26th August 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Laptops distributed among students

Distributing laptops among students, Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed on Thursday said a digital library project had been launched, which would ensure students online access to a huge treasury of text journals and text books in the country.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/145310-Laptops-distributed-among-students

Lack of basic amenities in High School Rustam

Students of High School Rustam are facing difficulty in getting education due to a lack of facilities in the schools. According to a source, a few students fainted due to summer heat and load shedding in the schools. The students said there has been no electricity in the schools for the past seven days.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103708694&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160825


Teacher in Mardan terrorizes innocent student

A teacher in Alfalah Public School Mardan tyrannized an innocent student because of her slow performance in schoolwork.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Peshawar/2016-08-26/page-8/detail-24


Controversial Lesson about Pakhtun Hero Removed

Following strong resentment from political and public circles, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has formally removed a controversial lesson about Pakhtun hero Malik Kalu Khan from the 9th grade English textbook and ordered an inquiry against those who included it in the syllabus. The KP Textbook Board had published the chapter ‘Snare’ in grade 9th English book wherein an Akbar-era Pakhtun warrior of the Yousafzai tribe, Malik Kalu Khan, has been portrayed as a dacoit.

Complete story:http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2016/controversial-lesson-about-pakhtun-hero-removed


Overhaul: New system to streamline education department

The pilot project for this initiative, titled Action Management System, was approved by the Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan on Thursday. It will be launched by the provincial government. In the past, the Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) had identified errors in the education system.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1169887/overhaul-new-system-streamline-education-department/


Vice-principals get new postings

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has announced new postings for the vice principals of Islamabad’s government educational institutions, who got promotion from the deputy headmistress posts (BPS-17) of late.

Complete story:https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/145289-Vice-principals-get-new-postings


Rebuilding Jamia Hafsa: Govt. Presents Relocation Agreement Before SC

The federal government has submitted before the Supreme Court a copy of an agreement regarding the allotment of a 20-kanal plot for the relocation of Jamia Hafsa. In compliance with the Supreme Court’s May 11 order, Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mahmood submitted a report regarding the implementation of the court’s October 2, 2007 judgment regarding rebuilding Jamia Hafsa — a controversial women’s madrassa affiliated with Lal Masjid.

Complete story:http://tribune.com.pk/story/1170002/rebuilding-jamia-hafsa-govt-presents-relocation-agreement-sc/


Nurturing Talent: 1,560 Laptops Distributed At Hazara University

At least 1,560 laptops were distributed among students and researchers at Hazara University’s Garden Campus on Thursday. The laptops were distributed by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed under the second phase of the Prime Minister’s laptop scheme.

Complete story:http://tribune.com.pk/story/1169934/nurturing-talent-1560-laptops-distributed-hazara-university/




Protest against harassment of lady teachers

The Government Teacher Association conducted a rally on the impudence of a renowned teacher of the area. According to details, Assistant Commissioner Gandawa of Dera Allah Yar Khan misbehaved with the teacher.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103709810&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20160826




FATA University announces admission programme

Fata University in Akhurwal, Frontier Region, Kohat, announced admissions to the Bachelor of Science programme. The university announced admissions in mathematics, management sciences, political science and sociology programmes. The admission forms are available at Habib Bank in Darra Adamkhel, Peshawar, and Kohat.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/145309-Fata-University-announces-admission-programme




Daily Wagers to Move Court for Regularisation

Agitated by the rejection of the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) summary on the regularisation of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) daily-wage teachers, the Young Teachers Association has decided to petition the court of law for relief. Of late, the CADD had filed a summary with the Prime Minister’s office for approval, suggesting Federal Public Service Commission interviews for the daily wagers working in BPS-16 and above and interview by a departmental committee for those working in BPS-15 and below.

Complete story:https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/145284-Daily-wagers-to-move-court-for-regularisation


Roots Millennium Schools Get Microsoft Showcase School Status

Microsoft awarded the most elite, consistent and most exclusive - the Microsoft showcase school- status to Roots Millennium Schools. The Roots Millennium Schools were selected for their excellence in transforming their learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, and using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success at the workplace.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/26-Aug-2016/roots-millennium-schools-gets-microsoft-showcase-school-status


Critical thinking will help build an inclusive society

Teachers should encourage critical thinking in classrooms so that students can ask questions about the world around them. The state, too, should invest in social sciences. These will, in the long run, help nurture an inclusive narrative in the country, says a press release.

Complete story:https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/145292-Critical-thinking-will-help-build-inclusive-society


Fighting extremism: ‘Purge curriculum of biases, hate material’

Speakers have urged the state to purge the curriculum of biases and hate material to fight extremism. They have also urged the state to invest in social sciences to nurture an inclusive narrative in the country. They were speaking at the launch of a report titled “Promoting Inclusive and Tolerant Educational Narratives”. The report is based on the findings of a two-day workshop conducted by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) for 101 university and college teachers mostly of Islamic Studies and Arabic departments from across the country.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1169987/fighting-extremism-purge-curriculum-biases-hate-material/


More people opting for PhD in social sciences

The huge gap between professional and non-professional degree holders is being removed as the number of degrees in social sciences disciplines is being increased. Unlike the past, more than half of students now prefer to seek PhD degrees in social sciences disciplines. Before the establishment of the Higher Education Commission and in the early days of this autonomous body, the number of PhD degree holders in the professional field was more than the number of social sciences degree holders but now the trend has changed.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/26-Aug-16/more-people-opting-for-phd-in-social-sciences




MULTAN City News

Bahauddin Zakariya University announced the results of BA/BSc annual examinations 2016 in a function here on Thursday. The girl students clinched eight out of the top 10 positions in the BA/BSC examinations. Bahauddin Zakariya University Urdu Department Head Prof Dr Robina Tareen chaired the result declaration ceremony while Registrar Prof Dr Farooq Ahmad was the chief guest. BZU Controller Examinations Prof Dr Muhammad Mutahir Iqbal announced the result. Total 46,294 candidates appeared in the examinations of whom 16,971 were declared successful with pass percentage of 36.66.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/145397-MULTAN-City-News


Result of Diploma in Commerce announced

Technical Education Board Punjab has announced the result of diploma in commerce. As per the result, ten thousand one hundred and fifty five candidates appeared in the paper.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-26-2016/Lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_08.gif



Project for eradication of child labour launched

God willing, every child will now go to school in Punjab. Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resources Raja Ashfaq Sarwar sounded upbeat while launching the ‘Elimination of Child and Bonded Labour Project’ at the auditorium of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Thursday. The integrated project is for the promotion of decent work for vulnerable workers of the district.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1280026/project-for-eradication-of-child-labour-launched


PU Dean gets EU Erasmus Mundus Leader scholarship

Punjab University Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Professor of Zoology and former Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan has won another European Union’s Erasmus Mundus LEADER Academic Staff Mobility Scholarship 2016 for University of Crete, Greece. Mundus Project is funded by the European Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/pu-dean-gets-eu-erasmus-mundus-leader-scholarship/


Homogenous education system in all nursing schools

Punjab Government has announced a homogenous education system in all nursing schools. Under the system all schools are interlinked with an online system. This system will be implemented in forty nursing schools in Punjab.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103711303&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160826


Admissions in private medical colleges

Admissions in private colleges will be held under government rules. According to details PMDC decided to conduct medical entry test of PIMS and later they decided to take entry test in overall Pakistan on the same basis.

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TEVTA will introduce an American education system

In TEVTA institutions, American system will soon be implemented for education. Foreign agencies are working to promote technical education in Pakistan, said  Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser.

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Good move: New classrooms, facilities for 22 schools

A spokesperson for the Buildings Department said on Thursday that the government had released Rs175.7 million for 22 development schemes at public schools in the district. The money would be spent on constructing new classrooms and providing missing facilities, he said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1170045/good-move-new-classrooms-facilities-22-schools/




Chairman secondary board arrested by NAB

The Chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Anwar Ahmed Zai has been arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team on corruption charges here on Tuesday evening."A team raided at BSEK office at around 4 PM and arrested Zai for his allegedly involvement in fake appointments and the involvement in changing the result sheets and answer copies of the candidates," sources told Daily Times.

Complete story:http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/26-Aug-16/chairman-secondary-board-arrested-by-nab


Fifth day: Teachers continue sit-in, demanding release of salaries

Around 70 teachers continued for the fifth day their sit-in against stoppage of their salaries for the last two years in front of Karachi Press Club on Thursday. However, no government official or elected representative bothered to hear their grievances. I received my appointment order in 2012 and received around 16 months’ salaries in my account. But suddenly the salary stopped coming,” said primary schoolteacher Mohammad Haroon Soomro.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1169989/fifth-day-teachers-continue-sit-demanding-release-salaries/


Cancellation of papers on cheating

During the higher and secondary education board Mirpurkhas exams of eleven and twelfth classes, 129 copy cases were reported by the vigilance teams. Further proceedings are being made by disciplinary action committee.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-26-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=164892  


PPP to ensure best health, education to masses

Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh for Information, Moula Bux Chandio, has said that provision of education and health facilities to people was a major component of Pakistan Peoples Party’s manifesto. During his surprise visit to Civil Hospital Hyderabad on Thursday, he said the Sindh government was allocating sufficient funds coupled for the development projects for improvement in health and education sectors.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/ppp-to-ensure-best-health-education-to-masses/


Registration dates announced for inter private candidates

Controller exams of higher secondary board, Karachi has announced the dates for registration in Arts and Commerce groups for private candidates. According to the announcement, admission forms will be submitted from 29th August till 25th October 2016.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-26-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=164891


Last date for submitting Matric enrolment forms extended

Last date to submit enrolment form of 9th Science or General group has been extended till 20th September with regular fees. With late fees last, date to submit form is 8thNovember, 2016.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-26-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=164888


Corruption in Secondary Education Board

NAB has investigated the illegal hiring and other corruption matters in secondary education board, Karachi. They arrested Professor Ahmed Zai for being involvement in corruption cases.

Complete story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-08-26/page-2





Original research in higher education By Meeqat Sultan

Reputation enhances through writing for and contributing to specialised media sections and self-initiated or officially sponsored papers and publications. Reputable accreditation bodies of higher education focus on the quality of teaching and research in rating and ranking of universities at the national or international levels. There are, of course, other criteria that are considered: physical infrastructure, student-faculty ratio, library, lab and IT facilities, co-curricular activities, students’ societies, philanthropic work or corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/26-Aug-16/original-research-in-higher-education



How long are we going to continue overlooking the reality that some children are differently-abled By Wishaal Raheel

In the year 2013, the Pakistan Association for Difficulties in Learning (PADIL) revealed that over 1.8 million children in Pakistan were affected by learning disabilities. These disabilities range from  Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia to Autism and many other issues. However, in the classroom, many learning disabilities get ignored not only by teachers but by parents too, who simply refuse to admit that their child may have a learning disability. The result is a lifetime of struggle for anyone with such a disability.

Complete story:http://nation.com.pk/blogs/26-Aug-2016/how-long-are-we-going-to-continue-overlooking-the-reality-that-some-children-are-differently-abled



Letters to the Editor


Trouble in Ghotki school

For the past two weeks, a well-known smoothly functioning educational institute in Ghotki has become a centre of agitation thanks to the antics of a regional non-governmental organisation based in Karachi. The school was being run with the help of the NGO. It had been decided by the people of Ghotki and the NGO to let the school work under the leadership of its founder and principal as long as the founder/principal wanted to, and that there will be no interference in operational matters of the institute by outsiders.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1168710/trouble-ghotki-school/

Regional Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


No High School in Sarband; Students face difficulties

Peshawar: The highly populated area Sarband, which is a few kilometers from Peshawar, is lacking a high school. Students are facing difficulties and are forced to go to a high school almost 30 kilometers from their area.

Complete Story:  http://naibaat.com.pk/Pre/peshawar/Page02.aspx


Funds demanded for repairing of school rooms

Charsadda: The people of Union Council Doshera have demanded PTA funds for the reconstruction of rooms in Government Girls’ Middle and Primary School Sheikhan Sardheri.

Complete Story:  Akhbar-e-Khyber, Peshawar, Page No.3


Demand to fulfill shortage of teachers in Middle School Gang Gate

Peshawar: There is a shortage of teachers in the Government Shaheed Muhammad Aziz Khan Middle School, which is putting the futures of students in danger. Parents are worried about the situation and said that due to one step promotion, teachers have been transferred to other schools, affecting the whole education system.

Complete Story:  Daily Surkhab, Peshawar, Page No.2


The Education department is fully occupied with foreign NGOs

Peshawar: Mr. Muhammad Ikram, the President of Teachers Organization Pakistan said in an address that nowadays the Education Department is fully occupied with foreign NGOs trying to change the thinking of our young generation and taking them away from our culture by changing course content.

Complete Story:  Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No.3


Education Minister chairs a meeting with Elementary Education Foundation at Peshawar

Peshawar: The Minister for Elementary Education Muhammad Atif Khan has said that the PTI-led Provincial government’s educational policy was meant to ensure access to basic and quality education across the province, especially for girls. All available resources have been utilized for this purpose. He added that all projects meant for the promotion of education will be completed within the stipulated time at all cost. He said this while chairing a meeting of the Board of Directors of Elementary Education Foundation (EEF) at Peshawar.

Complete Story:  Daily Aaj, Peshawar, Page No.2

Complete Story:  Awam-un-Nas, Peshawar,Page No.2

Complete Story:  Khabrain, Peshawar,Page No.3


Demand for increase of seats in Peshawar colleges

Peshawar: The Peshawar community has appealed to the Education Department to increase the number of seats for male and female students in Peshawar Colleges and Universities, as the lack of seats may deprive many students of admission. It was also demanded to restore the seats for government colleges as soon as possible.

Complete Story:  Mashriq, Peshawar, Page No.2




Female teacher appointment could not take place in Jali Khuwasti school Saindak

District Chaghi: Chairman MNM Mr. Haji Zakir Mosazai told journalists that Jali Khuwasti School Saindak has been closed for the past two months. He said that he informed the Education Department multiple times but they did not take any action. Teacher appointment should be made on a priority basis to save the time of students. 

Complete story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/epaper/p6/story.php?param=sandek.jpg


Closure of 2nd shift in Special School is condemnable: Mir Muhammad Aslam Rind

District Quetta: PMLN Metropolitan Corporation Parliamentary leader Mr. Muhammad Aslam Rind condemned the ending of 2nd shifts in Special School. He said such brutal decisions are eradicating education for poor people. It is only way for poor children to get education. The government should take action to continue 2nd shift classes in Special School.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-26-2016/Quetta/page2.asp


Raids by Education officials on different schools; showed anger over absenteeism of teachers

District Quetta: The District Education Officer (Female) Madam Rahella Mir & DDEO (Male) Chalton town Mr. Gul Muhammad Kakar visited different schools on the directions of Additional Secretary Education Mr. Hayat Khan Kakar. Both officials showed anger over the absenteeism of teachers and principals in schools. They said school timings for opening and closing are not being followed. They warned teachers and principals to be punctual otherwise their salaries will be stopped.

Complete story: Daily Aazadi Quetta, Page No: 03


Action will be taken against absent teachers in Qalat: District Education Officer

Sorab: The District Education Officer Qalat Mr. Shabir Ahmed Sumalani said while visiting different schools that standard education is necessary for the eradication of ignorance, illiteracy and educational backwardness. He said a strong and sound society can only be formed through quality education. He said legal action will be taken against absent teachers and they will not be forgiven. He said teachers should not only be present in schools but should also focus on positive results from students.  

Complete story: Daily Mashriq Quetta, Page No: 02


Parents should ensure girls’ attendance in school: Principal Girls Mission School

District Quetta: The Government Girls Model High school Mission Road Quetta principal & administration said that parents should ensure girls’ attendance in school otherwise their enrollment may be cancelled. The administration requested parents to support teachers and send their children to school regularly.

Complete story: Daily Baakhabar Quetta, Page No: 06




Executive District Officer (Education) raids schools

District Bahawalpur: The Executive District Officer (Education) made a sudden visit to different schools and found poor arrangements for cleanliness. He instructed the schools’ managements to maintain proper security arrangements. The Executive District Officer (Education) also instructed to start prosecution against absent school staff.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2016-08-26/page-11       


Stronghold of Corruption in School

District Rajanpur: Chief Minister Punjab and District Coordination Officer Rajanpur have been requested by sources to take notice of corruption in school development funds. The management of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Mithan Khot has not maintained proper facilities such as drinking water. The school generator is also not in working condition and the cleanliness of the school is maintained by students.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2016-08-26/page-11  


New water purification plants will be installed in 100 Schools

District Multan: The District Coordination Officer Multan and City Administration Multan stated that 100 new Water Purification Plants will be established in high schools under the supervision of the School Council and Chairman Union Council to facilitate local people as well as students. For this purpose, 100 schools have been selected.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2016-08-26/page-05  


Social activists protest against corruption in school funds

District Dera Ghazi Khan: Social circles of Taunsa Sharif strongly protested and requested to ensure audit of school paint funds. A 90,000 Rupees budget was issued for the painting of Government High School Bhabhan, but only Rupees 24000 to 26000 of the budget was consumed in this initiative, while the remaining amount was appropriated by the school management.

Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Multan, Page No.02       


Professors transferred to colleges of Southern Punjab, notification issued

District Khanewal: The Punjab Government issued a transfer notice for professors from different colleges of Southern Punjab and also accepted the leaves of many professors for visits abroad.

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No.08

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No.07


Punjab Government launches a poultry program in schools

District Lahore: The Livestock and Dairy Development Department of the Punjab Government has announced an initiative of providing girls in 1,000 primary schools with five hens, one cock, and a cage each.  From 15th September 2016, the package will be distributed in schools free of cost. Through this initiative, the government will promote education about nutrition, and protein deficiencies will be controlled among students.

Complete Story: Daily Express, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No.08




Education lower staff continue protests

Hyderabad: The lower staff of the Education Department continued protests in different cities for the 11th day, demanding promotions and issuance of salary.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130427027&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20160826


Load shedding during School time 

District Larkana: Students of Government Schools of Naudero have to face difficulties while attending schools due to continuous load shedding in the city.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130427162&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20160826


Shortage of facilities in Library

District Jacobabad: Students of Shah Abdul Latif Public Library Thull city continued their protest for the 2nd day against shortage of basic facilities of books, drinking water, and computers.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130427150&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20160826


Students protest against transfer of School Teacher

District Khairpur Mirs: The students of Government Boys Primary School Faarhiyaro protested against the transfer of their school teacher.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130427156&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20160826



Biometric staff turns out to be a punishment for education employees

Hyderabad: The biometric verification staff has become a punishment for the education employees of Hyderabad. The Assistant Monitoring Officers visit in the morning and misbehave with staff. They also call their favorite Head Masters and other staff privately and take bribes from them to inform them before visits of schools.

Complete Story: http://www.dailyibrat.com/beta/pages/jpp_26082016011539.jpg


Monitoring Officer Raids Schools

District Nawabshah: The Chief Monitoring Officer Biometric verification made a surprise visit of different schools of Nawabshah and found more than 25 employees absent from duties.

Complete Story: http://www.dailyibrat.com/beta/pages/jpp_26082016011539.jpg


Matric Board Chairman arrested

Karachi: The Chairman Education Baord Karachi Mr. Anwar Ahmed Zai has been arrested by a team of National Accountability Bureau on allegations of illegal appointments, utilizing unfair means in results, and corruption in funds.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103711631&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20160826


Primary School building dilapidated

District Naushehro Feroz: The building of Government Primary School Umeed Ali Dahiri is completely damaged; it may collapse at any time. Enrolment is dropping due to its crumbling condition.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103709882&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20160826


Protest against non-completion of construction of school building

District Badin: The residents of Yaar Muhammad Nuhrio stood against the stoppage of the construction work of a school building.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103709867&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20160826