4th July 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Books and pens: Online admission system gains momentum

The online admission system of the provincial government is becoming rather popular as 22,685 students have applied to various government colleges through it. The K-P Science and Technology and Information Technology Department introduced the system for students to apply for admissions in government colleges at the intermediate level. However, it initially received a cold response. The department officials dealing with the system said it has all of a suddenly gained mass appeal in 2016.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135621/books-pens-online-admission-system-gains-momentum/


Matric Supplementary Examination

Supplementary examination under Peshawar board is starting from 17th August 2016. Board management has issued the Exam schedule.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103608923&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160702




Announcements by Baluchistan University

According to the announcement by Baluchistan University LLB part one, second and third supplementary exams are starting from 28 July 2016.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103608493&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20160702


Problem of teachers will be solved

An official of National Teacher’s Association Baluchistan has said that problems of teachers will be solved soon.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103610222&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20160703


Platform for students to raise their voices

Different units are established in different institutes of the province for students to raise their voices against any un-justification with their rights.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-03-2016/Quetta/page2.asp


75% girls out of school in Balochistan

A staggering 75 percent of girls aged between 5 and 16 are out of school compared to 65% boys within the same age bracket in Balochistan, according to non-governmental organization Alif Ailaan. The figures are all the more disappointing because the size of the education budget has been increased this year. Girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in Balochistan. Moreover, only 25% females have ever been to schools compared to 60% males.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135714/provincial-govt-challenge-75-per-cent-girls-school-balochistan/




UAS system to be introduced at K-P varsities

The provincial government plans to introduce Fachhochschule or the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) at universities across the province. UAS is a tertiary education system that specializes in topical areas such as engineering, technology and business. It was introduced in 1960 in Austria and aims to impart a diverse menu of skills to students.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135605/uas-system-introduced-k-p-varsities/




Result Announce by Open University:

Allama Iqbal Open University has announced results of ATT and CT programs Autumn Semester 2015. The result is available on University website as well as will be posted to student’s home addresses.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103611518&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160703


Girls’ schools will be built in every village

PMLN MPA from the Punjab, Jahangir Khanzada said a girl school will be built in every village.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103611594&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160703


Scholarships will be announced soon: OGDC

Oil and Gas Development Company will announce scholarships for successful students of Associate Engineering Diploma. This scholarship is given to appreciate students for higher education.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-04-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=04_11.gif


Beware, unhappy teachers, not unhappy parents

“The education department acts more like an employment agency than a service delivery department,” says a former education secretary for Sindh who asks not to be named.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1268968/beware-unhappy-teachers-not-unhappy-parents


Government to spend Rs. 3bn on youth skill development

The government is spending three billion rupees on training the youth in various skills under Prime Minister's Youth Skill Development Programme. According to official sources, the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission has been providing a stipend of Rs 2,500 to every student, Radio Pakistan reported.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/03-Jul-16/govt-to-spend-rs-3bn-on-youth-skill-development


Expulsion of foreigners, changes in curricula; We will resist govt move, say MMA and ITMD

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and Ittihad-e-Tanzimat-e-Madaris-e-Dinya (ITMD) on Sunday pledged to resist any government move to expel foreigners studying at religious seminaries in Pakistan and amendments in the seminaries’ curricula.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/01-Jan-06/expulsion-of-foreigners-changes-in-curricula


China to increase scholarships for Pakistani students

China is considering a large number of scholarships for Pakistani students, who are learning Chinese language and establishment of the Institute of Chinese Language Culture Conference in the universities of Peshawar and Abbottabad.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/khyber-pakhtunkhwa/02-Jul-16/china-to-increase-scholarships-for-pakistani-students


Applications for registration of 17 medical colleges sent to PMDC

The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has forwarded a list of 17 applicants wishing to establish medical colleges across the country to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which will evaluate the applications and decide on their registration.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1268613/applications-for-registration-of-17-medical-colleges-sent-to-pmdc


Initial draft of Education Policy 2016 to be shared with provinces for debate: Baligh

State Minister for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman on Thursday said the first draft of Education Policy 2016 will be shared with provinces for a debate by mid of next month and uploaded on the website for general public’ input. In a meeting with the delegation of National Education Development Partners Group (NEDPG) held here, the minister said that 18 experts are engaged by the Federal Ministry of Education to finalize the first draft of the policy.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/07/01/initial-draft-of-education-policy-2016-to-be-shared-with-provinces-for-debate-baligh/





New building: Pindi education board requests special audit

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi has requested the provincial government to carry out a special audit of the construction of the board’s new building, it has been learned.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135731/new-building-pindi-education-board-requests-special-audit/


BISE awards scholarships to 100 students

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Saturday announced that it had awarded Hijri scholarships to 100 students who performed exceptionally well in the Secondary School (Annual) Examination, 2015. 

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/132475-BISE-awards-scholarships-to-100-students


Punjab budget not encouraging for education sector

The allocation for the education sector in the Punjab budget has not been increased according to the overall budget of the province, said Shahzeb Khanzada on Geo News programme, ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath’ on Thursday.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/132297-Punjab-budget-not-encouraging-for-education-sector


Date sheet of M.A/MSC has been announced

Punjab University has announced annual date sheet 2016 of M.A and MSC. According to the date sheet, first paper will be held on 4th August 2016.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-03-2016/Lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_04.gif



Formation of committees for Non-Salary budget

School Education Department took notice of the illegal use of non-salary budget and demanded report within ten days.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-02-2016/Lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_08.gif


Policies for admission in Teaching hospitals

Department of Specialized Health Care and Medical Education have formed centralized commission policies for Postgraduate admissions in Teaching Hospitals.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-04-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=04_08.gif


Problems of teachers will be solved soon

Special Secretary Schools Punjab Imran Sikandar Baloch has said decisions regarding various problems of teachers, the establishment of district education authority and handing over of schools to PEF will be given after mutual coordination.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-07-04/page-12/detail-5


$70m programme: Maryam Nawaz, Michelle Obama to promote girls’ education

US First Lady Michelle Obama and Maryam Nawaz on Thursday vowed to work for the promotion of girls’ education in Pakistan as the former announced a $70 million programme which will benefit 200,000 young girls.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978454/70m-programme-maryam-nawaz-michelle-obama-promote-girls-education/


Non-profit to take charge of 50 public schools

Progressive Education Network (PEN), a non-profit organization, has signed an agreement with the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) to take administrative charge of 50 underperforming government schools in the province, a press statement said. It said the organization would be responsible for operations at these schools as they reopen after summer vacations.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135083/non-profit-take-charge-50-public-schools/


Growth strategy in budget for Punjab, Sindh

The respective budgets of Punjab and Sindh for (2016-17) have been talked about recently. Both provinces posted deficit budgets. Punjab posted budget with an outlay of Rs 1.68 trillion whereas Sindh posted Rs 869 billion, which is 17.9 percent from the last year. The receipts from the federal division pool reflected a 17 percent increase for both provinces. The focus, however, on how they intend to spend these funds determines the strategy of growth and the future vision for the respective provinces.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/business/03-Jul-16/growth-strategy-in-budget-for-punjab-sindh


VC for uplift of Ghazi University

Prof. Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Vice Chancellor the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan has said that concrete steps will be taken to develop Ghazi University into a full-fledged university with the support of both federal and provincial governments.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/07/03/vc-for-uplift-of-ghazi-university/




Summer vacation Teachers decry cut in conveyance allowance

Teachers working in federal government schools and colleges have expressed serious concern over the deduction of conveyance allowances from their salaries during summer vacation months.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1134444/summer-vacation-teachers-decry-cut-conveyance-allowance/


SEF initiative to bridge gap between primary, post-primary education

The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) has launched an initiative to establish post-primary schools in a bid to bridge the gap between primary and post-primary education in the province. An official said that the SEF officially launched a program here on Thursday to establish middle and high schools in the province in a bid to gradually bridge the huge gap between primary and post-primary education in the province.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/07/02/sef-initiative-to-bridge-gap-between-primary-post-primary-education/


STEVTA violating SC orders by appointing non-cadre staff

Majority positions of technical education had occupied by administrators of Sindh Technical Education Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) and the authority had turned down Supreme Court orders repeatedly, Daily Times has learned. According to reports, several regional directors in STEVTA and deputy directors at various locations were relieved a couple of months back due to non-cadre posts.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/03-Jul-16/stevta-violating-sc-orders-by-appointing-non-cadre-staff


125 post-primary schools to be established in Sindh

The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) has launched a programme to establish middle and high schools to gradually bridge the gap between primary and post-primary education in the province. An announcement made on Sunday said that under the banner of the Sindh Education Foundation Middle and High School Programme, with the support of Sindh Education and Literacy Department, the SEF has finalized selection of approximately 60 school operators for the establishment of around 125 middle and high schools in Sindh.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/04-Jul-16/125-post-primary-schools-to-be-established-in-sindh


Electricity of Karachi University is disconnected

Electricity of Federal Urdu University has been disconnected from last three days which affected the official work.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-02-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=08_09.gif


Ineffective use of School’s Budget

Allocated budget of eighteen trillion rupees lapsed due to the negligence of education department. According to details, World Bank allocated eighteen trillion rupees for schools of Thatta to develop infrastructure but education department didn’t fulfill the requirements due to which budget lapsed.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-02-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_06.gif


Eid holidays announced

The virtual University of Pakistan has announced Eid holiday. According to details, University will remain closed from 4th July until 8th July.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-02-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_13.gif


Vice Chancellor of Karachi University nominated

Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ibad Khan has selected Professor Dr. Abdul Khalid Iraqi as Vice Chancellor of Karachi University. A notification has been issued about the selection of Vice Chancellor.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103608245&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20160702


Showcase notice to Principles of Nursing Schools

Provincial Food and Health Minister Mehtab Hussain has issued showcase notice to principles of eleven nursing schools for giving admissions against rules and regulations.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/07-04-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=04_01.gif 


NED University Issued leaves encashment payments

NED University of Engineering and Technology has released five trillion rupees in terms of leave encashment payment of officer and teachers after their continuous long protest.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103612349&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20160704


Director Schools has rented the school

Sukkur director of schools has given Government Girls Primary Islamia School on rent to a contractor of wood during summer holidays, where wooden work is in progress.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-07-02/page-2


Teachers protested for non-provision of salary

Primary teachers association of Tando Adam and Sanghra protested on non-provision of Teacher’s salary before Eid. According to details salaries of 76 primary schools before Eid has been stopped.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-07-02/page-2




Funds for education

On paper, there is very little objectionable about the allocation made for education in the annual budget for Sindh. At nearly 20 percent of the total budget and totaling Rs176.4 billion, education has received the greatest percentage share from all the provinces’ budgets. Budgets, however, especially in Pakistan where unrealistic projections and pipedreams trump harsh realities in the budget decision making process, tend to deliver less than they promise.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/132246-Funds-for-education


The Balochistan budget

In simple terms, the budget is the summary of all financial expenditures of a government in a fiscal year. In developed countries, the ‘political government’ seeks the assistance of experienced economists and reputable think tanks while preparing the budget, which is aimed at maximizing the revenues of the country.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/132250-The-Balochistan-budget


Let’s not ignore our mother language

The International Mother Language Day (IMLD) was observed all over the world on February 21. This year, the theme of the day was “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.”

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1134429/lets-not-ignore-mother-language/


Shutting down schools

In a display of shortsightedness and poor planning, authorities in Fata have decided to close down nearly 500 schools in the tribal areas. The move comes as part of what is being called a “rationalization plan”, whereby schools have been shut on the basis of either having very low enrolment rates or being used for purposes other than that of imparting education.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135526/shutting-down-schools/


The school for scandal By Arafat Safdar

The recent decision by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to allocate Rs 300 million to the “famous” religious seminary, Darul Uloom Haqqania, Akora Khatak, has shocked many observers as it has been perceived as an example of “terrorism financing” sanctioned at the official level. In his press conference, held after the decision had been widely criticized across the country, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan tried to justify the decision by saying that the said amount would be utilized to implement reforms in the Darul Uloom. However, many people still seem unconvinced, and rightly so.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/02-Jul-16/the-school-for-scandal


Education is the key By Muhammad Shahbaz Shareef

The pace of a country’s development is inextricably linked to its educational excellence. Unlike other development and nation-building initiatives, education cannot be valued purely in a typical cost matrix. It must instead be viewed as a critical long-term investment in creating an enabling environment for unleashing and utilizing the limitless potential of a human mind. Education gives us the potential to optimize our abilities and it is this power of an alleviated individual that ultimately contributes to the collective good and the creation of a greater people.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/132508-Education-is-the-key


Letters to the Editor


Poor SSC results in Mardan

Despite the government’s claims about bringing change and working with government schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, students studying in Mardan district could not get considerable positions in the SSC examinations 2016 conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) based in the city. It is important to mention that Mardan is the hometown of the provincial minister for education and, therefore, it should be a matter of great concern for him.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/letters/04-Jul-16/poor-ssc-results-in-mardan


Silence on Education

The developed countries of the world make progress in different departments including health and education but our country is far behind in these departments. Quality education is the only way to progress. Pakistan spends only 205% on education.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103612964&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160704