13th September 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Girls’ schools in Swabi effaced by neglect

There is a dearth of faculty members and facilities at Government Girls High School (GGHS) No 1 and 2 in Yar Hussain, Swabi. A large number of locals are distressed by the sorry state of affairs. They have pressed the provincial government to address the situation and secure a bright future for girls in one of the largest towns of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Learning perseverance: Why 300 students continue attending an overcrowded school in Swat

Students at Sigram Government Primary School too frequently find themselves unable to focus on the teachers’ lectures. The reason here however is not a short attention span; it is that they study in classrooms where as many as two other classes are simultaneously being taught.

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KP fails to fulfil claims regarding women’s education

Successive governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have failed to realize their tall claims of championing women’s education and increasing education sector resources for women’s institutions in the province.

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Girls forced to study at ‘home school’

Students of a Government Girls' Primary School in Sakhara Fazil Garhi, Matta tehsil, are forced to continue their education at the house of the school's former watchman due to lack of a proper building.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/khyber-pakhtunkhwa/12-Sep-16/girls-forced-to-study-at-homeschool


Private educational institutions have rejected primary exams

A meeting of the Provincial Action Council was held in Rose Red Montessori and High School under the presidency of the General President of the All Pakistan Private Schools Association. In the meeting, it was decided that they will not accept the decisions of primary board exams. The expected results from the board will be not good and if the system of primary exams is started then a large number of Matric students will leave their education.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103744197&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160913


Timargara advises to increase security of Education institutes

DSP Timargara Hadayatullah Shah has given advice that security cameras should be installed in schools, the height of boundary walls should be increased to 12 feet, and emergency exits should be built in all schools.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103743915&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160913


Team visits HEC affiliated institutes

A team of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal, Upper Dir, visited affiliated educational institutes in Chitral on Monday on the directives of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). 

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Information about Afghan students being collected in Swabi

The authorities have directed the heads of public sector educational institutions to provide them with complete information about Afghan students, studying in their schools and colleges.

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CM asks federal govt to release KP’s share of Rs20 billion

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has asked the federal government to release to the province its share of Rs20 billion for access to education, health and other public welfare schemes.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/149925-CM-asks-federal-govt-to-release-KPs-share-of-Rs20-billion





24 million children still out of schools in Pakistan: UNICEF

According to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) 24 million children between the ages of five and 16 year are still out of school. Educationists are of the view that though some integral measures have been taken, much needs to be done to decrease this figure.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/13-Sep-16/24-million-children-still-out-of-schools-in-pakistan-unicef


Examiners awaiting remuneration

The Secondary School Certificate examiners engaged by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education have complained about the prolonged non-payment of remuneration for paper checking.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/149940-Examiners-awaiting-remuneration


13 varsities to be turned into ‘smart campuses’

The government is set to turn 13 public sector universities across the country into ‘smart campuses’ by the end of the year. The programme aims to install Wi-Fi facilities at varsities to provide free wireless internet access for students, faculty and researchers.

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FDE teachers promised time-scale promotions

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE)’s Director Schools Sadia Adnan has said that work on the timescale is under way and teachers will soon get promotions.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1181366/good-news-fde-teachers-promised-time-scale-promotions/


CADD tells FDE to explain ‘illegal’ transfer orders

Instead of concentrating on the fundamental purpose of its establishment, the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has issued orders to the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) asking it to restrain itself from transferring and postings but the FDE appears to be in no mood to comply with CADD orders.

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High school lacks potable water

The Government MC High School, Jhang Road, has no clean drinking water facility. Students have to bring water in coolers every day from a filtration plant on Bhalair Road.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283803/high-school-lacks-potable-water


Underprivileged students deprived of facilities at schools

The sincerity in efforts of the authorities in providing education to the poor who make up majority of the country’s population can be judged by a visit to state-run primary schools supposed to educate under-privileged children.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283802/underprivileged-students-deprived-of-facilities-at-schools


Schoolteachers to launch protest drive from 17th

A teachers’ union has announced that they will stage protest demonstrations, boycott examinations and shut down schools across the province if the government does not stop “privatisation” of schools.

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5th and 8th Grade Exam Schedule Announced

Punjab Examination Commission has announced the exam schedule for 5th and 8th classes. Exams will be taken on 3rd of February next year. Registration of candidates will be done from 1st to 31st October.

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Lahore, the city of dreams for Baloch students

The Punjab government started offering scholarships to the students from Balochistan, the least developed province of the country, to study in its educational institutions in 2012. The Punjab University has allocated a quota of 100 reserved seats in its 72 departments (for Bachelors and Masters degrees) for Baloch students on fully paid scholarships.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283810/lahore-the-city-of-dreams-for-baloch-students


University of Education VC given additional charge

University of Education Lahore’s Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Rauf-i-Azam has been assigned the additional charge of the post of VC University of Sahiwal. According to a notification issued by the Higher Education Department Punjab, the additional charge has been assigned following the approval of the Governor/Chancellor. 

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Non-compliance of directive on TTS: HEC may cut grant

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) may cut grants to universities that have appointed teachers serving under Tenure Track System on admin posts against HEC orders.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283819/non-compliance-of-directive-on-tts-hec-may-cut-grant


24 seminary students with expired visas released

The 24 students belonging to various Asian and African countries arrested for illegally residing in a seminary were set free on Monday evening after Punjab government withdrew the case registered against them under the Foreigners Act.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283820/24-seminary-students-with-expired-visas-released




Hyderabad board declares intermediate exam results

Girls clinched all three top positions in the pre-medical and general science groups while the other three ones in the pre-engineering group went to boys as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Hyderabad announced results of the annual examinations-2016 of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) on Monday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283698/hyderabad-board-declares-intermediate-exam-results



Degree, Private Institutes are playing an important role in the provision of education

Vice chairman of District Council Mirpurkhas Mir Ahmad Khan has said that private educational institutions have an important role in the provision of education, and to face the challenges of the modern era we have to mutually work hard and motivate bright students.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-13-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=176285


Sindh University, Workshop organized for teachers of Elementary College

The University of Sindh Jamshoro Faculty of Education Elsa Qazi Campus Hyderabad organized a one day workshop for teachers of Elementary College. Dean of Faculty of Education Dr. Saleh Parveen has said that the workshop is organized to provide the latest information to teachers about their relative subjects.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-13-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=176290


Book on Larkana’s old school launched

A Sindhi book Heera, Lal Moti written by octogenarian writer and researcher Dr Ghulam Ali Sangi was launched here at the Knowledge Centre the other day.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283697/book-on-larkanas-old-school-launched




Setting ourselves back a century by Imaan Mazari Hazir

The UN Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 highlights that Pakistan is alarmingly lagging behind in implementing its primary and secondary education targets. This is despite the fact that Pakistan has repeatedly voiced its commitment to securing universal education, a key component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/149981-Setting-ourselves-back-a-century


Should school administrators be allowed to harass students over non-payment of fees? By Laila Raza

Harassing children over non-payment of fee appears to be a policy most private school religiously adhere to. This harassment includes, calling out the fee defaulters in the midst of a lesson, announcing the names of children during the school assembly and sticking warning notes in diaries.

Complete Story: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/40351/should-school-administrations-be-allowed-to-harass-students-over-non-payment-of-school-fee/


Letters to the Editor


Failing education

According to the UN, Pakistan is the only country who is not working to bring improvement in the education sector. Pakistan is around 50 years behind in its primary education and 60 years behind in its secondary education.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/letters/13-Sep-2016/failing-education