23 September 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Removal of hate material from textbooks sought

Speakers at a seminar here on Monday termed education curriculum responsible for the hatred against religious minorities and urged removal of the hate material to create harmony among different sections of society for a peaceful Pakistan.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-342005-Removal-of-hate-material-from-textbooks-sought

Ex-minister, VC among nine granted bail in corruption cases

The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former provincial minister Makhdoom Mureed Kazim, Abdul Wali Khan University Vice-Chancellor Professor Ihsan Ali and seven others arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the charges of misuse of authority and corrupt practices.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=23_09_2015_007_007






Ready to cooperate for education

The public representatives of Tehsil Panjpai commended the visit of District Education Officer and said that they are ready to offer their utmost cooperation so as to ensure quality education provision in their area.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103081962&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150923


School closed due to lack of resources

A school situated in a rental building has been closed due to inability to pay building rent. The school has been shifted to 15 different rental buildings during the last 41 years. The government had announced grant for the school building but failed to deliver its committment.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103081832&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150923




Speakers stress uniform education across country

Various academicians and officials spoke about ‘Elementary Education’ during a seminar and stressed the need for a uniform educational policy across the country to ensure quality education and produce nation builders with intellect harmonious to the modern needs.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Sep-2015/speakers-stress-uniform-edu-across-country


Plans to open Islamia College campuses in FATA scrapped

The dream of setting-up Islamia College University (ICU) campuses in the tribal belt will remain just that – something that is marked on an unattainable wish list. The project, which has been planned since 2007, faced a hiccup at the eleventh hour after Governor Mehtab Ahmad Khan refused to give it the green light.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/961653/speed-bump-plans-to-open-islamia-college-campuses-in-fata-scrapped/



No fee hike, promises Minister

Addressing a press conference at the Education Ministry on Tuesday, State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Baligh-ur-Rehman said, schools that did not follow the government`s directive would face penalties under the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Act, 2013.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=23_09_2015_151_006








Education matters

An education meeting with over six speakers on the ongoing issue of hike in fee of private institutions was organised on Tuesday. Alif Ailaan organised the ‘Qaumi Taleemi Jirgah’ or ‘National Town Hall Meeting’, on Tuesday.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-3/detail-6




Children, teachers` literature festival coming back to town

The 21st Children`s Literature Festival (CLF) and the 5th Teachers Literature Festival will be held from October 1 to the 3rd at Lok Virsa, Islamabad. The event will be hosted by the Idara-eTaleem-O-Aagahi (ITA) and the Oxford University Press (OUP).

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=23_09_2015_152_013





Students reflect on Pakistan’s future

The first competition of the Great Debate, a British High Commission initiative to improve public speaking and critical thinking skills, was held at National University of Science and Technology on Tuesday. The competition featured various topics including the role of media in the image of Pakistan in 2047 and whether Pakistan’s geographical location is an advantage or disadvantage, inspired by the theme —  Pakistan 2047. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/961725/initiative-students-reflect-on-pakistans-future/


Students perturbed by fee hike by QAU

Students seem to be perturbed over increase in the fee up to 50 percent by Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU). According to the fee notification available with Daily Times, the university has raised its fee up to 50.39 percent for PhD, which is PKR 62,622 for semester fall against Rs 41,638 being charged previously, while 33 percent fee has been increased for MPhil in various disciplines.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-2/detail-1


AIOU declares results of postgraduate programmes

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has declared final results of its post graduate programmes for fall semester 2014 and uploaded them on the university’s website. The result has also been communicated to the students on their postal address. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-2/detail-2


QAU student wins essay competition

Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Departments’ students participated in the competition organised to mark the World Peace Day. The event was attended by about 70 representatives of different organisations, institutes and societies.  First prize of Rs50,000 was won by Rameez Ahmed Sheikh from Quaid-i-Azam University, second prize of Rs30,000 was given to Mazhar Iqbal representing University of Peshawar and third place for Rs25,000 prize was awarded to Sidra Rasool from the Azad Jammu and Kashmir University.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-341883-QAU-student-wins-essay-competition





All education projects near completion

Ninty five percent work on the education department project has been completed in District Toba Tek Singh, the participants of the District Education review committee meeting were informed on Monday.  DCO Ameer Ijaz Akbar presided over the meeting. 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Sep-2015/all-education-projects-near-completion


Reopening ceremony of a school

During the reopening ceremony of Government Girls’ High School Chak No. 103/12-L, MNA Ch. Munir Ahmed said that a degree college for women will soon be constructed in the region.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103083364&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150923


Total registered private educational institutes

Pervaiz Akhtar said that the actual number of registered private educational institutes in the country is 5000, and that a regulatory body already exists for their registration in the light of established rules and regulations.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-12/detail-9


Monitoring of private schools

It has been reported that no officer cadre appointments have been made for the monitoring of 80,000 private schools in Punjab. The existing officers of education department have been assigned additional duties for this purpose.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-8/detail-2


Privatization of poor performing schools

Provincial Education Minister said that schools with low strength and poor outcomes will be operating through public-private partnership. 500 such schools have been identified in Punjab.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-4/detail-12



Private schools charging high fees to be held accountable
The general public has given its verdict on the issue of private school fee hike which is a demand from the government to hold these institutions accountable through adequate regulation and monitoring.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-09-23/page-4



PHF Coaching Education Programme from September 28

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is organising a Coaching Education Programme on the sidelines of the training camp of Pakistan junior team at Army Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi from September 28 to October 5.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-10-341951-PHF-Coaching-Education-Programme-from-September-28


PU admission

Punjab University (PU) has issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for M.Com (3 ½ years program) Part-I, II & III Annual Examination 2015. The last date for submission of admission forms for exams with single fee is 15-10-2015 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 21-10-2015. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-341985-PU-admission


PU announces to protest fee hike by private universities

Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PAUSA) has announced to launch a protest campaign after Eidul Azha against high fee structure of private sector universities. They said that the private institutions were taking benefit of limited admission capacity of public sector universities and that is why they were exploiting middle economic strata of the society.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-14/detail-8


TEVTA courses

The TEVTA in collaboration with a corporate enterprise will offer three demand driven courses relevant to the light engineering industry for the district of Gujranwala in particular and across Punjab in general.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-341980-Tevta-courses




SC order to issue salary to 400 Sindhi Language Teachers

Sindhi language teachers have sent an application to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for not to receiving their salaries since 2010. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued orders for the salaries of 400 Sindi Language teachers to be released within a month.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-23-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=07_13.gif


Senior Director Education resigns
Senior Education Director Education, Higher Administration Karachi, has resigned from his post owing to the non-cooperation of his staff with regards to his actions against departmental transgressions such as ghost employees.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-23/page-13


To take back the taxes from private schools

National Education Council said that the government ought to exempt private schools from extra taxes. The council added that parents should decide about schools for their children after taking into consideration their incomes.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-23/page-13


Education for all: I have a dream

Syed Fahad Ali, a passionate young man running the Aghaaz School entirely on his own in a small neighbourhood in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, has only one rule: if someone wants to enrol their boys in his school, they have to get their girls enrolled as well.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/961650/education-for-all-i-have-a-dream/


`Malala of Umerkot` heads to New York

Aasoo Kolhi, also known among her people as the `Malala of Umerkot`, shed tears of joy at the prospect of leaving for the US to attend the world premiere of the documentary film “He named me Malala”.  Aasoo is also to meet American President Barack Obama and is set to attend other educational events in the US, where she will share her experiences regarding girls` education.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=23_09_2015_119_009


Master’s program could not be initiated

Despite the elapse of four years, college of nursing JPMC has failed to commence its master degree program. Sources reveal that the master degree program was first introduced in 2008 under the leadership of Mehwish Nadir. After the successful graduation of the first badge, the program was suspended in 2011 under the leadership of Afshan Nazli and despite 4 years having passed by, no effort has been made for the restoration of the program, causing insurmountable hurdles to the students of the university.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-23-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_01.gif


KU extends date for forms’ submission

University of Karachi has extended the date for submission of enrolment fee and forms for students of BA, BSc. and B.Com for the academic session 2014-15 till October 19 with a late fee of PKR 1,500. This was notified by the Controller Examinations, Prof Dr. Arshad Azmi on Tuesday. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-15/detail-9


SC seeks KU’s version over plea for NAB probe into varsity’s affairs

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Karachi University’s counsel to file comments on a petition seeking an inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau into alleged irregularities in the varsity's affairs.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-341874-SC-seeks-KUs-version-over-plea-for-NAB-probe-into-varsitys-affairs




Are high scores something to celebrate? By Sameer Ahmed

In general, the board exam all over Pakistan is designed to test one thing: candidates’ memory. The exam does not require candidates to be creative. It does not test their general reading. It does not require them to express their opinion on an issue. It wants them to rote-learn definitions, and diagrams — even English essays and stories — and reproduce them in the exam. The highest achiever is usually the one with the best memory.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-7/detail-0


Our alarming state of education by Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi

Are we satisfied with our education system? Is expansion improving quality or taking it down? Are regulatory mechanism whether for schools sector or higher education playing the role expected of them? Should parents be protesting about fee hike? What do the owners-operators of private institutions both on the schools side as well as higher education say in the current situation? 

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/09/22/comment/our-alarming-state-of-education/


Our system by Ghulam Akbar

Provision of free education to every child, under article 25A of the Constitution of Pakistan, is a responsibility of the state. The government, however, has failed to fulfill this responsibility, creating a vacuum in the education system which has been filled by private sector educational institutes. The resultant disparity in the education system has brought with it problems of its own dimensions which can only be resolved through standardization and a unified policy.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/23-09-2015/p4/story.aspx?param=6.jpg


Private schools fees hike by Adib Jaduni

According to the amendments made in the regulation ordinance by the government, all private schools are now bound to pay back any extra fees collected 2014 onwards. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has taken strict action on private schools fees issue.

Complete Story:  http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-23/page-11


Religious education by Ali Ahmed Dhalon

There is no exact estimation of the number of Deeni Madaris in Pakistan. According to reports, 245 Madrassas existed in the country in 1947 which have reached up to 25,000 in 2015. A staggering number of these Madrassas are not registered yet.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103083289&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150923


Educational institutes, curriculum, facilities, and issues

PM has taken strict action against private schools on the fee hike issue. An ordinance has also been passed by the provincial assemblies on the regulation of private schools. An adequate legislative and institutional framework for the registration, regulation and monitoring of private schools is in the process of development across all provinces.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-23/page-16/detail-1

Regional Press:



Villagers protest against closure of school

The residents of Village Murid Khan Jamali, District Nawabshah , raised their voice against the closure of their village primary school which has been non-functional for several years. The protestors raised their demands for a permanent school building and appointment of required faculty at the school.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130314209&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150923


5 out of 40 non-functional schools restored

The Government Schools Umedo Gorar, Babal Kalhoro, Masu Khan Jalbani and Khan Jo Goth of District Qamber Shahdadkot have been successfully restored by the education department, leaving behind a total of 35 non-functional schools in the district.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130314229&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150923


Hunger strike against Taluka Education Officer

The P.T.Alif members from Khairpur organized hunger strike against Taluka Education Officer Kingri in the wake of his alleged injustice in his dealings with the concerned members. They have demanded the Education Minister, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, to take notice of the issue and to dismiss him.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130314271&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150923

Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 3


Higher secondary schools in Sindh without basic facilities

The Sindh Professors and Subject Specialists Executive Committee Dighri, has declared that higher secondary schools in Sindh have been functioning without basic facilities for years. The posts of subject specialists and professors have also been vacant in higher secondary schools for extended periods of time.
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SC order to issue salaries of 400 Sindhi Language teachers

The Supreme Court has directed Sindh Education department to issue salaries of 400 Sindhi Language teachers within one month whose salaries have not been issued since 2012.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2015-09-23/news/page1/1%20(47).htm



School compound wall not constructed

The compound wall of Government Girls High School Setharja has not been constructed, hampering 600 girld from attending school. The management has not taken any notice of issue.
Complete Story: Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 3


Primary school closed for last 4 years

The Government Primary School Village Qurban Ali Khoso has been non-functional for the last four years.

Complete Story: Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 3