Right to education: K-P govt urged to implement Article 25-A
The K-P government was asked to implement Article 25-A, the Right to Education, which was introduced in the 18th Amendment. This was said on Thursday at a seminar organised by Working Group for Girls Education and Initiative (WGGEI), in collaboration with SPARC and ActionAid Pakistan. SPARC Project Manager Jahanzeb Khan said the objective of the consultative seminar was to improve coordination between likeminded organisations on a divisional and provincial level by developing a clear understanding of Article 25-A. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill was being drafted for K-P, said Jahanzeb. According to Jahanzeb, if the bill becomes legislation, children of the province, between the ages of five and 16, will be eligible for free and compulsory education.
The Peshawar School for Peace inaugurated
The Peshawar School for Peace (TPSP) was inaugurated at Peshawar Services Club on Saturday. The initiative has been designed to resolve educational issues faced by the province. It is a joint venture of Peshawar Youth Organization, Young Pakistan Association of Australia, Pakistani Consul-General for Sydney and Raising Hope Education Foundation. The first branch of the TPSP will be opened in Gulbahar. At the inauguration, Minister for Education Muhammad Atif – who addressed the gathering via video link – pledged support for the initiative and guaranteed them assistance to raise the standard of education in the province.
Education in KP
THIS refers to the so-called free education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There are three government degree colleges in D.I. Khan. The problem is that degree college I, the largest one, has now started new classes for BS programme which costs about Rs20,000 a year and has aborted BA and BSc programmes. Students who cannot afford this annual fee have to go to degree college II, which has a relatively small building. It does not have space and staff for such a large number of students. As a result, they have abolished the BA programme.
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Australia-based Pakistani youth bring education initiative to KP
Australia-based Pakistani youth have planned to promote peace through education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in this connection they are setting up the first school of their project in Peshawar in March for imparting quality education to the children whose parents couldn’t afford it. With the help of their other partners they also plan to open more schools in KP and other parts of the country. Young Pakistan Association of Australia (YPA) has joined hands with Peshawar Youth Organisation (PYO) for the promotion of peace through education and they have resolved to provide quality education to socially and economically disadvantaged children of the conflict-ravaged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Demands of teachers
K-P government will fulfil all legal demands of teachers across the province. Teachers hold a pivotal role in the development of the nation.
Students of the Havelian campus of Hazara University continued boycotting their classes on Friday for the third consecutive day in protest against the transfer of heads of departments. The students threatened to block the Karakorum Highway if their demands were not met. Havelian campus officials said in the last few days, (acting) Vice Chancellor Dr Suhail Shehzad appointed new heads of departments, replacing sitting ones from the departments of management sciences, economics, Pakistan studies and mathematics. Those replaced had been doing their job for at least the last four years to the satisfaction of the students and university management, added university insiders. The newly-posted heads are junior in rank, they claimed. This is why students are against the vice chancellor’s decision, said the affected people.
Students block road to demand bus facility
The students of Working Folks Grammar School College, Karak, on Tuesday blocked the Indus Highway at Jail Chowk here to protest against non-availability of transport facility for them. The protesting students said that due to absence of bus facility, they failed to reach school on time. The students said that earlier a private transport company had provided them transportation facility but due to nonpayment of dues, the company withdrew the facility. The students said that as their parents were poor workers, they could not afford availing private transport to reach school. Due to the protest, long queues of vehicles were formed on both sides of the road, and passengers faced hardships in scorching heat.
Teachers seek inclusion of Islamic content in syllabus
Tanzeem-i-Asateza, a teachers` wing of Jamaat-i-Islami, on Sunday demanded of the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to include Islamic contents regarding ethics, values, brotherhood,unity and bravery of Muslims in the school syllabus to enable the nation to face emerging challenges. The demand was made during the concluding session of a two-day training workshop held at Ahya-ul-Uloom Balambat here. The workshop, organised by Tanzeem-e-Asateza, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, was attended byits members, associate members, teachers and workers of Jamaat-i-Islami from Lower and Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajaur Agency. Speaking on the occasion, Tanzeemi-Asateza central chief Professor Mian Mohammad Akram asked teachers to prepare the coming generation for facing challenges. He said the country was passing through a critical situation where no one was secured.
Two years on, flood-hit Kalash school not rebuilt
Over 200 students of a Kalash-specific government primary school in Baradesh, Rumbur valley, were forced to take classes in worn-out tents, braving the harsh winter conditions of the valley. The residents of the valley told Dawn here that the school building was washed away by flash floods two years ago. They said that the classes were started in tents provided by a local NGO. Yasir Kalash, a Kalash leader, said that the primary school was meant for Kalash boys and girls, who had been attending classes in tents in the absence of school building.
School built with substandard material
The district education monitoring team has submitted a report to the local lawmaker highlighting use of substandard material in the construction of Rs180 million girls` higher secondary school, Chakarkot. The committee head, Mr Kaleemullah, who was appointed by MPA Zaullah Bnagash of PTI, visited the school on the request of the local elders and checked its rooms, roof and latrines. He found that some walls and roofs had not been properly plastered while latrines had become useless because labourers stuffed construction material in them. He expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of work and reported the same to the lawmaker.
Re-advertisement of post by Swat varsity questioned
Despite conducting tests and interviews of the short-listed candidates for the post of public relations officer in Swat University, the administration has re-advertised the post, according to sources. They said that re-advertisement of the post created doubts about the selection process. A year ago, the Swat University had advertised the post for the public relations officer in grade-17 and requirements for the candidates were master degree in mass communication/journalism and three years’ experience, they added. The officials and candidates said that applications and other required documents along Rs 2,000 bank draft were submitted with the university administration. After five months, the applicants were called by the university administration for appearing in the test, they said. The applicants said that 18 persons appeared in the test and only five of them qualified the test.
College of Arts open in Mardan
The Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, on Saturday opened University college of Arts at its main campus here. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ihsan Ali Said that Pakhtuns needed to be given opportunities and facilities to help them exploit their talent and potential. He said that it was need of the hour that more and more educational institutions should be established in Pakhtun areas to help them unleash their abilities. The Pakhtun culture has its own identity across the world and we all have to play a role for its prosperity, said Mr Ali. He announced 50 per cent discount in tuition fees for the students seeking admission in the first batch of the newly established University College of Arts. Besides, he also announced annual MPhil and PhD scholarships for students of the college.
Working hard to provide Peaceful Environment for Education
Chairman of Provincial Election Committee of Pashtun Student Federation Rafi ullah Kakar during his visit to different Schools said that We always work hard to provide Peaceful Environment for Education to Students.
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Department of Education to Pay the Pending Amount
President of Rented Building Association Mir Saleah Muhammad said Government Department of Education have to Pay the Remaining Pending Amount within fifteen days otherwise we will lock all the 55 Schools we rented.
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Student’s fingers broken for ‘being late for class’
A grade 9 student suffered two broken fingers in a beating by her teacher on Friday. Four others were punished for four hours. The district education officer has taken notice of the incident and has formed a team to investigate the complaint. The incident took place in Chak 13 GB Saar at Murad Wala Government Girls High School. Witnesses told The Express Tribune that a teacher got angry when some students came late to class. They said she forced the five students into a ‘rooster’s squat.’ They said one of the girls told the teacher that corporal punishment was not allowed. They said the teacher got even angrier and beat her with a stick. They said she broke two of her fingers in the process.
Education under open sky in largest school of RY Khan
Most of the students of the Government Comprehensive High School, the largest institution in the district, have been getting education in the open slg for many years. The school located in the centre of the city has a total land area of 43 kanals with only 11 classrooms, four laboratories and an auditorium.The enrollment crosses the 1,300 mark while 45 teachers take the responsibility for grooming the students. Each class bears a load of 90 to 100 students. Principal Muhammad Wazir Ahmad said the school had only 11 classroomswhich were quite insufficient to cater to 1,360 students. He said at least 12 to 15 more classrooms were required to be built which was not possible with a meagre yearly school budget of only Rs1 million. The principal said he had written to the authorities concerned for the construction of new classrooms. He said the old block of classrooms had been in a dilapidated condition for several years. He said although the buildings department had already declared these classrooms dangerous, they did not demolish them which were a constant threat to students.
Uniform education system needed to improve quality’
“The government wants to overcome flaws in the educational system. A uniform education system would benefit the entire country,” said Federal Minister for Education Mian Balighur Rehman on Friday. He said the government was mulling putting a ban on teachers transfers. He said 80,000 teachers had been appointed to meet a shortage of educators. He was addressing a seminar organised by the SPARC. He said on October 15, an action plan to improve education will be provided to the provinces. Bahawalpur Islamia University Vice Chancellor Saleem Tariq Khan said in his address that the SPARC had undertaken an initiative to highlight problems in rural areas. He said teachers formed the backbone of the education sector.
Govt schools powerless since Feb 6
Two public schools have been without electricity since Feb 6 following theft of their transformer. Locals have lodged a strong protest against the apathy of the authorities concerned in restoring power supply to the schools. The Government Girls High School and Government Primary School in Sohal Khurd village were deprived of electricity when their transformer was stolen around seven months ago.
A delegation of village elders led by former Union Council Noora Mandiala nazim Saifullah Sial and former naib nazim Nazar Dhilon called on District Coordination Officer (DCO) Liaquat Ali Chattha and apprised him of the gravity of the issue. Talking to Dawn, they said students had been suffering in severe heat since February and there was no drinking water either at these institutes at a time when the government was making lofty claims of providing basic facilities to educational institutions.
Non-payment of paper marking compensation to teachers protested
Non-payment of compensation to the teachers on account of performance of duties during matric examination held by Rawalpindi intermediate and secondary education board six month earlier and marking of papers has caused embarrassment among them.
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Rs 30.5m released for girls college stadium
The government has released Rs.30.5 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art cricket stadium in Government Postgraduate Viqar-un-Nisa College for Women. This was informed by PML-N former MNA and Metro Bus Service (MBS) Project Implementation Committee Chairman Muhammad Hanif Abbasi while talking to The Nation here on Saturday. Hanif Abbasi said that the government has released funds of Rs 30.5 million for the construction of cricket stadium in VNC. He said that the work on pavilion and other buildings has been geared up. He said that floodlights would be installed in the stadium while the mud was brought from Nandi Pur to make the pitch. He said that the principal of Government Postgraduate Viqar-un-Nisa College for Women Dr Saira Mufti cooperated with the government at her level best in this regard.
High honours: UAF student to address UN assembly
Rabia Faridi, a student of University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), will receive Youth Courage Award 2014 at the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 22. She will also address the general assembly. Faridi is the second Pakistani student invited to speak at the global forum. She is also a global youth ambassador on education at the UN. Faridi comes from a village near Samundri and is the oldest of nine siblings. Her father owns two acres land and runs a wood workshop.
PU high-level committee to monitor admissions
A high level committee of the Punjab University, headed by Dean Prof Dr. Liaqat Ali, will monitor the overall process of admission to various graduate and postgraduate courses.
Varsity sources told APP here Sunday that Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujahid Kamran has re-constituted the admission committee comprising all deans, heads of the teaching departments and principals of the constituent’s colleges and institutes. All members of the committee will conduct surprise visits to different teaching departments and check on the spot the process of admission and make sure that all admissions were made strictly on merit and in accordance with admission of policy.
Higher education: Committee calls for ending entry tests for universities
The Examinations and Admissions Reforms Committee on Saturday recommended that entry tests for admission to universities be abolished. The committee made the suggestion at a meeting chaired by Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan. Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif had formed the committee to reform the examination and admission system. The committee questioned the need for admission tests given a ‘reformed’ examination system at the intermediate level. It said that entry tests conducted by medical and engineering universities amounted to no more than a duplication of the exams taken at the intermediate level. Arif Hussain Bhatti, a spokesperson for the education minister, confirmed that the committee had suggested ending the entry test system.
New concepts in education introduced to UoG faculty
A project management workshop was organised by the University of Gujrat`s Centre for Media and Communication Studies. Prof Jim Avery of Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Oklahoma University, US, was the chief instructor. UoG Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin was the chief guest at the certificate distribution ceremony on the last day of the workshop on Friday. The main objective of the workshop was to introduce faculties of various departments to new concepts of education and their implementation through launching creative projects for the benefit of community and society. Dr Nizam said this was an era ofspecialisation and academicians could help a great deal in transforming society by launching creative projects for improving the general state of community. He appreciated passion of the participants to learn and said the process of learning always opened up new paths of discovery. He said teamwork was an essential element of success.
'Only education can provide a level playing field,' Chairman, Sabaq Foundation
Iqbal Mustafa Khan is the founder and chairman of Sabaq Foundation. Sabaq is a non-profit organisation based in Islamabad that offers free online video tutorials to Pakistani students at www.sabaq.pk. Iqbal is also the President of Alachisoft, a California-based software company that has its offshore office in Islamabad. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States.
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School ‘barracks’: Capital admin told to get schools vacated
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration to have 16 schools occupied by police personnel vacated within three days. The schools are currently in the use of police personnel, mostly from Punjab, who have been deputed in the city to beef up security in the wake of the ongoing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-ins. IHC judge Athar Minallah directed Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Mujahid Sherdil to get the ‘occupied’ schools vacated within three days, or strict action will be taken against those responsible. The court issued the order on a petition filed by local traders. When the court resumed the hearing, the ICT Administration failed to submit a compliance report to the court, which had been ordered in the last hearing.
19 schools still under police use, says FDE
Islamabad Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) released the list of schools being used by police. FDE mentioned that nineteen schools are under police use in which 31,635 students are enrolled and they are not able to attend their schools. Therefore, it is possible that they might lose their current year of education.
Call for redesigning English syllabus
Educationists and teachers of English language have emphasised redesigning English language syllabus for schools and colleges in a way that helps students develop better speaking and writing skills. They spoke at an international conference arranged by the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) at the Allama Iqbal Open University. The three-day conference was organised in collaboration with the AIOU and the Oxford University Press (OUP). The participants from home and abroad emphasised that English should be introduced and taught as a language instead of a discipline of social sciences. They noted that the way the English is being taught at schools and colleges is hardly helpful in overcoming language barriers, being faced by teachers and students.
Educational institutions in capital to open soon: minister
State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman here on Friday said that all educational institutions in the federal capital would be opened soon. Talking to media outside the Parliament House, he said “The Interior Ministry is making alternative arrangements to house police officials performing duties in the capital for the security of PTI and PAT protesters.” The Minister said the police officials were stationed in the federal educational institutions due to annual holidays. To a question, he said, from day one Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has asked to show restrain towards the PTI and PAT sit-ins.
Police Start Moving from Islamabad Schools
Police Start Moving from Schools of Islamabad after 28 days. Exams will be rescheduled because of these 28 days.
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Students, parents laud IHC directives
The students and their parents have lauded the directives of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to get the government schools vacated from cops till September 23, as the prolonged stay of policemen in these schools is damaging the education of students who have nothing to do with the sit-ins. “It is unfortunate that the educational institutions are being used for the residence of the policemen and it seems that the government has no regard for the education of thousands of students who are still being denied entry into their schools,” said Iffat Hassan, a resident of I-9 Sector.
Nurturing peace through children
Right To Play believes that September 21st is a day to commemorate that we all have a right to peace. More than 30,000 children are being engaged by Right To Play for Peace Day celebrations across Pakistan. While intolerance and violence are escalating in Pakistan, there is need to sensitize and educate young people of Pakistan who have enormous potential to affect public attitude and perceptions. Mainstreaming children and youth in Pakistan has exceedingly become sensational to promote peace and development and mitigate conflicts. Children and youth are key instrument to nurture peace and strengthening tolerance in society, said Right To Play Pakistan in a celebration of International Day of Peace 2014.
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Follow up on assurances: Senator reprimands HEC for failure
The Senate Standing Committee on Education criticised the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) alleged intransigence for not holding a commission meeting for the last year-and-a-half. The parliamentary panel’s meeting, held at Quaid-i-Azam University, was largely focused on previous committee agenda regarding funding for some of the varsities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the HEC’s distribution formula.
Faisal Mushtaq awarded as Best Educationist of the Year
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq TI, academic, teaching and social entrepreneurial CEO of Roots Millennium Schools has been awarded as the “Best Educationist of the Year 2014” by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry RCCI in recognition of his tireless and unmatchable inspiring efforts and initiatives in the field of education, teaching and learning. Faisal Mushtaq received the prestigious unique recognition from His Excellency Honorable Mamnoon Hussain, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan during a graceful ceremony held on account of 27th RCCI Achievement Awards Ceremony, 2014 at the Jinnah Convention Center.
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The US provides excellent academic opportunities for Pakistani students. With nearly 4000 for higher institutions, there is a program for everyone, said Rita Akhtar, USEFP Executive Director.
Back to school’ fair enthralls students
The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and Education USA organized a “Back to School” fair in Islamabad on Sunday to provide Pakistani students an opportunity to meet the alumni from over 30 US colleges and universities. US Embassy staff members representing their US colleges and universities answered students’ questions about studying in the US, including the application process, campus life in America, and how to apply for a student visa. USEFP advisers were on hand to answer questions and provide advice to prospective students and parents. The educational fair was held in collaboration with the US Embassy.
HEC fails to conclude research scam probe
The Higher Education Commission has failed to conclude an `intellectual dishonesty, submission of fake reports and misappropriation of funds` scam in a research project awarded to the Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE) at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, even after a lapse of more than nine months. The `million-dollar` scam in the `Capacity Building of Research, Education and Training in Water Resources Management in Pakistan` awarded in Phase-I of Pak-US Science and Technology Cooperation Programme had surfaced last year. The total initial cost of the project was US $1.076 million including Pakistani share of US $324,610. The primary objective of the project was to build the institutional capacity by providing education and training to Pakistani graduate students through course work, faculty exchanges as well as basic and applied research in water resources engineering and management. In order to probe the scam, theHEC on Dec 16 last year had constituted a four-member inquiry committee convened by Isra University, Islamabad Campus, Pro-Rector Prof Dr Altaf Ali G.
Fata teachers threaten march on Islamabad
The teachers of various government schools in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have expressed concern over the prolonged delay in their promotion and warned to march on Islamabad if their demands, including reconstruction of destroyed schools, are no accepted immediately. All Tribal Teachers Association leaders, including Shamshad Khan Afridi, Dawood Khan Wazir and Mujahid Mohmand, told a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Saturday that they had presented a charter of demands to the government, but it was yet to be accepted. “The previous government had accepted our demands pertaining to our promotion and work on the plan was initiated, but the sitting secretary of education department, Abid Majeed, has stopped the process for unknown reasons,” they said.
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Education and the gender gap: Female literacy rate in villages is near zero, says Gazdar
The literacy rate for women is zero in a number of villages across Sindh, claimed social scientist Haris Gazdar at a public lecture organised by the Yohsin Centre for Social Development at Habib University on Thursday. Gazdar, who works on political economy and development policy issues, was addressing more than 100 students, academics, researchers and intellectuals regarding women’s education and the gender gap in literacy at the Tariq Rafi lecture theatre.
Political influence to blight ‘devolution of powers’ in education
The chief minister of Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah, has delegated more powers to the search committee that was formed to govern the process of appointing university vice-chancellors and heads of education boards. The committee, since its inception, had drawn severe criticism from academic quarters for its propensity towards making politically-motivated appointments to the public-sector universities as well as secondary and higher secondary education boards.
Another tree-cutting scam surfaces as school plans to chop down all
Yet another tree-cutting scam surfaced as Jamia Millia Model School’s plans of chopping down the trees that are planted inside its premises came to The Express Tribune’s notice on Saturday. The purpose of the heartless chop of the Indian Lilac (Neem) trees is none other than liquefying quick cash. “These Neem trees are being butchered only to get cheap benefit by selling out their wood,” said a source inside the Malir District Municipal Corporation (DMC) requesting anonymity. The official added that the school is located behind the Malir Courts, where an extensive chop-down took place a few months ago for wood sale.
KU teachers to boycott academic activities
The Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) on Friday announced plans to boycott all academic activities for an indefinite period in protest against the killing of the Dean of Islamic Studies Faculty at the University of Karachi, Dr. Shakeel Auj. Presenting its demands, the KUTS said this was the second time that a KU faculty member had been targeted, adding that killers of the deceased persons should be arrested and their identities should be disclosed.
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‘Special education centres running smoothly’
Several education centres for special children are functioning smoothly and study materials, including stationery, books and uniforms, was being provided free to the students, said Sindh Special Education Secretary Muhammad Farooq Leghari on Friday. In a statement issued, the minister claimed that many education centres were also providing free pick-and-drop service to the students.
KU closed on second consecutive day
The University of Karachi (KU) remained closed on Friday, for a second consecutive day to mourn the death of Dr Shakil Auj, the dean of faculty of Islamic Studies. Students and teachers of the varsity appealed to the government and the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take notice of the unbridled target killings in Karachi and order strict action against people found involved in these activities.
Girls’ Degree College Inaugurated by the Senior Minister for Education, Mr Nisar Ahmed Khuhro
Senior Minister for Education inaugurated Girls’ Degree College Badeh, district Larkana. While addressing to gatherings he said, college was approved 21 years ago, but, due to our less priorities it could be constructed very late. He warned that ghost teachers will not be tolerated anymore and they will have to teach at any cost. On the occasion, villagers of nearby Badeh City requested to Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahmed Khuhro that our schools in villages are closed, because, teachers do not come to teach but are getting their salaries at their homes. They demanded action to be taken against all those who are not teaching so that they could start teaching in our schools.
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Ghost Schools have put the Education at Stake
Many schools are closed in Tando Bago, district Badin. Teachers never visit to schools, but, are getting their salaries at their homes. Schools of many villages in taluka Tando Bago are closed and educations of thousands of children are destroying, but, education department of district is still in deep slumber. Villagers said, they know which teachers are appointed in their schools, but, they are not coming to teach our children. In many villages, villagers have self appointed young boys as teachers who are collectively paid by the villagers. Villagers of village Fazul Jamali demanded to provide them school building, as, children are getting education in thatched houses in the village.
Protest Conducted against the Closed School
Villagers conducted protest against the closure of Primary School village Shahzado Jatoi, UC Per Bux, Taluka Khanpur, district Shikarpur. Villagers said that their school had been constructed in 1992, later on, it was closed and shifted to another place, resulting in, above 100 children left deprived from their basic right to education. They protested against the Sindh Government and blamed upon it for deliberately closing the school. Villagers demanded from the higher authorities to take notice of it and reopen our school so that our children could get education.
Students of Asifa Dental College Continued their Protest
Students of Asifa Dental College continued their protest for the resolution of their issues. Pakistan Peoples’ Party Shaheed Bhutto Chairperson Ms Gunwa Bhutto also joined the protest with students for their solidarity. Students demanded solution for their issues like registration of college, separate Building of the College and library for the students to be resolved on immediate basis. They warn, until their issues would not be resolved their protest would be continued.
Corruption in Education Department Disclosed
Hundreds and thousands of rupees have been taken away on the account of fake appointments. ADEO male, supervisors, and others are involved into corruption. Report revealed that primary teacher owns property of millions of rupees. It is said that focal person of ADEO city Mr Mohammad Ishaq, who is in fact primary teacher, has taken millions of rupees on the account of appointments, transfers, Long leaves and on many other things. He was serving as clerk in ADEO male office for many years, later on, he became the focal person of ADEO city Mr Saeed Rehaman Azemi. It is revealed that in this corruption of millions of rupees all are involved. Focal person of ADEO had fixed rates for everything to be done. Now he has disappeared from the scene.
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Bureaucrats are held responsible for the Education Bankruptcy
A welcome ceremony was held by primary Teachers’ Association Taluka Matiari for Central President of Primary School Teachers Association Mr Rafiq Jarwar in village Bao Pathan near Uderolal where a large number of teachers participated. While addressing to teachers Mr Rafiq Jarwar alleged the secretary education for destroyed education system in Sindh. He pointed out that if politicians send their children into government schools then education system would automatically be productive. On the occasion, he also talked about the rights of teachers. He questioned the education department about the misappropriation of funds allocated by Asian Development Bank and World Bank for education reforms? He indicated that Primary Teachers Association will struggle for educational reforms and for quality education in Sindh.
Emergency for Education Demanded
A meeting was held in central office of Awami Jamhoori Party at Gidu Chowkk which was presided over by Karam Hussain Wasan. In a meeting, other central members of the party Mr Ayaz Chandio, Mr Hakeem Zangejo, Mr Wishnu Mal , Mr hareef Khan Chandio, Mr Mukhtiar Abasi, Mr Noor Nabi Rahoojo, Mr Kaleem Malak, Mr Imdad panhwar, Mr Wahid Bux Langah , Mr Wafa Sindhi participated. Meeting announced that convention will be held on 16 November for which party members will visit throughout Sindh to conduct the elections. He further addressed that the education is a core issue of Sindh, but, Sindh Government has turned blind eyes towards it. All members of AJP also showed serious concerns on statement of MQMs regarding the division of Sindh.
JSQM Protested against the Closed Schools
A rally was organized by the Jeay Sindh Qumi Mahaz (JSQM) and other local residents in Bhan Saeedabad, district Dadu, against the SDOE whose negligence has left 50 schools closed in the area. Rally was organized from JSQM office to main chowk Dadu-Sehwan flyover where they staged sit-in. Rally was headed by JSQM taluka president Kaak Legari, Fida Hussain Shah, Bashir Panhwar, Shaukat Maree, Ahmed Legari, Ali Raza Bughio, Tahir Mengal and others. They complained against Mr Halee Motho SDOE Sehwan and demanded his removal immediately. Due to closure of these schools, hundreds of schools going age children are wandering without education. They indicated for blockade of Indus highway if their demands are not accepted.
Protest conducted against the involvement of Security Agencies in Educational Institutions
A protest demonstration was held in front of the press club Matli, district Badin. Rally organized by JSSF, Jeay Sindh Tahreek and many others in Matli. The rally was headed by Raja Sindhi, Nauman Deshi ,Shakir Chandio and others. They blamed that education of Sindh has been deliberately destroyed by involving security forces into educational Institutions and billions of rupees are invested on these agencies instead of utilizing these funds for the better education. They demanded removal of the forces from the educational institutions.
Missing facilities Causing Closure of Schools and Colleges
A meeting was held in Padidan by Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz (JAQM) which was headed by Rustam Shar president JSQM where Khadim Rajpar, Haji Sidique Rajpar and Gul Maree also participated. Addressing the meeting, they showed grave concerns on missing facilities in the schools and colleges in Padidan. Due to missing facilities no activities of sports are held in the colleges and school, however; funds have been dumped by the education department. They warn if issues of the schools and college are not resolved they would protest against the local administration.
School without Head Master in village Suleman Arain at Tharee Mir Wah
In a village of Suleman Arain school is closed for last 10 years which has left hundreds of children deserted. Mir Ali Nawaz Arian, a village focal person while talking to media demanded for head mater to be appointed in school and education process to be started soon that our children get education.
APKA warned the Sindh Education Departments for closure of offices in case of failing reinstating its Central President
A meeting was held in Jacobabad by the APKA members against the secretary education who has suspended dozens of education officers in corruption cases from many parts of the province. The meeting was headed by the Mumtaz Ali Kunasro, however; many others participated including Shazaman Daudpoto, Ashiq Ali Bhatti, Muhammad Ali Bahriani ,NasirullahDomki. In a meeting he alleged the secretary education Mr Fazillullah Pechooho who has taken action against all those who have raised voice for their rights. They demanded immediate reinstatement of all those who have been suspended, otherwise, the APKA within 48 hours would protest and all offices will be closed down throughout province.
Civil Society awakened against the Closed Schools in Thata
In a seminar organized in Gym Khana Makli by local NGO Malhar Welfare Association with the support of Wahadat Network and SPO Hyderabad. The seminar was entitled about the rehabilitation of schools and colleges after the 2010 and 2011 floods in Thata district. Ms Raheema Panhwar while talking to seminar condemned the violation of human rights and said it is miserable to see the destruction of education even after three/four years of flood. On the occasion, ADO Mr Gul Ashiq Memon ensured to sustain the education system at any cost and no one will be tolerated in the matter of education. Head of Civil society network, leader of Teachers Association Shamisul Haq Shoro and Aziz Sarwan also shared their views on the occasion. They all condemned that actions against ghost teachers should be and demanded from the Education Department to take action against all those who are not teaching in the schools.
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Teachers Transferred Forcefully
3 Primary School Teachers of Mir Allah Bachayo Talpur transferred by the district education officer in kudhan on influence of the local landlord which has left hundreds of students deprived of their education. The villagers Mir Allaha Bachayo Talpur, Mir Muhammad Talpur, and Mir Abdullah Talpur told the media that the most of the teachers in union council Seerani are backed by MPA/MNAs of ruling party.
ADEO Conducted Surprised visits to Schools
ADOE Rao Sahid Ali Rajpoot in Matli, district Badin visited a number of schools in union council Haji Sawan and issued the show cause notice to ghost and irregular teachers. On the occasion, he told to media that no one would be tolerated if they do not go to schools.
Many schools are closed in the vicinity of Tando Allahyar
A number of schools went closed in the vicinity of Tando Allahyar, district of Sindh. According to the reports number of government primary and middle schools are closed in the district. In a village Jan Muhammad, Pesh imam of village is teaching the children, however; middle school of village Maal Thebo including girls’ primary school is closed. In the village Umar Saand middle school building exist without teacher where children have give up their education after primary classes. According to the head master Abdul Latif and teacher Muhammad yousuf every year around 30 students discontinue their education after primary schooling due to the closure of middle school. Many schools exist without basic facilities. ADO Ramzan Parhiyar refused to answer the questions raised by the media reporters on the occasion.
Protest Conducted against the Ghost Teacher
Villagers conducted protest in front of the press club Chhachro, District Tharparkar. Protest was led by comrade Ayoob Sangrasi, Jalal Sanagrasi and Mashooq Sangrasi. They complained against the school teacher Arbad Sangrasi who is engaged in his personal business, but getting his salary without teaching children in the school. Villagers said, school is closed since last 5 years, but, no one from the education department has taken the notice of it yet. They further told to media that teacher has refused to issue the certificates of children so that we could be moved to another school where they could get education. The demanded form the higher authorities to take action against the teacher.
Citizens initiated to raise funds for Government Girls’ Primary School
The Girls’ Primary School was in dispute between local land grabbing mafias and the citizens for since last one and half year. Children were sitting in the open sky to continue their education. A joint visit was conducted by members of PPP City and Youth Wing Gul Hassan Qambrani, Khalid Mirani, Rafique Panhwar, Hasssan Shaikh and CRC leader Sajid Mastoi, Sadaqat Soomro and Primary Teachers Association. PPP city and Youth Wing collected and d deposited Rs: 32000/=PKR funds for repairing school building, on the spot. However, they condemned the attitude of education officer.
Schools Buildings are damaged in Khadahar Mori
Villagers held protest headed by Usman Jamali, Imam Bux, Niaz Kunbhar, Aijaz Ali, Razaq Mallah, Ghulam Allah Rustmani in front of Khadahar Mori press club demanding for the repairing of damaged school buildings of villages Ameer bux Gurgez, Abdullah khaskheli, Leemon Jamali, Beero Rustmani, Sono Khan Jamali and many others. They told to media that many times, roofs of different schools have been collapsed suddenly. They said they have complained to education department many times but still looking for its response.
Protest Continued against Closed Schools
According to the reports, villages of Talti, Manahiyoon, Daim Miani, Abad, Bhooral jaoti wadero pir alhale poto khair muhamamd jamali have protested in front of press club Bhan Saeedabad against 5o closed and ghost schools in the area. Villagers said despite of closure of Schools SMC funds are regularly coming and going into the pockets of relevant officers of education department. They said they have approached to education department many times but their response is zero. On the other hand, school students of Allah bux lund, Abdul Aziz Jamali, Ashfaq Ali Brohihed protested and complained against SDOE Abdul Ali motho for backing teachers for the be irregular into the schools. They blamed that SDOE is taking bribe from every teacher for giving them leniency in performing their duties in schools.
Tahseen Banoo appeared as Role Model and Source of Inspiration for Rest of the people in Kaccho
In a village of Nager Dario, where NCHD is running school got 2nd position in terms of providing quality education in the area, in a survey conducted by IBA Sukkur throughout district. The school was actually administered by a daring female teacher Ms Tahseen Banoo who has been teaching over there since many years. She travels 5 km to reach the school to serve the children every day. Later on, Deputy Commissioner Mr Iqbal Memon visited the schools and awarded her as 20000 for her best performance in the district.
Ghost Schools left hundreds of School going Children Deprived of their Right to Education
Villagers held protest in front of the press club Sinjhoro against SDOE Iqbal Muhammad whose negligence have left more than 50 schools closed in a number of villages. The protest was headed by Muhammad Hashim Mahar, Asadullah Solangi and Rashid Ali Mangi anf they urged to reopen the closed schools of village Sahib Khan , Yousuf Janjh, Abdul Aziz Mahar, Shafiq Ahmed, Faqeer Muhammad Hashim Mahar, Yousuf Solnagi, Ali Khan Wasan and others. They said they have complained to higher authorities, but, found these efforts as fruitless yet.
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Primary Teachers Association Protested for their Salaries
Primary Teachers Association conducted protest for their salaries in front of the press club Thari Meer Wah. Protest was led by Ghulam Hussain, Mumtaz Mandan, Sajad Ahmed ad others. They appealed to the Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahmed khuhro to resolve their issue on the priority basis.
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Those who Found Guilty in Illegal Appointments, Suspended
3 Assistant accountants and 5 superintendents in Education Department district Jacobabad were suspended after the disclosure of illegal appointments made by them. In a letter # SO ( g1)e E1,mise 11.14 issued by the secretary education department of Sindh taking notice against those who proved to be involved into illegal appointments. Dost Muhammad Brohi, Abdul Sattar Abro, Superintendent Muhammad Ramazan unar, Amnaullah Lashari, Assistant Accounts officer Yousuf Soomro, Superintendent Khadim Hussain Sadhayo and Superintendent Tariq Ali Siyal were allegedly involved in making fake IDs of teachers. However, the illegal appointments are still going on. The matter is undergoing in court for the final decision and resolution. While taking to the media DOE Haji Azizullah Odho told that he had informed to higher authorities about the matter earlier.
Accountant and 3 Superintendents of Education Department Suspended
Accountant Abdul Gafar Soho, office superintendents Asgar Ali Soho, Nisar Ahmed Abro and Muhammad Punhal khichi of district Qambar were suspended by the secretary education on the account of illegal appointments in the district.
Persons in Education Department Arrested on Account of involved into illegal Appointments
4 clerks including Muneer Bhatti, Shabir, Parvez Bhatti and Abdul Kalim Patoli in education department Tando Muhammad Khan were arrested by the Anti corruption police Hyderabad in allegation of illegal appointments, are now given 7 days remand by the Anti corruption police. Two more alleged persons of education department Tando Ghulam Ali could not be arrested who were also demanded in the same case.
Rally for the Promotion of Education organized
A local Organization in collaboration with Alif Ailaan organized rally in Mithi for the promotion of education in the district. Addressing the participants in the rally Mr Sabir Otho General Secretary of the Local Support Organization insisted on the importance of education and appealed to parents to enroll their children into schools.
Teachers Transferred on the influence on Landlord
3 Primary School Teachers of Mir Allah Bachayo Talpur were transferred by the District Education Officer in Kudhan, district Badin, on the influence of local landlord which has left hundreds of students deprived from their right to education. The villagers of Mir Allah Bachayo Talpur, Mir Muhammad Talpur, and Mir Abdullah Talpur told to media that most of the teachers in union council Seerani are sheltered by PPP MPAs/MNAs in the district.
Cultural Ceremony Celebrated in Sain Sara School Malir Gulshan-e.Hadid
In a ceremony administrator Abdul latif Siddiqui was the chief guest who addressed the participants and students on the occasion. However, madam Tahmeena Sidique, Madma Naila and Madam Jaweria too were the honorary guest .Students wearing cultural dresses was representing the four provinces. This created harmony among all the residents of Pakistan. These programs indeed infuse a new spirit of national integrity and cultural values of the nation.
50 Schools closed in Bhan Saeedabad left Hundreds of Students Deprived from the their Right to Education
Around 50 primary schools are closed in the Bhan Saeedabad, and its vicinity which has left hundreds of students without school and education in district Dadu. According the reports primary schools of Mianion, Ali sher, Daim Miani, Ali sher Khan Brohi, Khair Muhammad Jamali, Qasim Ali, Talti and Manahiyoon are closed due to negligence of District Education Officer. Many times, villagers have pleaded to Sub-division education officer Sehwan, but, all their efforts went into vain. Manzoor Husain Jamali and Azhar Husain Jamali have opened around 20 schools in union council Dal providing free education to hundreds of children in the area. On the other side, parents of the school children of these areas protested and held sit-in in front of press club Bhan Saeedabad for opening the closed schools which have been deliberately left closed by the education officers and school management committees for taking away SMCs funds. Villagers demanded from the Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahemd Khuhro to open these closed schools to resume the education process to save the future of the children.
School Building collapsed left 2 Students and Teacher Injured
In a village Mahar Ali Mari in Umerkot one teacher Mr Mohammad Ayoob khaskheli and two students Irfan Ali and eight years old and Jamal severely injured in sudden collapse of parts of roofs of the school building. All injured were sent to the district hospital for treatment. The school building was constructed in 1994 since then it has not been repaired. After the incidence, parents are frightened to send their children to school, however; alternatively children are sitting under the trees to get education. Parents demanded immediate repairing of the school building to continue the education process smoothly.
Villagers protested for School Boundary Wall
Protest was conducted in village Jakhro sario in Kakar taluka Khairpur Nathan Shah, district Dadu for the boundary wall for girls’ primary school to be repaired. They said due to lack of boundary wall teachers and students feel uncomfortable to come to school. Some 200 school children are enrolled in this school. Villagers demanded for boundary to be constructed immediately.
Two Primary Schools Maintained Quality Education in Johi, IBA Sukkur Declared
In a survey conducted by IBA Sukkur about the primary education in Sindh whereby two schools of taluka Johi in Dadu have succeeded to maintain the quality education as compared to other schools in the area. Primary School Ghuhram Panhawar got first position and Girls’ Primary School Nangar Dario got the 2nd position. The village Nagar Dario is situated in Kaccho in the mountainous area where village social organization (VSO) has initiated school on its own. Ms Afshan Legari and Ishaq Soomro is the field coordinators of VSO told to Sindh express that they have been providing co-education to children from the platform of Village Social Organizer with the support of local masses.
The Sindh High Court Summoned Chief Secretary and Secretary Education Sindh
It is reported that Ex- Principal of Boys College Johi and Assistant Professor Mr Iqbal Hussain Pahanwer has filed a petition against the Chief Secretary Sindh Mr Sajad Saleem Hotiana and Mr Fazillullah Pechooho, Secretary Education Sindh, at Sindh High Court against the unnecessary delaying in releasing his pension amount. In a petition, he has alleged the Education Department of Sindh Government that he was posted principal on 1st June 2012 in Johi Degree College and soon after he retired and Ghulam Rasool Sarwer Legari was appointed to replace him, but, Sindh government has not issued the order of retirement. However; on 23rd January 2014 court issued the order of retirement including gratuity but movement fell into deaf ear which is clear violation of the court. The court has summoned the both of the secretaries on 5th of October for responding to the petition.
2 little Angles Injured, One of them found dead in a Road Accident
2 little children received serious injuries while returning from school where unfortunate children faced a dangerous crash between their motorbike and tractor troli. The children were going back to their village of Papoo Wistro when the incident happened and 8 years old Shameer Luhrani was found while his sister Ansa Luhrani survived the wound and she was referred to the nawabshah hospital.
1O Positions of Education Officers laying vacant in Education Department
Education Department of District Shikarpur running without District Education Officer and Assistant Districts Academic, since last month, however; 8 other positions of deputy directors are still lying vacant including taluka of Garhi Yaseen. Deputy Directors sports academic and secondary positions are running without officers. Mr. Zamir Abro district education officer was also transferred from the post. Thousands of the students and teachers are in panic situation to resolve the matters.
Illegal Appointments Revealed in Education Department
There is again the disclosure of illegal appointments in education department in district Hyderabad. Teachers and support staff have been appointed by taking Rs: 75, 00000 lacs. Report said that first cases of illegal appointments of Kashif Murad Ali, Amjad Ali ,Muhammad Shah, Aftab Ahmed and other’s are being investigated and now again disclosure of orders of teachers and support staff have been issued by taking four to six lacs per candidate. Appointed candidates have submitted proofs with applications to the chief secretary of provincial anti corruption, secretary education, director of education, Hyderabad and President of Primary Teachers Association. They further told that Ahmed Abbasi ensured them for the appointments with the support of Shareef Mangwani for which he took 5 million and said more money would be taken after the joining. It is reported that Muhsan Abbasi has filed FIR having its number is 113/14 against the Aftab Abbasi, Shareef Mangwano, Zaheer Mirza and Wahid Wikoo.
Complain made for 36 illegal appointments, Anti-Corruption team conducted Surprise Visits
On the complain of 36 illegal appointments in educational department in Tando Mohammad Khan, Anti-corruption team of Karachi suddenly visited the EDO office and arrested four clerks including Mr Muneer Ahmed Bhatti, Shabeer Bhatti, Parwaiz Bhatti and Abdul Kareem Bhatti who were locked up in Hyderabad for further investigation. It is reported by the sources, that the record of 36 illegal appointments is brought out in Tando Muhammad Khan by the anti Corruption team. EDO had reported that ex-head clerk of Tando Hyder Gul Keerio and the ex-assistant district accounts of treasury office Manzoor Ahmed Bhatti are also involve in the illegal appointments, but, no action has been taken against them as yet.
Students Protested for Scholarships
The students of Degree College Dokri, district Larkana, protested against the management for college for providing the books and scholarships to poor the students. Protest was led Deshi Shabir from JSSF student wing of political party, Comrade Shaban Jatio and others. On the occasion, they said that students have not been provided any scholarships for last four years. They demanded to provide scholarships to poor students; otherwise, they would extend their protest accordingly.
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Teachers Protested for the Confirmation of their Posts
The teachers who had qualified NTS test protested for the confirmation of their posts. The protest was led by the representatives of Teachers Action Committee Farooq Baloch, Kishor Kumar, Nangar Khan Shar and others. While talking to the media, they said that there are 433 persons who have qualified the primary school teachers test and we have been teaching since 2010, but, from the month of March, 2014 their posts are not confirmed yet.
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Ghost School is shown as Functional One
Government Primary School village Lal Bakhsh Khor khani, district Khairpur Mirs, which was established in 1993 and since then it is closed, but it is showed as functional. Practically, neither head master not teachers has visited the school, but is taking their salaries at their homes. Villagers said to media that no one is paying attention towards the school, due to that; their children are deprived from their basic right to education. Villagers demanded from the Chief Minister of Sindh and Senior Minister for Education Mr Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take notice of the school and to resolve the matter soon, as, their children could access to education.
Parts of Roof of School Building Collapsed, Everyone is Saved
The parts of roof of Alsaadat Publish School Malir Karachi collapsed. Fortunately everybody was protected. While talking to the media, head of the school told that school is run by Zain-ul-Abdeen Trust in which free education is given to the poor children. Contract of the construction of the building was given to Jamal Udin which he used cheap quality of material that is why incident has happened. He demanded the action to be taken against the corrupt contractor for his criminal negligence and for using cheap material in building. On the other hand, children and teachers protested demanded for investigation against the all those who are involved. She said that the school should be sustained under the supervision of Sindh Education Foundation.
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Out of 1600 School Buildings only 900 are existing Physically
According the reliable sources 900 school buildings do not exist out of 1600 in district Badin. Reports reveal that 550 school buildings were damaged in the natural disasters during 2010 and 2011. However, many times tenders were issued for the reconstruction of these buildings, but, all funds were gone into the pockets of contractors and education officers. Education Department of Sindh Government has shown fake enrolment in the schools and taking regular amount on the account of these school buildings. Hundreds of schools going age children are deprived from their basic right to education in the area. On the other hand, government teachers are taking their salaries at homes and simultaneously doing jobs in different NGOs in the different.
Deputy Commissioner visited Government Schools
Deputy Commissioner Jacobabad Mr Shahzaman khoro visited a number of schools including government municipal high school, K G school, Police head quarter school and many others where he directed to teachers to be punctual and deliver quality education to secure the future of children and enabling them to contribute in nation building.
Divisional Commissioner Visited Government Schools
Divisional Commissioner Mr Sajid Jamal visited the government schools along with director Benazir Bhutto Income Support Program and Assistant Engineer Education Works and Department. While during the visit of Quid-e-Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto government high school he directed the assistant engineer Abdul Qadir Channer to repair the building. He also directed local administration to establish the libraries in schools.
Sindh Professors and & Subject Specialist Association (SPSSA) Conducted Meeting
Meeting conducted in Government High School Ghulam Hussain Hidayat ullah by the chairman (SPSSA) Mr Murtaza Khose to discuss the time scale issue and other relevant matters, however, on the occasion; he severely criticized the growing corruption in education department. In addition to this, he briefed to participants that ACR has been submitted on 20th March 2013, but, matter of all Sindh subject specialists whose time scale has not been resolved yet. In the meeting, he indicated wide range of protest to be launched if their issues were not resolved.
Legal Action demanded against the Existing Mafia in Education Department
The president of taluka Latifabad of Muslim league (F) Shehraz Rajpoot while addressing the seminar said that education of Sindh has been destroyed and has reached to its alarming position. He further said that dual system in education creates the discrimination between the poor and the rich. He said that Muslim League Functional is against such dual system in education and demands only one system of education for both the poor and the rich. Finally, he said action should be taken all those factors that are causing the inequality in the education system in Sindh.
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The education fallacy by Hassan Javed
One of the most oft-repeated mantras you hear in Pakistan is the idea that education is somehow a panacea for all of the country’s ills. If only more attention was paid to providing the populace with education, the logic goes, poverty, deprivation, bigotry, and intolerance would simply disappear, and rivers of milk and honey would flow through the streets of Pakistan. While it is undeniable that there are obvious benefits to providing greater access to quality education, it also has to be recognised that this approach, usually defined by an almost single-minded focus on literacy indicators, is unlikely to do much good unless accompanied by broader structural reforms aimed at addressing the economic constraints that perpetuate inequality and impede social mobility.
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Religious discrimination: Plaguing the educated class by Jaisha Syeda
My heart wept when a house in Gujranwala was set ablaze, in July this year, just because it belonged to an Ahmadi family. At the time, I attributed this wave of extreme religious attitudes across the country to the lack of education in most of its parts. I was successful in finding solace in the thought that once educated, our society would be able to traverse such petty differences and the majority would learn to live in harmony with the minorities. On September 10, 2014, the day the society elections at IBA-Karachi took place, my utopian ideas were shattered. That day, I could see the future of Pakistan toppled in front of my eyes.
Activating citizenship, deepening democracy by Zafarullah Khan
Civic education is vital to the survival of any civilised nation which intends to uphold basic human values. In democracies around the world, it is being realised that the classroom provides a very intimate and appropriate setting for the cultivation of democratic ideas among youth. Unfortunately, civic education is largely missing from Pakistani classrooms. It is time that Pakistani policy makers and members of civil society wake up to the murderous consequences of denying students education in peaceful civic engagement. While there is great emphasis on increasing enrollment in Pakistan, little or no attention is paid to the quality of education in educational institutions. The result is overcrowding in schools which are no better than “educational jails”. Schools across Pakistan promote rote learning which produces students who can be labeled as doctors, engineers, managers, teachers and officers but lack essential analytical and creative thinking skills. Furthermore, the education system is failing to inculcate values of active and effective citizenship.