Punjab Schoolteachers on streets again
Schoolteachers take to the streets again
Lahore, March 04: Government schoolteachers are once taken to the streets. This time they are
demanding increase in salary, swift promotions and above all end to
non-academic duties assigned to them time and again.
years, it has been observed that the teachers of government schools are
engaged in different types of surveys while their active participation
is also seen in the activities related to polls, census and, quite
frequently, different types of vaccination drives.
seems the teachers are fed up of all the extra work now as the the
Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of
teachers have announced staying away from the anti-polio drive starting
from April 4 (today).
It is pertinent to mention here that part
from the duties to conduct examinations the schoolteachers are also
engaged in special assignments as seen in the recent past when the sugar
crisis had gripped the province.
The teachers argue that their
absence from schools hamper the academic activities which ultimately
results in the poor performance of students in examinations. They also
argue that they are always held accountable but those chalking out such
policies are never even reprimanded.
During the last few weeks,
it was observed that the PTU had been organising a token hunger strike
camp outside the Punjab Assembly on Thursdays to highlight their issues,
including their involvement in non-academic activities.
Liaqat, a senior leader of the PTU and JAC, said the new academic
session had started from April 1 and asked that if the teachers
performed duties outside schools who would teach the students. He argued
that the situation had become depressing, especially at primary
schools, where mostly only two teachers at each school were available.
He said the government should let the teachers to focus their key job of
teaching, adding that the non-academic services always resulted in
academic loss to students.
The academic circles are of the view
that the government should come up with a clear and comprehensive policy
in connection with assigning additional, especially non-academic, tasks
to teachers. They also suggest the government to develop a pool of
unemployed but educated youth for the purpose so that the ever-growing
menace of unemployment may also be controlled to some extent.
School Education Department Secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh agreed that
non-academic assignments did affect the performance of schoolteachers,
however, he argued that all the government employees, also from other
departments, were engaged in duties having national interest.
The campaign like anti-polio vaccination is a matter of life and death,
he argues, saying Such activities do not last long and end up within
two/three days. He appreciated the teachers response to such
activities in the past, saying they had always responded positively for a
About the suggestion of involving unemployed but
educated youth in such campaigns, Kamboh said it was not feasible. He
explained that in many of the cases, such people demanded
regular/contract jobs afterwards which the government could not afford. The news
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Move to disband HEC opposed
Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Tulaba central executive
council has passed a condemnation resolution against a federal
government's decision of disbanding Higher Education Commission and
devolution of education ministry to provinces.
central executive council meeting chaired by Nazim-i-Aala Syed Abdul
Rasheed at Islamic Centre, Punjab University, on Saturday discussed
issues regarding abolishing federal education ministry and subsequent
curriculum development at the provincial level.
Speaking on the
occasion, Mr Rasheed said the disbanding of the HEC would tantamount to
damage the cause of higher education. He said the HEC was being
disbanded while propagating that it was only a funds distribution body,
while it was also looking after higher education quality issues,
research and other policy decisions. He said the HEC had developed
academic standards and was compelling the universities across the
country to follow uniform rules.
He said the HEC was also doing a
great job in organising and arranging scholarships for studies abroad.
He said the commission's disbandment would also stop educational and
He said the IJT would protest against the decision till its review. Dawn
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UHS VC resigns
Lahore: University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Malik
Hussain has resigned from his office owing to allegedly giving favour to
his son in getting admission to MBBS. Reportedly, it seemed to be an
eyewash to gain some goodwill on account of Malik's part as he will
likely resume his office in few days. The nation
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GCU academics group together for a 'cause'
Lahore: The Government College University faculty
members have finally mustered up courage to join hands and form Academic
Staff Association after the departure of the longest-serving principal,
Prof Dr Khalid Aftab – the first vice chancellor of the varsity.
The varsity faculty members have formed an interim 10-member Government
College University Academic Staff Association (GCU-ASA) led by Dr Zahid
Qureshi to look after the interests and welfare of their fellow
colleagues. There are over 300 regular faculty members in the
Dr Qureshi said that the association would serve
as a bridge between the faculty and the administration and help resolve
"not-so-big" issues without going into court litigations.
some faculty members had tried to form the association during former VC
Prof Aftab's tenure but he had 'victimised' them. Citing an example, he
alleged that mathematics' faculty member Dr Ikhlaq Ahmad Siddiqui was
victimised (for attempting to form association) as he was terminated
In the recent past, he said, the GCU administration
led by Prof Aftab was not even facilitating the faculty members in
getting their genuine rights.
He said a faculty member, Dr
Sikandar had won scholarship to study but Prof Aftab had refused to
grant him NOC. Consequently, he said, Dr Sikandar approached court and
the university issued the certificate last month on court's direction.
GCU-ASA president said this association would look after the welfare of
the faculty members, resolve their genuine problems and create a
liaison with the (varsity) administration to resolve issues at the
GCU-ASA Secretary-General Dr Muhammad Akram
said the association would revive the Government College's celebrated
traditions while taking all faculty members along. He said the
association would also work for establishment of a housing colony for
the faculty members.
He said the interim body would formulate
rules and regulations and organise formal elections within two months.
The faculty members' maiden meeting to form the association was held in
physics department's lecture hall on Friday. "The faculty members gave
an overwhelming response to the formation of the association."
interim body comprises Dr Zahid Qureshi (president), Dr Nauman Qureshi
and Dr Muhammad Farooq Haider (vice presidents), Dr Muhammad Akram
(secretary general) and Syed Yasir Usman (joint secretary). The
executive council members are Dr Asad Kazmi, Dr Humayun Abbas Shams, Dr
Fatima Bint-i-Munir, Dr Saleem Bukhari and Babar Naseem Aasi.
TEACHERS: The Lahore Development Authority has decided to recruit another 37 teachers for its educational institutions.
spokesman said 10 male and two female secondary schoolteachers for
science, 14 male and five female secondary teachers for arts, two each
male and female teachers for computer science and two prep class
teachers would be recruited. Applications from eligible candidates would
be invited soon, he said. Dawn
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PU teacher completes post-doctorate study in US
Lahore: A Punjab University Department faculty member has completed his
post-doctorate study at University of California, Los Angeles. Prof Dr
Khalid Mahmood, of the Library & Information Sciences, was funded by
the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to pursue this study.
Khalid did his PhD in 2004 by developing a model for alternative
funding for Pakistani libraries. With five books and above 100 research
papers in national and international journals, he is the most prolific
Pakistani writer in his field.
Talking about his post-doctorate
study, Dr. Khalid said, "Spending nine months at one of the top American
universities was an excellent experience in my life. I have surveyed US
academic librarians and library websites to study the impact of Web 2.0
"My research supervisor, Professor Dr. John
Richardson, is an eminent scholar in the field of library and
information sciences. With his co-authorship I have contributed four
publications during this period," Dr. Khalid said.
He added: "In my
research, I have found that Web 2.0 technologies have played a
significant role in delivering library services to their users
particularly beyond library walls." The nation
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