FDE schools, colleges Class 1 admission

Class 1 admission started
Islamabad, March 15: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has said forms for admission to class one in all the model colleges, including the re-designated Islamabad model schools, for session 2011-12 will be issued from March 15.

The admission forms available in all schools and colleges can be submitted from March 18 to April 2.

The placement test will be conducted in all the institutes on April 6 while the list of successful candidates will be displayed on April 12. Classes will commence from April 18.

The children of parents living in Islamabad and of federal government employees residing in Rawalpindi are eligible to apply for the admissions.

The age limit for the admissions is minimum five years and maximum six years on March 31 with 90 days relaxation in lower and upper age limits.

To ensure uniformity in education system in Islamabad capital territory, the re-designated model schools/colleges have been declared as English medium on the directives of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. app

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Recruitment of teachers delayed again
Rawalpindi: The students of government high schools as well as municipal academic institutions would continue to suffer in the board examinations because of shortage of teachers of different subjects.

The process for filling the vacant posts has been delayed for a couple of months. Sources said here on Monday that the process of filling the vacant posts of teachers in the Punjab government and municipal schools of the Rawalpindi district was to start this month. However it has been delayed till the end of April or May on the orders of the Punjab government. The problem of shortage of teachers occurred some two years ago and since then the provincial government and the education department have failed to fill the posts, sources added. There is still a shortage of 1,000 teachers of different subjects in these schools affecting the studies of the students.

Executive Director (Education) Qazi Zahoor ul Haq confirmed that the process of filling the posts of teachers would now begin at the end of April or some time in May as per decision of the Punjab government. He also did not refute that the process of filling the posts is being delayed for the last 18 months only due to financial constraints. Though the total number posts is not being filled, however, on the orders of the provincial government, the education directorate is recruiting about 73 science teachers in different schools and applications in this regard have already been invited, he said.

The induction of teachers would be made purely on merit, which also goes in the interest of students, he said. The recruitment of teachers should be made on merit instead of any political intervention as those inducted on political basis affect the studies of the students.

The standard of education in government schools could not be improved till induction of teachers on merit, he said. He added that fees being charged from students is meagre - Rs20 in English medium and Rs1 in Urdu medium government schools. It should be enhanced to at least Rs100 per student in English medium schools and Rs50 for Urdu medium schools. "This would help us in meeting the expenditures, including renovation, repair of school buildings and furniture.

Though the government allocates over Rs400 million for renovation, repair and upgradation of schools, however, this amount is not enough to meet the demands. It is all happening due to financial constraints, Qazi Zahoor stated.

When asked why students studying in government high schools have never secured top positions in the board examinations, the EDO said that good students prefer to study in private institutions while those having no other option join government schools, thus failing to come up to the mark. This system needs to be improved for making the standard of education better in government schools, he added.

He said that out of the total government schools in the Rawalpindi district, 60 per cent have been converted into English medium while the remaining would also be converted by the end of the current year. In all, over 35,000 students are enrolled in government and municipal schools in the Rawalpindi district in more than 2,307 institutions.

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Improper appointments at KUST alleged
Peshawar: The management of Kohat University for Science and Technology has been accused of gross violation in appointments against various administrative and other positions. Some of the officials have been reappointed after reaching the age of superannuation against the Supreme Court verdict, sources said.

The registrar of the university Tariq Saleem Qasuria has been reappointed on contract twice after his retirement in August last year, the sources said. "The registrar was given six-month extension after his retirement, which expired in February last. He is still holding the office in violation of the Supreme Court verdict about reappointment of the retired officials," an official at the university said while requesting not to be named.

The university also set a new tradition by appointing Dr Taslim Hussain as associate professor in 2008 without following any procedure, the sources said, adding that he had been hired despite not fulfilling the criteria for the position.

Appointed as associate profession in violation of all rules and regulations, Taslim Hussain was promoted as full professor in December last without having 10-year post PhD experience, which is a pre-requisite for the position, the sources added.

The position of station manager of the university's radio had not been advertised and Kamran Khattak, close relative of a senior leader of the ruling Awami National Party, was appointed against it, the sources said.

The sources also revealed that Asia Bokhari had been serving as deputy director quality enhancement cell despite the fact that the selection board of the university rejected her twice in 2007 and 2010.

None of the high-ups of the university could be reached on all their available contact numbers for comments. Vice-chancellor of the university Prof Dr Nasir Jamal was not present in his office, while nobody was receiving phone call at his contact numbers in Peshawar. The registrar was out of his office and his cell phone was not responding. An official at the registrar's office suggested calling another official at the library section, but he too was not available.

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Students thrash professor for obscene calls
Rahimyar Khan: Students beat up a professor for allegedly making obscene calls to a female student of Government Khawaja Fareed Postgraduate College here on Monday.

Zahid Akhtar Shaheen, a professor of Urdu Department, tried to develop relations with an MA student who repeatedly asked him not to disturb her. On the day of the incident, the professor made derogatory remarks against the entire students who strongly protested against the remarks. In the meanwhile, a female student informed her colleagues about the obscene calls the professor had made to her. She presented the recorded calls to her colleagues who started beating the professor with kicks and shoes after locking the door of the classroom.

When Urdu Department Head Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Azmi listened to the hue and cry, he rushed to the classroom. One of the students informed Azmi about the matter, but he rebuked the student who started beating Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Azmi. The news

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