Majority fails to clear SSC supple exams
Rawalpindi, Jan 01: As many as 6,052 out of a total of 17,648 students, appearing in the supplementary Secondary School Certificate examination (SSC) 2010, managed to pass as majority could not get through in their second attempt.
According to the result details provided by Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Friday only 34.31 per cent of the students could pass the examination. Among boys the success rate remained 33.61 per cent whereas among the girls it was 35.47.
Interestingly the success ratio gap was much wider between regular students and private candidates. Only 15.38 per cent of the total 52 regular students appearing in the supplementary examination could pass whereas the ratio among 17,596 private candidates was 34.37 per cent.
The BISE administration had set up 59 examination centres in Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum for the candidates.
Talking to mediapersons after announcement of the results, the BISE chairman, Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez, has been planning to establish its sub-offices in 17 towns of Rawalpindi division to facilitate the candidates. DawnYour Comments
Islamabad: The Federal Government Teachers Association (FGTA) has sent a charter of demands (COD) to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali Khan in which immediate implementation of teachers' package is demanded.
According to details, a COD, comprising demands of 7,000 teachers working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and duly signed by FGTA President Azhar Mehmood Awan, has been sent to the prime minister in which upgradation of teachers and uniformity in education system by the due date is demanded. The COD demanded for the immediate implementation by the due date, i.e. January 1, 2011, for upgradation of teachers and April 1, 2011, for uniformity of education system in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
The first part of COD dealt with uniformity in education system in ICT which included uniform nomenclature of all institutions under the FDE, uniform service structure for all teachers and administrators under the FDE, uniform administrative structure for all institutions under the FDE, uniform administrative structure of control and command authority, uniform syllabi in all institutions of all levels under the FDE, uniform fees and funds structure for all levels and for all institutions under the FDE, uniform distribution of financial resources among all institutions, uniform infrastructure for all institutions under the FDE, uniform distribution of transport facility among all institutions under the FDE, giving priority to remote rural areas, uniform curricular and co-curricular activities annual calendar for all institutions under the FDE, uniform assessment-examination system for all institutions under the FDE, and uniform admission policy for all levels and for all institutions under the FDE.
The second part of COD dealt with the upgradation of teachers which included upgradation and re-designation of all teachers of all cadres (BPS-9 to BPS-15) to EST (BPS-16), upgradation and re-designation of all teachers of all cadres (BPS-16) to SST (BPS-17), immediate suspension of notorious "Four-Tier Structure for Federal Government Teachers 2000" that protects Recruitment and promotion rights of only 791 administrators, re-scheduling and re-designation of notorious "Four-Tier Structure for Federal Government Teachers 2000" into proposed "Five-Tier Structure for Federal Government Teachers 2010" which will protect the recruitment and promotion rights of all about 7000 teachers and administrators of all proposed five cadres (BPS-16 to BPS-20) equally and uniformly without any kind of disparity and discrimination.
It is further stated that after carrying out above mentioned upgradations and implementation of "Five-Tier Structure for Federal Government Teachers and Administrators 2010", promulgation of time scale promotion formula for teachers and administrators 2010 (BPS-16 to BPS-20) to ensure special monetary incentives periodically to all teachers and administrators under FDE, Islamabad in maximum four steps.
While the third and last part dealt with the residential ceiling with pay to all teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff working under FDE. A copy of COD has also been sent to implementation committee constituted by Education Minister for the active implementation of teachers' package. The news
Promotion for teachers without designation
Rawalpidi: The Higher Education Department of Punjab has recently issued a notification promoting 55 female assistant professors in the next grade but did not allot them new designation, it has been learnt.
In its December 13 notification available with Dawn the department upgraded female teachers from BPS-18 to BPS-19, but did not promote them from assistant to associate professors, apparently owing to clerical mistake. But the promoted teaches are worried as the authorities have not issued any corrigendum.
"Majority of teachers had been waiting for over 15 years for promotion to next grade. Now they had to wait for some more time to get official designation of associate professor," said a female teacher, requesting anonymity. She said the teachers were eagerly waiting for "official notification" to assign them new designations.
On the other hand, the department issued notification for the promotion of 25 male assistant professors as associate professors without any mistake. Director Colleges Rawalpindi Dr Mohammad Ashraf said the clerical staff would have made the mistake, adding that it could be rectified easily, though he had not seen the official notification. Dawn
FPSC asks govt to raise education standard
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission has recommended to the government that sincere efforts should be made to raise the standard of education at all levels, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.
The annual report of FPSC 2009 presented in the National Assembly on Friday stated that during the year 2009, 133 posts in the BS-16-20 could not be filled as suitable candidates with required qualifications were not available or the persons having such qualifications did not apply.
It stated that one reason for this could be that better qualified candidates are engaged by private/corporate sectors on higher salaries. It recommended that if the government desired to attract qualified candidates to the civil service then their pay package and facilities needed to be enhanced and kept under constant revision.
The report, already presented to President Asif Ali Zardari by Chairman FPSC Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas, was tabled in the National Assembly on Friday. The report also recommended to the government to endeavour to have full strength of FPSC members to ensure that recruitments are finalised in the shortest possible time.
The report showed that 84 percent candidates in every day science, 45 percent each in Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies got above 60 percent marks. In 'Current Affairs' and 'Essay', 1 percent and 7 percent candidates secured above 60 percent marks respectively.
The analysis showed that performance of qualified candidates in written examination for the CSS in the subject of every day science, Islamiyat and Pakistan Affairs was much better than other compulsory subjects. The report pointed out that candidates were weak in subjects like English, history, economics and International Relations.
In the Essay paper, majority of the candidates lacked the natural flare of writing an English essay, not knowing the basic structure and using faulty language and wrong idioms. In English (PrÈcis & Composition) it was observed the basic knowledge of the language was deplorable, as majority of candidates did not understand the simple mechanics of paragraph and prÈcis writing. The choice of style and lexical items did not match the contents.
General Knowledge-1 (Every Day Science): General performance of about 40-45 percent candidates was well, giving conceptual answers to some extent covering all aspects of microscopic details of the question while 20 to 25 percent candidates gave same traditional answers taken from help/guide books whereas remaining candidates did not show any interest.
GK-11 (Current Affairs): Majority of candidates failed to understand the contents of questions and consequently detracted while most of the candidates lacked analytical ability and followed descriptive method in their narrations whereas very small number of candidates secured more than 50 percent marks in objective type questions which manifested their poor knowledge.
Even in Economics-1 paper, the FPSC observed that the performance of candidates was deplorable as out of total 261 candidates who appeared in the subject, 222 (85%) got below 32% marks, 36 (14%) obtained 33-59% marks while 3 (1%) candidates secured between 60-70% marks.
Economics-11: The performance of candidates was quite disappointing with poor English, lack of general knowledge and ignorance of the basic concepts of the subject. Most of the answers were irrelevant and the candidates were found in the habit of writing stories instead of addressing the questions to the point and, in addition, majority of the candidates did not even understand the questions. Hardly 4 to 6 percent candidates performed well while performance in objective part of the paper was quite poor which showed traditional 'Ratta' system prevailing in our educational system.
In Business Administration, it states that the overall performance of the candidates was unsatisfactory. The data showed that 63 percent candidates who appeared in the examination were unemployed, whereas 11 percent candidates belonged to the teaching profession, 7 percent held administrative jobs, 5 percent related to Armed Forces/clerical jobs and 3 percent had accounting job.
In final selection unemployed candidates got 51 percent jobs, teaching jobs 11 percent, accounts job 3 percent and candidates holding administrative jobs got the share of 15 percent which showed better performance of the candidates who had administrative jobs, followed by Engineering/Medical job holders.
PAF Finishing School graduation ceremony held
Islamabad: Graduation ceremony of PAF Finishing School was held at the Air Headquarters Officers' Mess on Friday, says a press release. Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi was the chief guest on the occasion. He awarded certificates to the graduating students.
While addressing at the occasion the chief guest said, "The womenfolk have a vital role to play in the betterment of any society. The saying, 'Hands that rock the cradle, rule the world' is an apt description of women's contribution in shaping the destiny of a nation. In fact, no society can afford to ignore women that account for half of its population. You are well aware that in our eastern culture, girl is destined to adopt to a new environment after her marriage. Many a time she has to face altogether different world. I am confident that an institution like yours can provide valuable guidance to our girls as they move from one environment to another, marked with independence and responsibility. From this perspective, I consider the contribution of the Finishing School very significant and far-reaching."
The PAF Finishing School, a grooming academy for women, is the first of its kind in the country, a step by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) towards the promotion of education and literacy among the women in the country.
AIOU VC for strategy to meet future challenges
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi on Friday underlined the need for evolving an effective strategy to meet future challenges in education sector.
"All departments of AIOU must make viable planning to prepare the new generation for global competition and the challenges, which are expected in next 10 years at international level," he said.
He was addressing a farewell function organised here in honour of outgoing Director Regional Services Ali Asghar Hasnain, Director Quality Assurance Cell Professor Dr. Muhammad Dawood Awan and Assistant Treasurer Ziaul Islam.
Dr. Sangi also asked the heads of different departments to prepare "second line" and "backup" of faculty members so that replacement of retiring teachers and staffers could be made easily. The news