20th February 2017

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Nowshera school premises to be used as aircraft maintenance center
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has directed the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department to vacate the building of Government Higher Secondary School, Pirpiai, in Nowshera district, for establishment of a training centre for aircraft maintenance. The centre will be operated by the Pakistan Air Force.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1315834/nowshera-school-premises-to-be-used-as-aircraft-maintenance-centre

Residents demand high school, college in Shalman
Residents of Shalman valley in Khyber Agency have demanded the government to set up a high school for girls in the area. Most girls quit education after passing class-8 examination because residents say it is difficult for the girls to travel to other areas, such as Landikotal, which is almost 30 kilometres from Shalman.
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187312-Residents-demand-high-school-college-in-Shalman

CPEC to open useful opportunities for KP youth
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that CPEC has brought along diverse opportunities for the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa therefore the future needed trained manpower, and his government was working on quality education.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/cpec-to-open-useful-opportunities-for-kp-youth/
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187398-KP-govt-investing-in-education-skilled-manpower-Khattak

Balochistan

Complaint office has been established in Matric examination board office
Controller Balochistan board of intermediate and secondary education, Syed Abdullah, has been reported to have said that measures have been taken for the annual matriculation exams to ensure that they are taken without any hindrance. A complaint office has also been established to make sure that any complaints are not ignored or overlooked.
 Complete Story: https://jang.com.pk/print/270578-todays-print-city-news

The process of examination has been made impure
Government Teacher’s Association Balochistan has claimed that nepotism has made the examination process impure and corrupt. The only examination board in the province has been plagued by nepotism and that this cannot be justified as no one should be allowed to play with the future of these students who are valuable assets of this country.
Complete Story: https://jang.com.pk/print/270588-todays-print-city-news

Revolutionary reforms are required to improve the education system in the country
President Jamiat-e-Talba Islam, Hafiz Abdul Wahid Hashmi, has claimed that in order to improve the education system of Balochistan, revolutionary reforms are required so that the intellectual and skilful youth can be given the opportunity to depict their true capability.
Complete Story: https://jang.com.pk/print/270596-todays-print-city-news

Government Basharat Highschool Palaak, Dadyal is facing a shortage in staff right before exams
There is a shortage in staff of the Government Basharat Highschool Palaak, Dadyal right before the annual exams which adversely effecting the learning of students.
Complete Story: https://jang.com.pk/print/270560-todays-print-city-news

G-B/ AJK/ FATA

Good Samaritan offers 30 kanals for educational institution in PaK
A local businessman in Bhimber district of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) had once again offered his precious land to the AJK government for a project of public utility.
Complete Story: http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/pak-administered-kashmir/story/241755.html

Federal

‘Teachers as nation builders’ campaign launched
Educationist and Sultana Foundation Chairman Dr. Naeem Ghani on Sunday said teachers should be given respect and their services in nation building should be recognised at every level.
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187586-Teachers-as-nation-builders-campaign-launched

Why are Pakistani students deplorable at maths and science?
Pakistani schools (especially government schools) are producing unacceptably low levels of learning outcomes in maths and science — a stark reality which represents a significant and deep-rooted challenge to Pakistan’s economic growth.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1315127/why-are-pakistani-students-deplorable-at-maths-and-science

Laboratories, libraries should be equipped with modern facilities
Minister of State for Education, Baligh-ur-Rehman Sunday said that the laboratories and libraries should be equipped with all modern facilities.
Talking to Media, he said, all facilities should be provided in schools and colleges for imparting quality education to the students.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/laboratories-libraries-should-be-equipped-with-modern-facilities/

Role of provinces to advance education for sustainable development highlighted
Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan has highlighted the role of provincial governments in advancing education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/19-Feb-17/role-of-provinces-to-advance-education-for-sustainable-development-highlighted

Government and private schools have been advised to tighten their security measures
Post terrorist activities around the country, Chief executive officer district education authority Rawalpindi has warned both government and private educational institutions and schools to increase and tighten their security measures as the city is on high alert.
Complete Story: https://jang.com.pk/print/270600-todays-print-city-news

Punjab

Minister reviews arrangements for matriculation exam
Punjab Higher for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said that all arrangements have been finalised for the secondary school annual examination which will commence from March 1. Foolproof security arrangements will be made around examination centres so that the students could appear for the exams with peace of mind.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/02/18/minister-reviews-arrangements-for-matriculation-exam/
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/arrangements-finalized-to-hold-matric-exams/

Call to invest more in education
The constructive use of science, technology and higher literacy rate can enable us to join the rank of developed countries. The purpose of education is the full blossoming of one’s personality. Speakers voiced these views at the second day of the ninth annual three-day Nazaria-i-Pakistan Conference.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/18-Feb-2017/call-to-invest-more-in-education

‘Security of educational institutions in Pakpattan made foolproof’
District Education Authority CEO Mian Muhammad Mansha has said that security in all educational institutions has been made foolproof.
In a statement here, he said that security guards had been appointed in all schools. Heads of the educational institutions had been directed to raise boundary walls up to eight feet.
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187598-Security-of-educational-institutions-in-Pakpattan-made-foolproof

Wave of terror: Private schools demand security
In the wake of a string of bombings across the country, private schools in Lahore have requested the government to ensure adequate security for students.
Complete Story: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1330574/wave-terror-private-schools-demand-security/

Govt for quality education
MNA Mian Shahid Hussain Bhatti has said that students are our assets and future of the country and government is taking various steps to promote quality education in the country while a few terrorists could not succeed to impose their agenda against the will of the nation at all and government would foil all evil designs of anti-Pakistan elements with the support of the nation.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/govt-for-quality-education/

Govt orders security audit of educational institutions
The Punjab government has asked departments to submit a security audit report after carrying out a review of educational institutions and ensure arrangements are up to the mark.
Complete Story: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1332496/govt-orders-security-audit-educational-institutions/

Schools and universities in Faisalabad under threat
Faisalabad city area, schools, university and 3 other significant buildings have been declared to be targets of terrorist activity. All law setting agencies have issued threat alert 0076.
Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104041873&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20170220

Sindh

Beef up security of educational institutes: Jam Mahtab Dahar
Sindh Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar directed the educational officers, head masters, principals of their respective institutions  to beef up security at the entrance gates of colleges, offices and schools. 
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187406-Beef-up-security-of-educational-institutes-Jam-Mahtab-Dahar

Turkish development agency TIKA provides education support to orphans in Pakistan
Turkish development agency has contributed to the education of 650 orphans in Pakistan's largest city Karachi with a year's supply of stationery products.
Complete Story: https://www.dailysabah.com/education/2017/02/17/turkish-development-agency-tika-provides-education-support-to-orphans-in-pakistan

Editorials/ Op-eds

Education: Bulwark of a nation
http://pakobserver.net/education-bulwark-of-a-nation/

Changing lives of special need children – Interview with CEO, WonderTree
http://www.brecorder.com/2017/02/19/337395

Letters to Editor

Abysmal state of govt schools
http://pakobserver.net/abysmal-state-of-govt-schools/

Improving education system
http://pakobserver.net/improving-education-system/


Land mafia
http://pakobserver.net/land-mafia/