26 October 2015

National Press:


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


School warned not to reopen after Muharram

Yet another threatening pamphlet appeared in Frontier Region (FR) Peshawar; this time warning a high school against reopening after Muharram holidays. The pamphlet created panic among the public. There had recently been pressure from the administration and the constituency’s MNA on teachers to ensure daily attendance.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978970/anti-education-pamphlets-school-warned-not-to-reopen-after-muharram/

Girls primary school in city turns into dumping ground

Government Girls Primary School in Dheri Bagh Banan union council has not yet opened. Situated near Saddar, the abandoned building is now being used by residents as a dumping ground for waste. The main entrance is covered in filth and reeks of a pungent odour. The windows of the school are broken and four rooms of the building are in a dilapidated condition. There is no boundary wall and its playground is submerged in water.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978957/padlocked-girls-primary-school-in-city-turns-into-dumping-ground/


Up to 339 IT labs set up in KP’s public sector schools so far

Honouring the promise to offer innovative and practical solutions to the problems students and teachers face in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government has set up 339 Information Technology labs at the public sector schools and 678 expert teachers and lab assistants have been recruited there so far.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-347436-Up-to-339-IT-labs-set-up-in-KPs-public-sector-schools-so-far


One teacher for girls school in Shabqadar

Students from Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Matta Utman Khel are demanding teachers be hired for their institution. According to the students, the education department upgraded their school from a secondary to a higher secondary institution earlier this year.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978958/problems-on-repeat-one-teacher-for-girls-school-in-shabqadar/


Gumbat College without water supply

The newly constructed Gumbat intermediate college is without water supply causing problems to the teachers and students. Sources said the college was to be completed in 2013 with a cost of Rs140 million but on the demand of the contractor its completion date was extended to 2014,  even then proper facilities are not provided to it.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215487/gumbat-college-without-water-supply


Anti-graft campaign in Lakki schools soon

The heads and teachers of public sector schools will launch anti-corruption awareness campaign in their respective institutions to sensitise students to play their role for eradicating the menace from society, stated an official source on Friday.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-347441-Anti-graft-campaign-in-Lakki-schools-soon



Blasts in Bannu damage school, jeweller’s house

Unknown miscreants planted an explosive device near the building of government girls high school in Mandozai area of Sorani, which exploded with a bang, damaging the school building partially. The gate and boundary wall of the school was destroyed.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215047/blasts-in-bannu-damage-school-jewellers-house




Turbat varsity to offer administrative capacity building course

The University of Turbat in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will organise a training programme for capacity enhancement of managerial staff of the university and other educational institutions from Oct 28 to Nov 1.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215028/turbat-varsity-to-offer-administrative-capacity-building-course


Affiliating colleges

Affiliation Committee, Rubat University had a meeting with the Vice Chancellor as a result of which, it was decided that all colleges within the area of Turbat University will have to be affiliated with the university.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-24-2015/quetta/page3.asp


Cluster Program of Education Department

Misappropriation of funds has been reported in the Education Department Panjgur. Public schools of the district stand deprived of basic facilities.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103135708&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20151024


GTAB’s protests

Government Teachers Association Balochistan (GTAB) observed protests in Balochistan following the government paying no heed to the charter of demands presented by the association.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103133676&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20151023


BS Honors program introduced for the first time

Government College Quetta is commencing a BS Honors Program for its students soon. The introduction of this program in Balochistan is unprecedented. 
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-23-2015/quetta/page2.asp


College boundary wall collapses soon after construction

Local residents and social workers of Sohbatpur informed that the boundary wall of Herdin Inter College collapsed soon after its construction. They demanded the government to investigate the matter.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-23-2015/quetta/page7.asp




Teachers in Khyber Agency threaten protest

The All Teachers Association, Khyber Agency, on Sunday announced to launch protest if the agency education officer (AEO) was not transferred forthwith. The announcement was made at a meeting of the teachers at Hayatabad in Peshawar. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-347605-Teachers-in-Khyber-Agency-threaten-protest


Education expenses of medical students

PM AJ&K, Ch. Abdul Majeed, announced free education for students of occupied Kashmir enrolled in medical colleges in AJ&K.

Complete Story:http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-24&edition=ISL&id=1951622_64511168


Raid on school

Circular Officer Anticorruption Battagram raided on Government Middle School Sorgay after receiving several public complaints and found out that the school teachers had been consistently absent for a long time.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-24&edition=ISL&id=1951632_34743877




Spending for education to be doubled by 2018

US First Lady Michelle Obama’s office announced on Thursday that Pakistan has agreed to double spending for education, from two per cent to four per cent of GDP by 2018. In return, the First Lady on Thursday announced a $70 million additional contribution to educate adolescent girls in Pakistan.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215020/spending-for-education-to-be-doubled-by-2018










More resources needed to ensure quality of teacher education programmes

According to the latest data presented by an education initiative, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-Pakistan), poor quality of schooling in the country is leaving one in four grade-five students unable to read a sentence, and one in two unable to read a story in Urdu/Sindhi/Pashto - simple tasks that they should be able to achieve after being in school for just two years. There has been little change in learning levels in Pakistan over the past many years, according to the survey report.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-347425-More-resources-needed-to-ensure-quality-of-teacher-education-programmes


Public schools in capital lack basic facilities

A survey has revealed that a majority of schools in the federal capital are facing a shortage of teachers, transport, drinking water, toilets, furniture and technology. The survey was conducted by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) administration on the directives of the federal government.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214997/public-schools-in-capital-lack-basic-facilities



21 new educational institutes in Islamabad

PM Nawaz Sharif will approve the construction of 21 new educational institutes in Islamabad on his return from the US visit. The schools will function under the supervision of Federal Directorate of Education.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-24&edition=ISL&id=1951838_96897460


Mismanagement in Quaid-i-Azam Post Graduate Medical College’s construction

The construction of Quaid-i-Azam Post Graduate Medical College in the premises of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) stated 29 years ago but is still incomplete due to the misappropriation of funds.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-24&edition=ISL&id=1951849_67084559


Plan to improve facilities in AIOU

Allama Iqbal Open University has devised a strategy to improve educational facilities for prisoners across Pakistan. The strategy would be implemented in collaboration with the prison administration.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-23&edition=ISL&id=1949998_45237449


Up gradation of schools

Due to low confidence in BWD, the task of up-gradation of federal schools has been assigned to Capital Development Authority. 
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-23/page-3


Vacant positions of HEC

The recruitment of candidates for higher positions in Higher Education Commission has not met any fruitful end. The recruitment process is being delayed deliberately.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-23/page-3


Undeveloped plots for schools to be cancelled

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday formed a four member committee to inquire about plots given to private schools at subsidised rates. The committee, headed by the director general of works, will submit its findings within 15 days so that the allotment of plots which remain undeveloped will be cancelled.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214995/undeveloped-plots-for-schools-to-be-cancelled


NUML runs higher degree courses without professors

The National University of Modern Languages (Numl), which offers a number of courses from bachelor to the PhD level, has only two professors and most of its departments are headed by army officials or retired employees.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215188/numl-runs-higher-degree-courses-without-professors


Dignity day observed

The children of Mashal Model School, a charity organisation, on Thursday performed skits and a puppet show to highlight the concept of dignity and how society treats street children. In a function organised by Mashal Model School and an NGO, ‘Right to Play’, the students shed light on the social issue of discrimination against street children.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214987/dignity-day-observed


QAU BA, BSc & BCom exams from November 11

The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) will begin the annual BA, BSc and BCom supplementary examinations early next month. According to the schedule announced by the QAU, the examinations will begin on November 11.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-347258-QAU-BA-BSc-&-BCom-exams-from-November-11


Students urged to focus on professional matters

Incumbent Senator and eminent lawyer Dr. Babar Awan paid a visit to The Millennium University College, H-11/4, Islamabad last day for a motivational talk on pursuing a successful law career, says a press release. The Rector of The Millennium University College, Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq TI, in his opening address to the students, introduced Dr. Awan as a prominent politician, lawyer, author, and analyst having exemplary legal acumen. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=276919


Degrees to be issued to 2500 COMSATS students

The implementation on unanimous decisions of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Senate Standing Committee on Science & Technology and Federal Education & Trainings should be ensured without any further delay through awarding dual degrees to 2532 students under joint program of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and Lancaster program .It was demanded by the representatives of students’ organizations through a joint statement on Sunday.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=276918


AIOU sets up E-Learning Accessibility Centre for blind

E-learning “Accessibility Centre” for visually impaired students has started working at the national library of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). It is the first-ever facility being provided to this special category of people by any public sector educational institution free of cost, said a news release on Sunday.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=276915



RMS students visit Japan

Delegates from Roots Millennium Schools (RMS), Islamabad, along with Chaperone Aruj Mariam, communications & PR officer, went to Tokyo, Japan, for an educational & cultural trip on the official invitation of Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan Farukh Amil in support of Pakistan-Japan friendship, says a press release.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-347262-RMS-students-visit-Japan


Private schools to mark October 27 as black day

The capital city’s privately-owned schools and colleges will mark the anniversary of India’s invasion and occupation of Jammu and Kashmir on October 27, 1947, as ‘black day’. This will happen in line with the directions of their watchdog, PEIRA.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-347399-Private-schools-to-mark-October-27-as-black-day


AIOU establishes Chinese Language Centre

The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon set up a Chinese Language and Culture Centre with the academic support of Open University of Beijing. A three-member Beijing University’s delegation will visit Islamabad within next few weeks to undertake feasibility study for formally launching the Chinese language classes at the University’s main campus

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-24/page-13/detail-5





Bridging the gap between sciences

It is need of the hour to bridge the gap between pure sciences and social sciences which is widening due to the invasion of Information Technology. This was stated by Numl director general Azam Jamil while speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on social sciences and humanities which was organised by the university.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214990/bridging-the-gap-between-sciences


AIOU finalises plan upgrading educational facilities in jails

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has finalised its plan for upgrading existing facilities in jails throughout the country providing free education to the prisoners through smooth and comfortable academic arrangements.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-23/page-13/detail-5







CM reviews progress on ‘Parho Punjab Barho Punjab’ programme

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday presided over a high level meeting, which reviewed in detail the pace of progress towards achievement of ‘Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab’ programme, under the Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap and decided to continue efforts for this purpose in a coordinated manner.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-23/page-14/detail-10




Shahbaz stresses quality education

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has set up a committee for preparing recommendations for imparting quality education to the kids. The committee, headed by Provincial Minister for Education and Chief Secretary, has been directed to furnish the recommendation with seven days.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-24/page-13/detail-6






500 new primary schools to be opened this fiscal year: Minister

Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that 500 new primary schools are being opened during current financial year.  This project will cost Rs six billion and Punjab Education Foundation will complete this scheme, he added. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of educationists, here on Friday which was led by Prof Sirajul Haq.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-24/page-14/detail-4





Injured student dies

A student, who was shot at by unidentified attackers at Govt High School Taragarh in the Basti Malook area on Tuesday, died at Nishtar Hospital on Friday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215226/injured-student-dies


Students forced to clean bathrooms

Students of a private college located in Kotli Sattian complained to the Assistant Commissioner on Friday about the administration of their college for physically and mentally torturing them and making them clean the washrooms.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215199/students-forced-to-clean-bathrooms


‘Construction of IT university will be complete by 2018’

The provincial government is setting up an information technology university in Rahim Yar Khan, Education Minister Rana Mashhood said on Sunday. He was speaking to a delegation of university teachers from southern Punjab districts.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/979031/higher-education-construction-of-it-university-will-be-complete-by-2018/ 


University for South Punjab

Provincial Education Minister stated that the government is establishing Khwaja Farid University of Engineering and Information Technology to cater to the needs of students in South Punjab.

Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/26-10-2015/p2/story.aspx?param=17.jpg


Teachers to pay back their increments

The Accounts Department Punjab notified all teachers of Higher education receiving salary increments for the last 20-25 years to deposit the salary increments back to the department. Presidents of Teachers’ Associations have vehemently opposed the decision.

Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/26-10-2015/p8/story.aspx?param=punjab-k-tumam.jpg



College incomplete even after seven years

The construction of a technical college in Chakwal remains incomplete even after seven years due to the lack of funds. However, the authorities enrolled 300 students in the college without taking into account their security. 

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215457/college-incomplete-even-after-seven-years


Nepotism in education sector

The Punjab Government has been pro-active with regards to the improvement of the education sector. While several teachers have been fired on account of low attendance, some teachers and staff have been exempted from this punishment due to high political influence.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-23&edition=LHR&id=1951391_63067028


Contempt notices to private varsity’s officials

A civil court has issued notices to the human resource director and director general (administration) of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) for defying a stay order against termination of a deputy manager of the department.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214967/contempt-notices-to-private-varsitys-officials



200 laptops gutted in IUB fire

Up to 200 laptops stored in the auditorium of the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, were burnt to ashes on Thursday when a fire erupted there midday. The press release said that according to a preliminary technical report, the capacitors of some laptops’ batteries burst and caused the fire.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214964/200-laptops-gutted-in-iub-fire


BA, BSc. supplementary exams postponed

The Punjab University has rescheduled BA/BSc supplementary examinations 2015 due to local government elections. According to a notification, the supplementary examinations of BA/BSc scheduled to be held on Oct 30 and 31 will now be held on Nov 4 and 5, respectively. 

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215410/ba-bsc-suppl-exams-postponed




Students leave for China

Under the special initiative of the Punjab chief minister, seven students from different colleges of Punjab left for China on Thursday. The students-- two from Chakwal, two from Rawalpindi and three from the South Punjab-- will spend one year there to learn the Chinese language. 

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215193/students-leave-for-china


PVTC to train 0.5m youth in three years

The Punjab Vocational Training Council will train as many as 480,000 male and female youths in various fields over the next three years, its spokesman said yesterday. At present the PVTC is running 62 different demand-driven trades in Punjab through 223 vocational training institutes with half-yearly enrollment of more than 68,000 young people

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-26/page-14/detail-8



PU date sheets

Punjab University Examinations Department has issued written date sheets of BS (4 years program) second and fourth semester examination 2015. Detailed date sheets are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-24/page-14/detail-2


RFS highlights research work of GCU students

The ‘Fifth Annual Science Poster Exhibition’ was held at the Government College University (GCU) on Thursday under the auspices of Ravian Forensic Society (RFS) to highlight the research of students in different fields of science and technology. GCU Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Director Dr Ikramul Haq inaugurated the exhibition.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-23/page-14/detail-8


PU faculty members present papers in Istanbul University

Upon completion of 100 years of teaching Urdu language in Turkey’s Istanbul University, senior faculty members from the Punjab University Oriental College represented Pakistan in an international symposium organised by Istanbul University. PU Oriental Learning faulty members Dr Ismatullah Zahid, Dr Muhammad Kamran, Dr Ziaul Hasan and Dr Nasir Abbas Nayyer presented their papers in the conference and presided over different sessions.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-24/page-14/detail-3



Varsity marks food day

The Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) celebrated World Food Day on Thursday by raising awareness about food security and hunger.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214983/varsity-marks-food-day







Special Education

The Secretary for Special Education visited Special Education Center at Gulistan e Johar and monitored the facilities being provided at the center for special children.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-24-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=08_02.gif


E-literacy programmes to revolutionise classrooms

Young social agents, from different renowned universities, have embarked on a journey to revolutionise classrooms through the use of technology. Members of Reto (Reach, engage, transform and outreach) Foundation are on a mission to use scientific progress and educate people living in rural Sindh through e-literacy programmes.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/979003/e-literacy-programmes-to-revolutionise-classrooms/


‘Conditional’ appointments termed KU pre-poll rigging

Teachers at Karachi University (KU) condemned on Thursday what the university administration has described as ‘conditional appointments’ and termed it an attempt to rig the Karachi University Teachers’ Society (KUTS) elections scheduled for Nov 19.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214947/conditional-appointments-termed-ku-pre-poll-rigging


Education in rural Sindh

Sindh’s Ex-Education Minister, Peer Mazhar-ul-Haq, criticized the state of education in Sindh, especially in the rural areas of the province.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-24&edition=ISL&id=1951779_24707354


NTS to conduct LUMHS entry tests

The entry test for Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, admissions in MBBS and BDS session 2015-2016 will be conducted by the National Testing System on November 22, announced LUMHS registrar Dr Bux Ali Pitafi.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/977765/admissions-nts-to-conduct-lumhs-entry-tests/


Reserved seats for the children of martyrs

Dawood University of Engineering has increased its quota for the children of martyrs.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=04_06.gif


Case against Chairman Board pending

The Chief Minister Sindh established a committee for investigating alleged irregularities in compilation of results committed by the Chairman Secondary Education Karachi. However, the case is still pending and no action has been taken so far.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-10-26/page-2


Grant of admissions violating merit

C. J. Nursing School of Psychology admitted 28 students in 2013 whose names were never enlisted on the merit list issued by the institution.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=04_01.gif


Anti-corruption department joins tug-of-war over appointment of DUHS VC

There is a rumour going around of late: the governor and chief minister of Sindh are at loggerheads over the appointment of a vice-chancellor for the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). Word is that the row started with the recent raid of the anti-corruption department at Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK), on October 2.   

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978346/clash-of-titans-anti-corruption-dept-joins-tug-of-war-over-appointment-of-duhs-vc/



Militants find breeding grounds in universities

The arrest of Szabist professor Muhammad Owais Raheel for his alleged links with a banned terror outfit sent shockwaves among the academia in Karachi. But if one is to assume this was an isolated case, it would be far from the truth. Contrary to popular perception, these ideologues have found the perfect breeding ground to spread their ideas in reputable institutions of higher learning, police investigators have learnt.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/977709/sleeper-cells-awaken-militants-find-breeding-grounds-in-universities/




Education budget

In return for a commitment that Pakistan would double its education budget in three years, American first lady Michelle Obama announced at a recent White House event, to which the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif was invited, a $70 million contribution towards the goal of educating adolescent girls in Pakistan.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215352/education-budget


Khairpur — towards reforming govt. schools by Sami Mustafa

Millions of donor dollars and billions of taxpayers’ rupees have been spent on improving the education sector. Many grand schemes, both by the government and donors, have been launched with considerable hype and fanfare. Yet government schools in Pakistan — and specifically in Sindh — remain badly managed, the curriculum and textbooks remain out of sync with modern aspirations, and quality of instruction and learning remain embarrassingly low.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978274/khairpur-towards-reforming-govt-schools/


Suo motu on education by Agha Faisal

Education is internationally recognised as a basic fundamental right, and to ensure its provision to citizens is a paramount duty of the state. The state of Pakistan has fared just as well in this duty as it has in the provision of the other fundamental rights to the people. Yet what has been delivered to Pakistan in the 68 years since its independence from the shackles of colonialism is deeply engrained and institutionalised educational apartheid. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-347623-Suo-motu-on-education


Enrolment target by Yousuf Abbasi

The Punjab Government started its enrolment campaigns with the broader target to enroll all out-of-school children of the province. According to a survey, 45 lac children in Punjab desire to get enrolled in schools. Funds worth RS.200 billion are required to achieve these targets. The existing educational institutes do not have adequate space to cater to the needs of these out of school children and hence, construction of new schools needs to be a pivotal component of the campaign.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103135609&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20151023


The fault in our objectives by Ali Zafar

Paraphrasing an old proverb, give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day, teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime, I believe that it is more important to empower the women of Pakistan through providing them with opportunities to educate and train themselves for various vocations. The program can surely achieve its objective of empowering women if it starts providing vocational trainings, at least secondary education and teachings on preparing business plans to the beneficiaries.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/10/23/comment/the-fault-in-our-objectives/


Violent methods of schooling

Cases of corporal punishment are commonplace in all parts of the country. Laws against corporal punishment ban various forms of physical violence against children, yet their breach is frequent. In 2013, parliament passed The Prohibition of the Corporal Punishment Act, but there appears to have been little effort made when it comes to its implementation, with students continuing to be mistreated at the hands of teachers. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978896/violent-methods-of-schooling/


Science and Technology by Dr. Atta ur Rehman

Progressive and developed nations focus too much on development in Science and Technology sector, to the extent, where they incentivize the business community through tax exemptions. Such incentivizing by the state drives rapid grown and development of such nations.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=10_06.gif


Education by Naeem Masood

University of Warwick alone has a staff of 28 professors with subject specialty in Economics. However, in Pakistan, there are a handful of professors of Economics and Commerce in the country altogether.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-26/page-14/detail-8


Ilmon Bas Karain O Yar by Hayat Malka

Parents have expressed their outrage over exorbitant fees charged by private schools time and again. While the government has made announcements of strict action to be taken against private schools charging high fees, no implementation can be seen on-ground.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-26/page-15/detail-5


Vacuous schooling by Naween A Mangi

On a September afternoon in a village near Larkana, I had a chat with two boys who had cleared matriculation exams and were filling in their admission forms for intermediate. These two were among the smartest boys in the government high school of their area. They appeared to be intelligent, ambitious and engaged youngsters; eager to get ahead in life and make a contribution to their community

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/978217/vacuous-schooling/


For the people of Pakistan and South Asia

With a literacy rate of 58 percent (a person of 10 plus age is literate if he/she “can read a newspaper and write a simple letter, in any language) literally millions in Pakistan are at the mercy of pseudo religious elements to be brainwashed. Any soul that is lost due to the social injustice of being denied a decent education is the collective responsibility of society.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-24/page-7/detail-1


Educated militants by Hajrah Mumtaz

Earlier this month, a faculty member of Szabist, a private research university, was arrested for alleged anti-state activities and links with the Hizbut Tahrir, which is banned in Pakistan. He taught probability and statistical inference. He himself is an engineer who studied at NED University, and also has an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215354/educated-militants


Letters to the Editor


Hoodbhoy article

We would like to make clear that the School Sciences and Engineering at LUMS was funded by Pakistani philanthropy, not by ‘American dollars’. Dr. Hoodbhoy’s claim is incorrect.The list of donors adorns the entrance to the Sciences and Engineering building.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1215157/hoodbhoy-article


School ‘austerity’

A pre-school going child’s fee is more than Rs15,000 a month and there are more than 20 children in a class. This means that almost Rs300,000 is collected from every class. There are two teachers per class and their combined salary is less than Rs50,000, which leaves more than Rs250,000 per class to be spent on administration expenses per class per month.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1214944/school-austerity


Where do the scholarships go?

Every year, various foreign scholarships for masters programmes are announced by the Inter-Provincial Coordination Cell and the tests are conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS) - the Common Wealth and Cultural Exchange Scholarships are an example. The dilemma is that nobody knows what happens to these scholarships later.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/26-Oct-2015/where-do-the-scholarships-go


Women’s education  

The issue relates to the education of women that is being neglected by the quarters concerned. Women constitute almost half of the population of the country, but still they are devoid of their right to education. In rural areas, male members of the family do not want their daughters and sisters to go to schools and get education. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/24-Oct-2015/women-s-education


Education facilities

Health and education sector need special attention by the government for improvement. To enhance the performance of education sector, more resources need to be allocated to this sector.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103135610&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20151023


Teachers’ justice

When was the last time that you saw a teacher sporting off a brand new Lexus? Or when was it that you heard of a teacher owning a ranch? The answer to this question is probably never. Although material possessions such as owning a luxurious home or driving an extravagant car might be chump change for people like the rich and famous, for teachers this kind of spending is literally an arm and a leg. 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-10-24/page-7/detail-5

Regional Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Shortage of teachers in five districts of KP

Peshawar: Only one or two teachers are appointed in 40% of the schools. In 10% of the schools, only one teacher is available while 30% schools have only two teachers. A survey was conducted in five districts of the province i.e. Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi and Swat to determine and compare the level of qualification of teachers in government schools. The survey revealed that of the teachers surveyed in a total of 496 schools, 24% held a B.A. degree, 39% held an M.A degree, 22% were F.A pass while14% had merely passed their matriculation. 
Complete Story:  Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No. 3


Education a priority of the provincial government:  Jamshed Khan Mohmend

Shergarh: Member Provincial Assembly, Mr. Jamshed Khan Mohmend stated that education is a first priority of the provincial government. He said the huge infrastructural development cannot alter the fate of nation and that education alone is one of the most effective drivers of change. He also urged the parents to admit their children to schools for receiving education.

Complete Story:  Daily Surkhab, Peshawar, Page No. 4


Students of Government Girls Degree College Rustam protest by locking classrooms

Rustam: The students of the Government Girls Degree College Rustam locked the school’s classrooms as a symbol of their protest. The students are compelled to get education under the open sky due to delays in construction of the school building which is incomplete despite the elapse of 3 years.

Complete Story:  http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103138054&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20151026


Demand to upgrade secondary school to high school

Peshawar:  Resident of Wazir Bagh demanded the government to upgrade the Government Girls High School Wazir Bagh to secondary school. Concerned parents stated that the students of the school are compelled to get admitted to private secondary schools in far flung areas of Peshawar city due to the non-availability of a secondary school in the region. 
Complete Story:  Daily Mashriq, Peshawar, Page No. 2


Education is government’s top priority: Atif Khan

Shergarh:  The Minister for Education Atif Khan and MNA Engineer Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, while addressing PK-27 Workers Convention in Ghazali High School stated that education is the top priority of the government. He added that the government was well aware of the shortage of facilities in educational institutions. However, change is a gradual process and requires time.

Complete Story:  http://www.akhbarekhyber.com/epaper/edition/45/akhbar-e-khyber/page/3




Majority of the primary schools in Wadh closed: Mir Jalil Mengal

District Khuzdar: The Balochistan National Party Tehsil Wadh Organizer, Mr. Mir Jalil Ahmed Mengal stated that a large number of primary schools in Wadh are closed and lack basic facilities. In this modern age of science and technology, children are getting education while sitting on footpaths. He added that Primary School Qilli Gul Jan Abad lacked the basic facilities of drinking water and electricity and urged CM Balochistan to take notice of the grim situation.

Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_6.html


Demand to fulfill shortage of teachers in schools of Qalat City

District Qalat: Due to the absence of vacancies in schools, NTS pass candidates are suffering a lot. Education Department officials have appointed teachers belonging to other areas to the vacant posts. The candidates have demanded for justice.
Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_3.html


Construction of Girls High School Basemah’s boundary wall incomplete

Basemah: BSF central spokesperson reported that the contractor assigned the task of the construction of Basemah Girls High School’s boundary wall has left the task unfinished which is a big loss to the government and the public treasury. He demanded the government to take appropriate legal actions against the local contractor in order to get the construction work finished. 
Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_6.html


Notice should be taken of the dilapidation of Government College of Technology: Waseem Zehri

District Quetta: Unit Secretary Regular Student Organization Government College of Technology, Mr. Waseem Zehri and other members said that the Boys Hostel of Poly Technique Institution is dilapidated owing to the negligence of the administration. They said that the hostel lacks basic facilities and amenities such as messing, provision of warm water during winters and an adequate sewerage system.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2015/Quetta/page3.asp


Problems of Saryab’s educational institutions should be solved: Aziz Shahwani

District Quetta: Member of District Council Quetta and BNP leader, Mr. Azizullah Shahwani stated that the educational institutions of Saryab specifically Kechi-Beg had fallen prey to dilapidation. Several schools lacked basic facilities such as clean drinking water, latrines and adequate learning space. Shortage of teachers was another problem that the schools faced. He urged the provincial government to resolve the pressing issues of Saryab’s educational institutions.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2015/Quetta/page3.asp


No change visible in Education & Health Departments: PTI

District Quetta: The Chief organizer PTI Balochistan Mr. Nawabzadah Humayon Jogayzai and Central Media Coordinator Mr. Sardar Roohullah Khilji said the provincial government had failed to bring about any revolutionary change in the functioning of the Education and Health Departments of Balochistan. Corruption, nepotism, ghost teachers and illegal appointments are the root cause of failure of Education Department in Balochistan.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103137780&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20151026


No nation can succeed without education: Hafiz Hamdullah

District Qilla Abdullah: JUI senator and leader, Mr. Hafiz Hamadullah stated that in the present age, no nation can achieve its goals without education. He added that teacher’s presence in government schools is very low due to which children are increasingly shifting to private schools. This scenario is undermining public education in the country.

Complete Story: http://qudrat.com.pk/ePaper/quetta/2015-10-26/page-3




340 posts of Librarians at Punjab Colleges to be filled by December

District Rahim Yar Khan: The Education Ministry Punjab has decided to conduct recruitments for 340 vacant posts of Librarians in 590 Inter and Degree Colleges of Punjab. 
Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-26/page-08


Punjab to have 500 new Schools

District Rahim Yar Khan: Provincial Education Minister Punjab, Rana Mashhood announced that 500 new schools would be opened in Punjab and the project would cost RS.16 Billion. He added that Punjab Education Ministry is currently running the largest education setup in Asia, which has 325,000 teachers appointed in more than 50,000 schools. 

Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Multan, Page No. 8


DTEs to monitor 6th, 7th, 8th Grades

District Rahim Yar Khan:  The Punjab Education Ministry has decided to hand over the monitoring responsibilities of grade 6th, 7th, and 8th to the DTEs from April, 2016 onwards.

Complete Story: Daily Nayya Daur, Multan, Page No. 2


Zikria University without any security arrangements

District Multan: Zikria University Multan was granted funds worth RS.170 million for ensuring adequate security arrangements last year, but the present ground situation reflects misappropriation of the granted funds.
Complete Story: Daily Nayya Daur, Multan, Page No. 3


Private schools violating security rules

District Dera Ghazi Khan: The Private Schools and Academies of Dera Ghazi Khan are violating security rules with the covert backing and support of the police and the District Administration, putting lives of children at stake.

Complete Story: Daily Sang-e-Mail, Multan, Page No. 8


Salaries demanded for educators

District Bahawalpur:  M. Naeem Bajwa, Tehsil President of Punjab Teachers Union said that the recently appointed educators had not been paid salaries for the past several months. He demanded for the immediate release of their salaries. 

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-10-26/page-2




Students and parents protest for free text books

District Dadu: Students belonging to different areas of Bhan Saeedabad protested along with their parents for the issuance of free text books in government schools. They reported that students from class one to ten had been deprived of free books.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130324192&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151026


Villagers protest against ghost teachers

District Khairpur Mirs: The residents of Village Bhano Goth near Therhi protested against the ghost teachers of their village school. They reported that there were only four teachers available in the school to cater to a student body of 150 students. However, the teachers only attended school on the examination day. 
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130324242&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151026



Sindh Education in wreck due to feudal lords and politicians

District Sanghar: A program revolving around challenges of Primary Education in Pakistan was held at Press Club Khipro with the cooperation of Alif Ailaan and Jeejal Maau. On the occasion, regional coordinator Alif Ailaan, Mr. Abdul Razaq Sangrasi said that Sindh education is in a sorry state due to the interference and corruption on part of politicians and landlords. It was declared that 90% schools in Khipro did not have the basic facilities of water, electricity and latrines while only 5 out of 50 girls’ schools were functional in the region.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2015-10-26/news/page2/1%20(15).htm


Teachers’ Action Committee demands for removal of officers on account of teacher harassment

Hyderabad: The members Teachers Action Committee Mr. Subhan Ali said that the District Education Officer, Mr. Akbar Memon, harassed teachers during their biometric verification and that he should be suspended on account of his mistreatment.  

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103137896&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20151026


Biometric verification of 40200 education employees completed

Hyderabad: The biometric verification of 40200 teaching and nonteaching employees of education department in Hyderabad division has been completed; whereas the biometric verification of NTS teachers commences today.

Complete Story: http://www.thekawish.com/beta/epaper-details.php?details=2015/Oct/26-10-2015/Page2/P2-28.jpg