11th November 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Private schools sign up for BISE Assessment

In order to evaluate students and keep a check on private schools, 521 private schools have registered themselves for 5th grade assessment with Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Peshawar.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611110269&EN_ID=11201611110091&EMID=11201611110042



Public School Inaugurated

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education inaugurated a six-room primary school in Kohat, completed with an estimated cost of Rs. 13.2 million

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/11/national.php


Students seek merger of FATA with KP

FATA Students Organisation has demanded an immediate merger of tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with separate seats for tribal women in Senate and National Assembly and provincial assembly.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_182_001


Problems faced by Primary School Teachers

President of All Primary Teachers Association (APTA) KP, has said that shifting SDEO Peshawar office to another station is creating trouble for teachers in getting their issues solved because now they have to travel a great distance to get there.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103851611&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20161111


Teachers to receive training under British Council Program

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Mohammad Atif Khan has said that the provincial government will send school teachers for advanced training under the British Council program soon to improve the quality of education.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1295657/students-seek-immediate-merger-of-fata-with-kp


Dir College Students Rally for Teachers` Promotion

Hundreds of students of the Government Postgraduate College, Timergara, held a rally in support of their teachers on Thursday. Teachers who had been demanding the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to grant one step promotion to college teachers. Students chanted slogans against the government reached the Shaheed Chowk in front of the press club.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_182_007


Up in Arms: Class-IV candidates block Abbottabad Road

Candidates for Class-IV employee posts have staged a protest against the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital administration, accusing officials of favouritism. Due to their protest, the Abbottabad Road was blocked for traffic for two hours; the police resorted to a baton charge to disperse the demonstrators.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611110391&EN_ID=11201611110135&EMID=11201611110059




Protest in Nushki

General Public of Nushki, including students, were protesting in front of District Leader PML (N) office, against the deteriorating condition of health, education and sanitation in their area. They were demanding that new teachers be hired for schools and text books be provided by the government.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103850832&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161111


Traders and BRC protest

President Trade Union Balochistan, has said that the union endorses the demands of BRC (Balochistan Residential College) teachers in Loralai, Turbat, and Khuzdar. He made this statement while appraising educational services provided by BRC in Balochistan.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103850833&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161111



Teachers’ Issues

Provincial Education Minister, Abdul Raheem, recently discussed education-related matters in a meeting with Senior Educational Staff Association of Balochistan. He said that the development of the education sector and facilitation of teachers are the topmost priorities of the government.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103850849&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161111




Students protest against cancellation of Education Package

Students have protested against the government’s decision to cancel the Education Package. Students have asserted that this decision will destroy their educational future. They said that they will not let the government close educational institutes. 

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-11&edition=ISL&id=2726207_54792814




CDWP approves Education Projects

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) cleared 15 development projects at an estimated cost of Rs29.3 billion here on Thursday. At the meeting, two projects of Higher Education Commission (HEC) worth Rs2.2bn were approved. These included upgrading universities in backward areas, with a of cost Rs1.3bn including a foreign exchange component of Rs2.323bn, as well as the development of a new campus of Government College University Faisalabad (Phase 2) worth Rs920m with FEC of Rs94m.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1295503/15-development-projects-worth-rs30bn-approved




Private Medical Colleges may approach court against policy for regularized admissions

Private medical colleges may be going to court against the new policy devised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) according to which Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, also known as the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), is to prepare merit lists for seven medical colleges in the federal capital from this year on.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_153_006


Model College employees resume duties

Teaching and non-teaching staff members of Islamabad’s Model Colleges have resumed their duties, after remaining on strike for more than three weeks. The purpose of the strike was to pressurize the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) management to accept their demands, especially those related to the promotion and up-gradation of posts.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-11-2016/page20.asp




No Annual Sports at FDE Schools In Years

For many years now, the annual sports events have not been held in 422 educational institutions being run by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). The annual event, which is a part of the educational calendar in Islamabad, includes cricket, hockey, basketball, football, kabaddi, tug-of-war, table tennis and other sports.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_153_001


Educating Pakistan: Minister calls for overhauling exam system

There is a need to overhaul the examination system in order to discourage cheating, said the Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engineer Balighur Rehman.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611110384&EN_ID=11201611110133&EMID=11201611110058


Laptops distributed among students

State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Balighur Rehman distributed laptops among high achievers in intermediate examinations, here on Thursday. He also attended the closing ceremony of a workshop on education assessment, where he said that scholarships for high achieving matric and intermediate students has been increased to Rs 50,000 a year in order as a token of appreciation.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_153_002


Students debate on importance of Human Rights Education

Speakers at a debate competition have emphasized on the need to include human rights education in the curriculum. They also discussed human rights and the emerging role of the youth in this area.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_152_004


FBISE awards laptops to position holders 

Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) held a ceremony to distribute laptops among position holder students yesterday. Laptops have been awarded to top three position holders in the HSSC examinations on the directions of President of Pakistan.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2016-11-11/page-4/detail-2



Well-Being Centre launched at BU

Bahria University has launched a Well-Being Centre (WBC) at its Islamabad Campus. Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz, HI (M) inaugurated the centre here on Thrusday.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-11-2016/page13.asp


Education key to country’s development: Experts

Education is a benchmark for excellence and is crucial for any developing country like Pakistan and the key to achieving sustainable development and prosperity.  This was stated by senior British Educationist David T.P Game, while he was talking to media personnel here at Taxila Museum the other day. Irram Allauddin, Director South Asia of David Game Group of Colleges and Secretary General Gandhara Art and Culture Association Easter Park was also present on this occasion.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2016-11-11/page-14/detail-9


HEC team attends Professional Development Programme in Turkey

A 21-member team of Higher Education Commission (HEC) recently attended a week-long professional development programme in Turkey to learn about quality assurance mechanisms in higher education.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2016-11-11/page-14/detail-1


IIUI’s Seminar on Importance of translation today

Department of Translations and Interpretation Faculty of Arabic, International Islamic University Islamabad will hold a seminar with the title “Translation Studies: A need in the globalised world” today (Friday) at the Central Library of the university.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2016-11-11/page-14/detail-6


FDE’s Daily Wage Employees Move Court

Daily wage employees of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the regularisation of their services. After listening to the arguments of the petitioners on Thursday, IHC Justice Athar Minallah sought a report of the government’s stance on the matter.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1295643/fdes-daily-wage-employees-move-court





Extensive Training For BISE Examination Staff

After candidates filed complaints regarding ‘faulty marking’ in the intermediate (part-1) examinations, educational boards arranged training for paper setters, checkers, head examiners, coordinators, supervisors and officials of confidential press under a phased program that concluded on Thursday.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_177_013


Students resume studies at schools along the Indian border

District administration has partially opened government schools in Indian shelling-hit villages, after a three week break in the wake of unprovoked shelling by Indian BSF in villages along the border.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-11-11/page-21/detail-3


Say No to Drugs: Anti-Drug crackdown ordered at schools across Punjab

Education authorities have ordered a crackdown against the use of drugs, with a special focus on smoking, at public schools across the province.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611110353&EN_ID=11201611110122&EMID=11201611110054


Protest by teachers’ alliance

Grand Teachers Alliance Punjab (GTAP) recently organised a peaceful protest against the Punjab government. Dozens of teachers, carrying banners and placards in support of their demands, chanted slogans against what they termed the government’s ‘anti-teachers and anti-education’ policies.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/amp/161389-Teachers-protest



12 teachers, Health employees found absent in Landikotal

Officials of the agency administration visited several state-run schools and health facilities in Kam Shalman and Loey Shalman and found 12 employees absent from duties.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-11-2016/page2.asp


668 UVAS students receive PM’s laptops

As many as 668 students of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore, were given laptops under the Prime Minister’s National Youth Laptop Scheme yesterday.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2016-11-11/page-5/detail-2



PU awards 2 PhD degrees

Punjab University (PU) has awarded two PhD degrees to scholars. Mariyam Hafeez has been awarded PhD in the subject of Statistics after the approval of her thesis

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/lahore/11-11-2016/page14.asp


Teacher accused of blackmailing woman online denied bail

A division bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed a bail application of a male teacher, Muhammad Munawar, who is accused of blackmailing a married woman by posting her morphed pictures on a social networking website on Thursday.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-11/lahore/7747/48861





3,600 Employees of Education Department yet to receive salaries

3,600 employees of the Education Department, including teaching and non- teaching staff appointed in 2012 during the tenure of Pakistan Peoples Party have been deprived of their salaries since the last four years, Daily Times learnt on Friday.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-11/lahore/7745/48868


No room for corrupt officials in Education Department: Minister

Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that there is no room for incompetent and corrupt officials in the Education Department. Secretary (Schools) Dr Faizullah Pechuhu and education officers from Hyderabad, Larkana, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur divisions also attended the meeting.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2016-11-11/page-14/detail-8



KU Finance Director not acceptable: Karachi University Teachers Society

An Executive Council meeting of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) was held at the KU Staff Club on Thursday. KUTS acting president Prof Dr Maqsood Ansari chaired the meeting.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2016-11-11/page-13/detail-5



Collaborative Ties: ‘KU’s Partnership with EU is two decades old’

The partnership between Area Study Centre for Europe, Karachi University, and the European Union (EU) is almost two decades old and still going strong, said the director of the centre, Dr Uzma Shujaat.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611110337&EN_ID=11201611110116&EMID=11201611110051


Merit based decisions

Chairman Secondary Board Karachi, Professor Dr. Saeed-ul-Din, has said that all decisions about the Matric Board will be done on the basis of merit. He stated this in a meeting with APCA Karachi Division members.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/11-11-2016/Karachi/page13.asp


Biometric System to improve attendance

ADC Sanghar and Head District Monitoring Team, Rayaz Laghari, has said that the Biometric system is a good way to maximize teachers’ attendance in public schools. He told the media that with this system, we will achive 99 percent teachers’ attendance.

Complete story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-11-11/page-12



HU signs another pact with Stanford University

Keeping up with an earlier collaboration with Stanford University (SU), Habib University (HU) has signed another pact with Stanford which will include faculty exchange and research programs at the Stanford Global Studies Division in Northern California, United States.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/163969-HU-signs-another-pact-with-Stanford-University





Pakistan’s Education Sector

Our nation’s education sector has always been the state’s stepchild. Its failures and weaknesses cannot be overestimated and while this issue does not make it to authorities’ concerns, it does appear in public discussions. At the Sindh Literature Festival held in Karachi last week, Sindh Madressatul Islam University Vice Chancellor, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh raised the issue of Pakistan’s faulty university rankings. 

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611110072&EN_ID=11201611110022&EMID=11201611110010


Why English?

A young mother recounted to me her harrowing experience of her daughter`s schooling in Lahore. The child was asked by her teacher to report \ classmates who spoke a language other than English at school. When I heard this, I was saddened but not shocked. Many parents have had a similar experience. Worse still, many believe that this is the only way to learn English.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_11_2016_009_003