Girls clinch top three positions in Peshawar board SSC exams
Peshawar, June 17: Girls have clinched all the top three positions in the secondary school certificate (SSC) annual examinations-2013 of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Peshawar.
A ceremony was held at the board offices on Saturday to award the position-holders, while complete results will be declared on Sunday (today). The board officials said that the overall pass percentage stood at 86.62.
Ayesha Urooj of Peshawar Model Girls High School, Warsak Road, grabbed the overall first position by securing 1,000 marks of total 1,050 marks. Sana Shahab and Maryam Hamid of the same school obtained second and third positions with 998 and 995 marks, respectively. The school was declared by the BISE Peshawar the best educational institution for its excellent results in the science group.
In humanities group, Shahzadi Maryam of the Iqra Huffaz Secondary School for Girls, Warsak Road, Peshawar, got first position with 914 marks followed by Javeria Inayat of Peshawar Model Girls High School-II Dalazak Road with 907 marks. Khushboo Inayat was the only student from any of the government schools among the position-holders and got third position by securing 906 marks. She is the student of Government Girls High School Mian Gujar, Peshawar.
The officials said that overall, 61,664 students appeared in the SSC examinations of which 53,412 were declared passed. The pass percent stood at 86.62.
The results of the position-holders were announced at a ceremony at the offices of BISE, Peshawar. BISE chairman Prof Shafi Afridi, other board officials and parents of the students attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Shafi said that in the past two years the board administration had taken several initiatives of which computerisation of all sections of the board was important one. He said that the entire record of the board since its establishment in 1961 had been computerised and the verification of documents could be done within hours.
Later shields were given to the position-holder students.
MALAKAND BOARD: Students of English medium private schools have secured nine of the top 10 positions in the SSC annual examination-2013 of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Malakand.
Controller of examinations Mohammad Israr announced the results during a ceremony at the board offices here on Saturday.
According to the results, Laila Haleem of Malakand Public School, Dargai, obtained 954 marks to clinch first position in the board, while Mohammad Shayan Abdali and Babar Kamal of the same school remained second and third with 950 and 946 marks, respectively. Syed Waqas Ahmad of Government High School, Ramora, also got 946 marks to share third position with Mr Kamal.
Asfandyar, a physically challenged student of Hira High School Almas Usherai, Upper Dir, got 945 marks for the fourth position. The students of government schools in the region could secure only four of the top 20 positions.
A total of 29,904 students appeared in class 10th exams of which 25,385 were declared successful with 84.89 pass percentage.
In science group, 19,572 students appeared in the exams of which 17,430 cleared the exams and the pass percentage stood at 89.06. In humanities group, 7,955 of 10,332 students qualified the examinations with an overall pass percentage of 76.99.
In Arts group, a private student Masood Jan belonging to Lower Dir got first position by securing 806 marks. Another private student Aminul Haq of Bajaur Agency got 782 marks and stood second while Islamuddin of Bajaur Agency could manage third position with 779 marks.
In class 9th (Science group) a total of 22,454 students appeared in the examinations of which 16,400 were declared successful.
The board chairman, Prof Mohammad Ayaz, DEO Lower Dir Mohammad Ibrahim and DEO Malakand awarded certificates and cash prizes to the top 20 position-holders of the board.
Govt schools yet to introduce science subjects in English
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department is yet to introduce English as medium of instruction for mathematics and science subjects from grade-6 onwards in government schools though it had taken the decision to this effect one and a half years ago.
Sources said that the introduction of English as medium of instruction from grade-6 was aimed at preparing students to smoothly continue their science education in the higher classes.
A notification to this effect was issued on January 30, 2012 and according to it the decision should have been implemented in the government schools with the start of academic year 2012-13, the sources said.
However, teachers of government schools in Peshawar told Dawn that the government had not provided English medium books to the schools and they continued to teach the science subjects in Urdu.
When contacted, a prominent educationist wishing anonymity praised the previous government's decision, but questioned who would teach mathematics and science subjects in English in government schools.
"I think the government school teachers can not teach in English because they have no such experience," he said and added that it would be a disaster for the students if English was made medium of instruction without imparting proper training to the teachers.
Wishing anonymity, a principal of a government higher secondary school told Dawn that English as medium of instruction for all science subjects should have been introduced much earlier, which would have enabled the students of government schools to compete with that of private schools. He said that students of government schools were mostly from poor background and couldn't afford private school fee, so if English was made the medium of instruction such students would not be considered inferior.
He said that the subject matter of science books being taught in Urdu was actually translated from English. The science students qualifying the secondary examinations start getting education in English from intermediate level in continuation of their previous education in Urdu.
For instance, at matric level the government school students learn a word 'Khulia', but after promotion to college they would use the English alternative 'cell" for the same thing. So during the lecture at college level, the same students tends to translate many words in their minds into English due to which they miss many things and get puzzled at the end of the lecture.
He said that the scientists had explained every topic in English with a particular taste and flow, which was virtually lost when translated to another language. Such things become hard to understand, he said. He said that English language had more market value compared to Urdu because all the research and modern education had been documented in English.
With the change of medium of instruction, conceptual clarity of the students would be initiated from the early stage, said an educationist serving on a senior position in the education department. He, however, said that the students of intermediate classes would have no English problem in higher classes. Directorate of Curriculum and Teachers Education (DCTE) director Bashir Hussain Shah, when contacted, said that without prior training of teachers, English as medium of instruction for science subjects could not be introduced. "Medium of instruction will be changed after imparting proper training to the relevant teachers," he said.
Asked when the teachers training will start, he said that the DCTE had completed all arrangements of funds and support materials for teachers training.
"Let's see what the new provincial government decides about it," he said. Mr Shah said that the training would be started when they would get go-ahead from the government in this regard.Dawn
Larkana: An 18-year-old student of first year Civil Engineering at the Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering and Science and Technology (QAUEST) Larkana was raped by her lecturer in an office of the university.
This correspondent learnt from sources in the QAUEST that a lecturer asked the girl to meet him in his office and when she entered, the lecturer closed the door and raped her. The incident was witnessed by employees of the university who immediately told their supervisor but the authorities dismissed both men. The principal later informed the vice chancellor.
The rape victim narrated the ordeal to this correspondent: "The lecturer called me to his office, asking me to receive the amount of a Money Order for me and raped me." When contacted Principal Dr Manzoor Panhwar confirmed the incident and said a detailed report would be presented before the VC for further action.
On the other hand the two terminated staffers said: "We committed no crime. We only informed about the incident and our services have been terminated. We will file constitutional petition in the high court for provision of justice if the principal does not re-instate us."Your Comments
IBA Karachi, IBP join hands for academic excellence
Karachi: The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and the Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP) signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday that will allow the students of the former the opportunity to acquire a professional banking qualification simultaneously while undertaking an academic degree.
The pact was signed by IBA Dean and Director Dr Ishrat Husain and IBP Chief Executive Mushtaque Jindani.
"The diverse learning experiences at the IBA, coupled with the IBP's contemporary curricula, will provide students a sound academic background that will prepare them for jobs in the banking industry upon conclusion of their studies," the IBA dean said.
"An important collaboration for the students of the IBA pursuing banking specialisation within the BS programme in accounting and finance will now be able to gain the Junior Associateship of IBP (JAIBP) qualification by studying the requisite subjects during their studies at the IBA," he added.
"They will then appear for a comprehensive examination administered by the IBP. After two years of study – prior to the requirement of choosing elective courses – IBP representatives will meet with students and provide an introduction to the JAIBP qualification and the underlying course and its benefits."
Presently, there are eleven compulsory courses of the JAIBP qualification. The IBA will ensure that it uses the curriculum endorsed or provided by the IBP in order for the students to effectively avail this advantage.
The IBA will follow its present curriculum for six of the eleven courses and the IBP's curriculum for the remaining five.
"This is a remarkable alliance between a top ranking business school and the leading banker training body of the nation to provide the banking industry with job-ready and qualified human resources," the IBA dean said. The news
Students protest against terrorism incidents in Balochistan
Lahore: University students staged a protest demonstration against attack on Quaid's residency, women university bus and Bolan Medical Complex.
A large number of students, PTI leaders and workers participated in the protest held at Liberty Chowk here on Sunday.
The protestors were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against the attack on Quaid-e-Azam's residency and the other terrorism incidents.
Addressing the occasion, speakers demanded of the government to take notice of terrorism incidents in Balochistan and arrest the culprits.
Meanwhile, the academic staff association (ASA) Punjab University Sunday strongly condemned the attack on students from Sardar Bahadar Khan Women University Quetta.
Secretary ASA and syndicate member Prof Javed Sami said the targeting of students was inhumane and unacceptable.
"Elected government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will foil their secret designs and will never allow the anti-state elements to play with the destiny of innocent people across the country especially in Quetta," he said.
Sami said the PU would always continue to express full solidarity with the people of Quetta. He said that such dastardly acts of cruelty against innocent unarmed citizens were unacceptable.
Earlier, VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired a high level meeting in this regard and all participants prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude and equanimity and fast recovery of the injured. app