Suicide cases among students

Slow learning main cause of suicide among students
Lahore, July 28: The Pakistan Association for Difficulties In Learning (PADIL) on Friday has expressed concerns over suicides by five students after the announcement of matriculation result.`

In a statement, PADIL Chief Executive Ashba Kamran said that slow learning was the main cause of the phenomenon. She said suicide by five young students after their failure to get through the exam despite repeated attempts exposed the fault lines in the education system, which was unable to support the slow learners in society. `

She said the incidents of suicide were on the rise and the media had been reporting such happenings for the past some years. `

Ashba said it was the right time to draw the attention of parents, teachers, legislators and civil society members towards the problem of learning difficulties among students because of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in children. `

She said that every third child in Pakistan was facing learning difficulties due to one or the other reason, leading to high dropout rate in schools. "No serious effort is being made at the public or private level to deal with the problem, pushing more and more children to successive failures in the field of education." Ashba said that PADIL had launched an awareness campaign about slow learners, and was trying to introduce suitable academic infrastructure for them. `

She urged President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, chief ministers and the education ministers to make legislations for slow learners and direct the schools to introduce remedial education for such students. She further urged the government to develop "child assessment centres" for slow learners at the divisional level to control the rising number of slow learners in society. Daily times

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Student ends life after family taunts
Charsadda: Fed up with repeated taunts of his family members, a college student committed suicide after obtaining low marks in his first year examinations of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar.

Sources said that Salman Shah, son of Attique Shah of Bahlolah, Khanmai area, consumed pesticides after his family members repeatedly taunted him over his low marks in the intermediate examinations.

They claimed that Mr Shah's elder brothers, including Shoaib, Zohaib and Mursalin, even expelled him from the house after announcement of the results on July 25, 2012.

However, the dejected student returned home on Thursday evening, but his brothers again started teasing him on failing to get high marks.

Fed up with the situation, Mr Shah consumed pesticides on Thursday night to end his life. Dawn

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Peshawar University in dire financial straits
Peshawar: Financial woes of the University of Peshawar have enormously increased with officials blaming them on establishment of new government universities in the province and provision of small funding from the Higher Education Commission.

A senior official said on Friday that the university, which was considered mother of all institutions in the province, faced a shortage of Rs864 million.

"The university has lost 70 per cent of its revenue since new universities have emerged," he said, adding that the current shortfall would increase if provincial government didn't approve special grant of Rs500 million.

Sources said the university was receiving maintenance grant from HEC, which released 50 per cent of the total grant committed in fiscal year 2011-12 adversely affecting financial health of the institutions.

They said creation of new universities had resulted in squeezing scope and revenue of the UoP, which was established after creation of Pakistan but its jurisdiction had been confined to Peshawar district.

They said the university was generating sufficient revenue through its affiliated colleges and other institutions.

"Now, these colleges have been affiliated with the new universities. Some big institutions like Khyber Medical College, Frontier College for Women and Islamia College have been upgraded to universities affecting the university's revenue," a source said.

Over the last decade, the government has established 17 new universities in the province. However, these universities, too, face serious financial and trained manpower problems.

In certain cases, campuses have been converted into full-fledged universities.

An official said recently, an associate professor had been appointed vice chancellor of the newly-established university in the province.

He said in many universities, lecturers had been appointed heads of departments and faculties due to unavailability of qualified professors in the respective disciplines.

Increase in the staff's salary in line with the government announcement has burdened the university over two years.

The government had announced 50 per cent increase in 2010-11 and then 15 per cent additional raise in 2011-12 and 20 per cent increase in the current fiscal year which overstretched budgetary deficit of the UoP.

"The government takes credit for increase in salary but doesn't compensate universities," an official said, adding that the university was not in position to meet the gap by increasing tuition and other fees.

"Being one of the oldest universities in the country, the UoP has around 14,000 students in morning and evening shifts," an official said.

He said the university was bearing the burden of a few constituent colleges and schools by its own resources. He added that these constituent bodies and affiliated colleges were a major source of the university's income.

The official said the university annually paid Rs100 million salary to staff and spent Rs10 million on electric supply, while its daily expenditure ran into millions of rupees.

"The management has installed 30 power generators in faculties and hostels and each generator costs Rs8,000 a day," he said.

When contacted, UoP director (finance) Iftikhar Hussain said the management was taking certain austerity measures to narrow the gap between income and expenditure.

"The university needs the provincial government's help to pull itself out of financial crisis," he said.

The director said to cut its expenditure, the university had suggested a ban on purchase of new vehicles, renovation work, unnecessary expenditure and appointments. Dawn

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UoE results
Lahore: University of Education's Examination Department announced the results of various examinations on Friday. These exams include Comprehensive Examination BEd Secondary Annual (2011-12), BEd Elementary Annual (2011-12), MEd Annual (2011-12), MEd Special Education Annual (2011-12) and PGD (TD) Annual (2011-12).

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GCU MSc in physical education
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) has announced the launch of two-year MSc in Physical Education this year.

Necessary arrangements are being made for initiating the programme under the directions of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman.

The curriculum for the postgraduate programme includes modern courses of Sports Management, Sports Nutrition, Computer Application in Sports, Theory of Games, Talent Development, Practical Games and Athletics, Scientific Coaching, Human Anatomy, Sports Research Methodology, Planning, Physical Education for Special Persons, Sports Bio-Mechanics, Exercise Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Practical Gymnastics, Role of Media in Sports, Leadership in Sports, Trauma & Rehabilitation and Evaluation. The admissions to the MSc in Physical Education are likely to commence next month and graduation is the minimum qualification for the admission. The news

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