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College teachers to refuse FBISE duties
Islamabad, April 18: College teachers have decided to refuse
any assignment of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education in the forthcoming examination of intermediate (HSSC) 2013.
The situation arose on Wednesday when representatives of college
teachers visited the office of the controller of exams.
A participant of the meeting said Federal Government Colleges
Teachers Association (FGCTA) had met with Shaheen Khan, Chairperson of
FBISE, on Tuesday to voice certain concerns.
The meeting was held in a pleasant atmosphere, as Shaheen Khan heard
the concerns and promised to see into the issues personally. She also
asked the representatives to see the controller of exams.
"When the representatives of the college teachers visited the
Controller of Examinations on Wednesday, he behaved in an indecent
manner. The issue flamed up when the controller of exams ignored the
concerns of the teachers," the participant said.
The controller had refused to assign duties to the teachers according
to their seniority, claiming that he could not manage the seniority in
700 exam centres.
Another teacher said it was illogical to hold three practical
sessions in the subject of Statistics, whereas other science subjects
such as Physics and Chemistry only held two sessions per day despite
having more students.
"The Controller of Exams is not even willing to listen to the concerns, and refuses to consider the issue," he added.
A teacher of statistics said, "It is unjust; FBISE has scheduled
three groups of practical exams in a single day, and each group works in
the labs for 2 hours. There is a gap of one hour only, making it a
lengthy and tiring exercise."
A teacher from H-8 College said teachers from far flung areas were
invited and a large sum was paid as Traveling Allowance and Daily
This was being done to oblige relatives of different officials of
FBISE, which damaged the exams system and raised questions on the
credibility of the board.
President FGCTA Professor Tahir Mahmood said college teachers had
always extended their cooperation to the FBISE in various assignments
regardless of the low remunerations.
"The teachers are completely free to accept or decline assignments
offered by the FBISE. There is no legal obligation because they are not
employees of the board. They have to consider their own availability and
choice," he said.
However, Tahir Mahmood said when this point was raised in front of
the Controller, he threatened to cancel affiliation of the colleges with
Professor Deedar Ali Baloch, General Secretary of FGCTA, said, "A
meeting of FGCTA officials was held soon after the visit to FBISE, and
it was decided that college teachers would not accept any assignment
offered by the FBISE until the Controller was replaced and penalised for
Chairperson FBISE, Shaheen Khan said that she would not allow any officer of FBISE to humiliate teachers.
"I will personally look into the matter and will resolve the issue.
During the meeting, I had recognised the issues and suggested that the
FGCTA meet the controller examination Mr Tariq Pervaiz," she said.
"The controller doesn't have the authority to cancel affiliation of
any college. All genuine demands of teachers will be accepted," she
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FDE okays schools in sectors F-17, B-17
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE)
on Monday granted permission for construction of four schools in sector
F-17 and B-17 of Multi Professional Cooperative Housing Society (MPCHS).
According to a press release issued here, MPCHS will provide required
space for the construction of boys and girls schools and FDE will bear
construction and other educational expenses to make these institutions
The construction of these model schools will benefit the children living in the sectors and adjoining areas.
The people appreciated the construction of girls' school because they have to go far away for their education purposes.
The sector B-17 is located between GT road and the motorway while
F-17 is on Fatehjung road at Motorway Interchange and near new
In these sectors, the work of development has almost completed.
The new International Airport is in its final stages of constructions that will be operational in the coming year. App
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NBF book festival from 20th
Islamabad: National Book Foundation (NBF) has
planned a three-day book festival with slogan 'back to book - read for
life' to mark the National Book Day (NBD) being held on April 22.
The celebrations will kick off at NBF head office on April 20 and end on April 22.
Well-known writers, poets, intellectuals, columnists and leaders of civil society will participate in the festival.
Talking to media, the Managing Director of the NBF, Mazharul Islam
said it was for the first time in the history of the country that
prominent writers and intellectuals would communicate with their readers
and answer their questions.
The purpose of this activity is to cement the bond of friendship between the general public and the book.
He said this was the fourth consecutive mega book event being
celebrated by the NBF at the national level. According to the MD NBF,
the event is aimed at making people book lovers.
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Colleges affairs being run on ad hoc basis
Islamabad: The two largest postgraduate colleges of
the capital, Islamabad Model Postgraduate College, H-8 and Islamabad
Model Postgraduate Commerce College H-8/4, have been without principals
since April 5.
Besides, women colleges of F-7/2 and G-10/4 have acting heads and I-8/3 Degree College's principal is going to retire in July.
But the ad hocism in the educational institutions hardly made any
difference for the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development
(CAD) and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
An officer of CAD requesting not to be identified said that the
offices of principals of both H-8 Colleges fell vacant on April 5 on the
retirement of Professor Kazim Hussain and Professor Raja Abdul Hafeez.
Since then no one has been given even acting charge to run the
colleges affairs. As a result the academic and administrative issues are
A faculty member of Commerce College said total chaos ruled his
college as there was no one to keep proper check on the its affairs. In
fact, the colleges were in total mess.
"Students come with their parents to college get their routine issues
resolved but returned in disappointment and frustration when they
learnt that the person concerned was not available as no body could tell
them whom should they meet," he said.
A senior officer of FDE requesting anonymity said that the biggest
women college of the city (F-7/2 College) was also running on ad hoc
"Principal of Islamabad Model Postgraduate College for Girls, F-7/2,
Rehana Shabbir retired in October 2012. Acting charge of the college was
given to Ms Talat Samiullah (BPS 19) and she has been running college
since then," he said.
"Vice principal of G-10/4 girls college, Durdana Asrar, was promoted
in basic pay scale 20 a month ago, due to which she was appointed as
principal of F-7/2 College but she will leave the college on April 14
after attaining the age of superannuation," he said.
"The vice principal of G-10/4 College, Dr Musarrat Parveen, is in BPS
20 but she has been running the college as acting principal," he said.
"Principle of Girls Degree College I-8/3 Hamida Metlo is going to
retire in July 2013 but there is no senior teacher in the college who
could replace her so CAD should nominate some one who will fill the
seat," he said.
Professor Deedar Ali Baloch, General Secretary Federal Government
College Teachers Association (FGCTA) remarked that postgraduate level
colleges had been left at the mercy of CAD.
Discussing the situation of H-8 Colleges, he said the apathetic
attitude of CAD had affected the studies of students, overall
discipline, and the smooth working of all the sections of the colleges.
Professor Tahir Mahmood, President FGCTA said that in a meeting with
Secretary CAD in January, he had informed her about the retirement dates
of the principals and other issues.
She had assured that principals would be posted in time but the promise remained unfulfilled.
DG FDE Dr Shahnaz A Riaz said that she had
instructed Director Federal Government Colleges Mehmood Akhtar Malik to
give acting charge of principles to senior most faculty members in both
the colleges of sector H-8.
"As far as appointment of fulltime principals is concerned, I have
requested CAD to take immediate steps and appoint principals in the
colleges," she said. Dawn
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