Boards agree to conduct inter exams in April
Lahore, May 29: The Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) has unanimously agreed to shift intermediate annual examinations from May to first week of April - to save students from unbearable hot weather - from next year. Responding to students' problems resulting from extremely hot weather coupled with power outages, the PBCC has taken a sympathetic look and decided that all nine education boards in Punjab should begin intermediate annual examinations in the first week of April from next year when the weather is not too harsh.
The PBCC meeting chaired by Lahore board chairman Nasrullah Virk on Tuesday has asked the Punjab higher education department to coordinate with universities in the province and convince them to shift their graduation examinations to May from April to make room for intermediate annual examinations.
Sources said that the new arrangement would systemise matriculation, intermediate and BA/BSc annual examinations. Sources said the PBCC included this item on its agenda at the eleventh hour to find a way out.
The meeting, it is learnt, agreed that it was not possible for boards to provide generators at examination centres for hundreds of thousands of intermediate students. However, the meeting was of the view that the number of graduation candidates and examination centres was much lower compared to intermediate students and examination centres. "Since universities charge higher examination fee, they can provide generators at all examination centres," sources said.
Sources said the PBCC decision was being forwarded to the Punjab higher education department so that the additional secretary (academics) could coordinate with all universities and notify the decision well in time.
GCU won declamation
Lahore: Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS) has won the All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest 2013 organised by Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMS).
GCUDS President Saad-ul-Hassan was announced the best Urdu orator of the contest, while GCU student Khwaja Yaseen secured the third position in the English debate.
According to a press release, the GCU also lifted the team trophy.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman congratulated the GCU team on winning the event.
Summer vacation in FDE institutions from June 1
Islamabad: The academic institutions, affiliated with the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), will remain closed for summer vacation from June 1 to August 12.
The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), while approving a summary from the FDE, issued a notification to this effect on Tuesday evening. The educational institutions, however, are likely to reopen on August 15 following official holidays for Eidul Fitr.
The parents have observed that the summer vacation should start after June 10 so that the academic institutions are reopened on September 1. "The humidity coupled with heat is at its peak from August 15 to August 31, therefore, the summer vacation should be arranged so that holidays are extended till the end of August," a number of parents said.
They said the decision of summer vacation could have been delayed as the intensity of heat wave has reduced to some extent. The news
Private schools vacation
Islamabad: Private schools will go for summer vacation from June 15 but they have reduced their timings to three hours.
Zulfiqar Ahmed, father of a child who studies in a private school said schools had delayed summer vacation just to collect fee from students.
President of Private Schools Association Malik Ibrar said most private schools will start their first term exams from June 3.
"The association has decided that schools should be open at 7:30am and closed at 10am so that students reach home before temperature rises," he said. "It is also true that we want to collect fee from students because we have to pay rents of buildings and salaries to teachers. Students will be advised to pay fee of June and July before June 10 and fee of August will be received in August," he said. Dawn
Over 6000 ghost schools in Sindh
Karachi: Despite tall claims made by every successive government of reopening a large number of closed schools, as many as 6,449 schools are still not functional in Sindh including Karachi for non-availability of teaching staff, low enrolment, having no building and other reasons. Number of closed schools as per official documents is 566 schools in Badin, 443 in Dadu, 126 in Ghotki, 15 in Hyderabad, 278 in Jacobabad, 201 in Jamshoro, 446 in Kambar, 90 in Karachi, 312 in Kashmore, 426 in Khairpur, 66 in Larkana, 50 in Matiari, 263 in Mirpurkhas, 84 in Naushehro Feroze, 490 in Nawabshah, 123 in Sanghar, 263 in Shikarpur, 89 in Sukkur, 105 in Tando Allahyar, 262 in Tando Muhammad Khan, 1,086 in Tharparkar, 294 in Thatta and 371 schools in Umerkot. ppi