Rawalpindi private schools closure | inter practical test
Owners, teachers protest as future of 150,000 students at stake
Rawalpindi, May 05: The Rawalpindi Private Schools Educational Society, along with
other private school organisations, held a 'protest march' here on Monday
against the closure of academic institutions in the city and raised slogans
against the administration for its 'wrong decision'.
Raising slogans, the
protesters expressed concern over the decision and said that it would jeopardise
the future of more than 150,000 students, who are getting education in more than
918 private schools in the city.
A large number of teachers and owners of
different private schools, carrying banners and placards, marched from the
Rawalpindi Press Club to Moti Plaza on Benazir Bhutto Road. Traffic remained
blocked for half an hour due to it.
The protest rally was led by Acting
President of RAPS Nasreen Tariq, Senior Vice President Asia Talha, General
Secretary Asif Mehmood and Tehmina Malik. The protesters raised slogans,
including 'Open the Schools', 'Don't Play with the Future of Children' and
'Spread Education,' on the occasion. After the 'march,' RAPS office-bearers
talked to journalists.
RAPS Acting President Nasreen Tariq said that the future of more than 150,000 students, studying in 918 private
institutions, was at stake as the cantonment administration had issued notices
to owners of all schools in residential areas to close down their premises
immediately. She said that the administration had already sealed five schools in
different localities of the city.
She said that at present there is no
valid policy under the Cantonment Ordinance 2002 that provides for establishment
of private schools in cantonment areas. The office of the station commander
issued standard operating procedures (SOS) in 2004, under which private schools
were issued no-objection certificates (NOCs) for operation in cantonment areas.
But there are problems with this process like the issuance of NOC is
discretionary and depends on the whims of the station commander or the influence
of the party seeking the NOC. Secondly, the NOC is issued for periods of one,
two or three years. Once it expires, the station commander can always refuse to
extend it further, she said.
She said that owners of schools are neither
being issued new NOCs nor old ones are being renewed. This issue has further
been compounded with the sealing and forced closure of schools. The reason cited
for the action is that these schools are causing security and traffic problems
as they are situated in residential areas. She said that security and traffic
problems are a national dilemma and the presence of schools in residential areas
is no problem, so there is no need to close them down.
She said that not
only students but more than 20,000 teachers and other staff members working in
educational institutions would be affected with the closure of schools. She
urged the cantonment administration to reopen all closed schools immediately,
hold talks with private school managements and cancel the orders of issuing
notices to school administrations in future.
RAPS General Secretary Asif
Mehmood said that the cantonment administration should think about the future of
students studying in private schools.
When contacted, Rawalpindi
Cantonment Board (RCB) Chief Executive Officer Shaikh Shahid Bashir said that they are taking action against private schools according to the
government policy. They are taking action on public complaints that schools in
residential areas are creating problems for them. Getting an NOC is a must for
schools otherwise they would face closure. Crackdown on private schools in
residential areas would continue in future, he said.
The closure of five
schools has created problems for parents, as they don't know whether their
children would get admission in other academic institutions. Some parents said that students are suffering due to the 'war' between the cantonment
administration and private school managements.
There are around 100
government schools and 918 private schools in the city. Private schools bear the
burden of 42 per cent of students. "If all private schools are closed down where
would students of these institutions go?" asked the parents.
that the matter should be resolved at the earliest in the best interest of
students, otherwise the future of their children could be damaged in this
Dr. Uzma Irfan, a mother, said that the school of her son
Hamza, a student of class 6, was closed down. She said that the high-ups should
intervene into the matter, otherwise it would result in loss of one academic
year of students. The News
Policy demanded to regulate private schools operation
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Private Schools Educational Society
(RAPS-ES) on Monday demanded that the Cantonment authorities in consultation
with all the stakeholders devise a comprehensive policy regarding regulation of
private schools and open the forcefully and arbitrarily sealed private
Addressing a press conference at Rawalpindi-Islamabad Press
Club, RAPS-ES President Nasreen Tariq said there was no valid, transparent and
fair policy under the Cantonment Ordinance 2002 that provided base for
establishment of private schools in Rawalpindi Cantonment area.
established private schools in residential areas as the authorities concerned
did not develop and provide us with any educational zone in the city," she
Later, the representatives of RAPS-ES, teachers and students of
private schools staged a protest demonstration in front of Rawalpindi-Islamabad
Press Club. Daily Times
Closure of private schools protested
Rawalpindi: The Society of Private Schools in the cantonment areas here
on Monday protested the action being taken by the authorities against the
schools functioning without taking No Objection Certificate (NOC).
Speaking at a press conference at Rawalpindi Press Club, office-bearers
of the association criticised the sealing of five schools in different areas and
said the Cantonment Board authorities had not been issuing the NOCs to the new
schools and not renewing same of the already functioning schools.
said there was no regular policy about the functioning of the private
educational institutes in the cantonment areas as, they added, the authorities
had only been relying on standard operating procedure (SOP) asking the schools
to get the NOC for every three years.
The school owners alleged that
neither renewal of existing NOCs nor new certificates were being made to
accommodate the ever-increasing demand of the private schools in the areas as,
they said, some 900 private schools had been working in the cantonment boards
against 100 public sector schools. They demanded that a comprehensive policy
should be chalked out for the private sector education as, they said, the
pretext of traffic jams and schools being opened in the residential areas were
non issues. They also demanded opening of the sealed schools and sought
ensurance for not sealing any other school in the area.
idea of private schools being security risks, the representatives of the private
institutions said in the prevalent situation no place was considered safe and it
could not be made a basis for closure of schools.
Executive Officer Rawalpindi Cantonment Board Shahid Bashir said no new NOC
would be issued to the schools as, he added, residential areas had been infested
with such schools without any permission from the board.
He said the
schools already functioning in the cantonment areas would not be sealed and that
only new schools with no NOCs were to face closure. The authorities have
continuously been receiving complaints about unchecked growth of schools in
residential areas causing traffic jams and security hazards, the RCB head said. Dawn
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No more practical test for intermediate Statistics exam
Islamabad: The practical examination of Statistics has been abolished from
the new curriculum at the intermediate level. The decision was taken at
the committee meeting of the said subject to review the curriculum in which
representatives of all the provinces had participated.
members decided that the practical should be abolished from the examination of
all the boards across the country, which would be implemented with the
implementation of new curriculum. "There is no use of practical as it is
merely a duplication of questions. The students are given the same questions
to solve in the practical and the paper as well so it doesn't make any
difference whether the practical should be conducted or not," said a member
of the committee.
However, a senior professor of Statistics Department at
Quaid-i-Azam University opined that the teachers at the intermediate level
are not properly trained to conduct practical. They don't ask students to
collect real life examples and just provide the data to calculate and put
"Practical is a vital part of student evaluation and should not be
abolished in college courses rather it should be modified and made research
oriented. It is the basic level of research of the subject, which leads to the
higher level so to abolish it completely is not the only solution to the problem," he
Another professor of F. G. College for Boys H-9 Kazim Hussain said;
"Though the purpose of practical of all the subjects has been corrupted and
destroyed by the people who come up with references to get marks illegally but
it doesn't mean that they should be abolished from the exams. The need is to
make them more transparent and interesting so that the students can be
motivated towards research and the concepts be cleared to the students."
students should be sent out to the field to collect data to evaluate and draw
results. But the data collected in 19 70's is still used in the practicals,"
The spokesperson of the Education Ministry and DG, Federal
Directorate of Education, Atique-ur-Rehman, did not comment on the issue, as
he had no knowledge in this regard.
Earlier, out of total 100 marks, 15
marks were allocated for practical and the time period of the practical was two
hours. In the syllabus of practical following topics were included
Probability, Discrete and Continuous Probability Distribution, Binomial,
Hypergeometric and Normal Distribution, Statistical Inference, Association,
Orientation of Computers. The Nation
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University of Wah students' protest
Rawalpindi: Students of university of wah protesting for
the charter of university. hec has approved before and by the govt of punjab,
but governer of punjab has to be signed and the summary is given to assembly
whereby the university will get charter. The students of university of wah has
given the warning till 18th may. -By Hassan Ahmed Khan via firstname.lastname@example.org
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AIOU BE(Telecom) exam from May 12
Islamabad: The final examination of Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunication) Semester Autumn 2008 of Allama Aqbal
Open University (AIOU) will commence simultaneously in Lahore and Rawalpindi on
Controller of Examination AIOU, Hafeezullah said that roll number
slips have been dispatched to the students on their respective mail address.
Those students who have not received their roll number slips till May 6, were
advised to contact examination section or on phone numbers 051-9057648/92050051,
he added. He said that the examination would conclude on June 6.
controller said that roll number slips and date sheet were also available at the university website www.aiou.edu.pk.
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IHC moved against QAU in admission case
Islamabad: A man has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC)
against the Quaid-i-Azam University administration for giving admission to his
daughter in self-finance scheme instead of regular scheme despite the fact that
she secured 78% marks in her graduation examination.
Abdul Khaliq, said that he had applied for his daughter's admission in the
university as a regular student but she was given admission in the self-finance
He said that students enrolled under regular scheme have to pay
Rs8,000 per semester
while he has to pay Rs40,000 per semester because
of admission of her daughter under the self-finance scheme, he
He prayed to the court to direct the university to let her
daughter study as a regular student. In another case, Justice Syed Qalb-i-Hassan
of the IHC adjourned hearing in a writ petition till today against Attorney
General (AG) Sardar Lateef Khosa for his disqualification. Barrister Jawaid
Iqbal Geoffrey had filed the petition on Saturday seeking disqualification of
the attorney general for doing private practice as a lawyer. The News
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