Matriculation exam conducted 'smoothly'
Lahore, March 08: The English (compulsory) paper for the matriculation annual examination 2011 held smoothly across Punjab with only 21 reported unfair means cases, including six of impersonation.
However, according to a private TV channel, many students could not be issued roll number slips and had to face problems while appearing in the exam at various centres in the city. Many of them were reportedly later allowed to appear in the second group (afternoon).
The higher education department's monitoring cell claims that not a single student was disallowed to appear for the annual examination due to non-availability of roll number slips.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said provincial ministers and advisors had been sent to various divisions to monitor the ongoing matriculation examination.
He was chairing a meeting to review the conduct of matriculation examination here on Monday.
He said he himself would pay surprise visits to different examination centres.
He directed the officials concerned that all the eight education boards must ensure foolproof examination arrangements and curb the use of unfair means by candidates. He said the examination system should be purged of booti (cheating) mafia at any cost.
The chief minister said computerisation of examination system was a good step that would help bring further transparency to the process.
Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, additional secretary education and other officers concerned were present on the occasion.
Mr Rehman said 1.918 million candidates were appearing for the matriculation examination this year. He also briefed the chief minister about the arrangements made for the conduct of examinations. Dawn
Matric exams' postponement
Lahore: Lahore High Court's (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Monday issued notices to all the intermediate and secondary education boards in Punjab on an application requesting to postpone the matric exams, which have already started, and abolishment of the new system of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) for class 10th. The judge directed the respondent boards to file their replies by March 9. He issued the direction while hearing an application moved by Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique, who is also the Judicial Activism Panel chairman. Siddique had filed the application in his already pending petition of the same nature before the LHC. He said, to solve the newly introduced objective type questions, students needed to be experts at drawing.
Siddique alleged that administrations of all the boards seemed to have decided to create problems for students. He said that the students needed more time to understand to the new system. He submitted that first the administration introduced the provision of the B-Form as compulsory for admissions and later, they announced that students would submit admission forms through the Internet, which also added to their sufferings. The system of submitting forms online has failed, he said. He pointed out that the majority of students could not get their roll number slips and had to visit the board offices many times and many were forced to bribe officials to get their slips. He requested the court to order these boards to withdraw the newly introduced pattern of MCQs and stay holding of the exams til the final decision. Daily times
Morning session students allowed exam in evening
Lahore: The issue of roll number slips continued dominating the ongoing matriculation annual examination 2011 on Monday as dozens of candidates, who could not get their roll number slips, had to sit in the evening session of the exam.
Authorities of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore passed special instructions to the examination staff in all the exam centres to allow a candidate of morning session to sit in the evening session if he/she had got the roll number slip on Monday morning.The compulsory paper of English was held on Monday in which thousands of candidates appeared unlike the first day when papers of minor subjects were held.
It is pertinent to mention here that owing to the new online system of registration for the exam, thousands of candidates from all the eight BISEs of the province faced great trouble in getting their roll number slips. The annual exam started on March 5, 2011 (Saturday) while many of the students who could not get their roll number slips received the same by Sunday and even on Monday morning.
The new system has received strong criticism by the stakeholders, especially the students, not only because of delay in issuance of roll number slips but also because of the blatant errors, adding to the miseries of the candidates.
A BISE official said instructions were passed so that no candidate should miss his/her exam, claiming not a single candidate was now left without a roll number slip. Meanwhile, the BISE Lahore authorities claimed that the paper of subject of English was held successfully under strict vigilance of the supervisory staff at 624 centres in all the five districts falling under the jurisdiction of BISE Lahore for matriculation exam.
According to a press release by BISE Lahore, the superintendent of a centre established at the Government Degree College, Sharaqpur, Sheikhupura, informed the BISE Lahore's authorities that during the morning session of the exam, some elements, other than students, had tried to disrupt the examination. Consequently, the police concerned was asked to make arrangements to deal with any untoward incident. The press release further read that police authorities were already informed that the centre had been declared "Hard" and they must deploy sufficient police force for warding off miscreants.
CM to visit exam centres
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the provincial ministers and advisors have been sent to various divisions for monitoring the matriculation examination and he will also pay surprise visits to different examination centres.
He said foolproof arrangements should be made for checking the use of unfair means in the examination and Booti mafia should be rooted out at any cost.
The CM stated this while presiding over a meeting to review the arrangements of Matric examination-2011 here on Monday.He said that computerisation of examination system was a good step which would bring further transparency to the system.
Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that 19,18,000 students were appearing in Matric examination this year. He also gave details of the arrangements made in this regard.
PU body fears 'favouritism' in recruitment
Lahore: Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (ASA) has expressed concern over the varsityÝs advertisement about some teaching posts.
The ASA circulated a pamphlet among the PU faculty members on Monday, criticizing the varsityÝs vice-chancellor.
According to ASA, the advertisement did not mention the total number of posts, expressing apprehension that some blue-eyed persons might be favoured.
The pamphlet claimed that the posts were advertised without taking the ASA into confidence.
Terming the advertisement a 'lollypop', the ASA office bearers ˝ including its president Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar and secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar ˝ said that, out of 35 demands of the Academic Staff Association, not a single had been fulfilled yet.
However, a senior professor of the Punjab University said the advertisement was based on criteria approved by the varsity syndicate and was being followed over the years. He said it was strange that the ASA was politicizing the issue without any justification. The news
PU announces results
Lahore: PU Examinations Department has announced the results of LLB, Part-III, Special Annual Examinations 2010 held in Stockholm, Sweden and Sydney, Australia, and BSc Special Annual Examination 2010 held in Toronto, Canada. Detailed results are also available at PU website.
Lahore: PU Examinations Department has announced the revised written exam date-sheet of MCom, First Year (Part-I), Second Annual Examination 2010. The exam will commence from March 10 and conclude on March 28. Detailed date-sheet is also available at PU website. The nation
KEMU Book fair
Lahore: Two days long "Book Fair 2011" has been opened at King Edward Medical University (KEMU) here on Monday.
Addressing students after inaugurating the book fair, Vice Chancellor KEMU Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan said that the importance of books was still intact in this modern era. "A book reader learns about the positive aspect of society and religion," he added. Prof Syed Muhammad Awais, Chairman Library Committee said that purpose of this book fair was to emphasise the importance of books among students.
The VC also inaugurated a 12-day training course on "Incorporated In formation in Education", which was being conducted in collaboration with Higher Education Commission. As many as 25 participants are attending the course.
Lahore: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore and the Promotion of Education in Pakistan (PEP) Foundation Inc New York/Karachi for the establishment of BNU Student Fund. According to a press statement, Dr Khalid Iqbal, president of PEP Foundation Inc and Sartaj Aziz, BNU vice chancellor, signed the MoU. The news
Schoolteachers, their demands and responsibilities
Schoolteachers are protesting for quite a while and have a long list of issues ranging from timely payment of allowances, promotions, implementation of a package and incentives, regularisation and revision of pay scales to policy decisions like keeping former MCL cadre headmasters' posts vacant for years, appointment of graduate teachers as headmasters in primary schools and their powers to get teachers transferred under the cover of rationalisation.
Teachers are also critical of government's decision of not allowing Urdu medium classes along with English medium classes and taking disciplinary action against head teachers if computers are stolen from the labs of their schools. They also say the government should eliminate the role of NGOs and monitoring cells in schools.
Teachers' representatives say the Punjab school education department is not sincere in accepting their 'genuine' demands and they are compelled to come out on roads.
Schoolteachers, under the banner of Punjab Teachers Union and Joint Action Committee, have already stepped up their protest and organised a token hunger strike camp in front of the Punjab Assembly on March 3. They have plans to organise similar protest and hunger strike camps in front of the Punjab Assembly on March 10, 12 and 24. After these protests, teachers have plans to intensify their protest campaign by staging demonstrations at division level and a final show down with a protest demonstration and protest rally on The Mall from Nasser Bagh to Faisal Chowk in front of the Punjab Assembly. PTU and JAC leaders Rana Muhammad Arshad, Rana Liaquat Ali and Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi say the bureaucracy is continuously ignoring teachers and their problems. As a result, a number of teachers are retiring from service waiting for their due promotion. They say teachers have already been pushed against the wall due to massive inflation and price-hike.
Punjab school education department secretary Alam Kamboh, however, has a different story to tell and says that no collective issue of teachers is pending at the provincial or district level. He says teachers are getting promotions after the department recently completed in-service promotion cases across Punjab for teachers serving in BPS-17 and above. Similarly, he said, most district administrations had solved teachers' problems. "I am ready to talk to district coordination officers concerned if teachers identify their problems," he said.
At the provincial level, he said all policies had been laid down and teachers' issues were being considered and resolved in a systematic manner. Stating that there are various matters that persisted for one teacher or another, the secretary says protests by associations and unions are more of an exercise to keep their leadership alive. He says there is no teacher who can say he has not got his salary, mobility allowance or any other allowance well in time.
He says matriculate schoolteachers are drawing Rs25,000 to Rs30,000 salary, high schoolteachers about Rs60,000 and headmasters about Rs90,000 a month. "The teachers are drawing packages, which are even better than the packages offered by elite private schools," he said. He, however, regrets that these teachers never came forward to say that they will perform their duties diligently, improve public schools' students learning indicators and restore public confidence in government schools. "The government is still looking for such a gesture from teachers and their leaders, who are so far busy in protests," he says. Dawn