English as a medium of education in Punjab schools

English to be made medium of education in Punjab schools
Lahore, Oct 2: On the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab regarding introduction of a uniformed education system, English will be introduced as a medium of education in 12000 public sector schools in the province from next academic year. Under the scheme, all public sector schools in Lahore district will be made English medium schools on priority basis from April 01, 2010. Moreover, training will be given to all teachers of schools where English will be the medium of instructions in the teaching of English syllabus.

This was informed by Secretary Schools Education Punjab, Mohammad Aslam Kamboh while addressing the inaugural ceremony of first training course of teachers, here today. Coordinator of the course, Dr. Javed Iqbal also spoke on the occasion. Secretary Schools Education said that a uniformed education system is possible only through a uniformed syllabus, medium of instructions and examination system. He said that mathematics and science subjects will be taught in English in English Medium schools. Coordinator of the course, Dr. Javed Iqbal said that in this context, headmasters and teachers of mathematics and science subjects have been included in the training course. Mohammad Aslam Kamboh said that due to disparity in the medium of instructions, the whole education system has been divided in different classes. He said that the demand of justice is that an opportunity should be provided to the children of poor and middle class families studying at public sector schools to benefit from English medium system of education. Keeping in view this fact, the Chief Minister Punjab has given approval to introduce English as the medium of instructions in public sector schools, he added. Secretary Schools Education Punjab, Mohammad Aslam Kamboh said that 12000 schools will be given the status of English medium next year, while all schools in public sector will be made English medium in 2011.

Secretary Schools Education said that compare to private schools, the teachers of public sector schools are better trained and better paid and can easily teach English medium classes. Moreover, he said refresher courses will be conducted for the teachers of all public sector schools. He said that as the majority of newly recruited educators holds master degree, they will be especially assigned the responsibility of English medium classes. F.P Report

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Free technical education for minority students
Lahore: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) on Thursday signed MoU with Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department on Thursday, according to which all expenses of the trainees of minority communities admitted to TEVTA institutes across the province, would be borne by the Punjab government.

The MoU was signed by TEVTA secretary Rafia Nazir and Human Rights & Minorities Affairs Department secretary Arshad Bin Ahmad.

Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Kamran Michael, Chairman Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Saeed Ahmad Alvi and other officials were also present.

According to the terms of MoU, the trainees of the minority communities will be enrolled on the basis of merit in addition to 2 percent quota, after observing all formalities in regular courses.

They will also be provided opportunity to get admission in one-year and short-duration courses.

They will directly apply to the nearest Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority institutes all over the province. The institutions will provide details of minority students granted admission to HR&MA Department.

The MoU also explains that Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department will pay the required fees and other related academic expenditure including training material, stationery, training facilities as applicable time to time on behalf of the admitted minorities, both male and female students.

They will also be given financial assistance per month. Funds to meet the expenditure in this regard will be provided to TEVTA in advance. The joint effort to provide employable skills to the male and female youth of minority communities will endorse the mission of the Punjab government to provide technical education to all segments of society. The news

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DCO told to retrieve school land
Toba Tek Singh: Faisalabad Commissioner Tahir Husain ordered on Thursday to get vacated the land of the Government Islamia Secondary School in Eidgah locality from grabbers.

During his visit here, PML-N MNA Junaid Anwar Chaudhry met the commissioner and informed him that school's six kanal land worth millions of rupees was in possession of the influential land grabbers.

The commissioner was told that the institution, which had been declared the only school of excellence by the provincial government, was facing space shortage and badly needed extension.

Taking serious notice, the commissioner directed Toba DCO Rana Amanullah Khan and the revenue department staff to get the school land retrieved from the grabbers.

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High achievers awarded
Sahiwal: As many as 140 boys and girls students who secured over 950 marks in the intermediate examination and their teachers were awarded medals and honorary certificates in a ceremony held at the Divisional Public School here on Thursday.

DCO Muhammad Khan Khichi distributed medals among prominent students.

Scores of parents, civil society representatives, media personnel, teachers and intelligentsia attended the ceremony.

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Teachers unions protest
Toba Tek Singh: Office bearers of various teachers unions met at the Government Model High School on Thursday to protest the arrest of their four fellows, who allegedly violated merit in the recruitment of educators to the education department.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, teachers' representatives Chaudhry Abdul Raheem, Zafar Asif and Abdul Ghaffoor Zahid said that an inquiry was under way against the accused, but they were arrested before the completion of the inquiry.

They called for immediate release of those arrested and warned of a protest movement if the accused were not freed by Monday. Dawn

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