Schools closed in hundreds for want of teachers
Peshawar, March 25: Shortage of teachers has closed 367 primary schools in the Frontier province, depriving over 36,700 children of education.
Sources said more than 30 primary schools had been closed in the provincial capital alone.
Schools were being closed for the last few years because of non-availability of teachers. That not only put the future of students at stake but also set decay in the school buildings for lack of repairs.
The miseries of students have increased manifold since militants started blowing and torching educational institutions in parts of Frontier province, already short of primary schools. The closure of such a large number of schools owing to non-availability of teachers has alarmingly increased the drop out rate.
"Most of the closed schools are located in the far-off areas. Teachers from these schools have been transferred to cities purely on political grounds," sources said. They added that teachers serving in cities were getting different allowances.
The Elementary and Secondary Education department had appointed teachers in all the closed schools, which remained functional for many years after their establishment. But almost all of these teachers managed to get themselves transferred to other schools of their choices, mostly in urban areas, leaving 367 schools closed.
The parents couldn't admit their children to the schools located at a long distance from their respective villages due to security reasons, an educationist, wishing not to be named, said.
He linked the growing rate of child labour with the non-availability of teachers and lack of primary schools in the province.
The director Education Sector Reforms Unit, Raja Saad Khan, said that teachers didn't to be posted in far-flung areas. The phenomenon had aggravated the situation, he added.
According to him teachers don't want to perform duty at remote areas owing to security reasons and non-viability of transport. The government was working on various options to ensure availability of teachers in the closed schools across the province, he said.
Mr Khan said that additional teachers serving in the schools located in city areas would be transferred to closed schools in rural areas on priority basis.
"We are also recruiting teachers on emergency ground in different districts to overcome the shortage of teachers," he added. The third option was to authorise the Parent Teacher Council at school levels to appoint teachers in the closed schools on fixed salaries, he said.
The government was also in contact with the NGOs to help it in providing teachers in the far-off areas, he said. He hoped that within one year all the closed schools would be made functional. Dawn
Punjab University 118th Convocation 2010
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over a meeting of the Convocation Committee for 118th Convocation 2010 in New Campus here on Wednesday.
In addition to Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch., Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan and Controller Prof Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Conveners of Reception, Stage, Hall, Address, Parking and Transport Committees were also present.
Governor Punjab/Chancellor Punjab University Mr. Salman Taseer will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch gave a comprehensive presentation on the progress made by respective conveners of committees with regard to the convocation arrangements.
Expressing his satisfaction over the arrangements, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the student community would exhibit exemplary discipline and decorum during the convocation in keeping with the glorious traditions of their alma mater. It was also decided that the participating students will not be allowed to take mobile phones in the hall.
The full dress rehearsal of 118th convocation will be held on Friday, March 26 in the Faisal Auditorium where degrees will be awarded to 139 PhD scholars, 297 MPhil students, 310 Master and 138 Undergraduate students while 142 gold medals would be awarded to top position holders.
Probe into killing of Peshawar varsity student ordered
Peshawar: NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani on Wednesday directed the Governor's Inspection Team to hold an inquiry into the incident that led to the killing of a student of NWFP University of Engineering and Technology and subsequent violence on the campus and fix responsibilities for individual and collective administrative lapses.
A meeting of all the vice-chancellors of the varsities on the University of Peshawar Campus presided over by the governor also decided that the campus varsities would remain closed till further orders.
The governor directed that respective administrations of the universities shall keep on monitoring the situation and when the situation improves, reopening of the university campus would be considered.
He categorically said that if the students and faculty failed to improve the situation on the campus and hostels, option of converting universities into only daytime institutions would be considered and all hostels would be converted to academic blocks and laboratories.
The governor also expressed shock and grief over the death of Adnan Qadir, a final year UET student, who died as a result of a clash between two student groups in the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology. He expressed sympathies with the family of the deceased student.
UET Vice-Chancellor Imtiaz Hussain Gilani briefed the governor about the facts of the incident and various administrative steps taken by universities of the campus. The governor said strict actions needed to be taken after the tragedy to avert similar incidents in future.Your Comments
FAS to help poor students
Rawalpindi: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has formally launched the sixth phase of Foundation Assisted Schools Programmes (FAS) aimed at providing assistance to 45,000 students of private schools of Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Bhakhar. The agreement was inked here at regional office of the foundation. Chairman PEF Raja Mohammad Anwar, MD Mohiuddin Wani and management of partner schools participated in the ceremony. The news
Punjab Textbook Board Seminar
LAHORE, March 24: Sibte Hasan of the Punjab Textbook Board will conduct a seminar on "The Politics of Textbooks" at the Ali Institute of Education, Ferozepur Road, near Gulab Devi Hospital, from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday (25-March). Dawn
Essay contest results announced
Peshawar: The Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran has announced results of the essay contest on the topic 'Islamic unity in the light of Holy Quran and Sunnah'.
According to the results, the first prize worth Rs25,000 was won by Dr Muhammad Wasim Akbar, Chairman, Department of Journalism, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan. Three contestants got second position and the prize money of Rs20,000 would be distributed among them. The position holders included Muhammad Shoaib from Wah Cantonment, Muhammad Hassan Hasrat from Skardu and Ibrar Khattak of Government Postgraduate College, Mardan.
Three participants shared the third position and the amount of the prize Rs15,000 will be equally distributed among them. They are Anila Bano of City Girls College Peshawar, Inam Hussain from Rawalpindi and Sidra Sadiq of the University of Peshawar.
The prizes would be given in a ceremony organised in connection with Teachers' Day in the first week of May. The Iranian Cultural Centre congratulated the winners and appreciated all the participants. The news
Two IIUI professors made shariah judges
Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardadi has appointed two senior academicians Dr Mehmood Ahmad Ghazi and Dr Muhammad Al-Ghazali of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) as judges of the Federal Shariah Court and the Supreme Court Shariah Appellate Bench respectively.
According to press release issued on Wednesday, Ghazi was presently working at IIUI as Professor of Shariah and Law. He also remained IIUI President for two years from 2004 to 2006 and IIUI Vice President (Academics) from 1994-2004. He also headed the university's Dawah Academy as Director General. Dr Ghazali was presently working as Professor of the Islamic Studies at Islamic Research Institute of the university.
Meanwhile, IIUI in connection with its Silver Jubilee celebrations will hold a function for male students in connection with Pakistan Day today (Thursday), at 11.30am at its Student Activity Centre, Sector H-10.
IIUI President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui will preside over the ceremony while IIUI Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik will speak on "Pre-Requisites for Stability of Pakistan and Current National and International Challenges". Daily times