FBISE SSC Part-I results | AIOU normalcy

FBISE declares SSC Part-I results
Islamabad, July 07: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) on Friday declared the result of the candidates who were appeared in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part-I Annual Examination 2012 which shows passing percentage of 57.17 per cent of both regular and private as well as ex-candidates.

According to the results announced in all 60,796 regular candidates appeared, out of which 39,202 thus showing passing percentage of 64.48. Over 12,164 private and ex-candidates were appeared out of which only 2,509 declared successful making passing percentage of 20.63%. The overall pass percentage of regular, private and ex-candidates is 57.17%.

According to the authorities, over 18 unfair means cases were reported this year. A judicious procedure was adopted to decide the cases and therein every effort was made to ensure that personal hearing was allowed to all concerned. Eight cases have been decided and the notification on the decisions taken in the cases.

Similarly, out of the total regular candidates 51,504 appeared in the science and 34,534 cleared the exam with a pass percentage of 67.05%. In humanities group over 9,292 regular candidates were appeared out of which 4,668 passed. The pass percentage of candidates in humanities group is 64.48% .

In ex and private candidates over 8,136 were appeared in the science group and only 1,798 have been declared successful with a pass percentage of 22.10%. In humanities group over 4,028 private and ex candidates were appeared out of which only 711 managed to clear the exam to show pass percentage of 17.65%.

The failing candidates could appear in Part-II annual exam to be held next year 2013. The news

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Normalcy returns to AIOU
Islamabad: The rather prolonged tension that kept the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in the news nearly for over two weeks seemed to have exhausted itself.

All outstanding issues between its management and employees were said to be resolved on Friday as management accepted most of the demands made by the employees.

Extending the olive branch, the varsity administration also reinstated the eight employees who were earlier dismissed amid chaos.

Besides, the transfer orders of a clerk, Bilawal Laghari (who has been serving in Islamabad for nearly 25 years) to Umar Kot, Sindh were also withdrawn and both the management and employees agreed that in future they would resolve their issues through dialogue.

According to sources, a committee headed by Dr Syed Abdul Siraj, Chairman Mass Communication Department negotiated with the employees and in the end it was decided that eight employees would be reinstated and in future management of the AIOU would lend its ear to all the issues of the employees.

It to mention here that a dispute had raised its ugly head in the third week of June when Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir A Sangi transferred a clerk Bilawal Laghari to Umar Kot but he was not willing to go there.

On June 18, the clerk's wife and children went to the VC's office beseeching withdrawal of the transfer orders but the guards started torturing them instead of letting them see the VC.

Later, on the same day when employees came to know about the incident, they started a protest against it and forcibly entered in the VC office over which an FIR was registered with Industrial Area police and nine persons were nominated in it.

Sajid Mehmood Janjua, who led the protest said that eight employees who had earlier been dismissed as they protested for their rights have been reinstated. He appreciated the steps taken by the management and hoped that peaceful environment would flourish in the university.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the AIOU, Ubaidullah Mumtaz said that almost 150 employees were protesting during the alleged campaign against the VC and claimed that for the past few weeks the VC had been away most of the time visiting out of station places as he wanted to establish new campuses of the university in different cities of the country. Dawn

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AIOU enrolment from Balochistan shows growth
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has shown a record growth in students' enrolment from Balochistan that reached double figure in the current semester.

This extraordinary students' enrolment growth in backward and far-flung areas of Balochistan was achieved by the university for the first time since its inception 38 years back. It was due to upgradation in quality education and its equal accessibility throughout the country as well as better strategic planning, adopted during the last two years.

The growth was also the result of the AIOU's vision, ensuring education for all. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi took a number of steps in the recent years, taking the education to the doorsteps of the people. New campus and study centres were being opened to facilitate the students as well as fully utilising the state-of-the-art e-learning technology.

According to the region-wise comparison, in spring-semester 2011 the enrolment of students from Kalat was 526, from Turbat 796, Dera Murad Jumali was 1,700 and from Quetta was 3,391, while in the current semester Spring 2012 the enrolment from Kalat was noted 1,182, Turbat was 1,451, and from Dera Murad Jumali was 3,073.

It has been noted that enrolment of AIOU's students is growing by more than 50% in these four region of Balochistan. Similarly from Peshawar region 12,832 students has increased, from Abbottabad the student's enrolment has been enhanced with the difference of 5,029, Saidu Sharif from 14,726 to 20,441, Muzaffarabad from 19,957 to 22,562, Mirpur from 18,984 to 21,252, Sialkot from 30,626 to 32,526 and the students enrolment in Gujranwala has been increased with the difference of 2,098.

This rapid growth was the result of better skill-management and due to the personal attention paid by the incumbent vice-chancellor in carrying out the university's expansion plan, ensuring equal accessibility education throughout the country, especially in the neglected and far-flung areas.

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Roots MCP certification ceremony held
Islamabad: The certification ceremony of the Montessori Certification Programme (MCP) was held at the Roots Academy for Professional & Intellectual Development (RAPID), at G-8 Campus, says a press release.

Senator Nuzhat Sadiq was the chief guest on the occasion. The Bosnian Ambassador Armin Limo and the Deputy High Commissioner Paul Molloy was the guest of honour on the occasion. The course very aptly encompassed the entire Montessori pedagogy including absorbent mind, prepared environment, role of Montessori directress, normalisation, 3 period lesson, introduction to sensitive periods, stages of development, deviation & normality, exercises of practical learning, sensorial exercises, language exercises, math exercises & culture exercises for the holistic development of course participants.

The ceremony started with the learning outcomes by the RAPID Executive Manager Urooj Iqbal who summarised the Montessori methodology & emphasised the significance of prepared environment, absorbent mind and sensitive periods of development. This was followed by feedback session from the course participants who praised the course & opined that the course was a life changing experience for them.

The course Master Trainer Amber Naveed demonstrated the popular activities of volcano eruption and puppetry. The first three positions went to Fatima Ali, Razika Tazeen and Shumaila Umer. Deputy High Commissioner Paul Molloy emphasised the significance of teacher training for a developing country like Pakistan and the impact of the RAPID initiative for the development of Pakistan.

Armin Limo was very impressed with the level of English proficiency of the candidates. He emphasised the significance of trained teachers for the grooming of children and also shared some of his experiences with teachers from Bosnia.

The chief guest Nuzhat Sadiq congratulated the MCP graduates for having successfully completing this challenging training event so full of innovative training content and latest approaches in pedagogy and Montessori methodology. She further added that education is the single common denominator that can take our nation from good to great. Professionally certified teachers are the need of the hour. Trained teachers can fully develop the potential of the children and give them the impetus to evolve as value adding members of the society. The early years in a child's life are very significant where he absorbs and assimilates the information in his surroundings and forms perceptions about the world around him. The child at this age undergoes many development stages where his motor, nervous, auditory, visual, tactile language, sensorial development takes place and he faces the challenge of constructing himself from nothing to something. The news

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Pakistani students abroad make nation proud
Islamabad: The Public Affairs section of the US embassy screened Dawn TVs Documentary "Pakistani Students: Learning/Sharing in the USAin Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on Friday.

The aim of the documentary was to showcase the experiences of Pakistan students in the US, and illustrate the useful impact such experiences have on reshaping the images of the two countries among their people.

Focusing on around five Pakistanis studying in the US, the documentary captured similar stories from students of diverse backgrounds, coming from areas like FATA, Hyderabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Light in tone, it first captured the awkward questions Pakistani students had to face. "Are there roads in Pakistan," "Are the coffee shops there similar to here," and in a more serious vein, "Why don't you cover your face?" and so on.

One American lady revealed that she honestly thought the Pakistani student might bomb the classroom, but that impression changed over time.

Similarly, touching on political overtones, a student, Hammad Ali Khan, said he was worried that once he landed at an airport in US, his green passport would get him harassed by the airport security. But some of the adjustment was culture related. An American teacher stated that students from Pakistan treat professors like god and hesitate to ask questions, but with time they learn that discussion with teachers is encouraged in the American context and open up with time.

Finding halal food can become problematic for students in the US, hence converting them into vegetarians. A student suggested that with tomatoes, chick peas and other ingredients, if one is innovative, an improvised "channa chat" can be made. "Spoken like a true Pakistani," commented one audience member.The students also acknowledged the strengths of both countries. Kiran Rajput from Hyderabad appreciated the respect and freedom given to the minorities to practise their religion in Pakistan and in US.

And Irfan Ullah, a student struggling with polio, shared that there are many opportunities there for the disabled and he is empowered in an environment where he is not treated any less than others. The documentary displayed that students are ambassadors of their respective countries, families and cultures. Some residents of the US realised that not everything their media showed was true as they were confronted only to negativities in the case of Pakistan drone attacks, suicide bombings and all the cultural, educational and development aspects were not showered any light on. Dawn

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