Delegation of powers to school headmasters faces undue delay
The Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department is yet to implement the recommendations made by the working group two years ago for devolution of maximum financial and administrative powers to the school level.
KP yet to implement PM’s directives on private schools’ fees
Confusion persists at the provincial level about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directives about withdrawal of increase in fees of private schools, as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is yet to issue a notification in line with the premier orders.
Lakki district council approves Rs3.6 billion budget
The district council of Lakki Marwat approved annual budget of Rs3.6 billion. The district government has allocated Rs2.7 billion for education department and Rs10.33 million for social welfare and special education department.
APS injured students to be sent abroad: adviser
Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq chaired a meeting in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Wednesday to review treatment of injured students of Army Public School Peshawar.
Peshawar BISE to use machines for checking papers
The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Peshawar, has decided to start mechanical checking of examination papers so as to eliminate cheating and use of unfair means in the examinations, according to officials.
Speaking up : AWKUM VC comes out in his defence
Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Vice Chancellor Ihsan Ali said on Sunday it was through great efforts that he turned the varsity into one of the country’s top 10 institutions. Ali was arrested by NAB Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for misuse of authority, but was released on interim bail. Talking to journalists at his residence in Mardan, he highlighted his efforts also elevated Hazara University to number seven on the top-10 list.
Two locals start teaching at abandoned govt. school
Up until the day two villagers decided to take matters in their own hands and start classes, the government school in Urmar Bala in the city had been abandoned. “Children of the area were deprived of an education as the school was padlocked since 2011. So we took the suggestion of locals, we opened the school and resumed classes,” one of the two teachers, Fida Muhammad, told The Express Tribune.
Unsettled: Amendments in university act to be withdrawn
The recently-made amendments in the K-P Universities Act 2015 will be withdrawn and the requirement of domiciles for admissions in universities, will be waived off. This was stated in a handout issued on Wednesday.
Rs507m okayed for technical education projects
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday approved Rs507 million for 12 projects to be launched in different technical educational institutions in the province. It also approved Rs85.96 million for the establishment of the Technical and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Secretariat in Peshawar.
Former AMC principal gets bail
The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has granted bail to former principal of Ayub Medical College and Higher Education Regulatory Authority member Dr Muhammad Ayub. He was arrested on charges of registering substandard medical colleges and embezzlement of funds.
Doctors attend diploma programme
Doctors of different hospitals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated in the Continuing Medical Education (CME) diploma. The Health Foundation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launched six months CME diploma programme in collaboration with Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Common Wealth Medical Trust and the University of Swabi.
Teachers, students expelled: No permanent address for 41-year-old school
Despite tall claims of increasing funds for education in Balochistan, students and teachers were expelled from a government school in the provincial capital due to non-payment of rent.
Reference against the In-Charge NEF
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has registered a reference against the in-charge National Education Foundation and former Health Secretary for corruption of millions of rupees and committing of irregularities in the recruitment process.
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Teachers not appointed after NTS test
More than 100 schools of Mastung lack basic education facilities and the much required faculty. Teachers have not been appointed in the aforementioned schools despite having successfully passed the NTS test.
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Low salaries to private institution teachers
Teachers of private educational institutions are not being paid adequately for their services by the concerned authorities despite being highly qualified. While private educational institutions are reaping humungous profits, the teachers in these institutions remain low paid.
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Registration of Madrassas
Under the National Action Plan, the investigation and registration process of some 2500 Madrassas has commenced in Balochistan.
Walk for enrollment
The Education Department and Education Support Program organized a walk for enrollment in Gandawah. Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-25-2015/quetta/page10.asp
Girls school blown up in Bara
Unidentified persons blew up a state-run school for girls in Bara teshil of Khyber Agency on Saturday night, sources said. They said that the miscreants had planted explosives inside the primary school at Amin Khan Killay in Sipah area and triggered the explosion at night. The explosion caused partial damage to the school building, the added.
Issuance of DVM degree to students
Sardar Yaqoob Khan, President AJ&K said that the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degrees will be issued within 2 months by the Poonch University with the support of Pakistan Veterinary Council and HEC.
PEIRA says no increase in private school fee
The federal government finally announced on Wednesday that there would be no increase in private school fee in the current academic year. A notification in this regard was issued by the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA).
Education is a right, not privilege, Malala tells UN
Accompanied by 193 children holding lanterns, Malala Yusufzai persuaded leaders from across the world to promise that every child would have the right to safe, free and quality education. “Education is not a privilege, education is a right,” Malala told world leaders at the opening session of the 2030 sustainable development summit.
HEC joins hands with Unesco for collaboration in education
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will collaborate in the field of education. Both sides will identify specific areas of higher education sector requiring further strengthening in the country.
United Teachers Association reported that almost 400 cases of employees including teachers are registered in the courts and are awaiting resolution. The Association suggested a movement on this Teacher’s Day (October 5th) for the resolution of teachers’ cases.
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RIS, RCCI sign MoU
Roots International Schools (RIS) CEO Walid Mushtaq and Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Syed Asad Mashahdi signed an Memorandum of Understanding to create a corporate linkage with RCCI. The ceremony was held at Mian Pervez Aslam Hall of RCCI Office, Rawalpindi, on Tuesday.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-342089-RIS-RCCI-sign-MoU
COMSATS-Lancaster row with HEC goes on
Lancaster University has accepted that it should have carried out its own due diligence before entering into a joint-degree deal with the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). Both educational institutions have been at the centre of a huge controversy as students have protested that the promises made have not been fulfilled and they have been unable to get dual degrees from both the COMSATS and the Lancaster University.
All decisions made on merit: QAU VC
All decisions made in the university are transparent and on merit and it would be wrong to give an impression of favouritism, said Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Dr Javed Ashraf. He confirmed that Dr Azhar Abbas Rizvi had written letters in his capacity as one of Syndicate members and said it was a political matter that was being played up.
AIOU announces fee waiver for children of ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ martyrs
The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced fee waiver for the children of all those who sacrificed their lives during the ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ operation against terrorists and extremists. An amount of Rs8 million was allocated for this purpose.
Call for establishing Pak-German Knowledge Corridor
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal has underlined the need for establishing a `Pakistan-Germany Knowledge Corridor’. “Such an arrangement would benefit Pakistan from the experiences and expertise of German universities,” he said during a meeting with German Ambassador to Pakistan Ina Lepel here on Wednesday.
Position of Regular Chairman HEC still vacant
The post for the regular Chairman of Higher Education Commission is still vacant. The associated duties are currently being performed by the Acting Chairman, who reported that interviews are being conducted for the appointment of a Regular Chairman.
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AIOU launches web-based information system
Student of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will henceforth receive quick information about carrying out their proposed amendments in academic record, including names, addresses and selected courses, says a press release. Acceptance of their request for the particular change will be communicated to them through website, email and text message as soon as it is incorporated in the academic record. At the same time, the old practice of communicating the information through post office will continue.
AIOU expedites books mailing process
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has expedited the process of mailing books to its enrolled students for smooth continuation of their academic session. In first-phase dispatching of books for Matric, FA, CT programmes for the current semester will be completed within a week.
Impaired Education System Damaging Trade, Industry: PBIF
The Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) said that the dysfunctional education system has become a threat to the country as it continues to damage masses, trade and industry. The education system has failed to provide skilled manpower needed to the industrial sector in order to ensure growth in national development, said PBIF President and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain in a statement.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273825
Pakistan School on Internet Governance to be launched
Realising the significance of internet as a fundamental component of economic, social and political life, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, will launch Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG) with an inaugural four-day workshop from October 5-8, 2015 at the HEC Secretariat.
Seminar on ‘Spirituality in 21st Century’ held
A seminar ‘Spirituality in 21st Century’ was held at the Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) here on Tuesday. The basic concept was related to the reviving of true legacy of Allama Mohammad Iqbal as mentioned in the ‘Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam’ and also reflected from his legendary poetry.
Schools won’t be allowed to raise fees: Shahbaz
A delegation of parents association Wednesday met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and thanked him for resolving fee hike issue of private schools. Talking to the parents delegation, the CM said education is the right of every child and the Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for ensuring 100 per cent enrolment of kids in schools and promotion of quality education.
LHC takes action regarding provision of free education
Lahore High Court (LHC) has sought the record from the Punjab government about funds allocated for providing free education to the children up to age of 16 years. The petitioner took the plea that it is binding on the government under article 25A of the Constitution to provide free education to the children up to 16 years age. As this law has not been implemented so far, therefore, the private educational institutions are charging heavy fees to the students.
Protest by private school owners
All Pakistan Private Schools Association protested against the ordinance issued by the Chief Minister Punjab. They said that the ordinance was a violation of fundamental rights and was hence, unlawful in its spirit. Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-24-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_18.gif
Suspension of non-salary education budget
The Government of Punjab has suspended the non-salary education budget of all high schools of Punjab. The budget will be released to primary and middle schools after taking into consideration their student base.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-24-2015/pindi/page2.asp
500 schools under partnership planned
The Punjab government is contemplating a move to run 500 public schools of the province under the public-private partnership model of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) or through the adoption by the NGOs/philanthropists.
LHC demands reports from schools
The Lahore High Court has asked the government to report on the utilization of the fund allocated for provision of free education to children aged 5 to 16 and has also demanded private schools to submit their data reports, account and audit information.
Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-24/page-8/detail-19
International Teacher’s Day: Punjab Teachers Union to conduct ceremony
Punjab Teachers Union Association is going to conduct a ceremony on International Teachers Day, 5th October 2015.
Action against teachers
The Education Department has demanded reports from teachers whose attendance remained low for the anti-dengue campaign on the 2nd and 3rd day of Eid and has announced strict action to be taken against them under the PIDA Act.
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PEF newsletter published
The volume 18 of English language newsletter ‘The Hope’ of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has been published. According to PEF spokesperson, the 24 pages newsletter is published by PEF Communication Department which contained necessary information about the role of different public-private partnership based gratis education programmes for the needy children.
Funding follies: Education not a priority for Kotli Sattian’s representatives
Pakistan was supposed to attain eight millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015 including the provision of universal primary education. The deadline is long gone, but 25 million children are still out of school. Majority of schools in rural areas lack proper facilities.
Nearly 40% schools in PP-248, PP-250 without electricity, says report
Nearly 40 per cent schools in PP-248 and PP-250 of Rajanpur do not have electricity, according to a study carried out by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) in collaboration with Alif Ailaan.
210 schools take part in art exhibitions
The Little Art announced their series of exhibition events in Lahore and Karachi for 4th ArtBeat National Child Art Competition and Exhibition 2015. This is to be followed by the International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF) 2015 in collaboration with Teachers’ Resource Centre (TRC) taking place in Karachi and Lahore.
Rs1.32bn for three universities
Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that three new universities will be established in Punjab during the current financial year. he said the universities would be set up in Jhang, Sahiwal and Okara at a cost of Rs1.32 billion.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1209214/rs132bn-for-three-universities
PU has not increased fee in a decade
Punjab University (PU), the oldest seat of learning in Subcontinent, has not increased fee during the last decade despite setting up many new departments and introducing new programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, stated PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran in an interview on Thursday.
Establishment of university still a dream for Chakwal
The district of Chakwal, with a population of 1.6 million, has 53 colleges - 20 in the public and 33 in private sector - where 16,194 students are currently enrolled. Every year, more than 16,000 students get admission to the colleges. However, after completing their college education, only a few are able to enter a university while the rest are forced to abandon their education.
IUB College recognized
The Higher Education Commission and the Pakistan Veterinary and Medical Council have included the College of Veterinary and Animals Sciences of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur among their recognised institutions for veterinary degree DVM.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/24-Sep-2015/iub-college-recognised
Need to strengthen academia-industry ties stressed
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader and former minister Malik Abdul Qayyum has called for cementing academia-industry ties to address the problems being faced by industry and the business community.
Mr Qayyum, addressing a ceremony here on Sunday said a close liaison between the two sectors could bridge the gap between demand and supply of skilled human resource.
7.5 million for Cooperative College and hostel
Provincial Minister for Cooperatives and Prisons, Malik Iqbal Chunar said that PKR 1.9 million will be spent on the construction of Cooperative Training Institute Faisalabad and the up-gradation of offices of the registrar and Inspector Hostels. He added that a sum of PKR 7.484 million will be spent on the construction of boundary walls and up-gradation of the buildings of Cooperative Department.
PU faculty member honoured
Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Azhar Naeem of Punjab University, Department of Electrical Engineering, has been selected by International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy for training workshop "Advanced School/Workshop on Fibre Optics: Light in action from Science to Technology".
MD Neurology papers postponed
The Punjab University spokesman said the 2nd annual examination of part I and II of MD Neurology scheduled for Sept 17 and 19, respectively, have been postponed till further orders.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1208951/md-neurology-papers-postponed
Hyderabad BISE declares HSC results
The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Hyderabad announced on Wednesday the results of annual examinations-2015 of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-II (Class-XII) of the humanities group, and HSC Part-I and II of the commerce and home economics groups.
Private school defends fee hike in court
In its reply submitted in the Sindh High Court, the management of a private North Nazimabad school facing a case by parents over an unjustified fee hike has claimed that the increase has been implemented after three years and in line with the overall inflation rate. The counsel for the school sought to justify the increase and prayed the court to vacate the stay order it had issued after the first hearing on September 18.
2,787 schools in Thatta, Sujawal have no electricity
With around 300,000 children of school-going age not enrolled and a high dropout rate, the state of education in government schools in Thatta and Sujawal districts is beyond dismal. Between 70 to 85 per cent of the around 3,202 schools in the two districts remain devoid of basic facilities like clean drinking water, electricity, toilets and boundary walls.
Climbing the ladder: Education department promotes 596 lecturers
The Sindh government’s education and literacy department has promoted 596 college lecturers after five years. The official notification was released by education secretary Fazlullah Pechuho on Wednesday night. It states that the departmental selection committee recommended promotion of 552 college lecturers (BS-17) to assistant professors (BS-18). The decision was approved by the department after much deliberation. Moreover, 308 female and 288 male teachers were promoted.
Rediscovering Pakistan: ‘Gilgit Baltistan has not been ignored in terms of studies, written word’
“It is very clear that the people of Gilgit Baltistan want their own identity and freedom and don’t want to be a part of Pakistan. This shouldn’t be criticised. It’s the people’s right,” said historian Dr Mubarak Ali at the launch of ‘Northern Pakistan: History and Culture’ at the Now Communities office on Wednesday.
Applications for posts of six education board chairmen invited
The Sindh government for the first time on Thursday under a centralised process formally invited applications for appointing chairmen of six educational boards in the province. The applications have been invited for positions of chairmen at the board of intermediate and secondary education of Larkana, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur districts, besides the boards of secondary education and intermediate education in Karachi.
Commissioner Karachi visits Benazir Bhutto University
The Commissioner Karachi visited Benazir Bhutto University and was given a briefing on education by the VC University. The Commissioner stated that education is a pathway to peace.
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Chief Minister Sindh said that education and health are priorities of the government. He added that the government is in the planning process of special capacity building programmes for the teachers.
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Education campaigner in US for conference
Aasoo Bai Kohli, a special person from a remote village in district Umerkot, departed for USA on the invitation of Malala Yousufzai in recognition of her extraordinary services for education of girls. Aasoo Bai, 22, daughter of a peasant in village Meena ji Dhani in district Umerkot, has set a rare example of providing free education to girls in her village.