FBISE to conduct Middle Standard Exams from March 21
Islamabad, Jan 17: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will conduct 'Middle Standard Scholarship Examinations' from March 21.
FBISE will conduct these examinations for the first time as per the directives of the Ministry of Education and it has finalized all the arrangements for holding the examinations.
Earlier, the examinations were conducted under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). Now, the education ministry has taken the decision of conducting examinations under FBISE from this year to bring more transparency.
The students from private and public schools of the federal capital can appear in the examinations. While the private students can also take part following the rules.
Admission forms can be obtained from the FBISE and the admission fee for the exams can be submitted till January 31.
However, the forms can be submitted with double fee of Rs800 from February 1 to 10.
The students of the public schools can send admission through their respective schools while private students will have to get their forms attested from the head of any school working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) before submission.
The scholarship exams will include the subjects of English, General Science, Urdu and Mathematics and follow the syllabus of FDE.
The date sheet for the exams has been issued according to which the paper of Mathematics will be held on March 21, Urdu on March 22, General Science on March 24 and English on March 26. The newsYour Comments
50pc schools short of science teachers
Rawalpindi: About 50 per cent of secondary schools in Rawalpindi district are facing shortage of science teachers, creating problems for both the school administrations and students, it has been learnt.
There are over 300 secondary schools, both for boys and girls, in the district and majority of them offer science subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. However, these institutions have been unable to resolve the shortage of science teachers due to various reasons.
The teacher-student ratio in the schools offering science subjects is 1:40 whereas two humanities teachers are engaged for the same number of students in every school.
"In boys' schools, the shortage is 40 per cent and in girls schools it is 65 to 70 per cent," said the vice principal of a secondary school wishing not to be named. He said the education department was finding it difficult to attract science graduates with bachelor in education (BEd). It is also difficult to retain them due to low wages, he added.The administrations of schools facing shortage often hire private persons to teach the students or obtain the services of science teachers from other schools in extra time, he said.
Besides, the Punjab government has not recruited science teachers on a regular bases in BPS-16 for a long time and efforts are always made to make up the deficiency through contractual hiring, the vice principal said.
On the other hand, students and their parents have their own stories to tell as certain schools in rural and far-off areas do not offer science subjects and the students have to travel long distance to other institutes. "Every father wants his children acquire better education at the SSC level in affordable fee," said Hasnat Ahmed.
He said he had got his son admitted to a school in Rawalpindi city and the child had to come from a village near Adiala as private school provided expensive education and no government school offering science subjects was located in his area.
The situation is even worse for girl students as it is harder to find qualified female science teachers and the students cannot go far away from their houses, he added.
When contacted, Executive District Officer (education) Qazi Zahoorul Haq admitted that there was shortage of science teachers. However, he said the percentage was not 50 per cent. It may be 30 per cent in schools for boys and 40 per cent for girls.
"The shortage cannot be resolved permanently as increasing number of science teachers quit government schools as soon as they get a better job." He said after the introduction of local government system, the provincial government had allowed the district education departments to engage teachers on contractual basis to make up for the deficiency but the teachers could not be retained on contract.
A science contractual teacher is paid Rs6,500 and people with qualifications in science can easily get jobs with better wages, he said.
The EDO said a proposal had been floated to hire teachers with FSc and BEd as they only have only to teach at the SSC level but the government did not consider the proposal. Dawn
Think of your ancestors before an exam
Islamabad: Spending a few minutes thinking about your ancestors before an exam or job interview can significantly boost your chances of success.
The so-called 'ancestor effect' appears to work by acting as a reminder to the brain that seemingly impossible hurdles can be overcome, BBC reported. Psychologists think the effect may be rooted in the fact that those who familiarise themselves with their family history appear to gain a stronger sense of identity and self-esteem, which somehow boosts intellectual performance.
To test their theory, researchers in Germany asked 80 students to spend 5 minutes thinking about their 15th century ancestors, their great-grandparents or a recent trip to the shops. Immediately afterwards, the students were asked how confident they felt about upcoming exams. The students then underwent a range of intelligence tests.
The group that remembered lost generations was more confident about their chances of success and showed a marked improvement in the tasks assigned to them than those who simply recalled a more mundane memory. In one, the ''ancestor effect'' boosted scores to 14 out of a maximum 16, compared with just ten out of 16 in the rival group.
The findings suggest that remembering the hardships of grandparents, great grandparents and even long forgotten ancestors, seems to have a direct benefit on the brain's ability to cope with demands on its intelligence. The researchers said that when we think about our ancestors, we are reminded that humans who are genetically similar to us can successfully overcome a multitude of problems and adversities. The study concluded that whenever people are in a situation where performance is extraordinarily important, such as exams or job interviews, they have an easy technique to increase their success - a reminder about their ancestors that can significantly increase intellectual performance.
Students hold walk to raise awareness about environment
Rawalpindi: A walk on environment and reuse of waste material was organised by the Shining Star School System, in collaboration with the ITA, ECA and the Punjab Education Foundation here on Sunday, says a press release.
The participants of the walk were students and teachers of different schools. The purpose of the walk was to create awareness among the masses to reuse waste material and save environment from pollution and create awareness among the people about negative impacts of environmental pollution on human life.
The participants of the walk held banners and placards to highlight the need for protecting the earth for the survival of humanity.
The walk began from Allama Iqbal Colony and after passing through various streets of the colony concluded at the Shining Star School, Rawalpindi.
Addressing the concluding ceremony, Rehana Qaisar of the Punjab Education Foundation said that the walk was aimed at raising awareness among students about environment-related issues.
Shining Star School System Principal Mr Tayyab said that the massive pollution in urban area had endangered the biodiversity of the country.
He said that now mass awareness in students is the best way to reduce environmental pollution.
More PSC examination centres needed in Peshawar
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission is confronted with the difficult task of finding space for setting up examination centres in the city for the thousands of candidates sitting in the Provincial Management Service (PMS) competitive examination beginning on January 17 because most of them want their centre to be in the provincial metropolis.
Some of the candidates even staged protest in the city on Friday to demand change of their examination centre to Peshawar.
They argued that they were living, studying or doing jobs in Peshawar and, therefore, it would be inconvenient for them to travel to their district of domicile for appearing in the PMS competitive examination.
The Commission had allocated examination centres to the candidates on the basis of their domicile. Thus those having domicile certificate from Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan, Swat, Abbottabad and other districts were directed to appear in the PMS competitive examination in their respective district headquarters. However, a large number of candidates found this inconvenient and began applying for a change of examination centre. Many sought recommendation from politicians and other influential people to get their centres changed to Peshawar.
The KP Public Service Commission couldn't accommodate all the candidates in Peshawar due to the difficulty in finding examination centre halls. It didn't have enough funds to rent a place to conduct the examination. As a last resort, the Commission has decided to convert its own premises into examination halls and accommodate as many candidates as possible there.
A total of 16,300 candidates have applied to appear in the PMS competitive examination this year and it was learnt that almost 10,000 wanted to sit for the examination in Peshawar.
The number of candidates showed a big increase this year. Last year the numbers were much less when the first PMS competitive examination was conducted.
About 179 candidates qualified in the end and were offered jobs in the provincial government. At least five qualified candidates reportedly passed the CSS competitive examination and opted for jobs on offer there.
The qualified PMS candidates last year were sent to the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) in Hayatabad, Peshawar for training. This was the first time that the IMS conducted such training and most of the candidates expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangements and the training methods and quality.
This year 16,300 candidates from all over the province would be appearing for fewer jobs than last year. It was learnt that there are 64 PMS jobs on offer for male and female candidates. Another 14 seats have been reserved exclusively for females. Besides, six jobs in the Excise and Taxation department would also be filled while five seats would be reserved for disabled candidates. The news
Recruitment of 86 teachers notified
Karak: The executive district officer education on Saturday issued a notification of the recruitment of 86 male primary schoolteachers.
The teachers, who had taken the tests and interviews in Jan 2010, have been asked to report to the head teachers of the respective schools within 14 days of issuance of the notification.
It was learnt that the district officer female who is the member of the recruitment committee was reluctant to sign the notification of the recruitment of teachers of other cadres.
Meanwhile, Jan Alam advocate, a candidate of JUI-F, was elected as president of the Karak district bar association for the second consecutive term, while Waseeullah advocate was elected as general secretary on Saturday.
Election for the district bar was held at district court premises supervised by Ameer Khan advocate, Sakhi Janan advocate and Ghulam Mohayyudin advocate.
Jan Alam secured 46 votes while his rival Malik Rahman advocate of PML-N got 16 votes. The ANP affiliated candidate Waseeullah advocate secured 35 votes to win the slot of general secretary while his close rival Mohammad advocate got 30 votes. Rahman Shah advocate was elected as senior vice president. Dawn
Somalian education minister visits IIU
Islamabad: Dr. Abdinur Sheikh Mohamed, minister of education, culture and higher education of Somalia visited the International Islamic University (IIU) to share the academic experience of the educational system of Somalia and Pakistan. Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik Rector IIU welcomed the guest and briefed him about the university, its objectives and achievements in last 25 years of its existence, said a news release issued here on Saturday. Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik told him that the university is imparting quality education in all the fields of life. The news