FDE failed to reveal admission policy

FDE yet to finalise its admission policy
Islamabad, Mar 11: Despite the time for admissions in various classes is just around the corner, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is yet to finalise its admission policy after the change in the nomenclature of federal government academic institutions to Islamabad model education institutions.

According to information, the FDE has issued a detailed notification No F.4-263/11(Dev) dated February 17th, 2011, regarding the uniformity of education of all educational institutions of ICT under administrative control of FDE, but it has failed to reveal the admission policy to be followed after the change in the nomenclature.

The admission policy of federal government schools and model schools is altogether different. With the uniformity in education system, all schools have been given the name of model schools however, the admission policy is yet to be finalised despite the fact that the admissions in various classes would start from April 1.

The notification, which has been issued by FDE only includes the names of 418 education institutions that have been given the status of model institutions. However, the list which attached to the notification could also create ambiguity in future as it doesn't categorise them into two groups i.e. Islamabad Model Schools for Boys/ Girls (Class I-IV, I-VIII or VI-X) and Islamabad Model College for Boys/Girls (Classes XI-XII, XI-XIV or XI-XVI).

According to experts, the absence of categorisation would create problem in running the administrative affairs of the institutions in the future. "There should be a categorisation of education institutions so that there should be a clarity, as to who is looking after what institutions," said Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA) President Azhar Mahmood Awan.

The change in nomenclature doesn't only include the change of name but also change in admission policy, change in fee structure, change in syllabus and change in funds structure. "We are extremely worried as to why the admission policy has not been revealed till now. The new academic session is about to start and we are not sure of the policy," said Awan.

According to information, there was quite a difference between the fee structures of education institutions where federal government education institutions were charging only Rs30 per month while Model education institutions were charging Rs450 per month.

"We don't want a substantial increase in the fee as we are aware of the monetary situation of our people. What we want is slight increase in our fee structure and decrease in model schools fee structure," he added.

The other important thing that needs to be finalised before the commencement of new academic year is the unification of syllabus. What has been proposed by FGTA is the gradual unification of syllabus and medium initially at Class I and VI w.e.f. April 1, 2011 so that the whole system could be unified in phases.

Similarly the distribution of funds is also a question mark. Previously model education institutions were getting much more funds than federal government education institutions. "You can guess the disparity from here. They were charging more fees and getting more funds. In contrast with that federal government schools were charging minimal fee and fewer funds," said Awan.

FDE Director General Shaheen Khan said that the directorate was working extensively to finalise the policy. "We are hopeful that the admission policy for the new academic year world be announced in a day or two," she said.

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Ministry urged not to change name of FG schools
Islamabad: The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the Federal Government School, Nurpur Shahan, demanded of the Ministry of Education not to omit 'federal government' from the school names after the change in nomenclature of the federal government educational institutes to Islamabad model schools.

According to a press release, the PTA asserted that since the federal government was funding the federal government academic institutions hence its name should remain intact with the school. It said that the schools should be called federal government model schools instead of Islamabad model schools. "The change in name would not indicate as to which directorate or department is sponsoring or looking after the academic institutions," said PTA President Mahammad Hanif.

He said that the change in nomenclature would not be effective until the geographical area, controlling authority and functions of schools are not specified. "There are several schools in the capital which are affiliated and named after their controlling authorities like Bahria, Fazaia and OPF.

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Examiner learns a hard lesson
Rawalpindi: An education department official overseeing the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination was suspended after he caught the daughter of a politically influential person allegedly using unfair means in the English paper.

Ishtiaq Ahmed, who was posted at Government Boys High School, Parial village near Chontra on Wednesday, told media persons at the Rawalpindi Press Club that he was suspended by the controller of examinations, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), after he caught the daughter of Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, a close aide to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the opposition leader in National Assembly, using unfair means.

"While performing duty at the combined examination centre for boys and girls on March 7; I noticed a female examiner helping a candidate with Roll Number 725587 and stopped her," said Mr Ahmed, the headmaster of a government elementary school in Kotli Sattian.

He said as the candidate continued seeking help from the examiner, he took away her answer sheet and handed it over to the superintendent of the examination centre for necessary action. He alleged that Sheikh Aslam had threatened him with dire consequences.

On the other hand, the student's father said that it was an attempt to malign him politically as a teacher in the same school used the deputy superintendent to involve his daughter in the cheating case.

He said Mr Ahmed was not allowed to enter the female examination centre. "He snatched the answer sheet from my daughter and crossed all the blank pages without any reason."

He said had the examiner caught his daughter cheating, he should have filed an unfair means case against her.

When contacted, Controller of Examinations Abdul Sattar Rammay said he could not comment on the matter before visiting the centre and finding out the truth.

He said Mr Ahmed was suspended after the student alleged that he snatched the answer sheet and crossed the blank pages making it impossible for her to write on it. Dawn

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2 candidates held for unfair means in exams
Okara: Two candidates were arrested on the charge of using unfair means in the SSC annual examination. Atif Maqbool was found copying matter at Government High School Military Farms while Asif Sharif was caught on the same charge at Government High School Basirpur. Both the candidates were handed over to the police and cases were registered against them.

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Little Beaconites stun audience with their talent
Islamabad: Students of the Beaconhouse School System, Kindergarten Branch, F-8/2, mesmerised their parents at the Annual Parents Day here on Thursday.

The campus was decorated with colourful balloons and adornments. The guests were received at the gate by a schoolgirl dressed as a fairy. She gave scrolls of the programme to the incoming guests.

The programme started at the given time after the arrival of the chief guest, Shehar Majeed, head of the School Group III. She is attached with the Beaconhouse School System for twenty years.

The programme started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'aan and their meaning. Headmistress Fariha Usman welcomed the guests by saying that no stone is left unturned to groom the children and their abilities are polished in the best possible manner.

The students of Kindergarten, and classes one and two then showcased their skills in Taekwondo. The children broke the marble and wooden planks with their hands and freestyle kicks.

The Kindergarten class presented an English play 'The Giant Stew', which was complete with animal costumes. They also presented the song 'We Are the World' giving a message to the audience that everyone should get united to save the world. An Urdu poetry recitation 'Pahar aur Gulahree' was then presented by the KG students. It was amazing to see the young children reciting Urdu poetry of Allama Iqbal with such fluency. English poetry recitation 'Try Again' was also presented by the KG class. English play 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' was presented by students of classes one and two giving the message of fulfilling the promise. The Parents Day concluded with the Prize Distribution Ceremony 2009-2010.

The chief guest, Shehar Majeed, appreciated the tremendous efforts of students, principal and teachers for making the Parents Day a memorable event.

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HEC Promotion
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Selection Board has promoted Professor Syed Talat Khurshid to grade 21, says a press release issued here on Thursday. He was working in the HEC as director general development. Now he has assumed the charge of planning adviser. He had also served as director of the Federal College of Education.

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Students exhibit creative skills
Rawalpindi: The Annual Women's Week at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi ended in a festive manner here on Thursday. The last day of the three days activities began with the software programming competition, which provided a platform to the students to demonstrate their creative talent and skills. The theme of the competition was 'Flood Affectees Rehabilitation'. The competition was designed to test students' knowledge, endurance and business insight key skills that are required in the job market.

The participants exhibited immense talent and potential through work. Dr. Younas Javed, Assistant Dean of Computer Engineering E&ME College NUST, Rawalpindi was the chief guest.

FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan was also present on the occasion. The judges of the competition were Dr. Rahat Bukhari, Director Computer Centre; QAU, Islamabad, Asim Munir; Assistant Professor Department of Computer Sciences, IIUI and Nadeem Fahkhar; Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, FJWU.

Different universities participated in the competition. The winners of first prize Mehreen Bakht and Faiza Khan from FJWU, and being a host university, FJWU withdrew in favour of Saqlian Bhatti and M. Shakeeb from Federal Urdu University. The second prize went to Samia Ahmed and Hamda Binte Ajmal, Nust (Military College of Signals) and the recipient of the third prize were Mehreen Bakht and Faiza Khan, FJWU, Rawalpindi. The vice chancellor appreciated the participants. She gave away the prizes to the winners and encouraged them to carry forward the same enthusiasm and confidence in their professional lives.

Earlier, the second day of the Women's Week concluded with a 'Mehfil-e-Mushaira' in the evening. Sarwat Mouhiddin, a Punjabi poet was the chief guest. The panel of the judges comprised Mehmooda Ghazia, Director of Pakistan National Council of Arts and Dr. Shamim Zaidi, Chairperson of Communication and Media Studies, FJWU.

The topic of the Nazam was 'Gar tou Bura na Manay'. For 'ghazal' category, the theme was 'Subha k rang se ao muje tasveer kro'. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the participants. In the category of 'ghazal', as per decision of the judges, first position went to Saba Shahid, GC University, Faisalabad while Shama Mohammad, Punjab University secured second position and Saliha Zafar, Islamia University, Bhawalpur got third position. Shehla Kanwal, Gomal University, Dera Ismael Khan got first prize while Haq Nawaz, Azad Jammu Kashmir University was declared second. Mohammad Umer Asfar, GC University, Faisalabad secured third position. The winning trophy was given to GC University, Faisalabad.

In the mastermind quiz, which was held later in the day, Islamic International University, Islamabad won the title of the event whereas Punjab University, Lahore was runner-up. Total, five teams from different institutions participated in the competition with zeal and zest. In three rounds teams were asked questions from different categories including general knowledge, current affairs, sports, arts and culture, science, literature, history and Pakistan etc.

The last day of the Women's Week concluded with enthralling performance of the participants in the singing competition. The competition was divided into two categories. Shazia Manzoor was the chief guest. The judges of singing competition included Shahanshah Niazi, Rizwanul Haq and Basit Subhani. The news

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