27th October 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Students Want NAP Effectively Enforced

Students of the University of Peshawar (UoP) from Balochistan on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration against the suicide bombing of a police training centre in Quetta. They demanded effective enforcement of the National Action Plan for checking bloodshed in the country. The protesters gathered on the Sher Shah Suri Road outside the Peshawar Press Club holding placards inscribed with slogans for the early arrest of those behind Quetta carnage.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1292574

JI Told to Quit if not Content With Govt. Performance

Provincial elementary and secondary education minister Mohammad Atif on Wednesday embarrassed the Jamaati - Islami in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by asking the ruling PTI’s ally to quit the government if it was not satisfied with its performance. The minister responded bitterly when Mohammad Ali of JI said all departments including education, health, irrigation, public health engineering etc were not functioning properly.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1292580/ji-told-to-quit-if-not-content-with-govt-performance


KP PA Flays Govt. Over Lack of Girls Schools in Far-Flung Areas

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly's opposition members and its coalition partner in the provincial government criticised the provincial government over the non-seriousness regarding education and said that in far-flung areas there still existed a lack of schools especially for female students.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/khyber-pakhtunkhwa/27-Oct-16/kp-pa-flays-govt-over-lack-of-girls-schools-in-far-flung-areas




E-Attendance System for Teachers Launched

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Muhammad Atif Khan has said that the Online Action Management System of Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) is good news for honest and dedicated teachers while bad for shirkers.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/khyber-pakhtunkhwa/27-Oct-16/e-attendance-system-for-teachers-launched




School and Office Guards Relieved from 24 Hour Duty

Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reverted its orders of 24 hours duty hours for school and public office guards. In this regard, a notification has been sent to DEOs, Male and Female.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103822875&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20161027


College Teachers Sit Together to Discuss the Issue of Delay in Upgradation

Central Executive Committee of KP College Teachers Association has called a special meeting to brood over the issue of delays in their promotions. The meeting will be held in Government College Peshawar.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103822197&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20161027


Peshawar University Alters the Date of Convocation

Peshawar University has altered the date for its convocation due to some unavoidable circumstances. Now it will be held on 2nd November 2016 instead of 30th October 2016.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103822193&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20161027




Rift Between Teachers Union and Administration Risking Students’ Education

The rift between teachers' union and education department officers has endangered the future of students in Moosa Khel. Education institutions have been closed for the past one month. Teachers have warned that they won’t open unless the concerned officer is transferred.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-27-2016/Quetta/page7.asp




DEO, Taluka Officer Rift Affects Reopening Schools Campaign

Rift between the district education officer (DEO) (primary) Syed Wajid Ali Shah and taluka officer of Mirpurkhas has emerged as a main hurdle in the reopening of closed schools in the district. It has been learnt that the taluka officer has stopped paying salaries to the district focal person tasked with opening the schools on charges of being absent from duty.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/karachi/27-Oct-2016/deo-taluka-officer-rift-affects-reopening-schools-campaign


PML-N’s Decision to Revoke Education Package is Self-Destructive

Malik Riasat Ali Awan has targeted PML-N for annulling its own education package. According to him, the move will prove self-derogatory for PML-N and it is the proof of PML-N’s non-populist approach of governance.

Complete story: http://www.dailykhabrain.com.pk/epaper/popup.php?newssrc=issues/2016-10-27/18434/8.jpg




CIIT, NCHD join hands for setting up literary centres for child prisoners

Islamabad: The Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) on Wednesday reached an agreement to share technical and logistics support for establishing Literacy Centres for the children in different jails of the country, says a press release.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160165-CIIT-NCHD-join-hands-for-setting-up-literacy-centres-for-child-prisoners


18 UK universities' teams visit BU

Islamabad: Delegations from 18 different UK Universities have visited Bahria University Islamabad, with the collaboration of British Council. The delegation comprised of academicians, researchers, managers, international officers from 18 UK universities.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160170-18-UK-universities-teams-visit-BU 


SC Refuses to Give Schools Three Years to Vacate Houses

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a three-year time frame for schools established in the residential areas so that they could shift to other locations in the federal capital. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice, Anwar Zaheer Jamali, heard a case regarding the use of residential buildings for commercial activities in Islamabad.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/27-Oct-16/sc-refuses-to-give-schools-three-years-to-vacate-houses




Teachers’ Strike Enters Second Day, Reps to Meet Minister Today

Academic and administrative activities at model colleges remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Wednesday due to the strike of teachers and other staff members over the failure of the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to resolve their issues, especially denial of promotion despite repeated requests.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160175-Teachers-strike-enters-second-dayreps-to-meet-minister-today




Social Sciences Conference Opens at HEC

The inauguration ceremony of a two-day 4th International Social Sciences Conference organized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), AJK was held at the Commission Secretariat here on Wednesday. The theme of conference was “Regional and International Cooperation: Problems and Prospects 2016” and it was attended by vice chancellors, academicians, social scientists, scholars, students and delegates from all over Pakistan as well as Indian-Occupied Kashmir and Malaysia.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/social-sciences-conference-opens-at-hec/






Inquiry into 'illegal' transfer of school to PEF

Layyah: The District Education Authority has illegally transferred the Government Girls Primary School 151-A to the Punjab Education Foundation. Parents have pulled their children out of the school, against the illegal transfer of the school to the PEF.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.phpStoryText=27_10_2016_178_004 


PU Laptop distribution

Lahore: Higher Education Commission of Pakistan will organise laptop distribution ceremony for the students of Punjab University on Thursday (today) at 11am at PU Faisal Auditorium.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160159-PU-laptop-distribution


Peace murals exhibition at NCA 

Lahore: The Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery at NCA hosted an exhibition of works titled “Peace Murals of Artlords, Afghanistan.”

Education Minister Rana Mashhood inaugurated the exhibition and praised the works. He emphasised the importance of using art and culture to foster peace and brotherhood.             Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160155-Peace-murals-exhibition-at-NCA 

34 Schools Closed Due to India’s Cross-Border Attacks

Education Executive District Officer (EDO) Muhammad Farooq on Wednesday said that 34 schools – situated in areas along the Sialkot’s working boundary – have been temporarily closed due to India’s unprovoked firing and shelling.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/26-Oct-16/34-schools-closed-due-to-indias-cross-border-attacks


Over 18,339 Punjab Schools Functioning Without Proper Boundary Walls, Security Guards

In wake of the ongoing security situation across the country, around 51602 schools are operating, while over 18339 schools are running without having any security guards and proper boundary walls across Punjab. According to figures, around 51602 schools are operating in across the Punjab, while approximately 5121200 students are getting educations in these primary schools.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/26-Oct-2016/over-18-339-punjab-schools-functioning-without-proper-boundary-walls-security-guards



International Conference in FJWU

Department of Public Administration, Fatima Jinnah Women University has organised an international conference which started yesterday and will end today.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-10-27&edition=ISL&id=2694099_52311317


Students Protest During Governor’s Visit

Hundreds of Ghazi University students took out a protest rally against the “unjust” increase in academic fees, during the visit of Punjab Governor and Chancellor Rafique Rajwana.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/national/27-Oct-2016/students-protest-during-governor-s-visit


PEF Providing Free Schooling Facilities To Children With Minor Disabilities

Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has provided free schooling facilities to children with minor disabilities in seven selected districts under the Punjab Inclusive Education Project (PIEP). For this purpose, a partnership has been made with 194 private educational institutions so that the needy children could easily make it to their schools for studies.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/pef-providing-free-schooling-facilities-to-children-with-minor-disabilities/



Quality of Education Won’t be Compromised

Provincial Minister for Higher Education chaired a meeting of Punjab Higher Education Commission. The Chairperson PHEC said that the commission would not compromise on the quality of education in the province.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-27-2016/Lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_13.gif


Unregistered Schools Should be Fined

Private School Registration Authority held its session yesterday here in Lahore with DOC Sundas Irshad as the chair. In the meeting, Adeeb Javedani suggested that those private schools which have not registered themselves should be fined.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-27-2016/Lahore/pic.asp?picname=02_09.gif


Courses Start for Special Persons in Joharabad

DCO Khushab has said that government is taking important steps to bring special persons into the mainstream. The Punjab government has started education courses for them all over the province, with help from various institutes.

Complete story:  http://www.dailykhabrain.com.pk/epaper/epaper.php?page_id=18437


Illegal Campuses of Private Varsities to be Probed

The matter of illegally established sub campuses of private universities will be probed. The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has announced the formation of committees for the purpose. The announcement was made at a meeting held on Wednesday, where PHEC Chairperson Dr Nizamuddin said committees were being formed to look into the matter.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1211304/mushrooming-around-illegal-campuses-private-varsities-probed/


Public Education: Students Protest ‘Privatisation’ of Schools

Students from the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) took to the streets on The Mall to protest against the ‘privatisation’ of education, ban on student unions and disparities in the education system on Wednesday. According to them, the poor have been deprived of education because of the current system.

Complete story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1211333/public-education-students-protest-privatisation-schools/




Formal and Technical Education for Children

A meeting was held yesterday here in Lahore with Punjab’s Minister for Labor and Manpower Resources to review the efforts made for providing formal as well as technical education to the children working in auto workshops, petrol pumps and hotels.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-10-27/page-12/detail-8


UHS Medical Education Moot From Today

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) is organising a three-day international conference on Medical Education on Thursday (today).  According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the theme of the conference is “Medical Professionalism in Challenging Times: Blending Local Values with Global Standards”.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160157-UHS-medical-education-moot-from-today






170 Schools Functioning Without Headmasters for the Last Three Years 

Around 170 posts of headmaster are lying vacant in the schools of Karachi for past three years, Daily Times learnt on Tuesday. These posts are lying vacant in primary, middle and higher secondary schools in different towns of the city.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/27-Oct-16/170-schools-functioning-without-headmasters-for-the-last-three-years



‘Educate a Girl’ Celebrates Girls’ Education Completion

‘Educate a Girl’ celebrated the completion of education by 1000 girls under its aegis on the eve of the International Day of Girls. 1,000 girls completed their education in Mass Communication which was funded by Educate a Girl.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-27-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=202902


Award of MPhil and PhD Degrees

In a special session held under the supervision of VC Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, University of Karachi awarded 2 MPhil, 1 PhD and 1 DSS degree. PhD degree was awarded to        Syed Danish Hussain in Bio Chemistry. 

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-10-27&edition=KCH&id=2694135_36741182


CM Inaugurates Iqra University’s New Campus

The terrorists want to attack our education system, but I want them to know that we stand united in our fight to defeat their nefarious plans, asserted Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at the inauguration of Iqra University’s new campus in North Nazimabad on Wednesday.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160133-CM-inaugurates-Iqra-Universitys-new-campus


Landlord, His Men Humiliate Two Teachers at Mandhro School

Two female teachers of Mitha Khan Mandhro School were abused and humiliated by village's landlord Umar Mandhro and his son. Zaibunissa Jakhro and Afroz Gul Khaskheli were first verbally abused by the landlord and then his men dragged them out of the school and the village.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/27-Oct-16/landlord-his-men-humiliate-two-teachers-at-mandhro-school




Islamabad Police Misbehaves With Teachers Editorial

IN a condemnable incident, Islamabad Police manhandled teaching and non-teaching contract/daily wage employees on Tuesday, who were protesting against non-payment of their salaries for the last four months and their non-regularisation. Lady teachers were also not spared and some of them were briefly detained by Police.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/islamabad-police-misbehaves-with-teachers/


Covering for the Poor By Muhammad Ashraf

Health care and education are universally recognised as essential needs, the provision of which is the basic responsibility of the state towards its citizens. The constitutions of most of the countries also recognise them as basic rights of the citizens, making the adequate provision of these facilities obligatory on the state, within its available resources.

Complete story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/10/27/comment/covering-for-the-poor/


Educating Our Children..! By Robert Clements

AS I spend my last few days in the US before returning home, there are many parents, friends of mine who ask me to look up their children here in New York or Philadelphia, or at least speak to them.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/educating-our-children/


Q&As on Academic Career By Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi

Q- Sir, I have done B-Tech (Hons.) and want to do MBA ahead. But I am unable to choose between electrical engineering and MBA. Kindly guide me.

A- My suggestion is that you should give time to your own field. Spend some time in the industry and gain experience. At this point, an MBA is neither related to your previous qualification nor it can support your profession.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-27-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=203497


The Education Crisis in Balochistan By Monis Ali

Despite the repeated tall claims of Balochistan government of placing a special emphasis on increasing enrollment of children in schools, 1.8 children are still out of school in the province, and the literacy rate has remained stagnant at 39 percent. Education Statistics 2014-2015 launched in February this year by the Ministry of Federal Education’s Academy of Educational Planning and Management estimated that 24.02 million children between the ages of 5-16 were out of school in Pakistan, and Balochistan had the highest percentage of out-of school children at 70 percent.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/27-Oct-16/the-education-crisis-in-balochistan


Up in Smoke By Kamila Hayat

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior may have been shocked by the findings placed before it, primarily from an NGO, which state that over 50 percent of private school students in Islamabad were using drugs, but many others will not be quite so startled.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160204-Up-in-smoke


Gender Gap Index Editorial

NOW in its eleventh year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016 ranks 144 countries on the gap between women and men based on health, education, economic and political indicators. The theory behind ranking countries on the gender inequality index is to understand whether resources and opportunities are being equitably distributed.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1292403


Letters to the Editor


Social Work Studies by Seema Liaquat

According to recent news, a well-known college of Karachi is deciding to close down the department of Social Work Studies. Our society is going through a lot of social problems and there is a great need to continue teaching the subject of ‘Social Work’ in all degree colleges of the city.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/160198-Social-work-studies 


Working on Education Sector

I applaud the Sindh High Court for a proposal for raising boundary walls of 82 primary secondary schools across the Sindh province. Around 40 million schemes are prepared to cover 16 colleges are in the pipeline. For the boundary walls of nearly 1,877 educational institutions of Sindh, the Education & Literary Department has been given 3,535 million rupees for the provision of quality education to the children.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/working-on-education-sector/


Students and Destructive Activities

Most students take more interest in mobile phones and drugs than in studies. The mobile phone is a unique invention. But every product has positive and negative aspects. But unfortunately, the negative use of mobiles has superseded its positivity.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-10-27&edition=KCH&id=2694387_43908619