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HEC awards 2,528 foreign, 4,108 indigenous scholarships in five years
Islamabad, Feb 08: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded 2,528 foreign 4,108 indigenous scholarships to various scholars in the last five years said an official of Ministry of Education Training and Standards in Higher Education.

Talking to APP he said the HEC has sent 4 204 scholars abroad and also extended financial assistance to 8,178 students under different need based programmes in last five years.

Giving detail of the foreign scholarships he said 1,432 foreign scholarships including 238 to female scholars of Punjab have been awarded in last five years.

A total of 304 scholarships including 68 to female scholars hailing from Sindh have been awarded since 2008. Yet other 482 scholarships including 43 to female scholars have been awarded to the students of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw.

While 75 scholarships including 13 to female students of Balochistan have also been awarded in last five years he said. Likewise 116 scholarships including 25 to female scholars belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir have been awarded. The other 39 scholarships including 1 to female scholars of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have been awarded.

The 10 scholarships including two to female scholars have been awarded in Gilgit Baltistan and 70 scholars have been awarded to the scholars of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). 17 scholarships have been awarded to female scholars of ICT. The news

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Students confused over two date sheets
Islamabad: The issuance of two date sheets by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) for the upcoming centralised examination of class V has created confusion among the students and teachers of public and private schools. Talking to APP, Private School Network (PSN) President Dr Afzal Babar said around 27,000 students from the educational institutions of the capital would appear in the examination for Class V. The FDE has issued two date sheets for the students, and according to the date sheet for centralised exams, the exams would start from February 25 and continue until March 4 on the new pattern. According to the second date sheet, the internal exams of Class V will be held from March 4 to March 17 on old pattern. Dr Babar said that according to the previous practice, the students who appeared in the centralised exams do not appear in the internal exams, while both the date sheets have included the exams of Class V and VIII. He said the directorate has abruptly introduced the new pattern of examination of Class V on December 26 while the last date for submission of forms was December 24. Dr Babar said the directorate has still not announced the result of Class V exams held last year.Daily times

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Rawalpindi government schools in poor condition
Rawalpindi: Scores of poor children in Rawalpindi are facing lack of basic facilities in their schools. Despite government's stress that every child has a right to education, the real picture of government school buildings, especially in the old city areas, is dismal in addition to classes having poor teacher-student ratio.

"Several school buildings were built in the time of British government and now are in worst condition. The buildings await repair but the funds are not available. The students of various schools situated inside the commercial areas or on the main roads are troubled by the noise of traffic, says Aziz Hussain, a teacher from a government school located on Saidpur Road.

Mushtaq Hasan, the principal of a school at Asghar Mall, laments, "We have been telling the authorities about our problems for many years now. We can only do this much. Nobody has come to our rescue so far."

"The condition of government schools in the city is pitiable. Barring a few exceptions the quality of government schools has sunk to amazingly low levels. The children in these schools come from the poorest of families as they cannot afford to send their kids to private schools, says Anwar Ali, a teacher from a school on Murree Road."

"There are many reasons for the breakdown of government schools. First of all, there is a severe shortage of teachers. Children often don't get support from their parents. Parents seem to be unconcerned to their child's education and only see them as supplementary hands for labour. There is also much disregard, inadequate funding and accountability, and an absence of drive among some teachers to pay particular attention to poor children from lower classes. Even basic services like water and electricity are not being provided," says Shabbir Taqi, a retired teacher from a government school in Khayaban-e-Sir Syed.

Manzar Naqi, a senior teacher from Government High School on Saidpur Road, says, "Of course, the government has put a lot of effort in improving the quality of education in the government schools, but the situation remains depressing with huge gap between commercial and self-styled corporate schools and government schools. The base for inequity and socio-economic disparities is laid at very young stage. I think there is strong need for bringing in single and common education system for all. Common education system can be one way of ensuring right to equal education to all. Nevertheless, before we move towards policy changes, we need to reflect about bringing in performance indicators for improving standard of government school education."

"I would like to give one suggestion to my government. Those who are part and parcel of the government are either politicians or bureaucrats. If they get their children admitted in government schools, they would certainly move quickly to improve the situation of government school buildings and education system," says Rehmat Ali, a retired principal from a government school.

Alamdar Alvi, an educational expert associated with a private school, says, "Apart from the buildings, what has not changed in the government schools is the quality of teaching. There is no induction process for new recruits. The seniors are the same old lot who believe in the education process they experienced. Teachers neither have reading habit nor any teaching aids like subject books, atlas, dictionaries, etc. Entire process is confined to text book based teaching to cover the syllabus. Consequently, no wonder, there is very little learning in government schools."

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Private schools in Pindi division to be affiliated with federal board
Rawalpindi: The managements of all private schools of Rawalpindi division have decided to seek affiliation for their respective educational institutions with the federal education board.

They have made this decision due to increase in students' fee at an exorbitant rate, imposition of certificate fee, enhancement in rechecking of papers fee and a ban on appearance of private students in science subject by the Rawalpindi education board.

The private schools have reportedly contacted the management of the federal education board and the state minister for education in this regard. The news

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PhD thesis successfully defended
Peshawar: Miss Rukhsana Aziz has successfully defended her PhD thesis on education at the public defence held in Northern University, Nowshera, and qualified for the award of doctorate degree.

She did her research on "Comparative study of job satisfaction of public and private university teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa" under the supervision of Dr Rabia Tabassum. Director distance education, University of Peshawar, Dr Hafiz Inaamullah served as her external examiners.

The public defence was attended by a large number of faculty members and students. Dawn

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