August 25 2014

Helping schoolchildren think out of the box

A Spain-based non-profit organization, ThinKids, in collaboration with Rabtt, an NGO working in education sector, recently set up a summer camp under the World Camp 2014 programme at the Saint John’s Boys High School, Youhannabad, where students enrolled for a five-day course, aimed at improving critical thinking, self-awareness, problem-solving skills in them. ThinKids, founded in 2010, is the brainchild of Ignacio Gonzalez Cabello, Javier Gutiérrez and Santiago Aldanondo, a group of twenty-something boys who believe that an innovative approach towards education can help children become entrepreneurs at the early stage of their life. Shifting from the traditional paradigms of classroom education and teaching, the trainers of the organisation trigger creative thinking among the students through summer camps that focus empowering skills and multiple intelligences in young minds.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1127332/helping-schoolchildren-think-out-of-the-box

 

No job, no school

As many as 120 students of the government primary school of village Nangar Ali Umrani, located on Dodai Road of Union Council-6, are compelled to get education under the shade of a tree in this hot season because owner of the school plot has thrown their benches, tables and chairs out for not giving him a job in the education department by the government. The school has been locked by the owner and the education officials have failed to persuade him to let the education of children continue.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/08/24/city/karachi/no-job-no-school/

 

Finding employment: Man locks up school, throws out furniture for not being given job in education dept

The education of more than 120 students has been put at stake by a villager who, embittered by failing to get a job in the education department, threw out the furniture of Government Primary School Nangar Ali Umrani. Around 22 years ago, Rahib Ali Umrani, resident of the Nangar Ali Umrani village near the Naudero bypass, had given a piece of land to the education department to construct a primary school. In return, he wanted a job in the education department, he told reporters. “Despite the lapse of more than two decades, the education department has not given me a job, and instead, dozens have been appointed on different posts,” he said. “I am now in my late 50s, and therefore am not eligible for a government job, but my son is. When senior education department officials repeatedly turned down my requests, I was left with no other option than to close the school. I will not allow the school to be reopened until my son is provided with a suitable job in the department.”

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/753146/finding-employment-man-locks-up-school-throws-out-furniture-for-not-being-given-job-in-education-dept/

 

Political Standoff: Summer vacations extended till Aug 31

Parents and teachers have expressed concern over the delay in opening of schools and colleges which may affect the education of the students. The summer vacations of the educational institutes have been extended till August 31 for the third time owing to the political standoff in the capital. The educational institutes of the capital were originally to open on August 11 but the ongoing protests and sit-ins by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek forced the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to extend it till August 25.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/752420/political-standoff-summer-vacations-extended-till-aug-31/

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-268643-Schools-and-colleges-to-reopen-on-September-1

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-268627-Reopening-of-Islamabad-schools-delayed-by-one-week

 

‘Real progress linked to knowledge of modern technology’

Real and durable change in the country could only be brought through imparting contemporary education to the young generation as without knowledge of modern sciences and advance technology progress is impossible. This was the crux of the speeches delivered at the induction ceremony of 454 students in different disciplines of engineering at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here on Sunday. Mohammad Shakil Durrani, former Wapda chairman and incumbent executive director of the Society for Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology (Soprest) was the chief guest. Academia, students and their parents graced the ceremony. On the occasion, Shakil Durrani stressed the need for commitment and determination among the youth to contribute to the country’s prosperity. “Hard work is a key to success as all the great men were hard workers who delivered to the people’s expectations,” he added.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1127588/real-progress-linked-to-knowledge-of-modern-technology

http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/8-25-2014/page2.asp

 

Paper marking centre supervisor dismissed

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Sahiwal, Chairman Dr Anwaar Ahmad Khan on Friday night suspended the paper marking centre supervisor on a charge of allowing paper checking outside the centre. On a tip-off, the BISE chairman along with the examination controller visited a paper marking centre set up at the Government Postgraduate College and found that English papers of Rawalpindi and Azad Kashmir intermediate examination were less in number as the papers were being allegedly marked out of the approved centre under the supervision of Prof Liaqat Bhatti. The BISE chairman dismissed supervisor Liaqat Bhatti and formed a committee. The BISE chairman had appointed Prof Abdul Sattar as the paper marking centre supervisor.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-268869-OKARA-City-News

 

Training course concludes

A FIVE-DAY training course on inclusive education for subject specialists of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) concluded at Government In-service Teachers Training College on Friday. A total of 40 subject specialists attached with the PEF under its subject based support programme took part in the training. During the course, participants were trained about various educational concepts relating to the inclusive education. Psychologists also sensitized the participants about classroom management, child-psychology and other issues related to the course.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-268623-Training-course-concludes

 

NUML scholars to fly abroad

A group of 14 selected scholars of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) will proceed to the University of North Texas (UNT) in the US on August 25 to attend a two-month research fellowship programme. This was announced during a ceremony where three male and eleven female PhD and M.Phil scholars of English Studies Department of NUML were handed over tickets and health insurance cards by NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan and Registrar Brigadier (r) Saeed Akhtar Malik.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-268630-NUML-scholars-to-fly-abroad

 

Parties asked to end interference in colleges

The Sindh government has asked political parties to end interference in government colleges across the province so that the education standards could be improved. The initiative was taken by the chief minister’s coordinator of inquiries, Haji Muzzafar Shujra, after a meeting with Director General (DG) Colleges Sindh and Director Colleges Karachi on Friday. Ways to improve attendance figures in government colleges were discussed in a bid to improve education standards where DG colleges informed that political interference in government colleges was a major cause of the issue.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-268600-Parties-asked-to-end-interference-in-colleges

 

Protest of student association against poor policies of Balochistan Board

Protestors Point out that Balochistan Board Tried to destroy the future of students in Intermediate Examination. Protestors dispersed after the assurance of Education Advisor and other to address the Issue.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-24-2014/Quetta/page2.asp

 

Government is taking steps for the promotion in education sector

Government is taking steps for the promotion in education sector- Divisional Director of School dismissed Principals and teachers of different schools on the basis of continuous absenteeism and give order for further inquiry.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-24-2014/Quetta/page8.asp

 

Younger generation would bring Pakistan out of horrible social problems

The new generation of Pakistan happens to be quite genius and more confident as compared to the previous generations. The lot of high achievers among our younger generation will definitely succeed to bring Pakistan out of horrible social problems in the near future. This was stated by Punjab Minister for Education and Law Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan while presiding over the prize distribution ceremony held at Punjab College of Business Administration, Lahore in which the high achievers from 52 campuses of Allied School System were awarded talent awards. The Minister highly appreciated the quality of the new generation which has succeeded to focus on the ultimate goal of making Pakistan an integral part of the comity of more prosperous, peace-loving and self-sufficient nations of the world.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=250556

 

Real change possible through education

Real change in the country can only be brought through imparting contemporary education to the young generation and without knowledge of modern sciences and advance technology the country will not be able to make any remarkable progress. This was crux of the speeches delivered during an education ceremony of 454 students in different disciplines of engineering in Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here on Sunday. Muhammad Shakil Durrani, Executive Director Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology (SOPREST), was chief guest on the occasion. Academia and students and their parents graced the ceremony. Addressing on the occasion, Shakil Durrani said that hard work is a key to success. "All the great men and sport legends were in fact hard workers who delivered to the expectations of people," he added.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/25-Aug-2014/real-change-possible-through-education

 

President says govt’s top priority is education

President Mamnoon Hussain Friday reiterated that the government accords top priority to promotion of education in Pakistan and called for steps for achieving the targets in education sector set by UN for Pakistan in its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The president made the remarks while chairing a meeting of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Education Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman, Secretary Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Ahsan Raja and Additional Secretary Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik and NCHD director general.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/08/23/city/islamabad/president-says-govts-top-priority-is-education/

 

Illegal appointments: Nepotism, favouritism continue at AIOU

Total disregard for merit, violation of rules and nepotism have become a norm at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), the largest distance learning institute of the country, as two lecturers and an assistant registrar has been inducted in the university in violation of the rules. An official in the university on the condition of anonymity told The Express Tribune that the acting vice-chancellor (VC) Dr Ali Asghar Chishti has appointed two lecturers in the Sharia and Law Department on contractual basis and an assistant registrar nomination. Interestingly, one of the lecturers, Ihsanul Haq Chishti, is the son of the VC, who has been inducted in the Arabic Department. “The VC wants to make his son’s position secure before the end of his tenure,” the official claimed. The other lecturer, Ayesha Sanober, has been appointed in the Sharia and Law Department. Sanober has been appointed lecturer despite the fact that she has even failed to get a degree from the university because she is a relative of Associate Professor Dr Ghulam Yousuf of the Sharia and Law Department, the official said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/753216/illegal-appointments-nepotism-favouritism-continue-at-aiou/

 

Rawalpindi teachers refuse extra work

Teachers in Rawalpindi have refused to do the job of giving polio drops to children citing delays in compensation despite taking extra work from them. The health department has asked the education department to send teachers to help them with the campaign, but many teachers have conveyed their reservations to their respective heads. Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU) Rawalpindi Chapter President Raja Shahid Mubarik told The Express Tribune that they have repeatedly conveyed their grievances to the education department and the district coordination officer (DCO), but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/752409/polio-vaccination-rawalpindi-teachers-refuse-extra-work/

 

HSSC-I: Students seek extension in admission deadline

Students and their parent have urged the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) to extend deadline for admission and registration for Intermediate Part-I students after many failed to submit applications due to closure of the city amid sit-ins. The merit lists have been displayed at the colleges but due to unavailability of public transport, the students could not complete the admission formalities which include submission of an undertaking on stamped paper, proof of residence and academic certificates. “The PTI and PAT sit-ins have crippled the admission process of grade-11 in Islamabad so FBISE should extend admission dates,” said Shahid Khan, who wanted to submit his son’s application for the admission.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/753205/hssc-i-students-seek-extension-in-admission-deadline/

 

ON CAMPUS: BA, BSc exam results expose frail higher education system

THE Punjab University’s BA, BSc annual examination results have once again exposed the “shattered” higher education system in Punjab and English Language is continuously serving as a nightmare for thousands of students wishing to become graduates. Overall 37.69pc pass percentage itself shows that a large majority of students appear for their BA, BSc examinations to become eligible for a bit better jobs but fail to qualify. This year 83,012 candidates failed to qualify the examination, out of them some 74,011 candidates (89.157pc) were unable to clear their English Language (Compulsory) examination. Educationists and English language teachers say the results have shown the real picture of the education system in the province. They say the Punjab Higher Education Department has gone deaf and dumb as it is neither responding to the poor results for the past many years nor is coming up with interventions that may help improve quality of education at public sector colleges.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1127610/on-campus-ba-bsc-exam-results-expose-frail-higher-education-system

 

Public Service Commission Point of view about Merit is not true

Merit Association said that Public Service Commission Point of view about Merit is not true, Students were rejected before Interview. Interview must have 50 % weightage instead of 100%.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-25-2014/Quetta/page10.asp  

 

 

Editorials

 

Education: Storytelling — a tool to enhance learning by Aine Moorad

Education should act as a driving force for the young. It should inspire them — fuelling them with energy and passion, so they think of learning as fun and life-changing, rather than boring and repetitive. Hakim is eight years old. In his science class, he learned how to use a microscope. The microscope is a device consisting of a lens which can be used to see enlarged images of minute objects. When looking closely through the microscope, Hakim was able to see chloroplasts. Boring, right? I’m assuming most eight-year-olds would be bored by this rambling in class. But how about something like this — the same facts intertwined in a narrative-driven story? Eight-year old Hakim was amazed by all the things he saw under that gigantic metallic device — the microscope. He could now see the large bubble-like pores on the green leaf — they were larger than life. 

Complete Story:  http://www.dawn.com/news/1127002/education-storytelling-a-tool-to-enhance-learning

 

Let's Fix Pakistan's Broken Education System by Mushtaq Chhapra

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the radicalization of the youth.

Complete Story: http://www.trust.org/item/20140822210737-ixk2p/

 

The population factor by N.H.Qureshi

there is a dire need to implement social reforms. First of all, education is most pertinent, particularly female education. The provision of education both in rural and urban areas can help to curb rapid growth of population. Secondly, women should be empowered. Women in rural areas and slums of urban areas have no say in family planning. Women’s participation in economy can effectively reduce the birth rate of population. Third most important step that has also been taken by Sindh Provincial Assembly is restricting early marriages. Restricting early marriages and limiting the minimum age of marriage can also help in reducing population growth. Child marriages are the basic problem of over populated country.

Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/population-factor/#.U_ryNvmSybg

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