FDE Chairperson removal & Teachers package
Teachers package behind Shaheen's removal from FDE
Islamabad, Dec 06: Mystery still shrouds the removal of Shaheen Khan as Chairperson of Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) with many senior officials claiming that
she had invited the wrath of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani by
announcing an incentive package to teachers from Grade 9 to Grade 20
without any consultation with the Finance Wing, reliable sources told
this scribe here on Sunday.
The sources said that the Prime
Minister House clearly directed her to first consult Establishment
Division and Finance Division before announcement of any package for
teachers because both these departments had showed grave concern over
implications of the package.
The sources further said that FDE
were first trying to secure approval for incentive package for teachers
working in Grade 9 to Grade 16, but when it moved another file in which
it insisted to also give one-grade promotion to those teachers working
in Grade 17 to Grade 20, the Establishment Division and Finance Wing
both vehemently opposed this move and informed the prime minister about
The sources alleged that new file was moved in a bid to
provide benefit to Shaheen Khan who would be able to get promotion from
Grade 20 to Grade 21 in case it was approved at the highest level.
said that the controversy reached its climax when despite direction
from the prime minister at a ceremony held to mark 'Salaam Teachers Day'
to consult Establishment Division and Finance Wing before announcement
of the incentive package FDE gave impression to the teachers' community
that it had been approved by the federal government.
pertinent to mention here that the teachers' community was all happy on
announcement of the incentive package by the FDE without knowing the
fact that it was yet to be approved both by the Establishment Division
and Finance Division.
The sources said the controversy led to
such situation that the Education Ministry decided to ask Shaheen Khan
who is also chairperson of the Federal Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education (FBISE) to leave additional post of chairperson of
According to incentive package announced by the FDE, Matric
Trained Teachers (MTTs) and Junior Language Teachers (JLTs) in grade 9
would be promoted to grade 14 if they have a BEd degree. Trained
Undergraduate Teachers in grade 14 with six years service experience
would be promoted to grade 16.
Trained Graduate Teachers with 10
years experience in grade 16 would be promoted to grade 17. Similarly,
Teachers in grade 17 with five years of experience would be promoted to
grade 18. While teachers in grade 18 would be promoted to grade 19 with
seven years experience in case of direct appointment and five years
experience if they were promoted from a lower grade. The promotion from
grade 19 to 20 would require five years experience and promotion above
grade 20 would not come under Time Scale Promotion Formula.
official of the Finance Wing told this correspondent that they informed
FDE that no teacher from Grade 16 could be promoted to Grade 17 without
appearing in the competitive examination of Federal Public Service
He claimed that they had approved to give
Grade 14 and Grade 16 to teachers working in Grade 9 and Grade 14
respectively, adding "no approval was given for promotion of teachers
from Grade 17 to Grade 20."
Former chief of FDE and currently
chairperson of FBISE, Shaheen Khan told this scribe that announcement of
incentive package has no link with her removal as chairperson of FDE
stating "I had additional charge of FDE and now the Education Ministry
has given it to some other person and this is all a routine practice and
there is nothing unusual in it."
To a question, she said they
have struggled a lot to prepare incentive package for teachers and it
would be implemented as all stakeholders are fully agreed upon it. "Even
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has given his approval in principle
for the incentive package and as soon as Finance Wing gives its
recommendation it would be implemented in letter and spirit," she said.
chairman of FDE Aurangzeb Rehman told this correspondent that the
incentive package has so far not fully been approved but the prime
minister has given in principle approval for it.
He said they
would take up the issue of incentive package with the Finance Wing and
after sorting out modalities it would be implemented in its current
To a question, he said new proposals incorporated in the
incentive package including one-grade promotion to teachers from Grade
17 to Grade 20 would remain part of the package.
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Cyber crimes on the rise in absence of law
Islamabad: Several high-profile cases involving cyber crimes, including the one in which
the Supreme Court website was hacked, have failed to serve as eye-opener
for decision makers, with cyber criminals operating without fear of
prosecution after lapse in late 2009 of an ordinance.
Official sources said that cyber crimes are on the rise, as the
cyber crime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been
turned into a toothless body in the absence of the law. The sources said
the wing had closed thousands of cases because it did not have the
mandate to pursue them.
Those who suffered at the hands of the criminals included Zafar Hasan
Raja, a grade 20 officer of the ministry of finance, who was lured into
becoming part of a "goldmine scheme" to get huge sums in return for
Mr Raja agreed to invest and transferred a sizable amount through scratch cards to qualify for the "award".
Another complaint was received by the wing from Bank Al-Falah against
a criminal who had sent e-mail messages inviting resumes from
candidates for positions at the bank. The criminal, who identified
himself as Sadiq Hussain, posed as a human resources manager of the
He was supposed to have received money from a number of applicants.
A senior official of the National Logistics Cell (NLC) complained
that lewd pictures of her daughter had been put on the web, but again no
action could be taken against the criminal(s).
Pemra Chairman Mushtaq Malik filed a complaint against illegal sale of de-coders in the market, but no action could be taken.
There have also been various incidents of hacking of virtual bank
accounts for payment of cell-phone bills and purchase of scratch cards.
The Prevention of Electronic Crime Ordinance (Peco) was promulgated
for the first time in 2007 and was re-promulgated several times.
The IT Ministry was reminded by the Law Ministry in Oct 2009 that a
request for re-promulgation of the ordinance was yet to be received.
The Law Ministry was told that the contract of director legal, who was supposed to do job, had recently expired.
The move for proper legislation of the law was also scuttled after
members of the National Assembly's Standing Committee, including Anushe
Rehman of PML-N and Marvi Memon of PML-Q, rejected the law in its
present form as violative of constitutional provisions concerning
fundamental rights. The news
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AIOU viva voce
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University's (AIOU) Department of
Business Administration will start viva-voce examination of MBA
programme from December 06 in its main campus.
Department of Business Administration of the University, Dr. Syed
Hassan Raza informed that the exams would be continued up to December
The students across the country
enrolled in MBA programme will participate and intimation letter have
already been sent by post to the students at their given addresses.
External experts for each specialisation are invited from different universities and industries for the assessment of students.
student who has fulfilled all the requirements of viva-voce according
to the university's rules and regulations and has not received the
intimation letter may contact the Department of Business Administration
personally or at Ph.No.051-9250089 and 051-9057723. The students may
visit the web site firstname.lastname@example.org or www.aiou.edu.pk of the university. The nation
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Islamabad: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) which was closed on
December 2 for three days due to security threats would open from TODAY
The entry test of BBA Hons, MBA, BS Urdu, MA Arabic, MA
Chinese, MSC Economics, MA Education, MA EPM, MSC International
Relations, MSC Mass Communications, MA Urdu M.Ed, B.Ed, BS B.Ed Hons, MA
Persian, MA German, MA French and MA Turkish would held on Monday,
according to the previous schedule, said an official of the university
while talking to APP on Sunday.
While the new date for the entry
test which was scheduled to be held on December 3 will be announced
this week and the applicants are advised to remain in contact with
The university was closed on Thursday after
receiving an advisory from the Crisis Management Cell of the Ministry of
Interior to adopt this precautionary measure.
The university was
receiving security threats for Friday so the university management
decided to close it till Monday. The end-term papers scheduled for
Thursday evening and entry tests for the Graduation Programme were
Seven to eight thousand students, including foreign
nationals, forces personnel and others, were likely to appear in the
entry tests. The three-day closure was announced as a safety measure for
the students, the official said.
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Students prepared to be better global citizens
Rawalpindi: The Roots Model United Nations (RMUN) at DHA Campus formally commenced with
the committee sessions. The sessions prepared students to be better
global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasised
collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict, modelled after the
According to a press release, the cooperative,
hands on learning of Model United Nations allowed students to confront a
range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country. Through
these experiences-during preparation, in committee sessions, and even
in hallways developed an appreciation of different viewpoints, the
frustration of negotiations, the rewards of cooperation and a broader
view of the human side of international relations and diplomacy.
committees in Roots MUN included some UN committees such as Counter
Terrorism Committee, Disarmament and International Security Committee,
United Nations Development Programme, United Nations human Rights
Council, Economic and Social Council, Crises Commission and Historical
Committee but the two revolutionary committees of Kuch Socho, Kuch Karo,
Kuch Bano and Sada e Zun were the most inspiring.
of the youth for transformation and change, their desire for a
peaceful, progressive and democratic Pakistan were presented
passionately under their accomplished chair Osama Gondal. This committee
gave hope to the younger generation, provided a platform for the
intellectual minds to indulge in simulating progressive debates where
they represented as analysts, activists, politicians, socialists and
members of general public and drafted resolutions for the progressive
However, the Committee on Women Development was
revolutionary and the first of its kind in a model United Nations. It
was the most provoking, interesting and engaging committee at RMUN this
year. It was a milestone for young girls to represent various prominent
women personalities of the past and future. The list of personalities
was diverse. It included Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, Asma
Jahangir, Bano Qudsia, Sherry Rehman, Nigar Ahmed, Firdous Ashiq Awan,
Asma Shirazi, Mukhtaran Mai, Maliha Lodhi, Noor Jahan Panezai and many
more prominent politicians, stateswomen, artists, actresses, anchors and
lawyers. The chair for this committee were, Shahwar Ali and Sheza Arif
Director Roots School System Khadija Mushtaq was actively
involved in the committee sessions and remarked, "It gives me immense
satisfaction and pride that we are grooming young intellectuals who are
patriotic and passionate about the positive future of their country and
want to contribute effectively and intelligently on women empowerment
issues." The news
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