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FDE schools summer vacation extension demand

Extension in summer vacation demanded

Islamabad, Aug 04: Parents of the children studying in educational institutes working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) as well as teachers have demanded extension in summer vacations to observe fasting and celebrate Eidul Fitr in befitting manner.

According to the FDE notification, the vacations started from June 1 will end on August 10 during the first ten days of the holy month of Ramazan, with only 22 days left in Eid celebrations. The students and teachers who have moved to their hometowns during vacations are supposed to return in the first week of Ramazan and join institutes and they will have to rush again to celebrate Eid with their relatives.

Generally, students take one week to be regular to their studies after vacations and the attendance once again become thin during last ten days of Ramazan, a teacher Amir said.

Similarly those who observe 'Aitkaaf' leave for their home towns ten days earlier so it will just be a haphazard exercise for them to return from their hometowns for resuming studies and again rush back to their native areas for celebrating Eidul Fitr with their near and dear ones, he said.

"Last year, the vacations were extended till Eidul Fitr on the directives of former Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali and this year too, we are waiting for the same," he said.

"Although, we have completed our home assignments, but we want to observe fasting in relaxed manner and it can only be possible if vacations are extended as the school activities make us exhausted especially in summer season," said a class 8th student, who is observing Ramazan for last two years.

Meanwhile, Representative of Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) Tahir said the association has demanded extension in summer vacations in written from Director General FDE Atif Mehmood Kiyani.

The teachers' community is of the view that it will be easy to observe fasting and offer prayers with dedication, if vacations are extended, he said.

A senior official of FDE told this agency that discussions are going on regarding extension in vacations but nothing has been decided yet which can be announced officially.

Obviously, the officials are in effort to extend summer vacations, as it is difficult for teachers as well as students to come to the institutes in severe heat in the month of Ramazan, he said.

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421 treated at Isra University medical camp
Islamabad: As many as 421 patients including men, women and children have been treated by specialists in a free medical camp organised by Isra University at Al-Nafees Medical College and Hospital, Frash Town, Lehtrar Road.

According to a press release two patients were in critical condition and were immediately operated. Other investigations carried out included Blood CP and ESR; Urine RE; Hb, RBC, HbS Ag; Liver Function Test, Lipid Profile and Ultra Sound.

Isra University is planning to launch MBBS programme at its Islamabad campus and the case is under consideration by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. A 300-bed welfare teaching hospital has already been established. It may be mentioned here that the university is offering BS, MS and PhD programmes in Electronics, B.Tech and MSc in Electronics and Doctor of Physiotherapy and post-graduation in Physiotherapy. The news

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Seminary teacher tortures student
Rawalpindi: A seminary student was beaten by his teacher allegedly with electric wire and clubs at Dhoke Manju Khayaban-e-Sir Syed.

Police, on the complaint of parents of innocent child, though penned down the initial report, are hesitating to take action against the accused while pressurising the parents to settle the dispute with the cruel teacher.

Muhammad Amman, resident of Sector 4-A 8, Dhoke Manjo, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed said that his son Junaid Amman, 10, got admission in Madrassa Usmania Saut-ul-Quran to learn Holy Quran.

A day before, Qari Amir severely tortured little Junaid with electric wire and club without any reason in result Junaid received multiple injuries on his body, he said adding that the Junaid was too much beaten and now he could not even walk.

Upon knowing about the incident, Muhammad Amman said that he approached Police Station (PS) Pirwadhai for legal action against Qari Amir, on which police arrested Amir but later released him.

He said that now police were refusing to send Junaid to hospital for his medico-legal report rather exhorting pressure on him to settle the dispute with Qari Amir. He alleged that Qari Amir also used to torture so many orphan children, who were imparting Quranic education in the seminary but no body could dare to stop him.

Muhammad Amman appealed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Muhammad Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of this brutal act of the teacher and punish him. The nation

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