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Rawalpindi schools without principals
Islamabad, Nov 04: All claims of improving education are rendered hollow by the shocking revelation that half of the public schools in Rawalpindi district have been functioning without principals for at least two years. Some have been without a principal for as many as eight years. According to a report in this paper, out of 311 government schools in the district, the post of principal is vacant in 152. Senior teachers are filling in as administrative heads - but without the corresponding pay and perks. It is not surprising then that the acting principals are indifferent to their duties. Teacher absenteeism is also a major problem. Poor administration, together with lack of proper buildings, classrooms and other facilities associated with education reflects poorly on any government effort to improve primary and secondary education.

The above picture is fodder for the debate in the country on education funding, particularly funding for primary and secondary education as opposed to tertiary education. While this debate emerged as a result of the previous government's pro-tertiary education policy, it has been fuelled in part by studies elsewhere which claim a correlation between education funding and economic inequality. Over-investment in tertiary education per pupil, some studies claim, generates higher inequality and can be detrimental to a country's output, while higher funding for primary and secondary education results in the opposite. While it cannot be denied that tertiary education is critical to a knowledge economy, maintaining a balance in primary and secondary education investment is no less crucial. So long as there is a large unmet demand at the base of the education pyramid where it is obvious that many schools lack staff and facilities, it is difficult to justify increased public investment in tertiary education. So if development funds have to be slashed, funding for primary and secondary education must be spared. Dawn

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Inter-collegiate declamation contest held
Islamabad: Annual Inter-collegiate Bilingual Declamation Contest was held at the OPF Boys College, H-8/4, says a press release.

Fifteen educational institutions from Murree, Kahuta and the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the contest.

In Urdu declamation contest, Wajahat Ali from F.G Sir Syed College, Rawalpindi, won the first position, whereas Hafiz Umer Usman of Army Public School and College, Murree and Zohaib Chann of FG Postgraduate College, H-8/4, bagged the second and third positions respectively. Mahnoor of KRL Model College, Kahuta was awarded consolation prize.

English declamation contest was held the following day in which Waqas Haider Naqvi of Fauji Foundation College, Lalazar won the first position. Second and third position were pocketed by Wali Waqar, FG Sir Syed College, Rawalpindi and Minhaj-ul-Arfeen of Rawal Cadet College, Rawalpindi, respectively. Consolation prize went to Izzah Zaman of KRL Model College, Kahuta.

OPF Boys College running trophy was awarded to the team of F.G. Sir. Syed College, Rawalpindi due to their overall best performance.

Principal of OPF Boys College, Brigadier (r) Muhammad Asif was the chief guest occasions while talking to audience, the chief guest congratulated the prize winners, and thanked the participants for making the contest a purposeful exercise with their valued presence and very informative and motivating speeches.

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PU results
Lahore: The PU Examinations Department on Wednesday announced the results of MA Archaeology, Part-I, Annual Exam 2010, MSc Applied Psychology, Part-I, Annual Exam 2010, MBA (Insurance & Risk Management), Morning, Semester System, Session 2008-10, MPhil Biochemistry, Session 2007-09, BSc Computer Sciences (2-Years), Semester System, Session 2004-06, BS Environmental Sciences (Evening), Semester System, Session 2005-09, MSc Applied Hydrology (Morning), Semester System, Session 2007-09 and MSc Tourism & Hotel Management, Semester System, Session 2005-07. Detailed results are also available at PU website, accrding to a press release.

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Award for PU teacher
Lahore: Punjab University College of Pharmacy Principal Prof Dr Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan has been awarded 'Sitara-e-Pakistan Gold Medal' in recognition of his outstanding academic and research services in a ceremony.

The moot was held at National Hall of Lahore Museum. It was organized by Tehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Pakistan Council. Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Madam Zakia Shah Nawaz was the chief guest at the ceremony, said a press release here on Wednesday.

On the occasion, Dr Saeed-ul-Hassan said hard work never went unrewarded. He said everyone should render his duties with utmost commitment, sincerity and dedication with patriotic spirit and love for Pakistan. He said the award has brought good name and honour to the varsity. The news

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