Electricity outages & matric, inter, BA/BSc exams
Electricity outages blow students mind off
Lahore, Dec 22: The ongoing loadshedding is disturbing students seriously,
especially those who are preparing for upcoming matriculation, intermediate and
BA/BSc annual examinations.
The students, studying the subject of
computer sciences, have been worst hit by the prevailing power crisis because of
poor alternative arrangements made by educational institutions. Research
scholars at different universities and institutions of higher learning have also
raised their voice against power failures, terming them a threat to their
Students and teachers expressed concerns
over the 12-hour loadshedding while criticising both the agencies concerned and
the rulers for ignoring the power sector in the past.
They said the
prolonged power breakdowns were certainly harmful as students were preparing for
various upcoming exams.
They said the continuing outages were affecting
the academic activities and urged the authorities concerned to take immediate
measures to save students from suffering.
Farhan, a student, said he
could not concentrate on his studies because of loadshedding, adding that since
he was preparing for annual matriculation exam, scheduled to start in March
2009, he had to be more focused. However, the prevailing circumstances were
unfavourable for him and many others, he said, maintaining that night was the
best time to study and pay the maximum attention to books, however, outages had
become the main hurdle in the academic pursuit.
Arif Hassan, another
student, said he was studying at a private school, which did not have
alternative arrangements during for loadshedding.
studying computer science subject, suffer a lot because of power outages," he
It is important to mention here that recently a number of
students, appearing in a test of English language of a foreign organization,
faced a lot of problems as they were attempting a computer-based test.
student of the Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Sant Nagar, said the ongoing
loadshedding had become a source of constant irritation for students and
teachers alike. She said darkness prevailed in the classrooms during power
"Students cannot sit in the open to study because of cold,"
she said, adding that the students were quite disturbed because of the present
situation in the wake of upcoming intermediate annual exams.
Ahmad, a private school teacher, said his school had arranged power generators,
keeping in view the present loadshedding. He said students demonstrating
practical exams at science laboratories were in dire need of uninterrupted power
It is also important to mention here that various private
schools associations are staging demonstrations these days in different parts of
the province against loadshedding.
A Punjab University (PU) teacher said
though the university had dual supply line, yet its students were in trouble
because of ongoing loadshedding, adding that the boarding students were also in
He said the power crisis was badly affecting the research
activities at the university like other institutions of higher learning across
However, PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said
loadshedding had the minimum impact at the university as it had a dual power
supply line. "Even then, we urge the authorities concerned that educational
institutions might be exempted from loadshedding," he added. The News
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NA body to recommend cancellation of Farah Dogar's certificate: Abid
Islamabad: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education will recommend the cancellation of the
certificate issued by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(FBISE) to the daughter of Chief Justice (CJ) Abdul Hameed Dogar, Committee
Chairman Abid Sher Ali said on Sunday.
The committee will meet today at
11am at the Parliament House to look into the matter. The committee had asked
the FBISE authorities to produce a complete record of the FSc examination of the
"We cannot allow something illegal to happen," Abid said, adding that he would strongly recommend the FBISE to cancel the
certificate issued to the CJ's daughter after the reassessment of her
examination papers. "The committee will examine the record," he said, adding
that the meeting would give more proposals to the Education Ministry and the
federal education board regarding the matter. Asked if the committee would
summon the chief justice, he said that depended on legal experts' opinion. He
however said the committee could summon Dogar as the father to respond to an
allegation of seeking undue favour for his daughter. The Supreme Court recently
dismissed a petition seeking its direction to stop the committee from discussing
the award of extra marks to the CJ's daughter. Daily Times
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Schedule for FPSC interview for the posts of Tehsildar (BS-16)
Islamabad: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) directed the candidates who had qualified written
Examination-2007 for the posts of Tehsildar (BS-16) in Northern Areas, to appear
in interviews. Interviews would be held daily at 8.30 a.m. from December 29,
2008 to January 23, 2009 at FPSC building Aga Khan Road, Sector F-5/1,
Islamabad. The News
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