Salaries to take up lion’s share of education budget, again
The education department’s budget estimates for the fiscal year, 2014-15 reveal that the provincial government, with another 10% increase in salaries across the board, will spend a massive 75% of its 134.3 billion education budget on salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff. Meanwhile, the development budget in the fiscal year, 2014-15, has been reduced to around Rs10.7 billion – a decrease of around 21% from last year’s annual development plan of Rs13.4 billion. “Increasing the salaries of teachers, who are already relatively well-compensated, while cutting money for development projects makes sense only in an absurd context,” said Mosharraf Zaidi, the campaign director of Alif Ailaan – a Pakistani alliance for education reform.
FATA Education Department Plans To Facilitate North Waziristan Students
The directorate of education FATA has embarked upon a comprehensive plan to facilitate the displaced students of North Waziristan to continue with their studies during the period of their displacement .A meeting held in this regard in the DEO office Bannu with director education FATA Roz Wali Khan in the chair decided to utilize all available channels to accommodate the displaced students in various educational institutions enabling them to continue their studies in schools and colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general and District Bannu and Lakki Marwat in particular.
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Four officials of BISE Peshawar suspended
The Elementary and Secondary Education Department on Wednesday suspended four officers of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), including controller of examinations, for leaking secrecy. Some award lists having marks obtained by students in some subjects were leaked prior to the result declaration of FA/FSc. The suspended officers of the board are controller examination Musawar Jan, secrecy officer Mohammad Shafiq, coordinator board Irfan Khan and Superintendent Mukhtiar Ahmed. Speaking at the function of result announcement of FA/FSc, additional secretary education Qaiser Alam said an inquiry committee had been formed to probe the matter.
The single-engine plane of 17-year-old American-Pakistani pilot Haris Suleman, who was attempting a world record of travelling around the world in 30 days to raise money for the education of underprivileged children in Pakistan, crashed in the sea on his way from Hawaii to California on Wednesday. Haris, who had only recently got his private pilot’s licence, was flying with experienced private pilot Babar Suleman with whom he had been flying since he was a little boy.
Though matters at the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training are being run on an ad-hoc basis, with several officers holding dual or more positions, it is still reluctant to make appointments against several vacant posts. Since the devolution of the Education Ministry in 2010 under the 18th Amendment, the ministry has been renamed four times, while struggling to find its place at the federal level.
Secretary Education Punjab (schools) has decided to give hearing to the schoolteachers’ opposing the relocation policy. Through a letter on Wednesday, Secretary, Education, Jabbar Shaheen directed the executive district officer (Education), Qazi Zahoor-ul-Haq to arrange his meeting with the representatives of the schoolteachers on August 11.
Teachers seek payment of dues for exam duty
Teachers of govt schools have expressed concern over delay in release of their dues for performing duty a few months ago in Secondary School Certificate examinations held by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary, Kohat.
Bahria University educating street children
The Bahria University has come forward to educate children living in the streets. The university was optimally utilising its computer labs to educate 40 underprivileged children to help them know about basic technologies that were common in society but they had yet not learned about them. Mahwish Kamran said Lettuce Bee Kids run by Sarah Adeel was working to reintegrate street children into the society through literacy and grooming programmes.
Pakistani students make history at Beijing Summer Camp
A ceremony was held at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad Tuesday to honour middle school students and teachers who attended Beijing International Summer Camp in China. The ceremony was hosted by Madam Bao Jiqing, wife of Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, and was attended by students and teachers who participated in the summer camp. As many as 18 students from different schools of Islamabad attended the camp in China where 600 students from all over the world also participated in the event.
Facebook banned at Pindi’s Arid University
Use of social media website Facebook has been banned in Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid University Rawalpindi campus on the complaints of woman students.The students were allowed to use Facebook through university internet connection. However, this facility was shut down in the face of girls complaining that their personal pictures were being misused.Varsity’s Computer Network Additional Director Nadim Malik said that the vice chancellor of the university has spent Rs 10 million on the internet facility for research oriented activities rather than wasting time on social media.
LHC reinstates sacked Aitchison College teachers
Lahore High Court (LHC) Tuesday suspended the termination of 19 teachers of Aitchison College and sought a reply from the college’s principal in this regard. Teachers, including Adeel Akhtar and others, challenged their termination submitting that the principal had no authority to terminate them. The petitioners argued that the Aitchison College Board of Governors had the authority to issue such orders but they were removed directly by the principal without being provided any opportunity of defence. They asked the court to quash their termination for being unlawful.
Five officials sent packing over FUUAST money scam
Five government servants, involved in monetary embezzlement at Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Islamabad campus were dislodged from their services on the basis of an inquiry report.These servants included Asim Bukhari, Hammad Kayani, Asif Rana, Rasheed Bangash and Shah Jee Muahammed, says a FUUAST release. They had transferred Rs 150 million into an illegal bank account that was opened in the name of the university in a private bank without informing the relevant authorities.
AIOU told to set up campuses in all districts
Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman on Wednesday ordered the early establishment of the Allama Iqbal Open University’s regional campuses or study centres at all district headquarters in the country. The AIOU vice chancellor briefed participants about the working of the university with particular reference to its activities in Bahawalpur district.He said the new AIOU regional campus in Bahawalpur was ready for inauguration. He said there was proposal to establish a renewable energy institute and hostels for students, especially girls, on the premises of the Bahawalpur regional centre.
NUML academician wins pride for Pakistan from overseas
An academician from the Department of Education of National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, has been conferred upon the coveted "Best Thesis Award" in her International Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (IM.Ed-ELP) Program by the International Teacher Education Department, East China Normal University (ECNU). Dr. Khushbakht Hina, Assistant Professor in Department Of Education, was awarded merit scholarship by ECNU through Ministry of Education Pakistan and Ministry of Commerce China. A total of two Pakistani candidates were selected from federal government and Punjab government institutes for this program among other 31 students from 15 nationalities.
Emancipation via cell phone Syed Moazzam Hai
Some mobile phone packages are too good to be true. On the pattern of such packages we could bring education to the fingertips of millions of people, especially girls and women in our country – which is ranked 129th among 135 countries on the Gender Gap Index 2012 according to the Global Gender Gap Report. The country is also ranked second with the most out-of-school children in the world according to the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child’s (Sparc) annual report launched in June 2013. Pakistan’s spending on education suffered a decline from 2.6 to 2.3 percent over the decade. Illiteracy, semi-literacy and incomplete education hamper the socio-economic progress of a population 40 percent of which is afflicted with severe poverty; 77 million people are food insecure.
Girls need fair treatment too! Ishrat Hyatt
Of the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), more than 70 per cent — a rough guess — must be children, judging by what is seen on television screens and photographs appearing in the newspapers. It proves one thing — that the people living in those areas do not believe in family planning, especially when you read stories of one man having more than thirty six children and bemoaning the fact that the operation has put spokes in his plan of entering into a fourth marriage! Apart from the IDPs, there are many families from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other regions living in and round Rawalpindi who have many children, most of whom do not go to school — at least 90 per cent I’m sure — and of these, the boys either help their father in his ‘business,’ whatever it may be from selling fruit and vegetables; polishing and mending shoes; waste collecting and recycling and trucking whole the girls act as ‘mothers little helpers’ around the house