AIOU to launch new academic programmes

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will launch some new academic programmes from Tuesday, August 1 with start of Autumn 2017 session, it was announced on Sunday.

These include PhD elementary teachers’ education, PhD, MS public nutrition and BS accounting and finance. All told 23 new academic programmes have been introduced in a short span of time to cover a wide-range of disciplines relating to country’s socio-economic development.

Education options: Nine new academic courses at AIOU
This is in line with recent initiatives undertaken by AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui expanding the scope of education, as per the need of society. The university is already running over 100 academic programmes from Matric to PhD-level. Besides these, there are diploma and short-courses as well. It has four faculties relating to sciences, social sciences, education and Islamic studies and each one was coming up with new programmes of public interest.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2017.

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Girls lead the way

Girls almost outshined boys in Secondary School Certificate Examination 2017 held by Multan Board as they took away first and third overall top positions besides sharing second position with a boy, disclosed the result notification.
Wajeeha Younis of a private school (roll number 172424) stood overall first with 1091 marks. The overall second position was jointly held by a boy and a girl. Kashaful Eman (roll number 162363), also student of another private school, clinched overall second position with 1089 marks. Similarly, Muhamad Fahad Hussein (roll number 179806) of a private school also secured 1089 marks and was declared second. Fatima Munir (roll number 161935) clinched third position with 1088 marks.
The controller of examination, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Multan, Prof. Syed Haider Abbas Gardezi declared the result here at BISE Hall on Tuesday. Punjab Minister for Zakat and Ushar Nagma Mushtaq Laang chaired the result ceremony and distributed prizes among the position holders.
The Controller disclosed that a total of 100796 candidates appeared in the examination out of which 82338 got through, showing 81.68 pc success ratio.
In Science Group, as many as 81960 candidates appeared, including 49102 male and 32858 female ones, and 69252 were declared successful. The pass percentage in this group stood at 84.49 per cent.
Similarly, 18836 candidates appeared in humanities including 6455 male and 12381 female. As many as 13086 candidates got through with 69.47pc result.
SCIENCE GROUP BOYS
The overall second position holder Muhamad Fahad Hussein (roll number 179806) stood topper in this group with 1089 marks. Similarly, Ali Khalil (roll number 179723) got second position with 1085 marks. The third position in this group was jointly held three students; Saad Amjad (roll number 166505), Muhammad Uzair (roll no 153144) and Muhammad Ansab (roll number 179052). Each of them secured 1084 marks.
2 GIRLS SHARE POSITION
The Faisalabad, BISE announced results of Matric annual examination 2017 with over all passing percentage of 77.94 percent.
According to the BISE, a total of 150955 candidates appeared in the exam, of whom 117649 were declared successful. The result was declared at a ceremony the BISE office.
On the occasion, MNA Dr Nisar Jatt was the chief guest while other parliamentarians including Faqir Hussain Dogar, Haji Ilyas Ansari, Mian Muhammad Rafiq, Dr Najma Afzal, Begum Surriya Naseem and Fatima Fareha, BISE Chairman Mahar Ghulam Muhammad Jaggar, Secretary Khurram Shehzad Qureshi, Controller Dr Zafar Iqbal Tahir, CEO District Education Authority Muzaffar Javed Iqbal Chishti, Vice Chairmen District Council Rana Zulfiqar, Khalid Parvez Virk, positions holder students and their parents, heads of govt and private educational institutions were also present in the ceremony.
According to the result, two girl students – Maiyza Younis of Laboratory Girls High School Agriculture University and Maryam Zohra of Chenab Girls College Jhang bagged first positions with 1090 out of total 1,100 marks each.
The second position was secured by Riqza Saeed of Chenab Girls College Jhang with 1087 marks while third position was collectively bagged by three students – Maryam Ashraf of City Girls High School People’s Colony, Zohaib Ahmad Qureshi and Saad Amjad of Divisional Public School with 1085 marks.

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MULTAN

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Students shine in matric exams 2017

LAHORE: As many as 73.75% of 226,619 entrants passed the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore matriculation annual exams 2017.

Students from private schools took most of the top positions, while the Divisional Public School (DPS) of Model Town in Lahore, which has topped every exam for years, failed to get even a single position. BISE Lahore announced the detailed results during a ceremony at the Alhamra Arts Council on Tuesday. The position holders were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals along with cash prizes of Rs20,000, Rs15,000 and Rs10,000.

3,000 private students suffer after exam postponed without prior notice.

The first position holder in the humanities group, Usama Ikram, served as an inspiration for his peers. He is an orphan and works as a street hawker. Sharing his struggle, he said that after the death of his father, his elder brother left his studies to support the family. Usama himself worked while continuing with his studies.

The overall first position holder, Umer Tariq, belongs to a low-income family. His father is a Grade-11 government employee. Umer told The Express Tribune that he studied on scholarship at a trust school called the Teach a Child High School for Boys in Johar Town, while his family was struggling financially. He said that he could only continue his studies because of the scholarship.

School Education Minister Rana Mashhood, who attended the ceremony, said these bright students were the future of Pakistan. He said the Punjab government had been spending a huge budget on education, which was strengthening the future of the country. “For the first time in the history of our country, Punjab Chief Minister has issued instructions to give a guard of honour to the position holders. Previously, it was only presented to bureaucrats, army generals and presidents”.

The minister said the position holders would be given their guard of honour at the Chief Minister House in Murree and later taken on a tour of foreign universities.

SSC exams 2017: Students of govt schools shine bright

Addressing the ceremony, BISE Lahore Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Ismail said that the board decided to mark the ceremony with simplicity to honour the victims of the Ferozepur Road blast. He said that this year, the board managed to announce the result on time and create a transparent examination system. “This is evident from the fact that one position is shared by six students.”

A total of 229,027 candidates applied for the examination and 226,619 appeared, out of which 167,131 candidates passed. In the science group, a total of 143,037 candidates appeared and 116,240 passed the exam, making the success rate 81.27%. In the humanities group, a total of 83,582 candidates appeared and 50,891 passed.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2017.

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AJK Govt To Appoint 14,000 Teachers

The AJK government is going to appoint fourteen thousand teachers across the state to overcome shortage of teaching staff in schools.

AJK Minister for Education Barrister Iftikhar Gilani told Radio Pakistan Muzaffarabad correspondent that these vacancies will be filled through NTS to ensure merit.

He said nine hundred lecturers will also be recruited for colleges through Public Service Commission.

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Turkey new school curriculum – without Darwin

ANKARA: Turkey announced a new school curriculum on Tuesday that excluded Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, feeding opposition fears President Tayyip Erdogan is subverting the republic’s secular foundations.

Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said the main elements of evolution already underpinned the science curriculum, but there would be no mention of Darwin’s landmark theory until university.

“Because it is above the students’ level and not directly related, the theory of evolution is not part” of the school curriculum, Yilmaz told a news conference.

Opposition Republican People’s Party lawmaker Mustafa Balbay said any suggestion the theory was beyond their understanding was an insult to high school students.

“You go and give an 18-year old student the right to elect and be elected, but don’t give him the right to learn about the theory of evolution…This is being close minded and ignorant.”

The theory of evolution is rejected by both Christian and Muslim creationists, who believe God created the world as described in the Bible and the Koran, making the universe and all living things in six days.

Erdogan, accused by critics of crushing democratic freedoms with tens of thousands of arrests and a clampdown on media since a failed coup last July, has in the past spoken of raising a “pious generation”.

The curriculum, effective from the start of the 2017-2018 school year, also obliges Turkey’s growing number of “Imam Hatip” religious schools to teach the concept of jihad as patriotic in spirit.

“It is also our duty to fix what has been perceived as wrong. This is why the Islamic law class and basic fundamental religion lectures will include (lessons on) jihad,” Yilmaz told reporters. “The real meaning of jihad is loving your nation.”

Jihad is often translated as “holy war” in the context of fighters waging war against enemies of Islam; but Muslim scholars stress that it also refers to a personal, spiritual struggle against sin.

Mehhmet Balik, chairman of the Union of Education and Science Workers (Egitim-Is), condemned the new curriculum.

“The new policies that ban the teaching of evolution and requiring all schools to have a prayer room, these actions destroy the principle of secularism and the scientific principles of education,” he said.
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Under the AKP, which came to power in 2002, the number of “Imam Hatip” religious schools has grown exponentially. Erdogan, who has roots in political Islam, attended one such school.

He has spent his career fighting to bring religion back into public life in constitutionally secular Turkey and has cast himself as the liberator of millions of pious Turks whose rights and welfare were neglected by a secular elite.

Liberal Turks see Erdogan as attempting to roll back the work of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Western-facing founder of modern Turkey who believed education should be free of religious teachings.

Some government critics have said the new curriculum – which was presented for public feedback earlier this year – increased the emphasis on Islamic values at the expense of Ataturk’s role.

But Yilmaz said on Tuesday nothing about Ataturk or his accomplishments had been removed. Changes only emphasized core values such as justice, friendship, honesty, love and patriotism.

He said discussion of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Islamic State and the network of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for last year’s attempted coup, would also be added.

Balik, the head of the union, said the changes were being made in an attempt to stamp out dissenting ideas.

“The bottom line is: generations who ask questions, that’s what the government fears,” he said. – AFP

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Why can’t Pakistan fix education?

Every Pakistani now believes that education is central to economic and social development. And policymakers proclaim it as a top priority. Resource allocation may have been increased but it is not optimal yet. Advocacy groups and media have enhanced awareness about the importance of the improvement in education. However, educational quality and outcome, especially in public sector schools, have not improved proportionate to resource transfer and enhanced awareness.

An industry of technocrats, advocacy experts, researchers, philanthropists, data analysts and consultants of the public sector schooling system has emerged in Pakistan. Many of them have neither attended, nor are sending their children to public sector schools. So, they are unable to diagnose the fundamental flaws in public schooling and the overall education system.

Until the early 90s, there were fewer elite schools and the rest of the children from middle-class and marginalised segments would study at the same place. The quality of education was certainly not satisfactory but the children had the opportunity for mixed interactions among their peers coming from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, as many of the local influential families would send their children to public schools, they exercised some surveillance and put forward a strong demand for better quality of education.
However, due to the mushroom growth of private schools, only children of marginalised segments of society are now left in public schools. Despite the so-called experimental research, deployment of monitoring systems and the introduction of smart technologies, the quality of education in public schools has deteriorated. Academic papers and fancy reports on public schooling interventions make routine appearances but we do not see results on the ground. Families that send their children to public schools are not able to exert local influence and are powerless to demand better quality of education. Furthermore, most of the private schools that are attended by the children from the lower middle-class and marginalised segments are imparting low quality education due to the poor quality of teachers.

The fragmented education system has negative implications for upward mobility and social cohesion. There is hardly any research or dialogue on the need to reconcile this widening gap in the education system. A class-based education system can’t be a harbinger of social and economic inclusion. This has indeed led to social conflicts and tearing apart mixed interactions in the country. It is now near impossible for students of public schools to compete with those coming from elite schools and family backgrounds.

The English language continues to reinforce inequalities in educational achievements. Students from elite families enjoy studying in relatively better English-medium schools and they do gain its reward in national and international academic pursuits. But English often acts as a barrier to education and decent careers for a majority of the population.

No policymaker, politician, education consultant, bureaucrat or even a teacher of public school sends his/her children to public schools. This alienation and vote of no-confidence towards the public education system can’t be compensated with digital surveillance or increments in financial resources. Because when the powerful elite doesn’t have a stake in improving any public service that service remains marginalised as compared to the one where they have deep interests in.

There are a number of reasons leading to this gap. Firstly, teaching in a public school is not a profession of choice, especially amongst the male population. Many of the teachers are those who could not get a job somewhere else. Secondly, bureaucrats and clerks of education departments humiliate public school teachers — not to mention, the politicisation of transfers and postings. Thirdly, the public schooling system still focuses on testing photogenic memory of the kids in this age of high demand for teamwork, creativity, love for knowledge and problem solving abilities.

Fourthly, lack of affordable and safe public transport continues to deter enrollment of girls in high schools as they often travel far from villages and sprawling settlements of cities. We can see advocacy and concerns on girls’ education nationally and internationally but little improvement in transport system for them. Due to investment in a bus fleet, for example, the University of Gujrat has attracted a high number of girls from rural areas in Gujranwala. Fifthly, public and school libraries have disappeared. Elite kids still enjoy these facilities in clubs but middle-class and poor segments are deprived. Sixthly, vocational education in schools is limited and irrelevant. The dropout rate after middle and high school is high, and these students end their education without any skill in hand. There are technical and vocational colleges but the mainstream education system does not focus on employable skill development. Seventhly, resource constraints and lack of awareness about behavioural issues have a severe negative impact on student’s performance.

There is a need to challenge the fragmentation of the education system, instead of merely replicating the arguments related to enhancing allocations and monitoring with huge state machinery and smart technologies. Without addressing the fundamental flaws in the education system, the efforts will not improve efficiency of a system that is leading to chaos and inequality. A real change will only occur when NGOs for advocacy and research in education start raising finances from domestic sources instead of international aid.
By Naveed Akhtar

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Sindh association holds 33rd convention in Los Angeles

LOS ANGLES: The Sindh Association of North America (SANA) held its 33rd convention in Los Angeles. Invitees and guests from Pakistan, India, Europe, America and Canada participated in the conference.

This year, the topic was: ‘GIRLS EDUCATION AND IT’S IMPORTANCE’

Abdul Jabbar Memon , Consul General of Pakistan also attended the convention and said that he was very pleased to see Sindhis from all over the world. He said that it was his desire to talk about all current issues facing the Sindhi community.

He said that it was becoming a cultural practice to put blame on others for our failures. He said that Sindhis themselves are to blame for being part of the problems of Sind and for failure to come up with solutions.

The fact is that the political leaders and the bureaucrats are responsible for shaping policies of the Government. If you want to destroy a nation, destroy their education system.

He said the status of education in Sindh is pathetic. “You have to work hard with honesty and sincerity to bring about a positive change. You do not expect miracles to happen.”

Mr. Abdul Jabbar Memon said he himself was from the same system, but he worked hard and rose in rank. He said being part of the same system if he could do it, everyone can do it.

The President of SANA, Muhammad Ali Mahar also addressed the Convention.

The convention lasted for three days. Culture, Education, Health and Literature were some of the topics discussed.

Various topics and projects were earmarked for the coming year.

In the education session, intellectuals , scholars and writers from Karachi and Los Angeles took part in a video conference. Dr. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi , renowned scholar and member of the Provincial Assembly of Sind and others took part.

Singer Humera Channa and Arshad Mehmood took part in Mehfil e Mausiqi to amuse the audience.

In all, 14 resolutions were passed unanimously in the convention.

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Classes of M.Sc. Statistics 1st Semester (Spring-2017)

All those AIOU candidates of M.Sc. Statistics who received offering letter for admission to M.Sc. Statistics and have deposited the fee of first semester (Spring-2017) are hereby informed that their 10 days workshop will be conducted on 15th July 2017 (Saturday) to 24th July 2017 (Monday). Timings will be 3:00pm to 9:pm. Workshop venue is Academic Complex, AIOU, Islamabad. Weekend classes will be start from 29th July and will remain continue by the end of October. The attendance in workshop and classes is compulsory. The detailed schedule has been sent through post. For query please contact 051-9057266

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AIOU Workshop/Classes of Bridging Semester of M.Sc. Statistics (Spring-2017)

All those AIOU candidates of Bridging semester for M.Sc. Statistics who have deposited the fee of Spring-2017 semester are hereby informed that their 10 days workshop will be conducted on 7th July 2017 (Firdiay) to 16th July 2017 (Sunday). Timings will be 3:00pm to 9:pm. Workshop venue is Academic Complex, AIOU, Islamabad. Weekend classes will be start from 22nd July and will remain continue till 18th September. The attendence in workshop and classes is compulsory. The detailed schedule has been sent through post. For query please contact 051-9057266

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AIOU Solved Assignment MS 8704 Strategic Human Resource Management Spring 2017

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