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Primary, secondary schools merger

Punjab School Education Department decided to merge schools
Lahore, Jan 8: The authorities of Punjab School Education Department have decided to merge two or more schools functioning in same premises into a single school with a single EMIS Code.

In a DGPR handout in a circular addressed to all the District Coordination Officers (DCOs) in Punjab, the Secretary School Education Muhammad Aslam Kamboh has apprised them of the policy guidelines in this regard.

The Secretary Schools stated that the school of junior level would be merged into the senior level school i.e. a primary school would be merged into the primary portion of elementary, high or higher secondary school (HSS).

In case both the schools, which are being merged are primary schools then the school with lower enrolment will be merged in the one with higher enrolment. EMIS Code of the school with lower enrolment will be abolished, he added.

Senior most teachers in both the schools would be designated as head teacher after the merger. The school will be merged along with all assets, liabilities and record, building and furniture etc. The Secretary Schools observed that we have to ensure donor conditionality agreed with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in case of Community Model Schools.

In case primary portion of a High/HSS exists with a Community Model Girls Primary School (CMPS) then the primary potion of such school will be merged in Community Model School along with staff and assets.

If Community Model School has been upgraded as an elementary school or exist with an elementary school then SST in charge of CMGPS shall be designated as headmistress of the merged School due to background and training of donor scheme.

The school shall be named as Community Model Girls Elementary School. The SST of elementary side shall be shifted on need basis. Muhammad Aslam Kamboh further stated that the post becoming surplus due to merger shall be shifted to other schools on need basis according to the students-teacher ratio (STR) where extra staff was required. DMO and EDO will decide the shifting on STR.

As a principle, the junior most staff member of the category will be shifted. He said that a Committee comprising of DCO, EDO (F&P), EDO (Edu), DMO & District Accounts Officer concerned, would be constituted by the DCOs to implement the policy and settle the anomalies.

This committee shall ensure that the salary of the teachers was not stopped and the surplus staff was adjusted on need basis in other school, he said adding the merged schools will be notified by the EDO (Edu) concerned before February 16, 2010. The news

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FJMC Students protest blocked traffic
Lahore: The Mall Road closure for more than four hours caused the worst traffic jam at its adjoining arteries following a protest by Fatima Jinnah Medical College students.

The students have been protesting against Punjab government's decision to affiliate their institution with the University of Health Sciences (UHS) for the last one month. Earlier it was affiliated with the Punjab University.

On Thursday, the students broke open lock of the college's main gate and held a demonstration at Faisal Square.

FJMC principal Prof Majeed Chaudhry was furious with the students and asked them to end the protest, but they refused to do so.

When the authorities failed to convince the protesters, they asked the students to hold a meeting with senior adviser to chief minister Sirdar Zulifqar Khosa. However, the meeting could not bear fruit and the protest continued.

Wardens could not succeed in properly handling traffic on adjoining roads being diverted from The Mall. The protesters dispersed peacefully at 3:30pm.

FJMC student action committee president Javaria Javed said that the students would continue their protest till the acceptance of their demand. She said there had been a degree-recognition issue of UHS abroad, therefore, the students wanted withdrawal of government's notification in this regard.

She said a group of students received a 'cold' response from Mr Khosa. "It appears that the government is not serious about resolving the issue," she said. Dawn

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Education, health projects
Lahore: Senior Advisor to Chief Minister, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, has said that measures are being taken by the coalition government for the development of education, health and agriculture sectors as well as improving the law and order situation. He said that a record amount of Rs. 175 billion had been allocated for the development projects in the province, and priority was being given to less developed areas, especially districts of Southern Punjab.

Khosa expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Armed Forces War College, National Defence University, on Thursday. Provincial Secretaries also briefed the delegation about the various development projects of the Punjab government. Later question-answer session was also held after the briefing. Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed, Provincial Minister for Finance Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Advisor to CM Jahanzaib Barki, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, MPAs Zaeem Qadri and Rao Kashif Raheem, Provincial Secretaries, Inspector General of Punjab Police and concerned officers were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Zulfiqar Khosa said that Danish schools were being established in order to provide quality education to the students. He said that education, textbooks, uniforms and boarding facilities would be made available to the students free of cost in Danish schools. He said that computer labs were being set up in 4286 government schools of the province so that all students could get IT education without any discrimination. He said that on the instruction of Punjab Chief Minister, special Endowment Fund had been established for the deserving intelligent students. He said that airconditioners had been installed in all the general wards of the government hospitals besides providing standby generators. He further stated besides free of cost medicines, state-of-the-art treatment facilities were being provided to the patients in emergency and outdoor wards, and facility of free dialysis was being provided to the poor patients.

Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said that grant of Rs. five billion had been provided to 15 districts of Southern Punjab for the socio-economic uplift of people of the area as well as development in education, health, agriculture, livestock sectors, improving water supply and constructing the roads. He said that in order to prevent the terrorist attacks, modern equipments had been provided to the law enforcement agencies besides imparting special training to them. He said that law and order situation was being monitored at provincial, divisional and district level. He said that due to these measures, no untoward incident took place during Muharram-ul-Harram.

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KC students staged demo again
Lahore: A large number of Kinnaird College (KC) students again protested on Thursday and expressed strong resentment over sacking of seven faculty members and demanded their immediate reinstatement.

The demonstration was held at KC parking area where the protesting students carrying banners and placards also chanted slogans against the college principal and the registrar. The students however were not allowed to go outside the campus.

The protestors also chanted slogans against alleged manhandling of some fellow students and demanded the authorities to take notice of the situation.

Dozens of students on Wednesday had visited Chief Minister's Complaint Cell to register their complaint against manhandling of students who wanted to join the protest allegedly by the administration.

It is pertinent to mention here that KC principal Dr Bernadette L Dean had been denying any manhandling of students. She had even alleged some teachers of instigating the students saying a large number of students were regularly and peacefully attending their classes. In a press statement issued the other day, KC Board of Governors Chairman Dr Alexander John Malik vehemently denied that any teacher had been sacked and no enquiry has been instituted against the principal.

"The principal enjoys full confidence of the Board", he added. According to the press statement, a fact-finding Committee was set up to look into faculty issues and put in place a process to address grievance and generate series of recommendations for KC to progress. The news

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IUB student's kidnap case
Bahawalpur: On the orders of district and sessions court Cantonment police on Thursday booked a man and his accomplices for abducting a female varsity student on Wednesday.

Reports said an Islamia University student, doing her Masters in education, was on a motorcycle with his father Muhammed Aslam, when they were intercepted by some car riders near Karachi More.

The unidentified men allegedly abducted the student at gun point. The girl's father approached police for registration of a case but they reportedly started using delaying tactics.

Aslam then moved the court which ordered the police to register a case against the accused. The police, accordingly, registered case against Asif and his accomplices, whose names were mentioned in the complaint. No arrest has so far been reported. Dawn

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Act against teachers
Lahore: The School Education Department secretary has authorized all the school headmasters to surrender any teacher on account of poor performance. A notification issued in this regard states that, in case of unsatisfactory performance or conduct, the heads of elementary/ secondary/ higher secondary schools are authorized to surrender any of the teaching or non-teaching staff members to the respective transferring authority.

The officer holding additional charge may also exercise this power provided said officer is not less than secondary school teacher in case of elementary or high school, and not less than subject specialist in case of higher secondary school. The transferring authority shall adjust the surrendered incumbent in some other school. The news

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