Alif Ailaan bulletin
27 February 2013
Students fear closure of 1,300 SEF schools in Sindh
Students, teachers and operators of primary schools that are part of the integrated education learning programme (IELP), an initiative of the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi press club.
The protesters, stakeholders of some 1,300 schools set up in 23 districts of Sindh, including 70 in Karachi, were demanding funds from the Sindh government to run the schools. They said they were finding it increasingly difficult to keep the schools open while the SEF had not paid them a rupee for the past eight months.
Senate passes private schools regulation bill
The senate unanimously approved The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Peira) Bill 2013. Once approved, and authority will be setup that would monitor private educational institutions in the federal capital. The bill requires Peira to come up with a policy to determine the rate of fee being charged by the institutions, qualifications of teaching staff, their terms and conditions of service including salaries and mode of payment of their salaries.
IGP orders security for school students, staff
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Fayyaz Ahmed Laghari on directed the zonal deputy inspector generals (DIGs) to compile the data of schools and obtain their contact numbers for security purposes.
He urged all police stations concerned to make strict security arrangements around the schools in light with the suggestions/recommendations of school administration after holding meetings with them.
737 teachers promoted in Mansehra
The district education department has promoted 737 male and female teachers. Provincial government had issued notification of these promotions.
The DEO said that the promoted teachers would be posted on vacant posts in the district. He said that the government had accepted main demands of teachers and they should now work devotedly for imparting quality education to students.
Complete story: http://dawn.com/2013/02/23/737-teachers-promoted-in-mansehra/
Private schools draw up security plan amid fear of terror acts
With the situation in Karachi always war-like, school associations are planning to train teachers in multitasking. In the near future, teachers would guard a school, give first aid and keep strangers out.
The All Private School Management Association has published 12 points to help secure schools amid the worsening law and order.
“The burn injuries caused to 22 small children and their teacher at a private school in the Shahdara Town area of Lahore should act as a wake up call for all of us. The fire occurred after a gas leak caused an explosion in a classroom.”
Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-8-161888-School-tragedy
Reforms in education curriculum, meaningful education policy stressed
The participants of a seminar held in Sukkur called for reforms in education curriculum and framing of a meaningful education policy. The one-day seminar on ‘Lead Pakistan on Strengthening Governance of Education Sector’ was organised by ‘Communities’.
The participants of the seminar underlined a number of issues, including lack of governance, political commitment, political interference, monitoring, misuse of funds, planning and other issues, which are reflecting on the system of education.
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