K-P Govt fails to distribute free textbooks on time
Although the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government claimed it distributed free textbooks worth Rs2,738 million among students of grade 1 to 12 across the province, so far only 53% books have been handed over. These were circulated in only 16 districts of K-P.
No headway in search for Chitral students
Efforts to locate the seven students buried under a snow avalanche in Susoom village here could not bear fruit on the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday. A member of district council from Karimabad, Mohammad Yaqub, told Dawn by phone that the personnel of Chitral Scouts, police and Levies, local volunteers and the NDMA team were making joint efforts to trace the students, but could not make any headway so far.
Christian student of FATA gets a Domicile
First Christian student of FATA, Shehryar Massih, has been awarded the domicile for the very first time in the history of Pakistan. His father has said that their efforts of last 100 years have brought the fruits.
Class based education system has divided the state
PPP AJK’s president Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan has said that the class based education system of AJK has divided the people of state. Education standards of private schools are much better than the government schools.
Nothing has been done for education reforms, says Qazi Israil
Joint Secretary of PTI- AJK, Qazi Israil has said that nothing practical has been done to reform the education sector in AJK.
Higher Education top priority of Govt: Sartaj
Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz Monday said that higher education must be on top priority to get international recognition as Pakistan was going to play very important role in global market. He stated this in a meeting with Dr Masoom Yasinzai Rector International Islamic University Islamabad, who called on him and discussed the role of universities in development of Pakistan.
Govt to launch second shift in all Cantt schools
The government has decided to launch evening shifts in all government-run high, middle and primary schools in the areas of Cantonment Board Rawalpindi and Chaklala to overcome the problem of shortage of schools and to facilitate the students to get admission.
Model Colleges get new principals
Within days of assuming the office, Federal Directorate of Education Director General Dr. Ali Ahmad Kharal has ordered the transfer and posting of several principals of Islamabad model colleges. The orders were immediately complied with by the relevant official i.e. FDE Director (Model Colleges) Professor Dr. Tariq Masood.
IVSL students observe Water Day
The students of Indus Valley School of Learning observed the International Water Day here on Tuesday. In attendance were members of the National Cleaner Production Centre Foundation. The students were well informed about the occasion and were thoroughly prepared for the event.
RIS Celebrates International Forest Day
Students of Roots International Schools (RIS) attended the ‘Save Forest’ conference. Students were enthusiastically involved in the deliberations that aimed at awareness and importance of forests in our life.
UK’s Open University team visits AIOU
A two-member delegation of world’s first Open University (OU) established in the United Kingdom in 1969 visited the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to share its expertise and experience to boost up accessible quality education.
Career Expo held at Bahria University
Bahria University organised Career Expo’16 here on Tuesday. The objective was to bring job seekers and employers under one roof and to guide candidates on various career paths and innovative job hunt tactics. The job fair served as a cost-effective way for the organisations to directly interact with prospective candidates and recruit the required talent without going through of traditional hiring practices.
Riphah Seminar marks International Forest Day
A seminar in context of UN International Day of Forests was organised by Riphah Institute of Public Policy, Riphah International University and Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) here.
Preston Varsity stopped from offering PhD Admissions
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed Preston University’s Islamabad campus to withdraw all PhD admissions given since the Fall-2014 session. The HEC took the decision following a visit of its review committee to the campus on March 14. The team reported that the university was running the PhD programmes without fulfilling HEC criteria.
Roots Ivy University College launched in Capital
Roots Ivy F-8 campus held a successful open house counseling session and hi-tea on 20th and 21st March 2016 to officially inaugurate the campus and announce its opening in the capital. Renowned Career Counsellor Khadija Mushtaq, CEO Roots Ivy Schools, College and University Pakistan, conducted an exclusive, interactive session at the two days Roots Ivy open house to inspire students with her dynamic mentoring, academic guidance and career counseling, says a press release issued here yesterday.
Young performers enthrall audience at Graduation Ceremony
The Tree-house held its Graduation and Annual Day of the year yesterday. The children enthralled the audience with their exuberating confidence at such a young age starting from two years old to seven years old. The preschoolers fascinated the audience with their performances on Pride of Pakistan, Healthy foods, Cultures around the World, Ancient Civilisations and much more events.
Beacon-house high achievers Ceremony held
Beacon-house School System Northern Region hosted its high achievers ceremony at the Convention Centre, Islamabad on March19, 2016. More than 670 students received awards for academic brilliance in their Matriculation and O & A Level Cambridge International Examinations. Thirty distinction holders in the CIE 2015 O & A Level Examinations were acknowledged at the ceremony, which was attended by more than 1000 people including families and teachers.
NCHD to set up 12,000 literacy Centre’s
National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has decided to establish 12,000 literacy Centre’s across the country. Besides imparting education, the NCHD also provides skilled training to students.
One Picture – One Story
Minister of CADD, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry had claimed that all the schools of federal capital were being upgraded. But in the picture it can be seen that a school is lacking proper boundary wall and barbed wires.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2016-03-23/page-5
200 PhD Scholars didn’t return to Pakistan after completion of degree
Up till now Higher Education Commission has awarded PhD scholarships to 4000 students. But 200 out of them have not returned to Pakistan after completion of their degree.
Islamic University should diversify its Educational Programmes
PM’s foreign affairs’ advisor, Sartaj Aziz called upon the vice chancellor of IIUI, Prof. Masoom Yasinzai. He urged the VC to diversify the educational programmes in the varsity.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-23-2016/pindi/pic.asp?picname=41.gif
Action against the Universities awarding low standard degrees
HEC has started taking actions against the universities which are awarding low standard PhD and MPhil education and degrees to the students. PhD programme of one university has already been sealed. HEC has also completed its review of quality of universities.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-23-2016/Lahore/pic.asp?picname=152.gif
Approval for Medical Colleges through Collusion
Supreme Court of Pakistan has observed that new medical colleges are being approved with the collusion of private investors and the regulators. What can we expect from the graduates passing through fake medical colleges?
Enrolment target of 4.5 million students
Education department has been given the target of enroling 4.5 million new students in the government schools. However, the schools have a capacity of only 1.5 million students.
Textbooks to be approved by Punjab Curriculum Board
Chief Justice Lahore High Court has given a decision according to which all the books being taught in government institution will have to be approved by the Punjab Curriculum Board. Court has also directed the Board to devise some policy for review and selection of manuscripts.
Corporal Punishment: Teacher breaks the bone of student
A school teacher beat up his students brutally and broke his bone. Then he used his influence in the DHQ Hospital Sheikhupura. This is why the medical report of student has not been issued even after the lapse of 10 days.
GCU, Urban Unit ink MoU for Cooperation in P&D
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has inked between the Urban Unit and Government College University (GCU) Lahore for cooperation, partnership and exchange programmes in various domains regarding urban planning and development (P&D) at GCU Lahore.
Court orders policy for differently able Educators
The Lahore High Court yesterday ordered Punjab School Education Department to make a comprehensive policy for the recruitment of differently able persons as educators. The order was passed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on a petition filed by a visually impaired person Hafiz Junaid. Justice Shah observed that if visually impaired person can be appointed as judge or professors in different parts of the world then why not in Pakistan.
GCU holds performing Arts Festival
As a part of its Mental Health Week celebrations, the Government College University Lahore (GCU) Dr Ajmal Psychological Society organized a Performing Arts Festival on the theme of ‘positive psychology’ on Tuesday. About eight teams of different colleges and universities participated in the theatrical festival to project the conflict between good and evil forces within a human mind. Lahore College for Women University’s performance was most appreciated by the audience.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/23/gcu-holds-performing-arts-festival/ http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/107283-Performing-arts-festival-at-GCU http://www.dawn.com/news/1247372/national-songs-competition-at-gcu
Court seeks record of four Medical Colleges
The Supreme Court on Tuesday showed displeasure over setting up of four medical colleges in violation of rules and sought an explanation from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
Sports Gala at Nawaz Sharif Medical College
A week-long sports gala of the Nawaz Sharif Medical College (NSMC) began here on Tuesday. University of Gujrat Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Ziaul Qayyum, chief guest at the event, lit a torch to formally declare the sports gala open.
New policy for results of Primary and Middle Exam
Punjab Examination Commission has finalised the policy for results of primary and middle exams. According to it, those students who have failed in one paper will be declared passed overall.
Restructuring of Education System
Punjab government is all set to introduce structural changes in the education system. District Education Authorities will start working from 1stJuly. New biometric system shall also be installed to ensure teacher attendance.
Paintings Competition in University of Education
University of Education Lahore organised competitions of paintings and decorating floats. Students reflected their love for the country through different marvels of art and creativity.
Qirat and Naat Competitions
Qirat and Naat competitions were held in the academic institutions upon the directions from chief minister Shehbaz Sharif. Islamia College Railway Road and Govt. Islamia College Civil Lines held the competitions with full zeal and zest. The purpose of these completions is to encourage the new talent.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2016-03-24/page-9
Misusing the Power?: PU VC appoints ‘Blue-Eyed’ Officials on top slots
After getting extension for the third time, Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Dr Muhahid Kamran has appointed several blue-eyed officials on top slots. According to documents available with Daily Times, the vice chancellor has appointed Muhammad Sharif as additional treasurer.
Agreement between WAPDA and UAF
University of Agriculture Faisalabad and WAPDA have signed an agreement to collaborate for research work in the field of irrigation and water management.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-03-24/page-5
Crackdown against ‘Booti’ Mafia
Over 350 candidates have been caught red handed during the matric and ninth exams being held in all over Punjab, whereas, 1101 candidates were given warning during the exam.
PEF prints more books than required
Punjab Education Foundation printed 53,000 excess books. They are rotting in the stores. This will cause a loss of Rs. 2.80 crores to the public exchequer.
Reopening of schools
A ceremony was held to reopen the closed and ram shackled schools of Gadaap Town and Teesar Town. The schools got reopened with the joint efforts of Sindh Madrissah Board and Sindh Education Foundation.
Private school fees to be controlled with strict legal rules
Education department of Sindh has decided to control the arbitrariness of private schools in increasing the fees. Director General Private Institutions Sindh has been directed to ensure the implementation of Sindh Private Educational Institute (Regulations and Controls -2005).
SSC exams will start in 10 districts that come under the jurisdiction of BISE Hyderabad, will start from 28th March. Total 217 examinations Centre’s have been made in those 9 districts. Commissioner Hyderabad has given special instructions to the Board’s administration for having a check on cheating practice in the examination halls.
Students becoming victim of street crime
Students of Degree Boys College Kotri and Workers Welfare College Kotri are subjected to street crime by local hooligans while coming to the college. This has become a regular practice. Students have to lose their mobiles and money forcefully.
Corrupt people being made heads of academic institutions
According to a statement of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), the female teachers are being harassed by their officials. Officials ask for bribes to do the legal tasks. Corrupt people are being appointed as the heads of academic institutions. That is why the education sector is on the brink of downfall. Sindh Govt. is not serious in promoting the teachers.
Over 1200 schools lacking headmasters and headmistresses
More than 1200 posts of headmasters and headmistresses are vacant in Sindh. Similarly, 30 posts of superintendents are also vacant.
Showcased notices issued to absent teachers
District Education Officer, Qambar Shehdad Kot held snap visits of different schools of the district. He issued show cause notices for 10 teachers who were absent from the duty.
Seminar on Children’s rights at UoK
There are at least million kids in Pakistan are involved in child labour to earn the livelihood of their family and they are deprived of their rights of education as well. Forty-seven percent population of Pakistan according to the definition of United Nations consists of kids below 18 years and that means almost 80 million children are present in the country having no active and empower institution to safeguard their rights. Islam has provided equal rights to the children as Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) loved children very much.
Pakistan Day Message: Justice for all
While speaking at the debate competition held in Federal Urdu University, former chief justice, Deedar Hussain Shah said that justice should be provided to all for growth and development in the country.
Convocation of Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences
299 degrees were awarded in the convocation of Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences. VC of Karachi University, Prof. Muhammad Qaiser was the chief guest of convocation. He advised the students to develop empathy for the humanity.
Colleges warned against charging extra for marking practical journals
The provincial director general for colleges, Dr Nasir Ansar, on Tuesday warned government colleges against charging Rs50 from students on the pretext of marking practical journals of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Computer Science subjects in Karachi.
Role of private education sector By Yusuf Abbassi
Although government is trying to focus on education but it has failed to achieve the desired results. On the other hand, private sector has uplifted its standard according to the government’s education vision.
Pakistan Resolution Day, but when there will be Education Resolution Day By Hina Pervez Butt
It is our religious duty to seek education from cradle to grave. 69 years have passed since independence. But the condition of Pakistan’s education system is still very bleak.
Co-Education By ‘Nagina Shireen’
Co-education is a type of education where males and females study in the same schools, colleges and universities. This is a modern concept and it has remarkably made rapid progress in incrementing the ratio of literacy rate. First, it was introduced in Switzerland and then extended almost in all parts of Europe and America and also in other parts of the world, including Asia.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/23/co-education/
Why Finland has the Best Schools By ‘William Doyle’
The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.” Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu, Finland, which is about as Far East as you can go in the European Union before you hit the guard towers of the Russian border.
Language and Literacy in Pakistan
Despite the advancement in every field of education in Pakistan, the standard of education is swinging around its literacy rate which has been slowly creeping from 14% to 58% during the developing years of Pakistan. According to UNESCO Pakistan was targeted to reach 80% of its literacy rate by last year, which is unachievable so far.
Decolonising Education By ‘Rafia Zakaria’
THE University of Cape Town in South Africa, perched on the bottom of the world, is a well-known and highly respected institution in both that country and the world at large.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1247326/decolonising-education
Letters to the Editor
Education system and Civilization
Every civilization has a particular education system. It reflects the mindset of the whole society. It also protects the social norms and values of that society.
Commissioner extends full cooperation with Kohat Education Board
Kohat: The Commissioner Kohat, Mr. Musarat Hussain said that the Education Board is the basic institute for the circulation teachers, institutes and regulation of students’ performance. He further said that everyone is well aware of the issues regarding the Board and that they cannot conduct a fair examination in the province. He said that now the evaluation of the board is questionable, however they are trying hard to conduct fair examinations in Kohat.
Complete Story: Daily Aaj, Peshawar, Page No.3
Better upbringing of students can change the fate of the Country says Inayatullah
Peshawar: The Provincial Senior Minister, Mr. Inayatullah stated that if educational institutes try to raise their students in a positive way, they will produce honest, deserving and talented people for the nation which would change the fate of nation and allow better leaders to emerge who can lead for the Ummat-e-Muslima. He also added that, according to a survey, Pakistan has the capability to stand among the top 10 most powerful countries.
Complete Story: Daily Awam-un-Nas, Peshawar, Page No.8
Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No.3
3 schools of Shangla captured by police leaving students’ future at risk
Bashaam: A change has occurred in Shangla; 3 schools are occupied by police causing the education of students to get affected. The Education Department has struggled a lot but police has refused to leave the schools.
Complete Story: Daily Surkhab, Peshawar, Page No.5
Directives to provide free textbooks by the 5th of April
Peshawar: The KP Government will provide free textbook to government schools by the 5th of April. The textbook publication contract has given 48% to the local printing press and 52% to the Punjab Printing Press. The Project Coordinator, Abidullah Kakakhel, said that each school, including primary and secondary school, will have till 2nd March and consecutively all areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will have complete books available by the 1st of April.
Complete Story: Daily Mashriq, Peshawar, Page No.8
Irregularities revealed in teacher’s appointments
Charsadda: Merit violation and irregularities in appointments of teachers have been revealed in Education Department (Female), Charsadda. Many NTS toppers are on the merit list but they are totally ignored for appointments. This merit violation was claimed by Sabiha, daughter of Rahimzada, who topped the test but her name in appointments list is not mentioned.
Complete Story: Daily Akhbar-e-Khyber, Peshawar, Page No.11
Differences between teachers’ organization working against the Chairman of Peshawar Educational Board
Peshawar: The differences between teachers’ organizations working against the Chairman, Peshawar Educational Board have found. All Teachers Coordination Council, Peshawar calls the meeting to decide the protest sitting against the Chairman in front of Peshawar Board and Press Club. The Council Eight members organizations boycott to attend the meeting and said the protest is for own interest and we cooperate with the Chairman, Board.
Scholarship cheques distributed unfairly by Yasir Shaheen
District Quetta: The General Secretary of Social Welfare Society, Mr. Muhammad Yasir, along with other officials said that MPA Mr. Nasrullah Zairay distributed scholarship cheques amongst his favorites while eligible and poor candidates have their rights violated.
Children are deprived of text-books in Pishin
District Pishin: The Former President District Bar Association, Mr. Abdul Hadi Advocate said the present Government is calling for an educational emergency while, in fact, every child and teacher in class is solely a political slogan as children are deprived of text books in most of Pishin schools. Due to deprivation of text books 50% of schools are unable to start their new courses. He added that the Government should focus on quality education and providence of text books in all schools instead of raising slogans.
Notice should be taken of dilapidation of Educational Institutions says PSF
District Quetta: The Provincial President PSF, Mr. Malik Inam Kakar, said that educational institutions in Zhob and its surroundings have been dilapidated and giant funds have been embezzled. He said text books and basic facilities in schools and colleges are unavailable causing students to face problems in receiving education while parents worry about the future of their children. The Government calls for an educational emergency are baseless and fake in reality. He said the Government should implement educational policies with utmost honesty.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-24-2016/quetta/page2.asp
Educational problems will be resolved says the Education Officer, Qalat
District Qalat: The DDO and DC Qalat, Mr. Dr. Tufail Baloch, are doing well for educational propagation in the district of Qalat. All teachers are attending duties with honesty and the problems of District Qalat’s educational institutions are diminishing.
Complete Story: Daily Aazadi Quetta, Page No.3
Teachers and parents should play their role in student education and training says Sadiq Umrani
Tambo: The District Education Officer, Tamboo, Mr. Sadiq Umrani, said that the teachers, the community and parents should play their role in student education and training. He said to face challenges of the modern world education is necessary; no nation can progress without education.
Complete Story: Daily Nai-Baat Quetta, Page No.3
Headmistress involved in torture, corruption, extortion and absenteeism
District Lodhran: A resident of Bahawal Garh, Mr. Muhammad Hussain and others submitted complaints to the Secretary Education, Lahore against Madam Rizwana Raheem, Headmistress of Government Girls Middle School, Bahawal Garh claiming that she committed torture, corruption and absenteeism. They demanded for an inquiry and a dismissal.
Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2016-03-24/page-11
Enrolment Campaign Launched by Education Department
District Rahim Yar Khan: Education District Officer, Mr. Rana Azhar and Mr. Khuwaja Idrees, Chairman Zakat and Ushar Committee, inaugurated the Enrollment Campaign by enrolling twenty children at Government Colony High School. At the event, Education District Officer said 5 lack children will be enrolled through this campaign.
Complete Story: Daily Express, Rahim Yar Khan. Page No.2
Most schools of tribal areas are without infrastructure
District Dera Ghazi Khan: The local community of Pachadah, Saman Gorchani and surrounding areas have protested against the negligence of officials in the Education Department as most of the schools are without infrastructure. Hundreds of children are forced to herd cattle and remain illiterate as a result of the lack of facilities and insufficient teachers. People of the area demand the Chief Minister of Punjab to take notice the situation.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan. Page No.7
Ghazi University without funds and education facilities
District Dera Ghazi Khan: The students and parents have complained that Ghazi University is being run in a building which was declared dangerous four year ago. The university does not have a sufficient teaching faculty, labs, furniture, hostels and security arrangements. Students are forced to live in private hostels which are unsafe and yet cause extra financial burden. Students and parents demand the Education Authorities to take notice of the situation at Ghazi University.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan. Page No. 8
School without furniture
District Dadu: There is an acute shortage of furniture at Government Primary School, Block One, Johi causing Due students to sit on ground and study.
School Bachayo Committee continues protests
District Dadu: The Chairman School Bachayo Committee, Mr. Darya Khan Lighari, continued his protest along with other members against the local land mafia on capturing the school’s land.
Protest for deputation of school teacher
District Khairpur Mirs: The Government Primary School, village Somaar Kheskheli is without staff for the last year. A Masjid Pesh Imaam is teaching the students in their stead. The residents have held protests for deputation of teachers in the school.
Protest against ‘ghost teachers’ and closure of school
District Nawabshah: The Government Primary School, village Qaim Khan Gabol is dysfunctional for the past ten years due to the carelessness of the education department. The residents protested against these ‘ghost teachers’ and demanding its restoration.
Number of schools dysfunctional
District Larkana: Thousands of girls and boys are left illiterate due to the closing of several schools in Gerelo. Parents are worried about the education of their children.
Daily Kawish, Page No. 2
Schools without basic facilities
District Mirpurkhas: The Government Primary and Middle Schools, village Chonro Bhurgri are facing shortage of basic facilities such as furniture and teachers.
Complete Story: http://epaper.awamiawaz.com/fullsize/Page-03.jpg
Teachers protest against withholding of salary
District Shikarpur: The NTS test pass teachers held protest against P.T.Alif, against the withholding of their salaries for the past year.
Complete Story: http://www.dailyibrat.com/beta/pages/jpp_24032016010612.jpg