Books distributed among Swat schools
More than 2,000 books were distributed among the libraries of government and private schools during a ceremony here on Saturday. The book exhibition and books distribution ceremony titled “When you open a book, you open a new world” was organised by Swat Education Development Society in collaboration with the Asia Foundation.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206708/books-distributed-among-swat-schools
Kohistan’s tehsil ‘has many ghost schools’
The Alif Ailaan, a non-governmental organisation working for education reform in the country, has found a large number of ghost schools in Pallas Tehsil of Kohistan District. Alif Ailaan regional coordinator Hafizur Rehman along with members of parent-teacher councils visited Pallas and found a large number of ghost schools, where salary was regularly drawn in the name of staff but the buildings were used as cattle pens.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206711/kohistans-tehsil-has-many-ghost-schools
39,000 children including 15,000 girls have been enrolled in schools across Swat in 2015.
Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201009120314&EN_ID=11201009120099&EMID=11201009120049
Terrorism is keeping teachers away from schools
Female teachers are afraid of showing up at work in the government schools of far-flung areas of Hangu District due to the threat of terrorism and sectarian clashes. This was stated by District Education Officer (DEO) Female Farzana Sardar while speaking to The Express Tribune. She added that around seven government primary schools were completely closed in Hangu, while 50 were partially closed.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956230/living-in-fear-terrorism-is-keeping-teachers-away-from-schools/
District administration to resolve tuition fee woes
The Peshawar District Administration has decided to convene a meeting on Monday with all stakeholders to resolve the issue of increase in school fee. “A number of public complaints have been received regarding unjustified increase in fee of private schools,” Peshawar DC Riaz Mehsud said during a press release on Saturday.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/955723/heavy-on-the-pockets-district-administration-to-resolve-tuition-fee-woes/
Ready-to-use school remains closed since 2009
It may have been ready to start educating children in 2009 but the doors of the Government Girls Middle School Urmar Bala remain firmly slammed in students’ faces. Urmar Bala is one of rural union councils of Peshawar District.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956198/under-lock-and-key-ready-to-use-school-remains-closed-since-2009/
Cash and prizes worth Rs115m given to teachers
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan told government school teachers that there is no room for complacency and they must perform their jobs with dignity, dedication and honesty. Khan was addressing a prize distribution ceremony arranged at Government Shaheed Hasnain Sharif Higher Secondary School No. 1, on Friday.
KP Govt. is promoting equity for women, claims Minister
Addressing as a chief guest in the inaugural ceremony of Government Girls Home Economics College in Abbottabad, the KP minister said that the PTI government was based on principles of equity and consistent rule of law which included women at the forefront of economic reconstruction activities and in the nation-building process.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/09/12/news/kp-govt-is-promoting-equity-for-women-claims-minister/
‘Promotion of education sector top priority’
Federal Minister for Hajj and Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousaf has said the PML-N-led district government in Mansehra would give top priority to the promotion of education sector. “The time is not far when Mansehra will turn out to be a role model in education for other districts in the province,” he told a Jinnah Basic School and College function attended by students and parents on Thursday night.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206472/promotion-of-education-sector-top-priority
Teachers asked to focus on character building of students
Speakers at an educational conference called upon teachers to provide proper guidance to students and focus on their character building. The conference was arranged by Tanzeem-i-Asateza, Lower Dir, at the Centennial Model High School here which was attended by the government and private schools teachers.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=14_09_2015_183_006
First home economics college for girls opens
A home-economics college for girls has been inaugurated in Abbottabad. The institute was inaugurated by Minister for Higher Education and Information, Mushtaq Ghani during a ceremony held on Saturday. The principal of college Gul Rukh, Naib-Nazim Tehsil Council Sardar Shujah and Councilor Saeed Malik also attended the inauguration ceremony.
Complete Story: Express Tribune, Peshawar, Page No. 15
Students protest closure of college
Students of the Government Postgraduate College in Bannu on Friday staged protest against the college’s closure and asked the administration to reopen it forthwith. The protesting students carrying banners and placards urged the college administration to reopen the institution.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-339839-Students-protest-closure-of-college-By-our-correspondent
Pesco blamed for delay in start of classes at new Swabi college
There is a long delay in the start of classes at the newly-built Government Girls’ Degree College, Yar Hussain, due to the failure of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company to provide the educational institution with electricity. Under the plan, the college, the first of its kind in the area, is to cater to the surrounding areas of Chota Lahor and Razaar tehsils.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206471/pesco-blamed-for-delay-in-start-of-classes-at-new-swabi-college
Two commerce projects worth Rs70m for KP approved
To promote higher and technical education, the provincial govt has approved two mega projects costing Rs70 million for promotion of commerce and management sciences education in the province. Official sources said on Friday that the govt has accorded high priority to repair and maintenance of buildings of colleges of commence and management sciences in the province especially in flood hit and militancy affected areas including Swat and southern parts of KPK.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/business/12-Sep-2015/newsbrief
Appointment criteria for vice chancellors to be relaxed
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa higher education department has decided to relax the recently-framed criteria for the appointment of vice chancellors to public sector universities in the province over the objection of educationists, who consider it very strict.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206484/appointment-criteria-for-vice-chancellors-to-be-relaxed
Good performance of teachers to be appreciated
District Education Officer Raja Rayyaz Khan while addressing a prize distribution ceremony, stated that efforts are being made to acknowledge good performance of teachers.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-12&edition=ISL&id=1884860_78856864
Tackling lack of teachers at Simli, Girls Government School
A representative from PPP, Malik Mir, has said that the poor condition of Government Girls Model School can be judged from the fact that even though students are present and ready to learn, there aren’t any teachers to teach them.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103066542&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150914
Balochistan Board in shambles
Representatives from JTI Pashtunabad expressed their disappointment over the current state of Balochistan Board. They added that the replacement of Chairman Board is an insufficient measure in itself for the resolution of issues arising out of poor management of the Board.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103066519&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150914
Balochistan Academic Committee meets under VC Dr. Javed Iqbal
The meeting revolved around the agenda of timely implementation, examination and improved performance in MA and MSC courses. Consequently, several key decisions were taken.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103064873&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150913
JTA director demands appointment of Director Education Scholars
Government Teachers Association Balochistan reported that the post of Director Education Scholars has been vacant since a long time which is adversely affecting teachers’ performance. Therefore, a senior Grade 20 officer is required to be appointed at the post as soon as possible.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103064865&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150913
Board of Secondary School and Colleges should be separated; said President SESA
President SESA demanded that the Board of Secondary School and Colleges Balochistan should be separated functionally.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103064745&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150913
Learning Management System
The Higher Education delegation visited Balochistan University under the supervision of Director General Quality Assurance to monitor the educational activities in the university. A Learning Management System will be introduced in the university with the support of World Bank.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103062956&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150912
Opening of closed schools
MNA Manzoor Kakard said that the government is working towards the restoration of closed schools. He added that a big chunk of government’s resources has been allocated for the purpose of education.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-12-2015/quetta/page10.asp
Teachers boycott DEO Zhob
Government Teachers Association and Jamat-e-Islami were reported to be protesting against District Education Officer at Zhob. They stated that they will continue to hold their protest until DEO Zhob is transferred.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-14-2015/quetta/page2.asp
School lacking books
One month has gone by since the start of new academic year but no text books have been made available to schools at Lasbella up till now.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-14-2015/quetta/page7.asp
Dialogue on health reforms at BMC
A dialogue on health reforms was carried out at Bolan Medical College. Secretary Health was also present at the occasion.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-14-2015/quetta/page7.asp
Fata students demand release of scholarships
Students belonging to various tribal regions have expressed concern over the delay in disbursement of scholarships and have urged Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take effective action for timely release of funds and for the increase in admission quota.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=14_09_2015_182_006
Girls’ dropout rate higher than that of boys: Report
Student enrolment drops with increase in class level and dropout rate is higher in girls’ schools as compared to boys’ schools. This was revealed on the launch of a budget tracking social accountability study in education titled “Do Schools Get Money?” The research study by Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) covered 24 districts: Punjab (10 districts), Sindh (6 districts), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (5 districts), Balochistan (2 districts) and Azad Kashmir (1 district).
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/12-Sep-2015/girls-dropout-rate-higher-than-that-of-boys-report
Parents protest sudden rise in school fees
A large number of parents staged a protest in the city on Sunday against the private schools which suddenly and arbitrarily increased fees of schoolchildren. They gathered outside the National Press Club in the heart of the city and marched a short distance to vent their anger against the private schools `operating like a mafia`.
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Private schools need to be dealt with by someone like Ayesha Mumtaz
Although the Competition Commission of Pakistan has started inquiry into the matter of undue fee hike and addition of multiple anonymous heads in the school fee challan, yet, parents of students believe that the private schools need someone like Ayesha Mumtaz to effectively regulate hefty school fees and sub-standard education.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-39635-Private-schools-need-to-be-dealt-with-someone-like-Ayesha-Mumtaz
Baligh ur Rehamn calls school fee hike ‘unjustified’
Minister of State for Education Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman said the current private schools fee hike is unjustified and that adequate legislation must be enacted to ensure that fees are increased in line with inflation rates. The Minister of State on Friday met a delegation of concerned parents at the Pak Secretariat and promised to introduce legislation to regulate school fees in private schools, said a press release here on Friday.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-12/page-13/detail-9
OUP launching new initiatives for schoolchildren
Oxford University Press (OUP) is launching its exciting new initiatives - Oxford Big Read and Oxford Quality School programs. This was announced by Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press (OUP), Pakistan, here at a press conference.
Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1226323/
A National Council is in place for the development of a national curriculum in Pakistan following consultations with all provinces. Unfortunately, the target of developing a national curriculum development has not been achieved so far.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103068146&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150914
Secretary education lauds HEC achievements
Higher Education Commission's (HEC) strict adherence to its policy on illegal campuses was immensely appreciated by Mr. Hassan Iqbal, Federal Secretary for Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training.” HEC is a premier institution and the Government supports its uncompromising stance on quality," he said during his maiden visit to the HEC Secretariat.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/13-Sep-2015/secretary-education-lauds-hec-achievements
Faculty development program ends
A training session for around 34 faculty members concluded on Sunday at the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) Learning Innovation Division (LID). Faculty from public and HEC-funded private higher education institutes nationwide participated in the 25th Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programme.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956251/teacher-training-faculty-development-programme-ends/
Govt. drags its feet on making Urdu official language
International bodies like UNESCO and pedagogical researches establish that high quality education can only be imparted in bilingual or multilingual systems by giving primary importance to the basic language understandable at large. UNESCO promotes mother tongue-based bilingual or multilingual approaches in education - an important factor for inclusion and quality in education.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-39651-Govt-drags-its-feet-on-making-Urdu-official-language
Regular monitoring of private universities stressed
Talking to APP, Ex-Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and former Federal Minister for Education, Dr. Prof Atta-ur-Rahman said, “Indeed, it is creativity and innovation that can make international ranking of a university.” He said the socio-economic development was not possible without linking knowledge with economy, adding it was need of the hour to focus on education at `all levels and disciplines’ to go with the pace of time.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/14-Sep-2015/regular-monitoring-of-private-universities-stressed
Nawaz risks upsetting JUI-F over madrasas issue
Two laws were passed: one in 2001 to create state-controlled and the other in 2002 to register and control them. The first had moderate success, as some religious institutions registered in 2003 with the Pakistan Madrassa Education Board created under this law. The second measure proved unpopular with the madrassas, but the government did partially restrict access of foreign students to the madrassas education system.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/14-Sep-2015/nawaz-risks-upsetting-jui-f-over-madrasas-issue
Youth write messages of peace on school walls to mark UN day
The UN wall campaign was officially launched on Friday in Islamabad at the RCI Millennium Campus I-9/3, Islamabad, where students painted on a prominent wall of the school powerful messages such as “Boys and girls are equal”, “We want a corruption-free society” and “Children should be in school, not at work”.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-12/page-13/detail-6
‘Truck art’ programme hopes to connect education and culture
To create acceptance and respect for Pakistan’s cultural diversity, Lok Virsa brought together children and ‘truck art’ artisans in a week-long engagement titled ‘Truck Art: Engagement with Artisans Programme’. ‘Craft of the month’ is a new strategy by Lok Virsa that aims to groom and direct children by instilling within them an appreciation for their culture and heritage.
HEC chairman invited to int’l education conference
The Cuban government has invited Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed to the 10th International Congress of Higher Education University to be held in February next year.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-14/page-2/detail-9
Making Pakistan Science Conscious
The key message of 9th monthly brainstorming event on ‘Making Pakistan Science Conscious’ organised at the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), Islamabad, was that benefits of science to society can be realised only by popularising and promoting science and technology in the country.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/12-Sep-2015/making-pakistan-science-conscious-participants-of-seminar-stress-need-to-popularise-science
Seminar at AIOU calls for promoting national, regional history
Speakers at the seminar ‘Historians Moot’, held at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), called the educational institutions to promote national and regional history through their academic pursuits. The seminar was arranged by the History Department of the university under awareness and advocacy series.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-14/page-13/detail-6
AIOU to hold workshops on gender studies
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Gender and Women Studies Department will hold a weeklong workshop for the students of gender and women studies programme for the semester Spring tomorrow. The workshop for the students of second semester would be continued till September 20th.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-13/page-13/detail-7
6% of the GDP should be for education
Parents of the successful candidates of the intermediate exams said that the federal government should allocate 6% of the GDP for education sector.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/13-09-2015/p8/story.aspx?param=hakomat-gd-p.jpg
Girls fare better than boys in intermediate results
The Bahawalpur Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Friday announced results of the annual intermediate examination 2015. The overall top position was secured by Iraj Siddique of Punjab College for Women, Rahim Yar Khan, by achieving 1,031 marks.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206501/girls-fare-better-than-boys-in-intermediate-results
Private colleges clinch top positions in inter-exams
All three top positions in the intermediate annual examinations held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi were clinched by the students of private colleges, exposing the mediocre performance of government educational institutes.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206695/private-colleges-clinch-top-positions-in-inter-exams
BISEs announce intermediate results
The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Faisalabad, announced the results of intermediate examination, annual 2015, on Saturday. Board Chairman Ghulam Muhammad said that of the 83,766 candidates, 45,983 passed.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206648/bises-announce-intermediate-results
60.61 % pass inter exams, as BISE declares result
The Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Saturday announced the results of Intermediate Annual Examination-2015, according to which, the overall pass percentage stood at 60.61 percent. A total of 1,52,981 candidates had appeared in the exam, out of which 92,720 passed.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-13/page-14/detail-6
Outstanding performance of Punjab Group of Colleges
Punjab Group of Colleges once again took top positions in intermediate result. A total 119 positions in 9 educational boards of Punjab were secured by PGC.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-12&edition=LHR&id=1885118_38644944
Position holder refuses medal as protest
Hafiz Waqar who stood third in pre-engineering securing 1030 marks refused to accept his medal from the chief guest and recorded his protest against the EDO education. The student said that the EDO has started a phony inquiry against his parents who were teachers in different govt. schools and has also transferred them out of the district based on no reason.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Sep-2015/position-holder-refuses-medal-as-protest
Stitches footballs for a living; secures 1st position in Board
Naveel Shah, who stitches footballs for a living, has secured first position in Humanities Group by securing 958 out of 1,100 marks in intermediate exams. The examinations were recently held under the auspices of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Gujranwala.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Sep-2015/football-stitcher-clinches-1st-position
Parents, civil society protest against fee increase
Around 200 parents and members of the local civil society walked from Five Ways Chowk to the DCO Office in protest against an abrupt fee increase by the Divisional and District Public School (DPS) here on Friday. Protesters claimed that fees were increased twice during the current year and the recent increase of Rs800 was unjustifiable.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206506/parents-civil-society-protest-against-fee-increase
Raise in fee: Schools, parents stick to their guns
While Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has asked the private educational institutions not to increase fees ‘unjustifiably’, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood on Saturday could neither convince the private schools to withdraw recent increase in fee nor the parents to stop their weekly protest.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206658/raise-in-fee-schools-parents-stick-to-their-guns
Committees formed for school fee hike
DCO, Captain Muhammad Usman, said that committees have been formed for the inquiry into the matter of school fee hikes in Punjab. The committees will be responsible for determining adequate school fees in private schools.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-12&edition=LHR&id=1885494_30777805
New buildings for special students
Department of Special Education is developing new buildings for special students at 12 districts including Kallar Sayedaan,Rawalpindi. Secretary Special Education said that 780 million will be spent on 37 development schemes.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-12-2015/pindi/page2.asp
Search operation in schools
Due to security threats to educational institutions, the Department of Interior Affairs started a search operation in surrounding areas of schools in Lahore.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-12&edition=LHR&id=1885149_56269799
Mobile cameras banned at girls’ school and colleges
The Government of Punjab has instructed all District Education Officers to implement its decision of banning the use of mobile cameras at girls’ schools and colleges. The decision was made following the case whereby unauthorized pictures of females were published to social media through hidden cameras.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/14-09-2015/p8/story.aspx?param=punjab.jpg
PEF Training For Students Data
Punjab Education Foundation has announced the training schedule to help maintain an updated computerized students’ data of schools attached with New School Program. According to the schedule, training workshops of NSP school partners of Phase 1 to 3 will be held from 15 to 17th Sept in PEF office, Multan.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273049
Rule of pre-testing for preparation of textbooks
The managing Director Curriculum and Text-book Board, Nawazish Ali, said that under the educational reform program of CM, formulation of syllabus in accordance with the intellectual capacity of students is a positive step. He said so while addressing the pre-testing for textbook preparation workshop.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-14&edition=LHR&id=1888758_98395910
Lack of teachers
A Government Boys High Schools in Union Council Dar Noyian Kotli Satiyan, is facing the problem of shortage of teachers which is posing problems to the students.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-12&edition=ISL&id=1884898_88334696
Evening Classes at girls technical center
Principal Government Girls Technical Training Center Kallar Sayedaan, said that evening classes will be commencing at the center soon. Girls will be given training in computer literacy and tailoring. The principal added that in addition to the trainings, a monthly stipend of PKR 1000 will be given to the students.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-12/page-4
Libraries on wheels to develop reading habit
A plan has been chalked out to introduce mobile libraries in the province to inculcate the habit of reading among people, with a pilot project starting in four areas of Lahore in the near future. The plan has been devised by the law and order wing of the Chief Minister`s Special Monitoring Unit, which is discussing it with authorities in the city to run the pilot project in DHA, Gulberg, Model Town and Chauburji.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=14_09_2015_176_004
2 colleges in Rawalpindi non-functional for 7 years
Two Government Degree Colleges in Dhoke Syedan area could not be made functional despite a lapse of seven years, causing consternation among the residents. Residents complained that the colleges one each for girls and boys were constructed during the tenure of the PML-Q-led government but they have not been made functional.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/13-Sep-2015/2-pindi-colleges-non-functional-for-seven-years
Delayed school construction
The Government Higher Secondary School Kror has not been completed despite being under construction for the last 4 years.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-13&edition=ISL&id=1886872_27737433
Minister announces schools for police personnel’s children
Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan said on Saturday that educational institutions would be set up for the children of police employees throughout Punjab including Lahore. Presiding over a meeting regarding setting up of educational institutions for Punjab police department, the minister said that the project would be started from Lahore where 26,000 police officers and officials were rendering their services.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/09/13/city/lahore/minister-announces-schools-for-police-personnels-children/
Protective anti-dengue spray lands schoolgirls in hospital
Fumigation of a girl school in Jand Tehsil of Attock District supposed to protect its students against dengue fever instead brought 36 schoolgirls suffocated by the spray fumes to Rawalpindi hospitals on Friday.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206461/protective-anti-dengue-spray-lands-schoolgirls-in-hospital
Principal, 5 others arrested over Domeli spray fiasco
At least 50 schoolgirls, who had taken ill after being exposed to the fumes of the anti-dengue spray on Saturday, were still being treated for respiratory problems on Sunday. The principal of the school who ordered the spray was arrested and an FIR registered against her and five others.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=14_09_2015_151_006
FA, FSc position holders announced
The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, on Friday announced the names of position holders of intermediate annual examination 2015. Two out of three overall top positions were bagged by girls.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206517/fa-fsc-position-holders-announced
Students lauded over O-Level success
Muhammad Suleman, a student of Beaconhouse School System Wah Cantt, has scored six A stars and two As in the O-Levels examination. Another student of the school, Syeda Hadia Hassan has scored four A stars and five As in the exam.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956165/bright-young-things-students-lauded-over-o-level-success/
‘LUMS law school will help reform judicial system’
Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana on Saturday inaugurated the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law, established in 2013, offers a five-year joint BA-LLB (Honours) undergraduate programme, accredited by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-13/page-14/detail-1
College, university admissions open
Public and private universities in Lahore have announced admissions to bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes following the announcement of intermediate examination results. The PU has announced that marks of O- and A-level students, applying for any academic programme, will not be deducted from this year.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956268/higher-education-college-university-admissions-open/
Pak Future In Hands Of Students: Farrukh
Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed has said that the achievements of research and expansion in research institutions and universities will be useful only when the farmers will benefit from their fruits. He expressed these views during meeting with a delegation of students from Institute of Agriculture Sciences University of the Punjab.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=272945
Rights body to take up student’s torture case
The National Commission on Human Rights, Pakistan, has decided to take up the issue of police torture of MSc (hons) degree holder Sheraz Nawaz. The family of Sheraz and PML-N MPA Tahir Jamil had already reached an understanding on Wednesday, with the University of Agriculture Faisalabad administration playing a major role.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206502/rights-body-to-take-up-students-torture-case
GCU students lament delay in reopening of canteens
As Punjab Food Authority has sealed both the canteens in Government College University (GCU) for selling unhealthy food; the students have demanded the authorities to address their problems as they have to commute five to ten kilometers to get a bottle of water or other edibles.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-14/page-14/detail-7
Dr AQ Khan denied LCWU visit
The key scientist behind Pakistan’s nuclear programme, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, was declined permission to visit a public sector university for what official sources say security reasons. The Lahore College for Women University Vice Chancellor declined a request made by Dr. Khan to visit the institution for research purposes.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/14-Sep-2015/dr-aq-khan-denied-lcwu-visit
Dengue Seminar in Government College of Commerce Murree
A seminar was held at Government College of Commerce Murree on Dengue and terrorism. The attendees urged that youth has to take preventive measures against dengue and terrorism attacks.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-14/page-4
NCA students, teachers spend day with army
A group of 90 students and teachers of the National College of Arts (NCA) spent a day out with Pakistan Army at Lahore Garrison on Friday. The programme was specifically organised to brief the group on the routine functioning of the army, its organisation, operational preparedness and defence capability under its programme ‘Know your Army’.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206509/nca-students-teachers-spend-day-with-army
Conference calls for curriculum development in medicine
A national consensus guideline meeting that reviewed the ‘Challenges of Undergraduate Medical Education 2015 and Beyond’ took place on Friday at the new teaching block of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) at Holy Family Hospital (HFH).
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206445/conference-calls-for-curriculum-development-in-medicine
Government colleges yet to start new academic year
Government colleges have been unable to commence new academic year despite the elapse of two months since the announcement of matriculation results. The Directorate of College Education is yet to finalize the merit list of first year candidates. It may be noted that the Board of Secondary Education Karachi had announced the results in July.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-13/page-15/detail-3
‘Taxes, expenses responsible for fee increase’
As the government reprimanded the private schools for the arbitrary increase in fees, the association of private schools shared their greivances with the government. All commercial taxes imposed on the schools should be immediately withdrawn, said All Private Schools Management Association, Sindh, chairperson Syed Khalid Shah.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/955207/taxes-expenses-responsible-for-fee-increase/
Results of Inter-Commerce regular
The Board of Higher Secondary Education has declared results for intermediate exams in commerce group. 12 educational institutions have produced no results; 14 institutions produces 10% results while 21 institutions have produced 90-100% results.
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Two candidates selected for VC at DAO University
Talash Committee of DAO University has selected two candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor. The committee comprised Dr. Azra Fazal Palicho, Former Secretary Fazal ur Rehman and Dr. Iqbal Durrani.
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Doctorate degree compulsory for post-doctorate degree
Chairman Higher Education Commission clarified that two or more fellowships can never be equivalent to a doctorate degree. Doctorate degree has been declared compulsory for post-doctorate degree.
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Deputed Education officials suspended
As per the decision taken by Supreme Court of Pakistan, all the deputed officials at education department have been suspended. Moreover, illegal transfers of examination controllers to other education boards have also been suspended.
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30m young people lack formal education
Islami-Jamiat-Tulaba Sukkur reported that almost 30m of the youth lack formal education.
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Teachers facing hurdles in biometric
Teachers are consuming a lot of time in recording their profile information for biometric system which is compromising their availability for classes.
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Begum Nasra’s dream to educate lives on in her legacy
Begum Nasra, who dedicated her life to educating young minds, left behind a void in the hearts of thousands of students, faculty members and staff when she departed from this world on August 26, last month. Her legacy, the Nasra School, lives on. What started as a small-scale educational centre from her government-allotted house by the name of ‘Frobel School’, soon became a renowned institution for primary and secondary education.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956124/life-of-an-educationist-begum-nasras-dream-to-educate-lives-on-in-her-legacy/
Students transform KU’s wasted space into outdoor studio
Home to wild plants, gravel and garbage, an open sewage in Karachi University that appeared to be useless has been transformed with recycled material into a sitting place where students of the Visual Studies Department would love to do their experimental work and laze around after back-to-back classes, it emerged on Saturday.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206582/students-transform-kus-wasted-space-into-outdoor-studio
Child sexual abuse – Pakistan’s hidden shame no longer hidden
The Yohsin Centre for Social Development at Habib University organised a dialogue ‘The Open Secret: Child Sexual Abuse in Pakistan’. A panel of experts discussed the problems of child sexual abuse in Pakistani society.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273039
SIUT workshop discusses fistula
A three-day workshop concluded at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Sunday elucidating an in-depth study of medical and social complications of vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) in women in developing countries, including Pakistan.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206806/siut-workshop-discusses-fistula
Arms buried near Islamia College seized
Police on Friday claimed to have seized weapons and ammunition disinterred from a place near a Rangers headquarters and Islamia College.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206391/arms-buried-near-islamia-college-seized
SALU holds workshop for staff
The second Indigenous On-Campus Training workshop for the capacity building of university’s non-teaching staff concluded at Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu), Khairpur. The workshop was organised by Salu in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad, under the modern university governance programme.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/955793/capacity-building-salu-holds-workshop-for-staff/
International Literacy Day 2015 by Inayatullah
Now that the fifteen years of MDGs and Education For All Goals are about to end in December, where does Pakistan stand? The most recent Living Standard Measurement Survey has revealed that literacy rate has gone down by 2% rather than showing any improvement. This could be attributed to the low priority attached to the promotion of literacy.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/columns/12-Sep-2015/international-literacy-day-2015
MDGs missed amid a litany of acronyms Special Report by Afshan Subohi
The parity index for primary education in Sindh was 0.77 in 2010-11, meaning that for every 100 boys completing primary, there were 77 girls. “The educational targets are likely to be achieved in certain districts and may be achieved at the provincial level if the performance is maintained,” it noted. Apart from Sindh’s poor performance, one thing is clear: there’s a serious — very serious — lack of updated data.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206669/mdgs-missed-amid-a-litany-of-acronyms
Is a university a chain of department stores? By Rauf Parekh
Jefferson M. Fish — Prof Emeritus at New York City’s St John’s University — in his article ‘A university is not Walmart’, posted early this year on the website of ‘Psychology Today’-- wrote that universities had subverted higher education as “the business model” had taken over.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206811/literary-notes-is-a-university-a-chain-of-department-stores
Empowerment is like obscenity — II by Navid Shahzad
The truth of the matter is that in Pakistan, education along with a host of other issues has been in crisis since independence. Institutions have been thwarted in their search for excellence by factors as varied as meagre resource allocations, a dogged determination to resist change and a lack of political will. The unfortunate but entirely foreseeable result has been the severing of the essential link between a demand oriented, need based education and local universities where students continue to be held hostage by largely obsolete, non-research oriented curricula.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-12/page-7/detail-3
Away with school by Ameera Iqbal
International trips have a long history in many Pakistani schools. For years now, students typically in their first year of A Levels, have been eagerly meeting at airports ready to jet off to whatever exotic location usually chosen for them by the school. Many of the country’s schools uphold this tradition and it seems as if there are considerable advantages of doing so.
Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/away-with-school/#.VfZ_vPmqqko
Costs of social retardation by Afrasiab Khattak
The dismal performance of the country in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in areas of education, health, gender equality, child’s rights and some other areas attracted limited attention and debate. This apathy is dangerous because it is bound to have a negative impact on Pakistan’s performance under MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF). For example, in order to make up for the past deficiencies in education, Pakistan has selected for acceleration MDG 2 (Net Enrollment Ratio).
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/columns/12-Sep-2015/costs-of-social-retardation
KP: it’s nothing but more of the same By Mubarak Zeb Khan
Under Universal Primary Education, the province could only achieve the net primary enrolment ratio of 67 per cent against the target of 100 per cent. The literacy rate has improved from 38 per cent to 52 per cent against the envisaged MDG target of 88 per cent. KP is also off-target on several gender equality indicators. The ratio of girls to boys in primary education is 0.81 against the MDG target of one; the ratio of youth literacy (15 to 24-year-old) is 0.60 against the target of one.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206600/kp-its-nothing-but-more-of-the-same
Winning the argument with soft skills by Phillip Barton
In modern life, rhetoric (by which I mean ‘debating’) is regrettably often relegated to extra-curricular activities in our schools and universities. This is why the British High Commission is launching a series of debates centred on some of the best universities in 12 of the biggest cities in Pakistan. There will be a final in Islamabad and all those invited to the final will be asked to join my youth steering group.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/955674/winning-the-argument-with-soft-skills/
Child labour fuels school dropout rate
The main factor contributing to dropping out of students is low learning achievement. Some children repeatedly fail and so stay in the same grade year after year. Such repetition reduces the benefits of schooling and the lengthening of the school cycle increases the cost of education. Unluckily, in Pakistan most of the parents are uneducated and hence, remain ignorant of the extent of damage brought about by child labour.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/13-Sep-2015/child-labour-fuels-school-dropout-rate
Children of the kiln — building blocks of tomorrow By Aamir Yasin
Sidra has never been to school, because it has never been a priority for her family. There are also several other children, working in over 20 brick kilns in the area, in a bid to support their impoverished families. For these children, learning the art of brick-making is worth far more than an education.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206692/children-of-the-kiln-building-blocks-of-tomorrow
Putting tests to the test by Ayesha Razzaque and Irfan Muzaffar
Over a decade ago, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) began a series of wide-ranging reforms to improve the quality of Pakistan’s universities. These reforms touched nearly every aspect of higher education. Among other things, changing the conditions of admissions to degree level programmes was one of the pillars of these reforms. Instead of earlier merit-based admission system, the HEC introduced the use of additional admission tests to select the applicants.
Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/putting-tests-to-the-test/#.VfZvvvmqqko
The language controversy by Yaqoob Khan Bangash
The first education commission report under Ayub, the Sharif Commission in 1959, suggested that even though English should remain in the educational system, the national languages should now occupy a more prominent position. It stated, “While we felt that English must yield to the national languages the paramount position it has occupied in our educational system so far, we are at the same time convinced that English should have a permanent position in that system.
Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/language-controversy/#.VfZvvPmqqko
Time to decide By Yousaf Abbasi
The recent steps of government for education provision are appreciable. Some of them are free quality education in public schools with free books provision along with other educational facilities. On the other side, private education sector is burdening students and parents by charging unreasonably high school fees. The regulation of these private institutes is a need of the hour.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103067756&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150914
Protests and private schools by Umair Javed
The grievances are fairly straightforward, summarised best by the protest hashtag, ParentsAreNotATMs. Parents argue that the annual, often exponential, increments in tuition fees and accompanying school charges are ad hoc, devoid of any justifiable premise (such as inflationary pressures and costs of operation), and solely done to increase revenue and thus total profits.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206793/protests-and-private-schools
‘Quality education’ at private schools is a myth!
In 2002, when private schools initiated their long, drawn out process of bleeding the parents of this country dry, many predicted that a day would come when the middle class and the upper middle class would have to leave their air-conditioned offices to hold angry placards on the street and furiously pound their fists in the air.
Complete Story: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/29411/nofeestilllowfees-quality-education-at-private-schools-is-a-myth/
Madressah equation by Hajrah Mumtaz
Whatever else it may or may not be, the entrenchment of the religious seminary network in the country is a crisis of education, a simple equation of demand and supply. So why aren’t any moves’ being made to fix the country’s badly broken public-sector education system, especially at the primary and secondary levels?
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206791/madressah-equation
Education and society by Dr. Farooq Choudhry
Provision of training centers for uneducated skilled persons, availability of nearby facilities for entertainment in the community and centers for social support may help bridge gaps between education and society.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-12/page-15
Urdu ka nifaz naguzir by Dr Haseeb Ahmed
English should be promoted as the first language, followed by Urdu and regional language.
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Letters to the editor
Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, particularly for women. One major reason for this literacy crises are social and cultural obstacles. Girls in the rural areas face many problems in acquiring an education. Over the years, 23 policies and action plans have been introduced. However, more needs to be done in the education sector.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206796/education-crisis
State of education
While briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed has admitted that around 45 university campuses and over 3,000 colleges are working illegally across the country.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-339987-State-of-education
Education as a business
The standard of education of govt. schools is pathetic which has forced parents to choose private schools for their children. Having complete monopoly, they are operating unchecked as is evident from capricious fee hikes.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273090
Declining standard of education
Our education system is performing poorly. How can we improve the declining standards? And what exactly is the acceptable standard? Every political government claims to be pro-literacy. But the absence of a clear educational policy is a big question mark on political will.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=272968
Too many holidays!
It has been noted that students in both government and private schools remain worried having to cover their annual school’s syllabus in just 184 days.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=272963
The Balochistan Education Department fills vacancies for teachers through NTS, which is appreciable. But, unfortunately, it has left many flaws and confusion among the candidates regarding its recruitment policy.
Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206685/teachers-recruitment
Updating of website
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is considered one of those regions in the country that have a laudable literacy rate. However, students of the region are compelled to travel to different cities for higher education, especially for medical and technology-related degrees due to the absence of any medical or engineering college. Unfortunately, the website of the provincial education department has neither been updated nor has any necessary information for students. From getting the nomination form to its submission, students have to travel from various parts of the country to Gilgit City.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/13-Sep-2015/updating-of-website
Danish School scheme: A good initiative
Punjab Danish School Scheme is a good initiative by the provincial government for the provision of education. Tehsil Tala-Gang needs a Danish school for the facilitation of local residents.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-13&edition=ISL&id=1886903_60469752
New schools for police children
The Provincial Education Minister, Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, said while addressing a seminar for the educational institutions for police children. This program will begin from Lahore.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-13&edition=LHR&id=1887624_59962714
Local influential using school building as a barn
A local influential of village Gul Muhammad Jatoi, District Dadu, has occupied the school building and is using it as a shed for his livestock. The villagers have protested against the illegal act of occupation but have gone unheard.
Villagers protest against incomplete construction work of school
The residents of village Bahadur Pur, District Dadu protested against the incomplete construction work of their village secondary school. They also reported an acute shortage of furniture and other basic facilities in the school.
Villagers protest against primary school supervisor
The residents of village Jumo Khan Gabol, District Dadu protested against the supervisor of the primary school alleging him of selling school books for personal gains. They also reported the school to be lacking basic facilities and facing shortage of teachers.
Girls’ primary school closed for 8 years
Government Girls Primary School in village Allah Dino Sandh, District Matiari has been nonfunctional for the past eight years. The education department has remained unresponsive to the pressing need of restoration of the school.
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Ghost primary school
Government Primary School Sahab Khan Kalhoro in District Larkana exists on paper but not on ground.
110 Primary Schools in Pithoro nonfunctional due to carelessness of education department
About 110 schools out of the total of 342 in 3 union councils of Taluka Pithoro, District Thatta are nonfunctional owing to the neglect of education department. More than 30 school buildings are in a deplorable condition while more than 42 school buildings are being used as a barn for rearing livestock by local landlords.
3 female students injured due to the collapse of school roof
Three girls got injured due to the collapse of school ceiling at Government Girls Middle School Arzi Bhutto in District Larkana.
40% schools closed in Pano Akil
Thousands of students’ future is at stake due to the closure of 40% schools in Pano Akil, District Ghotki. School management funds have been misused by the principles of these schools right under the nose of education department.
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JSSF protested against closure of school in District Badin
The members of JSSF Arisar Group protested against closure of schools and several colleges such as the Mono Technical College, in District Badin. They claimed that the Sindh Education Department has failed to deliver its commitment with regards to the restoration of schools in Badin. They urged Sindh Education Minister Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Qaim Ali Shah to take effective and timely action.
Higher Secondary School without a principal for past 3 years
The Government Girls Higher Secondary School Mir Pur Bathoro, District Sijawal, has been functioning without a principal for the past three years. Ms. Zahida Shah has recently been appointed as the school principal. Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130311132&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150914
40 primary schools closed in Thariri Muhabat
More than 40 Primary School in Thariri Muhabat, District Qamber, including schools in the villages of Umedo Gorar, Masu Khan Jalbani, Nawab jo Pat, Siddique Gan, Khan Jo Goth, Babal Kalhoro, Khuhra, Ali Abad and Mir Muhammad Bhand have been occupied by local influential people and are nonfunctional.
Sindh education in a sorry state of affairs
Despite a fair allocation of provincial budget for education, the state of education in Sindh is deplorable due to misuse of funds. More than 6000 schools are operating without a permanent and adequate building and most of the schools have disproportionate number of teachers (30,000 teachers have been appointed in 3000 schools across Karachi) of which the majority remains absent from schools. The silence of concerned authorities on the matters of ghost schools, teacher absenteeism and inadequate provision of basic facilities is noteworthy. Though the Education District Officer Karachi has received a hefty budget allocation of 0.14 billion this year, yet, education crisis in Karachi continues as before, signifying the abuse of public funds.
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Head master occupies school plot; villagers protest
The residents of Soomra Colony, District Ghotki protested against the head master of school over his illegal occupation of the school’s plot for the construction of his personal residence. They urged the government to take notice of the issue and to resolve it on priority basis.
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DOW University of Engineering to conduct entry test through NTS
DOW University of Engineering has decided to conduct entry test for the academic year 2016 through National Testing Services (NTS).
Matriculation examination starting from 31st October
Karachi Education Board matriculation examination of science and arts will be starting from 31st October.