15 September 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Over 30 schools to be set up in Swat rural areas

More than 30 schools will be set up in the rural areas of the district under a three-year project to impart quality education to girl students and equip them with vocational skills. The project titled “Institutional support for participatory, inclusive and respective education (Inspire) II” has been funded by Reach out to Asia (Rota) and being implemented jointly by Idea, Lasona and Care International.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207035/over-30-schools-to-be-set-up-in-swat-rural-areas

Persistent teacher absenteeism at girls school

Government Girls Primary School Masterano Kalley, located in Mera Surizai, Badhabher remains closed due to persistent teacher absenteeism. Students of the school play in a nearby building while sacks of potatoes lie in the school corridors; and dogs and spiders inhabit the classrooms. 
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956827/future-in-jeopardy-persistent-teacher-absenteeism-at-girls-school/


Private schools moneymaking machines: parents

In absence of a grievance redressal mechanism, parents of schoolchildren on Monday used an event organised by the district administration to heap criticism on the capital city’s privately-owned educational institutions for being ‘moneymaking machines’. The event, a consultative meeting between parents and owners of private schools, was organised by deputy commissioner Peshawar Riaz Mehsud at Nishtar Hall to reach a consensus on fee fixing mechanism.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207050/private-schools-moneymaking-machines-parents


Private school owners in Peshawar refuse to attend meeting

The owners of private schools refused to attend a meeting convened by the district administration on Monday to discuss the issue of inflated fees. The district administration had called the meeting of all the stakeholders to discuss the issue.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340307-Private-school-owners-in-Peshawar-refuse-to-attend-meeting



KP minister takes notice of rise in school fees

Taking a serious notice of the burgeoning fee in private schools, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister, Muhammad Atif Khan, has summoned a meeting of civic organizations and parents here at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday to look into the matter.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340301-KP-minister-takes-notice-of-rise-in-school-fees


Student attends British Parliament

A survivor of the Army Public School massacre, Ahmad Nawaz, appeared at an event of the British Parliament on Monday. Ahmad, who was among the students injured in the attack on the school in December 2014, was undergoing treatment in London.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956852/aps-attack-survivor-student-attends-british-parliament/


APS martyrs’ families given laptops by Punjab government

The parents of martyred students of Army Public School and family members of affected school staff were given laptops by the Punjab government on Monday. A total of 150 laptops were distributed among the families of the martyred students and staff members. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340313-APS-martyrs-families-given-laptops-by-Punjab-government


Universities play crucial role in development: KP Governor

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan has said that the universities all over the world are playing a key role in national development and are changing the destiny of nations in accordance with new challenges and priorities. He was addressing the 8th convocation ceremony at University of Hazara, Mansehra on Monday. Vice Chancellor of the university Professor Dr. Habib Ahmad, deans, faculty members, parents and graduating students were present on the occasion. 

Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1227288/

15 QACC students allowed to take final exam

The Peshawar High Court allowed 15 fourth semester students, pursuing master’s degrees from Quaid-e-Azam College of Commerce, University of Peshawar, to take their final exams which started on Monday.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956789/saving-futures-15-qacc-students-allowed-to-sit-for-final-exams/


NBF organizes book fair in Mardan

District Nazim Himayatullah Mayar, inaugurated a book fair at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School Shah, Dhand Baba on Monday. According to organizers, around 50,000 books on different subjects are on display at the event organized by the National Book Foundation to highlight the importance of books and to draw attention of students.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207036/nbf-organises-book-fair-in-mardan


10,000 candidates appear in University of Peshawar aptitude test for BS admission

A­bout 10,000 candidates appeared in the University of Peshawar Aptitude Test to get admission in the BS four-year degree programme held at seven centres in Peshawar under the National Testing Service.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-340071-10000-candidates-appear-in-UoP-aptitude-test-for-BS-admission


Govt. asked to recruit teachers for Lakki schools

Local government representatives and office-bearers of teachers’ union have asked the provincial government to fill the vacant posts of subject specialists in the government higher secondary schools of the district. They said many state-run public sector higher secondary schools were facing shortages of teaching staff for the last couple of years. “The deficiency of subject specialists is affecting the education of students,” stated a illage council Nazim of Abakhel.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-339838-Govt-asked-to-recruit-teachers-for-Lakki-schools




Teachers need salaries

Government Teachers Association District Kachi said that teachers of Kachi had not received their monthly salaries for the last three months owing to the mismanagement on part of the education department.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-15-2015/quetta/page4.asp


Strict measures for cheating in BA exams

Controller Examination stated that cheating in BA/BSc exams will not be tolerated at any cost. He added that the government is working hard to eliminate the practice of cheating from the education system.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-15-2015/quetta/page7.asp


Lack of Science Teachers

Social worker Sardar Zada Abdul Qadir Mirzai stated that there was an urgent need of science teachers in Government High School Murgah Faqir Zai.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-15-2015/quetta/page7.asp


Sorry state of education in Daki

Almost 70% schools of Daki are closed, most of which have been converted into rest houses. Students of the region have little but no opportunity available to attend school.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-15-2015/quetta/page8.asp


Violation of merit in Balochistan University

In a meeting of Pashtun Students Federation Azad Balochistan University, the violation of merit in university’s recruitment of lecturers and assistant professors was discussed.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103068914&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150915


CM stresses need for promotion of language and literature
Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch asked the youth to read, write and work for the promotion of their mother languages. “Literature promotes harmony, peace and love and eliminates hatred,” the CM said at the concluding session of the three-day international conference on “Pashto Language and Globalisation: Challenges and Possibilities”.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207074/cm-stresses-need-for-promotion-of-languages-literature




FATA inter-school sports festival in November

To commemorate the golden jubilee of Pakistan Defence Day, FATA Inter-College Sports Festival will be organized in November this year at Khyber Agency Tehsil Ladikotal. This was stated by Secretary FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Shinwari, at the distribution ceremony of sports’ gear on Monday.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273153


Corruption in education sector

President Muslim League AJ&K, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, said that the corruption is one of the major reasons behind the poor performance of education sector and that Muslim League will take staunch actions against this corruption.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-15&edition=ISL&id=1889767_64107051




PCE launches ‘Do Schools Get Money’ study

Approximately 57 per cent of the schools, surveyed under budget tracking social accountability study in education sector, did not have usable toilet facility and about 26 per cent schools did not have access to clean drinking water. This was revealed on the launch of the study 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://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-339730-PCE-launches-Do-Schools-Get-Money-study


Chairman PEIRA yet to be appointed despite protests by parents

As parents throughout the country are protesting against the exorbitant fee and hidden charges imposed by the private schools, the government is still paying no heed towards the sufferings of the people who are left on the mercy of private school mafia. Even the so-called Private Education Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) has been operating without a chairman for more than two years (since June 2013). The government, however, seems to be in no haste to appoint its regular chairman.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340293-Education-regulator-yet-to-be-appointed-despite-protests-by-parents


Private schools refuse to withdraw fee hike

Private schools of the city have refused to withdraw fee hike issuing warnings to students whose fees are still due. Private schools of the city are raising their school fees, tuition and others, at their will without taking the students or the parents into confidence. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273128


HEC plans to collaborate with EU in higher education field

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) plans to collaborate with the European Union in the field of higher education. Both sides will identify specific areas of mutual interest for increasing interaction among academia and researchers.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-340248-HEC-plans-to-collaborate-with-EU-in-higher-education-field




HEC plans to establish Social Sciences Research Council

In order to motivate researchers to author books, contribute to journals and to enhance their research outreach; the Higher Education Commission (HEC) plans to establish Social Sciences Research Council later this year.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-340049-HEC-plans-to-establish-Social-Sciences


International Baccalaureate official visits RIS campus

Kevin House, Head of School Services Asia-Pacific at International Baccalaureate Organisation, visited the Roots International School (RIS), Wellington Campus, says a press release. During his visit, Mr. House met with the school leadership, faculty, and management and IB students at Wellington Campus.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-340057-International-Baccalaureate-official-visits-RIS-campus


Kid wins laurels for Pakistan

Seven-year-old Mohammed Moeez Gul, student of grade-2 of Roots School International, Gulzare Quaid Branch, has won a gold medal in the 6th international essay writing and painting competition arranged by HRCA (HR Consultant Association). The competition was designed especially to expose the hidden talent and show the brilliance of Pakistan’s youth to the rest of the world.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/15-Sep-2015/kid-wins-laurels-for-pakistan


FDE chief submits apology to IHC

The Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Dr. Shahnaz A. Riaz on Monday submitted an unconditional apology to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for her ‘contemptuous’ behavior. The IHC Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi had issued her bail-able arrest warrants on August 24 after she did not appear before the court to attend the hearing of a petition filed by a furniture supplier seeking recovery of Rs1.2 million reportedly due towards the FDE.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207033/fde-chief-submits-apology-to-ihc



Scouts’ training on environment education begins

A 5-day workshop by Asia Pacific Region on Environmental Education in Scouting started on Monday, which aimed at enhancing the knowledge, attitude and practices of the scouts so as to improve the environment in the country.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/15-Sep-2015/scouts-training-on-environ-edu-starts


Students protest against chaining of elephant in zoo

The students of Indus Valley School of Learning (IVSL) held a protest at Marghazar Zoo in front of ‘Kaavan’ (elephant) compound on Sunday.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-340052-Students-protest-against-chaining-of-elephant-in-zoo


AIOU journal

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched a brand new Urdu-Research Journal ‘Taabeer’ in line with the university’s concerted efforts to promote research culture. All possible efforts would be made to promote the culture of research and development by creating an enabling environment in the university.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-339741-AIOU-journal




Huge budget for education

Provincial Minister for Minorities Affairs and Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sandhu stated that the Punjab government will provide quality education to the youth and a sizeable amount has been allocated in the budget for this purpose.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-339705-Huge-budget-for-education


Teacher who educated Afghan refugee girls wins UN prize

Aqeela Asifi, a teacher who has dedicated her life to educating Afghan refugee girls, challenging cultural sexism by setting up classes in a makeshift tent, has won a special prize awarded by the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR). She lived in a refugee settlement of Kot Chandna in the Punjab region of Pakistan, where most girls were excluded from the classroom.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/957081/teacher-who-educated-afghan-refugee-girls-wins-un-prize/


Exam Superintendent suspended for helping students

Supplementary examination of secondary schools is being held in Lahore, Lawrence Road. During inspection, the exam superintendent was caught red-handed aiding students in cheating for the paper and has been suspended.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-15-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_07.jpg


Punjab to set up complaint cell against schools

In the wake of growing resentment among general public towards unbridled working of private schools especially vis-à-vis their uncontrolled fee structure, the Punjab government has decided to set up a complaint cell in this regard on immediate basis.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-340225-Punjab-to-set-up-complaint-cell-against-schools


Dengue awareness campaign at schools

Private Schools Management Association held an awareness campaign against dengue infection at Dhok Hassu, Rawalpindi. In addition to briefing sessions, a number of informative pamphlets related to dengue were also distributed among the students.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-15/page-2


Issues in educational institutions of Rawalpindi

Alif Ailaan reports reveal that there are a number of issues surrounding the educational institutions in Rawalpindi. Most of their premises are occupied forcefully by Qabza Mafia, 26% do not have toilets, 25% have no electricity and 17% of the institutions have no boundary wall.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-15/page-5


‘Quality education must to compete with world’

The youth must be equipped with quality education to compete with the world and fight the challenges of modern era, said University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Dr. Iqrar Ahmad, addressing the inaugural session of a three-day training workshop on advanced chemical techniques in natural and applied sciences, at New Senate Hall on Friday.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-339859-FAISALABAD-City-News


Increase in school fee forces parents onto streets

Parents of students studying in elite educational institutions, especially schools, staged a demonstration protest at Liberty Roundabout on Monday against unfair fee hike by schools. Parents also announced 15-day ultimatum to the government and the authorities concerned to take necessary action against schools.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-15/page-14/detail-1





Lahore school owners told to return additional fee

DCO retired Captain Muhammad Usman on Monday directed owners of private schools to return the additional money they had received from parents on the pretext of increase in monthly fee. He said that owners/administrations of schools would have to justify their stance before the city administration every time they intended to increase the monthly fee.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207101/lahore-school-owners-told-to-return-additional-fee





Teachers being ‘denied’ leaves

Teachers of public schools complain the government has virtually ‘stopped’ them from availing themselves of leaves, thus making their lives miserable. Home teachers Dawn spoke to on Monday said they were not even allowed two leaves a month, which are permissible under the rules.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207084/teachers-being-denied-leaves


Dubai Cares offers special grant for girls schools

The Dubai Cares has provided a special grant to Pakistan to upgrade as many as 26 government girls’ schools’ infrastructure and provide quality support to attract maximum number of girls especially in vulnerable communities in Bahawalpur. The Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), which is executing the project, in collaboration with the Punjab School Education Department and its district formations has identified the target schools in need and with the potential for enrolling out-of-school girls. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273139


No more dengue sprays without proper approval: Punjab Education Minister

All schools and colleges in Punjab have been instructed not to arrange anti-dengue spray on their own, without first obtaining approval from district health authorities, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood said on Monday. Of the 136 affected schoolgirls, at least 53 are still being treated at the Jhelum DHQ, while four are receiving care at the Domeli THQ.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207029/no-more-dengue-sprays-without-proper-approval-punjab-education-minister



‘Education can help control population’

Provincial Minister for Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said the awareness campaign for controlling overpopulation launched by the Population Welfare Department is continuing at provincial level. She said this while addressing a meeting of parliamentarians at a local hotel on Tuesday. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-340238-Education-can-help-control-population


Hiring in Peer Mahar Ali Shah Arid University

More than 100 posts in Peer Mahar Ali Shah Arid University have been vacant for a long time. It’s only now, that a decision has been made to hire new staff for some of these posts.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-15&edition=ISL&id=1889733_90882585


Encouragement of intelligent students

CM Punjab, Mian Shehbaz Sharif, met with the topper of the Sargodha Intermediate Board (Arts Group) to congratulate him and his school. The topper received a cheque of PKR 5 lac from CM Punjab.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-15/page-1/detail-13


Alumnus to fund business school at GCU

Alumnus of the Government College University, Iqbal Z Ahmed, has pledged funding for the establishment, infrastructure and operations of an international school for business studies at his alma mater. The announcement was made in a meeting of trustees and executive committee members of the GCU Endowment Fund Trust and academic heads on Monday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207102/alumnus-to-fund-business-school-at-gcu





PUCIT principal claims 85 percent of graduates are employed

Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT) Principal Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar on Monday said that the PUCIT has been offering online admission applications to prospective candidates to make admission process more convenient, transparent and speedy. Dr. Mansoor said that a recent survey of the PUCIT graduates from all degree programmes has revealed important information about the college graduates. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-15/page-14/detail-7


Girls’ hostel at UVAS inaugurated

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha inaugurated a hostel for girl students  named “Amina Hall” at City Campus on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said the UVAS was striving to provide a comfortable accommodation to students. The new hostel for girls is comprised of 22 spacious rooms with all necessary facilities.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-340232-Girls-hostel-at-UVAS-inaugurated



Admissions in nursing schools

Corruption has been reported in the admission process of 46 nursing schools across Punjab. The violation of merit due to admissions without standard aggregate formula has been reported to be the main issue.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103068914&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150915




STP demands declaring Sindhi compulsory subject in private schools

A day after leading a big rally in Hyderabad, Sindh Taraqqi-pasand Party (STP) chairman Dr. Qadir Magsi presided over a meeting of the party’s central committee on Monday and called for declaring the Sindhi language a compulsory subject in all private, besides government, schools in the province.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206960/stp-demands-declaring-sindhi-compulsory-subject-in-private-schools


Irregularities by inter-board chairman

Chairman Board of Intermediate Karachi is committing irregularities by selectively hiring security guards.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-15/page-3


PTI to support parents’ protest over school fee hike

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi organiser, Ali Zaidi, on Friday expressed support for parents’ protesting against a constant increase in the fee of private schools. “The current hike in school fee is ridiculous, given that most families living in Karachi are struggling to make both ends meet,” Zaidi said.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-339676-PTI-to-support-parents-protest-over-school-fee-hike


Registration of seminaries grinds to a halt

The ongoing process of registering seminaries in the province has been suspended for the past week as the Sindh government claims to await the new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to be issued by the federal interior ministry.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-340205-Registration-of-seminaries-grinds-to-a-halt


KMC education dept. salaries on hold

The education department of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) has stopped salaries for its employees. According to a source, the Federal Investigation Agency has directed the department to hold the salaries on allegations of corruption. KMC Education Director Dr. Syed Farooq denied this, claiming that the delay was due to corrections in the printing process. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956871/delays-in-payment-kmc-education-dept-salaries-on-hold/


NAB investigating Karachi University

National Accountability Bureau has started investigations against irregularities committed during recruitments made by Karachi University during 2010-11. NAB is seeking all records from Karachi University against these allegedly illegal recruitments.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-15/page-1


Approval of new Act of Urdu University

Senator Hasil Bazinjo stated that the new act of Urdu University will be approved. He said that the employees of the university deserve appreciation and respect for protesting against former corrupt vice chancellor of the university.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-15/page-2



Calling out great minds for unique initiative

Habib University, in association with German Pakistan Trade and Investment, is hosting a unique opportunity, ‘Falling Walls Lab Karachi’, for young innovators to present solutions to business, scientific and development challenges in Pakistan, and compete for a chance to win a trip to Germany. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956875/fostering-creativity-calling-out-great-minds-for-unique-initiative/


Murder of a scholar is murder of education: FUU VC

Federal Urdu University (FUU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr Suleman D. Muhammad said that the murder of a scholar is the murder of education. A civilized society grows only when one’s opinion is accepted or rejected with reasoning. The vision and ideas of Prof. Dr Shakeel Auj Shaheed are still alive. He had a critical approach towards the society and societal norms for which he would always be remembered.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273134



AIOU aims to educate in-mates

The vice chancellor of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Dr Shahid Siddiqui, on Monday visited the Karachi Central Jail to bridge the gap between in-mates and the varsity. He said education would be provided without any fee to the inmates to transform them into productive members of the society.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-340220-AIOU-aims-to-educate-inmates


Medical college under construction for 12 years

Work remains on hold for 18 month on the construction of the Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College (GMMMC) campus which was launched 12 years ago but is still too far from completion thanks to frequent and prolonged delays and political meddling.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1206962/medical-college-under-construction-for-12-years




Fleecing parents by Syed Saadat

Private schools are often way too expensive and government schools are either over-enrolled or do not impart anything resembling quality education. Pakistan is a country where even basic amenities of life like clean drinking water or education can only be obtained by spending a lot of money. Parents of a four-year-old have to pay around Rs.15, 000 per month as tuition fee if their child is enrolled in the kindergarten of a reputed private school.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1207048/fleecing-parents


The conundrum of private education by Sahar Bandial

Studies have demonstrated that the emergence and growth of private schools has made a significant contribution towards an increase in the overall enrolment rate, particularly in rural areas where government-run ghost schools appear to be the only ‘non-option’ (Andrabi, 2008). A review of the poor quality of instruction and infrastructure at government schools would further substantiate the important role private schools have come to play in our education sector. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/956743/the-conundrum-of-private-education/


Private Schools’ Mafia by Syed Sakhi Sarwar

A strong wave of protests and demonstrations has gripped the country, particularly the federal capital, against the increasing fee of private sector schools. It was long felt when the rampant corruption and increased role of politicians just destroyed the state-run schools giving way to the private sector to fill in the gap. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273187


Sustaining literacy by Amina Sarwar

September 8 is celebrated every year across the globe as Literacy Day. The theme for 2015 was ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’, with a focus on exploring critical links and synergy between literacy and the future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will be adopted during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-340098-Sustaining-literacy


Empowerment is like obscenity — V by Navid Shahzad

It is as an educator that one feels we must address the issue of women’s education and sequentially women’s development and empowerment within the power framework of our respective societies. I believe that as long as education bypasses the development of critical thought for men and women, it remains a non-productive activity. By regimenting a human population to subject itself to a ‘massification’ in terms of quantity, we de-humanize man himself. Education should and must do the opposite.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-15/page-7/detail-2


School mishaps

Two separate incidents that resulted in the hospitalisation of hundreds of students in Attock and Jehlum who inhaled anti-dengue spray are cause for concern. The negligence of the concerned school administrations and a lack of planning on the part of the Punjab government caused the tragedy. On their part, the school administrations failed to demonstrate some common sense when they blindly followed the government’s instructions regarding the elimination of mosquitoes that could spread the dengue virus.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-15/page-6/detail-3



Parents protest on school fee hike by Muzammil Suharwardi

Education in private sector is becoming a business to earn profit rather a service provision in Pakistan. They charge whatever they want and according to their interest and it is becoming burden for those who send their children in private schools. The protest of parents against this upsurge in school fee is justified and this issue need to be addressed on priority bases.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/columns/15-Sep-2015/267661


Letters to the Editor


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. They either have no affiliation with any university or have not obtained no-objection certificates. He also expressed his inability to take on these illegal universities and colleges because these are being backed by various political personalities.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-339987-State-of-education


Result debacle

The results announced by the Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BBISE) have left many students heart-broken. Of the 26,883 students who appeared in the examination, only 7,710 candidates were able to pass the examination.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-339752-Result-debacle


Deadly spray

This refers to the news report, ‘Dengue fumigation: Punjab Health, Local Bodies, School secretaries made OSD’ (September 12). Fumigation at two schools in Punjab, which was supposed to kill the mosquito responsible for spreading the dengue virus, has left scores of students – all girls – unconscious.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-340283-Deadly-spray

Regional Press:



Teachers protested for their salaries in front of MPA house

Teachers from District Khairpur protested against the non-payment of salaries in front of Chief Minister House and MPA house. They reported that their salaries had not been released for months.
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Teachers protested for salaries

The Sindh University Test Pass Teachers protested for their salaries and regularization. They reported that they had been appointed in 2011, but had neither been regularized nor paid salaries since then. 
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Hundreds of schools closed in Mirpur Sakiro

The Schools of Union Council Ghulam Allah, Karam Pur, Haji Gharano Shakhpur, Gaju, Buhara, Dhabeji and Chobandi in District Thatta are closed for years. Thousands of children of the aforementioned areas have been deprived of access to education.

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Government primary school under construction for years

The construction work of Government Primary School Atta Muhammad has not been completed for years. The students are receiving their education out in the open. The villagers told media that they had informed higher authorities about the condition of the school, but no step had been taken for the timely completion of construction work.

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Municipal Officer visited school of Bibi Baghri

Municipal Officer Qamber, Mr. Dileep Kumar visited the school of Bibi Baghri in District Qamber and assured the school management of his assistance in resolution of school issues.
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Girls Primary School Ahmed Pur closed for months

The Government Girls Primary School Pir Shahbazi, District Khairpur has been closed for months.

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Girls school roof could not be repaired; students’ attendance low

The roof of Government Girls Primary School Arzi Bhutto has been in a deplorable condition, with its bits and pieces falling off every now and then. Despite several students getting injured due to the collapse of a portion of the roof, no steps have been taken by the administration for its repair. Students have been reported to remain absent from school owing to the gravity of the situation.

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School under problems of basic facilities

The Government Primary School Village Qalander Dino Shar, District Khairpur is facing acute shortage of basic facilities of drinking water, fans and furniture.

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Teacher absenteeism; students’ future in jeopardy
The Government Higher Secondary School Phulhadiyu near Sindhri is operating without a principal and is facing persistent teacher absenteeism.
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Primary school closed for months

Government Primary School Village Soomar Khan Gopang has been closed for months. Despite the closure of the school, teachers continue to receive their salaries at home. The education department has neither paid any visit to the school building nor taken any notice of its closure in spite of several complaints filed by the villagers.
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