Punjab Education Department favouritism

Favouritism in Punjab School Education Department
Lahore, March 10: The recent posting of 123 female officers (BS-18) as Senior Headmistress/Deputy District Education Officer (Women) across the province has exposed alleged favouritism on part of officials of the Punjab School Education Department.

Sources in the department said while many candidates have been posted far away from their hometowns, a few have been favoured and posted in their hometowns or the district of their choice.

According to the posting orders, a candidate though having domicile of Faisalabad district has been posted at Lahore while dozens of other women officers have been posted outside their districts of domiciles.

Interestingly, the said candidate was posted at Government Girls Model High School Mughalpura, as senior headmistress though the post was not vacant at that time.

The sources further said the incumbent headmistress was due to retire on Feb 28, 2010 while orders regarding posting of the new headmistress were issued on Feb 12, 2010.

They further said the post was of BS-17 while the officer posted was of BS-18. "This all shows the candidate has been favoured", commented another candidate who wished to remain anonymous.

The documentary evidence available also shows a number of candidates who have domicile of Lahore were posted in other districts of the province.

"The posting of female officers far away from their hometowns is certainly unfair and demands immediate attention of the authorities concerned", said an aggrieved candidate.

She further said if the department could 'manage' to post one officer in Lahore despite non-availability of post why others belonging to the same city were posted away from their hometowns.

The data also shows one of the candidates was posted as Deputy DEO H/Q office of the DEO (SE) Nankana Sahib against a post meant for male officers.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that one of the candidates on Tuesday submitted an application in office of the Chief Secretary Punjab against the officials of the department.

The candidate had mentioned her plight saying despite request for posting within Lahore keeping in view problems of her ailing husband; she was posted far-away (Nankana Sahib).

When contacted, Secretary Schools Muhammad Aslam Kamboh denied any favouritism saying merit was strictly observed in all the postings. He said candidates were posted as per their merit of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).

Talking about posting of a female candidate as Deputy DEO H/Q office of the DEO (SE) Nankana Sahib, he said the post was not gender specific.

Aslam Kamboh said some candidates were exploiting the matter by saying everybody was interested to serve only at hometowns, adding whereas the recruitments had been made on province basis. The candidates were posted out of their hometowns only because posts were not available within their districts of domicile. The news

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Lahore blast caused schools, huge financial losses
Lahore: A number of private schools in Model Town Society (MTS) remained closed on Tuesday due to the massive damage to buildings and infrastructure, caused by Monday's bomb blast Members from these institutions also joined MTS in the latter's demand to remove the offices of intelligence agencies from the locality to secure the life and property in the area.

The administration of the private schools said that the offices of intelligence agencies were a source of fear among young students. They said that the blast caused them financial losses and halted academic activities, necessitating expensive renovation and reconstruction.

They demanded the government should provide them financial assistance. Students and their parents also condemned the act of terrorism, claiming it inflicted mental distress upon them.Schools damaged by the powerful explosion include the Heritage School System (HSS), the Knowledge School, Ace institute of Health Sciences, EPIC School and Dar-e-Arqam. These schools have incurred an estimated loss of over Rs 930,000. Daily times

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Schools, UET closure
Lahore: All government and private schools in the city will remain closed on Wednesday (today) due to by-election in NA-123, says an announcement of the City District Government administrator.

As a number of schools are conducting annual examinations at the institutional level, they have been told to reschedule their Wednesday paper.

The Lahore and Kala Shah Kaku campuses of the University of Engineering and Technology will also remain closed on Wednesday on account of a local holiday announced by the Punjab government for by-election.

UET's Faisalabad campus and Rachna College of Engineering and Technology, Gujranwala, will also remain closed.

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GCU Science Conference
Lahore: A five-day 22nd International Asia-Pacific Weed Science Conference began at the Government College University (GCU) on Tuesday.

Experts from Indonesia, the United States, Bangladesh, Australia, Sudan, Jordon, Iran and India are participating in the conference being held on the theme of 'Judicious Weed Management - Road to Sustainability'.

Speaking at the opening session of the conference, Meritorious Professor of Weed Science Dr Khan Bahadar Marwat said the weed losses in Pakistan amounted to Rs250 billion annually in major field crops of maize, wheat and rice. Besides economic losses, he said, invasive weeds were a major threat to our biodiversity; many of the weeds cause allergies and also promote insect and disease proliferation.

Dr Bahadar said the Canada thistle, a weed of sugarcane, had developed resistance against specific herbicides and spread to other crops in Peshawar valley.GCU faculty of science dean Dr Ikramul Haq said weed scientists were confronted with incalculable challenges in eradication of weeds injurious to crops.

He said the changing behaviour of weeds was also causing problems for vegetation managers, which was compelling the human attitude towards sustainable management of weeds.

GCU Professor Emeritus Dr Khalid Hameed Shiekh said all researches were useless unless implemented.

"The research done in the field of weeds and seeds should be forwarded to framers so that they can draw benefits out of them," he said.

Later, Colorado State University Professor Emeritus Robert Zindhal gave a lecture on the ethics of weed science.

University of Jordon, Oman, Prof Dr Jamal R Qasem presented his findings on parasitic flowering plants in Jordon.

Around 150 presentations are scheduled to be held at the conference in the next four days.

voucher scheme: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has launched Phase-VI of the Education Voucher Scheme (EVS) in Lahore and Kasur to accommodate 16,000 more students for free education in foundation's private partner schools up to the secondary level.

The EVS Phase-VI will cost Rs67.2 million and give slum-dwellers and vulnerable children a chance to study in schools of their choices. The children of 4-17 years of age can benefit from this project by enrolling themselves in Prep to secondary level classes.

PEF-EVS project officer Shafique Ahmad has said Quality Assurance Tests (QAT) had been held in 180 private schools of Kasur and selected areas of Lahore to accommodate new students.

The schools qualifying for the QAT would be given EVS partnership status.As many as 13,000 vouchers will be distributed in the EVS-Phase-VI in Lahore and 3,000 in Kasur.

Already, some 12,000 poor students are studying under this scheme in various Lahore schools costing around Rs54 million. Dawn

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Seminar at PU
Lahore: Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) will organise one-day seminar on 'Muslim Reformist Political Thought in Central Asia: Parallels with South Asia' today (Wednesday) at 10:45am in the seminar hall. Director Area Study (Russia, China & Central Asia) Prof Dr Sarfraz Khan will be the keynote speaker.

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Punjab workers education
Lahore: Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resources Muhammad Ashraf Khan Sohna has said that the government is providing educational facilities to more than 30,000 worker children in 38 Workers Welfare Schools along with free of cost books, stationary, uniform and transportation facilities.

Talking to a delegation of workers on Tuesday, the minister said workers should avail benefits from these facilities. He said education was the key to progress and prosperity, which could eliminate poverty and illiteracy from the society.

He said special seats for workers children were being reserved in the educational institutions and scholarships given to the talented students.

He said on going educational campaign would continue to create awareness among the workers regarding the importance of education would the achievement of its goals. The nation

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