September 24, 2014

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Rally in Mansehra against changes in school curricula

Shabab-i-Milli and Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba on Tuesday took out a rally to protest changes in the school curricula and asked the government to restore the deleted lessons regarding Islamic and national history. `We will not allow the government to delete lessons regarding Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islamic history in the curricula and to include lessons regarding Mahatma Gandi and Nelson Mendela,` said Kamran Riaz, the Shabab-i-Milli president, while speaking at the protest. The joint rally, which was taken out from the technical college culminated at Khatma-i-Nabuwwat chowk after marching on various roads. The protesters majority of them students were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans in support of their demands. They also chanted against the government for allegedly introducing western culture in the curricula.

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Islamic chapters yet to be revived in KP school syllabus

Chapters regarding revered Islamic personalities and Quranic verses were removed from the school curriculum soon after PTI took over the charge of government in KP. The new and controversial curriculum was approved two years back by Awami National Party but because of the protests, the books were not published by the text book board and the pupils were given the old syllabus books.

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Students protest shortage of classrooms

Students of the Government Secondary School, Muraliwala, held a protest on Tuesday against shortage of classrooms and non-provision of furniture and other facilities. They said the school administration did not allot them any classrooms and they were attending classes in the open and they had to take an off in extreme weather conditions. They demanded the chief minister order construction of their new school building and classrooms on a priority instead of distributing laptops. Shahzad Hasan, the school headmaster, said he had informed the higher authorities about the issue. The old building of the school, founded in 1870, had been declared dangerous by the administration, he said, adding that school had 876 students but it did not have enough classrooms to accommodate all of them in classrooms.

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The Government College University, Lahore, despite all the financial challenges, has disbursed scholarships worth rupees 32 million among its 1,200 financially-challenged students in the last academic year, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman while addressing a 11-member delegation from National School of Public Policy (NSPP) during their visit to the Government College University, Lahore. The delegation, led by NSSP senior faculty member Muhammad Illyas, discussed with the Vice Chancellor policy formulation, vision, financial resources, research output and future plans of GCU. 

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HEC commission to meet on Friday

Galvanized into action after being reprimanded by the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Training, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has called its governing body’s meeting on September 26 (Friday). The Senate body, on Thursday, had questioned multiple delays in holding the HEC’s commission meeting. The governing board running the HEC consists of 18 members: two federal secretaries, four representatives of the provinces, an executive director, one vice chancellor and 10 nominees of the prime minister. Meetings of the HEC’s commission or governing body are held to take policy decisions about higher education in the country. The 18-member commission is currently short of nine members.

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College wants rented-out property returned

The administration of the Islamabad Model Postgraduate College, H-9 has told a contractor who had rented 16 shops inside the college building to vacate them at the earliest. The shops, situated in the sports ground building of the college, were rented out to a private party in 2012 by then Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General Atif Kayani at nominal rates. Rented out with the consent of the college administration, the shops have been a long-standing issue between the college and the tenant. Sources say the college principal was not taken into confidence about the deal and shops were rented out for Rs 5,000 a month each. Besides, a tenancy agreement was also signed between the FDE and the tenant.

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PM&DC orders probe against medical college

Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan, president of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC), has ordered to hold a high-level inquiry against Shifa College of Medicine and Dentistry Islamabad on the directions of Islamabad high court. The inquiry committee will most probably be headed by Justice Tariq Pervaiz while Prof Dr Noushad A Sheik, vice chancellor Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS), and Prof Dr Mian Rasheed will be its members. The PM&DC has stopped admissions of Shifa College of Medicine at the directions of IHC vide its order W.P.No.3889 of 2014. Islamabad high Court (IHC) directed Shifa College of Medicine and dentistry to stop its medical and dental admissions until further orders.

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Daily-wage employees of model colleges protest

Non disbursement of salary since the last four months to hundreds of daily wages employees working in Model colleges and former FG schools in federal capital has caused embarrassment among them and their families.  Daily wages employees said that CAD had promised to pay the salary on the eve of  Eid ul Fitar but now Eid ul Azha is approaching fast  but disbursement of salary still seems to be distant dream. The daily wages employees through an application has appealed to state minister for CAD that they have been serving in model colleges and former FG schools in Islamabad since the last several years but payment of salaries has been suspended since the last 4 months due to lack of students fund.

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Get those schools vacated!

IHC issues show cause notices to Interior Secretary, IG Police for not vacating educational institutions. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday issued show cause notices to Inspector General Police Islamabad and Secretary Interior for not vacating educational institutions of Islamabad that are being used by Punjab Police and other law enforcement agencies summoned to deal with the two sit-ins of PAT and PTI.

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IIUI head announces new block

President of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has announced the building a new academic block for students of the Faculty of Shariah and Law (FSL). Speaking on the occasion of visiting the campus, Dr Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh said the university was mulling over building a new block for the students of the faculty as a number of foreign and local students have shown immense interest for admission in the faculty. He urged students to devote themselves to their studies and advised them to work for the dissemination of justice in the society after they pass out from the institution.

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Bright future associated with educated, healthy youths: CM

Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that the bright future of any nation is associated with educated and healthy children. “Government is utilising all available resources for well-being, education and health of girls and boys,” the chief said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of seven-day long camp of Balochistan Girls Guide Association (BGGA) on Tuesday. He said that those nations which had worked hard and educated their people were enjoying prosperous life and bright future. “Balochistan needs professionals. 

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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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Fata teachers to boycott classes after Eidul Azha

All Fata Teachers Association has threatened to boycott classes and stage protest demonstration after Eidul Azha if government fails to notify upgradation of its 16,000 members. Addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, AFTA president Haji Khan Malik Mahmood said that the previous government had accepted their demands pertaining to upgradtion and promotion and initiated work on the plan because several teachers got the incentives for several months. However, Fata Secretariat stopped the incentives rather started recovery from the teachers, he said.

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Rally for Promoting Education in Sindh

Global Children Network and SRO organized rally in Sajawal for promoting education in Sindh. Rally started from local press club to Main Primary School. Assistant Commissioner Dr Asif Raheem, Faisal Hassan, Arfan Samo, Hafiz Sharefani and others spoke on the occasion. They said parents should pay full attention towards their children. Later on, representatives of the organizations enrolled the children into nearby school.

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Mehran Degree College of Moro faces acute shortage of teaching Staff

Mehran Degree College Moro, district Naushoro Feroz, is facing shortage of teaching as well as administrative staff. Still today, 13 positions of principal and lecturers are vacant, since last years. Few lectures are teaching 1500 students which are very hard to manage the classes of 800 students of first year, 700 second years and BA part one and two. There is no teacher for Botany, Physics, Zoology and English. Director Colleges banned the admission in the first year classes.  In charge principal said, he had informed to authority for the shortage of teaching staff. Due to lack of interest of government education of poor student is destroying.  Students said those who can afford are getting tuition from the private tuition center but poor students are suffering.  On the hand, citizens of Moro demanded from the Sindh Government to appoint more teachers to save the education of hundreds of students.

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Primary School Needs Repairing

Primary School Dheran Rind, near Maksoodo Rind, district Sanghar needs repairing, as, it has reached to its alarming position. Sometime, parts of roof are collapsing that have created fear among the students and teachers. Villagers said, school has been constructed in 1995 and since then it does not have repaired. Teacher Mr Mohammad Soomar told to media that he has informed to higher authorities many times but still not receive any response from their side. On the other hand, villagers demanded from the higher authorities to repair the school build avoid any damage.

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MNA takes notice of the school running without roof

Girls’ Primary School Shahni Mohalla, district Dadu is running without roof. As it is located in the neighborhood of three PPP MPAs, but, PPP MNA Mr Rafique Jamali took notice of the school and directed Education Workers Department to start repairing school on the priority basis. Since one and half year 150 girls students are being taught in hot sky, but, none of the three current and one from MPA took notice of it. After the complain of PPP city president Gul Hussain Qambrani, PPP MNA Rafiq Jamali took notice of it and asked Engineer Education Works Department Mr Yaqoob lund to visit the school and start its work on priority basis.

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Rally against Shortage of Sindhi Female Teachers

Students of High School Kot Ghulam, district Meerpur Khas observed protest against the shortage of female teachers who teach them Sindhi Subject. Currently, male teachers are teaching them Sindhi which cause them irritation and discomfort. Students warn, if Sindhi teacher would not be appointed they would go on for hunger strike and sit-in in front of the local press club. On the other hand, Principal of High School Ms Rukhsana Bhurari has confirmed that they have decided to appoint Sindhi teacher soon.

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Teachers Protest for their Demands

Teachers protested before the office of the Accounts Office Ghotki on the call of GASTA District President Mr. Saeed Ahmed Naich. The rally was conducted against the illegal means of corruption of Additional Accounts Officer Mr. Arshad Qureshi. The Protestants declared that they are enforced to pay money for their legal work in the office. But the situation was peacefully settled by the District Accounts Officer Mr. Usman Ahmed. 

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School closed by the feudal lord

A primary school at village Paryo Masan, Badah, District Larkana was forcibly closed by the landlord Mr. Habib Masan and declared that he is not given job order in the school, because, he has provided plot for the school building. He promised to continue this protest till to receiving positive results from the higher authority.

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Rally for the restoration of Higher Secondary School Principal

A rally was organized against the transfer of Higher Secondary School Principal, Professor Mr. Farooque Ahmed Bhagat at Sobho Dero, District Khairpur by different organizations, PPSH BH, Trade Association and others.  APC praised the educational efforts of Mr. Farooque Ahmed Bhagat and demanded to restore the transfer order of the principal at Sobhodero School to save the education of poor students.

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Drain Water causes trouble for the Students

Students remained confined at homes due to stagnant water of the poring gutters before Qadir Pur Girls School District Ghotki. The citizens protested against the district higher authority for their non seriousness over the issue. They demanded immediate resolution of the issue.

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Students’ rally for registration of Asifa Dental College

Students of Asifa Dental College District Larkana continued a protest rally for the registration of the college. On that occasion Dr. Amna, Dr. Mr. Zain Khaskheli and others declared that college is affiliated with the name of Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana, yet, it has not been registered. They demanded for the immediate registration of Dental College, as, students may not face any difficulty.

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Sindh Education at the lowest ebb in the 21st Century

In a meeting of Awami Jamhoori Party the president Mr Karam Wasan put all the dust on the shoulders of ruling class of Sindh which has brought the education at the stake. Feudal lords are indeed major cause behind the situation. On the occasion; Mr. Wishnu mal , Mr. Hakeem Zangejo, Mr. Rasheed Bhatti, Mr. Mukhtiar Abasi , Mr. Kaleem Malik and others condemned the injustice of the ruling class against the Sindhi people.

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Fans and other office equipment are stolen from educational institutes

Fans were stolen from a government Primary School Bukhari by unknown persons. While on the other hand, on the same night electric water pump was theft from ADOE male office. Such an incident happened earlier in a government primary school situated in village Roshan Brohi where unknown people stolen fans from school. A villager Muhammad Iqbal carrying the Holy Quran and appealed the people to stop this exercise from within the Educational Institutions.

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District Officer Education visits School

Mr. Nasir Ahmed Jogi visited the government high school after 10 long years when villagers strongly protested against the closure of school. He inquired about the SMC funds and about irregularity of the teachers. He directed teachers to sustain and restore the education system in the area.

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Surprise Visits to Schools

ADO Mehar, district Dadu visited almost ten primary and middle schools including Qazi Arif, Kamangar ,Kotia, Qaim Jatoi, Ghar ji Jageer, Slera, Qadir Bakhsh Rind and others. Whereas, ADO suspended the salaries of five absent teachers by issuing them show cause notice.

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Protest against the injustice of Principle

JSSF and JSQM protested and observed token hunger strike at Shaheed Bhutto Chowk for twenty four hours against the injustice of Principal of Degree College Qambar. While talking to the media, President JSQM said that we are protesting against the injustice of Principal since last many days peacefully. But, the Principal of College, in spite of resolving the problems, has lodged FIR against the students. They demanded immediate removal of the cases and resolution of the problems.

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Protest against reappointment of corrupt teacher

Residents of Majeed Keerio, Shaheed Benazirabad, protested at Karachi against the reappointment of Ms. Najma Khoso, subject specialist, Islamia Higher Secondary College Nawabshah to Girls School Majeed Keerio. While speaking to media, they said that “she is corrupt teacher, because in 1998 she took away all the funds and ruined the school.” They further added that they complained many times, but no any serious action has been taken for the removal of the corrupt teacher. They demanded for the removal of the teacher and appointment of an honest and committed teacher.

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Deputy Commissioner visits schools

Deputy Commissioner Larkana Mr. Ghanwar Khan Laghari visited different schools of Larkana district. He issued orders to complete construction work of the district schools within time frame. On that occasion, he showed anger on the absent teachers, Mr. Abdul Sattar Bhutto, and Mr. Karam Ali. On that visit, he ensured the complete presence of teachers in the school to the villagers of Ratodero District Larkana.

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Encroachment case: SHC asks education department director to swear an oath

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday ordered the education department’s director for colleges to swear an oath that a girls’ college building that was under construction in Gulshan-e-Iqbal was being illegally occupied by land grabbers. He was also asked to name them. Implications of swearing on oath given the case history, when the court asked the director to make a statement about the construction of the college building, he did, but the bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, doubted him and he was asked to swear an oath.

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