Unregistered institutions can't take board exam

ISLAMABAD, May 9(Daily Times): Girls are showing much better results in examinations than boys but they need to be more athletically competitive, said Federal Education Minister Lt Gen (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi at the 22nd convocation and prize distribution ceremony of the Federal Government Margalla College for women here on Tuesday.

Qazi said Islamabad's public schools were producing better results compared to private ones. He said the government was trying to improve educational standards across Pakistan.

He said the government was registering all private schools and colleges to monitor their educational standards. "May 15 is the deadline for registration after which students from unregistered institutions will not be allowed to sit in any board examinations," he said. "Before deciding the school for their children, parents should check whether or not the school is registered with the government," Qazi said.

Earlier, he awarded gold medals and prizes to students for their outstanding performances.

Hafsa Naseem was declared the 'Best Student of the Year 2005' in the Punjab University's postgraduate studies in mass communication. She was also awarded the gold medal along with the Hamid Ali award, a cash prize amounting to Rs 50,000.

Shazia Batool was awarded the gold medal for her outstanding performance in table tennis at the national and international level. She was declared the 'Best Player of the Year 2005' for getting first position in the inter-college women table tennis tournament and for participating in South Asian Games.

On this occasion 30 Mass Communication studies students were awarded postgraduate degrees. They had achieved 98 percent grades in the examinations for the years 2003-2005.

Degrees were also conferred on 150 students of Humanities group who produced 60 percent results with outstanding performances in their respective subjects.

Firdous Kauser was awarded the Dr Azra Raza award, a cash prize of Rs 50,000, for obtaining the first position in Urdu literature in graduate studies.

Almost 120 students were awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. Ayesha Mir was awarded a gold medal for her excellent performance in science. She obtained first position in Botany, Zoology, English and Pakistan Studies. Mohsina Bibi, Sumaya Khalid, Nusrat Zaman, Sara Munir, Safiya Rani and Shireen Ahmed were also awarded the 'Role of Honour for The Year 2005' for their exceptional performance.

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