Punjab School teachers training

80,000 teachers given on-job training
Lahore, Feb 18: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has provided on-job training to as many as 80,000 teachers of 13,000 public and private sector schools of various districts under "Continuous Professional Development Programme" (CPDP).

Talking to teachers of various PEF-Partner schools in the provincial metropolis, Chairman Chief Minister's Taskforce on Elementary Education Raja Muhammad Anwar said this was for enhancement of content knowledge delivery in most effective and efficient way, stated a handout on Wednesday. He inspected the school arrangements for imparting education and also enquired about the co-curricular facilities from the students. Raja Anwar informed that the initiative has been taken by PEF for the development and capacity building of PEF-Partner School Teachers to ensure quality education by strengthening their academic skills.

Under the CPDP initiative, capacity building of head teachers/Principals of low cost schools is made for catering to the needs of marginalized segments of society. Under this programme, two days trainings in administration, management & leadership, child psychology, assessment & teaching techniques is arranged by the PEF, he added.

Besides, PEF has also decided to provide five PCs along with UPS and a printer to each of the partner schools, he added. It will help provide free IT education to students who otherwise have no access to computer learning.

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PU welfare fund for junior staff
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that the varsity administration is actively considering setting up of a welfare fund worth Rs. 20 million for utilising its interest proceeds for medical, academic and wedding expenses of the children of low paid PU employees.

He was addressing a meeting of the varsity employees at the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus, on Wednesday, which was packed to capacity while a large number of employees were also present outside the auditorium.

Dr Mujahid Kamran said under his directions, the administration would soon take in hand the construction work of houses for the employees while 40 such housing units would be completed towards the end of the current year. To encourage hardworking and honest officials, best employee of the year in each category of varsity functionaries would be awarded a cash prize of Rs.5000 every year.

During the past two years, services of 924 employees were regularised, 257 were promoted while 250 were freshly recruited out of whom 80 percent varsity employees had benefited in form of higher pay grades. With a view to facilitating the employees, typing speed in case of junior clerk, junior KPO and senior KPO has been relaxed from 50 to 40, 50 to 45 and 55 to 50 respectively. In future, only junior KPOs, already working in the varsity, will be promoted against the vacant posts of senior KPOs with the result that 100 percent promotions will go to the varsity employees, he added.

The cadre structure of each category of employees will also be decided after consultation with the head of the concerned department very shortly. The grant of honorarium of Rs 300 to each Christian employee on Christmas will continue in the coming years.

The Vice-Chancellor said during his entire service, he had always considered himself accountable to his conscience and the Almighty while carrying out his duties irrespective of any pressure or discrimination. Even today he punctually reaches his office at 8:00am in the morning and continues rendering his administrative responsibilities till late in the night besides regularly delivering lectures in the Physics Department. He said during the last two years he had focused all his time and energies to improve the academic standard and enhance the number of PhD faculty.

Earlier addressing the audience, PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan and Students Advisor Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry termed the today's meeting an historic event, as employees, by participating in record number, had proved beyond any shadow of doubt that they were fully united in safeguarding the honour of their internationally-acclaimed varsity. The news

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PU employees protest
Lahore: A rickshaw driver was beaten up by protesting employees of the Punjab University on Wednesday when he asked them to clear the road leading to a hospital, as he was carrying a patient he needed to drop there.

These PU employees - members of an organisation unrecognised by the university named ' Punjab University Administrative and Technical Staff Association' - were protesting against the varsity administration for not fulfilling their demands. They met PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran to sort out their differences but the meeting failed to produce the desired results. On this, they started protesting outside the main campus and blocked the road.

Liaqat Hussain, a rickshaw driver, who was carrying a patient in his rickshaw requested them not to block the road as he was in a hurry to drop the patient to the hospital. Getting infuriated on hearing Hussain's request, a PU Conductor Fiyaz Gora along with others started beating Hussain and even damaged his vehicle. They also abused other people who tried to stop them from beating him. Daily times

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Court frees BZU students
Multan: The Multan Bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday released 31 students of the Bahauddin Zakariya University on their personal bonds after the university administration informed the court that 36 of the 37 arrested persons were university students.

Justice Mansoor Akbar Kokab ordered the release of all BZU students who were arrested during a police crackdown on the university hostels on Tuesday. CPO Syed Saud Aziz said on Tuesday that police arrested 27 people and that 25 of them were outsiders.

There was no educational activity in the university on Wednesday though the university administration did not announce any holiday. All female students and more than 80 per cent of male students left the hostels and went to their homes after the police crackdown.

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Teachers posts upgradation
Chiniot: The Punjab Teachers' Union (PTU) has demanded of the government to upgrade PTC teachers' post from BS-9 to BS-14 and elementary schoolteacher's to BS-16.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, PTU district president Ijaz Herl and others said Rs6.6 million had been lying with the district accounts office for performance incentive but it was not being distributed among teachers.

Herl said the government provident fund of teachers amounting to hundreds of millions was lying in Jhang district accounts office and this amount should immediately be shifted to Chiniot to facilitate account holders.

Herl said the Pay and Pension Committee had submitted its report to the federal government and its recommendations be accepted.

Herl alleged that assistant education officers were compelling teachers to bribe them on one pretext or the other, but the district government was not taking any action.

Moreover, monthly stipend of Rs200 to each girl student of Class-VI to Class-X was not being given to thousands of students in this nascent district.

He said Rs60 million were given to Jhang district in 2008-09 for purchase of furniture for schools including in Chiniot tehsil. But, the share of Chiniot from parent district was not being released to it, he added.

Education EDO Mehr Ashraf Ali confirmed that a sum of Rs6.6 million had been received for incentive bonus which would be distributed among teachers after evaluation of performance and results.

He said whenever any corruption would be pointed out, action would be taken against responsible officials after probe. Dawn

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