AKU-EB announces HSSC results
Karachi, July 21: All the position holders in the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examination 2010 from the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) are from Karachi.
This year's top position holder, Muhammad Aziz from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Karachi, achieved 88.2 per cent. The second and third position holders - Syed Akber Ali Shah with 87.9 per cent and Mehak Rajani with 87.5 per cent – are also from the same school.
The number of HSSC II candidates appearing in the exam this year was twice the number last year. The overall passing percentage was 85.7.
"Students last year got admission to over 60 leading universities and higher education institutions worldwide, including the University of Regina in Canada, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and top Pakistani medical and engineering universities, including NED University of Engineering and Technology, Dow University of Health Sciences and Lahore University of Management Sciences," said Dr Thomas Christie, Director AKU-EB. "Our HSSC candidates have the skills to compete and get into leading universities anywhere."
To facilitate students moving from higher secondary education to university studies, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and AKU-EB have been collaborating for the past two years on refining testing and assessment practices in universities across the country.
"Because educational standards cannot be improved in isolation, we are pleased to be working with the HEC to expand the perception of learning to something more than that which can be measured with just marks. Assessment is also about preparing a child with the critical thinking skills to be able to adapt to any situation in his or her future," stated Dr Christie.
The candidates may view this year's HSSC results online with a detailed breakdown on how they performed as compared to their group peers, AKU spokesperson said. The newsYour Comments
HSC-II (home economics) results
KARACHI, July 20: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi will announce the results of the Higher Secondary School Certificate part-II, home economics group on Wednesday (today), according to an announcement made on Tuesday. App
Benazir Chair inaugurated at KU
Karachi: The Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair was established at Karachi University on Tuesday to conduct research on the thoughts and philosophy of the assassinated prime minister.
In his message read out at the KU ceremony, President Asif Ali Zardari said: "There is a vast treasure of material available on the ideas, thoughts and philosophy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as well as on the life she lived so gloriously and vigorously."
The president said: "There is an urgent need to collect and collate this treasure house of information about her life before it is misplaced and damaged by the vagaries of time."
He described Ms Bhutto as an institution and a beacon of light, and remarked: "In her death, she has become a legend."
Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palejo was the chief guest of the ceremony, presided over by KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui.
Appreciating the efforts made by all concerned in establishing the chair at the university, Ms Palejo noted that the basic objective was to search deeper into the oriental school of thought which was introduced to the West by the great politician who presented her ideologies that helped bridge the gulf between the East and the West. "Ms Bhutto put in her best efforts towards bringing an end to the clash of the two polarities," she observed.
The minister presented a cheque for Rs25 million for the chair as announced by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at a function held at the university on January 12, 2008. She also promised allocation of Rs100 million for research and other purposes.
She said an auditorium having a capacity to accommodate 2,000 people would be built on the KU campus and offices of the BB Chair would be established within the premises of the auditorium.
Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said that the establishment of the chair at the university was aimed at revisiting the history of Pakistan. "This leadership is inspired by knowledge which is evident from the fact that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the only prime minister of the country who used to get books from the university's main library."
He said efforts would be made to convert this chair into an institute for future studies.
Acting director of the Benazir Bhutto chair Prof Saleem Memon highlighted other objectives of setting up the chair and observed that that the Karachi University had always been taking initiatives for bringing the academic and political worlds closer. "The political ideology of the Bhutto family has left a great impact on the country's politics," he said, and remarked that the political history of the subcontinent could not be regarded as complete without adding the Bhutto family's role to it.
PPP leaders Taj Haider and Prof N. D. Khan (both members of the BB Chair's advisory committee) and Ahmed Bukhsh Narejo also spoke.
They lauded Ms Bhutto's political acumen and vision, and said the chair established in her name would greatly help people in search for reality and research for the good of mankind. Archives of histories should also be maintained, they added. The event was hosted by Prof Dr Shakeel-ur-Rehman Farooqui. Dean Faculty of Arts Prof Dr Shaheed Nomani delivered the vote of thanks. App
Junior school teachers issued offer letters
Karachi: The Sindh Education Department on Tuesday started the process of issuing offer letters to Junior School Teacher (JST).
The offer letters are being issued at the office of District Office (DO), Education, Secondary and Higher Secondary, Boltan Market. According to District Officer, Education (Secondary and Higher Secondary-Male), Shabbir Jokhio, 44 male and over 150 female would receive offer letters of a three year contract to work as junior school teachers.
"The authority concerned could extend the contracts in future or it could also offer them regular jobs in the education sector but all this would depend on the requirements in the sector and the judgement of the controlling authority," he added.
The World Bank has sponsored the project which aims to raise the standard of teaching and facilities of education in Pakistan. In 2008, the government had advertised the vacancies. However, the written test of Higher Secondary Teachers (HST), Junior School Teachers and Primary School Teachers (PST) were conducted on 24, 25 and 26 April 2009 respectively at National Stadium.
Due to the incidents of mismanagement, which were reported during the tests, the authority concerned cancelled the result of the PST and HST test. A month later, on May 24 and 26, 2009, the written test of PST and HST were carried out at the EXPO Centre. However, no test for JST was called and result was declared on the basis of the previous test.
The department is likely to issue offer letters of HST from Monday. All successful candidates are requested to visit the office of District Officer, Education (Secondary and Higher Secondary), Boltan Market to collect their respective letters, Jokhio said. The news