12th October 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Technical College constructed 11 years ago still not functional

Peshawar: Government Technical College Lower Dir, constructed 11 years ago, is yet to become functional. A District Council member told The News that several million Rupees had been spent on the construction of the college. He pinned the blame on the change of governments, and their consequent changing priorities in education. The MPA for the respective constituency has submitted a motion in the Provincial Assembly, asking for a report on the status of the college.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/156707-Technical-college-in-Lower-Dir-yet-to-be-made-functional

Islamia College and Educational-Scientific Productive Complex Kyrgyzstan sign MoU

Peshawar: A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Islamia College and the International University of Kyrgyzstan’s Educational-Scientific Productive Complex, agreeing on collaboration between the two institutions in fields of scientific inquiry. The Higher Education Commission sponsored Islamia College’s Vice Chancellor visit to the university in Kyrgyzstan.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/icu-iuk-sign-academic-collaboration-mou/


Classes at Takhtbai Commerce College

Peshawar: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has ordered immediate commencement of classes in Takhbai Commerce College in a rented building from next academic session.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_007_006



New exam system planned for 5th, 8th grades

Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education department has decided in principle to introduce a new examination system for fifth and eighth grades in the province.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_007_003


Rs 284m okayed for Frontier Education Foundation Colleges

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved the Rs 284 million grant for the Frontier Education Foundation colleges, asking the relevant authorities to submit a summary on it to him without delay.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_182_003


Community schoolteachers without salaries for four months

Khar: The teachers of the Basic Education Community Schools Programme in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday complained about non-payment of their salaries.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_183_004




Convocation of the Baluchistan University of Science and Technology scheduled for 25th October

Quetta: The date for the annual convocation of the Baluchistan University of Science and Technology has been assigned for 25th October. It has been announced that the chief guest for the occasion will be the current Governor of Baluchistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103795363&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161012


Girls Intermediate College Dilbandeen in a deplorable condition

Quetta: Baluch Students Organization’s Provincial Secretary has expressed his concern over the deplorable state of the Girls Intermediate College Dilbandeen; he stressed that this was the only Intermediate College for girls in the area, and it was a shame that it lacked even the most basic facilities that an educational institute requires, including teachers.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103795360&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161012


It is worrying that course textbooks are not provided

Hub: Course textbooks not being available is the first sign of deteriorating education. The academic year is about to end but textbooks are still not available.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-12-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=193590




UN Day of the Girl celebrated in Islamabad

Islamabad: UN Women, which works for gender equality and the empowerment of women, and Unicef hosted a cricket match at the Pakistan Sweet Homes for more than 70 girls from four schools in connection with the UN International Day of the Girl Child.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_177_004



Biometric attendance system to be instated in Government Education Institues to keep track of absent staff

Islamabad: In light of the increasing complaints regarding absenteeism of school staff, the Federal Directorate of Education has decided that a Biometric attendance system will be instated at all Government run schools and colleges in order to track staff that is skipping its duties. The decision is not being viewed positively by teachers, who are of the opinion that this system will only cause them additional stress and cause a decline in their efficiency. 

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/156724-Schools-to-have-biometric-machines-to-check-skivers


PMDC allowed colleges to charge exorbitant fees

Islamabad: An audit report has revealed that the central body for regulating medical colleges in the country allowed private institutions to charge exorbitant sums of money from students.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201610120086&EN_ID=11201610120027&EMID=11201610120010


Declining CSS results leave top recruiter scratching its head

Islamabad: The disappointing results of this year’s competitive exam for civil services cast a pall over the education sector and left both students and the top recruiter shell-shocked.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201610120021&EN_ID=11201610120006&EMID=11201610120003


AIOU Admission tests to be held between 15 and 20 October

Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University has announced that merit based admission tests for the current year’s programs will held between 15 and 20 October. The programs for which admission tests will be conducted include PhD, Masters and MBA degrees. Details regarding the test will mailed by university authorities to all candidates who have already submitted their admission forms.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103796670&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20161012




UET syndicate members point out ‘TTS anomalies’

Lahore: The two syndicate members of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) have expressed serious concern over, what they say, non-compliance of the Tenure Track System statutes in the university.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_177_009


AIOU established a special center for the education of blind students

Lahore: AIOU established a special center for the education of blind students. These students can utilize the facility of Digital library.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-10-12/page-2/detail-26



Schedule of examinations for Class V, VI , Matric and Intermediate released

Rawalpindi: Dates for the examinations of the above listed classes have been released. According to the official statement, admission documents for Class V and VI will be accepted until October 31st; for Metric, the admissions will be accepted until October 20 and admission form submission for Intermediate exams will be done in January.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103796688&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20161012




Sindh Education Foundation allegedly wasting funds on closed schools in the province

Karachi: SEF is allegedly wasting funds assigned to it by merely issuing warnings to private schools rather than cutting the flow of funds to them. The Daily Times tried to contact Managing Director SEF for his take on the issue but he was unavailable for comment.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/12-Oct-16/sef-wasting-funds-on-closed-schools


Materials provided to Garage School

Karachi: 60 kilograms of school supplies were provided to a charity school, Garage School, in Karachi.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-12-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=193592


Pre-admission test of Liaqat Medical University postponed

Jamshoro: The admission test for MBBS and BDS, originally to be held on 30 October, was postponed to 6 November.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-12-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=193598


Samaro: 6 rooms in government school unusable

Samaro: The ancient Government Boys Primary School in Samaro shows the neglect of elected members and the Department of Education. Out of the 22 classrooms, 6 are in very bad condition.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-12-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=193594


Examinations in Mehran University of Engineering and Technology

Hyderabad: The Director Examinations of Mehran University has said that examinations will begin from 17 October.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-12-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=193589


You can choose an educational programme according to the interests of your children: Syed Abidi

Karachi: There are different education systems in Pakistan, including the national syllabus, Cambridge, and IB. It is up to parents to see which system their children want to study in.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-12-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=193778



Letters to the Editor


Kalasha museum and school by M Habibullah Khattak

The people of the three Kalasha valleys do not have even the basic requirements of health. Similar is the case of education.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_009_012


Schools and exercise by Jasir Ahmed

We all know that physical and mental exercise is vital for the growth of children. Sadly, I see more heavy schoolbags than cricket bats and footballs in the hands of our students.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=12_10_2016_009_011