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RBISE HSSC-I results | IIU students protests

RBISE HSSC-I results on Aug 15
Rawalpindi, Aug 11, 2008: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education would announce the annual result of HSSC-I on August 15 and SSC-I on August 25, it has been learnt. Secretary Rawalpindi Board Humayun Iqbal Qureshi told the media that the marking of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC-I) papers has been completed while arrangements are being finalised to announce the result on August 15. He further said that papers of Secondary School Certificate (SSC-I) is being executed and would be completed in a couple of days.

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IIU students continue to hold protests
Islamabad: Female students of Usooluddin (Islamic Studies) Department at the International Islamic University (IIU) continue to hold regular protests on the campus over frequent changes being made in the faculty and course schemes.

Alleging that such moves were part of a strategy to introduce a specific religious mindset within the department, the students said that contract of about seven senior teachers had either been terminated or they were transferred to other departments in the past 12 months.

"Most of these teachers were funded by foreign institutions and were masters in their respective fields," said one of the students.

Naming some of the teachers, the protesting students said that the most recent case involved Professor Suhail Hassan who was transferred despite having served the department for 20 years. He was said to be quite popular among students.

Similarly, contracts of Professor Nizamuddin Nafeh and Professor Tahir Mahmood, were not renewed. Also on that list were professors Manshavi, Abdul Tawwab, Dr. Fazal Elahi and Dr. Aziz ur Rehman.

The students claimed that Professor Hassan was notified of his transfer while out of town and that too in the middle of a semester. "The faculty of our department was not informed of the change for several weeks," they said.

They thought that the move was aimed at reducing the number of principled teachers from the Academic Council, a 60-member body that rules on academic matters.

The protesting girls pointed out that since the university was facing financial problems, therefore the management would never be able to hire teachers of the same calibre from its own resources. Young teachers with no experience or foreign ones were appointed in place of known religious scholars, they said.

They alleged that classes comprising boys and girls were also taking place in the Urdu Department despite the IIU being a declared non co-education institution.

The students were also angered by the increase in annual fee that has almost been doubled compared to last year's. They believed that the administration also planned to abolish specialisation at the bachelor's level.

The series of changes began in 2006 when the name of Usooluddin Department (USD) was changed to the Department of Islamic Studies. "The USD came into being in 1981 then why it took the management 25 years to go for name change," asked the students.

They said that their course schemes were also changed quite frequently as compared to other departments and they were all deeply concerned over this state of affairs.

IIU President Anwar Hussain Siddiqui denied that all this was happening on the campus. "We changed the name of the department because it was in Arabic and therefore difficult for the common people to understand," he said adding that both names were being used in documentations.

Sidiqui said that the teachers left when their contracts expired or their original departments called them back. He made it clear that course schemes were changed on the directives of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and applied to all departments.

"According to these directives, 60 percent of the course matter would be directly related to the subject whereas 40 percent of it would be about general knowledge, things other than the actual subject," he said, stressing that the aim was to enhance the knowledge base of students.

He said that the administration wanted the USD students to also know about people like Ghalib, Mir and Iqbal but a small fraction of the department wanted to run the faculty on the pattern of a madrassa. "More and more girls are joining the department from a variety of backgrounds but this narrow-minded group wants to impose its version of Islam on the department."

Siddiqui said that almost 18,000 students were studying in the university at this point of time in different faculties and they came from a variety of backgrounds. "The course schemes are decided by the Academic Council and it is not the decision of one person," he said.

Terming specialisation at bachelor's level a non-issue, he said that it starts at the master's or PhD levels in all universities. The News

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"so they are hellbent in ruining this university !"
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No pay raise for three years: 750 contract teachers await regularisation
Islamabad: As many as 750 English teachers at primary schools, appointed on one-year contract in 2005, are unlikely to be regularised.

The teachers were approved Rs 10,000 fixed salary. Over the past three years, inflation has risen manifold but their salary remained the same.

Appointment of these teachers, mostly female, was made through a USAID-funded project, aimed at changing the medium of education from Urdu to English.

"We have been found efficient, effective and hardworking more than permanent teachers and our performance has been acknowledged by Maqsoodul Hassan, a former director-general of the Federal Directorate of Education," Naeema Kausar, a teacher at FG Junior Model School said.

"We had been promised that our job will be regularised with the passage of time but it has not been done yet," she said.

"The Punjab government has regularised 7,000 English teachers, who were contracted in 1995, and has given them other benefits," she said, adding the federal government has neither regularised contract teachers not reviewed their salaries.

Tahira Saleem, another teacher, criticised the Education Department for not passing Rs 1,000 allowance to teachers for whom it was announced by the government.

Salma Anwar said she was contracted in 2007 with a promise that her job would be regularised shortly. Earlier she was a contract lecturer at Islamabad Model College for Girls.

"We have been in depression because the federal government has been ignoring us. Our salary has been fixed at Rs 10,000 over the last three years while prices of commodities have multiplied in this time. Contract has been hanging over us like Sword of Damocles," she said.

She said the prime minister had announced that contract employees would be regularised upon completion of two years of their services. She said the Education Department had denied this order in their case saying their services would be counted one year since they were given one-year contract which was reviewed time to time.

She said over 50 teachers had written an application to Education Minister Ahsan Iqbal in this regard but then he resigned.

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Recruitment of 32,000 teachers in Punjab on hold
Rawalpindi: Recruitment of 32,000 new teachers in the government educational institutions in Punjab is on hold, as the Punjab chief minister has not signed the summary so far. According to sources, Punjab secretary education has summoned an important meeting of all officers concerned today (Monday) to look into the matter. They said a summary of teachers' appointment had already been sent to the Punjab chief minister. Meanwhile, all educational institutions in the province will be re-opened on August 15 after summer holidays. Many institutions are being re-opened on August 14 to celebrate Independence Day. The children will present tableau and participate in speech competitions. Daily Times

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