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AIMC convocation 2012-13
Lahore, Oct 22: The annual convocation of the Allama Iqbal
Medical College (AIMC) for the session 2012-13 will be held on Thursday
The chief organiser of the convocation will be AIMC Principal Prof
Mahmood Shaukat while Prof Arif Tajammal will be the organising
The college administration has directed all students of session
2012-13 to get their names registered with the student section of the
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Govt schools to switch over to English medium
Peshawar: All the government schools in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa will switch over from Urdu to English medium gradually in a
period of four to five years, according to officials.
They said that English would replace Urdu gradually as medium in
state-run schools of the province because elementary and secondary
education department could not do it in one go. It was neither feasible
for the students to start learning in the changed medium abruptly nor
the teachers were trained to teach their subjects in English, they said.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led provincial government has decided to
change the medium from Urdu to English from grade-1 in the government
schools from the coming academic year commencing from April, 2014. Once
the medium was changed from the grade-I, it would be changed onward with
each passing year, officials said.
They said that the previous government of Awami National Party had
already taken the initiative of changing the medium from grade-IV under
the National Textbook and Learning Material Policy from the academic
year 2013. After grade-IV, the medium would be changed with the passing
of each year, officials said.
The change of medium has been commenced at two stages -- first from
beginning and second from grade-IV -- which would take four or five
years to change it to secondary level.
"Textbooks of mathematics and general science for grade-IV have
already been converted into English while printing of both the subjects
for grade-V has started," officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board
said. They said that KPTB had also ordered the publishers to start
printing of textbooks of mathematics and general knowledge for grade-1
Besides national and regional languages, they said, only Pakistan Studies would be taught in Urdu.
Directorate of Curriculum and Teachers Education Director Bashir
Hussain Shah, when contacted, said that the required textbooks were
already available with the education department as such books had
already been taught in several government schools that switched over to
English medium in the past.
"The department has no problem with the change of medium as only
available books will be printed in English instead of Urdu," he said.
A single teacher from each of the 23,500 primary schools in the
province would be trained before changing the medium of the relevant
books, Mr Shah said. The training of teachers would take around one
month, he said.
Some international donor organisations were supporting the education
department to train the teachers, the official said. The development of
training manual was in final stage, he said.
"We are already having master trainers as training teachers is a
continuous process," he said. The master trainers would train the
teachers at circle level across the province as each district was
divided into several circles according to its size, he said.
"Hopefully teachers will be trained a month before change of the
medium. The training duration of each group of teachers will be 12
days," Mr Shah said. Dawn
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