17 September 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 

KP govt. to set up body to regulate private schools
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will establish a regulatory authority to streamline the affairs of the privately owned schools. The minister recalled that the draft bill had been prepared by the previous government and would be made more effective before presenting it in the provincial assembly.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340799-KP-govt-to-set-up-body-to-regulate-private-schools 

Parents Urge Action against School Fee Hike
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should follow the footprints of Punjab government to address grievances of parents paying ever increasing fee in public schools to educate their children. These views were expressed by a father who just came out from a bank after depositing monthly school fee with yet another increase.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273260

Education for all: Govt. to overhaul facilities at 1,500 schools
The provincial government will collaborate with non-government organisations (NGOs) to provide facilities to 1,500 public schools in Dera Ghazi Khan division, a speaker at a seminar said on Wednesday.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958021/education-for-all-govt-to-overhaul-facilities-at-1500-schools/

Behind bars: Mardan University VC sent on 14-day judicial remand
A day after being arrested and accused of stripping parents and medical students of more than PKR 550 million, an incumbent and a former vice chancellor were sent to Central Prison Peshawar along with two other educationists.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958187/behind-bars-awkum-vc-sent-on-14-day-judicial-remand/ 

Bacha Khan University: Students protest fines on late fees
New students at Bacha Khan University took to the streets on Wednesday against the administration for imposing a fine on them for late payment of admission dues. Somewhat successful, the protest resulted in the reduction of the PKR. 4,000 to R.s. 1,000.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958145/bacha-khan-university-students-protest-fines-on-late-fees/ 

Bureau Report
The Eleanor Roosevelt Corner was set up in the central library of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University here on Wednesday. The corner was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr. Razia Sultana, and Christina Tomlinson, the counselor for public affairs at the US Embassy, Islamabad.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_183_003 

Educationists remanded in judicial custody over illegal affiliation
A local accountability court on Wednesday sent to prison on judicial remand the four educationists, including Abdul Wali Khan, University Mardan Vice Chancellor and Professor Ihsan Ali, arrested for misusing authority by giving affiliation to an illegal medical institution in Abbottabad.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_007_007

AWKU employees stage protest against arrest of VC
Employees of the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) staged protest outside the Mardan Press Club on Wednesday against the arrest of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Ihsan Ali by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-340708-AWKU-employees-stage-protest-against-arrest-of-VC  

Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies marks anniversary
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Peshawar, observed its first founding anniversary. A ceremony was held at the University of Peshawar in connection with the day. Vice-chancellor Prof. Dr Rasul Jan was the chief guest on the occasion, said a press release.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-340698-Institute-for-Peace-and-Conflict-Studies-marks-anniversary 

Students’ protest
The students of Khanpur are urging the government to construct a college in the region. While a college (FEF College) currently exists in Khanpur, it neither has adequate capacity nor sufficient staff to cater to the educational needs of all girls in the area. 
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-17&edition=ISL&id=1892825_17927285


Balochistan Cabinet: bill adopted to make private schools accountable
The Balochistan Assembly has approved a bill to make private education accountable and improve the quality of education in the province. The provincial cabinet on Wednesdayadopted Balochistan Private Regulatory Bill 2015 aimed at setting up an authority to keep a check on implementation of laws, unnecessary school fee hike, provision of required facilities and quality education.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958283/balochistan-cabinet-bill-adopted-to-make-private-schools-accountable/

Need of urgent steps for education
District Deputy Commissioner said that there is a need to take revolutionary steps for the betterment of education system in Balochistan. Some of the measures necessary in this regard include provision of support to the teachers and abolishment of patronage-based recruitment.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-17-2015/quetta/page8.asp 


Bajaur students deprived of college education
Scores of students in Bajaur Agency, who had recently passed their secondary school certificate examination, have been deprived of admissions in the first year classes because of less number of seats in the government colleges in the region. A group of the affected students told Dawn here on Wednesday that about 600 students from different areas of the agency, who had applied for admission to the first year classes, could not be given admission due to lack of enough seats in the government colleges of the agency.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_182_003

Army Chief inaugurates Wana Cadet College
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, on Wednesday, inaugurated multiple projects as part of a comprehensive post-operation rehabilitation plan for FATA, Wana Cadet Collage being on top of all else. A ‘state-of-the-art’ college campus for 500 children from Waziristan and the rest of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) has been inaugurated, army’s media wing said.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/17-Sep-2015/army-chief-inaugurates-wana-cadet-college

Three-day conference on climate change
The Karakoram International University Gilgit-Baltistan (KIU), in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan and other organisations, will hold a three-day conference on climate change in Gilgit Baltistan today. Chief Minister Gilgit, Hafiz ur Rehman will be the chief guest of the conference.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/17-Sep-2015/three-day-conference-on-climate-change

Violation of merit in recruitment
Residents of the constituency Khawra protested against the violation of merit in recruitment process carried out by the Education Department Muzaffarabad.
Complete Story http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-17&edition=ISL&id=1892808_83449782 


A single teacher runs the show at 30pc of all schools
The sorry state of our country`s schools was laid bare on Wednesday as a report by a government-run institution revealed that at least 30 per cent of all public sector primary schools were being operated with just one teacher on their staff. The 110-page report, dubbed the `Pakistan Education Atlas 2015`, was launched on Tuesday by the Academy of Educational, Planning and Management`s (AEPAM).
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_004_006

Country to get unanimous educational curriculum soon: President
President Mamnoon Hussain, on Wednesday, said the country would soon get unanimous educational curriculum which would improve the quality of education and contribute towards national solidarity. He was talking to a delegation of Pakistan National Forum (PNF) at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273283

PM forms committee on private schools fee issue
In order to resolve the issue of undue fee hike by the private schools permanently, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formed a committee on the cabinet level to form rules and regulations and chalk out a plan for coordinating with the provinces to regulate the private schools. The committee will also look into the matter of Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA).
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-39698-PM-forms-committee-on-private-schools-fee-issue

Private schools withdraw fee hike
Private schools in the capital have withdrawn an increase in fees following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif taking notice of the issue. The Education Minister and other officials met with principals of private schools in Islamabad. 
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-17/page-2/detail-6

Regulatory board for private schools suggested by PTI Chairman
Chairman PTI showed his concern on fee hike in private schools and ordered to form regulatory boards to monitor fee issues and provision of quality education by the private sector.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103072643&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150917

German support in education laudable: Baligh
Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman lauded the support of Germany in promotion of quality education in Pakistan during the past two and a half decades. Attending the National Conference on Quality Education and Training for socio-economic development of Pakistan as chief guest held here on Wednesday, he said, the government is committed to impart quality education to the future generations so that they are able to contribute for the betterment of Pakistan and the world at large.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-340725-German-support-in-education-laudable-Baligh

Transparency urges SHC to vacate stay order obtained by educational institutions
Transparency International-Pakistan has asked the chief justice of Sindh High Court to vacate the stay order obtained by private educational institutions a few years ago and let the cases proceed on a priority basis so that poor parents can get relief.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_003_003

`Unity, education can solve country`s problems
Speakers at a seminar on `Pakistan`s strategic environment and its defence policy: an analysis of current challenges and prospects` highlighted the need for unity and education to tackle the challenges facing the country.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_152_006

Needy students to get Rs150m NTS scholarships: COO
National Testing Service (NTS) is playing a vital role in the uplift of higher education in Pakistan through testing and assessment. This was claimed by Dr. Sherzada Khan, Chief Operating Officer (COO) NTS, in a meeting with media persons here yesterday.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/17-Sep-2015/needy-students-to-get-rs150m-nts-scholarships-coo

COMSATS dual degree programme: Finding a resolve
COMSATS institute for information technology is among the top ranking federal university and CIIT has been ranked at No.2 in the General Category, and at No. 4 in overall universities within Pakistan as ranked by HEC. It’s a hub of IT education in Pakistan. In 2010 the university signed an MOU with Lancaster University one of the top ranking Russell Group universities in the UK to offer dual degree programs 
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340815-Comsats-dual-degree-programme-Finding-a-resolve 

AIOU to strengthen financial management system
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Wednesday held a capacity-building workshop as part of its efforts to strengthen financial management system and to expose its employees to new techniques for ensuring transparency in monetary matters.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-17/page-13/detail-6

MoU signed to launch campaign for tobacco-free higher education sector
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to launch a campaign for a tobacco-free higher education sector.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-340715-MoU-signed-to-launch-campaign-for-tobacco-free-higher-education-sector

Affordable Education: Baitul Maal to help deserving students
Pakistan Baitul Maal and the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) signed a memorandum of understanding here on Wednesday. Under the agreement, the Baitul Maal will support educational expenses of deserving students studying at SZABMU. SZABMU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Javed Akram thanked the management of Baitul Maal for the initiative. Baitul Maal Managing Director Abid Waheed Sheikh said all possible efforts were being made to support deserving students in the country.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958103/affordable-education-baitul-maal-to-help-deserving-students/ 

Rabbani orders resolution of British educator’s visa issue
The inordinate delay in issuing visa to Carey Schofield, a British educator, has angered Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, who has directed Interior Ministry to expedite the matter and report back to the House on October 5.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-17/page-3/detail-6 

Scholarships at Islamic University
President Islamic University Islamabad said that Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University has provided scholarships to 30 students of Islamic University for its exchange program. He said that the arrangement was bilateral and more than 30 Sri-Lankan students will be receiving education at IU.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-17/page-3 


Private school principal escapes attack
A private school principal, who had received extortion threat a week ago, escaped a gun attack in the Naseerabad area on Wednesday. A passerby, however, was injured. According to the police, after the attack the principal again received another threatening call apparently made by the attackers.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_151_008 

Withdrawal of fee hike; private schools to move court against govt. decision
After the Punjab government`s announcement that it will make private schools withdraw this year`s fee hike, an association representing a sizable segment of such institutions in the province said on Wednesday they would move the court against the decision. However, there has been no reaction so far from the representatives of the chains of various elite schools over the government`s proposed intervention.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_178_003

Tax ‘triggers’ hike in private school fee
Private schools are demanding tax exemption in exchange of decrease in fees amid the countrywide protests by parents and civil society. The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association says the private schools were compelled to increase fees because the government levied heavy taxes on the private institutions.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/17-Sep-2015/tax-triggers-hike-in-private-school-fee

Several schools sealed in Gujranwala for non-payment of commercialization fee
The district administration in Gujranwala has sealed more than fifteen schools, for non-payment of commercialization fee. The district administration has imposed 10% commercial tax on the schools, but the school owners have refused to pay the tax.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/16-Sep-2015/several-schools-sealed-in-gujranwala-for-non-payment-of-commercialization-fee

Govt. to overhaul facilities at 1,500 schools
The provincial government will collaborate with non-government organisations (NGOs) to provide facilities to 1,500 public schools in Dera Ghazi Khan division, a speaker at a seminar said on Wednesday. The event was organised by National Commission for Human Development in collaboration with the Education Department. 
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958021/education-for-all-govt-to-overhaul-facilities-at-1500-schools/

Admin irked by poor security for schools
The district administration has expressed its concerns over the poor security arrangements made by educational institutions in Khanewal district.  It made it clear that in case of an unfortunate incident taking place, strict action would be taken against such school’s head. 
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/17-Sep-2015/admin-irked-by-poor-security-for-schools 

‘Consult teachers on education policy’
The provincial government should review its education policy. It is based on unrealistic expectations and will not yield any results, Punjab Teachers Union Multan District President, Rana Altaf Hussain said on Wednesday. He said a new policy should be formulated after consultation with all stakeholders including school teachers’ associations. He said poor planning on part of the government had led to a drop in education standards as well as the morale of teachers.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958049/consult-teachers-on-education-policy/ 

Admissions: LCWU will accept applications today
The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has extended the last date of admissions to its four-year BS, MS, MPhil and PhD programmes by one day, a statement issued on Wednesday said. Completed admission forms can now be submitted at the varsity’s campus till 2pm on Thursday (today). The schedule for written tests and merit list remains unchanged.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958022/admissions-lcwu-will-accept-applications-today/ 

PEF aims to combat ignorance with education: Chairman
Punjab Education Foundation Chairman, Engineer Qamar-ul-Islam, on Wednesday, said that the PEF has defrayed more than Rs. 100 billion on education of poor children. Addressing a PEF school partners moot at Muzaffargarh, he said we have fixed a target of imparting education to 2,800,000 students who are out of schools by 2018.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-340832-MUZAFFARGARH-City-News 

More training institutions to be set up for special children
Provincial Minister for Special Education Asif Saeed Manhais has said that for the welfare of special people, government would set up more institutions for the education and training of special children.  He said so while presiding over a high-level departmental meeting, here on Wednesday.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273293

LLB result
Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of LLB Part-III annual examination 2015. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk, according to a press release issued here on Wednesday.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-340672-LLB-result

New academic block building opens at BZU
Bahauddin Zakariya University Vice Chancellor Dr. Khawaja Algama inaugurated a new building of the academic block of the faculty of veterinary science here on Wednesday. The building has been completed at a cost of Rs200 million while the estimated cost for the project was Rs215m.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_178_005 

Urdu language 2,000 years old, claims Spanish professor
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that after reading the book of Spanish Assistant Professor at PU, Dr. Maria Maldonado titled “Urdu Evolution and Reforms”, it is learnt that Urdu language is 2,000 years old which is an interesting and astonishing finding.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-340678-Urdu-language-2000-years-old-claims-Spanish-professor

Media Trial of private schools should be stop
Chairman Private Schools Association said that the media trial of all private schools should be stopped. He said that while a handful of schools were charging exorbitant fees from students, not all private schools were engaged in such practice.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-17/page-2

Classes should commence at girls’ school
DCO Kiran Khurshid taking notice of the closure of Government Girls Primary School, Nano Dogar, Tehsil Sharkpur has demanded a report from EDO and has issued orders for timely restoration of the school.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/17-09-2015/p2/story.aspx?param=8.jpg

10 billion spent on educating deserving children
Punjab Education Foundation has spent 10 billion for the free education of deserving children and aims at admitting 2.8 million out of schools children by 2018.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/17-09-2015/p2/story.aspx?param=17.jpg

Students show support for Kashmiri students
Alhamdia Students Pakistan protested in support of the Kashmiri students in occupied Kashmir. They also protested against the ban placed by the Indian army on the sacrifice of cow on Eid-ul-Azha.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/17-09-2015/p2/story.aspx?param=kasj.jpg 

PhD thesis of NTS CEO plagiarized
Higher Education Commission declared that the PhD thesis of CEO National Testing Services has been plagiarized from student research papers.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/17-09-2015/p3/story.aspx?param=talba.jpg 

PM concerned about private school fee issue
Prime Minister of Pakistan has taken the matter of exorbitant school fees charged by private schools into serious consideration and has called an intra-provincial advisory meeting for the discussion and resolution of the matter. 
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/17-09-2015/p8/story.aspx?param=wazira-azam.jpg

Islamabad has agreed to lower school fees
Private schools of Islamabad have agreed to lower their monthly fees for students. However, private schools of Lahore have not shown any agreement on reduction of fee and are demanding the government to exempt educational institutions from taxation.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-17/page-12/detail-17

PTU demands protection of teachers
Punjab Teachers’ Union is demanding the government to provide protection to teachers after being subjected to street violence by street hawkers near Government High School Lal Pur, Multan.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-17&edition=LHR&id=1893601_14921400

Delay in pay
The staff and teachers of Government Girls High School Panwan haven’t received their salaries for the last 2 months.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-17&edition=LHR&id=1893724_62364889 

Violation of construction standards by private schools
Violation of rules and standards regarding construction set by the education department in 80 percent private schools in Lahore has been reported. 
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103072079&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150917


Representatives of schools summoned over fee hike
Sindh Senior Minister for Information and Education, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has taken serious notice of the increase in school fees of private schools. Besides issuing notices to them, he has also convened a meeting of the Private School Management Association (PSMA) and plans to prepare a check and balance mechanism for private school fees.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_118_006

For Mrs. Henderson, you are more than the number of A’s you receive
“You can’t go through life with 13 A*s plastered on your forehead, what are you?” This is the motto by which Mrs Yolande Henderson has taught for over 60 years. After graduating from St Joseph’s College, Mrs. Henderson joined St Patrick’s School as an English literature and language teacher in 1954 and never looked back.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958159/a-life-well-lived-for-mrs-henderson-you-are-more-than-the-number-of-as-you-receive/

Tribal elders step up to educate Mehsuds in Karachi
Mehsud tribal elders living in Karachi have started an initiative to promote education in the community, especially for those who had migrated to the city from South Waziristan in 2009 because of the military operation against Taliban militants there.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-340660-Tribal-elders-step-up-to-educate-Mehsuds-in-Karachi 

`Graduates should not pin hopes only on govt. jobs`
Graduates should abandon the hope of getting a job in the public sector and prepare themselves for a tough competition for jobs in the open market at provincial, national and global level on the basis of merit alone. The piece of advice was given by Sindh Agriculture University Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujeebuddin Sahrai at a workshop on career opportunities for job marketing and merit-based scholarship program at SAU campus Tandojam on Wednesday.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_119_005

City School, Habib Girls School to contest Netball Tourney Final
The City School PAF and Habib Girls School cruised into the final of Karachi Girls Netball Cup 2015 here Wednesday at PSB coaching centre. City School PAF recorded a convincing 6-1 triumph against Aga Khan School.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-10-340763-City-School,-Habib-Girls-School-to-contest-netball-tourney-final

Dow University’s acting VC loses perks, promotion
The fact-finding committee formed to probe Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) acting Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Umer Farooq’s alleged attempts to use forged means to get elevation to grade-22 has upheld its previous decision to withdraw his promotion and additional perks.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958226/panel-upholds-decision-dow-universitys-acting-vc-loses-perks-promotion/ 

Government has done nothing and is still sleeping, complain doctors
In the ‘Annual Emergency Medicine Conference 2015′ titled ‘Integrating Clinical Care and Public Health in Emergency Medicine’ organised by the Aga Khan University (AKU), the speakers said that the role of the government is always questionable in emergencies.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/958171/heatwave-crisis-government-has-done-nothing-and-is-still-sleeping-complain-doctors/

Dual education system is vulnerable
Representatives of Mutahhida Qomi Movement said that the government is responsible for the deterioration of the education system in Pakistan. They added that dual education system is the root cause of decline in education standards in the country.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-17/page-8

Fifty percent decrease in fees for overseas students
Karachi Dental and Medical College has decreased the fees for overseas by a whopping 50%. The decrease in fee was decided in a meeting of the governing body.
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Schools Management called for a meeting
Senior Education Minister Sindh said that a meeting has been called with the management of 24 private schools who are charging high fees from the students. The minister added that unregulated exorbitant fee is not acceptable at any cost.
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The cost of learning
Across the country, a unique movement against the hike in fees charged by private schools has been initiated by parents. There have been protests in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. The demand of the parents, essentially, is that private schools be regulated and annual fee rises be kept at five per cent rather than exceeding this by large amounts. The restoration of the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority, which became redundant over a decade ago, has also been demanded and as the protests continue, the school administrations and government have begun to take some notice.
Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/957996/the-cost-of-learning/ 

`Jewels in rags` by I.A. Rehman
As in the past, this year, too, the examiners in Punjab`s education system have found some poor students, most of them belonging to the lowest rung of the working class, who have done better than their affluent competitors. Punjab`s educational bosses are quite keen to announce the discovery of `jewels in rags`, an expression corresponding to an Urdu equivalent, `gudri mein laal`, meaning the existence of a genius in a family whose sole possession is a bundle of rags.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_008_004 

Much is wrong if Rs88k is spent on a child a year in a ‘low-cost’ school
In a country where free education is enshrined as a basic right in the constitution in the form of Article 25-A, parents whose children study in low-cost private schools are spending between Rs59,000 and Rs88,000 per year on the education of only one child.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-340654-Much-is-wrong-if-Rs88k-is-spent-on-a-child-a-year-in-a-low-cost-school 

Private schools
The right to education figures high up in our constitution, but the fact is that even the relatively more privileged struggle to obtain this right for their children. Across the country a series of peaceful protests has been initiated by parents over the annual increases in private school fees, and the fact that schools are not regulated or held accountable for what they charge. 
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-8-340740-Private-schools

Education crisis
For weeks, parents across the country have been protesting against the arbitrary hikes in the already exorbitant fees of private elite schools. The movement dubbed Sasti Taleem Sabke Liye (Cheap Education for All) has been gaining momentum in all the major cities of the country and its uniform appeal reveals that there is a genuine rot at the heart of private education. 
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-17/page-6/detail-4 

Disastrous stories of tree plantation, school fee, and bogus NGOS
If Pakistan’s was an emerging success story because of the government measures during the last two years, there are scams such as bogus NGOs, fake tree plantation campaigns, and unregistered schools in Karachi and elsewhere. All these are sad stories, and a serious reflection on management failures by the authorities concerned. While huge paraphernalia of education department, education boards for higher and secondary schools and colleges with senior officials at the helm, is existent but then, where are the results?
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=273261 

PM calls on CMs for an urgent meeting 
PM Pakistan has called on all chief ministers for an urgent meeting to discuss the issue of private school fee hike.
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Special Education by Syed Sardar Ahmed Prizada
First education policy for special children in Pakistan was introduced in 2002.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-17/page-15 

Education as a business by Abdul Qadir Hasan
The present fee hike issue reflects the necessity of subjecting private education sector to rules and regulations. It also reflects how education in the country has become a commodity rather than a public good.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103072164&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150917

Fee hike in private schools
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has taken notice of the issue of fee hike in private educational institutes. This year, private schools have not only raised the school monthly fee but the admission fee has also been raised. This increase in charges has become an unbearable financial burden for the parents.
Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-17/page-16/detail-3 

Letters to the Editor 

Exorbitant school fees
A group of famous private schools increases the school fee every year, particularly without any corresponding increase in the quality of education. No doubt, these schools have become business centres where parents are being looted by them in the name of education. We call upon the government to create monitoring authority to regulate private schools, especially the fees it can take and enforce it.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_009_013 

Encouraging research
I commend the efforts of students of one of the institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who developed a drone and successfully demonstrated their requisite parameters. The batch of students must be encouraged by both federal and provincial governments by awarding cash prizes in addition to the expenditure incurred on the project.
Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=17_09_2015_009_012

Coaching centres
What is meant by coaching? It means to improve one’s skills. But education needs teaching, not coaching. The system of our education is ruined by a large number of coaching centres set up in all big cities. Students opt for these centres instead of focusing on their education in schools and colleges. 
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/17-Sep-2015/coaching-centres 

The language question
It is well known that language plays a critical role in the life of a nation, especially in terms of instruction in schools and other institutions. Students are being taught curricula in foreign languages which is causing a host of problems.
Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201009170132&EN_ID=11201009170042&EMID=11201009170019 

Urdu as a medium of instruction
Urdu as a medium of language can improve the dismal situation of education in Pakistan and bring about uniformity in the disparate education system.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-17&edition=LHR&id=1893772_85993594