AUGUST 3 2014

Shortage of teachers in Taxila may lead to a major crisis

As many as 46 posts of different cadres of teachers in 36 government primary schools for girls in Taxila tehsil are lying vacant as per the criteria laid down by the provincial government and the education department, causing a devastating impact on the students` future. The official data reveals that in 46 schools of the area, where as many as 5,913 girls are enrolled, only 137 teachers have been posted to look after the students of five different classes. As per the criteria and rules set by the government, there should be at least 182 teachers to meet the educadonalneeds of these students. At present, 204 students are enrolled in Government Girls Primary School Pind Gondal, where only two teachers are imparting education to the students, whereas there should be at least six teachers posted in the school. Similarly, two teachers are handling 255 students in Government Girls Primary School Pind Kamal Banyian, while there are seven vacant positions in the school.

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Reallocation policy: Talks between teachers, authorities on Aug 11

The provincial education department has invited representatives of school teachers to rethink the disputed teachers’ reallocation policy it had announced earlier this year. The Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench had suspended the policy on July 15, directing the provincial government to revise it within two weeks. Some 20 representatives of the Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) from Rawalpindi had petitioned the court against the policy, which sets the teacher-students ratio at 1:40. The education department transferred more than 500 teachers in the Rawalpindi Division under the reallocation policy. Some 60 teachers from Taxila tehsil, 89 from Kallar Syedan, 90 from Kotli Sattian, 85 from Kahuta and 200 from Gujar Khan were reshuffled.

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Students denied admission at government colleges

Thousands of students from Rawalpindi and Cantt, who have passed the matric examination in 3rd and 2nd division, have been denied admission in the first year class in the name of merit in all the government colleges. The College Directorate had decided to operate two new boys degree colleges in Khiaban-e-Sirsyed and Dhok Syedan in but this matter stands shelved now and no new admissions would be started in these two colleges, despite the completion of the construction work.

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Libraries: public and private

THERE`S nothing quite like a library to bring one face to face with mortality: so many books, so little time. This sense of time slipping away is overwhelming here at the directorate of archives and libraries in Peshawar, if only because it is not just the present but also the past one can endlessly pore over, preserved in historical records dating back to 1849. In here, silence manifests itself not just as an essential to avoid disturbancebut as an expression of awe, reverence. The archived record thrusts you into unexpected intimacy with history and all its crushing weight. Turned brittle by time, longhand accounts as old as 160 years provide a rare insight into the individual and collective preoccupations of Raj officials as they mulled expeditions on the Frontier, dictated terms to the tribes and fought wars in Afghanistan. And if the Great Game doesn`t stir the scholar in you, perhaps the Cold War will: the directorate has just received official record from the home department dating back to the Afghan `Jihad` years. It is all here, just as grave men in government offices planned, and plotted. `The official record dating back to 1849 forms the nucleus of the archives,` says Zahirullah Khan, director of archives. `That is when the British took Punjab from the Sikhs. The NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) was part of Punjab.

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