Girls are wiser than boys, reveals survey
Peshawar, Aug 02: Girls are believed to be wiser then boys revealed in a survey. According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, majority of Pakistanis (41%) believe girls are more intelligent than boys studying in the same class. Nineteen percent (19%) consider boys more intelligent while 35% of the respondents said they both are equal.
Five percent (5%) were unsure or gave no response. Interestingly both men and women respondents agree that girls are wiser than boys, 44% of women believe girls are wiser and 38% of men believer girls are wiser. However when it comes to boys there is a minor gender bias, only 15% of women believe boys are wiser compared with 23% of men who hold this view. A third of both men and women, around 35%, refuse to make a distinction and believe boys and girls are equally wise or unwise. A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked "In your opinion, which is wiser amongst boys and girls studying in the same class?" Forty one percent (41%) claimed girls are wiser, while 19% consider boys to be smarter.
A significant 35% of the respondents believe both boys and girls are equally intelligent and 5% were unsure or gave no response.
Interestingly majority of both men and women respondents agree those girls are wiser than boys, 44% of women believe girls are wiser and 38% of men believer girls are wiser. However when it comes to boys there is a minor gender bias, only 15% of women believe boys are wiser compared with 23% of men who hold this view. A third of both men and women, around 35%, refuse to make a distinction and believe boys and girls are equally wise or unwise.
The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2650 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. F.P reportYour Comments
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Int'l Literacy Day on Sep 08
Islamabad: People across the country will celebrate International Literacy Day on September 08 with special focus on literacy needs.This year, literacy day activities will put spot light on the empowering role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and social development.Public and private departments will mark the day with seminars, workshops and conferences to highlight the importance of literacy.
National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in collaboration with Ministry of Education and UNESCO will hold a grand seminar on the day, an official of NCHD said.
This day carries a greater significance for the society and calls attention to initiate the global efforts for promotion of literacy and education.NCHD in coordination with other organizations arranges literacy seminar every year to mark the day, he said.
According to an estimate, 860 million of the world's adults do not know how to read or write (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) and that more than 100 million children lack access to education.
Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all - children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target.
September 08 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. App
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Academicians oppose UoP restructuring
Peshawar: Heads of various departments of the University of Peshawar (UoP) and Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) Tuesday expressed serious concern over the restructuring of the varsity and urged the administration either to get the decision approved from the relevant bodies or do away with it.
The PUTA office-bearers and department heads met at PUTA Hall with PUTA President Dr Arbab Khan Afridi in the chair. The meeting decided to call on the vice-chancellor of the university and inform him of their concern. The meeting with the vice-chancellor would be held today (Wednesday) at 9 a.m., an office-bearer of PUTA said.
The university issued two separate notifications some two weeks ago, merging 13 departments of the university into six institutions. New directors were appointed for the institutions and the heads of the departments were relieved.
The Departments of Seerat Studies, Arabic and Islamiyat were merged and were to be called the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies. The Persian and Urdu departments were merged into the Institute of Urdu and Persian Language and literature. The Pashto Academy and Department of Pashto were merged into the Centre of Pashto Language and Literature.
The Departments of Electronics and Physics would be called the Institute of Electronic and Physics after their merger. The Departments of Sociology, Social Work and Gender Studies have been merged as the Institute of Social Development Studies and the Departments of Archaeology and Anthropology have been merged and were to be called Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.
The participants of the meeting were of the opinion that the decision was against the statutes of the university, as it had not been approved by any of the statutory bodies of the institution.
If the decision was necessary, it should be implemented in all the 48 departments of the university after proper approval from the relevant institutions. A few departments should not be picked and chosen for the purpose, they said.
They said it was the mandate of the academic council, senate and syndicate of the university to take such a decision but these bodies have been bypassed while taking the restructuring decision.
The last meeting of the academic council was held some six months ago and the syndicate met three months back. Therefore, approval for these concerned quarters is out of question, a participant said.
He added that the syndicate in its previous meeting three-months back had appointed chairmen for all the departments and now all of them are relieved.
Sources said that the university administration had asked the heads of all the 13 departments to hand over all powers, assets and resources to the newly appointed directors.
One of the worst affected departments by the decision is that of Gender Studies, an official of the department said. Set up about five years ago, the department has so far shown excellent performance despite limited resources. The department by the nature of its work needs to function independently so that it could have liaison with its partners and stakeholders freely, the official added.
The official said the decision of merger of the department was against the multiple national and international commitments that Pakistan was signatory such as CEDAW, which were geared towards gender equality and mainstreaming of gender in all walks of life.
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Schools, colleges still closed in Darra Adamkhel
Kohat: Like other parts of the province, schools and colleges reopened on Tuesday after the long summer break with the exception of Darra Adamkhel where institutions were still closed.
In a notification, the Education Department has directed the concerned officials in all the tribal and semi-tribal areas including Orakzai and Kurram agencies and the Frontier Regions to reopen schools and colleges.
However, the sources said schools and colleges in Darra Adamkhel were yet to be reopened. They said in Darra Adamkhel the militants destroyed 17 educational institutes with explosives.
The destroyed seats of learning included four govt-run high schools for boys, two for girls, six middle schools for girls, four primary schools for girls and a degree college for boys.
District Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmad said the government was making final arrangements to raise tents at destroyed schools for the students to continue education. He added that soon the damaged bridges would be reconstructed and the Friendship Tunnel would be opened for 24 hours traffic.
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Students asked to focus on studies
Peshawar: FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Peshawar Campus Director Sahibzada Ghiyasul Haq has urged the students to pay attention to their studies for the sake of their better future.
Addressing a reception held in the honour of newly admitted students of the university, he said that the progress and development of all nations and countries depends on the establishment of better-educated society. He said the students also owe great responsibility and are required to utilise the best capabilities for playing their role.
Manager Administration & Finance Brig Azeem and Head of Department Telecom Engineer Ahmad Saeed Qazi also addressed and briefed the students on the rules and regulations of the university. The news
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