Prizes sanctioned for Punjab top performing head teachers
Lahore, Nov 6: The Punjab chief minister has sanctioned 1,000 prizes for top performing head teachers and teachers at the rate of Rs50,000 each.
For the selection of best head teachers and teachers, the Punjab School Education Department has notified a criteria as well as constituted selection committees at divisional and district levels. According to the selection criteria for head teachers, up to 40 marks are for quality of results, 25 marks for school's average percentage of results, five marks for increase in enrollment, 10 marks each for co-curricular activities, projects completed by donations through community participation and utilization of funds (school council grant/ Farogh-i-Taleem Fund during the academic year). The criteria has classified the marks on the basis of level of achievement in respective heads.
The criteria has also indicated negative marking for dropout ratio on the basis of enrolment of last academic year (April 1 to March 31). The criteria requires to minus one mark from the total score of a head teacher if the dropout rate is between five to 10 per cent, minus two marks for 11 to 15 per cent dropout rate and minus three for above 15 per cent dropout rate. Less than five per cent dropout ratio will be exempted.
Similarly, the selection criteria for teachers is up to 40 marks for quality of results, 30 marks for average percentage of results, 20 marks for attendance (of the teacher) during the previous academic year and five marks each for contribution towards co-curricular activities and for additional duties other than teaching work (i.e. in charge library, laboratory, school property, admission/ withdrawal register and in charge funds etc.). The teachers will be given marks according to the level of achievement in respective heads.
According to the terms and conditions, teachers of only terminal classes – 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th – will be considered for incentive. Overall results must not be less than 70 per cent in case of teacher and 60 per cent of school result in case of head of institution for participation in the competition.
The teachers who actually teach such classes irrespective of their post/ cadre will be eligible for competition for award of prizes in the respective category.
The terms and conditions also say that the head teacher and the teacher securing 60 scores or above will only be considered for award of incentive. In case of more than one teacher securing equal score against any position, the highest marks in the quality factor (grade point average) will determine the position. If the grade point average is also equal, the number of students appeared will determine the position. The selection committee at divisional level comprises EDO Education of the divisional district (as chairman), EDO Education of the district concerned and DEO secondary education of the divisional district.
The appellate committee at divisional level comprises DPI secondary education, Punjab, (as chairman), DPI elementary education, Punjab, and one nominee of school education not below the rank of deputy secretary.
Similarly at district level, the selection committees at higher secondary, high schools, comprehensive schools, pilot secondary schools, middle schools, community model schools and primary schools will be chaired by DEOs of secondary education, elementary education as well as male and female according to gender-wise and level of school. Each committee will have two members.
The appellate committee at district level comprises EDO Education (as chairman), DEO secondary education, DEO elementary education (male) and DEO elementary education (female). DawnYour Comments
Monitoring cell formed to ensure schools, colleges security
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif formed a provincial cell on Thursday to monitor the security of educational institutions in Punjab, with institutions divided into three categories on the basis of the level of security they would be required to maintain – while a security commission has also been formed to coordinate efforts with the monitoring cell.
The monitoring unit would be headed by the chief minister himself. The 'Educational Institutions Security Commission' consists of representatives from the government and private educational institutions. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanullah would head the commission as chairman, while members would include the education minister, the home secretary, the Punjab IG, the Lahore commissioner, the schools secretary, the higher education secretary, the Special Branch additional IG, the CID additional IG, the Elite Force commandant, Nasreen Shah of Lahore Grammar School, Zainab Qureshi of Lahore College of Arts and Sciences, Junaid Ahmad of Lahore Pre-School, Jehangir Firoze of City School, Ali Raza of Beacon House School System, Shehryar Salamat of Salamat School System and Muhammad Kamran of KIMS.
The monitoring cell and the security commission would meet every day to review security arrangements for every educational institution across Punjab. Also, educational institutions have been categorised as 'A-1', 'A' and 'B' in accordance with a Home Department notification dated October 22. Educational institutions in Category A-1 and A would be required to fulfil "minimum security requirements" – which include an eight-feet boundary wall, fencing of the boundary wall with barbed wire, barriers at entry/exit points, installation of metal detectors, deployment of trained armed guards at vantage points and installation of closed-circuit TV cameras with 15 days of back up for surveillance.
Educational institutions in Category B would be required to make "basic minimum security arrangements" – including a boundary wall of up to eight feet, fencing of the boundary wall with barbed wire, barriers at entry/exit gates and deployment of separate guards in notified shifts for operation of barriers and checking of visitors with metal detectors.
District monitoring teams have also been formed to review security arrangements at educational institutions. Only DCOs have been authorised to order the closure of educational institutions found violating orders, after the provincial monitoring cell and commissioners' approval. Daily times
Police thrash MAO College students
Lahore: Police thrashed on Thursday some students of the Govt MAO College, Lahore, including an intern of a local TV who was covering studentsí protest against the college administration.
Students were protesting against the college administration for not providing transport facilities to students coming from Attari area. However, some college teachers believe that some unwanted elements, who wanted to 'take over' the college, had instigated other students to participate in the protest and pressurise the administration.
The protesters blocked the main road outside the college when the police arrived and took 'action' against the students. Omer Aslam, a student of the college's Mass Communication Department, also an intern at a local TV, was also among those 'taught a lesson by the police'. A teacher, seeking anonymity, said some students met the college principal on Wednesday who asked them to submit an application in this regard. 'On Thursday, instead of filing an application, they went outside and blocked the road', he added. Another teacher said some students also thrashed a traffic warden owing to which police resorted to thrashing.
However, a student on the condition of anonymity said the students from Attari had complained on many occasion about traffic problems but to no avail. The Islampura Circle DSP, Imtiaz Sarwar, said action would be taken against the police officials involved in thrashing of the innocent students.
PA passed three bills
Lahore: Punjab Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed three bills besides introducing a bill on Punjab Danish Schools in its proceedings.
The passed bills included The Bank of Punjab (Amendment) Bill 2009, The Ali Institute of Education Lahore Bill 2008 and The HITEC University of Taxila Bill 2009. This is noteworthy that according to the HITEC University of Taxila Bill 2009, the government will open a university to be called HITEC University of Taxila in the private sector with its campus located at Taxila Cantonment.
The HIT Education Welfare Trust, Taxila had applied to the government for the grant of charter/degree awarding status to the HITEC University, located at Taxila. The case for the establishment of HITEC University was processed and established by the Education department in accordance with the norms and criteria for the establishment of a University in the private sector, notified on September 20, 2006. According to the Ali Institute of Education Lahore Bill 2006, the government shall, by notification establish Ali Institute of Education Lahore in the private sector with its campus located in Lahore and the jurisdiction of the institute shall be restricted to the province of the Punjab.
GCU orientation ceremony
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Thursday organised an orientation ceremony for the newly admitted students of MPhil and MS to apprise them about the university's academic culture, historical perspective and educational ambiance at Bokhari Auditorium.
Addressing the ceremony, GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab laid a stress on quality learning, rational and critical thinking and cultural values. He advised the students to acquire the best knowledge, telling that "the reward was always going to be proportionate to your efforts."
Later, the heads of different academic departments told the students about the objectives and working of their departments. Registrar GCU Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid, Dean of Sciences and Technology Dr. Amin-ul-Haq, Dean Faculty of Arts and all the faculty members and administrative staff of the university were also present.
Meanwhile the university arranged a condolence reference for noted Urdu poet, critic and intellectual Dr Waheed Qureshi. According to a press statement the university faculty members passed a resolution, highlighting the services of Dr Waheed for Urdu literature and the Government College University, Lahore, stating that Pakistan and Urdu had lost a great educationist, researcher and teacher. They also offered Fateha for the departed soul. The news
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