Adopt-a-school policy fails to have far-reaching impacts
Mosharraf Zaidi, director of education advocacy programme Alif Ailaan, criticised public-private partnership in education. “It is complete abdication of responsibility by the state. You cannot expect the private sector, whose main aim is to earn profit, to work for the welfare of the people.” He has a point. No matter how hard the private sector tries to provide education to children who cannot afford to pay for it, its efforts will always be a drop in the ocean. Take for example The Citizens Foundation (TCF), undoubtedly the best model Pakistan has had in the not-for-profit sector. It took them 18 years to establish 1,000 schools all over the country. “But no matter how hard we try, we cannot replace the government. We don’t have the kind of resources the government has. At best we can provide the government with a successful model it can follow,” Ahsan Saleem, one of the TCF founders, had said at an education conference held in Islamabad.
Govt promoting education: minister
PUNJAB Minister for Excise and Taxation Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said the fashion and design, paintings and fine arts competitions help polish the talent of youth. He said the Punjab government was utilising all-out resources for the promotion of education especially in the field of technical education for which an amount of Rs.244 billion was being utilised for the promotion of education sector which was 26% of the budget. He expressed these views at the closing ceremony of Thesis Display 2014 at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD). The minister accompanied by the Acting Vice Chancellor PIFD Prof. Hina Tayyeba visited the exhibition area and appreciated students’ thesis/collection. The PIFD is a premier institute in Pakistan, imparting design education in a large variety of areas including textile design, fashion design, fashion marketing and merchandising, jewellery design and gemological sciences, furniture design and manufacture and leather accessories and footwear.
School running without teacher for two years
There is no school teacher in GGPS Rech Valley Chitral for last two years and watchman call rolls of the students. GGPS Shahgram boundary wall was collapsed two years back and it is still the same and the department has turned away their eyes from. It was repeatedly demanded of the government but non-have listened us; ex-nazom Saif Ullah said. It was observed that only one teacher in GPS Zang Lasht while rest of the two teachers is absent from long time. Only two rooms in new building of the school while bathroom construction work is not yet completed even four years have been passed and none of the department officer asked the C & W department for the non-completion of the work. Old building of the school is very damaged but students are compelled to set in that due to lack of room in schools.
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Provision Of Education Top Priority Of PTI: Meher Taj
Special Assistant to KP Chief Minister Professor Dr Mehr Taj Roghani Tuesday said that the PTI government is following its manifesto and mission of “Education for All”. Addressing an impressive ceremony here in Convent High School Peshawar Cantonment, she said that during last one year the government has made record legislation and for the future of coming generations it is fully concentrating the provision of education and providing maximum opportunities to youth. The special assistant said that the PTI led coalition government had under its manifesto established a uniformed education system. She said in upcoming budget access to education will be included in the top priorities of the provincial government. Professor Mehr Taj Roghani said that our youth are not lacking talent, however, there is a need for the highlighting of their capabilities.
Students in eight colleges forced to drink ‘sewer water’
College students in the garrison city are being forced to drink water tainted with sewage, contaminated due to a faulty sewerage system which has been mixing effluent with the water supply lines in at least eight colleges of Rawalpindi. A letter available with Dawn reveals that the education department has asked the provincial building department to look into the matter. Meanwhile, an official of the education department said that the principals of the colleges in question had been complaining about the faults in the sewerage system. The official added that an inspection team from the National Institute of Health (NIH) found the presence of bacteria in a tubewell installed at Vaqarun Nisa College. On the directions of the provincial education department, the principal decided to close the well last month.
Hiccups In Higher Education
The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (Fapuasa) has called a strike to protest against the actions of the government that usurp the autonomy of the universities to appoint their own staff. The Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Bill gives full authority to the chief minister to appoint vice-chancellors, registrars, examination controllers and other administrative staff. It also empowers the provincial government to determine and shape admission policy. Except for the appointment of vice-chancellor, all these powers were previously held by the universities. The strike effectively closes down all public sector universities in Sindh, postponing exams and disrupting annual schedules for students.
All public universities across Sindh remained closed on the second consecutive day on Tuesday as teachers boycotted academic activities to protest the Sindh Universities Law 2013. The protests erupted in the wake of an advertisement posted by the Sindh government for the appointment of a registrar, an examinations controller and a finance director for 20 different universities. Students ultimately faced the brunt of the protest as exams scheduled for the day were postponed and there were no classes held at any of the universities. The executive council of the Karachi University Teachers’ Society met on Monday to discuss the implementation of the boycott in universities across the province.