Downloading exam forms from site perturb students
Gujranwala, May 12: Gujranwala Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education's procedure of downloading examination form from its website had perturbed the students of villages and non-IT background students of undeveloped areas.
The private schools had managed giving examination forms to their students with the help of computer operators internally or externally but the students of Government schools of Gujranwala were observed moving computer shops whereas the students of villages underwent a great stress and problem for finding computer shops or the procedure of downloading the examination forms from the website of Gujranwala Board of intermediate and secondary education Gujranwala.
Gujranwala Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education had announced 15th May as last date for submission of the examination forms for the ninth class which made the studnets perturbed.
Muhammad Ishaq and Bashir Ahmed, the students of Sansra Goraa village, told Bureau Chief Frontier Post that they did not know the way of downloading the examination forms as they were unfamiliar with the computer usage.
They said that their parents got disturbed of the announcement made by the Gujranwala Bard of intermediate and secondary education and they (the students) had to move to the city Gujranwala for downloading such forms which took few days in the shape of great loss to their studies and tempo of studies which might affect their result in the examination.
They said that the Gujranwala Board should find a way easy for the students of all areas falling under their jurisdicion after taking that areas' limitations and facilities in their view otherwise it might affect the result of the students and the performance of the Gujranwala Board of intermediate and secondary education Gujranwala.
They requested the authorities of the Gujranwala Board to also allow giving examination forms to the far away school managements in order to ease the students at the brink of examination commencement.
Khalid Ahmed, a private school administrator, told Bureau Chief Frontier Post that he had to manage a private computer operator in his school to avail the downloading of examination forms which hampered the school's schedule of revising the course subjects to his students.
He said the availability of the exmaination forms was a facility in actual to ease far away students from coming to Gujranwala for purchasing examination forms but the traditional way of making selling points in different cities and areas for such examination forms should not be stopped in order to ease those students who were unfamiliar with the computer operation or belonged to undeveloped areas. F.P. reportYour Comments
Lahore Education EDO in troubled waters again
Lahore: Lahore Education EDO Dr Muhammad Arshad, who had to face inquiries during his postings in Sialkot and Faisalabad districts in similar capacity, is once again confronted with the same situation. According to documents available with The News, the Punjab chief minister had ordered joint disciplinary proceedings against Lahore Education EDO Dr Muhammad Arshad and DEO (SE) Lahore Cantt Qazi Khalid Farooq under the PEEDA Act 2006 in February 2010 for allegedly promoting 10 junior teachers while ignoring over 100 senior teachers.
The allegations were proved as a result of an inquiry by the Additional Director Public Instructions (SE), conducted under directions from the Punjab chief secretary and the School Education secretary.
The inquiry officer had recommended the removal of the EDO from service besides initiation of proceedings against him under the PEEDA Act 2006. According to the inquiry report, the EDO had cancelled the illegal orders, thus, confessing to his crime. Presently, Dr Muhammad Arshad is also facing an inquiry into the allegations of irregularities in the purchase of furniture, recruitment and corruption in transfers in Lahore district.
The inquiry committee comprising Punjab DPI (SE) Mian Abdul Haq and Govt Islamia High School, Multan Road, senior headmaster Shahid Iqbal was constituted on January 29 this year.
It was alleged that the furniture available in Lahore district at a rate of Rs 2400/ per desk bench, was purchased at Rs 4500/ per desk "in exchange for heavy commission". Other allegations being probed into by the inquiry committee include out-of-merit recruitment of Class-IV employees and financial corruption in the transfer of teachers.
According to documents available with The News, the EDO, during his posting in Sialkot in 2008, had faced a similar probe for alleged illegal recruitments. The inquiry report had recommended initiation of proceedings against him.
The provincial ombudsman had also declared the recruitments illegal. However, disciplinary proceedings were not initiated against him because he had made a representation before the Punjab governor against the order of the ombudsman. A final action is yet to be taken as the decision on the appeal is still pending with the governor.
Similarly, the provincial Ombudsman vide order dated August 31, 2009, in complaint No. 252/1/09/C.VI-16/09, issued directions to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the then Faisalabad Education EDO Dr Muhammad Arshad and two Deputy DEOs/Purchase Officers as the purchase of furniture in Faisalabad district was declared against the rules.
However, disciplinary proceeding against the Dr Arshad was not initiated because he had once again made a representation before the Punjab governor against the order of the ombudsman. A final action in this case will be taken after the decision on the appeal pending with the governor. An official on the condition of anonymity said the fact that the EDO, despite facing several inquiries, had not been removed from the post questioned the Punjab government's much trumpeted 'good governance'. He asked if the chief minister could suspend any official during his surprise visit for his or her alleged negligence, why an EDO could not be removed from the post when he was facing so many inquiries. When contacted, Schools secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh said everyone was innocent until proven guilty. He could not recall all the details of the matter but said disciplinary proceedings could not be initiated against the EDO because he had made a representation before the governor against order of the honourable Ombudsman.
2,000 teachers being directly recruited in colleges
Lahore: The higher education wing of the Punjab education department has finalised a plan to overcome the shortage of college teachers before the start of coming session 2010-11 from September next.
For this purpose over 2,000 vacant posts of professors, associate professors and assistant professors in almost 29 subjects of arts and science have been identified and rapidly being filled. A process of direct recruitment to these posts has also started. The posts of professors and associate professors through Public Service Commission were advertised last month while the posts of assistant professors have also been publicised recently.
According to the plan candidates for some 742 posts of male assistant professors and 529 female assistant professors in various subjects would be recruited. This will follow the recruitment of lecturers. The highest number of assistant professors vacant posts, 102, are in the subject of English, 10 in Journalism, 83 in Physics, 74 in Chemistry, 46 in Economics, 47 in Computer Science and only three each in Arabic and Punjabi.
Among the female assistant professors, the highest 115 vacant posts are lying in the subject of English, nine in Journalism, 22 in Chemistry and 47 in Computer Science.
The massive recruitment is being made after a lapse of almost 10 years when a good number of teachers were recruited in the year 2,000. The assistant professors in Computer Science are being recruited for the first time wherein PhD required in the subject are not beyond a few persons in Computer Science & IT in the country. However, in case of non-PhDs, persons with M Phil along with five years and MA, MSc, with seven years experience are eligible to apply for the said post.
The higher education wing has meanwhile completed the process of recruitment of 1,795 personnel in IT and Computer Science for capacity building of teachers and staff and E-governance. Secretary Higher Education Ahad Cheema himself supervised the process of tests and interviews.
The secretary said as many as 2,603 lecturers were posted in the colleges last year while the services of contract lecturers were also regularised. In addition college teachers internees (CTIs) have also been posted to strengthen the pedagogy. He said the quality of education at higher level could not be improved without removing the shortage of teachers, which was grossly neglected in the past. He said the monitoring and evaluation of colleges to ascertain the punctuality of teachers and students in the classes had also proved fruitful. The nation
UHS workers lament CM's silence
Lahore: The 'recently-fired' employees of the University of Health Sciences have lamented the silence of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif over varsity's act of termination of employees who are holding peaceful protest for their right to regularisation of their services.
The UHS employees continued their hunger strike and protest demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly on 48th consecutive day on Tuesday for fulfillment of their demand of not only restoration but regularisation of their services. They demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif protect the livelihood of grade 1 to 15 employees of the university and their families otherwise they would not be able to support their families in unemployment. "Our families are already suffering from starvation," they said. They also urged the human rights organisations to help them in restoration and regularisation.
The employees announced their protest and hunger strike camp till fulfillment of their demands of restoration and regularisation of their services.
Teachers reject proposed authority
Lahore: The Senior Staff Association (SSA) of the Punjab government schools, terming the proposed District Education Authority an invitation to direct political interference, has reject it.
The announcement was made in SSA's Lahore Division Executive Committee meeting held at Government ND Islamia High School, Ichra, on Tuesday. The meeting, chaired by SSA President Hafiz Abdul Nasir, observed that the education related policies were being chalked out by bureaucracy without the input of educationists which was creating unrest among the teachers.
The teachers said no government ever prioritised education since independence of the country while day to day experimentation by the School Education Department was allegedly distorting the education sector.
The meeting warned that if government failed to take practical steps to address the problems, the SSA would be compelled for "direct action".
A number of resolutions were passed in the meeting which included demand to abolish the idea of setting up District Education Authority, insurance of electronic equipments in computer labs, cancellation of schools' adoption by NGOs and appointment of educationists at institute, dealing with teachers' training. The news