall
Road, houses offices of the Executive District Officer (Education) and the
Directorate of Public Instructions (Elementary), is visited by hundreds of
people daily. It also has offices of District Officers (Colleges) and District
Officers (Schools) etc.
According to officials, who did not wish to be
named, the issue of the water shortage had surfaced when a tube-well, installed
nearby the complex, went out of order a few months ago. "The matter was not
taken seriously. However, the advent of summer and prevailing loadshedding made
all to realise the situation," they added.
A number of employees, on
Friday, staged a protest demonstration at the Education Complex and criticised
their bosses for not paying attention to the problem despite a lapse of many
They chanted slogans against the DPI and the EDO and demanded
they address the issue on priority.
One of the protestors said that low-ranking employees were the most-hit by the water shortage, adding,
"Officers do not have any idea of the water shortage, because they are getting
it through their employees."
Another employee said it was hard to use
toilets because of the scarcity of water and visitors had to face troubles too.
He said some officers had installed small water motors but they were for their
He said water pressure was low despite use of motors owing
to which water could not reach the second and third floor of the building while
loadshedding was also creating problem. "Employees of the top floor are real
victims of the shortage as they have to take water in containers and bottles,"
He said clean water was not available due to old and rusty
underground pipes. "Almost all officers have installed water filters in their
offices while the low-ranking staff was compelled to use contaminated water," he
A senior officer, on the condition of anonymity, said the DPI and
the former EDO, who had recently been transferred, could not ensure the supply
of water despite requests by employees.
When contacted, DPI Elementary Ch
Ashraf Naz Gondal said the issue had been taken up on several occasions with the
EDO as he was the custodian of the complex. He said his directorate had already
applied to the Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) for a direct connection.
He, however, claimed the problem had been resolved to some extent after
installation of water motors.
Talking about the employees who had staged
a protest demonstration on Friday, Mr Gondal said most of them were habitual
late comers and were exploiting the situation for their ulterior motives.
He said special filters had been installed in almost all offices for the
benefit of all, without any discrimination, in order to ensure pure water. He
said the new EDO had also held a meeting in connection with the water supply to
the Education Complex. Lahore EDO (Education) Abdul Shakoor Anjum was not
available for comments. The News
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