December 5, 2014

Khyber Pakhtunkhua


Plan to de-radicalise youth in KP, FATA

The provincial government wanted to de-radicalise youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata by applying strategies based on indigenous researches with close collaboration of academia, said a senior official here on Thursday. Addressing a seminar, Mutahir Zeb, additional secretary of provincial home and tribal affairs department, said that government wanted to work in close collaboration with civil society and academia to carry out indigenous research, addressing the problems of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

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Ready to rise: CECOS students awarded degrees

340 studnts were awarded degrees at the convocation ceremony of CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences at the main hall of the university on Thursday.

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Over scholarships: Officials arrested for undermining merit

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday arrested Superintendent Amjad Ali and account assistant Fakhr-e-Alam of the provincial Workers Welfare Board for allegedly awarding scholarships to ineligible candidates.

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Students stage protest against police torture of colleague

MANSEHRA: Hundreds of college students took to the streets on Thursday to protest against the alleged illegal confinement and torture of their colleague by Pulrah police.

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ERRA to construct 500 schools in quake-hit areas of KP: DG

Director General (DG) Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Zafar Husain Wahla said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif released Rs8 billion for reconstruction of schools in Azad Kashmir and Hazara Division. The DG ERRA said this while addressing a press conference here on Thursday. He said 500 schools, including primary schools, and colleges would be constructed in four quake-hit districts of Hazara division, including Abbottabad, Mansehra, Kohistan and Battagram and the Shangla district of Sawat.

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Mansehra students protest police torture on colleague

Hundreds of students on Thursday took to the streets to protest against the alleged torturing of one of their colleagues by the cops of Pulrah Police Station a day earlier.The protest rally culminated outside the Press Club after passing through various roads.

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Two fake scholarships

NAB arrested two person for alleged role in illegal award of scholarships to ineligible students.

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College principal, lecturers suspended

The government on Tuesday suspended the principal and three lecturers of Government Degree College, Jutial after a clash between student groups left three people injured on Monday.

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School principal shot dead in Gwadar

A private schol principal Zahid Askani was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Oasis school in the port city of Gwadar on Thursday. Askani was the founder of the school which was primarily a co-education institution and an English language teaching centre.

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School principle dies in firing at private school

A school principle died in firing by unknowns at Gawadar.

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To Resolve Political Issues

Provincial Revenue and Excise officer said that for development in education sector we should resolve our political issues.

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Teachers not to participate in Polio Eradication

Teachers should deliver with interest. GTA said that teachers will not participation in polio eradication activities

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Teachers Participation for Government Enrolments

Government teachers association said that until teachers will not prefer government schools for their children, situation of our school will not get much progress.

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Student Farewell

Principal of Government girls degree college Sibi said that, Better education is a key to successful suture of the nation.

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To appoint technical candidates in vacant posts

Unemployed people said that government should appoint technical peoples in vacant posts of Education Department.

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Performance of Headmaster

Staff appreciated performance of Headmaster of Government Primary School, Kolampur.

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Violation of merit

Balochistan National Party said that the slogan of “educated Balochistan” by govt. is fake actually the merit in educational institutions is being violated. Now the USAID reading project is their target to spoil it.

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Arz Braich donated for needy students

The president of Citizens Action Commette Nokandi, Arz Braich visited a public high school & college and donated money for needy students.

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Education in Zob

Provincial minister for revenue, excise and transport said that education inn Zob is our priority and the constructional work of Model Residential School will be completed soon.

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The declining educational standard

The political based appointments is a serius threat to educational standard, said by MPA Tahir Mahmood Khan furthermore the condition of educational institutes is also unsatisfactory.

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Education Watch: Discounted books come to FJWU

Students at Fatimah Jinnah Women’s University took keen interest in the three-day book fair organised at their campus. Girls browsed through the vast collected brought by the 13 book vendors who has set up stalls and bought books at discounted prices.

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Education Watch: Progress hinges on sound policies

“History tells us that democratic countries of the world grew and progressed after going through long and painful process of evolution not by revolutions,” said Privitization minister, Muhammad Zubair. He was addressing at a conference titled “National Conference on Macroeconomic and International Finance, organised at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML).

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COMSATS launches research group

COMSATS has launched its fourth International Thematic Research Group (ITRG) on ‘Mathematical Modeling’, which would serve as a forum for cooperation among relevant subject-experts and their institutions from developing countries in order to conduct research, and share their expertise and laboratory resources. 

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AIOU launches novel titled ‘Nau Lakhi Kothi’

The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Thursday started a ‘Book and Author’ series by launching the novel titled “Nau Lakhi Kothi”, written by Ali Akbar Natiq. The novel reflects the social life of Muslims. The writer elaborated in detail the traditional living of the common man.

SES rejected Teaching License

Teachers Association Attock rejected the teaching license and said that government should produce the seniority list.

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Jang Group joins Comsats to hold vice chancellors forum in February

To meet global challenges in higher education, a Vice Chancellors’ Forum on 'Universities in the Islamic World: Facing Global Challenges' will be held in February 2015. In this regard, an MoU signing ceremony was held here on Thursday between Comsats, one of the organising partners, and the Jang Group, which would be the media partners for this mega event.

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RIS and Intel pledge innovation in education

The Roots International Schools (RIS) have won five positions in the Intel Education Awards. RIS CEO Walid Mushtaq has been recognised for the contribution extended in Intel CSR and five teachers were awarded with prizes. RIS CEO received an award for educationist for successfully incorporating technology in education system for promotion of 21st century academic skills. Roots International Schools have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Intel Initiative Pakistan to incorporate research learning at an early age so that Rootsians can develop 21st century skills and compete effectively in the knowledge-based economy of the future.          

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PIDE holds conference on poverty and economic growth

Women's empowerment and promotion of civil society engagement in development process can pave the way to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Pakistan, said Dr. Mahabub Hossain, a renowned development economist, on Thursday. He said this during a three-day conference on poverty, inequality and economic growth organised by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) at Pakistan-China Friendship Centre.

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The ill-behaving Central Academic Satff Association

The Central Academic Satff Association (CASA) is misbehaving with female educational staff in federal female educational institutions on the name of daily wages.

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HEC support to PhD scholars

HEC support to PhD scholars was on four categories, total 13350 students completed PhD. These students were enrolled in local and international universities.

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Zombie seniority: List includes names of deceased, retired teachers

A seniority list of assistant professors notified by the Punjab Colleges Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI) is replete with errors and omissions as the names of retired and even deceased teachers have also been included in the list.

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Library without facilities

TOBA TEK SINGH: The district council library figures nowhere in the government’s ‘list of priorities’ to keep institutions in order. The library faces many issues and no senior official of the administration has paid a visit to it during the last 12 years.

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Case against IUB students for beating lecturer

The Baghdadul Jadid police registered a case on Thursday under terror and Pakistan Penal Code sections against 36 students of the Islamia University, Bahawalapur (IUB), for allegedly beating a lecturer and resorting to firing on Baghdadul Jadid campus on Wednesday.

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Education minister urges students to become volunteers for peace

Punjab Education and Youth Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan urged youth and students to become volunteers for peace. Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Thursday, announced the celebrations for International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014.

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PU VC lays foundation stone of expansion of CCT

Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has laid foundation stone of expansion project of Centre for Coal Technology at New Campus here on Thursday. A ceremony was organized at the centre’s lawns in which Dean Faculty of Law Prof Dr Shazia Naureen Qureshi, Dean Faculty of Engineering and TechnologyProf Dr Taqi Zahid Butt, Director Centre for Coal Technology Prof Dr Shahid Munir, Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, heads of various institutions and students were present on the occasion.

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The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has declared the result of First ProfessionalMBBS Part-I annual examination 2014. The examination was held last month. A total of 5009 candidates of 33 affiliatedmedical colleges appeared in the exam held in Oct/Nov 2014, out of which 4016 passed whereas 783 were declared fail. The result of 210 candidates will be declared later on. The overall pass percentage remained 83.68%.

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UVAS organizes walk for awareness against corruption

The Character Building Society of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciencesand Ravi Campus Pattoki in collaboration with National Accountability Bureau organized a walk as part of the anti-corruption week being observed on Thursday.

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FC college students sensitised on sanitation

Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC), in collaboration with Forman Christian College, organized an awareness seminar titled ‘Cleanliness is our Goal, What is your Role’. Objective of the seminar was to educate and sensitise students on Sanitation especially on LWMC cleanliness arrangements to make city clean by effectively disposing of waste.

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37 booked for injuring lecturer

The Baghdadul Jadeed police on Thursday registered a case against 11 nominated and 26 unidentified accused for injuring IUB Fine Arts College Lecturer Muhammad Ali Naeem for not allowing students to join protest. The case has been registered under 7ATA and other sections of the PPC on the complaint of the victim lecturer.

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Show-cause notices to teachers

Teams led by Commissioner Jamal Mustafa Syed and Deputy Commissioner Abdul Aleem Lashari raided different schools and found 12 teachers absent. On strict instructions, the absent teachers were issued show-cause notices.

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Walls or not, government schools to be surrounded by trees

Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro announced on Thursday a campaign for planting trees around government schools in the province to mark the upcoming Sindh Culture Day to be observed later this month. For the past few years, the Sindh Culture Day has been generally celebrated on the first Sunday of December. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the minister said that under the proposed campaign, trees would be planted inside and around every government school in the province, whether it was big or small or had boundary walls or not.

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Lack of teachers

The Boys Degree College Kalar Sayedan has no statistics teacher and parents are demanding from govt. to provide teachers urgently.

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Petition against destruction of School Building

LHC called opponent lawyers for panel discussion on destruction of three technical institutions.

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Curriculum Development

After development of Punjab Curriculum and Text Book Board, in their first meeting secretary education said that curriculum should be designed on realistic backgrounds.

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Training Workshop

University of Education organized a training workshop with collaboration of HEC.

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Training workshop by HEC

HEC organized training workshop for five universities.

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Workshops in 36 Districts of Punjab

Training workshops are being organized in 36 districts  for capacity building of trainers and master trainers by Literacy Department.

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Lectures on Two Nations Idea

Students and teachers from Government Girls High School Ferozepur visited the Ideology of Pakistan Trust.

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5000 million grant for education

Chief Minister Punjab proved the grant of 500 crore for development of education.

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Walk for campaign against corruption

Veterinary University did a walk for a campaign against educating about corruptions and its causes.

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MOU between ACCA and ICMA

A memorandum of understanding signed between ICMA and ACCA for mutual collaboration.

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Agenda for solving teachers problem

Punjab Teachers Association said that government should develop agenda for solving professional issues of teachers.

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Non-Qualified Teachers in Schools

There are a lot of unqualified teachers working at schools of Rawalpindi region.

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GSTA protested for the acceptance of their demands in Hyderabad

GSTA Protested for their demands to be accepted, in front of the Shahbaz Building Hyderabad, they reiterated their demands to be met. They challenged to Secretary Education and said that he had insulted teachers by labeling 90% teacher as insufficient. They claimed, if, Secretary Education compete us by giving lecture to any school, if he wins, they would withdraw from their demands and accept Cadre Management System imposed on teachers. GSTA allegedly said that World Bank has given too much money to education department and secretary education doing all this for misusing 400 million. They said, they would not allow anyone to get away budget of education, in Sindh. Leaders of GSTA, while talking in the demonstration, announced protests on December 10, 2014 in Islamabad and 17 & 18 December in front of Bilawal House Karachi. Mr Ashraf Khaskheli, president GSTA, Mr Iqbal Ahmed Panhwar general Secretary GSTA and others addressed the protest.


Influential person Terrorized Education Officers in a village, came for opening the closed school in Thatta

In village Soomar Narijo school is filled with feed and other material related to poultry form. It is reported that material belongs to former EDO Mr Tahir Narijo. When DEO Elementary and Officers of the education department reached to village for opening the closed school villagers and some persons of chief pattern of a village attacked on them and injured them.  Villagers also attacked on their vehicles to broken the glasses of the vehicles.  Officers of education department informed to Secretary Education and authorities and demanded to lodge FIR to take action against these people.


Education without School building and other facilities in village Nawaz Odhejo Matli, district Badin

Government Primary School village Ali Nawaz Odhejo does not have any facilities and school building is also cracked which is in alarming position. Government teachers are not coming to teach children, whereas, NCHD teacher is teaching in private room. 42 children are getting education on the ground, due to lack of furniture and other facilities.  They demanded from the authorities to bound teachers to come regularly and provide building and other facilities so that children of the village could continue their education smoothly.


Protest against the closed School of Bhudho Qambrani, Matli, District Badin

Villagers protested and staged a sit-in on the Rajo Khanani Road against the closed girls primary school and demanded to reopen it for the education of girls and their children.  Protest led by Mr Garess Kumar and Aslam Rajput. They said that school is closed since last six months, but, government and education department is not paying little heed towards it. They demanded from higher authorities to open the school, otherwise, protest would be enlarged.


200 schools of Tando  Mohammad Khan will be opened soon, Commissioner said

Divisional Commissioner Mr Asif Hyder Shah, during the meeting with district departments in Tando Mohammad Khan said teachers would be appointed soon to open 200 closed schools in district Tando Mohammad Khan. He also talked on the other issues of the districts and assured that all departments would be working in harmony and supporting to the people from all segments of society.


Protest for Opening Closed School in Jhando Mari, District Tando Allah Yar

Government Primary School village Nabi Bux Gabol is closed since last 6 years, but, education department has turned blind eyes towards it. Villagers protested against ADE for his negligence and not responding to their protest. Villagers of Nabi Bux Gabol, Mohammad Qasim Gabol and Wali Mohammad said that district Education Officer Mr Ramzan Parhiyar is not ready to meet so they demand from the higher authorities to take notice of it to open their school.


Protest for Opening Closed School in Jarwar, District Tando Allah Yar

Government Primary School of village Wakeel Lund is closed since last years and teachers are getting their salaries at their homes, but, education department is still in deep slumber. Villagers protested for opening of the closed school. Villagers Sono Pitafi, Inayat Pitafi, Jhongal Malik and others demanded from the higher authorities to take notice of it to open their school.


Sudden visit of Session Judge to Girls Model School Sarhad, District Ghotki

Session Judge suddenly visited girls’ model school and took notice of its closure. He issued directions to authorities and education department for its immediate opening and provides it required facilities. He also asked authorities to bind teachers to teach students regularly.

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Notice issued suspending 12 teachers for their absence from Schools in district Shaheed Benazirabad

Commissioner Jamal Mustafa Syed suddenly visited different schools of talukas Nawab Shah and Sakrand and suspended 12 teachers including two female teachers for their absence from the schools. He said no ghost teacher would be tolerated, if, teacher is not coming to school they should leave the school and do their other works.


Sudden Visit of Schools by Assistant Commissioner, Thatta

Assistant Commissioner Thatta suddenly visited 12 schools of Dhabeji and found 18 teachers absent. Primary School Qasim Baluch, Amen Baluch and Abdullah Baluch were completely locked. Assistant Commissioner also observed these schools which were filled with garbage and other raw material. He took notice of all these schools and suggested action against these teachers and schools.


Warning issued against ghost Teachers and asked them to be remain in Schools in Taluka Majhand, district Jamshoro

EDO Education Mr Syed Qubab uddin Shah warned ghost teachers of the taluka to remain in the schools. 20 schools of the taluka have already been opened, he said, while talking to media personnel. He further said, from next week, schools would be visited and action would be taken against all those teachers who would remain absent from the schools. Therefore, he suggested all teachers to remain in the schools and teach our children regularly.


Teacher Protested for teaching allowance,  in Kanpur, district Shikarpur

Teachers protested for their four month teaching allowance to be given to them.  Protest led by Mr Khadim Channa, said that treasury office Shikarpur taking bribes from teachers and those who are giving bribes to them they are given teaching allowance. He further said that 135 teachers have been given teaching allowance Rs: 48,000/ but rests of the teachers are still looking for their remaining teaching allowance. Teachers protested in front of the press club and demanded from the higher authorities to take notice of it and issue their four months teaching allowance.


USAID, Intel, Sindh govt sign MoU to improve education

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sindh education department and Intel Pakistan Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve access to and quality of education in the province. Speaking at a signing ceremony, US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson said this agreement with Intel Pakistan would go a long way towards making education more accessible to the children of Sindh.

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Teachers want new cadre abolished

A large number of teachers staged a sit-in here on Thursday under the banner of Government Secondary Teachers Association (GSTA) in protest against Sindh secretary of education and his newly-introduced ‘education management cadre’ for schoolteachers.

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Virtual teachers: US College opens doors to Pakistanis through distance learning

The California-based Coastline Community College will open its doors to Pakistani students from January, allowing them to take American-accredited college courses through distance learning. “The college is offering a unique and first-time higher education opportunity to young people in Pakistan whereby they can start their US-accredited associate degree course from home and finish it in the United States with the Coastline’s offered programme,” Anila Ali, the college representative in Pakistan.

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Protest over ‘disappearance’ of MUET student

A number of students of various varsities and relatives of a missing student of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) took out a rally in protest against his ‘enforced’ disappearance. The student was picked up by police, officials in plainclothes and Rangers from outside the varsity on Nov 26, they claimed.

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Protest against new Education Policy

GSTA did protest against new education policy. They are not satisfied with new amendments in the policy.

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Protest for release of student

Students from Mehran University did a protest for the release of a student from Police.

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NTS tests for Master’s Degree Programs

Karachi University is organizing NTS tests for Master Degree Programs.

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Students expelled for violation of code of conduct

IQRA University Karachi has expelled five students from Education Department for violation of department’s code of conduct.

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Arabic Language to compulsory at all University

A representative of Banoria University said in an event of ‘Arabic Language and Employment” by Karachi University that, Arabic should be included in curriculum of all universities of the country.

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Education Policy to make by Universities

In a conference on “Transition in Social Sciences” the discussion panels and researchers suggested that Academy of Social Science is need of the day and education policy should be develop through Universities.

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Attack by Feudal on Education Officers

A feudal from Thatta committed violence on officers by education departments. They were coming for opening a closed school.

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To Grow Trees in all Schools

Chief Minister said that government is working on growing trees at all educational Institutions of the region.

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The stage of education  by Anwar Abbas

Drama presents a spectacle enveloped in mystery and fraught with irony. There is irony in the living actor representing a fictitious character and in the spectators accepting as real what they know to be an illusion. And there is irony in the fact that the narrow artificially lit space is accepted as a microcosm of the existence of the universe.

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Listening to our government school teachers by Syed Mohammad Ali

Despite repeated reaffirmations to achieve universal education, Pakistan’s literacy rate continues to linger below 60 per cent. The quality of education being imparted in our schools also leaves much to be desired. Describing the state of education in the country to be in a state of crisis is thus no exaggeration.

The Alif Ailaan education campaign collaborated with the Society for the Advancement of Education to release an important report based on a survey of more than 1,200 teachers from both government and private schools, in 15 districts across the country.

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 University and Government of Sindh by Ali Hassun

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Medium of Instruction by Raza Ali Abidi

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Letters to the editor


Plight of govt schools

PANJGUR, with a population of about 480,000 people, has 48 primary schools (40 for girls and eight for boys), 18 middle schools (three for girls and 10 for boys) and 26 high schools (16 for boys and 10 for girls).

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Teaching science

I have been wondering for a long time why science subjects in English, particularly at the intermediate and bachelor’s levels, are being taught in the mother tongue of the learners, or Urdu, or both of them.

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Suggestions for Virtual University

I am highly indebted to the Virtual University of Pakistan for its open courses. I would like to underscore that this service is benefiting people all over the country, especially those who are unable to afford higher and costly university education. I must appreciate Virtual University, its members and staff for their vision.

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