1 October 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Experts urge trauma counseling at schools

Schools and colleges should offer a course in post-trauma counseling so that all those affected learn to deal with harrowing situations in a healthy manner. This was the gist of the matter discussed at a seminar held on post-trauma management at Ibadat Hospital in Nishtarabad on Wednesday. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/965345/experts-urge-trauma-counselling-at-schools/

24 students get talent awards

The Youth Club Reshun and Bacha Khan Trust organized ‘Talent Award’ ceremony at Government High School in the upper Chitral area of Reshun yesterday. The function was presided over by Assistant District Education Officer, Sharfuddin and Nazim Union Council Charoon and a large number of people and students participated in the function.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274231


Islamia College Peshawar

The concluding ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the historic Islamia College Peshawar would be held from November 2 to 9. Eminent personalities from the province and rest of the country would participate in various programmes of the concluding week.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-343187-Islamia-College-Peshawar




Appointment of teachers through NTS praised

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch praised on Wednesday the involvement of National Testing Service in making appointments in the government organisations. `Recruiting teachers through the National Testing Service in Balochistan is not less than a miracle. People had doubts about the (use of) process but the incumbent government has fulfilled its commitment,` he said.

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Appointing SST to primary schools not acceptable

The Government Teachers Association Quetta reported to have several reservations regarding the appointment of SSTs at primary schools which they intended to take up with the education department.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-01-2015/quetta/page4.asp


Playing centers endangering students’ future

The opening of playing centers during school timings in Khuzdar has been identified as a cause of diversion of students from academics and has been resulting in students bunking their classes.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-01-2015/quetta/page7.asp


Action against private schools

The government should take swift action against private schools on exorbitant fees as these elite schools are responsible for worsening inequality in less developed regions of the country, said a press release by Awami National Party.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-01-2015/quetta/page10.asp




Attendance check in educational institutes

Nazim Education Colleges, Mirpur visited post graduate colleges and girls’ degree colleges, and appreciated staff attendance while monitoring the attendance record.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-01&edition=ISL&id=1913986_26914933


NWA tribesmen allege appointments made in Education dept against merit

Tribesmen demanded cancellation of appointments in the Education Department alleging that the appointments were made in violation of merit. The allegations were levelled at an open kutchery held at the Political Compound in Tank.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-343190-NWA-tribesmen-allege-appointments-made-in-Education-dept-against-merit


Administration decides to reopen Razmak Cadet College

The Administration of Razmak Cadet College (RCC), located in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), has decided to re-open the educational institution from October 2, 2015. However, parents are demanding an assurance of foolproof safety and security of their children.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-343083-Administration-decides-to-reopen-Razmak-Cadet-College


Geneva Varsity Students Apprised About Kashmir Dispute

Kashmiri representative Syed Faiz Naqshbandi briefed the research students of university de Geneva in Geneva about the Kashmir issue.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274308




Non-compliant private schools be sealed: PM

PM Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday directed the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) to seal schools which were not readjusting their fees. This comes after reports that some private schools are not abiding by the premier’s directive of refunding parents the increased amounts they had already paid and readjusting subsequent fees.

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Govt admires efforts of private sector in promoting education: Baligh

The government admires the efforts of private sector and believes in working together for the promotion of quality education in country. This was stated by the Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, as Chief Guest at oath-taking ceremony at Millennium Roots School, One World Campus, here Wednesday.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/09/30/city/islamabad/govt-admires-efforts-of-private-sector-in-promoting-education-baligh/


Three years after Malala was shot, UN highlights education challenges

Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist challenged world leaders at the United Nations to help millions more children go to school.

Her call last week comes ahead of World Teachers’ Day on Oct 5, a UNESCO initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/965055/three-years-after-malala-was-shot-un-highlights-education-challenges/


Academicians stress further

The day-long consultative session was organised by HEC to develop higher education sector’s Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF-III) for 2015-20. Intellectuals, professionals, researchers and educationists including founding members of the task force created in 2002 as well as some members of the commission attended the session, and deliberated the identified areas of priorities to be focused in MTDF-III for country’s higher education sector.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-343091-Academicians-stress-further




HEC says COMSATS dual degree `worthless`

During a briefing on Wednesday to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), HEC chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said CIIT charged millions of rupees from students for a dual degree from CIIT and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Dr Ahmed said the HEC had not been consulted when CIIT launched the programme.

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FBIS changes exams center from Madina to Jeddah

Federal Board of intermediate and Secondary Education has shifted their examination center in Saudi Arabia from Madina Munawara to Jeddah city which has created concerns for parents on account of the housing affordability paradigm.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-01/page-3

NUML, CPGS ink accord

National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) inked a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) for mutual cooperation. According to the MoU both the institutions will cooperate in the field of research conduct seminars workshops build the capacity of both institutions.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-343085-NUML-CPGS-ink-accord






PEF will launch pilot projects in four districts

Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Chairman Qamarul Islam said that the PEF will launch a pilot project of early childhood education (ECE) at its 186 selected partner schools in Lahore, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Toba Tek Singh districts.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-01/page-14/detail-9




Special education project initiated

Special Education Minister Asif Saeed Manhais said on Wednesday that the department had initiated a new project for children suffering from minor disabilities. Manhais said a pilot of the project had been started in Bahawalpur and Muzaffargarh. He said it would conclude on June 30, 2016. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/965427/affirmative-action-special-education-project-initiated/




PEEF students

The number of students getting education from Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) has reached 1 lac. A ceremony will be conducted tomorrow for the encouragement of these children.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103093593&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20151001


Absent teachers

A survey to identify teachers who remained absent from schools was conducted in Lahore, as a result of which, 303 public schools’ teachers were fired by the Schools Education Department.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-01&edition=LHR&id=1913704_68146812


Free education for prisoners

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) and the Interior Department signed an MoU to provide free vocational education to 6400 prisoners of Punjab.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-01&edition=LHR&id=1913960_76015791


Children`s idea of Pakistan in colours

The Little Art on Wednesday announced the winners of the 4th ArtBeat, the national children art competition, at a ceremony held at the Alhamra Art Center, The Mall. The 4th ArtBeat received artworks fromindividualyoungartists,210 schools and nearly 25 community organizations from across Pakistan, making it the largest participation of children the competition has ever seen.

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College short of commerce teachers

The Government Postgraduate College of Commerce, Narowal, has been short of qualified teaching staff after up-gradation of the institute twice and provision of a new building for the institute.

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Students affected by spray given health cards

Punjab Health Department has issued cards to the girl students affected by dengue spray in Government Girls High School, Domeli for free treatment for six months. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-343109-Students-affected-by-spray-given-health-cards



Aitchison Principal’s termination case adjourned

The Lahore High Court Wednesday postponed till October 8 the hearing of the petition of Professor Dr Agha Ghazanfar challenging his termination as Principal Aitchison College.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-343104-Aitchison-principals-termination-case-adjourned



Complaint against MPhil admissions at PU

A complaint has been submitted to Chief Minister’s Complaint cell against improper admissions to the Department of Communications, at Punjab University. Complainant said that this year, non-professional students have been admitted under the professional track program.

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`Pak-China friendship beyond cultures and languages`

Addressing at celebrations of National Day of China at the Government College University here on Wednesday, Boren said: `The people of Pakistan and China fill the cultural and language gaps with strong feelings of love and respect which they have for each other.

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UVAS, Nestlé signs MoU for food safety study

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and Nestlé Pakistan signed an MoU to jointly undertake Food Safety research programmes.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/30-Sep-2015/uvas-nestl-signs-mou-for-food-safety-study



FJMU students win grand quiz contest

Students of the Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore, (FJMC) won the grand quiz competition arranged by the Alzheimer`s Pakistan.

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Jungshahi school renovated by British Council

British Council for Sindh and Balochistan Director Robin Davies has observed that children of the coastal district of Thatta have enough potential and talent to prosper in education. Mr Davies stated this during a oneday visit of Thatta district to inaugurate a newly renovated Government Girls School Sajan Khan Jokhio near hilly terrain town of Jungshahi

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False history in educational institutions

Chairman Senate, Raza Rabbani said that the history that is being taught through our present curriculum is a biased and false depiction of historical truth. It is, on the one hand, is exaggerating the roles of military dictators in the history of Pakistan and on the other hand, belittling the role of democratic movements. It is making a specific mind set of new generation that is not good for our nation.

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Chairman Education Board visits schools

Chairman Secondary Education Board, Karachi, visited several schools to monitor teacher and student attendance in matric and intermediate classes. He announced that 75% attendance of students is mandatory.

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Need to increase education resources

An increase in educational resources is crucial for sustainable economy, said Chairman HEC during a meeting for Medium Term Development Framework. The core areas of focus for reform in higher education were also discussed in the meeting.

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State and citizens by Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The Constitution of Pakistan under Article 25 A also recognises free and compulsory education for the children from 5 to 16 years of age as a fundamental right, whereas Article 38(d) under Principles of Policy stipulates: “The state shall provide basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing, housing, education and medical relief for all such citizens, irrespective of sex, caste, creed or race, as are permanently or temporarily unable to earn their livelihood on account of infirmity, sickness or unemployment”

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/09/30/comment/state-and-citizens/


Education or organised extortion? By Imtiaz Gul

How is organised extortion by most private educational institutions different from organised crime, such as extortion or abduction for ransom? Let us look at the problem of fake degrees first; this curse flows from private universities. In the absence of adequate controls, private universities and colleges are also offering courses — all designed to mint money — for which they don’t possess human resources.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/965239/education-or-organised-extortion/


Misguided sense of entitlement against the ‘private school mafia’ by Haroon Riaz

Last few weeks have seen people coming together and protesting against the oppression of the “private school mafia”, or as one newspaper puts it, cartel. While it sound really good to save the middle class from the rising prices of private education, most of us have started mistaking these private institutions as government subsidized utilities.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/blogs/30-Sep-2015/misguided-sense-of-entitlement-against-the-private-school-mafia


Education: Then and Now by Muktadra Mansoor

According to a survey, around 4 million students of Sindh are out-of-school. Ex-Minister for Education Sindh admitted that approximately 8 thousand schools of Sindh are non-functional due to various reasons. The hiring of teachers is also not based on merit and the recruited teachers are not fulfilling their responsibilities.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103093670&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20151001


Letters to the Editor


School fees

According to government rules, private schools are allowed to increase the fee at the rate of 5pc a year and that too with the permission of the government department concerned.

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Uniform education system

Uniform education system can lead to equality in a society. The education system in Pakistan is divided based on socio-economic class and the education policy has been unable to address this inequality paradigm in the education sector.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-01&edition=LHR&id=1913632_57924251


Transportation for school children

Transportation is a serious issue for the school going children living in far-flung areas which needs to be addressed through provision of logistical support by schools.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-01&edition=LHR&id=1913634_24605421


Education: A business

The education sector has gradually evolved into a capitalist enterprise rather than a public good. Educational institutions are willing to go to undesirable ends for reaping profits, heedless of the quality of service in terms of learning outcomes being provided. 
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-01&edition=LHR&id=1913642_81235727