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Matric part II exams end
Lahore, March 21: Matriculation (Part-II) Annual Examination,
2011, under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore,
concluded with the last paper of Pakistan Studies on Saturday. A total of 21
cases of unfair means were detected during the exam while the board authorities
had also lodged FIRs against four candidates on charges of impersonation in the
exam. Matriculation (Part-I) Annual Examination, 2011, will commence from March
21 for which the Lahore BISE has set up 913 examination centres while 249,534
candidates are likely to appear in the exam.
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100pc primary enrolment still a pipedream
Lahore: Primary schools are a basic unit of education and an important instrument for imparting
literacy, however, over the years the required expansion at this level vis-á-vis
increase in primary school enrolment has not been achieved by successive
If the prevailing trend continued, it will be total defiance
of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) one of which pertains to achieving
universal primary education and the relevant target i.e "ensure that all boys
and girls complete a full course of primary schooling by 2015."
stated by Punjab University's Faculty of Education Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad
Iqbal. He said, "Education is a
fundamental human right. In addition to the Islamic injunctions, verses from the
Holy Quran and the sayings of our Prophet (PBUH), Pakistan was mandated under
various international conventions to provide equal access to education to all of
its citizens without discrimination."
Prof Iqbal was of the view that
illiteracy not only hindered the development of full potential of the
individuals and their participation in society, but also had repercussion
throughout life. "Illiteracy affects personal and family life of the
individuals, deprive them of the benefits of development and hinders the
enjoyment of other human rights", he said.
international commitments, the senior academician further said the country was a
signatory of two important documents pertaining to the provision of education to
its citizen; the World Declaration on Education for All, Jomtien 1990 and the
Dakar Framework of Action 2000.
It is pertinent to mention here that
Jomtien conference reaffirmed the right of every person to receive the education
which satisfies his or her basic learning needs and this declaration announced
six goals of education for all to be achieved by 2015.
These EFA goals
are: expanding early childhood care and education, providing free and compulsory
primary education for all, promoting learning and life skills for young people
and adults, increasing adult literacy by 50 percent from the level of 1990,
achieving gender parity by 2005 and gender equality 2015 and improving the
quality of education."
Prof Iqbal further said ten year later, the Dakar
Framework of Action (Senegal, 2000) was announced in which international
community once more established illiteracy as a priority issue and also set a
number of goals to be achieved by the year 2015.
He was of the view that
by signing these two documents, the international community, including Pakistan,
affirmed their commitment to eradicate illiteracy within a stipulated period of
One of the goals pertains to achievement of universal primary
education required increase in net enrolment ratio in primary education and
improvement of the completion rate of primary schooling, he said, adding that
however the same seems to be ignored by those at the helm.
MDGs, Pakistan is expected to achieve 100 percent net primary enrolment rate by
2015, and 100 percent completion/survival rate to grade 5 by the same year. In
terms of literacy, Pakistan is expected to achieve overall 88 percent literacy
rate for people aged 10+ years. Prof Iqbal, who has 52 research articles to his
credit of which a good number are published in foreign journals, said that in
order to achieve steady progress in connection with MDGs, Pakistan announced two
education policies in 1992 and 1998-2010 and a number of development plan,
including National Plan of Action 2001-2015 and Education Sector Reforms.
These plans set different dates to achieve Millennium Development
Targets, he said, adding that however the analysis of available data reveals
that progress of Pakistan is not only unsatisfactory; "rather we are away from
achieving these goals by 2015."
He was of the view that the literacy rate
in Pakistan increased over the years, but because of high population growth
rate, the absolute number of illiterate also increased.
"At present, the
literacy rate of 10+ age population as well as the net enrolment rate at primary
level is 57 percent, with higher gender disparity in literacy rate than in
primary enrolment rate. Overall literacy rate is higher in Punjab and Sindh, and
the lowest (45 percent) in Balochistan. Achievement of MDGs requires an
expansion of primary education opportunities for all children and reducing the
dropout rate", he added.
Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal said after 9/11,
Pakistan received a lot of aid for various sectors, including education. There
was a huge campaign for increasing educational opportunities for different age
population. The slogan of 'Parah Likha Punjab' (Literate Punjab) was raised very
vigorously. However, the available statistics regarding primary schools in
Pakistan reveals a negative trend, he adds. Elaborating the data, he said that
during the Musharaf government, instead of expanding primary education in public
sector, the number of primary schools rather decreased, from 159,330 in 1998-99
to 156,400 in 2009-10.
He said Musharaf government implemented a
devolution plan on the pretext that the decentralization process would enable
the district governments to effectively manage the education system. However,
the devolution policy resulted in decreasing the enrolment rate especially in
public school and closure of about 3,000 schools during the last decade, he
Against about 29 percent increase in the primary school enrolment,
about two percent decrease in the number of primary schools was observed during
the same period, said Prof Iqbal, warning if the same trend continued, this
would be in total defiance of the Millennium Development Goals.
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Class II books based on old curriculum
Lahore: The textbooks
of Class-II for the upcoming academic session (2011-12), starting from April,
will be based on old curriculum, says a Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) press
release issued here on Saturday.
The board could not ensure publication
of Class-2 textbooks under Textbook & Learning Material Policy and Plan of
Action 2007, as the NOCs from the Federal Ministry of Education in this regard
were received quite late this year, the PR adds.
It says the PTB
publishes around 80 million textbooks a year for which a period of around four
months is required. The last NOC from the Federal Ministry of Education for
textbooks of Class-2 was received by Punjab Textbook Board on February 26 Ů
making it impossible to publish the books in time.
for Class-2 are being published under the old curriculum and will be available
for students from new academic session starting from the 1st of AprilÓ, the
statement concludes. The news
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111th GCU annual sports gala concludes
Lahore: The tug of war remained the most enthralling event
at the closing ceremony of the 111th annual sports of the Government College
University (GCU) on its Oval ground on Sunday.
Most of the contestants on each side of the rope were grey-hair and Old
Ravians dragged GCU sports board members over the central line.
Old Ravians team consisted of Colonel Rafi Naseem (retired), Barrister
Zafarullah, Cdr Akbar Naqi
(retired), Muhammad Ahmad Chahchar, Humayoun
Rehman, Azhar Khwaja, S. Sayed, B.
Zahrullah, Sufi Dilawar, Dr Asghar Javed, Mazhar Saeed, Naqi Mohsin, Shahid
Mirza, Naeem Zafar, Najam Latif, Asif Saeed, Humayoun, Hamza Sufi, Mazhar Saeed
and Mazhar Sahi while staff members' squad consisted of Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt,
Dr Nouman Sarwar, Prof Khadim Ali Khan, Dr Saqif Nafees, Dr Shafique Ajmi, Amir
Sanaullah, Dr Aminul Haq Khan, Nadeem Sheikh, Dr Hassan Ameer Shah, Dr Iqbal
Saqib, Asif Saeed, Yousaf Bashir, Ehtesham Jan Butt, Dr Khurram Shabbir, Shakeel
Mehmmod and Ali Iqtadar Mirza.
The Oval resounded with whistles, shriekes and shouts during the gymnastics
display, and staff members' race which was won by Persian department chairperson
Dr Iqbal Saqib.
The political science department lifted the general trophy while students
biotechnology department stood first among girls.
Khursheed Ahmed of the political science department was declared best athlete
with three gold medals while Muhammad Zeeshan of geography department was
declared second best athlete with two gold medals. Intermediate students topped
the four-legged race; Chatti Race was won by history department's Sadaf Aslam,
obstacle race by Zeeshan Akram of geography department, handicap race by Old
Ravian Humayuon Rasheed and musical chairs event by Khusboo Khalid Butt of
computer sciences department.
According to other results announced by sports director Khadim Ali Khan, the
Urdu department got second position among boys with 1,232 points while economics
remained third among 26 departments taking part in the annual gala.
Punjab education minister Main Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, who is also an Old
Ravian, was the chief guest at the ceremony.
Speaking at the occasion, he urged the students to participate in sports
activities. "Sports give new dimensions to the human mind and open new avenues
and horizons to think," said the minister.
GCU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq said sports help promote tolerance
and encourage spirit of healthy competitiveness. "Sportsmanship is more
important than winning an event," said Dr Haq. Dawn
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APTECH launches two centres in Lahore
Lahore: APTECH Computer Education
launched two centres in Lahore on Sunday. University of Central Punjab Vice
Chancellor Syed Tahir Hijazi inaugurated the campuses. On the occasion, APTECH
Pakistan Country Head Iqbal Yousaf, said that the future of the country's
economy depends on the growth of information technology, and APTECH had been
contributing in building the future of the nation by producing locally trained
skilled human resource in IT. He elaborated that APTECH imparts IT education
across the world and has a network of more than 2,500 training centres in five
continents. Daily times
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Cheating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa SSC exams Boards to face music
Peshawar: Following complaints,
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to establish an inquiry committee
for probing cheating on the part of Boards of Intermediate and Secondary
Education in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations,
The complaints against boards pertain to the change by them of
superintendents and deputy superintendents of examination, who are now deputed
by the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) department to ensure
transparency in the examinations.
Under the new rules, the boards are not allowed to change the superintendents
of examination halls, who are selected by the E&SE department through a
The decision to conduct an investigation was taken after the secretariat of
the E&SE department got reports that the administrations of BISEs had
replaced the recommended superintendents for examination halls in some places.
Prior to this policy, it was the domain of the boards to depute the
superintendents of examination.
When asked why rest of the invigilation staff was not recruited through the
computerided draw, officials in the education department said that the
department lacked capacity to select the entire staff for the examinations
It was a clear instruction of the education department for the administration
of the boards that "these selected superintendents and deputy superintendents
will be mandatory, non-transformable and unchangeable except for some cogent
reasons," officials said.
They said that only female staff could be changed in case of their maternity
leave and male staff when their relatives were taking examination in the same
The education department has also directed the administrations of the boards
to explain the reasons for substitution of the superintendents and deputy
superintendents. The boards' administrations in their reply have said that they
made substitutions when some superintendents deputed through computerised draw
refused to perform exam duty for one or the other reason.
"Now the inquiry committee will investigate the officials concerned and those
superintendents who have refused to perform duty to ascertain why the boards
violated the E&SE department's instructions," the sources said.
The inquiry committee would also recheck the superintending staff at the
examination halls with the list of officials deputed through computerised draw
to locate those substituted for the deputed staff. The sources said that the
provincial government was very serious about the matter and the administration
officials of boards and the staff, which refused performing duty as
superintendents in the SSC examinations, would face strict punishment if proved
guilty. Even such officials could be terminated from service under the NWFP
Removal from Service Ordinance (special power) 2000, as amended in 2001.
When asked why the power of deputing superintendents was withdrawn from the
boards, the sources said that there were plenty of complaints against the boards
concerning taking bribes from the staff for deputing them in examinations halls
of their choice. There are also reports that the boards depute invigilators in
private schools according to the wishes of the owners of the schools so they
could show 'excellent results', the officials said.
There are eight Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, BISE Peshawar, Bannu, Abbottabad, Kohat, Malakand, Dera Ismail
Khan, Swat and Mardan. These boards have established 1,901 centres in the
province for the SSC examinations. Dawn
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Invigilators transferred for not allowing cheating
Charsadda: Invigilators performing duties at a girls' school were reportedly transferred for not
allowing the students to use unfair means, a teacher confided on Saturday.
Pleading anonymity, the teachers said they were performing
duties as invigilators at the Government Girls High School in Mandani area of
Charsadda district where students of Grade IX and X were taking their annual
examination. They said that students of some private schools were also taking
examination at the hall of the government school and the management of a private
school exerted pressure on them to allow their students use unfair
The teachers said they did not allow the staff members of the
school to enter the examination hall and dissuaded the students from cheating.
The management of the school, they said, got them replaced with "cooperative
staff", who reportedly allowed students to cheat in the examination.
contacted, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Peshawar
Controller of Examinations Islamuddin said a deputy secretary had issued the
orders pertaining to the transfer of the invigilators. He said officials at the
BISE did not have any complaint about the transferred invigilators. On being
contacted, the superintendent of the examination hall refused to comment on the
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Appointments made on merit: KUST admin
Kohat: The administration of the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) has
clarified that appointments in the university had been made as per rules. A
statement said that proper procedure as laid down in the KUST Ordinance 2001 and
KUST statues 2006 and approved by the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who is
Chancellor of all public universities in the province including KUST, was
observed in making the appointments. It added that the appointments were made in
accordance with the set selection criteria and procedure and with the approval
of the syndicate, which is the governing body in case of Kohat University of Science and Technology. The news
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