FBISE to conduct 8th class scholarship examination
Islamabad, Jan 05: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has finally succeeded in winning the authority for conducting eighth class scholarship examinations, which otherwise are conducted by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
According to sources, the FBISE would issue a notification to federal government schools on Monday in which it would inform about its authority to conduct eighth class scholarship examinations and their schedule.
It is for the first time that the FBISE would be conducting eight class scholarship examinations, as previously the FDE was the sole authority to conduct examinations for both class fifth and class eighth. The reason behind change in examination-taking authority is the announcement made by Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali Khan last year in which he said that the FBISE would conduct scholarship examinations for class eighth.
A notification in this regard was issued by the Federal Ministry of Education on December 22, 2010, in which it was stated: "The examination of class eighth for scholarships only shall henceforth be conducted by the FBISE."
According to sources, the authority for conducting examinations for class eighth has remained a big issue as both FBISE and FDE were trying hard to convince the Ministry of Education to give this authority to them.
According to well-placed sources in the FBISE, it is actually the responsibility of FBISE to conduct examinations for class eighth for transparency and better evaluation. "The FDE is responsible only for imparting quality education and not assessing the quality of education being imparted under its control. It is not fair that the FDE itself conducts examinations and prepares results," they said.
Sources clarified that the FDE would continue to play the role of centralised examination-taking institution that is responsible for conducting examinations for class eighth and class fifth. "The FBISE would play the role of external agency that would conduct scholarship examinations for class eighth just to have a better evaluation of the education imparted by federal government schools," he said.
According to information, there are usually around 1,500 students that take scholarship examinations, whereas more than 20,000 students appear in normal examinations. It is also pertinent to mention that scholarship examinations are only taken in four subjects - General Science, Mathematics, English and Urdu.
On the other hand, the officials of FDE believe that according to the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Act 1975 (as passed by parliament) FBISE could not conduct examinations for class eighth. "According to the act, the FBISE could only hold examination for class IX and class X besides class XI and class XII. For any changes in the act, they must go to the parliament for amendments," he said.
FBISE Chairperson Dr. Shaheen Khan confirmed news regarding the commencement of examinations under the FBISE and said that the notification in this regard would be issued on Monday. "We have made all necessary arrangements and scholarship examinations for class eighth would start in the third week of April," she added. Then newsYour Comments
Giving education to the underprivileged
Islamabad: Mohammad Ayub runs a school without walls or roof in one of the posh sectors of Islamabad, providing education free of cost to children of nearby katchi abadi. Oddly named 'Second Time Civil Defence Ayub Taleemi School.
Apni Madad Aap', the school is providing education to children who had been forgotten and ignored by everybody else. If you drive in Islamabad's F-6 sector, on the Hill Road, you'll find the school in street 9 in F-6/3. It's a charming white-fenced area.
Every evening, you'll see children sitting on the grass getting education under the open sky. Blackboards indicate the presence of a 'class'. As you get closer, you'll find the teachers working solemnly, and the students studying with concentration. Children look up and smile as you get near, but soon they get back to work. Of course, there are no uniforms.
They are intelligent, happy children, coming eagerly every evening to study here. They know this is the only option open for them to study, and they value this opportunity. The free school is their only hope of getting educated in a country where literacy rate is just 49 per cent. This percentage will improve significantly if there are more people like Ayub.
The school, which began 26 years ago with only two students, today it has 330 students and five teachers â€" Mohammad Rukhsar, Zafran Ali, Saniya Yusaf, Hafiz Zahid Habib, Qamar Anwar and Imran Nazar â€" along with Ayub.
Most of the teachers are former students. Now they work during the day and teach here in the evenings. Those studying in the mornings get their fees and stationery paid by Ayub. They teach here for two hours, and afterwards he teaches them for one hour. Zafran, 21, is studying in FA, and Saniya is doing BA.
Children adore Ayub, as he engages them in conversations, and asks them lot of questions, which they enjoy answering.
The day I went to see the school it was freezing cold â€" cloudy and about to rain. But most of the kids stayed, dressed in woollies and caps, sitting happily on the grass, and studying. Ayub says he often gets them copies and pencils as most of them can't even afford that.
Several children come from Saidpur. Mehwish Aman, 9, works as a maid in the mornings, cleaning a house and looks after a kid. "I get Rs600 and my family lives in their servant quarter." She said initially the lady of the house did not like her coming to the school. On a Sunday when she was coming to the school along with her brother, Jamshed, 8, the lady threw their school bags away, thinking they were lying. Aman's mother took the lady to the school to show her that they study in the open.
Born in Behra near Sargodha, Ayub's father was a labourer, who shifted to Mandi Bahauddin. "I studied in Mandi Bahauddin's degree college till FA." Ayub did a teaching course and left studies incomplete when he was a student of Allama Iqbal Open University.
Twenty-six years ago one day in Super Market Ayub offered to teach two young boys who were cleaning cars.
He got them notebooks and pencils, and then there was no looking back. Students who work in homes and shops study in the evening. Those studying in the mornings come here for tuition, as no one at home is literate enough to help with their homework.
Initially Ayub was the only teacher, but as his students 'graduated', they also started joining him as teachers.
A father of three children, Ayub divides his income of Rs9,500 between his mother, wife and children, and himself. His wife teaches Arabic to people in their community, and his daughter also teaches children. He goes 'home' every night in a store in his office in the Secretariat, where he works during the day.
He teaches most of the children between 3-5pm. As the sun sets, the students of 9th and 10th class arrive. He usually goes home at 11pm.
A philanthropist has donated a room for the school in the katchi abadi. When it rains or gets dark, Ayub and his students move to the room. However, it is not enough to accommodate everyone.
There is an offer of a bigger place, but for that he needs Rs150,000. Ayub has paid Rs25,000, and making efforts to get the rest of amount to set up a school with a roof. With Rs125,000, there will be roof over the heads of children in Ayub's school. Dawn
IIUI seminar on value of education
Islamabad: Faculty of the Islamic Studies of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) will hold a seminar on "Identity Formation and Education of Value: The Process of Shaping Muslim Identity in Germany" on Monday. app
QAU students highlight plights of working women
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) staged a comedy play titled 'Hire Fire' at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on Monday, which included a hilarious discourse and hip hop dancing on the beat of local songs entertaining the terror ridden audience of federal capital.
The play was second in string of total eight plays staged by university students and organised by PNCA under 'Youth Drama Festival-2011' to provide an ample opportunity to youngsters to showcase their hidden talent in extracurricular activities. 'Hire Fire' brought in a massive success than the opening night, when PNCA Drama Workshop students presented their three short plays.
Directed by Sadia Shahid and produced by Shaista Nazir of Quaid-e-Azam University, the play was a huge success and gathered much support from the crowd as the auditorium roared with laughter at the highly comic stage play.
The storyline reflects the agonies of working women of our society who are being harassed and mimicked all over in a male dominated society. It showcased the life and agonies of the female employees in the offices where a female secretary in a private office is the central character.
'Hire Fire' conveyed a strong message to the society for making workplace safe for women workers who are more than half of the population in the country and without whom this nation cannot progress in any field. Dialogue delivery, acting, and the script were all well versed, recorded and managed.
The story line revolved around coworkers at an office, each falling in love with the other. The show started with Sooraj Khan breaking into a dance. The introduction of the cast and the dynamics of the couples were very interestingly executed via comedic dance numbers to some of Pakistan's old classics such as Fraudiya and Chief Saab. For a change, the audience was buzzing with excitement at the reemergence of Pakistani music on main stage Pakistani theatre.
The comedy and dynamics between the couples were well executed and the actors played with the text and portrayed the issues they face in asking a girl out in office situations. The tagline for the play 'Comedy Drama with a Message' focused on the way people can be materialistic and how office dynamics work in terms of seniority. Moreover, the interaction between the police and the layman was exaggerated and hinted at the corruption that takes place in the society.
Overall the evening was entertaining and PNCA took a greater initiative in controlling the crowd and ensured that the families in the audience did not feel uncomfortable. With the dance numbers and comedic script, the actors captured the essence of their characters and embodied them perfectly.
PNCA Media Manager Tariq Mehmood said that the flowering of talent as playwright and acting is not materialized all at once. PNCA had been working on harnessing the talents of youth towards theatre since last August when they embarked on talent hunt, selecting 36 students for training in the art under the supervision of eminent producers such as Aslam Azhar and Agha Nasir.
PNCA DG Tauqir Nasir who himself is a versatile actor said that stage play is a strong medium of education and have played pivotal role in transforming the society. 'It reflects and identify existing social issues that need to be addressed and resolved with the involvement of authorities concerned and public at large, 'Nasir said.
PNCA chief was very optimistic of the young generation's determination and dedication towards the tasks ahead. 'Art is a tool for which we can promote peace, brotherhood and love all over places and can highlight soft image of our Country and that's what actually these youngsters are going to do through this 'Youth Drama Festival-2011,' Nasir concluded.
Students of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) will present their play 'Panch Kahanian' today (January 4) at PNCA auditorium at 6pm. Daily times