No roof on my head: School in CM’s constituency sans bare essentials
The much-hyped education emergency and enrolment drive by the K-P government has brought about little change as children in Chief Minister Pervez Khattak’s very own constituency are compelled to attend school under the open sky. A government primary school in Tangi Khattak, located three kilometres away from Manki Sharif, Nowshera, paints a dismal picture of the country’s future. Established in 1983, it still lacks essential facilities like furniture, sanitation, electricity and toilets. It has all of two rooms which accommodate around 200 students. This leaves teachers with no other option but to conduct classes on a nearby hilltop.
Displaced youth eager to continue education
The young men from Khyber, Mohmand and Bajaur agencies living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Jalozai Camp in Nowshera said they would rejoin their schools once their areas were cleared. Zahid Khan, 18, was one among the youth, who come to Peshawar to participate in the protest camp established by Tehreek-e-Mutasireen Bara, Khyber Agency. He returns home after listening to the speeches of the elders of the IDPs and assurances given by government officials or others dignitaries visiting them.
School targeted by militants not rebuilt after two years
About 300 students in Islamabad area are forced to attend classes in a tent as their school has not been rebuilt even after lapse of two years, according to teachers of the school. They said that government primary school in Aslamabad was blown up by militants two years ago. Since then the students had been attending classes in a tent, they added. The teachers said that the tent couldn’t accommodate all 285 children. The students soaked when it rained, they added.
Teachers reject transfers under rationalisation policy
Rejecting the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government's rationalisation policy for teachers’ transfers and adjustment in government high and higher secondary schools, the teachers’ community on Wednesday demanded of the higher authorities to abandon the policy in the best interest of students. A meeting of certified teachers (CTs) from the district was held at Chakdara with Syedul Ibrar in the chair. The participants said that the present policy of the government was based on ad-hocism, as it wanted to run schools with the existing staff instead of recruiting new teachers. Under the policy, the government wanted to ensure that there should be one CT teacher for 60 students in class 6th, 7th and 8th. Teachers of schools having less enrolment would be adjusted in schools having high number of students.
Govt urged to enact laws on education
Participants of a seminar have urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to ensure early approval of the pending education-related bills by the provincial assembly for giving all citizens the right to education.
The seminar was organised by the Working Group for Girls Education Initiatives in collaboration with Sparc and ActionAid Pakistan here the other day. Participants, including civil society members, media persons, parliamentarians and representatives of government departments and NGOs, reviewed the provincial government’s priorities and initiatives for the children’s right to education in accordance with the national and international commitments.
Staff, facilities demanded for FR Lakki schools, hospitals
Bettani tribesmen of Frontier Region, Lakki Marwat, on Wednesday held a demonstration outside the district headquarters complex, Tajazai, demanding staff and facilities at schools and hospitals in the region. The tribal people gathered in the open ground in front of Tajazai complex and also set up a protest camp there. They used drum beaters to get the attention of people and government officials coming to the DHQ complex. On this occasion, the tribal elders said that some of the schools and hospitals in FR Lakki were closed since long as teachers, doctors and paramedics did not perform duty. They said that the road infrastructure was in poor condition while several tribal localities lacked electricity.
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Bleak picture of Girls high School
Girls High School in Sorab has been destroyed. Broken doors, windows and ruins of building present a horrific picture of a school.
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Education reshuffle: Private schools’ presence on BISE boards on the cards
Minister for Education Rana Mashood has formed a committee to decide how representatives of private educational institutions could sit on the board of governors of Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education in the province, The Express Tribune has learnt. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Mashhood on Wednesday. Vice Chancellors of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, University of Health Sciences, and representatives of the Higher Education Department, the School Education Department, the Punjab Text Book Board and the Punjab Information Technology attended the meeting. The Lahore BISE chairman, representatives of a private education group and some education experts were also present. The minister appointed Lahore BISE Nasrullah Virk as chairman of the committee and asked him to submit his recommendations in two days.
Over 2,000 schools swept away in floods
More than 2,000 school buildings across the province have been damaged in recent floods, according to School Education Department (SED) officials. They said the school buildings had been affected by floods in nine districts. These are Jhang, Jhelum, Chiniot, Sialkot, Hafizabad, Muzaffargarh, Narowal, Sheikhupura and Sargodha. “The repair work has been started at some of the damaged school buildings,” SED Additional Secretary (general) Hassan Akhtar said. “Safety comes first. We are ensuring that children do not go to the schools damaged by the floods,” Akhtar told The Express Tribune. The SED issued a report on September 12 saying that 1,941 school buildings, including 1,700 primary schools, had been affected by floodwater. “The figure has swelled as the floods are not over yet,” said Akhtar who is supervising the repair and renovation of the damaged school buildings.
PEF plans to protect students from dengue
PUNJAB Education Foundation (PEF) has made elaborate arrangements to secure its students from the dengue disease. In this regard, the instructions of Punjab government are being fully implemented so that partner school students can enjoy neat, clean and healthy atmosphere. Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation Dr. Aneela Salman stated this while presiding over a departmental meeting at her office on Wednesday, according to a handout. Deputy MDs, Directors and Programme Heads attended the meeting.
Public education: ‘School councils need to be made more effective’
“The role of existing councils at all the 53,000 schools across the Punjab needs to be more effective,” said Elementary Education Public Instructions Director Islam Siddique during a policy dialogue on Wednesday. The dialogue was organised by the Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan and Ilm Ideas on role of district and tehsil school councils. The dialogue focused on sharing findings of a project aimed at establishing school councils at tehsil and district level to empower parents and local communities as consumers of education. “In the rest of the world, primary and elementary education is supported by communities, in terms of guidance, control and accountability and not just the government,” he said. Siddique said that the department had earlier launched a project to provide missing facilities at government schools including toilets, electricity, boundary walls and drinking water.
No more Punjab’s Centralized System of Education
Board Examinations for Grade 5th and 8th will be held and Checked under the Supervision of Education District Officer as Punjab’s Centralized System of Education will not be applicable from February 2015.
Poor Result in Matriculation Examination
Principles of different schools have been seen in Jhelum due to poor result of Matriculation examination.
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Ministry panel discusses quality of education
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training on Wednesday convened the third meeting of its advisory committee to oversee the overall quality of education and its standards for improved learning outcomes and school effectiveness, checking examinations and assessment systems’ efficiency and bottlenecks and to take a glimpse on research and development and innovation in the field of education in the country. The meeting was chaired by Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rahman, minister of state for federal education and professional training, and Chaudhry Munir Ahmed, convener of the Advisory Committee.
Assessing needs: Advisory body discusses education overhaul
The federal education ministry held its “advisory committee” meeting on Wednesday to discuss a document, which has been prepared with the output of all stakeholders, envisioning overhauling the current education system in the country. The document, titled “overall education standard for improved learning outcomes and school effectiveness—assessment of examination and assessment systems in Pakistan” was discussed in threadbare under the chair of Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rehman and Advisory Committee Convener Chaudhry Munir Ahmed. Advisory body members, eminent educationists, representatives of the GIZ and senior officers of the education ministry were also present.
Creative productivity: Cambodia, Pakistan rank lowest
The Asian Development Creative Productivity Index (CPI) has ranked Pakistan at 23 out of a total of 24 countries in terms of creative productivity, with a low level of human capital as well as inadequate electricity and infrastructure. The report compiled by intelligence unit of ADB has ranked Pakistan only above Cambodia with inputs lagging behind in the knowledge-skill base. Japan and South Korea occupy the top two positions overall in Asia, implying they are the most efficient of all the economies at turning creative inputs into outputs while in contrast, Pakistan and Cambodia are ranked the lowest in the sample. Additionally, a lack of competition, particularly from abroad provides little incentive for domestic firms to innovate. The low scores on outputs, particularly with respect to scientific outputs and creative-industry goods, are accordingly low. Although, the country scores better for the strength of university-industry collaboration and the enrolment ratio of tertiary students in science, it has no universities in the worlds' top 500 and ranks poorly for the average years of education, as well as on indicators of secondary schooling.
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US launches second phase of its higher education scholarship program
The United States government launched the second phase of its Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) which would benefit 3,000 talented students who were in need of financial assistance to pursue higher education in a ceremony held on Wednesday at the Higher Education Commission. The new phase of this US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded scholarship program was announced by USAID Mission Director Gregory Gottlieb Pakistan at an event also attended by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal. Higher Education Commission Professor Mukhtar Ahmad, the executive director, and Vice Chancellors of USAID’s partner universities were also present.
HEC, UNDP offer 12 indigenous scholarships
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched 12 indigenous scholarships for students pursuing MPhil in local universities and degree-awarding institutes. A ceremony for the recipients of the “HEC-UNDP Fellowship on Federalism” was held at the HEC headquarters on Tuesday. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed was the chief guest while UNDP Country-Director Marc-André Franche was the guest of honour. The selected scholars, who have already been enrolled in different universities for MPhil programmes, were undertaking research on subjects including the federation after the 18th Amendment, political economy of decentralisation in southern Punjab, fiscal federalism in Pakistan, the 18th Amendment and development outcomes through LG systems with a case study of decentralisation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, analysis of the 7th NFC with reference to Balochistan, devolution plan of 2001 and its implications on district bureaucracy, politics of provincial autonomy and community mobilisation.
Significance of technical education for country’s progress highlighted
The Sindh government has established the infrastructure of training programmes to enhance the capacity and skills of technical institutions to meet the global standards. Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) Vice-Chairman Shahid Abdul Salam Thaheem said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a three-day STEVTA workshop at a hotel on Wednesday.
Education dept has become an employment change
This convention is violating the law about right to education drawn in 2013 where by education must be provided to children between the ages of 5 and 16.
Press club Karachi seemed battle ground between the Teachers and Policemen
Teachers are battling for their salaries before press club since last week. They had placards and posters in their hands demanding for their confirmation orders and remaining salaries. Police tortured at the protestors and did not allow them to protest in front of the press club Karachi. During protest, 4 teachers were arrested. According to the reports, teachers who were appointed by the previous Education Minister Per Mazahar ul Haq were peacefully protesting for their salaries at Boot Basin Chorangi, Karachi, when police started torturing and beating the protestors. Mr Muhammad Ameen and Mr Mujeeb were among the teachers who were arrested. Representative of the Action Committee Mr Muhammad Khan Malik and others while talking to media said that their appointments are on legal basis, however; soon after the joining they have been regularly doing their jobs in the schools. They bewailed on the behaviors of the Sindh education department on the delaying of their salaries for last 26 months, since their appointments, however; government is unresponsive yet. They alleged the Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahmed Khuhuro about all injustice and torture happening with them. Representatives of the Action Committee said their protest would be continued until or unless their demands are accepted.
Teacher tortured the girl student
A female teacher Me Yasmeen in private school of Moro city tortured a girl child on account of her maintaining homework untimely. Little girl Batool, daughter of Mr Abdul Qadir Abassi faced angry female with corporal tortured to her. On the other side, principal of the school fell into deaf ear on the complaint of her father. Parents of the little Batool protested in front of the press club Moro and demanded the action to be taken against the female teacher.
Dispute resolved between teachers and students of government High School Bandhi
Two students’ Mr Waseem Gori and Mr Saqib Gori had misbehaved with teacher Mr Murad Ali Rind vouple of day ago, in government high school Badhi, taluka Daur, district Shaheed Benazirabad. The dispute was resolved by the School Management Committee chairman Mr Qurban Ali Jamali. First of all, students apologized for their treatment with teacher and were agreed to pay fine to teacher Mr Murad Ali Rind. Mr Qurban Ali Jamali, chairman, School Management Committee resolved the dispute one the following conditions that per student would be charged fine Rs: 20000 to be paid to teacher Mr Murad Ali Rind, however; amount of 5000 would be deducted.
Protest Conducted Against the District Education Officer
Primary Teachers Association protested against the District officer Matiari. They blamed and said that we are not heard and schools are being closed. Teachers said we have been continuously neglected by District Education Officer. On the occasion, provincial leader of Primary Teacher Association Mr Anwarudin Shah and other Mr Bashir Khatri, Mr Alahdino , Mr Abdullah, Mr Hafiz Imtiaz , Mr Sajan Jamali staged a sit-in in front of District Education Officer Matiari. They said the behavior of DEO is not good and he is continuously neglecting the rights of primary teachers. If the issues of primary teachers are resolved, they would launch movement against the DEO.
Future of hundreds of students is at the stake due to closure of 4 primary schools
600 hundreds students are deprived of their right to education due to closure of schools in villages Haji Bahawal Khan, Muhamamd Siddique, Pir bux Khaskheli and Faiza Muhammad Jokhio in union council Makli, district Thatta, since last many years. According to the report, 10 teachers are appointed, but, they never have visited the schools and drawing their salaries at homes. Education department has maintained the criminal silence over the issue.
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Many topics went missed in primary syllabus books of class three and four
It has been reported during the delivery of free books among the students, at Thari Meer Wah, district Khairpur Mirs, it was noted that many chapters are missing in the syllabus books of class three and four. Teachers face hindrances while teaching the children due to incomplete chapters in syllabus books. Due to publishing problems many major topics are missed in the books of primary syllabus. Teachers said that due to missing of major chapters, they feel difficulty to teach children. They said, this is clear negligence of the publishing institutions and responsible authorities. They demanded to take action against the publishers and all those who have demonstrated negligence during the publishing the syllabus book.
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Sit-in staged against the plot grabbing of School
The villagers staged sit-in against the local influential that have occupied the pilot of government high school campus Bahar larak in Pir Goth, district Khairpur Mirs. On the occasion, Mr Ghulam Shabir, Mr Piaro Khan, Mr Ramzan, Mr Waqar Larik , Mr Waseem and others told to media that the influential person have occupied the plot which has created unrest and hindrances in continuation of education of children. They urged from the Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take notice of it to vacate the school pilot. They also demanded action to be taken against that person.
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Education Stop for arranging marriage ceremony in the school building
Education was stopped and children were asked to go their homes for managing marriage ceremony in the main boys’ government school in village Bhanba Dera, Faredabad, district Dadu. Marriage ceremony was attended by SDEO Education Mr Mamtaz Ali Bat and many other teachers. The school furniture was carried outside the school building to make facilitated the guests coming to marriage ceremony. Villagers and many other criticized and termed it as shameful act by organizers and have appealed to higher authorities to take action all those who have remained involved in disturbing education of children.
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Power is the bone of contention between female teachers
A dispute is yet unresolved in government girls’ school Mithiani wherein DOE Naushero Feroz Mr Ghulam Rasool keerio issued the orders of head mistress for Ms Fozia Tagar, but, junior teacher Ms Bilqees Solangi refused give up the charge of head mistress. The matter is unresolved which has caused disturbances in education process. On the other side, taking the notice of the situation Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahmed Khuhuro has strictly ordered EDO to resolve the issue on immediate basis.
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Quality Education Should be Ensured in the Schools
SDOE Mr Muhamamd Ashraf Hingorjo addressing the meeting held in Hingorja main Boys’ Primary School, district Khairpur Mirs, he directed to teachers for quality education to be delivered to students for their better understanding and grooming. He further said that quality education must be ensured on the daily basis and Sindhi language should be promoted on high scale level.
School begs distributed by an Organization
424 schools beg were distributed among the students by the Zandgi Foundation in village Ghulam Aadir Arain. On the occasion provincial president Sindh of ZINDAGI FOUNDATION Mr. Suleman Sand and Admin Officer Mirza Salaman Beg participated the in the ceremony. Mr Abid Hussain Gaho while addressing ceremony claimed that ZINDAGI FOUNDATION is doing its best in the vicinity to support the poor students in order to facilitate them for better and free education.
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Schools Turned as Relief Camps
Sindh government has installed the relief camps in 2 schools of district Naushero Feroz which has left some 10,000 students in panic due to stoppage of their education process. According to the media, Deputy Commissioner Nushero Feroz have made around 200 hundreds of schools as relief camps for thee expected flood. On the other hand; taluka Kandiaro is facing flood threat, as the water in The Indus River is increases day by day and at the same time meteorology and irrigation department have indicated of flood. There is assumption that some 500 hundreds villages in Kacha, inside the Indus River will be undated. But monitoring the situation district administration is awakening to be a watchdog around the clock.
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Ex-Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq condemned the torture of police on teachers
In a news report, Ex-Minister for Education Mr. Pir Mazhar ul Haq has condemned the brutal action taken against the teachers protesting for their rights.
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Hunger Strike Conducted Making Schools as Relief Camps
Community Develop Foundation and Sindh Chandia Welfare Sindh (SACHWA) held hunger strike against the establishment of Relief Camps in to schools at Press club Sakrand. They said that the education of Sindh is deliberately destroyed. The Relief Camps should be settled at another place rather than in schools. The chairman of SACHWA Mr Safar Chandio, chairman of DFG Mr Abdul Hameed Arain and people from the different organizations and students participated in the Hunger strike.
Three MPA’s failed to provide Roof to Girls’ Primary School
Girls Students of Shahani Muhalla are being compelled to get education in the open sky in the city of ex-education minister of Sindh, Dadu. On the other side, local residents collected 48000/ as self-funds for repairing the school building, but it still insuffecient to for the school roof. Citizens of the Shahni Muhalla approached many times to different MPAs like Piry Mujeeb Shah, Ms Qalsoom Chandio and Mr Ghulam Shah for repairing the school building, but, they to get fruit. The head mistress said one and half year land grabber had occupied the school building and had destroyed it since then it is not repaired. Till now 190 children are getting education in the open sky. Even most of the MPAs of Dadu are living the same area but they could not have supported this school. Head mistress and parents appealed to higher authority to take notice of it and repairing this school building.
Teachers protested against the corrupt E.D.O at D.C officeKhairpur.
P T Alaf protested against the corrupt EDO Mr Liaquat Khaskheli in front of DC office Dadu. Protest was led by Mr Ghalib Shah Rashidi, Mr Asadullah Memon and others. They said that District Education officer has been appointed on political basis and has been doing corruption. They further said that he is not serious about the teacher’s matters and has insulted female teachers many times. They continued their protest for three hours after that then ODCO reached there to assure them for the resolution of their issues.
Elected representatives and civil bureaucrats are solely responsible for education of destruction
As seminar was organized by the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) and Alif-Ailan on the topic entitled “To reopen the closed schools and quality education provision in school”. Mr.Abdul Rasheed Detho the JSQM district president hold responsible for all educational issues. 17 boys and girls schools have been shown in running position in Hala but are dysfunctional. Millions of the public funds in the name of education development have been dumped in by the school administration under the shelter of political representatives. On the other hand 31 schools are closed in Saeeda abad including 21 schools have turned into sitting places in Matiari district by the local influentials.
Many schools are turned to be Otaqs in tluka Khanpur f District Shikarpur
Many primary, middle and higher secondary schools are closed since decades in taluka of Khanpur which has left thousands of the students deprived of the education. Many building are now damaged. High court in a meeting with Director Education Larkana division has issued the orders to resume the education system in the said vicinity of Khanpur. DO education ghulam Nabi Burirro, SDOE female Apa Nayer Sultana, ADOE male Rabnawaz Bhayo conducted an emergency meeting soon after the issuance of court orders. They met with the supervisors in order to collect actual data regarding the closed schools. On the other hand MPA Abid Bhayo has instructed the district education officers to reopen the all closed schools on immediate basis.