Education authorities of the capital are balking at the Islamabad Police’s request for the possession of 27 additional educational institutes to lodge security officials as several schools and colleges already housing law-enforcement officials have been reportedly damaged by the ‘occupiers’. Officials at the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) confirmed that 32 schools and colleges have already been handed over to thousands of police officials from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Frontier Constabulary and Pakistan Rangers who arrived to guard the city ahead of the ‘long marches’.
Teacher’s union representatives from Rawalpindi and the Punjab Education Department officials held a meeting over the issue of a reallocation policy on Monday in Lahore. The Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench had directed the provincial government to revise the policy in two weeks after suspending it on July 15. The education department had invited representatives of the teachers union on August 11 to discuss the matter but the meeting could not be held due to the political situation in the country. It was announced by the education department that the meeting would be arranged on August 18.
At least 43 school teachers of Kohistan are set to face disciplinary action after District Education Officer Riasat Khan found them violating the code of conduct by remaining absent from duty. Sources in the education department, said the officer discovered that some of the teachers, mostly male, were continuously absent and yet they marked attendance sheets, enabling them to draw salaries. “Performance was strictly monitored over the last few months and when they failed to mend their ways, the DEO served them show-cause notices,” said Kohistan Sub-Divisional Education Officer Tanvir Ahmed.
“There is no need for extra courses for teachers at the primary to high school-level,” Minister for Education Muhammad Atif Khan told The Express Tribune on Monday. “Professional teaching certificates or a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education are not necessary for school teachers,” he added. “I think these extra degrees are not very important for a school teacher and any master’s degree holder could be eligible for a teaching post,” said the minister. Based on this, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government plans to eliminate the requirement of teaching certifications or degrees for school teachers in the province. While the decision is yet to be implemented, government officials and education experts have offered decisive and dividing opinions on the minister’s stance.
Four killed as blast hits school van in Bajaur Agency
A roadside bomb struck a school van with children and teachers in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday, killing five people, a government administrator said. The bomb went off in Khar, the main town in the Baajaur region bordering Afghanistan. Two children, two female teachers and the driver were killed, said local government administrator, Asmatullah Wazir. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone else was in the van or if there were any survivors. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Bajaur tribal region has been the scene of several military offensives against the Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants in recent years. Number of out-of-school children is also rising every year due to large scale destruction of school buildings by militants. According to official data, around 109 schools have been blown up since the spillover of militancy to Bajaur region in 2007.
Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui ordered the relevant authorities on Monday to take effective and practical steps to ensure the safety of students travelling in school vans and buses that continue to ply dangerously in the face of ineffective government drives. While chairing the meeting of the District Regional Transport Authority’s board at his office, Siddiqui took action based on the news report published by The Express Tribune and directed the transport authority’s secretary, Manshad Ali Shahani, to initiate action in coordination with the traffic police against vehicles that fail to comply with the safety requirements. Siddiqui also ordered that school administrations should be taken on board as well. “We have been directed to speed up the drive against school vans plying in unsatisfactory conditions,” explained Shahani, while talking to The Express Tribune. “Our prime task will be to check the fitness of CNG cylinders installed in school vans in line with the strategy that was chalked out earlier in January.”
Orders have been passed of investigating to fail students Intentionally
Dr. Malik orders to investigate if Students have been failed by intentional nind of examiners as students havin more than 700 Marks failed in Practical Exams by 1 Mark. He was answering to Questions raised by Rahila Durrani and Hamad Achakzai.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-19-2014/quetta/page2.asp
Students urged to work hard to steer country out of crises
Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has urged students to work hard to drive the country out of energy crisis, water scarcity, low agricultural productivity and poverty in the future. Addressing the 21st Convocation of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad at the Iqbal Auditorium here on Monday, the governor said the students were an engine of bright future. He said the nature had blessed Pakistan with tremendous resources and it was our duty to explore and use them to the best of our advantages. ‘It is really heart burning that half of the population is living below the poverty line. The agriculture sector plays a pivotal role in the poverty alleviation`, he said adding that UAF scientists should expedite their efforts to cope with the challenges of food security.
IDPs refuse to vacate schools as deadline is at hand
The internally displaced persons from North Waziristan Agency have refused to vacate schools in Bannu to the worry of the administration. The administration had asked IDPs occupying school buildings in the district to shift to camps in Bakkakhel by Aug 20, saying these educational institutions will resume classes on September 1 after summer vacations. Earlier, August 10 was the deadline for the purpose. On Monday, hundreds of IDPs sheltering in schools demonstratedoutside the Bannu Press Club to demand the withdrawal of the deadline. Holding placards and shouting slogans, they said they won`t vacate schools until they were provided with shelter at some other place. The protesters also demanded their early repatriation saying the army claimed to have cleared most North Waziristan of militants. They appealed to the federal government to take steps for their safe return to homes saying prolonged stay in Bannu would adversely affect the studies of their children.
Tevta to train 0.5m students
The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) will train 0.5 million students in four years (2014-15 to 2017-18), while more than 100,000 students during the current academic year. Punjab Industries Department Secretary Arif Anwar Baloch, who is holding the additional charge as Tevta chairperson, stated this at an event held in connection with Independence Day at Govt College of Technology (GCT) Railway Road on Monday. According to Baloch, the Punjab government’s vision is to provide skills training to the youth to produce employable skilled workforce responsive to the needs of job market locally and abroad.
Malala reaffirms commitment for education uplift
UNITED NATIONS - With Malala Yousafzai by his side, Ban Ki-moon marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the ‘MDGs.’ “Action now will save lives, build a solid foundation for sustainable development far beyond 2015 and help lay the groundwork for lasting peace and human dignity,” the Secretary-General said at a special event at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. He was joined by more than 500 young people, including Malala, who became an education advocate after being attacked by the Taliban on a school bus.
Quaid-e-Azam University delays four exams, thanks to the marches
Islamabad- Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) has cancelled annual examination date sheet in respect of four papers of MA and postponed entry test for Phd and M Phil classes due to Azadi march and Inqilab march.
As per schedule the date for these papers were fixed on August, 18, 20, 22 and 25. The schedule of examination with respect to other papers will remain unchanged. The schedule for these four examswill be announced later.
I was never really a good student. Having been one of those kids who asked far too many questions in class, I usually ended up standing on a desk or in a corner because teachers couldn’t be bothered to deal with me. I missed that subtle yet crucial phase of Pakistani primary education that takes place outside the classroom, where family and society covertly convince a child into keeping his or her mouth shut about certain things. It is quite a delicate brand of conditioning: learning to read heightened body language, social cues and lightly murmured ‘tsk tsks’ in response to certain questions prepares a child about the acceptable boundaries of curiosity. Having spent my childhood abroad, where being ‘inquisitive’ in a classroom was encouraged, it took me a couple of years of being met with shocked looks and ‘haw hai’ whispers behind my back to realise that the Pakistani carrot/stick method operated differently.
Woes of research students and an effort to cater to their needs by Rauf Parekh
AN oft-repeated lament these days is that the standard of research is falling. Academics and research supervisors at the universities of ten complain that most of the students applying for admission to MPhil/PhD programmes are not capable of carrying out research since they are lacking in some prerequisite knowledge. They say that a large number of such students cannot get through the entry test that expects them to answer questions based on the subject matter taught at master`s level. Even the students who clear this test, academics say, have a little grasp of the subject matter of the discipline they intend to research. Also, the students are more interested in getting a doctoral degree than researching and exploring new horizons. One can vouch for that since several students have asked one on different occasions to point out some `easy topic` and `an easy way` to a PhD degree. The short answer, albeit not sweet, is that research is never easy and there is no easy way to get a doctorate without burning the proverbial midnight oil.