AUG 2 2014

Cancellation of Vacations

Cancellation of Summer Vacations in Government Schools lead to 5% shortage problem for both Students and Teachers. Schools Heads Promised to smoothen the Attendance in Schools from Monday onward. Summer Vacations are cancelled due to Dengue and Cleaning Week Celebration from 4th of August to 9th of August.

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Each School asked to hoist 200 flags

The Government has directed each academia institute across the district to hoist 200 national flags on its boundary wall to celebrate Independence Day. This decision has put heads of government schools and colleges in a dilemma due to non-availability of so many flags in the market. The headmaster of a high school, on condition of anonymity, said so many flags to be hoisted on 1,448 schools and colleges were not available in the market.

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Teachers want Promotion

The district chapter of All Primary Teachers Association (APTA) has demanded of the local and higher authorities of elementary and secondary education department to promote senior primary schoolteachers to BPS 14 and 15 on possessing required educational qualifications. The demand was made at a meeting held here at Tajazai on Friday with association's district president Haji Abdul Rahim in the chair.  Among others, APTA Provincial Vice President Shafiq Ahmad Khan, District General Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Muhammad Iqbal Khan Naverkhel and office-bearers of tehsil Lakki and Naurang chapter were in the attendance. The senior primary schoolteachers reposed confidence in the leadership of all primary teachers association and requested them to take effective measures for their up gradation to the higher scales.

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Starving the School by Adnan Adil

More than seven million children of school-going age are out of school in Punjab. Some independent estimates put this number at nine million. This is a province where the number of public schools has declined to nearly 54,000 in 2014 from over 80,000 in the 1990s. The government first denationalised a large number of nationalised schools and later closed down thousands of other schools that were housed in rented buildings or located in close proximity with each other. A few months ago, the DCO Lahore ordered the merger of 50 schools in the Lahore district including some historical landmarks such as Muslim Model High School and Saleem Model High School in Urdu Bazaar. When the teachers’ association protested, the government withheld its plan. In the 1990s 1,600 public schools were working in Lahore; the number has now dwindled to 1,200 although during this period the city’s population has almost doubled from five million to at least 10 million. The government hasn’t provided public schools to dozens of new suburbs that cropped up during this period.

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