638 candidates pass CSS written test
Islamabad, Oct 15: Only 8.2 per cent candidates have passed the Central Superior Services (CSS) 2010 written examination for recruitment in the federal government's BPS-17, declared the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) here on Thursday.
Out of 7,759 candidates, who had taken the written examination, only 638 have been declared successful by the FPSC, says an official announcement. Out of the passed candidates, 480 are male and 158 female candidates.
It says that initially a total of 11,887 candidates had applied for the CSS examination, but 4,128 did not appear.
"Subject to determination of eligibility as per CSS Rules, place and schedule of medical examination, psychological assessment and viva voce will be intimated to candidates in due course of time," it says.Your Comments
Parents resent PEC new exam procedure
Rawalpindi: Punjab Examination Commission's (PEC) decision to hold this year's annual examination under the new procedure evolved in 2006 will do more harm than good to the students of grade-V and grade-VIII, parents and teachers said.
The PEC has decided to introduce Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) procedure this year to assess the learning ability of the students. But syllabus books, giving guidelines for the examination, would be published by 2012, teachers and parents of students said.
"The course that is being taught in the primary and middle level schools was issued in 2002 but the PEC decided to conduct the examination under SLOs for which relevant books are not available," said a private school teacher Amir Anwar.
Explaining the SLOs, the teacher said the PEC introduced outlines for the examination papers in 2006 and decided to make some amendments in syllabus and publish new books from 2012. He said when the books were not available till 2012 how could PEC hold the examination under the new policy this year.
When contacted Executive District Officer (education) Malik Mohammad Ashraf said the examinations were being held in accordance with SLOs for which no specific course books were needed. Dawn
Computer science book for eighth class yet to be printed
Rawalpindi: Almost six months of the academic session have passed, but the textbook of computer science for 8th class is still not available in the market thus leaving the students in a quandary.
Sources in the Punjab Textbook Board told 'The News' that Punjab review committee (PRC) has approved the curriculum of computer science book and now waiting for the approval of national review committee (NRC). They said that NRC takes too much time to give NOC for the publication of books that's why they are afraid that the new syllabus book may not be published this year.
Earlier, the students were advised by the teachers to change their subject from computer science to home economics, Arabic and agriculture etc because there was no other option for them. But many of the students are still waiting for the new syllabus of computer science.
Students and parents while talking to 'The News' said that almost six months have passed, but the textbook of computer sciences is still not available in the market that shows the inefficiency of the Punjab Textbook Board. The concerned authorities are taking no action whereas the future of thousands of students is at stake, they added.
Chaudhary Aslam, a father, said, "I have visited almost all the bookshops in twin cities to get the book of computer science for my son, but failed because the new book is reportedly still not printed. This shows the negligence and lack of interest on part of the concerned authorities."
He said that when I contacted the Punjab Textbook Board they told me that the printing of book is still in the process and soon it would be available in the market, but students are still waiting for the book.
One Faheem Alam said that the time is very short, as the final examinations would be conducted in February 2011 and without proper syllabus how would the students prepare for the annual examination. The authorities should bring the book in the market as soon as possible.
The official spokesperson of Punjab Textbook Board Muhammad Abid also confirmed that the Punjab review committee has passed the curriculum and now they are waiting for the NOC from the national review committee. He said that national review committee takes too much time to give NOC, as they read each page of the curriculum and sometimes it takes a year to give NOC.
Muhammad Abid said that schools should get course outline of computer sciences for the 8th class from the Curriculum Wing, Islamabad, to prepare their students for the annual examinations. The news
World Hand Washing Day today: Soap available only in 8pc govt schools
Islamabad: As the 'Global Hand-washing Day' is being observed on Friday, a Unicef-sponsored survey has indicated that soap is available in merely 8 per cent of government schools and 42 per cent private schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
"Where not available, a majority of students reported either not washing their hands at all or washing with just water," according to the survey conducted in 100 public and private schools in the twin cities.
This year, the theme of Global Handwashing Day aims to make the simple, life-saving practice of washing hands a regular habit.
As part of celebrating the day, about 80,000 children across the country will be involved in school events like hand-washing demonstrations and competitions, painting and drawing contests, local awareness walks and soap distribution.
The national day activities will be launched in Islamabad on Friday at a ceremony to be presided over by Federal Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi. Community and camp activities for flood-affected people, including hand-washing demonstrations and distribution of soap, will also be organised.
Each year, diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections cause deaths of more than 3.5 million children under the age of five.
In Pakistan, about 116,013 children die due to diarrhoea each year, translating into the loss of life of 13 children per hour, says PDHS 2007-08.
Children also suffer disproportionately from sickness also due to diarrhoeal diseases with almost 25 million cases reported annually, according to PSML survey for 2006-07.
Washing hands with soap and water especially after using the toilet and before handling food helps reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases by over 40 percent; but this simple behaviour is not practiced regularly, Unicef said in a statement.
In the aftermath of the unprecedented flooding that devastated large areas of the country and directly affected over 20 million people, the incidence of water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases, including acute diarrhoea, among the affected population is alarming and several cases of cholera have been confirmed.
In this environment, hand washing with soap is vital to decrease the mortality and morbidity of affected populations, in particular women and children, said Unicef. DawnYour Comments
The list of who's who behind the blue-eyed teachers
Islamabad: An official document reflects on nepotism and murder of merit in the official appointments with the Presidency, Prime Minister's Secretariat, a number of federal ministers and government MPs being badly exposed to have referred their blue-eyed to the concerned authorities to get them recruited. Perhaps innocently, the Federal Directorate of Education has documented who, no matter how powerful, in the government had referred their favourites to the authorities for their induction.
The FDE under the ambit of the Ministry of Education has compiled a complete list of the candidates for the slots of teachers along with the references and links that they produced before the officers of the directorate and has submitted the list before the ministry. The FDE list contains the names of persons from Presidency to Prime Minister's Secretariat; from Federal Ministers to political workers and from federal secretary to section officer, who wanted their men appointed against the posts of teachers.
Sources in the FDE told this correspondent that the list mainly includes those who could not be selected and the directorate submitted the list before the Federal Education Minister for further orders. Of these candidates many were selected later, the sources held. The sources said the FDE inducted some 1000 teachers of whom 642 were in access and many were appointed under political and bureaucratic influence. It is the same recruitment process when FDE was caught appointing dozens of teachers through fake appointment letters and Director FDE Farzana Gondal confirmed that teachers had been appointed on fake appointed letters and were drawing salaries from the national kitty. These fake appointments were apart from the 642 excess appointments that the FDE has made after the inception of new government in 2008. Interestingly, the list says most of the candidates were either ineligible or did not meet the requirements of the posts. Even a few were just matriculate.
According to the official list submitted in the Education Ministry, dozens of applicants used the reference of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Leader of the House in Senate, Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Dr Israr Shah, chairman Pakistan People's Party Political Victim Cell. While the FDE was tried to be influenced by a few candidates through reference of Federal Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour; Manzoor Wattoo; Ministers of State Mehreen Anwar Raja, Imtiaz Safdar Warrich, Tasneem Ahmad Quershi; Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Faisal Karim Kundi, Sabeen Rizvi, MNA PML-N, Malik Abrar Ahmad, Senator Razina Alam Khan, Khalida Mansoor MNA, Senator Mohabat Khan Marri, Senator Ismael Bulehdi, Sardar Muhammad Mushtaq MNA, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry MNA, Muhammad Sabir Shah, President PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Malik M Jamil MNA, Raja Muhammad Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Sardar Saleem Haider Khan, Naseer Ahmad Bhutta MNA and Parliamentary Secretary, ministry of information and broadcasting. Among the bureaucrats, the official list says dozens of applicants were backed by M I Kiani, In-charge People's Complaint Cell, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, M Hussain of President Secretariat and Farooq Sultan, section officer Prime Minister's Secretariat.
From the PM's Secretariat the officers who referred the candidates to FDE include Muhammad Zubair Ahmad, Deputy Secretary; Farah Hamid Khan, Deputy Secretary; Bashir Ahmad Ch, Deputy Secretary; Ali Ahmad Bajwa; Syed Kazim Hussain; Ghulam Nabi Mangrio, Joint Secretary and Ch Zafar Amin.
From the Presidency, DG Admin and Qamar S Abbasi, Director had referred the candidates to the directorate to get them inducted. Other bureaucrats include Ali Muhammad Shah, Director Ministry of Commerce; Secretary Education; Rao Tehsin Ali Khan, DG Minister's office, Information and Broadcasting, Yasmin Haq, Education Ministry, DG (A&A) Higher Education Commission; Azeemul Haq Minhas, Ministry of Water and Power; Feroz Khan, DG National Assembly; Education Secretary Sindh; Director Ministry of Water and Power; Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad Election Commission of Pakistan, and Assistant Director PM Task Force on Employment Generation. While a few PS of the Ministers have also referred their persons for the said posts; they include Muhammad Arshad, PS to Minister of State for Defence; Kamran Ali Shah, PS to Minister of Zakat and Ushr; PS to Minister for Labour and Manpower; and Ashraf Ali Samo, PS Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
City School has new student council
Islamabad: The investiture ceremony of the student council was held at The City School, Capital Campus, here on Thursday.
A total of 107 students pledged to uphold the ideals enshrined in the school code of conduct and to exhibit the highest standards of moral and ethical behaviour synonymous with the name of the institution.
On pledging solidarity to leadership, responsibility and compassion and to resultantly emerge as enlightened citizens of society at large, students were decorated with the honours of The City School Student Council.
Regional Director (North) of The City School Safia Cassim and Regional Academic Coordinator Muhammad Zeeshan Khan were also present on the occasion. A large gathering of parents along with faculty and students of the school witnessed the event and cheered the newly-elected student council. The news