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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 research.

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.

"The students, studying computer science subject, suffer a lot because of power outages," he added.

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.

A 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 breakdowns.

"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.

Rasheed 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 supply.

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 a fix.

He said the power crisis was badly affecting the research activities at the university like other institutions of higher learning across the country.

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 CJ's daughter.

"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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