Final Examinations loadshadding effects
Students most affected by power outages
Islamabad, Jan 30: Frequent power outages are disturbing students busy in
preparation for the upcoming final exams.
Like other parts of the country,
there is no end to power outages in the twin cities and the students are
worst-affected by the power outages. Not a single day passes when they feel
affected as loadshedding turns bright nights into darkness and students wait for
the light to return so they can resume their studies.
"My children are
preparing for their final exams. They want to concentrate more on studies but if
the present situation continues it will definitely affect their grades," said
Amina whose three sons go to school.
The annual exams from primary to
graduate level will be held in the coming months and students are preparing to
acquire good grades, said Shagufta, teacher at Islamabad Model College for Boys,
But loadshedding for such long hours will make difficult for them to
focus on their studies, she said. School going children are also disturbed as
when they sit down to open their bags to do homework and light goes out, they
feel let down. And they pass the time thinking whether they will able to
complete their homework and what their school teachers will say if they could
not finish it.
And it is gloomier for children, if the next best thing they
want is to get into the cozy bed and go to sleep.
This situation also eats up
their time left for play and leisure. The winter days are short and nights are
long so children like to do their homework in the evenings but their plans are
always in jeopardy because of the persistent loadshedding. Housewives feel
an extra burden on their shoulders.
If they are washing clothes they are
worried that their washing machines would stop as there is no confirmed time
for power to disappear. Family dinners are interrupted and suddenly people
feel at a loss as what to do with their time.
As now there is no television
to watch and no computer to surf the Internet and play games. The nation
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Women step into student transportation business
Rawalpindi: Some female van owners have come forward and are
providing pick and drop facility to schoolchildren, which was earlier being done
only by male drivers in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
In the absence of a
robust transport system, a large number of people are providing pick and drop
facility to school and college students. For this purpose, they use
different types of vehicles including vans and cabs.
They pick students
from their homes early in the morning and take them back from different private
and government schools on monthly charges ranging from Rs 600 to Rs 2,000 per
The parents have to rely on these service providers who are
performing their duties regularly.
But, now some women have come forward
and joined this field and are successfully carrying out the duty of pick and
drop to students.
A housewife whose spouse works in the Middle East and
she has to send her three young children on a van said, "I feel more comfortable
with a lady driver who cares for young children more than the male drivers." She
said women drivers were more responsible and caring, adding, "I have no reason
not to trust women drivers."
Qamar Zaman, an official of a private
company, said in the Western countries, women were already working as
professional drivers. APP
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Peshawar's private schools
Peshawar: The NWFP government must take measures to streamline and regulate
private educational institutions as a large number of schools in the provincial
capital lack even basic facilities.
According to data obtained from the
Regulatory Authority, Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Peshawar
(BISEP), there are 328 primary, 471 middle and 329 high private schools in
Though the application form for registration and affiliation
states that there should be office of principal, staff room, visitors' room,
classrooms, examination hall, library, laboratories and washrooms, a large
number of schools even do not have classrooms and classes are held in the
Students of some private schools said that they did
not have benches and desks in the classrooms. A group of students disclosed that
they were deprived of library and laboratory facilities, while the principals
charged them high fees in the name of promotion fee and
Teachers of a private school told this scribe that their
salaries were less than Rs3,000, although the government had announced Rs6,000
as the minimum wage. According to Sub-Section (4) of the Ordinance 2002 about
functioning of the private educational institutions in the NWFP, any person
desirous of opening a school/college shall apply to the district committee
concerned. The executive district officer (EDO-education) will be the chairman
of district committee.
However, the sources said the EDO was always
reluctant to visit schools for inspection, and thus no heed was paid to the
problems at educational institutions. Principals of some schools receive high
amounts in the name of 'paper fees' from every class before quarterly
examination. Principal of a private school said the Education Department was
responsible for all the issues.
"Authorities should check the school
system before issuing registration," said a school principal, wishing anonymity.
He said negligence on the part of the authorities promoted corruption and
money-making businesses in the name of education.
Director, Academic & Regulatory Authority BISEP Alam Zeb, said that in 2004
they were asked to deal with the private schools but still they had no computer
to process the data swiftly, which impeded their work.
"We had written a
letter on June 3, 2009 to chief minister who is the controlling authority of the
NWFP boards. The letter proposed that the provincial government has to grant
authority to director, Academic & Regulatory like that of federal BISE,
Islamabad where the director research (BPS-19) had full authority over the
private institutions and is answerable to the chairman," he added.
Dr Saeed Sultan, a psychiatrist at the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), said the
Education Department at the district level must hire the services of educational
psychologists to visit schools for inspecting the environment and students'
He said schools with dilapidated buildings and unqualified
teachers were the main reasons behind lack of healthy activities of the students
and misbehaviour. Unskilled teachers could not guide students, and as a result
it leads to aggressive attitudes in schools and in society at large.
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SZABIST Research moot
Islamabad: The 10th National Research Conference on Management, Computer
and Social Sciences & Economics organised by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) concluded here on Friday.
papers were presented during the two-day research conference, says a press
Students from many prominent universities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi,
Lahore, Bahawalpur and Peshawar presented their research papers during the
It is pertinent to mention here that SZABIST is a pioneer academic
institution in Pakistan having an online research journal called, Journal of
Independent Studies and Research (JISR), with reputed reviewers on the
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Pak environmental degradation
Peshawar: Environmental degradation in Pakistan is becoming an alarming problem
and is threatening the state and its people, said Dr Martin Axmann, resident
representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation from Germany.
addressing the students and staff of 22 participating schools from districts of
Peshawar, Nowshera and Mardan at a meeting. The meeting was organised by Peace
Education And Development (PEAD) Foundation, Islamabad in partnership with Hanns
Seidel Foundation to bring together all participating schools of the project
"Creating Awareness of Rights and Responsibilities in Youth (CARRY).
gathering was attended and addressed by executive district officers-education of
Mardan, Hanifullah Khan and of Nowshera Inhan ud Din. Sameena Imtiaz, the
Executive Director, PEAD Foundation also spoke on the occasion.
said focusing on environmental issues and tolerance, statehood, and social
activism the CARRY project had taken a holistic approach to the problem and had
combined the topics of environmental awareness and civic education in a perfect
Aimed at the development of political and environmental
consciousness, promoting peace- skills, harmony, social action and social
interaction, he said the programme tries to provide youth with necessary skills
and knowledge the world needs to overcome the growing challenges.
Axmann said the main objective of the programme was to build the capacity of the
students to participate in the socio- economic development by learning, asking,
understanding, discussing, questioning, arguing, communicating, sharing and
explaining to others.
Sameena Imtiaz said the project had been designed
to enhance an individual's civic knowledge so that a person was more likely to
participate in public affairs. She said the project aimed at empowering youth by
preparing, motivating & engaging them to partake in civic life
The project wanted to instill a sense of responsibility and
accountability in youth towards environment and sensitizing them on the need to
be careful about nature and the preservation of the natural resources, she
added. The news
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