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Education dept reluctant to proceed against 'corrupt' headmistress
Lahore, Apr 29: The School Education Department is reluctant to proceed against a headmistress facing charges of corruption, embezzlement of funds, abuse of authority and misconduct with the staff members, learnt on Wednesday.

A number of teachers of the Government Junior Model Girls School, Ghazali Road, Samanabad, filed an application against the school's headmistress, Perveen, alleging that she forcefully collected funds from the staff and students to pay salaries to the gatekeeper and arrange functions on a monthly basis.

Force: She collected Rs 10 for funfair and Red Crescent Tickets from each student on a monthly basis, however the amount was used for her personal expenditure and the students never got their hands on the tickets. According to sources in the Education Department, the headmistress forcibly deployed three students to sell stationery items in classes to patronise her personal stationery business.

They said the headmistress forced students to purchase guidebooks available at the school canteen, contrary to government's ban on the use of all types of guidebooks in educational institutions.The teachers alleged that the headmistress had two blue-eyed teachers (Shagufta and Kausar) who never took classes and the poor result of the 8th class depictive of their performance.

Both the teachers remained in the office of the headmistress during school hours and never took the classes assigned to them officially, the teachers complained. The application also alleged that the education standard in the school was deteriorating by the day due to the negligence by the headmistress.

The sources said the Lahore district monitoring officer conducted an inquiry in which all the allegations had been proven correct.The DMO requested the school education department secretary to proceed against the officials, who sought an explanation from the headmistress about the charges levelled against her.However, Parveen told said that all the allegations were baseless and some teachers had launched a campaign to malign her reputation.She said she would face all the allegations, as her hands were clean. Daily times

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'PEF bringing about an education revolution'
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) is working to bring an education revolution by strengthening the scope of private-public partnership at the grassroots.

Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani while briefing an international donor agencies' delegation here at his office added PEF was going to expand its operations in all the 36 districts of the province, serving as much as 950,000 deserving students in collaboration with 2,436 partner schools under Foundation Assisted Schools (FAS) programme during 2010-2011, said a hand out on Wednesday.

The delegation comprised Sofia Shakil, Huma Ali Waheed, Dhushyanth Raju (World Bank), Helen Appleton (DFID) and Gerald Chauvet (First Secretary, Development-CIDA). The delegation reviewed the reforms implementation progress and impact of PEF-FAS programme for the marginalised students in detail.

Citing PEF's flagship FAS programme, which is benefiting 800,000 students, Wani said that girl students surpassed boys in PEF partner schools as their ratio was 52 per cent compared to 48 per cent of male students in 1,776 partner schools.

Wani said that keeping in view PEF's accomplished performance in the education sector, the Punjab government had also handed over 1,006 non-functional schools to the Punjab Education Foundation. He said initially 127 schools have been offered by the PEF to the NGOs in Esa Khel, Noorpur Thal, Kaloor Kot, Mankaira, Chobarah, Jatoi, Rojhan, tribal belt of Dera Ghazi Khan & Rajanpur and Cholistan locality of Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan districts.

He said that promotion of skill-based quality education has direct correlation with poverty alleviation as it strengthened the students to bravely face the odds of life with their profound skills.

PEF-MD further said that education was the best long-term solution to break the shackles of poverty in the developing world. Educating children, especially girls, is the key to ending the vicious cycle of poverty, he added.

In some cases, traditional beliefs cause parents to keep their daughters away from attending schools, or they focus on boys' education much more than girls'. PEF has, therefore, especially encouraged girls' education in the poor families.

The MD said that improving access and quality of education was the primary objective of PEF as it was the basis of good governance. Besides education, various other steps are also taken to groom the personality of students by encouraging co-curricular, sports and other similar activities in partner schools, he added.

Literacy helps promoting communication and reasoning skills in the children. And most importantly, education can help children from impoverished families to break out of poverty, he concluded. The delegation was also briefed by PEF-DMD (O) Tanveer Zafar and DMD (F) Salman A Malik about PEF performance.

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PU MA Political Science results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of MA Political Science, Part-II, Special Annual Examination 2009 held at Khartoum, Sudan, and Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (Semester System), Session 2009. Detailed results are also available on PU website The news

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