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Govt asked to reform answer book evaluation system
Islamabad, Feb 26: The Senate standing committee on education has asked the
government to reform the evaluation system of answer books which was at present
full of flaws.
The issue of reassessment of papers came under discussion
at a meeting of the committee presided over by Senator Razina Alam Khan here on
Wednesday. The committee directed the education ministry officials to settle the
matter on a permanent basis.
Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar
Khan Bijrani also assured the committee that strict action would be taken
against those involved in the reassessment case that not only tarnished the
image of the board but also deprived many students of their right.
the upcoming education policy, the committee said it should reflect the
aspirations of the people and address the problems being confronted in the
sector that have been neglected in the past. It suggested that the new policy
should be finalised after having input from all the stakeholders.
uniform system of education was need of the hour and the ministry should take
necessary measures to ensure children coming from every strata of society have
access to quality education, the committee said. The committee also asked the
ministry to take special steps for providing adequate facilities at the primary
level in remote and far-flung areas.
Commenting on the shortage and
delay in the release of funds, Ms Alam said the government should ensure
availability of adequate funds for the successful completion of various projects
focusing on the improvement of education standard.
presentation, the secretary education briefed the committee on the salient
features of the new education policy. He said the aim of the policy was to have
access for all children to quality education and create standard-based education
model in the country.
He said the government intended to increase the
allocation of PSDP funds for the education sector from the current 2.5 per cent
to four per cent of the GDP in the next three years. He said the education
policy would encompass all those aspects which remained neglected in the past. Dawn
CDA Model School upgraded to college level
Islamabad: The CDA Model School organised its Annual Day here on Wednesday
in which students who had performed extraordinary in curricular and
extra-curricular activities were awarded prizes and medals as an acknowledgement
of their hard work and dedication.
The awards were presented for the
academic session 2007-08.
The award of the 'Best Student' in Junior
Section was given to Tehreem Fatima. The 'Best Student' award in the Senior
Section was given to Farkhanda Zareen. The award of 'Best Athlete' went to Hifza
Imran. The 'Best Urdu Debater' award was given to Minahil Aziz. The 'Best
English Debater' award went to Shibra Qaiser. The 'Best Qaria' award was given
to Amna Haq and the 'Best Naat Khwan' to Fareeha Ghani. The 'Best Singer' award
was given to Moater Zehra. The 'Most Cooperative Student' award was given to
Anas Waheed. The 'Most Well-Behaved Student' award was obtained by Zain Abbass.
The 'Most Regular Student' award went to Ayesha Naveed and the 'Tidiest Student'
award was given to Khansa Naz and Shazeb Shahid Mirza.
was given a gold medal for achieving first position in the SSC Annual
Examination of 2008 (Science Group), while Aiman Mughal was awarded a silver
medal for her first position in the SSC Annual Examination 2008 (Humanitarian
Razia Sultana House in Senior Section and Nishtar House in
Junior Section won the trophies for 'Outstanding Performance in Co-curricular
Activities,' while Razia Sultana House in Senior Section and Noon House in
Junior Section won the 'Academic Trophies'.
CDA Chairman Tariq Mahmood
Khan was the chief quest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, he
appreciated the students for their outstanding performance in curricular and
extra-curricular activities and urged them to fully concentrate on their
education, as it is not only good for their own future but also for the country.
"Children are the future of our country and only their good education and
personality grooming can ensure a stable and prosperous future of Pakistan," he
The CDA chairman said that students should never underestimate
themselves, rather they should always have high targets in front of them to be
achieved. He said "Sky should be the limit for students". He emphasised on the
importance of discipline and punctuality, saying that they are the necessary
ingredients for success of any person or country. "It is good to see that the
most punctual and disciplined students were awarded, as it would encourage other
students to follow the same path," he said.
The CDA chairman approved
the upgradation of the school to college level as requested by the principal and
announced a grant of Rs200,000 for the school library.
Giving a brief
introduction of the school, CDA Model School Principal Shahwar Ajmal said that
the institution was established in 1986 to provide quality education to children
of civic body's employees and the general public on merit. "Since its
affiliation with the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in
1995 till the session of 2008, students appearing in the SSC examination from
this institution have always shown excellent results". She said that 100 per
cent success rate has so far been maintained and as compared to other model
institutions the ratio of those achieving A+ and A grades has always been high.
Schoolchildren entertained guests through national songs, tableaux and skits. The News
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Students with disabilities
A Report has highlighted the problems faced by visually impaired
students appearing for public examinations in the country. In principle, most
examining authorities, including the Public Service Commission, allow such
students different options for writing their exam scripts - computers with
screen-reading software, Braille, voice recording and the services of
amanuenses. In practice, however, the choices of the blind are severely
restricted. In most cases, they are only allowed to use the facility of a
writer. Without institutional help, procuring the services of one can be quite a
challenge in itself. Neither are visually impaired candidates given the extra
time they require for tackling exam questions. This apathy on the part of the
examining authorities is reprehensible. It betrays a lack of sensitivity to the
needs as well as the rights of handicapped students. It is not so much limited
resources as the absence of awareness that hampers the integration of the
disabled in the social, economic and political mainstream.
The fact is
that Pakistanis lack knowledge and awareness of the concept of disability as it
is understood today. Rights advocates worldwide recognise the importance of
ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by the disabled and the
need to remove barriers that hinder their full and equal participation in
society. In a country where the able-bodied are traditionally denied their
rights, the disabled stand a slim chance of being provided equal opportunities
to realise their full potential. While policymakers are indifferent to the
rights of people with disabilities, the public harbours prejudices against them
that violate their inherent dignity. This results in the marginalisation of
History is replete with examples of how people with
disabilities have proved to be an asset when an inclusive approach is adopted
and are allowed to contribute to their own area of expertise. This paradigm
shift in perception led the UN to adopt the Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol that came into effect last year. The
Pakistan government has done well to sign the convention. It should now ratify
it and also sign and ratify the Optional Protocol, which would go a long way
towards ensuring its implementation. The convention by itself will change
nothing as has been our experience in the case of other international human
rights instruments. But it could become the focal point for the disability
movement in Pakistan to create public awareness. Dawn
Degree college approved
Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani
has approved the establishment of Federal Government Degree College for Women at
Kot Hathial, Bhara Kahu, Islamabad.
Urdu speech contest at Jack & Jill School
Rawalpindi: The weeklong activities of speeches, songs and skits at Jack
& Jill Montessori and High School culminated here Wednesday with the Urdu
The topic for the Urdu speech contest was 'Safai'
(cleanliness) for the juniors and 'Taleem Ka Rujhan, Tarbiat Ka Fukdan' for the
seniors. The speeches were well prepared and thought provoking.
student orator, Aiman Jehangir, during her speech emphasised the importance of
upbringing and grooming, and quoted Napolean, saying, "Give me good mothers and
I will give you a good nation". The young speaker also pointed out that students
graduating from the so-called 'modern' universities could not be guaranteed to
be polite and well behaved, unless they have been brought up
The judges had a hard time selecting the best speaker due to
the participants' outstanding oratory skills. The finalists included Aiman
Jehangir, Suniya Amjad and Qurat ul Ain.
Principal of the school Tahmeena
Malik appreciated the efforts of the staff, adding that the target is not to win
or lose but to participate and appreciate the spirit of competition. Later, she
distributed certificates among the winners of the contest.
earlier, the Jackonites had captivated the audience with their melodious and
coordinated renditions of national songs, 'geets' and 'ghazals', in which Arooj
of Class 8 was declared the best singer with Komal, Marya, Fariyal and Azka Gull
following her closely. The News
College celebrates Silver Jubilee
Islamabad: The educational institutions
should be equipped with role model teachers to educate the next generation and
materialize the dream of an educated nation, said Federal Minister for Education
Mir Hazzar Khan Bijarani on Wednesday.
He was addressing the Silver
Jubilee Celebrations and prize distribution ceremony of Islamabad Model College
for Boys (IMCB) F-7/3 as the chief guest. Daily Times
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