Class-I new textbooks from next acedamic session

New textbooks for class I from next session
Islamabad, Sep 05: Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani said newly developed textbooks for Class I will be introduced for the academic session starting from April 2010.

He said this while chairing a meeting to review the pace of textbook development in light of the new National Textbooks and Learning Materials Policy at the Ministry on Friday.

The development of textbooks under new curriculum for Class I, IV, VI, XI was reviewed and the concerned quarters were directed by the Federal Minister to speed up the work for introduction of new textbooks in the remaining classes. The Federal Minister constituted a three-member committee under the chairmanship of Federal Education Secretary to oversee the development of textbooks on regular basis and submit the findings to him. Arif Majeed, Education Advisor and other concerned officials of the Ministry of Education attended the meeting.

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Committee to probe 'thrashing of professor' by PML-N MNA
Islamabad: A three-member fact-finding committee has been constituted by the Ministry of Education to probe into the incident of alleged thrashing of a professor by PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel.

The MNA is accused of attacking Professor Laiq Ali Khan of the Federal Government College for Boys, F-10/4, for refusing admission to a boy recommended by him.

According to sources in the Ministry of Education, the committee comprises Ministry of Education Joint Education Adviser (JEA) Chaudhry Mohammad Akram, Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB) F-8/4 Principal Dr Wahiduddin and Ministry of Education Deputy Education Adviser Colonel (retd) Khalid Hassan. The committee was ordered to conduct transparent inquiry into the incident and submit a report within three days.

However PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said that they really did not trust the inquiry ordered by the government. "If there has to be an inquiry, then it should be under the Standing Committee on Education rather than the ministry," he said.

Iqbal said that the current issue regarding Anjum Aqeel Khan's misbehaviour in the F-10/4 college was not more than political exploitation and had little truth in it. "The issue has been fabricated in order to politically demoralise the MNA and bring a bad name to the party," he said.

He said that the party had inquired the local MNA regarding the issue, but he denied the reports appearing in the media. "There is no solid proof against the MNA so how come we could take action against him," he said.

He said that education remained the top agenda of the PML-N and they believed in merit system besides giving due respect to teachers.

However, MNA Anjum Aqeel could not be contacted for his version despite various attempts made by this correspondent.

Acase has been registered under Sections 148, 149, 186, 353, 427 and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code against MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan for allegedly thrashing the professor and ransacking the college.

A strike was observed in all the main colleges of the city on Thursday and teachers and students demanded strict action against the MNA besides registration of an FIR within three days. However, the strike was postponed for three days on the request of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General (DG) Shaista Pirzada, who assured the teachers that action would be taken on the issue.

FDE Director General Shaista Pirzada said that she will hold a meeting with Federal Government College Teachers Association on Saturday in which they would discuss the issue bothering the teaching staff. Meanwhile, Federal Government College Teachers Association President Professor Qasim Masood said strike would be observed after three days if their demands were not met. The news

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