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Action against guess papers, tuition centres in Punjab

Govt keen to ban guess papers, tuition centres
Lahore, Sep 02: The Punjab government is seeking help of the Law Department and Intelligence agencies to take action against publishers of guide books, guess papers and runners of tuition centres in the province, sources in the Education Department said here Tuesday.

They revealed that a meeting in this regard was held at the Punjab Civil Secretariat on Saturday last, which was headed by Rana Muhammad Afzal, chairman committee on guide books and guess papers. The committee was formed by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting was attended by Secretary Law, Secretary Higher Education and Secretary Schools, DIG Special Branch, Chairman Textbook Board, principal of certain colleges and schools, all the stake-holders including President Urdu Bazaar, owners of tuition centres and two publishers of guess papers and guide books.

The sources disclosed that all the stakeholders had assured the committee members their cooperation for banning the publication of such material. An official of the Education Department said that there were eleven publishers of guide books and five of guess papers, who maintain that "it is a big business as every year around 2.2 million students of matriculation and 1.2 million of Intermediate get help from such help books."

When contacted Rana M Afzal said that the stake-holders were aware of the dire results of such publications and they had pledged to help the committee in this regard.

He said that the publication of key books, guess papers and guides was not only harming the quality of education, but the publishers were also breaking into the examination system, to make their guess papers more and more invincible. Regarding tuition centres, Rana said, "The owners of academies believe that parents do not want their children waste time, as the schools did not remain open throughout the year, thus they send them to tuition centres."

"They also advocate that teachers belong to a low paid community and they cannot earn their bread depending only upon their salaries," he said and added, "They have also maintained that learning more and more is the basic right of a student." The matter would be examined thoroughly and it would take time, Rana concluded. The nation

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0.15m get admission in polytechnic institutes
Lahore: About 0.15 million students, the highest after Intermediate groups in general education, opted for admission in the Polytechnic Institutes and Colleges of Technology in the Punjab province this year.

The students with less merit who do not get admission in the colleges get admission in the polytechnic institutes where the merit ranged from 500 marks to 600.

The most popular is the three-year Diploma of Associate Engineer (DAE) in Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering.

The parents from less privileged class prefer to send their children for these courses in Polytechnics.

The C.Com and D.Com in Polytechnic Institutes equal to Intermediate are also popular among the students who wanted to do their B.Com-IT and M.Com.

All these examinations are conducted by the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE).

The admissions in Polytechnic Institutes ended on August 31st where classes too will start from September 1 (today).

According to an estimate some one lakh children were admitted in 200 Polytechnic Institutes and 40 Colleges of Technology in the Province and Azad Kashmir, majority of them enrolled in DAE. The merit this year was high and the administration had to admit majority students in second shift.

As many as 50,000 students were admitted in C.Com and D.Com equivalent to Intermediate in commerce group at the Polytechnic Institutes and some 25,000 in B.Tech. As many as 10,000 students were admitted in other technical and vocational courses of six months to one year duration.

This is in addition to the students admitted in TEVTA institutions whose examination is conducted by TEVTA itself.

Some of the private institutions offering C.Com and D.Com have obtained affiliation from the Multan Board and universities other than the Punjab University for their graduate programmes. A well number of students took admission in computer courses ACCA, CAT, CFA, CIMA etc

The admission trend reflect the desire of Pakistani youth to acquire higher education despite the inflated fee and hard hitting economic conditions. Meanwhile, a fair number of Matriculates desire to search jobs in govt and non-govt organisations, Army, Air force and police establishment according to their eligibility. The nation

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Malpractices in education dept: MPA
Lahore: Member of Punjab Assembly Zobia Rubab Malik has demanded that the Punjab Chief Minister take strict notice of the malpractices in the Higher Education Department.

The MPA submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat on Tuesday after a news item was published, stating that appointments had been made in the Higher Education Department without considering the merit policy of the government.

She said the junior officers had been appointed whereas senior and more experienced officers were awaiting appointments either in the center or in other provinces.

This, Zobia said, was leaving a negative impact on the performance of the department and, at the same time, it was discouraging for the senior officers who had been waiting for appointments for some time now.

The MPA further demanded that a probe team be set up and said that the CM must explain the whole incident to the Punjab Assembly. The news

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TEVTA clarifies news item
Lahore: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has denied the contents of a news item published in a section of the press regarding end of age relaxation to get admission in three years DAE Course in TEVTA Polytechnic Institute. A spokesman of TEVTA in a press release said that the Authority of TEVTA has framed a policy regarding relaxation of age.

According to this policy, the age limit for admission in D.A.E. will be upto 18 years while Principal of concerned Polytechnic institute can relax the age for one year, he added. Similarly, the age relaxation for students to get admission in three years D.A.E course in Polytechnic Institute against 5% quota of Government Technical Training Institute and Hafiz-e-Quran will be for three years. By this initiative, thousands of students will avail the opportunity to get admission in D.A.E. course of Polytechnic Institute, the spokesman said. App

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