Class-V examinations postponed
Islamabad, Feb 18: The centralised examinations for class five, scheduled to start on February 19, were postponed till further orders in the wake of complete strike being observed by teachers working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
According to well-placed sources in the Ministry of Education, the negotiations between teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education continued till late at night but could not reach any conclusion as the teachers were determined to continue their strike till the approval of their demands.
Insiders said that the Ministry of Education officials tried their level best to convince teachers to call off their strike but failed. "The officials were of the opinion that they have sent a summary regarding upgradation of teachers to the Ministry of Finance and its response was awaited. They said that as soon as the summary gets approved from the Finance Division, the package for teachers would be implemented in no time," they said.
On the other hand, teachers believe that the Ministry of Education is not sincere in their upgradation. "We have our sources in the Ministry of Education through which we learnt that no such summary has been moved so far," said a teacher requesting anonymity.
"The centralised examinations for class fifth, which were scheduled to start on February 19, have been postponed as teachers were boycotting classes and other activities," said a high-level official of the Ministry of Education.
The teachers of many as 388 educational institutions under the FDE have been observing complete strike by not taking their classes, examinations (both internal and external) and any kind of duty assigned.
The teacher of all cadres peacefully staged a sit-in on the premises of their respective schools. They displayed protest banners at the main gates of their academic institutions and wore black armbands.
Students were asked by their teachers to enjoy free time in playgrounds. "The intensity of our boycott will increase with each passing day. Students will also join us in a couple of days," said an office-bearer of the Federal Government Teachers Association (FGTA).
FGTA President Azhar Mahmood Awan, addressing on the occasion, said that the ongoing strike of teachers was not against any person or institution. "It is aimed at making the current leadership of the country to realise that the prevailing education system in the ICT is based on disparity and discrimination," he said.
He said that the FGTA wanted substantial and comprehensive structural changes in the education system. "For this, uniform nomenclature of all institutions and uniform service structure for all teachers of all cadres have become a clarion call of all teachers, students and parents as well," he added.
The teachers, on the occasion, distributed their charter of demands that included issuance of notification regarding uniformity of education system in ICT so that it can be implemented in letter and spirit as per the announcement made by the Prime Minister, issuance of notification regarding up-gradation of teachers, residential ceiling with pay to all employees under FDE Islamabad and immediate issuance of supplementary grant for hiring, immediate provision of transport facility to remote areas/federal area, immediate regularisation of all sacked teachers, contractual teachers, teachers on deputation, computer teachers and English teachers, hardship allowance to all FDE employees working at hard stations.
Ministry of Education Additional Secretary Shaigan Shareef Malik said that the ministry was strongly committed to the implementation of the package for teachers in letter and spirit. "We are continuously in the process of negotiations with teachers," he added. The news
Schoolteachers go on strike
Islamabad: Some 7,000 teachers of the federal government schools in the city went on an indefinite strike on Thursday demanding uniform service structure for themselves and uniform education system for the students.
"We will remain on strike till we get our demands fulfilled by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE)," president of the FDE Teachers Association Azhar Mehmood said.
Their action affects the nearly 100,000 students who attend the 388 schools run by the federal government in the capital territory.
However, the director general of the FDE, Shaheen Khan, said: "I have personally given them [teachers] assurances that their concerns will be resolved; however, the teachers ignored my request leaving the students without a lecture the whole day which is unfair."
She said the federal secretary education had already sent a reply to their demands and "we are all set to resolve it."
But the protesting teachers also had a point to make, as several female teachers chanted slogans at the Federal Government Girls Secondary School, G-6-1/4.
The teachers were carrying placards inscribed with slogans against the Federal Directorate of Education and the education ministry now without a minister and being looked after by its principal accounting officer, who happens to be the federal secretary education Mohammad Athar Tahir.
"There are three different directors sitting in the FDE and looking after as many education systems running parallel to each other in the capital," said Mr Mehmood.
They are: Director Islamabad Model Colleges, Director Islamabad Model Schools and Director Federal Government Colleges.
"There must be a unified system of education because teachers working in the federal government model schools, which is for grade 1 to grade 12 students, are working in grade-9 and grade-16 for almost two decades and are hardly considered for promotion to the next grade," said Mr Mehmood.
On the other hand, he said, teachers were directly hired in grade-16 in Islamabad model colleges and considered for promotion to grade-17 and above.
Reading out the demands in front of the protesting teachers, Mr Mehmood said: "We need notifications for a unified education system, unified promotional structure for grade-9 to grade-20 teachers, promotion of all F.G. teachers to the next grade as elementary schoolteachers e.g. grade-16 to grade-17 and re-designation of sanctioned posts of teachers." He said the teachers should also be given house ceiling along with their salaries besides provision of transport system.
Mr Mehmood said all the teachers who were sacked by the FDE last year should be reinstated.
Meanwhile, the FDE director general said the secretary education had marked a few queries regarding the said matter raised by the F.G. teachers, adding they were positively working on it.
She advised the teachers to demonstrate patience, adding: "protest is their right but they should not snatch the right of education from the students."
Ms Khan clarified that on January 12 she was again given the charge of the FDE director general so "I must be given some time." Dawn
KMC students want exam postponed Peshawar: The final year students of Khyber Medical College on Thursday staged a protest to press the Khyber Medical University administration to postpone their examination till September.
The protesting students were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the university administration for unilaterally announcing schedule for their final professional examination to be held in July next. They said that they had been given little time for preparations as the university often remained closed due to poor law and order in the province. They asked the university to delay the examination till September 2011.
KMU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Hafeezullah, on the other hand, rejected the demand. Talking to reporters, he said the university had already issued schedule for the examination in which no changes would be made.
Nasim Anwar wins BioAsia-2011 Award
Islamabad: Renowned Pakistani scientist and Adviser Science with COMSTECH Secretariat in Islamabad Dr Anwar Nasim has been selected as winner of BioAsia-2011 Award.
The valedictory ceremony in the honour of Dr Nasim who is also an expert in biotechnology in Pakistan is being arranged on February 24 in Hyderabad, India. The governor of Andhra Pradesh will be the chief guest of the ceremony.
Dr Anwar Nasim had been President of Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) and his services in the field are widely recognised in the world of biotechnology. The decision to select him for the ward was announced Thursday by Dr BS Bajab, Secretary General of FABA. Dr Nasim had a doctorate from University of Edinburgh, UK. The news