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Class 8 students troubled due to leaked mathematics paper
Rawalpindi, Feb 15: Hundreds of students of 8th class all over Punjab who appeared in examination of
Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education held on
February 13, faced a tense situation when at the last moment, paper of
mathematics was cancelled by the Punjab Examination Commission at the
pretext that it was leaked.
Students, parents as well as
credible sources in education department told this correspondent that
the process of leakage of papers is witnessed every year only because of
poor system and inefficiency of the concerned authorities in Punjab
Examination Commission. As a result of which thousands of students
suffer badly each year when the papers are cancelled during examination.
Bashir, Sohail Usman, Mohamad Nasir, Alishbah besides sources said that
they had prepared day and night for board examination of 8th class for
securing high marks. Moreover, large number of students also availed the
services of tutors for preparation of examination after school hours.
However, the cancellation of Mathematics paper at the last moment has
created tension for them. Parents of these students said that the
cancellation of Maths paper all over Punjab would result in wastage of
precious time of the students even this year as well. The students would
again have to make preparations for this paper and the whole daily
routine of their life will be affected.
authorities make tall claims of improving the system of educational
institutions and examination system. But in reality nothing is done on
their part and practices of leakage of papers and process of
cancellation of papers is witnessed every year.
appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take strict
notice about the cancellation of paper and bring to book the related
high ups in educational department for showing negligence, inefficiency
which has resulted in leakage of Mathematic paper even this year, they
When asked to comment over the matter,
divisional president of Punjab SES Teachers Association, Shafiq
Bulawalia hit hard the Punjab Examination Commission for its failure to
conduct the examination in proper and efficient way even this year. "The
future of students who are more than 91,000 only in Rawalpindi district
besides others all over Punjab would certainly get affected due to
indifference and negligence of the concerned authorities in the PEC, he
Shafiq Bulawalia demanded abolishment of Punjab
Examination Commission with District Education Commission or District
Education Board all over Punjab. However, official spokesman for the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi, Arslan Cheema
while commenting clearly stated that the examination of 5th and 8th
class is not dealt by the RBISE. "The examination is conducted under the
Punjab Examination Commission and Executive District Officer is the
best person to comment over it," he added.
Executive District Officer, Education, Qazi Zahoor agreed to the
fact that the mathematics paper of 8th class had to be cancelled at the
last moment due to leakage. He however, expressed his unawareness as how
it got leaked and who was behind it. He told that the chief minister
while taking immediate notice of the matter has formed an enquiry
committee to probe the issue and submit its report to him within next
three days. He also agreed to the point that the Punjab Examination
Commission should be abolished and District Education Commission or
local Board should be established top conduct these exams. "In this way,
even if incident of leakage is occurred then the students of particular
division would be affected instead of the whole province," he added. He
said that the cancelled paper would be held within next three weeks
time. The news
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FDE head shown the door again
Islamabad: The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) on Thursday removed Dr Shahnaz A. Riaz from
the post of the director general Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
Through a notification, Ms Riaz was directed to report to CADD for
further posting within the division. The acting charge of the FDE was
given to the director colleges, Mehmood Akhtar Malik, till the
appointment of a permanent head. However, Ms Riaz termed the
notification illegal and refused to step down.
An officer of CADD requesting not to be identified said that
during the previous government an inquiry into eight charges against Ms
Riaz had been handed over to Amjad Ali Khan, the secretary Privatisation
"On Thursday, CADD received the inquiry report from the Privatisation
Commission according to which most of the charges had been proved
against Ms Riaz.
In view of the report, Secretary CADD Fareedullah Khan ordered her
removal from the post of the DG," he said. One of the charges against Ms
Riaz was that she did not release funds for the development of two
schools in the Prime Minister Colony.
She was also accused of using a government vehicle without authority, he said.
It may be mentioned that Ms Riaz had also been removed from the post a
few years back but restored on the direction of the Supreme Court of
Ms Riaz joined the department in 1984 in BPS-17 and according to the rules had to be promoted as the director general in 2001.
During the Musharraf regime, when an army officer was appointed as
the director general, Ms Riaz approached the apex court saying she
deserved to be promoted and posted as the DG.
In 2003, the court ruled that she should be promoted in accordance with
the rules and regulations.
But a few days after giving her the charge of the FDE, Ms Riaz was
transferred to the Academy of Education Planning.
After this, she again moved the court and continued the legal battle
till May 31, 2012, when a three-member bench of the court headed by the
then Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry restored her on the post
of the FDE director general.
Joint Secretary CADD Rafique Tahir confirmed that Ms Riaz had
been removed and the current charge given to the director colleges.
When contacted, Ms Riaz said she was the head of an attached department in BPS-20 and had been appointed by the prime minister.
"I can only be removed on the direction of the prime minister. So I
am not going to accept any notification and will not leave the charge.
In fact, some elements have been trying to remove me because I started
inquiries against them. If PM removes me I will follow the orders and am
ready to work in any department," she said. Dawn
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Air University observes 'Faiz Day'
Islamabad: The Faculty of Social Sciences at Air University has paid tribute to the
legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz by observing 'Faiz Day' here at the
campus, says a press release.
The chief guest on the
occasion, Fauzia Aziz Minallah, the founder and director of Funkor Child
Art Centre, appreciated the students' efforts in social activities
beside the routine studies. In her address, she expressed that we should
maintain our cultural legacy and follow the thoughts of national
literary icons like Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
The function started with a documentary produced by students on the life span of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
Later on, the function was charmed with 'Bait Bazi', 'Qawwali', speeches and songs.
University Director Student Affairs AVM (r) Tariq Mateen gave away the
souvenir to the chief guest and also thanked to Mrs. Ahmareen Farah,
in-charge of Cultural Society along with Adnan Rana, Malik Waleed, and
Mashall for organising a cheerful day.
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QAU without VC for seven days
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is leaderless for seven days as the
relevant authority has yet to sign the name of an acting
The tenure of the outgoing QAU Vice
Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai ended on February 8 after completing his
4-year term. Saturday being a closed day, Friday was the last working
day for the ex-VC. There was a tradition that senior-dean used to take
the charge of VC when the incumbent VC was out of the city or on
holidays. But if the vacation or visits of the VC were more than two
weeks, the chancellor who is president of Pakistan used to nominate a
person as acting VC out of a list of three, usually the deans and
senior-most professor recommended by outgoing VC. The same procedure was
adopted when the tenure of an incumbent VC is to expire and a regular
VC is not appointed by the chancellor on the recommendation of a search
The person such approved by the president used
to work as acting VC till the arrival of a regular VC recommended by a
search committee formed by Higher Education Commission (HEC). There were
also examples in the past that a dark horse not recommended by the
search committee was appointed VC of a university.
committee should start its work much before so that the process of
nominating a regular VC is completed before the expiry term of the
incumbent VC. In most the cases, there is a delay because education is
not a priority in the echelons of power. So much so that even HEC is
without a chairperson for the past many months and is being run by an
acting chairperson. It is the Supreme Court that has forced the federal
government to appoint a regular VC for the commission at the most by
February 12, 2014, though the date passed without any notification.
senior Dean at QAU did not take the charge on February 10, as he is
waiting for a letter from presidency. The Quaid-i-Azam University is
rife with rumours and from morning to evening. So many aspirants are
made acting, even permanent, VCs by the rumour mills though the search
committee has not yet conducted a single interview of the VC candidates
The situation in QAU is worse as the Semester
started on February 3 and within 4 days, Dr Masoom's term expired. The
students, especially fresh ones, have to apply for instalments of their
fees, for scholarships and there are many urgencies and emergencies in
the start of a semester where the final decision lies with the VC,
acting or regular. With the absence of anybody occupying the highest
slot, students, faculty and departments are facing problems. And they
will continue to suffer perhaps till Monday when the president returns
from his Lahore and Karachi sojourns.
This reflects a lot
on the apathy of authorities towards education. The universities are
always at receiving end. The 20 per cent raise in salaries announced by
the previous government was paid in the universities only after the
intervention of superior judiciary. The monetisation of transport
allowance is allowed to HEC, PIDE University and PIMS officials, even to
teachers working under Federal Directorate of Education, but not to the
university faculty. Same is the case with MPhil and PhD allowance which
the government servants in other departments are getting at the rate of
Rs5,000 and 1,000 per month respectively but only Rs7,500 and 3,750
respectively to the QAU teachers who award these degrees and should have
been the first recipient of such allowance instead of 'baboos.'
does not know when the followers of the book whose first word is "iqra"
(read) will learn to recognise the importance and develop respect of
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Ministry, PMDC fight it out as thousands wait
Islamabad: Future of thousands of medical student across the country looks bleak as
the tussle between the Ministry of National Health Services and
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) has further intensified.
petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) by the latter
claiming that the regulatory body is not under the Ministry after the
18th Amendment. The ministry on the other hand is contemplating to bring
an Ordinance to overthrow the current PM&DC administration and
conduct new elections for the council, sources informed. The
efforts for reconciliation between the two parties have so far failed.
said that the IHC had admitted the PM&DC petition and issued
notices to the respondents including the Secretary Ministry of National
Health Services and two MNAs of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) who own
medical colleges that are being barred from functioning by the
regulatory body. The petition filed by the PM&DC in IHC states that
after 18th Amendment, the medical professional and regulatory authority
falls in Part-II of the Federal Legislative List and comes under control
of Council of Common Interest.
The petition also accuses
the ministry of intervention and obstruction, resulting into harassment
and forceful imposition of self-vested and self-motivated arbitrary
decisions onto the PM&DC functioning. The regulatory body has prayed
to the court to stop the ministry's interference in its day-to-day
The petition came after PTI MNA Nasir Khattak
lodged an FIR against PM&DC top officials and former Advisor for
Petroleum Dr Asim (whose group is now at the helm of PM&DC) for
forging an official document and presenting it before the parliamentary
committee. Former PM&DC President Dr Asim said
the ministry was trying to illegally takeover the regulatory body in
connivance with the Young Doctors Association (YDA) through an
He said the petition was filed in IHC after the
repeated interference of the ministry in PM&DC affairs. "It is our
point of view that ministry does not have authority to intervene in the
affairs of the Council after the 18th Amendment."
denied that a gazette notification was forged by his colleagues in
PM&DC claiming that the document was issued by the Printing
Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) as a computer copy.
contacted, a top official of the ministry said under the Constitution,
Rules of Business and PM&DC Ordinance 1962, the PM&DC has to
work under the supervision of the Ministry of National Health Services.
said that the PM&DC had violated the orders of the court by
announcing election results and holding meetings of its executive body.
The official said the ministry is simply following the law but the
regulatory body is violating the law and court orders.
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No HEC chairman named yet, despite court orders
Islamabad: Despite tall claims of prioritizing higher education, federal government
has once again failed to meet the deadline set by the Islamabad High
Court (IHC) to appoint a permanent chairperson of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) by February 12, a move that also violates the HEC
According to section 8 (3) of the HEC
Ordinance 2002, the government is bound to appoint a regular chief of
the commission after the expiry of 90-days term of acting chairperson.
The term of Acting HEC Chairman Imtiaz Hussain Gilani also expired on
When contacted, head of search committee for HEC
Chairman and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal
denied that government is violating IHC order and HEC Ordinance 2002.
committee has already completed the process for the appointment of HEC
chairman as a summary containing three names for the post has already
been sent to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Feb 11. The prime minister
is currently on a foreign tour and as soon as he returns, he is expected
to notify the new chairman," Ahsan said.
government could have easily avoided violation of the law and court
order, had the interviews been conducted earlier. The committee took 18
days to shortlist candidates for interviews after receiving applications
on January 22, 2014.
And surprisingly, despite the
pre-election promises of transparency and openness the committee is
tight-lipped on the names of those three persons who have been
shortlisted for the job after interviews.
according to Ahsan Iqbal all three members of the committee took an oath
to protect the secrecy of the names. "Yes we did take an oath as we had
been directed by the prime minister to select three persons for the
post so we don't want the PM to learn about the names through the
media," he said.
The process of short-listing also came
under criticism as some candidates made it to the final list despite not
fulfilling the laid down eligibility criteria.
detailed judgment, IHC had directed the federal government to appoint
permanent/regular chairman of the commission in accordance with law and
prescribed process by February 12.
The single bench led by
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique remarked that since the post of chairman
HEC is extremely important and carries great significance with regard to
higher education, therefore, it is directed that before expiry of term
of acting chairman HEC, the regular appointment of chairman may be made
till 12.02.2014 in accordance with law and prescribed process.
educationist, Founder Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr
Atta-ur-Rahman had filed a writ petition on December 30, 2013 in
Islamabad High Court for the appointment of permanent and regular
chairperson of HEC as per HEC Act without any further delay through a
transparent and merit based mechanism.
As per HEC Act
clause 8 (3): "In the case of vacancy occurring of the office of the
chairperson, the controlling authority may nominate any member of the
commission to act as chairperson for a maximum period of three months
during which period, the controlling authority shall fill in the vacancy
by appointing regular chairperson."
permanent chairman, HEC is hampering important policy decisions
pertaining to the higher education sector, comprising of over 150
universities, 258 campuses and 1.2 million students.
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Atta to move SC against formation of Sindh HEC
Islamabad: Founder Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) and President Pakistan
Academy of Sciences Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman plans to move the Supreme Court
against the establishment of Sindh HEC.
He termed the formation of Sindh HEC a clear contempt of Supreme
Court decision. "I will definitely file a petition against this decision
and request the Supreme Court to announce this decision as null and
void," he said.
The Sindh government has recently
established its own Higher Education Commission (HEC) and appointed
former petroleum minister, a PPP senator and owner of a private
university Dr. Asim Hussain as its chairman. His post will be equivalent
to a provincial minister.
After this development, Sindh
has now become the first province with its separate Higher Education
Commission. The decision was announced at a time when the selection of
HEC chairperson is in the process. Some sources believed that absence of
a permanent HEC chairperson for many months has led to sense of
deprivation and lack of direction among the provinces.
HEC faced various challenges related to its autonomy during the tenure
of previous government. Approval of law to make provincial HEC in
February 2013 by the Sindh Assembly was one such development that raised
many questions with regard to higher education sector's autonomy. The
law provides all powers, including the authority to verify degrees, to
the provincial commission.
In response, Professor Dr.
Atta-ur-Rahman and Marvi Memon moved a petition in the Sindh High Court
under Article 199 of the Constitution and requested the court to declare
the Sindh Higher Education Commission Act 2013 unlawful and
The petition also demands the court to
declare any Higher Education Commission formed or liable to be formed
under the Sindh Higher Education Commission Act 2013 illegal, void and
all orders, notifications, commands, directions or any function thus
exercised void as well.
There was no development in this regard since then. The Sindh High Court did not conduct any hearing of the petition.
these illegal moves are linked with the issue of degree verification
and hiring on important posts. The provincial government wants to take
decisions of hiring of the vice chancellors and other important people
and also the degree verification in its hands," said the HEC founder
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that the
Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgment on his petition of April 12,
2011 had clearly declared the attempted devolution of HEC to the
provinces by the federal government illegal, and had ordered that the
Higher Education Commission should be fully protected under the
Constitution under the Federal Legislative Lists.
include research, professional or technical training, planning and
coordination of scientific and technological research, legal, medical
and other professions, and standards in institutions for higher
education and research, scientific and technical institutions as well as
inter-provincial matters and coordination."
opinion, these provisions of the Constitution are directly applicable to
the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and they cannot be tampered with
by formulating a new provincial law that supersedes a previously
existing federal law.
"This de facto devolution of the
higher education sector to a province is clear contempt of the Supreme
Court of Pakistan. Indeed the 18th Amendment through the 4th Schedule
(Article 70(4) Federal Legislative Lists Part-I and Part-II) fully
supports the current powers and functions of the HEC, and includes
higher education and research as federal subjects."
said that these functions are those of the Higher Education Commission
and cannot be taken over by any province as one cannot have a provincial
law approved in the presence of a Federal law and in violation of the
Supreme Court decision.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that the
Constitutional Reform Committee formed in connection with the 18th
Amendment to the Constitution had decided that the primary and education
issues could be dealt with by the provinces, but since issues relating
to higher education are concerned with national integration, cohesion
and national development, they must be dealt with at the federal level.
"Indeed higher education and research is a federal subject all over the
world, including India, Korea, Turkey, China, UK and other countries for
this reason." The news
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