Question papers bank on the cards
Lahore, July 16: The Punjab Higher Education Department is working to establish a question papers bank in 10 subjects at the matriculation level and 14 subjects at the intermediate level to improve question papers in particular and the examination system in general.
In order to create a talent pool of paper-setters, the Higher Education Department has selected 325 paper-setters out of 600 teachers, who had applied following advertisements in newspapers. The selected paper-setters belong to school, college and university cadres.
The boards of intermediate and secondary education have also been asked to create facilities and launch e-marking system.
The Higher Education Department organised a consultative meeting of the selected paper-setters here on Friday. Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema briefed them about the challenges being faced by the department in developing the examination system for the satisfaction of international standards.
Later, Cheema said that the selected paper-setters were asked technical questions to assess their expertise, and now the department would keep on building their capacity. He said these teachers would develop a bank of multiple choice questions (MCQs) as well as subjective questions. Dawn
Concern over low spending on education
Lahore: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Rector Abdul Razzak Dawood has said the state of education in Pakistan is alarmingly appalling and should be a matter of concern for every person.
Speaking at a certificate distribution ceremony of a 10-day capacity building workshop for schoolteachers organised by the Progressive Education Network (PEN) at Ali Institute of Education as the chief guest, he said education was a serious activity and the government and the private sector should work together for strengthening the education system of the country.
He said teachers were not given due respect and status in our society. He called teachers as "unsung heroes" who were contributing their lives to imparting quality education. He added education was an interactive process in which both teachers and students played an important role. The LUMS rector appreciated the role of PEN in teachers training and hoped that in future the organisation would also play its role in promoting quality education in the country. He said teachers should be given due respect in society.
Speaking on the occasion, PEN chief executive officer Nadeem Babar said a visit to various public schools in the city showed that children wanted to learn and teachers wanted to teach but the system hindered their aspirations.
Sharing his experiences, he said during a visit to various countries almost all nations were developing but Pakistan was not. "It's just because of sheer neglect to education", he added. He said Bangladesh was spending some eight per cent of its public funding on education and regretted that the Pakistan government was even slashing its already meagre budget for education.
Nadeem Babar said the select group of primary and secondary school teachers was trained by experts of Ali Institute of Education for ten days.
PU bus service
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has announced shuttle bus service from the varsity's the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus, to various academic departments to facilitate the visiting students and their parents who intend to seek admission in various disciplines during the forthcoming academic session. Admission Organizing Committee chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Amin Athar, presiding over a meeting of the committee held at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology on Friday, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran had issued the directions in this regard. The meeting decided that no student organization would be allowed to set up any admission stalls. The news
PU receives 40 more degrees for verification
Lahore: The Punjab University has received another 40 degrees of parliamentarians from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for verification.
The university is already in the process of verifying 97 degrees, while 217 degrees have been returned after verification. Dawn
Sindh students visit UVAS
Lahore: A 70-member delegation of students from Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam, visited University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Friday.
SAU final year DVM students of veterinary, pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology and pathology departments were led by Dr Hamzo Khan.
They visited UVAS Pet Center, University Diagnostic Laboratory (UDL), WTO Quality Control Laboratory and outdoor clinic of the varsity and also called on UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz. Earlier, Dr Nawaz informed the visiting students that UVAS was one of the oldest institutions in Asia dedicated to quality research and education. The news