RBISE announces SSC annual exams date
Rawalpindi, Feb 18: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations of Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) will commence from March 13.
On the directives of Punjab Board Chairmen Committee (PBCC), the Punjab Education Department (PED) has issued a notification for holding SSC examinations for session 2009-10 to all the eight education boards of the Punjab province.
Accordingly, intermediate and secondary education boards of Rawalpindi, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, DI Khan and Sargodha would hold annual examinations from March 13. RBISE Secretary Prof Humayyun Iqbal said in a statement that he had received the schedule for matriculation examination from the PED.
The RBISE has failed to issue SSC examination certificates to successful candidates since 2005, complained the students talking to this news agency. The students expressed their concern over the situation and demanded that the board issue them certificates on urgent basis.
They said million of students having no SSC certificate were facing problems, as the document was a requirement for job, identity card and passport. They demanded that the Punjab chief minister take note of that issue and direct the authorities concerned to mitigate their problems. Daily times
Parents want check on fees in private schools
Islamabad: Decent education is the right of every child but parents are at a loss when they see private schools becoming money minting machines with no regulatory framework to check fees.
Many schools charge fees, which only the elite can afford. Such schools are charging fees in thousands of rupees and that kind of sums gives a lot of parents anxious nights.
Parents say not only the fees are high but these schools go on extracting money from their pockets on one pretext or the other.
A mother of a child Zeeshan who is studying in Roots School System said the school administration is charging high fee and there is no relaxation for anyone. Besides, they extract funds for several occasions, which is very hard to manage for the people who hardly bear the fee expenses.
She runs a parlour to make ends meet and has three children.
Sharing her first hand experience, she said that she went to his son's school to get one-month fee waived off due to tight financial conditions. "The school flatly refused to accept my request," she lamented.
Shamim, mother of a four children said no parents want to compromise on the education of their children but prevailing price hike has limited the options and one has to look for the institute charging less fee.
Private schools are extracting fees which do not match with the services they provide in term of education and environment and there must be check on the fee charged by these schools. When a parent asked for his comment on the performance of regulatory authority, she said it is good that the government realizes that parents are getting rubbed up the wrong way. But realization of an issue is not enough we want results of government actions, she said.
A mother, whose son studies in Beaconhouse School says she is satisfied with the education that her child is getting. The boy studies in class four and the school charges Rs5500 per month.
It is a fact that vast majority of people cannot afford the fees demanded by the schools as the fees increase by Rs1,000 every year, she said.
The difference between the quality of education and expenses in different private schools create a sense of deprivation among those students who cannot afford to study in better school, she said.
The Islamabad Capital Territory, Private Educational Institutions (Regulation and Promotion) Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) is responsible for registration, regulation and promotion of the privately-managed educational institutions.
PEIRA (Islamabad) Chairman Atif Mahmood Kayani said that the authority was formed in 2006 but the then government did not give it the powers to keep check on the fees charged by the private schools.
Now a committee of the parliament is discussing whether to give the authority powers to supervise the fee structure of schools, he said.
The authority is a welcome sign for parents who feel the financial crunch and want somebody on their side when it comes to decisions on private school fees and the facilities offered by the educational institutions.
According to the National Education Policy approved last year, it is in the government regulations to encourage private schools to offer admission and education services to 10 per cent needy but meritorious students free of cost.
But have you heard of elite schools offering free of cost education to a single student? Contrary to the law, the private schools do not register with the regulatory authorities working under the provincial governments.
These schools do not comply with the regulations rather openly flout them.
According to the national policy document, registered private schools often charge more fees than they are authorised to (the average household annual expenditure per student in a private establishment is reported to be four times greater).
Existence of isolated parallel systems of public and private education in the country is a cause for concern as it creates inequitable social divides. The news
Technical issues delaying equivalence certificates'
Islamabad: Issuance of the Diploma in Associate Engineering (DAE) degrees' equivalence certificates to the Iqra Center for Technical Education (ICTE) students by Punjab Technical Board (PTB) has been delayed due to some 'technical' issues, State Education Minister Ghulam Farid Kathia told the National Assembly on Wednesday.
The ICTE is a constituent unit of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).
In response to a calling attention notice, the minister told the House said that the PTB had refused to issue certificates to the ICTE students with DAE degrees for not clearing its examination.
He said the matter was sub judice and sought guidance of Speaker Fahmida Mirza on whether or not to comment on it.
After the Chair directed him not to talk about issues raised before the court, Kathia said the PTB granted affiliation to the ICTE until June 2010 making it compulsory for the DAE students to clear its examination but the university conducted the examination and issued degrees to them without consulting the board.
He said the PTB later refused to issue degree equivalence certificates to the ICTE students and even withdrew the institution's affiliation. APP
Sports teaches discipline
Islamabad: The sports field teaches us discipline, camaraderie and fairplay, said Qamar Zaman, former squash champion and vice-president of the Pakistan Squash Association, while talking as guest speaker at the Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus.
As part of the school's regular guest speaker programme, the legendary sportsman gave an enlightening talk on Pakistan's supremacy in squash, the training and requisite facilities, says a press release.
He emphasised that Pakistan has no dearth of talent, and motivated the students to be actively involved in the game and help revive the lost glory that Pakistan once enjoyed.
The students specially enjoyed the question and answer session with the guest and asked some interesting questions. One student asked whether there is any other option besides hard work to achieve grand success, to which a smiling Qamar Zaman replied that there are no shortcuts to triumph.
Dawah Academy silver jubilee
Islamabad: The four-day silver jubilee celebrations of the Dawah Academy will start on Friday with special emphasis on activities related to the holy month of Rabiul Awwal.
Addressing a press briefing on the celebrations here on Wednesday, Dawah Academy Director Professor Dr. Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman said that a Mehfil-e-Husne Qirat, Mehfil-e-Naat, Rahmatul-lil-Alameen Conference and Seerat Conference would be held to highlight the true teachings of Islam.
He said that prominent personalities would participate in these events, including Maulana Tariq Jameel, Allama Kokab Noorani, Dr. Raheel Abbasi, Muhammad Shifa Najafi, Professor Sajid Mir, Hassan Mohuddin, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, Dr. Akram Chaudhry and Dr. Muhammad Ishaq Qureshi.
Dr. Rehman said the prominent 'Naat Khawans' would also participate in the event, including Abdul Rauf Sufi, Rehan Qadri, Sabir Rehmani, Altaf Kazmi, Ijaz Rehmani, Hafiz Noor Sultan, Rehan Habib, Khalid Hasnain and Dr. Junaid Nadvi.
He said that the Dawah Academy was offering various courses to promote Islamic values among various segments of society, including journalists, medical practitioners and students. The news
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