Rawalpindi board FA, FSc supplementary examinatons schedule

RBISE annouced FA, FSc supple exams schedule
Rawalpindi, Oct 28: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) would resume the FA/FSc Supplementary Examinations from November 2, which were suspended due to security situation. This was stated by Secretary RBISE Humuyun Iqbal said on Tuesday. He said FA and FSc examinations would be held at the same centres and new date sheets have been sent to both the regular and private candidates. The news

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Another student injured in IIUI blasts passed away
Islamabad: Tayyaba Hanif, another student injured in International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) blasts succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Hospital.

Miss Hanif was among five critically injured students admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and PAEC hospitals, Syed Muzammil Shah, IIUI Media Coordinator said. "She received multiple and severe burn injuries in the blasts and was admitted to PAEC Hospital near IIUI on October 20," he added.

Shah said the deceased, a resident of Rawalpindi, was a student of Master's of English. "Two injections costing Rs 2.5 million were required for her treatment and IIUI employees provided one of them but she expired before the second injection could be provided," he said. The death toll of IIUI blasts has reached to nine, Shah said, adding, still three girl students admitted to PIMS are in critical condition.

According to hospital sources, Miss Hanif received critical chest injuries, which damaged her lungs. Multiple injuries also affected her liver, ruptured blood vessels and renal artery, they said.

Miss Hanif was laid to rest at Lala Zar, Rawalpindi. A large number of IIUI teachers and students attended her funeral prayer. IIUI Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik, President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, Vice Presidents Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Parveen Qadeer Agha, faculty members and students have expressed their grief over the sad demise of Miss Hanif. They prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss. Daily times

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Fortify or face punitive action
Rawalpindi: Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed on Tuesday warned the educational institutions in the city to make foolproof security arrangements "in and around" their premises or face closure.

Immediately after the commissioner issued the warning at a crime review meeting in his office, the city police went into implementation mode and formed teams to start checking the security measures at all schools and colleges after 24 hours.

It seems the authorities are serious in ensuring public security after the recent terrorist attacks on the GHQ and the International Islamic University as the commissioner urged the educational institutions and public departments to keep armed guards and assured that the District Coordination Office would issue arms licenses within two days of receiving their application.

Those who reviewed the security situation with the commission on Tuesday included Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Aslam Tareen, City Police Officer (CPO) Rao Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Assistant Commissioner (General) Nauman Afzal Afridi, Director Colleges Chaudhary Mohammad Ashraf, Executive District Officer (EDO) Education, President All Pakistan Private School Association Sabir Minhas, DO Colleges Ulfat Janjua.

Commissioner Saeed told them that the Special Branch of Police had started surveying the security arrangements of educational institutions in Rawalpindi.

RPO Aslam Tareen informed the participants that the police would improve its patrolling around the educational institutions, especially at their opening and closing times. He urged the parents and teachers to create awareness among the students that they would not buy things from vendors who establish their stalls around their institutions

Later, CPO Rao Mohammad Iqbal separately held an emergency meeting to outline the security measures that educational institutions administrations should adopt.

They have been instructed to install Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV), fortify boundary walls up to eight feet high with barbed wire on it, install walk-though security gates at the entrance and use metal detectors as well.

Divided into two categories, A and B, the educational institutions have been told to keep visitor's record along with their CNIC particulars and to ensure that the guards patrol the building's perimeter.

All institutions have been directed to set-up bunkers on the rooftops of their buildings and issue security cards to all the students who will display their cards on their chests.

Besides increased police patrol, at least 27 police pickets had been set up in the city amid rumours of possible terrorist attacks. But they proved to be what they were rumours.

Although, various private colleges and schools were upgrading security measures in line with government's instructions, the security agencies have termed them as "unsatisfactory" and declared some of them were at "high risk".

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Teaching of science in English advocated
Islamabad: A young woman scientist on the second day of the Comstech seminar on Tuesday advocated introduction of science as subject in secondary schools and it should be taught in English.

The three-day seminar to debate how science and technology could solve the socio-economic problems of the country is being held in the Comstech's Palace of Science Building.

The young scientist Durre Nayyab said education was a life-long process and yet teachers were only passing on instructions instead of education to their students.

She suggested free education up to matriculation as well as free text books and lot of encouragement for girls to complete education, and the management of schools should be left to the local superintendents in the rural areas, and that science education should start in English language right from secondary schools. And, that, management of education should be left to the leaders at grass roots level.

In the face of this reality, Pakistani children were getting low education because of flaw in education planning at all stages including designing, development and analysis processes, argued two more women scientists Shaista Bibi and Zubeda Rashid in their presentation.

Ther argument must be seen in response to Comstech's scientific adviser, Dr. Dr. Anwar Nasim. The adviser in his briefing given on the first day had tasked 31 young science graduates to come up with problem solving answers with scientific reasoning in the seminar.

Earlier, in his address, Dr. Samar Mubarakmand drew the attention towards the huge coal potential in the country and how it could be used to generate 50,000 megawatt electricity each year

A number of old science hands, including professors and teachers, are also participating in the seminar.

However, a senior science educationist, Dr. Inamur Rahman, lamented that science education needs positive commitment of the government, which he found lacking.

Science graduates who come from all four provinces to participate in this seminar. They are: Faroha Liaqat, Samar Minallah, Shumaila Afzal, Shaista Naz, Hina Fazal, Safia Bibi, Saira Bashir, Saadia Ishtiaq, Shaista Bibi, Zubaida Rashid, Farzana Tajuddin, Shamima Ikhlaq: Ali Bahadur, Kaleem Anwar, Syed Safwan Khalid, Asad Raza, Dr. Khalid Latif, Aaamir Muhammad, Wahid Baksh Mangrio, Jawad Qarni, Syed Qudratullah, Kashif Munir, Shabihul Hasan, M. Iqbal, Muhammad Bilal Saif, Saqib Munawwar, Korish Hasnain Sahir, and Muhammad Uzair Ali.

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100 schools reconstructed in quake zone
Islamabad: More than 100 new schools have now been constructed and handed over to the government in AJK and NWFP, in a Unicef-Erra initiative to 'build back better' where schools were destroyed in the 2005 earthquake.

Another 200 schools were expected to be completed by the end of 2010, said a Unicef statement issued on Tuesday.

In their efforts to 'build back better', the new schools had been constructed to high international standards. They were earthquake-safe, child-friendly and built to specifications proven to get more children into schools, keep them there and help them learn.

"Our real aim is to ensure that children receive the best education possible," said Unicef Pakistan Emergency Education Officer, Syed Fawad Ali Shah. "Teachers at the schools have been trained in child-friendly teaching methods that promote interactive learning and ban corporal punishment and that support and empower children as they learn." The new schools were more spacious with at least on square metre of classroom space per child and they promoted good hygiene through hand washing stations and separate toilets for girls and boys. They were also fully furnished with desks and tables for students and teachers.

"There is no greater investment in the future of a country than investment in the education of children," said Unicef Pakistan Deputy Representative, Luc Chauvin.

"In partnership with Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, the Ministry of Education and provincial authorities, we have not just constructed schools, but have taken an important step toward ensuring that children in the areas affected by the 2005 earthquake have access to higher quality education," he said.

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the European Commission were among the donors. Dawn

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