JULY 18 2014

Mushroom growth of private schools damaging education

These days, all educational institutions, whether big, small or medium sized, are advertising the results of the various examinations that were held before summer vacations. They are splashed in the print media; announced on the electronic media, while leaflets are dropped into houses or are to be found in the folds of the morning newspapers. Some results are very impressive, some not but apart from the fact that these institutions are advertising to promote their business, it’s good that children who do well are recognised for their effort. Everyone whether young or young at heart likes to be appreciated!

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-262415-Mushroom-growth-of-private-schools-damaging-education


CM wants 5,000 schoolteachers trained before end of 2014-15

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has welcomed the completion of capacity-building training course by more than 2,900 schoolteachers, faculty members and education managers held under the Canadian International Development Agency-funded project. He directed the authority concerned to expedite their effort and ensure training to more than 5,000 schoolteachers before the end of financial year. The chief minister was presiding over the meeting to review the progress on the CIDA-funded teachers training programme, being run by Sindh Education Department, held here on Thursday. Shah said the Sindh government believed that education was the initial step towards progress and prosperity and was planning more teachers’ training programmes and infrastructure development in education sector.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-262347-CM-wants-5000-schoolteachers-trained-before-end-of-2014-15





Uniform education system in KP

Govt of KP is very keen to go ahead towards uniform system of education. In this connection, a consultative workshop was arranged in PC Peshawar. Representation of private and public sector was very much encouraging. During this workshop, Minister Education explained participants regarding the importance of the subject.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=247395


NAB levels corruption charges against TPP directors

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference against ten officials of the Tawana Pakistan Project (TPP). Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education (MOSW&SE) ex-secretary Naeem Khan, ex-joint secretary Shafiqueuz Zaman, MOSW&SE Chief Nutrition Planning Commission (rtd) Muhammad Ayub, Ex DG (SD) (TPP) presently OSD government of Balochistan Irfanullah Khan and Director (Coordination) TPP Ashique Hussain Sangi were found involved in the offence of corruption among the list of accused.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/18-Jul-2014/nab-levels-corruption-charges-against-tpp-directors


Govt to give top priority to higher education: president

President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday reaffirmed commitment of the government to accord top priority to the promotion of higher education in all disciplines including medical sciences. The president said this while chairing a meeting, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The president called upon the universities to focus on bringing out the latest and quality research in the field of medical and allied health sciences so as to cope with growing challenges in health and medicine sectors. He urged the university’s management to particularly focus on the evaluation of the performance of various departments as per international standards. The president also emphasised the need for developing and strengthening the linkages of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZAMBU) with the reputed international universities and health institutes to benefit from the global expertise in medical sciences

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/18-Jul-2014/govt-to-give-top-priority-to-higher-education-president





Government schools will undergo internal audit after 3 years

Education Department Gujrawnwala has decided to conduct internal audit of government schools of the district. Education department has taken this step after rumors of corruption and embezzlement in different projects besides misuse of funds by the teachers.    

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-07-18&edition=GUJ&id=1181325_57371012


A good education system polishes children to shine: Commissioner Karachi

Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Saddiqi, said that a good education system actually helps students to polish their skill and intelligence. A notice has been issued to merge 17 schools of Lyari into one, he added while addressing a quarterly meeting of Sindh Education Reforms Programme.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-07-18&edition=KCH&id=1180473_19173536


Literacy department, Women Development Department and PPAF have joined hand for literacy

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund have joined hands with Punjab Development Fund and  Punjab Literacy Department to empower women through education in the province. An official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed among these three departments to develop skills in women of the province besides providing education.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-07-18&edition=LHR&id=1180128_17686506


Authorities Order Inquiry Against Schools In Daultana

EDO Education Daultana has ordered an inquiry against a number of schools within Daultana, on complaints that they were charging exorbitant fee from the students.

Complete Story:http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102325117&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140718


No salaries for 1833 teachers since April

1833 teachers have not yet been paid their salaries since their appointments (18 April, 2014) as educators in education department, district Rawalpindi. Educators Association demanded that this issue should be resolved before the Eid vacations.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-07-18&edition=ISL&id=1179605_67590635


Education officials arrested over alleged corruption

Accused of embezzling millions of rupees allocated for vocational and technical training. Five education department officials, including a director, have arrested on charges of embezzling millions of rupees allocated for a project of vocational and technical training.

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Girls Elementary School waiting for a savior from 25 years

Students and teachers forced to sit without the boundary wall. Education department pays no heed to this issue which was raised several times by the community people.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-07-18/page-4


11 thousand schools closed in Sindh, more than half of them have out of order buildings

The number of closed schools in SIndh is 11 thousand and approximately 4500 have out of order buildings. These numbers are mentioned by Taj Haider, coordinator of Sindh Chief Minister, in his letter to Minister for Education, Nisar Khuhro.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2014-07-18/page-11


Mobile units delivering lectures in school on Two Nation Theory

Safa Islamic Model School Singhpura’s students and teachers participated in an event where they visited a gallery to see pictures from Pakistan moment and listen to lectures on Two Nation Theory.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-07-18/page-2/detail-9


Shahbaz Shareef should fulfill the promises made to teachers

Zulfiqar Ali Nadeem, additional press sectary of Punjab teachers union, while talking to Nawa-i-waqt said that in future it is important to end adhoc relief.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2014-07-18/page-8


Principal of a private school demanded thousand rupees in exchange for a certificate

Principal of a private has demanded Rs. 1,000 to issue certificate to a female student. The father of the student reported this event to EDO Vihari. Investigation has been launched.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2014-07-18/page-8


Education makes us humans, Zahoor ul Haq Rana

By giving special attention to education we can help our nation prosper. It the education that tells about humanity and makes us good human beings.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2014-07-18/page-10


Fund-raising match: Schools ‘asked’ to purchase tickets

Administration has asked the government as well as the private schools in Rawalpindi division to buy tickets for a cricket match to raise funds for the internally displaced persons (IDP). The fundraiser is scheduled between Shahid Afridi-XI and Hamza Shahbaz-XI at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/737185/fund-raising-match-schools-asked-to-purchase-tickets/


Education Watch: Pakistani students to compete in RoboCup

After successfully holding the FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil is now all set to conduct another international football championship; this time for robots.A team of seven Pakistani students from Centre of Advanced Studies in Engineering (Case) Islamabad will leave for Brazil on Friday, to participate in the international robotics competitions, also known as RoboCup.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1119978/education-watch-pakistani-students-to-compete-in-robocup




World’s largest e-learning lab by Zia Imran

Pakistan has over 25 million out of school children. The ones attending public and most private schools get an education devoid of developing critical thinking skills. Perhaps the time has now come to make Pakistan one of the largest experiments in e/m-learning in the world. There are three reasons why we should be worried about the state of public education in the country. The sheer number of out of school children is staggering. The children who do go to public schools find untrained teachers or no teachers at all and a pedagogy that emphasizes rote learning instead of critical thinking. According to a recent World Bank report on learning in South Asia, many South Asian teachers perform poorly in math and language tests based on the primary curriculum they are supposed to teach.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/columns/18-Jul-2014/world-s-largest-e-learning-lab


 Are Entry Tests An Additional Burden  by Yousaf Abbasi

Certain vested interests which include so called educationalists and government personnel, have always tried to cash in on the need of the masses to provide their children with a professional education. This is especially true for the field of professional medical education, in view of the decade old trend of entry tests that have been conducted for  medical universities throughout the country.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102324462&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140718