Private schools regulatory authority being set up
The Elementary and Secondary Education Department has decided to establish the much-awaited private schools regulatory authority. Provincial Minister for E&SE Mohammad Atif said this on Tuesday while talking to a delegation of parents of the children enrolled in private schools. He said that the proposed bill had already been drafted by the education department.
Teacher suspended in Karak for corporal punishment
The District Nazim on Tuesday placed a schoolteacher under suspension for corporal punishment and abusing the students. The District Nazim, Dr. Umar Daraz Khattak, paid a surprise visit to the Government Primary School in Barikhwar. The students of the school accused head teacher, Ahmed Nawaz, of giving them corporal punishment and not taking interest in the classes.
Poor Security at Schools
Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Palo Dheri lacks adequate security arrangements. The post of principal has been vacant for the last two years.
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Poverty hampering position holder from continuing education
A position holder of Mahmand Agency is being rendered incapable of continuing his education due to poverty. Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Peshawar/2015-09-16/page-3
KP varsities defying governor’s order on fee waiver
Students from flood-hit Chitral District on Tuesday said that some of universities were reluctant to comply with the governor’s directives about exempting them from paying fee for one academic year. Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan had directed all public sector universities of the province in August to exempt students belonging to Chitral from fee for an academic year.
Mardan varsity VC among educationists held by NAB
The National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday arrested four educationists, including noted archeologist and Vice-Chancellor of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Professor Ihsan Ali on the charge of misusing authority by giving affiliation to an illegal medical institution in Abbottabad.
Non-functional schools in Quetta
The Deputy District Education Officer Chaltan Town said that several measures were being taken for the renewal of education activities in non-functional schools. He added that Muhammad Shahi Town Primary School will be opened tomorrow.
Teachers pay in private schools
Members Central Committee of AWP Balochistan showed their concern over the high school fee charged from students and low wages paid to teachers by private institutions.
Tribal students back bill seeking FATA’s merger with KP
A student leader Nisar Khan Baz said that the bill moved in the National Assembly about the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would help the tribal people play their role in the mainstream.
Instructions to complete girls’ hostel
Vice Chancellor Azad Jammu & Kashmir University, Professor Dr. Khwaja Farooq, ordered to complete the construction work of university girls’ hostel as soon as possible.
PM tells cabinet to resolve school fees issue
Following protests in major cities over the exorbitant fees charged by private schools, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finally took notice of the campaign by affected parents and ordered that the chairman of the body designated to deal with this issue be appointed without delay.
SSC exams to start from 29th
Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has announced to hold Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Supplementary Examination 2015 with effect fromSeptember 29.
CDA Model School holds Defence Day function
CDA Model School organised a function in connection with Defence Day. Brigadier (Retired) Sher Ahmed was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
HEC awards scholarship to 19,215 students: Senate told
State Minister for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman on Tuesday informed the Senate that Higher Education Commission (HEC) had awarded scholarships to around 19,215 students since 2003. Responding to the questions in Q&A session, the minister said that non-government funding including foreign funded scholarships are normally offered on bilateral basis through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs Division.
Charity Carnival organised at SLS School
The Montessori Section of the Islamabad Campus of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School recently organised a charity carnival as part of their ongoing celebration of the International Day of Charity, says a press release.
UN Prize award for a teacher
Aqila Asif is a 49 years old teacher who has been pro-actively working for the education of excluded Afghan girls in Pakistan and has won the UN prize award for her services.
16-year education to be mandatory for CSS exams
As the civil service reforms plan continues to develop, the government has decided to streamline the structure of the service and eliminate superfluous levels while also mandating at least 16 years of education for new candidates seeking careers in civil service.
COMSATS Pro-Rector’s PhD thesis found 72% plagiarized
The PhD thesis of the Pro-Rector of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and chief executive officer of the National Testing Service has been found to be over 70 per cent plagiarized. The HEC Quality Assurance (QA) Division probed the document through the plagiarism detection software Turnitin and found the plagiarism level at 72 per cent.
AIOU VC holds consultations with jail authorities for prisoners’ education
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui held detailed consultations with the provincial jail authorities in Lahore, Karachi and Quetta for provision of free education to prisoners under the jail reforms plan.
CIIT students return home after 10-Day educational trip to Turkey
A 27-member group of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) students returned home on Tuesday after completing its 10-day educational visit to Istanbul, Turkey. The CIIT organized the visit aimed at providing its students first-hand exposure to a foreign country and culture, cross-cultural awareness and assessment of the available educational and research opportunities.
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HEC, PEP Foundation sign MoU to set up ‘Student Start-up Business Centres’
The Higher Education Commission (HEC), nine public sector universities of the country and the Promotion of Education in Pakistan (PEP) Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up ‘Student Start-up Business Centres’. The MoU signing ceremony was held on Tuesday.
Schools to withdraw fee hike, refund amounts
The Punjab government has announced that the private schools will withdraw recent fee increase and now they cannot go for hike without its prior approval. At a press conference hereon Tuesday, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood said the government would ensure that the private schools withdraw this year`s fee hike.
`Misplaced priorities` delayed private schools legislation
After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the `substantial increase` in the private schools` fees, the Punjab government has sprung into action and `finally` decided to introduce a legislation to regulate the affairs of these institutions. The Punjab Education Commission Bill is likely to be tabled in the forthcoming session of the provincial assembly, primarily to have a check on the affairs of the private schools.
Special education; a priority
Provincial Minister for Special Education said that it’s a priority to provide education to special children in order to make them eligible for being an active part of the country’s labor force. He added that efforts are being made to effectively execute 2013-14 plans for special education and to get all special children enrolled in the institutions.
Scholarships for children of laborers
Provincial Minister Labor and Human Resource said that the Punjab Workers Welfare Board should collaborate with federal departments so as to ensure the availability of scholarships for children of laborers.
Lack of computer lab at school
Students are facing hurdles due to the non-availability of computer lab in Government High School, Kotli Sattyan.
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WB consultants evaluate childhood education project
A World Bank delegation evaluated on Tuesday the implementation and analysis impact of an early childhood education project, launched by the district government with the Punjab Directorate of Staff Development and UNICEF. The project is aimed at attracting enrollment and discouraging dropout by making the schools child friendly through various interventions.
College yet to start functioning
Despite completion of its building and installation of equipment at a cost of billions of rupees, the Women Technical College has not yet been made functional. The female students have to get admission to expensive private colleges. In the period of ex-chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, the foundation stone of the Women Technical College was laid in Layyah. Its building was completed at a cost of over Rs.13 million.
Contempt plea moved against Aitchison College BoD
A contempt petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court against Aitchison College’s Board of Directors for not complying with the orders of the court regarding the settlement between them and the reinstated principal Raja Ghazanfar. Raja Ghazanfar, reinstated principal of Aitchison College, filed the petition submitting that the members of the Board of Governors violated the court’s order and took away all the perks and privileges from him despite the matter having gotten settled during the last hearing.
Minister highlights achievements of Pakistani youth
Punjab Minister for Sports and Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that the entire Pakistani nation is united against terrorism. In his address to the sixth National Youth Peace Festival organised on Tuesday, the minister said that Pakistani youth was one of the most talented young generations of the world.
Lahore School System wins Private Schools’ Hockey Tournament
There used to be regular inter school tournaments which witnessed intense competition and threw up great talent. That is now a distant memory. Today, meaningful hockey is seen in a very small number of schools. Hence, it was a pleasant surprise for the hockey lovers when a private schools’ competition was held at the National Hockey Stadium Lahore.
LLB part-II result
Punjab University has declared the results of LLB Part-II Annual Examination 2015 and BS Home Economics Part-I (second year).
Students advised to set high ethical goals
Commander Lahore Corps, Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman has said that education inculcates reforms, refinement and civilized behavior in mankind and forms the edifice of a healthy social order. Addressing a high achievers award ceremony of Lahore Garrison Education System (LGES), he advised the students to set high ethical goals in life as high objectives had always produced distinctive results.
Gandhara International University gets green light
The government plans to establish the Gandhara International University in Taxila, in an effort to revive the 3,000-year old Buddhist university of Ancient Taxila and make Pakistan a centre for interfaith harmony and Buddhism studies. The chairperson of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) as well as the steering committee of the project, Siddiqul Farooque, told Dawn that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had formally approved the establishment of the university.
Protesting parents threaten to stop paying exorbitant school fees
The banners and stickers on car bumpers and windshields read `No fee till low fee` and `Stop thinking of parents as ATMs`. And the desperate parents gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday chanted similar slogans. Unanimously they decided to stop paying exorbitant fees to the private schools where they sent their children to study.
PTI steps in to challenge the private schools fee hike
An adjournment motion was submitted in the Sindh Assembly against the fee raise in private schools by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Khurram Sher Zaman on Tuesday. The motion calls for a discussion on private schools decision to charge excessive amount of tuition fee from students in the province, especially in Karachi.
No difference in public and private education
Secretary Education Sindh said that there is no difference in education by Public and Private Sector. He said that the government is hiring 2200 monitors for ensuring teachers attendance.
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Seminar on citizen education
CDPI (Idara Bara e Iqdamat Aman o taraki) hold a seminar in collaboration with Shah Abdul Latif University. It was argued that citizen education is actually a parliamentarian education and that citizens should participate in it.
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Development in Education Department
Provincial Secretary for Education said that government of Sindh is taking revolutionary steps in education sector by introducing bio-metric system for ensuring teacher’s attendance and introducing management cadre that is separate from the education cadre.
Amendments in curriculum
Curriculum council said that there is an urgent need to have some major amendments in curriculum. Under one such amendment, the 1974 Speech of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was added in the curriculum for ninth class.
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Income tax issue aggravating private school fee hike
Education Secretary Sindh said that private schools have started collecting income tax from parents paying annual school fee in excess of 2 lac rupees, which has aggravated the issue of school fee hike. He added that the department is currently seeking guidance from Federal Board of Revenue on the resolution of the issue. Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-16-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=1823.gif
Aga Khan School wins in Karachi Girls’ Netball Cup 2015
Aga Khan School recorded a convincing 7-1 triumph against The City School North Nazimabad in the opening match of Karachi Girls Netball Cup 2015 which started here at PSB coaching centre.
Strict vigilance during exams in FUUAST
Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Sulaiman Muhammad has asked the vigilance committee, constituted for the ongoing MA private Exams, not to succumb to any pressures in checking each of the candidates.
Quiz contest held at Shah Latif varsity
An interdepartmental quiz competition took place at the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. It was organized by the office of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences & Arts in collaboration with the Centre for Peace Development Initiative (CPDI), Islamabad.
Governor Sindh to chair NED University’s Senate meeting
Governor Sindh and Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Ishrat ul Ebad Khan will preside the 23rd meeting of its Senate Members here on Tuesday.
Books in little hands
Reading may be the only means left to us to open our minds and encourage free thinking. This process has to begin with the young, and a step forward was taken on World Literacy Day marked nationally this month with the Alif Laila Book Bus Society which announced a new scheme to encourage children across the country to open up libraries in their schools or communities.
Pakistan in the 21st Century
The sole purpose of education is to bring change in the personality of the human being so that the educated one may lead a purposeful life ordained by societal norms and customs. Sadly, education has not been a priority in Pakistan. The cart has always been put before the horse on this land .This approach from the all-time ruling class has made us suffer from inferiority complex while comparing our achievements in the education fields with the world’s advanced countries.
A challenge by Yousuf Abbasi
To provide equal opportunity to all students according to their capabilities, government formed an Intermediate Education Board. The main task of this board is to conduct exams at secondary and higher secondary level and prepare results for them. The task of the board is challenging when there are different kinds of education system and examination methods.
Letters to the Editor
The burden of the bag
It is unbearable to see young schoolchildren carrying such heavy bags to school. New studies reveal that carrying such heavy weight can damage schoolchildren’s backs.
Having lost my matriculation certificate as well as the mark-sheet I applied for their duplicate copies at the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Islamabad (FBISE) a fortnight ago. When I received the documents, I found the certificate and mark-sheet bearing identical registration and roll number but carrying different locations.
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A case for govt. schools
The trend to admit children in private schools has increased in recent years. A realistic reflection leads to the conclusion that most private schools are not much better than government-run schools.
I would like to invite a reference to the news item “SBBU” decisions” (19th August 2015) and request the honorable chancellery, Governor KP, to order an inquiry into the mismanagement at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal upper Dir. More than 1600 students are waiting for degree since December 2011.
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Extra fees collected from Muslim College students
The Director Colleges raided on Muslim College, Hyderabad upon hearing the news of collection of extra fees from the students. It was reported that extra fees was being collected and deposited into private accounts. The Director took the records of the college into custody for further investigation.
Secretary Education praised his revolutionary steps for reformation of Sindh Education
Secretary Education, Mr. Fazal Ul Allah Pechuho, while attending a seminar in Sindh Madarsat-ul-Islam, said that the biometric system has been installed to verify the appointment teachers. He added that it was a revolutionary step to bifurcate management cadre system from education cadre. The files of more than one lac teachers are being scanned. He also directed the private schools to reduce their fees. He also declared that instructions for the recruitment of 2000 Head Masters and 2200 Monitors have been imparted.
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P.T. Alif protested against suspension of teachers’ salaries
The Primary Teachers Association members from Taluka Daur protested against the suspension of salaries of the teachers. They also raised slogans against Secretary Education while alleging that his policies on teachers and education in general were controversial.
School closed due to transfer of teachers
The Government Primary Boys School Kot Ghulam Muhammad in District Mirpur Khas has been closed due to the transfer of teachers. The villagers have urged for the appointment of teachers in the school but all to no avail.
Bogus IDs and illegal appointments in education department
Bogus IDs and illegal appointments in the Education Department, District Mirpur Khas have been exposed, in response to which, Director Schools Education has initiated an inquiry into the matter and has directed for the suspension of salaries of the accused employees.
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