January 8, 2015

National Press:


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Special cell set up to monitor schools

 The provincial government has established a special cell to monitor the educational institutions in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=08_01_2015_007_001


Security monitoring at schools

On the advice of provincial Government, the provincial interior minister has assigned officers of crises monitoring cells to monitor the schools of the province day and night. According to advice, they will look after all schools of the province.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102616806&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20150108



Heads of schools in KP asked to take extra security measures

 District Education Officer Gohar Ali Khan has asked principals and headmasters of public and private schools to adopt extra security measures to avert Army Public School-like incident. He was speaking at the joint meeting of heads of private and public educational institutions held at the Government High School at Oghi on Wednesday. 

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-294812-Briefs


Back to class: ‘Security costs may force many schools to shut down’

As the government reviews security measures following winter vacations, owners of private schools said the costs associated with the arrangements could result in a large number of the institutes winding up for good. Security arrangements at around 915 private and 1,600 government schools were declared satisfactory by authorities led by DC Peshawar.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/818186/back-to-class-security-costs-may-force-many-schools-to-shut-down/


End to winter vacation at schools demanded

Educationists on Wednesday criticised the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education department over failure to announce a definite date for the reopening of local schools and said the extension in winter vacation had been adversely affecting the studies of schoolchildren.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=08_01_2015_182_002


Training teachers: ICU holds quality enhancement workshop

The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of Islamia College University (ICU) hosted a workshop for teachers on Wednesday in one effort to bring local universities at par with international standards. The day-long workshop was a joint effort of the cell and the Quality Assurance Agency of the Higher Education Commission. The workshop was designed to explain the role of the QEC in the university.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/818359/training-teachers-icu-holds-quality-enhancement-workshop/



Madrassas have numerous funding sources

The Madaris (madrassahs or religious seminaries) receive funding from different sources - overseas, regular contributions from their graduates working in big cities and local influential figures, a study shows.

 Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-294787-Madrassas-have-numerous-funding-sources


Afghan seminary students in Swabi sent back

Hundreds of Afghan students at various religious institutes and seminaries in Swabi, including Darul Quran Panjpir, were sent back to their native country on Wednesday. Chief administrator of Darul Quran Panjpir, Maulana Muhammad Tayyeb Tahiri, confirmed a large number of Afghan students who were obtaining religious education at various seminaries across the district had been sent back. In his farewell address to the students, he said the decision to repatriate them was taken in light of the directives issued by Mardan DIG Muhammad Saeed Khan and Swabi DPO Sajjad Khan.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501080169&EN_ID=11201501080067&EMID=11201501080022


Being heard: Parents of Peshawar victims form a union

Parents of the children, who were killed during the barbaric assault on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar by Taliban militants, met in Hayatabad on Wednesday to form a representative body and appointed two focal persons who will hold talks with the government. The meeting was held at the residence of Abid Raza Bangash, in Phase I, Hayatabad, and was attended by parents and relatives of the 54 children who lost their lives during the massacre.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501080213&EN_ID=11201501080086&EMID=11201501080027




To protect teachers

Government teachers association (GTA) said that they will protect basic teacher’s rights. GTA said that teachers at Kachi will make “Takhti Panel” successful in the area.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/quetta/page4.asp


Seniority list of SSTs

Secondary schools teachers had a meeting. Their issues were discussed. They appreciated the education depart for seniority list of SSTs. The list also included teachers from 2005.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/peshawar/2015-01-08/page-11




Education emergency to be declared soon: Minister

 Education emergency would soon be declared and budget for higher education would be increased from Rs 60 billion to Rs 70 billion, remarked Balighur Rehman, minister of state for federal education and professional training. He was talking at the inaugural ceremony of Parwan E9 Early Childhood Education and Development Centre of Excellence, which took place at Academy of Education Planning and Management. 

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-01-08/page-13/detail-1



Schools, colleges’ boundary walls being raised for security

The boundary walls of schools and colleges in the federal capital are being raised while barbwires are also being fixed. Metal detectors are being purchased to check every person who would enter into school and college.

Complete story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/01/07/city/islamabad/schools-colleges-boundary-walls-being-raised-for-security/


Insecurity persists in capital schools

Most of the government and private schools in the federal capital have been found having insufficient security measures in place so far, as security audit of over 1,600 educational institutions continues amidst parents’ demand to reopen schools as early as possible.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-01-08/page-13/detail-0


Security cameras purchase for government schools stopped

Special secretary for schools of Punjab Gulzar Hussein Shah has stopped the order for buying close circuit security cameras for government schools of Punjab. 

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/08-Jan-2015/security-cameras-purchase-for-government-schools-stopped


Minister for better security arrangement for schools, colleges

A detailed report of progress on security measures for schools & colleges is presented to CA&DD Minister of State, Barrister Usman Ibrahim and the minister has shown his satisfaction over the security measures. On the direction of the minister, a monitoring team visited those schools where security arrangements are being completed on war footing.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/08-Jan-2015/minister-for-better-security-arrangement-for-schools-colleges



Examination of security to discuss today

Federal government is discussing the current situation of security systems at educational institutions today. Today they will decide how much time they will take to complete the plan.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-01-08/page-3


Govt asked to regularise low paid teachers

Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Wednesday took a serious notice over the payment of low salaries to daily wage teachers of government schools in the Federal Capital saying at least the government should not exploit the people. The Senate committee had met at the Parliament House under the chair of Senator Kalsoom Perveen.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-3/detail-12


The new requirement for appointment of Assistant professor

Higher Education Commission made standard that lecturers should have qualification of at least M.Phil. In addition, PhD is compulsory for Assistant Professor. In this regard, HEC started monitoring the university.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-01-08/page-12


Early childhood education centre launched in capital

An advocacy and research-based institute on Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) was inaugurated here on Wednesday.

The Centre of Excellence will focus on issues such as good health, a safe and nurturing environment coupled with the right kind of mental stimulation for a child.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/818378/tackling-health-issues-early-childhood-education-centre-launched-in-capital/



Tracing funding of seminaries from abroad difficult, Nisar tells Senate

The government has conceded in the Senate that it often becomes difficult to trace the money transacted to seminaries from abroad as some of these receive financial support from the Muslim countries. In a written reply to the question by PPP’s Senator Sughra Imam, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan noted that despite the laws monitoring the working of seminaries, it was often difficult to trace the transactions to seminaries from abroad.

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-35145-Tracing-funding-of-seminaries-from-abroad-difficult-Nisar-tells-Senate


Former education minister released from IHC

Islamabad high court has cleared the former education minister “Riaz Fatiana” in the corruption case of recruiting illegally.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=1617.gif


NUST delays main campus reopening

The reopening of the main campus of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in H-12 has been delayed. Now the classes on campus will resume on January 19 instead of January 12.

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-294715-NUST-delays-main-campus-reopening


HEC receiving back laptops

Due to providing wrong information by students and unevenly distribution of laptops to the deserving students, Higher Education Commission has received back nearly 813 laptops from students.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-01-08/page-3


Youngest O-Level student

Zohaib Ahmed has cleared O-Level mathematics with high score at the age of 14 years. He is included in youngest most candidates in history of Britain.

Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/today/pages/p3/story.aspx?param=pak.jpg


AIOU holds ‘International Mehfil-e-Husn-e-Qirat’

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Sidiqui urged the youth to seek aspirations and guidance from the holy Quran and ‘Seerat-un-Nabi’ for having a prosperous and peaceful life and to meet the challenges of the present time. It was organized in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Consulate and Roomi Forum (Turkey) to pay tributes to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on the auspicious occasion.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/08-Jan-2015/aiou-holds-international-mehfil-e-husn-e-qirat




Punjab schools to get security clearance in 3 phases: report

The Punjab government on Wednesday announced to grant security clearance to educational institutions in Punjab in three phases, a private news channel reported. Provincial governments have geared up to augment security arrangements of schools across the country after the brutal Peshawar attack.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-13/detail-4




Edu institutes' security focused

DDO Sheikh Amjad Ejaz has said that the government attaches great significance to the promotion of education and considered it as a tool for development. The government has allocated a huge grant in the Non-Salary Budget (NSB) for the sector.  He expressed these views, while addressing a meeting of Assistant Education Officers (AEOs) at his office.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-21/detail-9


16 schools sealed for reopening

Sixteen schools have been sealed for defying orders of closure and for reopening them without security clearance. The schools which have been sealed are Angelo school, Rambo high school, Cabin school, S.L.S, Dar-e-Arqam and their 4 branches. Meanwhile All Pakistan Private School Management Association has warned to move court if the schools are not ordered to be reopened by Jan 12.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/08-Jan-2015/16-schools-sealed-for-reopening


Security threat: Public schools await funds as deadline looms

As the January 9 deadline for taking enhanced security measures for schools and colleges draws close, funds for the purpose are yet to be transferred to public schools. The Home Department issued a security plan on December 16.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/818384/security-threat-public-schools-await-funds-as-deadline-looms/


Private schools with insufficient security would not be allowed to reopen

The four member inspection committee formed on the instructions of Punjab government to check the security arrangements of educational institutions has expressed its dissatisfaction over the arrangements and made it clear that schools lacking security would not be allowed to reopen on 12th January.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201501/08/islamabad-2.php


Partner schools of PEF to submit security reports

Punjab Education Foundation said to all partner schools that they have to send report on security management at their institutions to PEF by 12 January.

Complete Story:  http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-9/detail-25


Inclination of security to schools

After Peshawar incidence, all focus of Punjab government is diverted to security of schools. Shahnaz Wazir Ali said that all schools should provide correct information to intelligence agencies.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=1621.gif



Schools opening from 12 January

Government of Punjab finally decided to open the schools on 12 January. In this regard, the Police and education department said that the schools owners should be present at schools from 4-8 January.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102616691&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20150108


700 High Alert Schools in Punjab

Government has compiled 700 high alert schools at Punjab. The reason behind it was that they were receiving terrorist threats for a long time.

Complete Story:http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/pindi/pic.asp?picname=523.gif



Police training to school guards

Lahore police decided to train the security guards of schools. They said that, initially they would train guards of 200 schools.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=61.gif


Details of schools security by Fed. Govt.

Federal government has asked provincial governments and schools owners to provide details of current security system implemented in their schools. Federal Government also asked for police monitoring reports of Category A and A+ schools.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=64.gif


Emergency meeting by APSA

An emergency meeting held by All Pakistan Private Schools Action Committee. They decided to open all private schools from 11 January.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_02.gif


Delay in college security

Due to low interest and ignorance of Directorate College and Education Department, there is very week security implemented at colleges of the region. Only 50 percent of the colleges have completed their security plans.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_06.gif


Stepwise security clearance

Government decided to open schools after satisfaction of three-step security plan. After clearing the first step all, the schools will be open from 12 January. In second and third step, all schools should have to fulfill all requirements of security plans at their institutions.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_09.gif



Parents worried about education of their children

Due to extended winter vacations, parents are worried about education of their children. They are worried more about government’s temporary ban on academies.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_03.gif


Security alert for educational institutions

Intelligence agency says that, most of the educational institutions neither have nor recorded the details of school transporters, canteen owners and their employee. Due to this, all institutions are under danger of suspected terrorism.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-08&edition=LHR&id=1483066_24081096


Security guards to schools

Government of Punjab has approved the recruitments of security guards at educational institutions. Their contract will be of 6 months. They will be hired with 15000 per month salary.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-08&edition=ISL&id=1482113_73777705


Reforms and initiatives: ‘We can end terrorism through quality education’

Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Wednesday that the government had distributed solar lamps among 200,000 students under the Ujala Programme.

Rehman was speaking to a youth delegation.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201001080170&EN_ID=11201001080048&EMID=11201001080023



Siraj vows to defend mosques, madressahs

Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq says every effort to undermine mosques and madressahs will be strongly resisted while all those talking of demolishing and setting on fire mosques will meet the fate of Abraha.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1155623/siraj-vows-to-defend-mosques-madressahs


Withdrawal status of examination centre protested

 Students and their parents of as many as 12 schools at the union council Lehtrar have voiced strong protest against withdrawal of examination centre status of government high school Baggan for primary and middle standard examination. 

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/08-Jan-2015/withdrawal-status-of-examination-centre-protested


Accounting headmasters for results challenged

Lahore high court has asked secretary education department for explanation of reason of taking action against headmasters of schools for the results of exams.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-8/detail-9


PU VC visited Town I and II

University vice-chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran on Wednesday visited Punjab University Town I and II and reviewed arrangements and instructed officials to provide maximum facilities.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/lahore/1-8-2015/page14.asp


PU official attends HEC Programme

Punjab University Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation’s Deputy Director Dr. Amir Shafeeq has attended the Advance Management Visit Programme (AMVP).

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/lahore/1-8-2015/page20.asp


PU body to schedule ASA elections

On the direction of Lahore High Court, Punjab University Vice Chancellor has constituted a 7-member committee to decide schedule of annual elections of PU Academic Staff Association.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201501/08/lahore.php



Uplift of Bhakkar pledged

The district administration has said that Bhakkar will be the foremost district to have MDGs Acceleration Framework (MAF) very soon with the basic objectives of reducing poverty through wide-based socioeconomic uplift and improvement of resources for increasing per capita income, especially in the agriculture sector. He said that the Education, Health, Water Management, Women Empowerment, Environmental enhancement sectors and sustainability would also get maximum emphasis under MAFs. 

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-21/detail-10


BCOM not eligible for educator

DEO Multan has rejected application of a candidate who has cleared NTS with 67% score and holding BCOM degree. He was rejected because I was not BSc or BA candidate.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102616362&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150108


Games, edu termed a must for success

Games and education are vital for success of the youth as the skills got during physical activities contribute to their bright future, said Mansoor Ahmed, former captain of National Hockey team.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-22/detail-0




Special desk to set up for school kids’ security: Jakhrani

 A special desk would be established in Governor House to tackle the issues of school children’s security in the city, said Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani Sindh Transport Minister on Tuesday during a media briefing.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/07-Jan-2015/special-desk-to-set-up-for-school-kids-security-jakhrani


No school security at Kandh Kot

There are nearly 1500 government and 150 private schools at Kandh kot. Untilnow, administration and education department has not prepared any security plan for schools of Kandh Kot.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-08&edition=KCH&id=1483549_36072977


Security alert to colleges

Directorate general colleges said that all colleges are under terrorism threat. They have sent their security reports to interior department before opening their institutions.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-08&edition=KCH&id=1482713_60936452


Aao Parhao: Varsity students honour their teachers

As part of the Aao Parhao nationwide campus drive, students of Greenwich University organised a ceremony on Wednesday to honour and thank their teachers. The event kicked off with a promo of Aao Parhao, the theme song for the Express Media Group initiative launched in collaboration with Ilm Ideas.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/818502/aao-parhao-varsity-students-honour-their-teachers/



Price to pay: For a mere Rs8,000, students can go from fail to pass

Gone are the days when students would sulk after failing an exam. After paying a mere Rs8,000 to an official at the board office, they can now get their marks changed from a fail to a pass.

In the 2013 annual Matriculation examinations, a total of 14,071 students obtained the grade A-1, which is given for marks above 80 per cent. 

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501080092&EN_ID=11201501080030&EMID=11201501080013


‘Politicisation the final nail in public education’s proverbial coffin’

Incompetency, derisorily poor standards and a failing system are all, unfortunately, common themes at any conference on education, but speakers at the Sindh Education Foundation’s event on Wednesday managed to underline a central cause for our system’s failings with a meaningful discussion on the politicisation of Sindh’s public education sector.

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-294664-Politicisation-the-final-nail-in-public-educations-proverbial-coffin



PMDC restrained from issuing order against recognising JSMU

The Sindh High Court on Tuesday restrained the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) from issuing a final order against recognising the Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) till January 14.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/818272/becoming-a-doctor-pmdc-restrained-from-issuing-order-against-recognising-jsmu/


Remembering the historic January 7 student movement

Pakistan’s student movement that produced luminaries such as Dr Mohammad Sarwar, Dr Syed Haroon Ahmed, Dr Adib-ul-Hasan Rizvi, Dr Jaffar Naqvi, Mohammad Kazim, Abid Hasan Manto, Sher Afzal Malik, Husain Naqi, Johar Husain, Fatehyab Ali Khan and Meiraj Mohammad Khan, to name a few, has a glorious history.

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-294671-Remembering-the-historic-January-7-student-movement


KU announces results

Karachi University Wednesday announced the result of MBBS First Professional Part-A, Supplementary Examination 2014. As per result statistics, 184 candidates were registered, 183 of them appeared in the exam and 150 passed it, making 81.97% pass percentage.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/08-Jan-2015/ku-announces-results


BIEK announces results

 Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Controller of Examinations Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti Wednesday announced the result of HSC Part-II supplementary examination 2014 Humanities Group (Regular). As per result statistics, 3210 candidates were registered, 3046 of them appeared in the exam and 1251 passed it, making 41.07% pass percentage. 

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/08-Jan-2015/biek-announces-results



Opinions/ Editorials


Shades of grey by Ayesha Siddiqa

One can’t thank God enough for small blessings such as giving us an interior minister who can make us laugh even during such tough times. In this game of colors, we can’t afford to ignore the central role specific madrassas play in the extremism-terrorism nexus. The issue is not necessarily their curriculum. In fact, many important madrassas teach English and computers. It is the ideology of the teachers which is a major issue. 

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501080069&EN_ID=11201501080022&EMID=11201501080010


A universal challenge by Amina J. Mohammed

EDUCATION has been recognised as a fundamental human right for more than half a century now. Yet, millions of children still can’t go to school, and some risk their life when they do.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1155567/a-universal-challenge


Loop holing

As always, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is unhappy. He is unhappy about the response of provincial law enforcement authorities regarding the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and warned officials to take the task seriously. A survey done in 2010 found that, while many madrassa students had tolerant views, 82% of those belonging to Deobandi madrassas saw the Taliban as a model for Islamizing Pakistan.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-6/detail-2


Re-opening schools

Providing fool-proof security to schools is, of course, a primary concern now. But the way the Punjab government is extending its own deadline for reopening schools seems to give the impression of a disorganised task force attempting to undertake a high-priority matter.

Complete story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/01/07/comment/re-opening-schools/


Security of Educational Institutions

A number of children deaths evidenced from terrorist attack at Army Public School Peshawar. It was a severe attack and raised the importance of having high security at schools.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-01-08/page-15


Letters to the Editor


HEC depriving the deserving

Through the courtesy of your esteemed paper I would like to draw the attention of opposition leaders in NA and senate and educated parliamentarians towards the pathetic condition of Higher Education Commission (HEC). The worst example of the mismanagement by HEC authorities is its inability to release funds for indigenous scholarship program since July 2013.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-7/detail-7


It’s time to move on

Sir: Yesterday after hearing the news that “NUST has announced extension of holidays till January 19 due to security reasons,” a spontaneous prayer came out of my heart: “May our university announce the same news so that I will have some more days to spend at home.” The main purpose of writing all this is not to criticize students including my own self, but to make them realize that the direction they are going towards is wrong.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-08/page-7/detail-4


Equal education

This refers to the letter, ‘O-levels vs. Matric’ (January 6) by Wajih Iqbal. There is an urgent need to reform our education system. The Cambridge system is far better and encourages students to be intellectual rather than waste their life in rote learning. There is a need to reform the matriculation and FSC examination systems on the lines of the Cambridge system.

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-294722-Equal-education

An exercise in futility

This refers to The News picture captioned ‘Workers fixing barbwires on the outer wall of (the) Islamabad College for Girls...(page 14, January 7)’ The concerned authorities should be asked: did the terrorists enter the Army Public School in Peshawar by scaling its outer walls? No. They entered the school through the main gate dressed as security personnel.

Complete story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-294727-An-exercise-in-futility


VC for Sindh University

RECENTLY applications were invited by the Sindh government for the position of the vice-chancellor for the University of Sindh. For the first time in history more than 50 candidates have been invited for interviews. The Sindh University Teachers Association has expressed its concern over the invitation to non-PhDs for interview.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1155588/vc-for-sindh-university


NED admission fee

NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, has increased its admission fee for new semester from Rs10,500 to Rs14,630. At the beginning of the new semester in 2014 the admission fee was Rs9,500. This increase is a burden on middle and lower middle class families.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1155578/ned-admission-fee


Psychological disorders

This refers to students of the Army Public School, Peshawar, who survived the attack by barbarians on Dec 16. Several students suffered face injuries, while others are suffering from psychological disorders. These students deserve equal attention and rehabilitation.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1155589/psychological-disorders


Regional Press:


Khyber Pakhtunkhua


Government School Watchmen to be armed and teachers to be assigned extra security responsibilities

Due to security reason Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Primary & Secondary education department decided to purchase shotguns for government school’s watchmen and assigned extra security responsibilities to the school teachers. Twelve teachers in each school on daily basis will monitor the security.

Complete story: http://www.dailyaaj.com.pk/epaper/epaper-detail.php?image=OTEzNjk=


Peshawar government schools walls will be 8 feet high

Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa decided that all the government schools building walls will be 8 feet high & barbed wires will be installed on the walls. For the safe security all the government educational institution’s Head Masters & Principals will be given android system which will be helpful to inform other schools within the seconds in emergency situation.  

Complete story: Daily Mashriq Peshawar, Page no. 01


Matric & Inter exams date extended

On the instructions of KP Provincial government the date of Metric & Inter exams is extended to one week due to security reason in the province. In this connection, all the boards head held a meeting in Peshawar in which they discussed in detail the security situation & school holiday’s extension. Afterwards it was decided that Metric & Inter exams date will be extended one week.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102616693&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20150108


Special Cell established to monitor Educational institutions

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Interior Ministry established special cell to monitor Peshawar educational institutions for security reasons. This cell will monitor students, teachers & other staff. This decision was taken due to threats received by different educational institutions after the Army Public School tragedy.

Complete story: http://naibaat.com.pk/Presentation/peshawar/Default.aspx


30 government schools not having any security system

Batkhela, main city of Malakand Agency does not have any security system in 30 government schools while 21 schools have  no boundary wall & 9 schools have no  watchmen.

 Complete story: Daily Khabrain Peshawar, Page no. 08


Government must provide security to the educational institutions, JI

Government must provide security to the educational institutions.  More closure of the educational institutions caused loss of valuable year of the students. It is stated by Maraj-ud-din, vice president of JI here in Peshawar during a press conference. He said that due to closure of the institutions thousands of teachers have not received their salary & for 22 days students are away from their books & education which may cause losing their one year of educational hard work.

Complete story: Daily Surkhab Peshawar, Page no. 02


Private schools rejected 23-point post

All Pakistan Private schools Association rejected the 23-point post from the KP government. It is stated by the President of Association Dr. Zakir Shah, while speaking to media, said government imposed different taxes on the private school. He said if government prevail this situation than private school will be closed permanently.  He said that mostly schools are receiving five hundred to one thousand fees from the children, these limited resources do not allowed them arrange extra arrangements for security e. g security personal, walk through gate etc. If we take these measures, it will definitely effect parents of the children financially.

Complete story: Daily Subh Peshawar, Page no. 08


PEN has reservations on Private educational institutions security instructions

Private Education network has reservations on Private educational institutions security instructions.  PEN president Mr. Saleem Khan, General Secretary Mr. Attaur Rehman and other executive body members met with Special Home Secretary and showed their reservations on the instructions given by the provincial government for the security measures in the schools.

Complete story: Daily Awamunas Peshawar, Page no. 08


Primary schools Head teachers meeting about school security

Dera Ismail Khan, in Government Primary school Draban Khward, all head teachers meeting was held at Draban Khward Circle about security arrangements. DSP Purwa Circle Asif Mehmood & SHO Police Station Gomal University also attended the meeting. Teachers were given briefing about the security measurement in schools. 

Complete Story: Daily Akhbar Peshawar, Page no. 08




Educational and political system in balochistan has been collapsed, BSO

In a statement the central organizer of the BSO Mr. Javed Baloch has expressed his concern on Educational and political system and said that the Government parties is facilitating their relatives in the name of Educational reforms and emergency. They are in involved in corruption and favoritism on the name of Educational emergency. The slogans of Government for Educational emergency, closer of schools and increase in Educational budget is a way forward for the corruption in Education Department.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/quetta/page2.asp


We will protect the interest of teachers at every cost, TA

Dhader: The Teachers association of District Khachi president and chairman said that today January 8, is the day of success for takhti penal. They said their performance is clearer in this regard that we will protect the interest of Teachers at any cost; therefore the teachers are with Takhti Penal. We will never disappoint the teachers once we will selected.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/quetta/page4.asp


Social and political activist demand for the restoration of teachers

In Noshki the political and social activist Abbas Khan, Naseebullah and Javed said in a joint statement that the Teacher appointed by an international NGO has been fire due to no reason which badly affected the Education sector in District noshki. These teachers were performing their duties with full devotion and commitment at regular bases. We demand their restoration as soon as possible, and said that the teachers appointed by other NGOs have restored and working properly but only teacher of UNFPA have not been restored so far. We request to CM, Minister Education, Secretary Education to restore these Teachers.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/quetta/page7.asp


Board of Secondary Education should be under School side management, President SESA

Syed Abbadullah Sha Gharshin said that the Balochistan board of secondary Education must be under school side administration because more than 80% of the income generation of the said board comes from School side and only 20% from colleges while the administration of the board is under Colleges side. We request and demand to the authorities to review the matter as it was in previous position under School management.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-08-2015/quetta/page10.asp


Education Dept. set to take stringent to stop cheating in examinations

QUETTA: The Baluchistan Secondary Education Department has decided to take stringent measure for prevention of cheating in the annual examinations of matriculation commencing from February 18, 2015. The measure to be taken in this regard is included: imposition of section 144 in the examination centers as well as enforcement of curfew within the five hundred yards limits of the centers, installation of modern cameras in exam halls besides registration of FIR against those providing aid to the students in exams. A meeting chaired by the Secretary Secondary Education, Abdul Saboor Kakar considered certain measures for the prevention of cheating in the forthcoming matriculation examinations all over  province. Those who were in attendance were included: Chairman Baluchistan Board of intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Professor Saadullah Tokhai, besides the senior officials of Bureau of Curriculum, Education department and other concerned high ups.                                        

Complete Story: Tha Balochistan Times, Page no. 03                                                    


Only educated communities is on the floor success

CHATAR: Central executive member of National Party, member of National Assembly and Parliamentarian leader chief of bangulzai Sardar kamal khan bangulzai said. All the scholars, writers, philosophers and generalist have to bring their talent towards their community and utilize there. In my vision this is the only source to rise up our community in every field of life. We can only defeat the forthcoming challenges through the quality of education, and the youth should be focus over their studies.        
Complete Story: Mashriq News, Page no. 03                           


PAK-TURK School and Colleges promoted to our country education

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman sainet Sabir Ali Baloch admiring the work of pak-turk school and colleges, said to the reporter. He said the Turkish Education in Pakistan is valuable and a fruitful result for the student of our country. All the Educational activities of Turkish institutes are being watches respectfully in our country. Mr. Baloch said Turkey invests here through a grand project of education in the result she promoted the education of our country on the other hand it is the perfect investment for Pakistan. It will boost up the literacy rate of Pakistan and improve the quality of Education.                          
Complete Story: Mashriq News, Page no. 08                        


Society can never get progress except education

QUETTA: In annual result commencement the provincial president of All Baluchistan progressive Private Schools Association Hanif Khondai address to the students that we can never ever get progress towards success without educates our community. Education promotion is the sole remedy for the excellence of society, and we wants to provide a quality of education to our community, then; on the other hand the backwardness will be eliminate respectively, for this kind of act every individual should play a constructive role in the society through education.      

 Complete Story: Intekhab News, Page no. 06                        


Miss behavior can never tolerated in educational institutes 

SIBI: A Watan Students Federation member Jamil baloch, Saddiq raisani, Waqar Mari and Amjed pandrani gives a statement to the press reporter. We cannot bear miss behavior with students in the institute. Principal of Government Degree College Kharan mess with the students of same college personally and gives a sought of threat to the students. The watan Students federation representatives said in report our members did not belongs like a disowner organization. For this miss behavior we will take a strictly action against him.

Complete Story: Intekhab News, Page no. 06                                   


Without education a travel towards destiny is impossible, Nida Muhammad

QUETTA: Secretary General of Afghan Qaumi Movement Nida Muhammad Afghan address to the students and other participant. Now it’s time to move on towards our mission and remind what have done our prestigious leaders in the past century, if we want to fish out from this hurdles then we will must follow our graceful leaders such as Mirvice Khan Neka, Ahmed Shah baba (Abdali), Ghazi Abdullah Khan Neka   We Pashtuns are so far away from our mission, through education we can achieve what we have missed in the past. Pashtun community passing with a very cruel time, if we are committed and sincere with education then; we can defeat and the whole world. Our motto should be “everyone should be educated”.

Complete Story:  Daily Express, Page no. 02                                      




Allama Iqbal Open University announced result of CT and TTC

AIOU Islamabad announced results of CT and TTC for the session 2014. Further Deputy Regional Director Rahim Yar Khan shared that admission of Metric to PMD for the session 2015 will start almost from end of this month, he further requested to all the teachers of AIOU to participate actively for the Campaign of new admissions.

Complete Story:  http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-01-08/page-2


Without ensuring proper security arrangements educational institutions will not be permitted to reopen

As per the Govt. action plan all the private and Govt. schools have to ensure the proper security arrangements. Educational institutions without ensuring the proper security arrangements will not be allowed to reopen. District management will be responsible to ensure the arrangements while educational institutions have to install walk through gates as well as they have to display emergency gate.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-01-08/page-8


Due to lack of security arrangements second time Zikaria University postponed the examinations

Zikaria University has postponed examination of BSc Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Computer Engineering, LLB, B.Com etc till 21st January 2015 due to security concerns in the country after the incident of Peshawar.


At any cost schools should be reopened on 12 January-Private School’s Association

During the meeting of the heads of the Private Schools, it has been discussed that student’s educational year is at risk, so at any cost schools should be reopened on 12thJanuary 2015. They further shared that Govt. should facilitate them in purchasing of security instruments as their costs has been raised more than the purchasing price and these are also selling in black.


Progress of Islamia University Bahawalpur satisfactory

Institutional Performance Evaluation Panel of Higher Education Commission shared a satisfactory report regarding the performance of the Islamia University Bahawalpur after monitoring visit conducted in November 2014.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-01-08/page-8




More than 700 Schools in Punjab are at high risk

Most of the private, Missionary and Non-Pakistani institutions are at risk, so without ensuring the proper security arrangement institutions are not allowed to reopen. Final decision will be taken after the intelligence report. Those institutions who received perilous telephonic calls should increase the security with increasing the number of policemen as shared by the Interior Minister.


276 Vacant posts of Physical Education Teachers should be filled

Political and social personalities of Tehsil Khanpur District Rahim Yar Khan shared that 276 vacant posts of Physical education should be filled as in 2013 EDO Education announced these posts but due to fail in NTS only 11 teachers has been appointed. While during job announcement in 2014 the balance posts were not considered. They have requested to Chief Minister Punjab to pay special attention to this issue for completing the appointments on these posts.

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain Edition Multan, Page no. 03

Daily Khabrain Edition Multan, Page no. 03


For proper security arrangement list based on 26 points issued to educational Institutions

During the meeting with the EDO Education, EDO Colleges, Principals and Headmasters of Educational Institutions, DPO-Rahim Yar Kahn shared that all the institutions should ensure the security arrangement as per guidelines of 26 points otherwise legal action will be taken against the institutions who will not follow these.

Complete Story: Daily Express Edition Rahim Yar Khan, Page no. o9

Daily Ausaf Edition  Multan, Page no. 12

Daily Naya Daur Edition Multan, Page no. 06


More than 8000 Schools in Dera Ghazi Khan Division are at high risk

Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Division shared that 8798 Schools are at high risk so it has been decided that we should have proper security arrangements before reopening of the schools. Further he also shared that they have decided to train the students to cope with any dangerous situation, hang emergency call numbers in the class as well as they are going to have decided to create quick response force.

Complete Story: Daily Ausaf Edition Multan, Page no. 02

Daily Sang-e-Meel Edition Multan, Page no. 08


Police is trying his best to have proper security arrangements in Dera Ghazi Khan

Training of security guards of Educational Institutions has been completed in the police line. During the training ASP/SDPO shared that police is trying his best to have proper security arrangements in the district after the incident of the Peshawar.

Complete Story: Daily Sang-e-Meel Edition Multan, Page no. 02


Punjab government allows conditional opening of educational institutions

Punjab Govt has given conditional opening of educational institution on 12th January 2015. Security clearance will be given in three phases. Those Educational institutions not having up to the mark security arrangements will be closed down. Soon the meeting of the EDO of Punjab will be conducted in which EDO will brief about the security arrangements of their district on the bases of these CM Shehbaz Sharif will be given briefing on security arrangements afterwards final decision will be made about the opening of the schools.

Complete Story: Daily Naya Daur Edition Multan, Page no. 01




Girls School Building construction work left incomplete

District Qamber Shahdadkot:  The villagers have alleged that construction work of Girls High School Qubo Saeed Khan is left incomplete by the contractor. The work was started five years ago and since then it is incomplete; girls are worried about their future and Education. They have demanded for timely construction that their children may not face any difficulty.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130226545&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150108



Committee formed to take initiatives for opening of closed Schools

District Dadu: A committee consisting of 12 members is formed to take better steps for opening of Ghost Schools in the area. The committee is formed with the help of Sindh Education Sector Plan and different other social and civil society members. The committee will focus on the schools of Taluka Mehar and its adjacent areas and will stand apparent to take any responsibility regarding Education to save Education of Children.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130226371&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150108


Girls Primary School closed by a local influential

Quami Awami Tahreek stood against inhuman act of local landlord of village Faridabad District Larkana on his act of closing village girls’ school and keeping girls aloof of getting Primary Education. It is reported that school peon is involved in closing of school building on the support of local influential.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130226508&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150108



Deputy Commissioner directs to install security cameras and depot Guards in the Schools

Sukkur: Deputy Commissioner has issued orders to the Education Officers to ensure installation of security cameras and depot Security Guards in the schools for their safety.

Complete Story: http://www.thekawish.com/beta/epaper-details.php?details=2015/Jan/8-1-2015/Page2/P2-23.jpg