5-day week in educational institutions
5-day week raises new questions
Islamabad, Apr 26: The government's decision to shorten the working week
for offices and educational institutions to five days has raised
questions in the minds of students and teachers grappling with heavy
load of textbooks.
Talking to this news agency, a senior lecturer of
a prominent government college said most of the private sector
educational institutions were already observing two holidays in a week
so these will be not be affected by the decision.
The real impact
will be felt by the government schools and colleges with the five-day
week, of which Friday is a half day. The lecturer is of the view that
less days in colleges will make it difficult for students to complete
The teachers are already hard pressed because of
the lengthy syllabus and they don't even have a choice to leave some of
its portion as it could come in the examinations, she added. She said
the government may take the decision to curtail the summer vacations.
However, this decision will not be good for students as June and July
are the hottest months and they face issues of dehydration and
exhaustion due to the intense heat.
No air conditioners are used in
the government run institutions except in the room of principal so
their closure for a day will not cause any significant saving in power.
The students of government institutions have their own perspective
about the decision taken to save electricity. Their real concern will
remain that they will get less time with their teachers and already
they follow a tight schedule to cover all the subjects.
said come what may the examination boards will not accept the excuse
that the syllabus could not be covered due to less schools days,
security or any other untoward situation. The leading private
institutions can even afford to launch web portals to offer courses to
the students online to cope with such a situation. But such an idea has
never come under discussion at the public sector institutions because
of limited resources.
President Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) Prof.
Zahid Ali Shah told APP that students of FA/FSc have already taken
their exams while those in BA/BSc are undergoing exams so the two
holiday decision will not affect them. Although the students of third
year who are attending classes will be affected. He was of the opinion
that the government should take steps to increase power generation
instead of closing down the educational institutions.
opening of schools and colleges would not make much impact on the
consumption of electricity, as despite high temperatures air
conditioners are not used. Teachers who work on daily wages have their
A teacher Shagufta, who work on daily wages, said an
additional day of closure would mean fewer wage for them which is not
acceptable. She said the government should have taken this factor into
account before taking the decision.
"We are not given wages when the
schools are closed for vacations in the summer," she said adding the
government should take steps to improve their plight. The government
took the decision to lessen power shortages but the step will remain
subject of debate, as its effects will be felt by various segments of
society in coming days. The nation
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NCA graduates group exhibition continues at Nomad
Islamabad: Art is all about expressing one's own perception, and the
way one anticipate meaning of what one comes across, and how it is seen
and felt in certain circumstances and conditions.
The young artists,
in the beginning of their journey to explore their aesthetics in
different medium of art, have their own perceptions about what they see
and feel. Naturally, their perspectives depict their perceptions as
their creative statements in their art pieces done in the medium of
their choice accordingly. The ongoing group exhibition of four young
female artists, recently graduated from the National College of Arts
(NCA) Rawalpindi campus, opens to us a new 'window of perceptions' till
May 10 at Nomad Art Gallery, Saidpur Village.
The art pieces on
display reflect the freshness of vision and visual and the creative
pursuits of the budding and dynamic young talent. They bring forth, as
explains director Nomad Art Gallery and the curator of the exhibition
Nageen Hyat, their "respective expression which show their urge to
explore from within and the passion to create art in spite of, and
within the moods of, the challenging and changing tempo of our society
as it exists today".
The art of the participating artists Amen
Sardar, Rabia Ghazal, Manail Muneeb and Mahjabeen Mirza is contemporary
and rich in language, scale, visual imagery and the concept is
powerfully expressed in each exhibit, believes Nageen Hyat.
art work of Mahjabeen Mirza is about celebrating fashion and it what
inspires her always. She painted several fashion items of men and women
jewellery in quite interesting forms with creative flare. "I'm
interested in knowing how fashion has conquered people's hearts and
minds, eventually changing their lifestyles and perception of their
surroundings," she tells about the curiosity that is behind her
Mahjabeen says that she is still experiencing it herself and trying to explore within by experimenting with the backgrounds.
She is trying to relate fashion accessories to men and women feelings to explore deep meanings related to them.
pure and fragile petals of flowers whisper about the agony and pain in
the paintings of Amen Sardar. "It is their vulnerability that haunts me
to paint them", says Amen adding "once a poetess said: I would rather
have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck". It shows the
emotional attachment of humane feelings to the roses and their petal
which I have painted with different human parts to show the extent of
vulnerability, Amen noted while describing the subject of her art.
There are times when Rabia Ghazal feels so numb as if she is lacking the sensation and she paints whatever comes into her mind.
the emotions she feels but cannot talk about to anyone take form on the
canvas in oil to become art pieces. "My work is very personal and I
don't feel very comfortable stretching on its details, besides I want
my work to speak for itself of the viewer to figure it out," she says.
Muneeb has created a unique style 'book art' by creating wonderful
design of books in different designs, colours, and themes and with
different objects to communicate different moods, aesthetics and scale
of informational and knowledge.
"You can't judge the book by its
cover, so my work too. It is a pictorial story unfolding into layers
and depths in visual rather than verbal form," she says. The nation
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City School students present lively show
Rawalpindi: The City School, Nursery Branch, Sector I-8/2, held
'Little Gems on Show' as part of its annual day celebrations at the
Rawalpindi Arts Council.
Chief Commissioner (Islamabad) Tariq
Pirzada attended the function as chief guest. He was touched by the
performance of young children on the peace song 'Yeh Hum Nahin' and
appreciated their confidence in the enactment of 'Snow White' and
The costumes brought out the best in every
presentation. The KG students wore traditional costumes of various
countries as part of the theme 'The World has become a Global Village'.
Other themes included 'Animals,' 'Colours' and 'Seasons'. The kids also
presented nursery rhymes, which were appreciated by the audience,
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Headstart students donate money for disabled children
Islamabad: Recognising their social responsibilities at such
young age, grade six students of Headstart Elementary Branch visited
St. Thomas Community Based Rehabilitation Centre and presented a draft
for Rs36,860 to Project Director Sholmeat Robin.
with the mentally and physically challenged children and got involved
in their daily activities. The event not only proved to be a unique and
motivating experience for the Headstart children, but also brought
smiles at the faces of their age fellows at the rehabilitation centre.
The rehabilitation centre has been working in the urban squatter
settlements since 1982. Generating the money for the centre was
completely an endeavour of grade six students. They collected the money
through a bake sale, they had organised at the school. They also took
along goodies for the 'differently able' children and shared these with
them, as they talked and mingled with them.
It all started
when the students of grade six read, 'Water- excerpt from Helen
Keller's autobiography' in their literature book and felt deeply
motivated and inspired to do something for the 'differently able'
children. They came up with the idea of organising a bake sale to
generate funds for them. The students, teachers and parents went all
out to make the bake sale a huge success thus generating a handsome
amount. Another parent donated hearing aids and leg braces for the
children at the centre. For the students, it was an eye-opening
experience and they were moved to tears seeing the little angels, who
in spite of being mentally and physically challenged were working very
hard, against all odds, with an objective to enter the vocational and
mainstream educational institutions.
Equally impressive for
them was the dedication of teachers as, with their love and warmth, the
teachers were trying their level best to make up for the lack of basic
facilities that all children are entitled to have. In the words of one
of the Headstart students, Daniyal Masood, "I marvel at the kindness of
the people who run the facility." The children in this centre came from
the adjoining slum, which is home to people from the lowest income
group. The parents of these children are mostly incognisant of the kind
of help their handicapped children need and have to be coaxed to send
their children to the rehabilitation centre. Sometimes, the staff
members themselves go and bring the children to the centre, from their
homes. Such endeavours on part of students, especially from the rather
privileged class, must be encouraged, so that they do not remain
oblivious and indifferent to the harsh realities inflicting their
country and emerge as more conscientious and responsible citizens and
future leaders, always ready to extend a helping hand wherever needed.
Raymal Mumtaz, it was an extraordinary trip and moved her to tears. All
the students who went on this visit came back with the realization as
to how blessed they are and how much they can do to make a difference
in the lives of the less privileged. Suleman Qamar, another visiting
student, shared his experience with his class fellows saying, "When I
saw them, I wanted to do everything possible to help them. I promise if
you see them, you would want to do the same." The news
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