Exam dates for schools, colleges announced
Karachi, Feb 08: The Secondary School Certificate (Class IX and X) and Higher Secondary Certificate (Class XI and XII) annual examinations across Sindh will begin on April 18 and May 16, respectively.
Moreover, the annual examinations of Class I to VII will commence on April 1 throughout the province.
This and other major decisions concerning the province's schools and colleges' comprehensive schedule of examinations, declaration of their results, commencement of new academic sessions, summer and winter vacations were taken at a meeting of the provincial education department's steering committee on Monday.
The meeting presided over by Sindh senior minister for education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq was attended, among others, by provincial secretary for education Naheed Shah Durrani, educational boards' chairmen Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Syed Anzar Zaidi, Prof Haleem, Saeed Ahmed Siddiqui, provincial director-general (colleges) Prof (Dr) Nasir Ansar, director for private educational institutions Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, representative of civil society Sadequa Salahuddin and senior officials of the education department.
Giving details of the decisions arrived at at the steering committee meeting, a spokesman for the education department said that to ensure that the new academic session for Class I to VIII would begin on April 12, 2011, all schools across Sindh would be required to conduct the current academic year's annual examinations for these classes (from Class I to VIII) from April 1 to 8 and announce their results by April 8.
SSC exams: With regard to the Class IX and X annual examinations, the meeting decided that these examinations would begin on April 18 while all the secondary boards of the province, except for the Board of Secondary Education Karachi, would be required to announce the results of the examinations by July 31. The BSEK has, however, been told to declare results of the Class IX and X annual examinations by Aug 15.
HSC exams: It also decided that Class XI and XII annual examinations cross the province would begin on May 16 and all the examining bodies, except for the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, would be required to declare the results of these examinations by Sept 15.
The BSEK and BIEK, according to the sources, have been given 15 days extra for compiling and declaring the results of Class IX and X and Class XI and XII in view of a larger number of candidates appearing in the examinations from the city.
New academic year: The meeting also decided that the process of admissions to first-year classes in the public-sector colleges in the city under the Centralised Admission Policy would begin on Sept 1 and the new academic session for first-year students would start on Sept 15 and that of Class XII students on Aug 1.
When the DG (colleges), Sindh, proposed that the principals of colleges send the examination forms of all Class XI and XII students to the boards whether they had met the mandatory requirement of attending 75 per classes, the education minister declared that examination forms of only those students be sent to the examining boards who had fulfilled the mandatory requirement of attending 75 per cent of classes.
Taking exception to the academic losses suffered by the students in the recent devastated floods and because of unnecessary holidays, he urged the officials concerned to ensure that the teaching process must continue till March 31 so that those who had suffered could be compensated to some extent.
Summer & winter vacations: The steering committee also decided that the summer and winter vacations in schools and colleges across Sindh would be observed from June 1 to July 31 and from Dec 22 to 31, respectively. DawnYour Comments
SPLA demands implementation of policies
Karachi: The ignorance of Chief Secretary (CS) Sindh, department of Education and Finance over the implementation of the recommendations PSB-II has been creating frustration and restlessness among the teachers of the public sector colleges in Sindh.
This was expressed by the central leadership of Sindh Professors Lecturers Association (SPLA) on Monday. The SPLA also said that they were facing pressure from the teachers who were asking the leaders of the association to launch a movement against the government.
The government had promised to offer timescales to the teachers, deployment of lecturers in colleges, promotions of teaching and non-teaching staff into another grade. But, no practical work has been done in this regard so far, they said.
The central leaders of SPLA, in their appeal to the CS and minister of finance, asked the authority concerned to take action of unnecessary delay, which was creating panic among the teachers and non-teaching staff.
Some officers were deliberately using delay tactics and not issuing notification regarding the matters which were previously solved during high level meetings, they added. Meanwhile, the SPLA has announced that they would stage hunger strikes, black days and demonstrations in front of colleges if their demands were not fulfilled by the authorities concerned.
After a meeting, which would be held on February 14, 2011, the high command of the association would decide its next steps. The SPLA may also stage a sit-in in front of the offices of the CS or the Chief Minister House, if there was no progress on the matter, they said. The news
Principal's office torched
Larkana: Some unknown miscreants torched office of the principal of the government degree college of Shahdadkot on Monday.
Office record and furniture was burnt to ashes before two fire brigades could extinguish the fire.
Shoukat Ali Brohi, the night watchman, told reporters that he had noticed the fire, but did not know who had done that. Dawn
Rawalpindi: Education and health are top priorities of the Punjab government, which has taken concrete steps to promote education in the province, said Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman on Monday.
He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest at the 9th convocation of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC).
Senator Begum Najma Hameed, MNAs Malik Shakeel Awan, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Aqeel Anjum, MPA Zia Ullah Shah, Punjab Secretary Health Fawad Hasan, Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed, RMC faculty members, graduating students and their parents were present on this occasion.
The minister said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif took personal interest to establish medical colleges in Gujaranwala, Sialkot, Sahiwal and DG Khan to increase number of medical graduates and post graduates in the province. He said the CM had also constituted a committee to improve salary packages of medical officers, house officers and post-graduate doctors. He said the CM also constituted a committee headed by the Punjab chief secretary to expedite and finalise the construction of RMC new campus.
The minister said free medicines, laboratory tests and other facilities were being provided to the patients in emergency wards of all government hospitals.
Free dialyses service and installation of air-conditioners in district headquarters hospitals and teaching hospitals of the Punjab are worth mentioning steps of the government, he added. Installation of 10 more dialyses machines in Rawalpindi allied hospitals and completion of Cardiology Institute at a cost of Rs 2.6 billion, construction of Urology Institute and Pediatric and Gynecology Hospital in Rawalpindi are underway, he said.
The chief guest awarded degrees to medical graduates and medals to the position-holders.
He announced Rs 100,000 prize for medical graduate Dr Adeela Naseem Saddiqi who remained top in obtaining gold medals during her studies. He also announced a grant of Rs 10 million for old lecture hall and four student busses of RMC.
University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr Mubasshar Malik, RMC Principal Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal Farooqi, RMC and Rawalpindi allied hospitals management board's chairman Dr Muhammad Aslam also addressed the function. Daily times
710 schools destroyed in KP in last two years
Peshawar: A total of 710 schools have been destroyed or damaged by the militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the last two years.
The Malakand Division is the worst hit as a total of 640 schools have been hit in this unfortunate region while 70 institutions were destroyed or damaged in all other districts of the militancy-hit province.
According to information provided to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday in response to a question by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl MPA Mufti Said Janan, construction work on 112 damaged schools in Malakand Division had been started while 52 damaged schools were in tendering process. Another 164 schools were completely destroyed.
The data collected by the Education Department revealed that out of 476 partially damaged schools in Malakand Division, 334 had been repaired while reconstruction work on 142 others was still going on in the militancy-hit areas. However, the question was not answered, as the MPA concerned was not present in the House.
Of the 70 schools destroyed or damaged by the militants in other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa except Malakand Division, 38 schools were damaged and 32 were destroyed.
Construction work on five fully damaged schools has begun while the PC-1 of 33 schools is under process. Similarly, repair work on two schools has been started while 30 schools are awaiting PC-1 and formal approval. The information provided to the provincial assembly revealed that out of the 164 damaged schools in Malakand, 104 were girls' schools and 62 were that of boys'. These included 109 primary schools, 24 middle, 24 high and seven higher secondary schools.
The figures showed that 121 schools in Swat, 20 in Lower Dir, 14 in Buner, six in Upper Dir and three in Shangla districts were damaged by the militants during the last two years.
Out of 476 partially damaged schools in Malakand Division, 179 were meant for female and 297 for male students. These included 293 primary schools, 75 middle schools, 87 high schools and 15 higher secondary schools. The statement showed that 280 schools in Swat, 58 in Buner, 54 in Upper Dir, 57 in Lower Dir and two in Malakand Agency were partially damaged.
The provincial assembly was informed that out of the total 38 damaged schools in other parts of the province, the schools in Peshawar were the main target where during the last two years, 19 institutions were destroyed, including 12 for girls 'and seven for boys'.
In Bannu, four girls' and two boys' schools were destroyed by the militants while four each in Tank and Hangu districts, three schools in Charsadda and one each in Nowshera and Kohat districts were damaged.
In the list of partially damaged schools, there were 16 girls' schools and 13 boys' schools in Peshawar district, 11 girls' and six boys' schools in Bannu district, nine schools in Hangu, two in Nowshera, six in Charsadda, four in Tank and three in Kohat.
In response to another question, Provincial Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak said about 2,800 Senior English Teachers (SETs) for arts subjects would soon be posted in schools as the Public Service Commission had approved their recruitment after conducting tests and interviews while 2,800 SET teachers for science subjects would be appointed by the end of June this year. He asked the commission to expedite the recruitment process.
The minister also said that the recruitment of Qaris and theology teachers was delayed because some of the applicants were not qualified or held bogus degrees. The news