KP to close schools with less than 50 students
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to shut down public sector schools with enrolment below 50 students. Upper Dir and Swat’s DEOs have been issued notifications in this regard, urging headmasters to expedite their efforts to increase student strength in their schools within one month, or the facilities will be closed down, a private news channel reported.
Free education for Afghan Refugees
KP government has decided to continue provision of free education and health facilities to Afghan refugees. The announcement was made during a meeting at the Peshawar Secretariat, under the leadership of the Chief Minister, to solve the administrative problems pertaining to Afghan refugees in the province.
Research at universities
Muzaffar Said, Finance Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has encouraged Vice Chancellors of all universities, education experts, and university teachers to prioritize original academic research. He made this statement in a meeting with VC and Director Finance of Gomal University and education experts.
Absenteeism in nursing schools
Biometric attendance of students in nursing schools has now become mandatory after a scandal involving acceptance of stipend in the name of absent students. After the scandal, a team from the Health Department visited a nursing school for a surprise inspection.
Financial crunch hits Health and Education Departments in Chitral
Routine activities of departments delegated to the district government are virtually one the verge of collapse. The non-salary budget passed by the district council three months ago is yet to be implemented due to a row between the District Nazim and the local Finance Department.
Malakand University students go on strike
Dozens of Software Engineering students at the University of Malakand (UoM) observed a strike on Tuesday and boycotted classes against the varsity administration's failure to register the Software Engineering department with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
Inter-district Middle Schools Quiz Competition
Results of the Inter District Middle Schools Quiz Competition, which was held in Peshawar, have been announced. 17 Government Middle Schools from Peshawar participated in the event. Government Middle School Hazarkhwani received the first position in the competition.
Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/peshawar/2016-10-26/page-2
10,000 additional teachers to be recruited in KP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ministry of Elementary and Secondary Education made a statement on Tuesday that the appointment of 15,000 teachers will be completed by December 2016, and 10,000 more will be appointed by next year. In a higher level meeting presided by the Provincial Education Minister Atif Khan, officials of the Education Department stated that Rs. 17 billion have been spent to provide basic facilities at all government schools and an additional Rs. six billion have been approved and released.
Examination Process of Private Schools
JTI Nazriati has expressed that the examination process at private schools is much better than the procedure practiced at government schools. Exams conducted by corrupt institutions like BEF or BEK are promoting malpractice and corruption in the province.
Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2016/Quetta/page2.asp
Education reforms limited to claims
Central Committee of BSO has made a statement that schools and colleges of Balochistan are facing grave challenges and that the claims of education reforms are nothing but political babble.
Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2016/Quetta/page2.asp
Education minister to help BRCs
A delegation of Balochistan Residential Colleges (BRCs) Loralai, Khuzdar, Turbat & Zhob, recently visited the Provincial Minister for Education. They discussed issues related to the BRCs; the minister promised facilitation in fixing the issue of RBC allowance.
Efforts underway for improvement in Education: Director Colleges
Director Colleges Balochistan has made a statement while talking to the media that officials will use all available resources for the betterment of education standards in colleges. He also announced his decision to take action against absent teachers and students, in order to maximize attendance.
School inspections to begin soon
Annual inspection and exam related matters were discussed in detail during a meeting of the Deputy District Education Officer, Chaltan Town, Gul Muhammad Kakar and the education department staff. During this meeting, it was decided that inspection will begin from 21 November.
GTA call for fulfilment of demands
Government Teachers Association (GTA) Balochistan has said that the government is neglecting issues of teachers in Balochistan. Teachers will begin protests soon if the government does not issue notifications to the Education Department to solve their problems.
Policy dialogue on languages
Higher Education Commission and Air University held a seminar on the topic ‘Policy Dialogue on Languages yesterday. Additional Secretary CADD also attended the seminar.
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Contract teachers stage protest, beaten by police
Contract teachers staged a sit-in in front of Education Directorate’s office here in G-9 Islamabad yesterday. Police subjected the protesters to baton charge and arrested the leaders of the sit-in who were subsequently freed. Students of over 20 model schools and colleges from the capital were left in the lurch on Tuesday after the regular staff joined the daily wage staff, which is currently on a strike.
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84 Laptops distributed among AIOU Students
As many as 84 laptops were distributed among the students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), under the Prime Minister’s Youth Empowerment Scheme at a ceremony held here on Tuesday.
Parents fear PTI lockdown will place students’ future in danger
Parents are fearing that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s plan to lock down the federal capital for an indefinite period will put the academic future of the students in jeopardy, who are currently preparing for their mid-term examinations.
Cyber-crimes awareness seminar held at Bahria University
Bahria University held a seminar on Cyber Crimes Awareness for the students at the university. Pro Rector Admiral Shahid Saeed and representatives of various federal ministries were also present on the occasion.
Pakistan retains 143rd position in Global Gender Gap Index
Pakistan’s ranking stands at the 143rd position among 144 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2016. Pakistan remains the region’s lowest-ranked country and second-to-last ranked overall. This indicates progress on closing the secondary education enrolment gender gap, and on women’s estimated earned income, but efforts have partly been offset by reversals on wage equality and female-to-male literacy ratios.
CADD buys new buses for students
The Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD) has acquired five new buses under the Prime Minister's Education Reforms Program, launched to facilitate students in federal government schools and colleges.
Workplace harassment: IIUI Dept Head Removed
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Tuesday removed a departmental head for “unprofessional behavior” and for creating an uncomfortable workplace for female staffers. Dr Muhammad Irfan Khan, who was heading the department of environmental sciences at the varsity, has been removed from his post after six female faculty members of the same department complained that he had harassed them, and assumed disrespectful behavior towards them.
Girl commits suicide at Punjab University Hostel
A 22-year-old girl has allegedly committed suicide over domestic issues at the Punjab University's Girls Hostel. According to initial details, the deceased has been identified as Ayesha Furqan of Attock. She was found dead in her cousin's room on Thursday. Police and the PU administration were of the view that the girl committed suicide by cutting her wrist over domestic problems.
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1750 computers provided to 143 schools
Education Department of Rawalpindi has established 44 new computer labs in high and higher secondary schools all over the district, 99 labs have also been updated. Thus, 143 schools have been provided with 1,750 computers worth Rs. 120 million to date.
‘Kissan Mela’ held at PMAS-AAUR
Federal Minister, National Food Security & Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that farmers are the backbone of the country and uplifting the agriculture sector could help strengthen the country’s economy. He stated this while inaugurating the ‘Kissan Mela’ at Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, here on Tuesday.
Pak Schools management meets Abidi, Malik
Renowned educationist Syed Abidi visited Bahrain on the invitation of Javed Malik, Ambassador of Pakistan to Bahrain. Syed Abidi conducted and delivered talks and presentations at Pakistan School and Pakistan Urdu School on career counselling and emerging subject areas. He also had a detailed meeting with the management and advised them on how to improve quality of teaching and school efficiency.
Minister vows to eliminate child labor from society
Director General Labor Welfare / Project Director Muhammad Saleem Hussain informed the media that in the 1st phase of the project, Punjab Labor and Human Resource Department is imparting free primary education to more than 4200 children under the age of 14 years in its 120 Non-Formal Education Centers in cooperation with different active NGOs, under public private partnership.
Education reforms: More Than 1,400 schools being renovated In Punjab
In a bid to reform the education sector, more than 1,400 government schools are being renovated across the province. Punjab government is taking concrete measures to raise the standard of education. District Coordination Officer Nadir Chattha said this while presiding over a meeting of education committee members at DCO office in Multan.
Rajwana encourages faculty not to compromise on education quality
Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana stressed upon the faculty members of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) not to compromise on the quality of education, saying that he would not welcome any decline in the ranking of the varsity.
Practical notebook for Matric gets expensive
Due to arbitrariness of Punjab Textbook Board’s contractors, the practical notebook for matric has become more expensive. Similarly, due to delay in printing of books, the students are deprived of access to books.
Teachers Alliance announces sit-in
Grand Teachers Alliance Punjab has said that if the government does not accede to their demands then teachers will stage a sit-in in Lahore in December. They are of the view that since teachers are required to perform duties in more than 7 departments they are unable to perform their official teaching duties.
Public services do not reach the underprivileged
Private educational institutions operate in other countries too, but the curriculum in all these institutions is the same. The government approves it. However, in Pakistan, private institutions have their own curriculum and teach courses that are taught in developed economies like England, United States or Canada.
Cadre teachers demand restoration of salaries
Hundreds of other cadre teachers of District Matiari have protested for the restoration of their salaries which have not been paid since August 2015. Abdul Hafeez Bhutto, Attaullah Raho, Aftab Memon and others have claimed that in April 2012 teachers recruitment test was held, in which 390 teachers of Language Teacher (LT), Oriental Teachers (OT) and other cadre teachers were appointed at the District Matiari.
Uniform Policy demanded for Entry in Private Medical Colleges
Chief Executive Officer Aziz Fatima Medical College Faisalabad Mian Muhammad Idrees and former president of FPCCI has stressed on the need for a uniform policy for admission to private medical colleges, in order to ensure a fair admission process.
College Education Department dysfunctional
Even after dividing the education department into two further sub-divisions for schools and colleges, and the appointment of the first Secretary for College Education, the College Education Department is still dysfunctional.
Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=202261
Protest by Punjab College Sukkur Campus
Students of Punjab College Sukkur Campus protested in front of the college in favor of their demands. They told the media that Rs 30,000 had been taken from them as advance fee but the college was closed down some days later.
Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=202263
Delay in salaries of education employees
35 employees of education department have not their salaries and primary teachers are also demanding the release of their salaries. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has ordered the Education Department to release salaries but the bureaucracy is not taking the notice seriously.
Complete story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-10-26/page-12
Higher Education Sector Lacks Priority By Salahuddin Haider
Education is a high priority sector for any society, for knowledge is the key to progress of a country. But Pakistan unfortunately seems oblivious to its importance. Government, policy makers, high officials, are yet to pay the attention that it deserves. Half-hearted measures, taken from time to time, hardly bear fruit, and today controversies have been raging over the system of education in the country.
Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/higher-education-sector-lacks-priority/
Education Targets By Yousuf Abbasi
No significant improvement in education targets means that the government provision of education, in other words, service delivery by the government is not effective. Enrolment in government schools is decreasing which means that people are shifting from the public sector to the private sector. Government should take radical steps to improve the situation.
Distribution of free Laptops under Prime Minister’s Scheme
Bannu: Minister for Housing and Works, Akram Khan Durrani, said that nations are built through education. Addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at the University of Science and Technology Bannu, Akram Khan Durrani said young people are the future of our country. The youth should build the country’s image by advancing in the field of education and exploiting modern resources. He said the government is striving to improve the education sector, which is evident from the fact that the budget for the Higher Education Commission has been enhanced in the current fiscal year. He strictly condemned the grouping in educational institutions. He emphasized that students must respect teachers.
Complete story: http://peshawar.ausaf.pk/?pg=8
Qaiser wants Khatm-e-Nabuwat chapter in curriculum
Peshawar: Speaking at a Khatm-e-Nabuwat conference in Mardan, speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the provincial government will soon add a chapter on the belief of Khatme Nabuwat in the syllabus. Asad Qasier is a politician from Swabi District of KP Province and is affiliated with PTI which is considered to be a "liberal nationalist party".
Complete story: Daily Aaj, Peshawar, Page 2
Candidate alleges wrong paper checking by PSC
Peshawar: Arshad Saeed Advocate blamed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission (PSC) for making several mistakes in papers marking and asked Chairman PSC and Chief Justice of Supreme Court to take out his papers for cross checking. Addressing a press conference here at Peshawar press club on Tuesday, Arshad Saeed, who is the topper of his department in legal studies, said that PSC conducted examinations for civil judge cum judicial magistrate a few months ago for total of 125 vacant seats out of which 104 candidates declared successful. He said that he was declared failed in his written portion of examination with a margin of two marks for getting an aggregate of 425 out of 850.
However, after hectic efforts of one month and exchanging hard words with administration, he was awarded two marks to cover the aggregate without checking his papers. He said that the commission has also warned him that not to pinpoint public service commission mistakes to anyone. He added that he has no trust on the paper checking mechanism of the commission and the commission.
Complete story: Awam-un-Nass, Peshawar, Page 3
Demand for inquiry into usage of substandard material in construction of school
Khyber Agency: The residents of Khyber Agency Tehsil Jamrud showed their grievances on use of poor material in the construction of the Governor Model School. They also showed their serious concern over the poor situation of security. They demanded an immediate inquiry and immediate action.
Complete story: Akhbar-e-Khyber, Peshawar, Page 3
Atif for timely completion of ongoing schemes
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan has directed the high-ups of his department not to depend only on correspondence, but pursue each and every case to its full extent so that important schemes can be completed on time.
These directives were issued by Muhammad Atif Khan while presiding over a review meeting of the Elementary and Secondary Education Department on Tuesday.
Complete story: Daily Surkhab, Peshawar, Page 3
Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page 3
Female teachers’ salary issues to be solved on priority basis
Charsadda: All Teachers Association District Charsadda President Mian Sajid and others attended a recent meeting on teachers’ issues and discussed teachers’ son quota, compensatory allowance & other issues, including the issue of 300 female teachers’ salaries. They demanded that their issues be resolved on a priority basis.
Complete story: Daily Khabrain, Peshawar, Page 2
Residents of University town hold protest demonstration against shifting of Schools
Peshawar: The residents of the University town held a protest demonstration against the shifting of schools from residential areas. They said this shifting is affecting their children’s education. They condemned the operation against the schools in the university area and declared it an injustice. They appealed to the Chief Justice and government to take notice.
Complete story: Daily Mashriq, Peshawar, Page 3
Girls College Usta-Muhammad building is deprived of basic facilities
District Jafferabad: BSO Pachar Quetta zone organizing committee member Mr. Comrade Naeem Baloch said in a statement that the Girls College Usta-Muhammad building is deprived of basic facilities and teaching staff. Elected representatives promised that they would facilitate education, but have not delivered. They demanded from CM Balochistan and the education department to appoint female teaching staff as soon as possible in the college.
Complete story: Daily Aazadi Quetta, Page 3
Demand to take notice against ghost teachers
District Bolan: The president GTA Tehsil Mach Mr. Nazir Ahmed & Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim said 30 ghost male and female teachers in Tehsil Mach and District Kachhi are taking salaries at home while the education department is a silent spectator. They demanded that the government take notice of these ghost teachers.
Complete story: Daily Qudrat Quetta, Page 8
Teachers' absenteeism is unbearable: Gul Shah Mandokhel
District Zoab: The Deputy District Officer Education Sherani Mr. Gul Shah Mandokhel while speaking in Education office that teacher’s absenteeism will not be tolerated in any sense. Absent teachers will be treated hard enough according to law. He said we as nation has to struggle unanimously to ornament children will tool of Education.
Government Degree College has been damaged due to corruption: BSO
District Quetta: BSO party officials said in a joint statement that Degree College Quetta has been destroyed through a conspiracy. Baloch students have been diverted from education to other problems. Expensive fees, strict rules for admissions & hostel accommodations are excuses to keep Balochistan away from education. The Degree College Quetta principal is charging extra fees. BSO demanded the eradication of corruption & corrupt officials from the educational institutions of Balochistan.
Complete story: Daily Mashriq Quetta, Page 3
Teacher’s absenteeism notice should be taken in Muhammad Jan Middle school Muslim Bagh
District Quetta: Pashtoon Student Federation stated in a provincial statement that notice should be taken of teacher absenteeism in Muhammad Jan Middle School, Muslim Bagh. Teachers’ absenteeism is affecting students’ education. PSF demanded from higher officials to investigate this absenteeism and to take action against ghost teachers.
Complete story: Daily Nai-Baat Quetta, Page 2
Usage of substandard material in construction work of Degree College
District Multan: As per Director Colleges Multan Division, a report has been shared with the Higher Education Commission regarding the poor quality material used in the construction of the new Government Boys Degree College, Jalal Pur. He further added that the whole responsibility of the Contractor and Building Department is to facilitate quality construction so he will not compromise on quality.
Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2016-10-26/page-08
Inter Part-I Results: Students forced to pay paper rechecking fees
District Layyah: Thousands of students of Inter Part-I protested, stating that as per the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab, a four member inquiry committee was established under the supervision of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab but 16 days have passed and no action has been taken by BISE. Millions of rupees have been collected from thousands of students of Inter Class in the name of rechecking. A four-member committee constituted by the board found that a very small percentage of the rechecked papers were under-marked.
Complete story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page 7
Girls School closed for 2 months
District Rahim Yar Khan: The Government Girls Primary School Pul Gree Basti Chak No.51/NP has been closed for the past 2 months due to the transfer of a teacher. Only one teacher was teaching 150 students, but was transferred by the Education Department because of favoritism. The local community demanded that the Higher Authorities appoint a Teacher very soon.
Complete story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page 14
Government School without Head Teacher
District Rahim Yar Khan: Parents protested and stated that a Head Teacher post has been vacant for the past five months, and students’ futures are at risk. They demanded from Chief Minister Punjab and DCO Rahim Yar Khan to take notice.
Complete story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page 11
Announcement for purchasing IT lab goods and furniture
District Layyah: The Secretary Education Punjab gave instructions to the Education Department Layyah to purchase furniture and IT lab goods for 34 government schools of Layyah. Rupees 16 lac will be spend on every IT lab. The tender has been announced.
Complete story: Daily Dunya, Multan, Page 8
Protest for deputation of Teachers in School
District Tharparkar: Students, villagers and Union Council Chairman Khokhra Par carried a protest strike before the Press Club against non-deputation of teachers in a school, declaring that more than fifty students are enrolled, but the school remains closed.
Villagers take out protest against closure of Schools
District Tharparkar: The residents of village Ahmed Sahar, Union Council Hameera Bai, protested against the closure of the primary school of the village, which has put students’ futures at risk.
Assault on female teachers
District Badin: An attempted assault was made on two female teachers at Government Primary School Mitho Khan Mindhro by the local land lord of the village. The teachers protested outside the Press Club.
Complete story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2016-10-26/news/page3/1%20(4).htm
NCHD Feeder Teachers Association protest
District Badin: The teachers of NCHD Teachers’ Association held a protest strike, declaring that 550 teachers of the department have been deprived of salary for past three months. They demanded that the issue be resolved soon.
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Appointment of Teachers in School after news publication
District Tharparkar: The Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar directed the Secretary Education to address the shortage of teachers in Government High School Faiz Muhammad Bulalani, after taking notice of a piece of news in a newspaper. Orders of seven teachers were issued in the school.
Self run School by villagers
District Badin: The residents of village Ali Muhammad Warar, near Serani, made an attempt to establish a self run school, due to the unavailability of a government school. More than sixty students are getting education under a Devi tree.
Complete story: Daily Kawish, Page 12