NGOs` help sought in damage assessment of quake-hit schools
The Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department,KhyberPakhtunkhwa, has sought the help of non-governmental organisations in damage assessment and reconstruction of the quake-affected schools in the province.
Students to move from damaged schools to tents
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education department has planned a strategy to rebuild schools that were fully and partially damaged by Monday’s earthquake. However, while data is collected and subsequent steps are planned, students will be relegated to studying in tents or, if possible, another building. initial surveys revealed 1,294 boys and girls schools were completely or partially damaged - 137 schools, of which 111 were for boys, were destroyed.
Swat University develops major cracks due to earthquake
The Swat University would be unable to use its existing building after major cracks developed in it due to the impact of the massive earthquake on Monday. In case no alternate place is made available for the university, the education of the 3,500 students studying in its 28 departments would be disrupted.
PHC extends interim bails to AWKU VC, others
The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday extended interim bail to Abdul Wali Khan University Vice-Chancellor Dr Ihsan Ali in corruption cases.
Directorate of Education
Chairman Senior Education Staff Association reported that the Directorate of Schools Education does not have a Director since 28th August 2015. A lot of procedures including the allocation of General Provident are pending. He said that the director should be appointed as soon as possible.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page3.asp
During a protest by Government Teachers Association Harnai, Haji Mujeeb Ullah Garsheen urged the government to fulfill the demands of teachers, the failure of which will result in further protests.
Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103143197&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20151029
Reduction in educational expenses
Insaf Student Federation said that the educational expenses incurred on getting education from universities are unaffordable for poor students and that the government should bring about reduction in university fees.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page7.asp
School closed for 4 years
Sacho Boys Primary School has been closed for 4 years. Teachers appointed at the school have been receiving salaries without attending to their duties.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page8.asp
Protest against bill
Private Schools Association Nasirabad protested against the private schools regulation bill.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page10.asp
Disparate education system
The present education system is disparate and by its very nature favors rich people over the poor, said Leader Jamat-e-Islami, Molana Abdul Haq.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page12.asp
RS. 4b fund sought to overhaul school system
A new summary of Rs four billion has been prepared to seek funds to overhaul the dormant educational school system. Many schools in urban and rural areas of the capital lack basic facilities amid alleged widespread corruption and misuse of funds, weak monitoring and almost non-existent check and balance system, the new summary of Rs four billion has been prepared to overhaul the system.
Quake damages 11 schools
According to initial assessments made by the education department, 11 school buildings in tehsil Taxila have been damaged by the October 26 earthquake, sources told Dawn on Wednesday.
‘Pakistan ensured free education’
Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Wednesday said Pakistan has ensured free compulsory education and established centres for research to demonstrate effective practices.
CADD Makes Teachers Available For School Within 40 Minutes
For many, it may be just any ‘news’ but for 25 grade-9 students of the ModelSchool for Girls, G-11/2, it meant more than that— a great source of relief and a ray of hope. By intervention of the Prime Minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif they were given what they had been desiring for months — teachers. Maryam Nawaz Sharif known for her emphasis on girls’ education, Wednesday took prompt action on a news storypublished in Daily Pakistan Observer about absence of teachers of Maths, Computer Science, and Science subjects in a local school of Islamabad.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277326
COMSATS calls for more support in science, technology operations
Expressing satisfaction over the COMSATS' contribution towards science and technology in the developing countries during the period of over two decades, the organisation's commission meeting has emphasised upon the member states to extend maximum support to it so that their science and technology led socio-economic development is put on a fast track.
COMSATS University, Islamabad organized an event for sweet homes and committed to providing education to 100 orphans.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-29/page-3
Funds allocated for repairing dangerous school buildings
After buildings of 96 schools were declared dangerous in district Rawalpindi, the Punjab government has allocated funds amounting to Rs313 million for repair and reconstruction of dilapidated buildings as soon as possible.
Judge urges CJ to form larger bench for school fee case
Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday requested the chief justice to constitute a full bench to hear petitions against exorbitant fee structure of private schools.
Women College faces faculty shortage
The Government Degree College for Women, Gujar Khan, is facing numerous problems including water shortage, lack of faculty members and classrooms and poor sanitary conditions. The construction work of a hall that started 5 years ago is yet to be completed. At present some 2200 female students are enrolled with the college.
Dignosco discusses global education trends
Dignosco organised a meet-up yesterday for all the leading journalists and bloggers to have general discussion on global educational trends and prevalent issues in the Pakistani educational sector.
Dignosco has taken an initiative to provide counselling to students, professionals and parents for admissions in higher and secondary education institutions spread across North America, Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia, and Pakistan.
Ali Jan posted PEF new chief
The Punjab government has posted Ali Jan Khan as new Managing Director of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF). Ali Jan Khan belongs to the 28th Common Training Programme of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and has served different positions including PSO to Chief Minister Punjab and District Coordination Officer.
Students’ art work goes on display
As many as 260 paintings of various media were put on display here Wednesday by the 36 students of Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) to show their creative ideas and skills.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277268
College holds convocation
The convocation of Government Degree College for Women Zafar-ul-Haq Road was held yesterday. During the convocation, the female students were awarded degrees, medals and prizes by the chief guest.
High admission fee in private medical colleges
The federal and provincial governments are paying no heed to the pressing issue of exorbitant admission fees in private medical colleges.
Recovery of teachers’ increments
Punjab Teachers Union Rawalpindi has taken a strong stand against the government’s decision of the recovery of teachers’ salary increments.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-29&edition=ISL&id=1958816_11817348
CM`s nod to proposal for enhancing age limit for FJMU VC`s slot
In what appeared to be a case of jumbled-up priorities, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has accorded approval to a health department proposal seeking amendment to the age limit for the vice chancellor slot at newly-created Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU).
Students sensitised on their role for clean environment
The communication department of Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) carried out a massive awareness drive in the locality of Sabzazar in order to sensitise masses on Solid Waste Management & citizens’ role in the maintenance of clean environment across city here on Wednesday.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277311
Powerful army, atomic bomb guarantee to Pakistan’s survival: PU VC
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Mujahid Kamran said that being a nuclear power and having a powerful army are guarantees to the survival of Pakistan. He was addressing the orientation ceremony of newly admitted students at PU Oriental College organized at Sherani Hall, Old Campus on Wednesday.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277306
Qaim seeks ways to ban unionism by teachers
The Sindh government is considering declaring education as an `essential service` to ban union activities of teaching staff to help improve quality of education in schools. This emerged at a meeting held on Wednesday at CM House to review progress of the education department.
Schedule of Matric exams
The Board of Secondary Education Karachi has announced schedule for matric exams for Science and General group. The exams are to commence from 5th of November, 2015.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_06.gif
Banning Teachers Associations
The Chief Minister Sindh held a meeting with the officials of Education Department, in order to review the overall operations and performance of the department. He said that all teachers associations in Sindh will be banned.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-10-29/page-1
Implementation of Free Education Ordinance
Despite the elapse of two and half years, nothing has been done for the implementation of Free Education Ordinance which dictates provision of free education to children up to the age of 16. The ordinance, if implemented in true spirit will allow admissions of 7.2 million children to schools during next five years.
Working together for Inter board
Governor Sindh said that we need to work together for the betterment of Inter Board. The Governor met with the Chairman Board to discuss possible ways in which the functioning of Inter Board could be reformed.
Five KU students injured
At least five students were wounded when members of two rival student organisations clashed with each other inside Karachi University on Wednesday evening. Police officials said that there were no casualties, as the groups did not use guns. A few students were slightly injured as they used sticks and batons.
SIUT team reaches Swat to help quake victims
In view of expanding relief efforts in the earthquake-hit areas, a team of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) under the supervision of Professor Adibul Hasan Rizvi has reached Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital of Swat.
Teacher training in the private sector By Abdullah Alam
Around 1.4 million teachers, almost equally divided between the public and private sectors, are currently employed in the country’s education sector. The private sector’s share has hugely increased in the last decade or so. It has, therefore, become important to understand the policies and practices of private sector schools.
The death of reason by Kamila Hyat
it is said that Malala’s ‘cruel’ father turned away children from his school because they were unable to pay; this pseudo fact is taken from Malala’s book and based on an incident in which she says there were so many children seeking education he was simply not able to take them all in. As anyone in Swat will say, many were admitted on very low fees or no fee at all.
Letters to the Editor
The Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Peshawar, which was attacked by the militants thrice, has been neglected for years by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government. In this school, approximately 500 students are getting education while sitting under trees while makeshift huts have been set up for teachers.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/29-Oct-2015/girls-education
Schools facing apathy
Recently, I cast my vote for the first time in the NA-122 by-election. I was excited but shocked to see the condition of the Government Primary School near Icchra, where a polling station was set up. The school comprised a dilapidated building with unpaved walls, t-iron roofs, broken benches and broken blackboards.
Education In Pakistan
The education system of Pakistan is comprised of 260,903 institutions and is facilitating 41,018,384 students with the help of 1,535,461 teachers. The system includes 180,846 public institutions and 80,057 private institutions. Hence 31% Pakistan has expressed its commitment to promote education and literacy in the country byeducation policies at domestic level and getting involved into international commitments on education.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=277247
After the PM’s directives, the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) has opened a ‘grievances cell’ in the federal capital to address complaints regarding the high rate of school fees. This is a good step. However, one wants to know if this cell is only for the residents of Islamabad or if any citizen/parents can approach it from any part of the country.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-348232-Fee-complaints
Schools without basic facilities
A total of 2 male and 6 female teachers are teaching 250 students in Government Girls Primary School Shorkot Cantt. The school also lacks basic facilities and adequate learning space for students. Only 2 classrooms are available to cater to a student body of 250 students.
Modernization in education
Education plays a major role in the development of a country. Modernization in education is necessary to keep pace with the changes and progress at the global level. Pakistan’s education system is in a dire need of such modernization.
FATA teachers & clerks protest against Agency Education Officer
Peshawar: The All Teachers Association Khyber Agency and Clerk Association Khyber Agency, held protest in front of FATA Secretariate Warsak Road and demanded for the transfer of Agency Education Officer Khyber Agency, Ateeq-ur-Rehman. The protesters announced a boycott of their official duties until the transfer of the Agency Education Officer.
Complete Story: Daily Mashriq, Peshawar, Page No. 2
Sarai Norang High School building affected by earthquake
Peshawar: The building of Government Higher Secondary School Sarai Norang was partially damaged by the recent earthquake. Cracks have appeared in the classrooms and halls of the school. The dilapidated condition of the building is a threat to the lives of students. Concerned parents have urged the administration to take immediate notice of the situation.
Complete Story: http://naibaat.com.pk/Presentation/peshawar/Page03.aspx
Earthquake affects Akbar Pura High School
Peshawar: Mr. Irshad Ali, Principal of Akbar Pura High School said that the recent earthquake has adversely affected the school building, and has rendered it unsuitable for conducting academic activities. He urged the government to take immediate notice of the issue and take adequate steps to resolve it.
UC Gojjar Garhi Education Department should be given due importance
Mardan: Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan’s Provincial Deputy General Secretary and UC Gohhar Garhi Village Council 2 Youth Councilor Amir Khan stressed that UC Gojjar Garhi’s educational department needs to be given due importance. They demanded for the establishment of a girls’ primary school in Bangla Killi.
Complete Story: Daily Awam-un-Nas, Peshawar, Page No. 3
Whims of government high school’s Principal
Dera Ismail Khan: As per the whims of the Principal, Government High School No. 2, the Islamia ground has been closed and rendered inaccessible by the general public. Inhabitants of the area have demanded from the Provincial Minister Finance, District Nazim and Tehsil Nazim to issue orders for the re-opening of the Islamia ground for the general public.
Complete Story: Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No. 3
147 educational institutions completely destroyed in 4 districts of KP: PDMA
Peshawar: Sources from PDMA reported that in the wake of the recent earthquake, a total of 147 educational institutions in 4 districts of Khyber Pakhunkhwa were completely destroyed. These include, 53 in Tank, 45 in Upper Dir, 34 in Lakki Marwat and 15 in Bannu.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Peshawar, Page No. 1
137 government school buildings completely destroyed in KP
Peshawar: The recent earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has led to the destruction of 137 government schools while 1137 schools have been partially damaged. Of the 137 schools destroyed completely, 111 schools were for boys while 25 were for girls. The students of the destroyed schools have been temporarily adjusted in other schools. These initial damage assessment reports have been prepared by District Education Officers and have been sent to the Minister for Education for further instructions.
Complete Story: Daily Aaj, Peshawar, Page No. 1
Closure of Boys Primary School Sachoo
District Kachhi: The residents of Sachoo urged the Education Department to take notice of the closure of Boys Primary School Sachoo for the last 4 years. They reported that the teachers were receiving salaries despite not attending to their duties.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page8.asp
Government educational institutions dilapidated
District Lasbela: Social activist, Mr. Abu Bakar said that while the government claims an educational emergency in the province and is apparently spending billions of rupees for the development of education, the on-ground situation reflects the contrary. In this modern age of science and technology, the children of Government School Oba Lakhra are studying on the pavement due to the dilapidated condition of their school.
Boys High School Surkhain closed for 2 years
District Qalat: The government should take notice of closure of Boys High School Surkhain which has been closed for the last 2 years, said Raheem, who is a local landlord. Raheem said that while the government claims an educational emergency in the province and is apparently spending billions of rupees for the development of education, the on-ground situation reflects the contrary.
Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_3.html
Reduction in fees: Naeem Kakar
District Quetta: The provincial leader of Insaaf Student Federation, Mr. Naeem Kakar said that the tuition and admission fees charged by universities and educational institutions are too high to be affordable for a majority of the population and it should be reduced so as to improve access to education. He added that the government must provide free education as a fundamental constitutional right.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2015/quetta/page7.asp
Sorry state of affairs in Balochistan University: PSF
District Quetta: The Pashtoon Student Federation highlighted the misappropriation of grants given for infrastructural development to Balochistan University by HEC and Chief Minister Balochistan.
Violation of merit in teacher recruitments is reprehensible: Mir Jameel Gorgaij
District Noshqi: Mir Jameel Ahmed Gorgaij and other political leaders said that the violation of merit in the recruitment of teachers through NTS is condemnable. Thousands of meritorious candidates successfully passed the exam but are still awaiting appointments. Education officials, on the other hand, are concealing available vacancies and are making recruitments based on nepotism.
Complete Story: Daily Baakhabar, Quetta, Page No: 02
Disparate education system: Molana Abdul Haq Hashmi
District Quetta: Provincial Administrator Jamaet-e-Islami Molana Abdul Haq Hashmi and others said that the disparities in the present education system were worsening the inequality paradigm among socio-economic classes. He demanded for the standardization of curriculum across all educational institutions.
Complete Story: Daily Baakhabar, Quetta, Page No. 08
Headmistress forces female students to assist with house chores
District Layyah: Parents demanded removal of the Headmistress of Government Girls School Chak No.334/TDA. They reported that she was forcing female students to babysit her infant child and to assist her with her domestic chores.
Complete Story: Daily Pakistan, Multan, Page No.11
Ghazi University charging transport expenses from students
District Dera Ghazi Khan: The administration of Ghazi University is forcing the students to pay RS.3000 to 4000 per head for transportation services. Parents and students took a staunch stand against this step taken by the university.
Complete Story: Daily Pakistan, Multan, Page No.11
Teachers must ensure success of enrolment campaign
District Rajanpur: Irshad Ahmed, DEO, Rajanpur, during a visit to the schools of the Rajanpur District said that teachers must ensure success of the enrolment campaign and that teacher absenteeism will not be tolerated at any cost.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No.10
Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab limited to Lahore only
District Bahawalpur: The residents of Rajkan said that the slogan of “Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab” is limited to Lahore only. They stressed the absence of colleges for boys or girls in the city and demanded for their provision.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No.14
Tournaments held under Board of Intermediate Education
District Rahim Yar Khan: Tehsil level tournaments were held at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School Old Sadiqabad under the Bahawalpur Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education. Female students showed extraordinary performance and secured several positions.
Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No.6
South Punjab students denied free transportation
District Rahim Yar Khan: The students of South Punjab have been denied free transportation services. Students commuting from far flung areas are rendered incapable of reaching their schools and colleges in time and end up missing important classes. Concerned parents have demanded free transportation services for their children.
Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No.6
Decision of ban on teachers’ associations
Karachi: Sindh Government has decided to place a ban on Teachers’ Associations. The Chief Minister Sindh has also issued orders to take action against officials involved in illegal transfers and appointments. The decisions were taken after a special meeting at C.M House where Chief Secretary Mr. Aiddique Memon, Mr. Fazal ul Allah Pechuho and Mr. Murad Ali Shah were present. Mr. Pechuho said that the demands of teachers were illegal and that ghost teachers were involved in the protests against biometric system.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130325363&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151029
Thousands of teachers protest against Secretary Education in Nawabshah
District Nawabshah: Thousands of teachers gathered on the call of Primary Teachers Association and protested against Secretary Education Mr. Fazal ul Allah Pechuho, declaring his policies to be against the interests of teachers and of the education system in the province at large. They also stated the Secretary had embezzled the funds provided by World Bank for various educational development activities in Sindh. They demanded for his removal and for the restoration of suspended teachers in different cities of Sindh.
Teachers protest against non-completion of their biometric verification
Hyderabad: Teachers from Hyderabad protested against the non-completion of their biometric verification in the D.O Office. The teachers stated that they incurred significant transport expenses in traveling from far-flung areas for the purpose of biometric verification. They demanded for early completion of the verification process.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130325335&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151029
Pithoro School upgraded; classes not started yet
The Government School Pithoro was promoted to Higher Secondary School, but since then, classes have not commenced. Residents informed that students of first year and second year have been deprived of getting education in the school for the last 17 years. They demanded for appointment of subject specialists in the school so that classes may be conducted.
Students protest against insufficient furniture in school
District Matiyari: The students of Government Main Primary School Uderolal protested against the lack of furniture in the school, due to which they were compelled to study while sitting on the floor.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130325244&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151029
Students’ education suffering due to teachers’ protests
District Sijawal: The schools of Bandhi and other areas have been closed due to the protests of teachers. Thousands of students are suffering due to the suspension of educational activities.
Complete Story: http://www.dailyibrat.com/beta/pages/jpp_29102015011156.jpg
Sindhi Adbi Board employees protest for release of salaries
Jamshoro: The Employees of Sindh Text Book Board Jamshoro protested for the release of their salaries before the Secretary Office. They declared that no meeting of the Board of Governors had taken place in the last four years. The institute was facing grave financial problems and the employees had been deprived of their salaries. They demanded Board Chairman Mr. Jamil Ul Zaman and Education Minister Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take notice of the issue and take steps to resolve it on a priority basis.