Adopt a School Programme | Teachers plan protest
Private sector urged to adopt govt schools
Karachi, June 20: Corporate industrial heads, civil society activists and educationists gathered at a
local hotel on Tuesday to discuss ways to enhance private sector's
partnership with the education sector through the Sindh Education
Foundation's (SEF) Adopt-a-School-Programme.
audience at the event was informed that the SEF was currently operating
485 new private schools, 250 community schools in 10 districts and a
jail school project in Sukkur.
Its recent project is the
Adopt-a-School Programme. The idea is to motivate philanthropists, civil
society and more importantly the corporate sector to adopt government
schools, and give, as per the SEF, "greater opportunities and better
avenues for students from the lowest strata".
not have to be a registered NGO or an organisation for that matter to be
part of the programme. An individual who feels for the children can be
an adopter," it was pointed put during a presentation by SEF Senior
Manager Ambreena Ahmed.
The adoption is a three-step
process. Step one requires a request by the adopter for adoption and a
school is identified. Step two involves analysing the specific needs of
the school (finance, training, course plan). In step three, all
stakeholders are placed at a table and their needs discussed.
the question answer session, it was asked if an organisation has to
adopt a school completely, or could it opt for partial adoption. "One
can be a partner and help in specific areas he is interested in,"
replied SEF Director Aziz Kabani.
Another member of the
audience, Kalim Bagsa, a Canadian-American who claims to run a chain of
schools in Machar Colony, in a three-minute speech expressed his
disappointment at the fact that out of the 3,000 schools up for
adoption, only 300 had been adopted.
He said the SEF needed to woo potential adopters and the civil society should feel for the underprivileged as well.
in a panel discussion chaired by acting Education Secretary Riaz Memon,
the role of the Adopt-a-School Programme was lauded.
Managing Director Professor Anita Ghulam Ali reaffirmed the foundation's
commitment towards "providing educational facilities conductive to
learning at places where the practice of knowledge-sharing can continue
unhindered and unhampered for the betterment of the nation". The news
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Teachers plan protest for better payment
Islamabad: Teachers marking the answer sheets of
intermediate students have threatened to launch a protest if the Federal
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) does not increase
the paltry payment for their job by June 25.
"FBISE has doubled its registration and admission fees for the tens
of thousands of students sitting the FBISE examinations but continues to
pay the markers just Rs20 per script for the hard work," their
spokesman Professor Tahir Mahmood said.
"They spend hours perspiring at their work in three halls of the
FBISE building where the exercise has been centralised," he said.
Other sources said that the teachers not only have to bear the cost
of transport but also of meals and even the stationary they need to do
Prof Mahmood said FBISE chairperson Dr Shaheen Khan had agreed with
the Federal Government College Teachers Association in talks held before
the marking started in 2011 and 2012 that the payment should be
increased but did nothing to implement it.
"Last year, the FBISE increased its registration fee from Rs200 to
Rs400 and the admission fee from Rs375 to Rs700 for Higher Secondary
School Certificate candidates. About 96,000 candidates are currently
enrolled in HSSC part I and II and another 140,000 are enrolled for
matriculation exams. This increase of Rs500 on the average for each of
236,000 candidates would have added Rs118 million to the Board's annual
income," he said.
In contrast, doubling the remuneration to the markers to Rs40 per
script would cost FBISE only Rs5 million extra, he added. "But nothing
of the extra millions earned by FBISE trickle down to the teachers, who
form a crucial part of the education machinery."
An examiner noted that the double digit inflation has added to the
worries of the teacher and adversely affecting his/her efficiency.
Ms Shabana Kauser, a sub-examiner, was more explicit. "With my meagre
resources, I cannot afford decent transport and have to travel in
stuffy buses in scorching heat. And what I get at the end in return for
my pains proves no balm," she said.Professor Tariq Mehmood Baloch,
who is assessing the answer sheets of geography, said the blame for
announcing the exam results late would not lie on the teachers' action
for increase in remuneration. "FBISE will be solely responsible for
that," he said.
Several teachers said that marking the FBISE exam scripts involved
harder work compared to the Punjab University scripts as the latter asks
simple questions against FBISE's emphasis on objective questions. Still
the Punjab University pays the examiners Rs40 per script and FBISE just
Chairperson FBISE Shaheen Khan said that the last time Board
increased the rate for the examiners was in 2009. She was "aware of the
problems of teachers" and promised to call a meeting of her finance
department to increase the marking rates. Dawn
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Students design solar-hybrid car
Mansehra: The students of the Physics Department of the Hazara University (HU)
have designed a solar-hybrid car to be manufactured on commercial basis.
group of students including Raja Imran, Sabeen Dilawar, Adnan Sultan,
Sundus Nawaz, Wajahat Ali, Zainab Liaqat and Mohammad Tahir under the
supervision of Prof Mohammad Sadiq designed the solar-hybrid car.
car is the outcome of successive experiments by the students of the
Physics Department and we want to introduce this energy-friendly and
pollution-free car at the commercial level," said Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah,
Vice-Chancellor of the Hazara University while speaking to reporters on
The car was put on display during the recent
visit of Governor Masood Kausar who not only appreciated the achievement
but also rewarded the designers with Rs500,000. "The velocity of this
solar car is about 45 kilometres per hour under direct light of sun and
we are working to enhance it to about 80 kilometres per hour," said Prof
Mohammad Sadiq.He said the car consuming solar energy as fuel was
connected through three solar panels that produced 190 watts and
converted it into 12 volts. The news
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