Poor performance in Punjab BA/BSc annual exam

A significant number of colleges showed results below 10 percent: Education dept fails to act against colleges
Lahore, Jan 29: The Punjab Education Department (PED) is not taking action against the administration of those colleges that have shown an extremely poor performance in the BA/BSc annual examination of 2008, it was learnt.

Public Instructions Directorate Abdulrazzaq Cheema said the decision to take action against such colleges was still pending. After the announcement of the BA/BSc results for 2008, it was learnt that some colleges showed 'zero percent result', as not even a single student managed to pass the examination. A significant number of colleges showed results below 10 percent.

Six months: After the announcement of results, the PED decided to take action against the faculty of colleges that maintained an extremely poor performance, another decision that failed to be implemented after six months of announcement of results, PED sources said. The progress of public sector institutions was worse than that of private colleges, and private candidates secured the top positions on the board, they added.

A PED official revealed the department was concerned about the progress of public sector institutions, as not a single student from these colleges managed to secure a top position, and the annual percentage of passing students had dropped from 26.68 percent to 24.67 percent. He said the department was focusing on exposing corruption in the administration of these colleges, as misuse of funds and other irregularities were a major cause of poor performance.

This year: The Punjab University has announced the date sheet of the BA/BSc examination, which starts from February 17, a month prior to its annual scheduled date. Electricity and gas load shedding are expected to adversely affect the results of students. Daily Times

VC aggrieved over student's death in accident
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of PU student of Metallurgy Akif Javed in a motorcycle accident. He said that this is a great loss for the parents of the deceased and PU teachers and students are aggrieved over this unfortunate incident. He said an emergency meeting of the PU Deans Committee has been called today (Thursday) at 10:00 am in the wake of this sad incident and to discuss overall situation and improve safety measures on the campus. After the incident, the vice-chancellor contacted Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof Dr Javed Ahmad and expressed his grief on this unfortunate incident.

The vice-chancellor has advised the students to avoid over speeding and specially drive their cars and motorcycles very slowly on the campus as it is a very rushy area. He also advised the motorcyclists to wear helmets to ensure their safety. He said this is the second incident on campus in which a student has been died because of not using helmet. He said using helmet and avoiding over speeding is in the interest of students and their parents. He also advised the students to drive carefully while crossing the underpasses of the varsity.

NOTIFICATION: Meanwhile on a special directive of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, PU Registrar issued a notification on Wednesday directing the Resident Officer to ensure traffic laws on the campus and specially stop the students from over speeding and advise them strictly to use helmets while driving motorcycles. The notification reads that reflectors should be installed in and nearby the underpasses and to enhance the mobility of the mobile squads to check over speeding and rash driving. The speed limit on the campus has been reduced to 30 km/hour and students have been advised to use helmets while driving motorcycles. It reads that the service vehicles entering in varsity must get special entry passes and these should not be parked on campus roads or any other places after office hours. In order to reduce noise pollution on the campus, horns should not be used on the campus specially near academic block and hostels. The notification also reads that outside traffic should not be allowed to enter into varsity for using university road as thoroughfare and trespassing should be strictly banned.

Punjab University results declared
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has declared the result of MA Urdu, Part-I, Annual Examination 2008, MA Mass Communication, Part-II, Annual Examination 2008, MA Punjabi, Part-II, Annual Examination 2008, Doctor of Pharmacy, Fourth Professional, 2nd Annual Examination 2007, MA Education (Elementary & Secondary), Part-I, Annual Examination 2008 and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design), Part-II, 1st Annual Examination 2007. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. F.P. Report

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Faisalabad teachers find 'reasons' to protest
Faisalabad: A number of teachers on Wednesday staged a protest rally against non-acceptance of their demands.

Carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the government, the protesters began their march from the Pakistan Model High School, Kutchery Bazaar, and reached the press club where they reiterated that the prime minister had promised time-scale facility for teachers in 2007 but no practical step had been taken to date.

"The government is extending the time-scale facility in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir, but a large number of teachers in Punjab have been denied the facility."

Similarly, they said, the government had been deducting amount from teachers' salaries in the name of group insurance, however, nothing had been paid to them in return.

They demanded that the government should extend maturity claims to the teachers in return. They also called for regularisation of the educators working on a contract for years.

Many teachers took it as an opportunity to protest against 'harsh attitude' of Jhang DCO Asad Islam with the teachers. They said the DCO humiliated the teachers even at public places and it was because of his attitude that the Jhang EDO for education had got himself transferred.

The teachers threatened that they would boycott the primary and middle examinations if the DCO was not transferred by the month-end.

Educators threaten strike
Sahiwal: The Punjab Educators Association has threatened to observe hunger strike in front of the Civil Secretariat in Lahore on Jan 31 for the acceptance of their demands.

Among the association's demands are age relaxation, permanent employment and issuance of qualification allowances for the 75,000 contract educators enrolled with the PEA. This was stated by Shahzad Sadiq Faridi, chairman of the PEA's Supreme Council, Punjab.

He said the PEA is a registered umbrella body working for the collective rights of 75,000 educators employed by the previous Punjab government in different phases from 2002 to onwards against vacant posts in primary, middle and high schools.

These educators were employed on a contract and sent to all districts of Punjab; in Sahiwal district, as many as 2,600 educators are working in different schools on a contract.

He said the educators felt 'threatened' as the Punjab government had decided to recruit 34,054 new academics under its new recruitment policy.

Under the S&GAD notification of Dec 22, 2005, he said, the Punjab government contract employees had certain 'rights' which include extension and continuation of their contract job periods.

But, the new recruitment policy doesn't provide for age relaxation and security to the previous contract educators.

"Technically, we cannot apply for fresh jobs (as educators) as our age-limit of 35 becomes a barrier," he said. Dawn

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