Pakistan stands firm with China, says President

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Expresses deep sadness over loss of lives by deadly corona virus in China.

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Monday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in China caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus. In a message, he expressed solidarity with Chinese nation and said the people of Pakistan stood with their Chinese brethren in this difficult hour. The President also sympathized with the affected families. Meanwhile, President Dr Arif Alvi Monday emphasized the need for regular changes in education curriculum to make it dynamic in accordance with the modern day needs and trends in the education sector. He was addressing the 35th Medals and Prizes Distribution Ceremony held by Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) at Aiwan-e-Sadr to honor the position holders of the secondary and higher secondary classes in the recently held examination. Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, Secretary Education Dr Sajid Yousufani, Chairman FBISE Dr Ikram Malik and a huge number of students and teachers from Islamabad and other cities were also present on the occasion. The president said it was inevitable to inculcate critical thinking in the students by ridding them of rote learning to make them excel in this competitive era. President Alvi who earlier distributed medals and prizes along with laptops and cash prizes among the top scorers with a predominant number of girls, urged the boys to work harder to bring about excellence at par with the girls. The president lauded the efforts of Chairman FBISE Dr Ikram Malik for introducing reforms in paper setting, examination and paper marking in FBISE as the organization had its outreach not only in the country but also abroad. He said for successful inculcation of critical thinking and enforcement of uniform curriculum for schools and seminaries, it was essential to upgrade the teaching standards too.