30 October 2015

National Press:


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


155 schools damaged In KP: PDMA

As many as 155 schools in Khyber Pakthunkhwa were either fully or partially damaged by the powerful earthquake of October 26 that wracked havoc to educational infrastructure in five districts of the province. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Spokesman told APP on Thursday that till 10am today 155 schools in five districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa were damaged.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277345


Students attend classes under open sky in chilly weather

The students of the damaged schools in the Timergara district have complained that they attend classes under the open sky as none of the government officials or politicians has so far visited the schools ruined by Monday`s earthquake. The earthquake destroyed 16 schools and damaged 267 others in the district.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_182_010


Bid to attack schools in Charsadda foiled

Three attackers opened aerial fire near two schools in the Shabqadar area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district on Thursday. No loss of life or property has been reported. One of the schools was a public girls’ school, while the other was a private school. Announcements were made at local mosques calling for help against the attackers. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-1/detail-1







15 students injured in Karak as van plunges into ravine

At least 15 students of a private school were injured when their van plunged into a deep ravine in Gurguri area of Banda Daud Shah tehsil here on Thursday. Six of the injured students were shifted to a hospital in Peshawar in critical condition.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_182_003


PHC reserves judgment on Lakki Marwat DEO

The Peshawar High Court has reserved its judgment in a case involving illegal appointments made in the education department in Lakki Marwat by former executive district education officer Noor Hassan.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/981723/phc-reserves-judgment-on-lakki-marwat-deo/


Job fair of City University pulls crowds

A recruitment and job fair was organised at the City University of Science & Information Technology that proved to be an interactive platform both for the students and companies.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-348385-Job-Fair-of-City-University-pulls-crowds


Ajmal Khan’s eligibility as Islamia VC challenged

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) issued a notice on Thursday to Islamia College University Peshawar Vice Chancellor Prof. Ajmal Khan after a petitioner challenged his eligibility for the post. Justice Nisar Hussain and Justice Qaiser Rashid heard a petition filed by Akhtar Ilyas through Muhammad Isa Khan Khalil. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/981707/question-of-qualifications-ajmal-khans-eligibility-as-islamia-vc-challenged/




Education and politics

Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Balochistan said that politicians make empty promises to win votes but forget fulfilling them as soon as they get elected. 
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page2.asp


Violation of merit in Balochistan University

Pashtun SF highlighted the irregularities and violation of merit in recruitments committed by the administration of Balochistan University.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page2.asp


Book Fairs by NBF

Assistant Director National Book Foundation, while addressing the participants of an event in a local school, said that NBF is organizing book fairs in various educational institutions from time to time with the aim of promoting the culture of book reading. 
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page3.asp




Social activist battles for women’s education

Social activist Khan Muhammad Qureshi from Diamer Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan has launched a campaign to educate girls in his area. Qureshi belongs to a valley where only 1% of the 0.1 million women are literate. According to Alif Ailaan’s 2015 Pakistan District Education Rankings report, Diamer is ranked 95 out of 144 districts with a 46 score for gender parity.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/981733/raising-the-pen-social-activist-battles-for-womens-education/


Schools damaged due to earthquake

Governor Gilgit-Baltistan said that earthquake has damaged a number of schools and that steps for reconstruction of damaged schools need to be taken.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/pindi/pic.asp?picname=18_09.gif




FDE schools to get 200 new buses

Under a reform package the government will provide 200 new buses to the schools being run by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). New teachers will also be recruited in the coming months.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_153_001



Library named after icon of suffrage

The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), with the help of the US Embassy in Islamabad, upgraded the university library and has named a library reading room after the American feminist and radical Susan B.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_153_002


2005 quake: little to show for billions spent on rebuilding

As of mid-October, when the Prime Minister`s Office presented the latest figures on the development of quake-affected areas before the Senate, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) claimed to have utilised a staggering Rs33.367 billion just in this one district. However, projects to build infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and roads still remain unfinished.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_001_004


Course development workshop for teachers at AIOU

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Course Development Workshop at AllamaIqbal Open University attracted a large number of participants as the course was developed by those academicians who don’t have link with fieldwork. The workshop is being organized by Parwaan E9 National Center of Excellence in collaboration with the ECE Teachers Department of AllamaIqbal University.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277410


Training workshop in Bahria University

Bahria University, Islamabad, is organizing a four days exclusive training workshop for researchers and specialists of Psychology.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-30/page-3


China’s cultural counselor reaffirms support to NUML in promoting Chinese language

Appreciating the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) pivotal role in promotion of Chinese language, Chinese Cultural Counselor Zheng Guojinsaid has said that Chinese Embassy will assist NUML to enhance the capacity of Chinese Language Department.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-13/detail-1


AIOU, OIC team up to promote Arabic language, Islamic culture

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) will strengthen their collaborative partnership to promote Arabic language and Islamic culture. This was stated by a senior officer of OIC Secretariat Abdula Manafi Matualo during his visit to the AIOU's main campus on Thursday. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-13/detail-2



Knowledge Corridor to help produce 10,000 PhDs

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said that a “knowledge corridor” would be established with the partnership of Pakistan and US universities to produce ten thousand PhDs in the next ten years for the country.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-2/detail-4





96 schools buildings `dangerous`

As many as 96 more buildings have been added to the list of dangerous buildings by the Rawalpindi district education department following the earthquake on October 26. The department had previously declared 287 buildings `dangerous` and 96 buildings have been added to the list after the earthquake.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_152_011


Moot stresses improving quality of teacher education

A two-day conference of National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) yesterday concluded that it was the need of hour to improve the quality of education.  The experts read research papers and stressed on the need of improving quality of education in the country.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-14/detail-4

Conference on Girls Education by Alif Ailaan

The issues of Pakistan’s 13.1 million out of school female children were discussed in a conference on girls’ education organized by Alif Ailaan and Kafka Welfare Organization.
Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-12/detail-3


Open house held for FCC laboratory school

Forman Christian College (FCC) hosted an open house on Thursday to introduce its newly built Lab School. Education Minister Rana Mashhood, Adviser to Chief Minister Khwaja Ahmed Hassaan, Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Nizamuddin and National Accreditation Council for Teachers Director Irshad Ahmad Farrukh attended the ceremony.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/981771/light-of-hope-open-house-held-for-fcc-laboratory-school/


Counseling vital for career development: Abidi

Renowned Pakistani educationist Syed Abidi (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) and a regular columnist for the daily Jang and The News delivered a presentation to the students of the largest Pakistani community school at Pakistan Education Centre (PEC) Doha, Qatar, recently.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-348471-Counselling-vital-for-career-development-Abidi


`Illegalities` in setting up Lahore sub-campus NAB arrests BZU ex-VC Algama

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday arrested Bahauddin Zakariya University`s former vice chancellor Dr Khwaja Alqama over alleged illegalities and violation of rules in the establishment of varsity`s Lahore sub-campus.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_002_007



LCWU holds thesis show at Alhamra

Scores of aficionados gathered at Alhamra on The Mall on Wednesday following the initiation of a degree show featuring works of students from the Lahore College for Women University and its affiliated colleges that include the Government College for Women in Gulberg and the Government Postgraduate College for Women in Samanabad.  

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/981772/artistic-promise-lcwu-holds-thesis-show-at-alhamra/


Conference on 'medical education' begins

A three-day international conference on medical education began at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Thursday with 37 workshops organised on the first day in various public and private sector medical institutions of the city. The theme of the conference is “Integrated Curriculum for an Un-integrated Practice”, and it is being organised in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC) and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).
Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1241258/



PUASA urges govt. to use agri land

Punjab University Academic Staff Association on Thursday took out a rally against construction of Orange Train Project offices on University Town 1 land from Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology to Faisal Auditorium. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277394



CPSP workshop on professionalism

A workshop on professionalism was organised at College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Regional Centre Lahore in collaboration with University of Health Sciences which was attended by thirty expert doctors from civil and armed forces medical institutions, says a press release. 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-14/detail-7


TEVTA to train 200,000 youth by the end of current year

Technical and Vocational Education & Training Association (TEVTA) will achieve its target to train 200,000 youth by the end of the ongoing year.Introduction of demand driven short courses with the collaboration of Industry and placement of its pass-outs within country and abroad especially in Middle Eastern countries are the main focus of TEVTA. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277390





Using their powers for good

The education facilities in PS-86 in Thatta improved after the involvement of the area’s political representative as it was placed first among Thatta’s five provincial constituencies in a survey done by Alif Ailaan and the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-Saps).

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/981689/reforms-needed-using-their-powers-for-good/




To help 7.2 million out-of-school kids in Sindh, rising above politics is the key

The interest and involvement of all political stakeholders, be they in or outside the corridors of power, at the district and union council levels, is crucial for shaping the future of the province’s 7.2 million out of school children. At an all-parties conference convened by the Institute of Social And Policy Sciences and Alif Ailaan, representatives of all political parties of the province with the exception of PTI, amid the customary finger-pointing, did agree that improvement in the state of education in Sindh needed to be of the utmost importance for all wielding any sort of influence over the public.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-348125-To-help-72-million-out-of-school-kids-in-Sindh-rising-above-politics-is-the-key


Benefits of vocational, secondary education debated

`Should we give vocational training priority over secondary education?` That was the question pondered over by The Debating Circuit (TDC) at the Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan (PILAP) dialogue 2015 at the Pakistan American Cultural Centre here on Thursday.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_118_005


Court seeking explanation from Secretary Education

A female candidate successfully passed the aptitude test for a post of primary teacher but received no appointment letter from the Education Department. The candidate filed an application with the court, in response to which the court has asked for an explanation from Secretary Education.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=09_08.gif


Research projects showcases in science fair

As many as 72 research-based projects were submitted by 150 young scientists from across Sindh as part of Sindh Science Fair arranged by Intel ® International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel® ISEF), one of the world’s largest pre-college science competitions, will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from May 8- May13, 2016.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-3/detail-2


Higher education

1,200 applicants applied for admissions to MS, M.Phil and PhD at Shah Abdul Latif University.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201510300048&EN_ID=11201510300019&EMID=11201510300008


Tensions persist at KU after brawl between student groups

Tension prevailed at the Karachi University campus on Thursday following a brawl between two student groups over a cricket match on Wednesday. One student was injured in the fight.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=30_10_2015_118_002






A Marxist take on Pakistan’s classist education system by Alvina Sajid

In a developing country like Pakistan, where gaining knowledge is not as easy as other countries, some exceptionally hardworking people are still vying to strive for education. These few people still know that life is of no use without knowledge and education. Double thumbs up for them!

But the tragedy is, that our education system, still needs to be restructured if we want our country’s name to be included in the list of developed nations. The ways to gain education and knowledge remain uncertain for most people.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/blogs/29-Oct-2015/a-marxist-take-on-pakistan-s-classist-educational-system


Letters to the Editor


Engineered recruitment in University of Gujrat

Hundreds of employees have been deprived of their jobs, including those who joined the University of Gujrat on contract basis about eight years ago. At the time of establishment of the university, BPS-1 to 16 staff was hired on contract basis in urgency as the process of recruitment on permanent and regular basis was supposed to be lengthy.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-30/page-7/detail-4


Regional Press:


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


2 teachers available for 500 students in Primary School Badama

Dargai: Badama, a remote area of Malakand Agency, has only one school for boys and girls, namely, Government Primary School Badama. For 500 students including both girls and boys, only two classrooms and two teachers are available in the school.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103145938&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20151030


Protest of Pandyali High School students 
Muhmand Agency: Police forces of Malkand Agency baton charged on the students of Pandyali High School for protesting. The students were protesting against the contractor for hiding the earthquake cracks that appeared in the school building, putting the lives of the students at risk.

Complete Story: Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No. 8



Cafeteria owners in educational institutes need to be held accountable: PSF

Peshawar: People’s Students Federation Peshawar University stated that the Peshawar University and other educational institutions are not paying due attention to the quality of food and hygiene conditions in their food cafeterias. Substandard and unhygienic food is being sold at unregulated high prices in these cafeterias and is causing food poisoning, abdominal cramps and infections among students.

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


Terrorist attack on girls’ school creates panic and terror

Shabqadar: A wave of panic hit the students and staff of a girls’ school in Shabqadar when suspicious people were observed outside the school. An exchange of fire occurred between the suspects and the locals. The police arrived on the scene and rescued the girls from the school. All schools in the area have been instructed to remain closed so as to ensure the safety of students.

Complete Story: Daily Mashriq, Peshawar, Page No. 1


Transparency in school administrator funds: Muhammad Riaz

Battagram: In order to insure transparency in the management of PTC funds, Muhammad Riaz ordered all schools to declare their funds and expenses to the board, the failure of which will result in the suspension of officials from the school administration. Riaz has provided contact numbers for public complaints against such schools.

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




Voice will be raised against irregularities of education department: Deputy Chairman Senate

District Nasirabad: Deputy Chairman Senate, Mr. Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that the irregularities of Education Department Nasirabad in recruitments through NTS will not be tolerated at any cost. Highlighting these irregularities, he said that education officials are manipulating merit lists so as to favor their near and dear in appointments at the cost of the rights of legitimate candidates. 
Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_3.html


Merit violation in Education Department Khuzdar

District Khuzdar: Officials of Education Department Khuzdar have manipulated NTS merit lists so as to favor their near and dear in appointments at the cost of the rights of meritorious candidates. Candidates whose rights had been infringed upon demanded justice from Chief Minister Balochistan & Deputy Commissioner Mr. Sarmad Saleem.
Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_3.html


Provincial rulers using education for petty politics: Islami Jameat Tulba

District Quetta: The Provincial Administrator of Islami Jameat Tulba, Mr. Muhammad Usman Kakar stated that the provincial government was using education to forward their petty political game. This is evident from the slogans and promises made by the provincial rulers which have been nothing more than eyewash for the general public.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page2.asp


Balochistan University grant misappropriated: PSF

District Quetta: The Pashtoon Student Federation highlighted the misappropriation of grants given for infrastructural development to Balochistan University by HEC and Chief Minister Balochistan.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page2.asp


Director Schools should be appointed soon: Abdul Khaliq Barech

District Quetta: GTA District Quetta Press Secretary, Mr. Abdul Khaliq Barech demanded for early appointment of the Directors Schools. He stated that due the retirement of the previous director, several cases concerning provisions for teachers from General Provident Fund were pending. 
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page7.asp


All resources will be utilized for betterment of education: DC Pishin

District Pishin: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pishin assured maximum utilization of resources for the betterment of education in Balochistan. He stated that without excelling in education, no nation can achieve the targets of progress and development. Teacher absenteeism, closure of schools and unavailability of basic facilities will not be tolerated henceforth and salaries of ghost teachers will be stopped immediately, said the DC. In this regard, the DC has already stopped salaries of female teachers in girls’ school on account of substitution. 

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-30-2015/quetta/page8.asp




Cracks appear in school building following earthquake

District Dera Ghazi Khan: The building of Government Boys Primary School Basti Sher Garh developed cracks following the recent earthquake. Students of the school are forced to continue their education in a situation of constant fear. Concerned parents have demanded the DCO for making necessary repair arrangements in the school. 

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-30/page-2


People demand school for girls

District Layyah: People of Chak No.478/TDA, Chowk Azam put up banners demanding for a school for girls.  The banners stated: “School do, vote lo” (Give us a school if you want our votes).

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-30/page-2


DCO Layyah evaluates education system

District Layyah: DCO Layyah presided over a meeting which revolved around the evaluation of District Layyah’s education system. Issues such as the non-availability of facilities, provision and utilization of funds, performance of teachers and learning outcomes were discussed in the meeting. 

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-30/page-2


New school building develops cracks following earthquake

District Layyah: The building of Government High School Jumman Shah was constructed last year, yet cracks have developed following the earthquake. The teachers and students of the school are concerned about their security.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-30/page-2


School staff demands TA/DA

District Rahim Yar Khan: A security training programme is being delivered to Grade 4 employees of schools in Liaquatpur. However, no TA/DA allowance is being paid to the employees undertaking the training sessions.  The employees stated that they had to personally incur a daily cost of RS.500 due the absence of any allowance from the Education Department.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-30/page-2


Old grain market causing traffic jams; school children facing problems

District Rahim Yar Khan: Despite the construction of a new grain market in Rahim Yar Khan, business owners have refused to shift there, causing traffic congestion on Shahi Road following the beginning of the cotton season. The traffic jams are creating a plethora of problems for the school children, who are unable to reach their school in time.

Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No. 3


School building occupied by local influential

District Rajanpur: The Government Boys Primary School Chowki Razi Markaz Dajal was constructed a few years ago. However, no classes have been conducted yet due to the occupation of the school building by a local influential.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 10


100 year old school building in ruins

District Bahawalpur: The Primary Section of the building of SA High School Ahmedpur was constructed 100 years ago and is in ruins. School land allocated for the construction of a new building has been occupied by the land mafia.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 10




Sindhi Adbi Board employees protest for release of salaries

Jamshoro: The Employees of Sindh Text Book Board Jamshoro protested for the release of their salaries before the Secretary Office. They declared that no meeting of the Board of Governors had taken place in the last four years. The institute was facing grave financial problems and the employees had been deprived of their salaries. They demanded Board Chairman Mr. Jamil Ul Zaman and Education Minister Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take notice of the issue and take steps to resolve it on a priority basis.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130325673&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151030




Teachers refuse to perform local election duties

District Larkana: More than 40,000 teachers in Larkana Division have refused to perform duties for local elections. The Chief Secretary Sindh has issued orders to file a case against all employees who refused to perform election duties. The teachers have taken this step as a protest against Secretary Education, Mr. Fazal ul Allah Pechuho.

Complete Story: http://ummat.net/2015/10/30/news.php?p=d-15.gif


Case to be filed in anti-terrorist courts against teachers refusing to perform election duties

Karachi: Secretary Education Sindh Mr. Fazal ul Allah Pechuho has issued a warning to the teachers who gave refused to perform election duties that a case will be filed against them in anti-terrorist courts. He also said that 80% of P.T. Alif teachers do not have the ability or capacity to teach.

Complete Story: http://www.thekawish.com/beta/epaper-details.php?details=2015/Oct/30-10-2015/Page1/P1-32.jpg


Approval of issuing salaries of 884 teachers and other employees

Karachi: The Chief Minister’s Inspection team has approved the issuance of salaries of 884 teachers out of the 2166 suspended teachers.

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Teachers’ absence cannot be tolerated: Nisar Khuhro

Larkana: The Education Minister Sindh, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while inaugurating the newly constructed science laboratory, library and extra classrooms in Government High School Shaikh Zaid Colony Larkana said that teacher absenteeism will not be tolerated at any cost.

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