Commerce group introduction at matric level

Commerce group to be introduced at SSC level
Lahore, Oct 6: The Punjab Education Department is introducing commerce group as a separate group at par with the science, arts and computer science group in the main stream of secondary school (Matric) level education building a pyramid of commerce education from Matric to post graduation level.

Starting from Matric and ICom at Intermediate, BCom at graduate and MCom, MBA at the postgraduate level in view of the importance of the commerce education. The students opting commerce group would proceed in the same discipline. The CCom and DCom studies at the Intermediate level are separately available at the Polytechnic Institutes.

At present there are three groups in Matric i.e science group carrying Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology with English and other elective subjects; arts group carrying Math, General Science, English, Pak Studies and other elective subjects and thirdly the computer science group carrying Physics, Chemistry, Math, English, Pak Studies and other elective subjects. The experts however, say that computer science should be included in all the three groups. The qualified teachers holding graduate and postgraduate degrees in commerce should be posted in schools for commerce group.

The admission in the schools will be granted in separate groups in the 9th class according to the merit of each discipline. Thus the students will have a vision to adopt their higher line of education in science, arts, computer science and commerce from the beginning at the secondary school level. This will help build solid ground of school education in the respective field for admission in higher classes and specialisation.

The Matric Tech is also a separate ambitious scheme envisaged a few years ago but it does not materialise as envisioned by the experts in technical education. According to these streams, the students will learn technical skill in the schools along with their other subjects. For that purpose special facilities like workshops, equipments, and technologies with the help of TEVTA and teachers had to be posted in the schools. This stream could lead to B Tech at the graduation level, which is already being imparted at Poly Technical Institutes and colleges of technologies where admission is available to simple Intermediate. At present B Tech is offered by TEVTA and Punjab Board of Technical Education recognised Polytechnic Institutes and colleges of Technology, which are restricted.

However, by generalising the B Tech group in the main stream of education and provision of necessary facilities to school, the group can lead to strengthening of technical education and help in producing the much needed technical manpower and technicians who could serve as a back bone for progress. The nation

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Due status to be given to teachers
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that every effort will be made to bring about a positive change in the lives of teachers and ensure due status to them in society.

He stated this while addressing a function in held connection with World Teachers' Day at Chief Minister's Secretariat here on Monday. He said teachers should also play an active role in educating and grooming children for enabling them to play their active part in the national development and prosperity.

He said cash prize of Rs 50,000 would be awarded to the teachers showing better performance while they would also be given five-marla residential plots on retirement. He said basic scales of primary and elementary teachers had been upgraded.

He stressed the need for equipping younger generation with modern education and technology. He said that the project of setting up of laboratories in more than 4,000 schools of the province for equipping the students with the latest knowledge would be completed by the end of this month and leading international companies like Microsoft had been included in the project.

Provincial Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, MNAs, MPAs, vice chancellors, headmasters, columnists, intellectuals, educationists besides a large number of teachers were also present.

CM urges police to eliminate crime: Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has directed police to spare no effort for eradication of crime and to come up to the expectations of the masses. He said billions of rupees had been allocated for salaries and other facilities for policemen and it was their responsibility to prove to be the guardians of people.

Presiding over a meeting to review law and order in the provincial metropolis here on Monday, he said besides elimination of street crimes, a thorough analysis of all criminal incidents should be carried out and a strategy be submitted to him within three days for crime control.

He further directed the police official to complete scrutiny of all security agencies besides conducting surprise visits to major financial and trade centres, jewellery shops and other institutions to ensure proper security arrangements. He further directed them to monitor the performance of DSP, SHO and officials of low level of police department. He said a system should be evolved for complete scrutiny of 225 security agencies in the province.

Rangers DG meets CM: Rangers Punjab Director General Major General Muhammad Yaqub Khan called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Monday.

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Sindh students arrived at Lahore Airport
Lahore: A 21-member delegation of the students who topped Matric examination (2008-09) in Sindh arrived at the Allama Iqbal Airport here on Monday on the special invitation of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Talking to the media, the students said their visit would promote inter-provincial harmony and the talented students of various parts of the country would also be encouraged by this move. They thanked the Punjab chief minister for inviting them to visit the province.

Punjab Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Schools Secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh, DPI (Colleges) Dr Abdul Razzaq Cheema and DPI (Secondary Education) Mian Abdul Haq welcomed the delegation. Speaking on the occasion, the Education minister said all the talented students were great assets to the country. He said the CM had chalked out a programme to encourage the talented students of Punjab as well as other provinces of the country. The delegation would visit the universities and historical and recreational sites, he concluded. The news

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