Kids in rural Punjab can't read English

'67pc kids in rural Punjab can't read English'
Lahore, Jan 23: Secretary Planning and Development Punjab Ali Tahir said that qualitative survey in the Education Department would be helpful in making a future strategy for the education sector in rural areas.

He was addressing the launch of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2010 Rural Punjab, prepared by South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) and Idara-e-Taleem -O-Aagahi (ITA) on Thursday at GOR Officers Mess Auditorium.

Project Director Punjab Reforms Management Programme, Abdullah Sumbal, Dean Institute of Education and Research (IER), Punjab University, Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, and Coordinator SAFED, Bela Raza Jamil, were also present.

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan-2010, a sample survey to assess learning outcomes of school going (3-16 years) children, has shown that as high as 67 per cent children in 13 districts (rural) in Punjab cannot read sentences in English, while 43 per cent cannot read words.

Fifteen per cent children were graded as "beginners' level" as they remained unable to recognise alphabets and words.

She further said that the ASER Pakistan (Rural)- 2010 sample survey was conducted by SAFED managed by ITA in collaboration with the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), UNESCO, Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) and Sindh Education Foundation (SEF). She added the survey was conducted in 7,767 households and 679 schools including 292 private schools in 390 villages in 13 districts of rural Punjab while selected districts were Chiniot, Faisalabad, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Lahore, Mianwali, Multan, Nankana Sahab, Rahimyar Khan, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Sheikhupura. She said in each district, 60 volunteers were mobilized to survey 30 villages in pairs.

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PU foils IJT moot
Lahore: Some students of Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) tried to organise an illegal function without prior permission at Punjab University New Campus here on Thursday, which caused disturbance of academic environment in the Academic Block.

A press release here on Thursday said the students erupted when the faculty members tried to stop them, on which administrative officers and senior professors also reached the spot and tried to convince the students not to disturb the peaceful environment. On this, the students not only misbehaved with the senior teachers and administrative officers but also abused and pushed them to go away. Such insulting behaviour towards teachers is without any parallel in the history of any educational institution. The academic staff and the university administration have condemned the incident. They have resolved that the peaceful academic environment and respect of the teachers and administrative officers will be ensured and no student organisation will be allowed to violate the rules and regulations and high values and traditions of the oldest and largest seat of higher learning in Pakistan.

In another press release, the university administration said participation of political leaders produced a negative effect on the peaceful academic environment of the campus. The university administration hopes that the esteemed political leaderships held great respect, will void participation in such functions without prior information of the university administration. Farid Paracha and Hafiz Salman Butt participated in such a meeting that was held without permission of the university administration in the Academic Block without any prior information of the administration.

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UoE students continue protest
Lahore: The students of the University of Education (UoE) continued their protest against the sacking of two professors on Thursday, as the Punjab government constituted a two-member committee to resolve the issue within three days.

According to students, the UoE administration stopped them from entering the varsity premises in the morning following which they raised slogans against the university administration and were carrying banners and placards against police's torture to students and journalists. They also alleged that the university administration had also not allowed hostel residing students to come out and enter the university.

Later, the students arrived on The Mall and held a protest demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly, demanding immediate restoration of two professors.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government's committee met under the chairmanship of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan in which UoE's Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Farhat Saleem and sacked science and technology division Director Prof Dr Anwaar-ul-Rehman Pasha and his wife Dr Shaheen Pasha presented their point of view. Upon listening to the views of both the sides, Law Minister formed a two-member committee, comprising GCU VC Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and UET VC Prof Dr Muhammad Akram, to resolve the issue within three days.

Later, the students called off their protest upon the assurance that two sacked professors would be restored within three days, and vowed to resume their protest again after three days which would continue till the fulfillment of their demand.

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BDS exam results announced
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional BDS Annual Examination.

A press release here on Thursday said that a total of 295 candidates from 06 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the examination out of which 213 passed and 81 failed. The pass percentage remained 72.45.

Ayesha Tariq of Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore got first position securing 736/900 marks.

Hira Mateen of Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi and Ammar Saeed of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore got second and third positions securing 724/900 and 722/900 marks respectively. Supplementary exams will commence on March 8. The news

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