33.5pc pass Inter suppl exams
Lahore, Feb 01: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Tuesday announced the result of Intermediate Supplementary Examination 2011 according to which overall pass percentage in the exam remained at 33.5 percent.
According to the BISE spokesman, 27933 candidates appeared in the said examination of which only 9357 could pass the exam. He also claimed there was no Result Late (RL) case this time. The news
Exam centres established
Attock: Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) established 177 centres across the district for primary and middle standard examinations starting on Feb 1 and Feb 6 respectively. According to district education department, 32 examination centres in Attock tehsil, 27 in Hazro tehsil, 18 in Hasanabdal tehsil, 31 in Fatehjang tehsil, 30 in Pindigheb tehsil and 39 centres in Jand tehsil have been established. The roll number slips and date sheet have already been issued to all the candidates. Dawn
IBA test pass teachers teargassed, baton charged
Karachi: The rally of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Test Pass Teachers Association for permanent status to teachers on Tuesday was met by a heavy contingent of police near the Governor House that baton charged the participants, shelled teargas and targeted them with water cannons.
The teachers assembled at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) and marched towards the Sindh Chief Minister's House but were intercepted at the Fawwara Chowrangi. The police resorted to baton charge and tear gas shelling, which caused minor injuries to many teachers while 40 of them were also taken into custody.
Not only the teachers were affected but also a large number of passerby and people working at nearby offices faced severe difficulties due to shelling. Several shells also landed in the KPC's backyard.
Three-and-a-half years ago, the Sindh government had recruited 7,200 teachers out of total 200,000 candidates that appeared in a test conducted by the IBA.
An affected teacher, with continuous tears in his eyes brought by teargas said that Sindh education minister was not keeping his words, compelling teachers to take to the streets for having their demands met. He said that he assured them of permanent status on the completion of three years' probation period but they were instead provided with an extension of six months.
"The government again assured of permanent status after six more months but are now offering another extension of three months after the completion of same. We have refused to believe the lip service of the authorities and demand our due right", he added.
Later, Deputy Commissioner South Jamal Qazi arrived at the site and told media men that the Sindh governor has issued an ordinance to regularise 5,800 teachers who had completed their three-year tenure while remaining would be regularised as soon as they complete their probation span. He further said that protesters, who were taken in police custody, would also be released, adding that a summary of the ordinance would be sent to the law department for legislation.
IBA Teachers Action Committee Secretary General Toufeeq expressed his disbelief over the Deputy Commissioner's commitment, saying that such ordinance has a lifetime of only three months.
Later, when contacted, officials of the Artillery Medan police station said that they arrested the protesters for violating Section 144, imposed in the red zone, however, no case had been registered against them.
'IBA passed teachers to be confirmed soon'
Karachi: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has said that the IBA test passed teachers should not pay attention to rumours at all and perform their duties regularly. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, he indicated that the Sindh government had decided to confirm them as promised earlier and that they will be confirmed soon through an ordinance. He said he had issued directives to the Secretary Education and Director Schools not to stop any teacher from performing duties and if any officer of the education department is found stopping any teacher, strict action would be taken against him. Haq directed all IBA test passed teachers to continue their duties and contact him directly if they were not allowed to perform their duties. He said the bill for the confirmation of IBA passed teachers could not be presented in Sindh Assembly because the house was prorogued. "However, the same bill had been sent to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah as an ordinance for his approval and later it would be sent for Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan's approval after which, the teachers would be confirmed", he concluded. Daily times
Lecture held in Arfa Karim's memory
Karachi: The Department of Computer Science at Karachi University on Tuesday hosted a lecture in the memory of the late Arfa Karim, who became the youngest Microsoft certified professional at the age of nine.
From now on, the lecture will be held in January every year to pay tribute to Arfa and encourage the youths. Meritorious Professor Dr SM Aqil Burney and Professor Dr Kamal Jaffery of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) delivered lectures on the latest trends in computer and information technology research.
Dr Burney said the Pakistani youth had tremendous potential to build their country if they focused on self-development. He emphasised that given some guidance and an opportunity, the younger generation could achieve any milestone and youngsters like Arfa Karim had proved that time and again.
He encouraged the youth in attendance to do their best in any field they chose to work in, following in the footsteps of Karim, who had become the nation's pride. He said the government must take steps for the implementation of the projects that she wanted to work on. "Pakistan has indeed lost a genius in her death."
Microsoft Innovation Centre's Jibran Jamshed talked about the world's top programming company's commitment to Pakistan and its youth. He also motivated students to opt for the Microsoft certification programme and make a name for themselves.
MIT's Kamal Jaffery talked about his latest research in the field of bio-informatics and computer science at the prestigious institute. He said it was imperative that Pakistani youth be mentored and guided to achieve its full potential. The programme was attended by a large number of students. The news