29 September 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Absence of teachers and faculty

Deputy Commissioner Lakki Marwat said that teacher absenteeism is not acceptable at any cost and that strict action will be taken against those found involved in such practices.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Peshawar/2015-09-29/page-8/detail-34

Exposing the dichotomy: Separate education from politics: Dr Abdul Qayyum

The youngest man in his time to receive a doctorate degree from Swat, Dr Sayed Abdul Qayyum Khan emphasized on the segregation of education from politics. “Political interference in the realm of education has lowered the standard and quality of education in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” said Khan, who is a renowned education expert. Now 70, Khan has served as the principal in around 15 colleges across the province.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/963980/exposing-the-dichotomy-separate-education-from-politics-dr-abdul-qayyum/

Call to name schools after those killed by terrorists

Speakers at a conference have demanded of the government to name schools and other important places after those people, who were killed by terrorists while defending their motherland. The Shuhada conference was held at Sraylchwa village of Karak tehsil to pay homage to the defenders of the motherland.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_09_2015_183_003




Sorry state of schools

Government Teachers Association reported that several schools in Qila Abdullah are functioning without a headmaster and are faced with a lack of basic facilities.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/quetta/page8.asp


Schools closed

UC Jhalli of Tehsil Nokandi has a number of primary schools that have been non-functional for a long time. The closure of these schools has resulted in a higher number of out of school children.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/quetta/page8.asp


School roof collapsed

The roof of a room in Government High School, Pashgan, Gawadar collapsed. Locals reported that the building of the school which was constructed in 2004 was not too old which raises concerns over the cause of the tragic event. 
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=08_03.gif


Inauguration of Government Degree College for Boys, Lorelai.

Brig. Mohamamd Faisal inaugurated the Government Degree College for Boys, Lorelai. The construction of the college has commenced.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103089036&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20150929





Most Bajaur schools closed after Eid

Majority of government schools and colleges in Bajaur Agency remained closed on Monday, the first working day after Eid holidays. Though educational institutions in Khar tehsil and other urban areas of the agency were open, most teachers and students did not turn up.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_09_2015_007_007


Education centre in AJK on the cards

A special education centre will be established in AJK in order to extend quality education to visually impaired children.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201509290506&EN_ID=11201509290181&EMID=11201509290078




SSC exams to start today

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) supplementary examination being conducted by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education will begin today (Tuesday).

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-342624-SSC-exams-to-start-today


Govt. pursuing to resolve fees hike issue

The government is pursuing to resolve all problems of the education sector including the fees rise issue amicably, aiming at to provide cheap and quality education to every child in the country. An official of the ministry of education told APP Monday, that according to Article 25-A of the Constitution of Pakistan, it was government’s responsibility to educate each and every child in the country.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274050



Private schools yet to notify fee refund or adjustment

Almost a week has passed after the Capital Administration and Development Division notified freeze on private school fee during the current year, Islamabad’s privately-owned educational institutions have yet to refund or adjust in the next bills the extra fee charged by them lately.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-342629-Private-schools-yet-to-notify-fee-refund-or-adjustment


Private schools worried by government’s ‘free education’ policy

The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation and Partners (APPSFP) has urged the government to discharge its obligation to provide free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 5-16 years, as it would increase public’s rage towards private schools. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-29/page-3/detail-1


RMS students visit Turkey

The Roots Millennium Schools (RMS) organized a cultural and recreational trip to Turkey for a group of 10 students accompanied by Zalfar from Millennium Campus, I-9/3, and Fouzia Shahzadi, head of RMS Gujrat Campus, says a press release.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-342631-RMS-students-visit-Turkey



German envoy visits Roots Ivy Schools

Newly-appointed German Ambassador Ms. Ina Lepel visited Roots Ivy School, College & University to promote goodwill and improve the bilateral cordial relations between Pakistan and Germany, says a press release.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-342628-German-envoy-visits-Roots-Ivy-Schools



AIOU to hold BEd exams on October 12

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will commence final exams of its teachers’ training programmes for the semester Spring, from October 12.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-29/page-13/detail-3




Students unable to get admission in Fatima Jinnah University

Poor management on part of the University’s administration has rendered several eligible students scoring 70% and above marks unsuccessful in getting admitted to Fatima Jinnah University.



Quality becomes casualty at Preston University

Preston University, a private educational institute has been running postgraduate programmes at its Islamabad campus in consistent violation of rules. Moreover, the university has yet to establish its main campus in Kohat, despite repeated reminders from the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/963958/academically-adrift-quality-becomes-casualty-at-preston-university/


COMSATS keeps debate on Manto alive

Department of Humanities, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), organized a seminar on Manto. The speakers were of the view that Saadat Hasan Manto was a legendary Pakistani short story writer of Urdu language. He was a film and radio scriptwriter as well as a journalist.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274031



Pakistan School on Internet Governance to be launched

Realising the significance of internet as a fundamental component of economic, social and political life, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, will launch Pakistan School on Internet Governance (PKSIG) with an inaugural four-day workshop from October 5-8, 2015 at the HEC Secretariat.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-342712-Pakistan-School-on-Internet-Governance-to-be-launched


Committee approves bill for military-run medical university

The Senate Standing Committee on Defence met today to discuss the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Bill 2015, said a statement issued by the committee. The committee cleared the bill.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_09_2015_003_003










Delay in payment to teachers for six months

Newly recruited teachers in elementary schools have not received salaries since their selection six months ago, as clerical staff of the relevant executive district officer`s (EDO) office was allegedly resorting to delaying tactics and, on the pretext of verification of documents, seeking illegal gratification from the teachers.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_09_2015_178_008


Private schools challenge govt.

In the wake of growing public outcry and government’s willingness to regulate affairs of private education institutes, especially in Punjab, the private schools on Monday came hard on the government slamming it for, what they termed, “almost destroying” public education system.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-342654-Private-schools-challenge-govt




Education ranking based on fees

A meeting was held by the executive body of The Educator’s in Gulberg, Lahore and was chaired by Ashraf Pirzada. He said that the government should rank schools based on fees and decisions regarding allowing or barring schools from raising their fees should be based on these rankings so that private schools which are catering to middle and low income groups by charging fairly economical fees are not subjected to further financial strains.

Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/29-09-2015/p5/story.aspx?param=4.jpg


Whimsical experiments of Education Boards

All nine boards of intermediate and secondary education in Punjab have decided to include the marks scored by students in their practical exams for science subjects in the overall aggregate. This policy was reverted in 2004 and was replaced with a grading system (A-D) for practical exams. However, on proving to be unsuccessful, the grading system was abandoned after 2 years but was re-adopted in 2012.
Complete story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/29-09-2015/p5/story.aspx?param=1.jpg


New colleges in Rawalpindi

Director Colleges said that five new colleges, 3 for girls and 2 for boys, will start to operate in Rawalpindi on 5th October 2015. He added that the construction work and recruitment of staff has been completed well within the planned timeframe.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/pindi/pic.asp?picname=413.gif


Deserving Students Being Imparted Training: Nadeem

Provincial Minister for Zakat & Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran has directed the Chairmen of Local and District Zakat Committees to submit a report after compiling final lists of deserving persons for subsistence allowance so that funds could be provided at the earliest. He said this while presiding over a review meeting regarding subsistence allowance and distribution of scholarships among under- training students of vocational training institutes under the administrative control of Punjab Vocational Training Council, on Monday. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274039


Decision on decreasing number of government schools in Punjab

Under the rationalization policy, the decision to decrease the aggregate number of government schools in Punjab from 65,000 down to 40,000 has been made by merging smaller schools falling within 1 km vicinity of a bigger school. 13,000 schools have been closed so far on these grounds.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103090756&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150929


Up-gradation of government special education institutes

The Government of Punjab will expend PKR 195 million on the up-gradation of public sector special education institutes to higher secondary level schools.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103090353&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150929



March for the promotion of tourism by students.

The students of Government College for Women Saman Abad carried out a march on mall road for the promotion of tourism on World Tour Day.

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UPPP programme for students

MOL has started a UPPP 2015 programme for the students who are associated with geo-science, petro-technical or engineering project management departments.

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Punjab govt. to bear expenses of APS student

The student Ahmed Nawaz who was injured in Army Public School Peshawar incident had appealed on the stoppage of expenses, upon which, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed to make payment of expenses of Ahmed Nawaz by Punjab government. 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-29/page-14/detail-9



UVAS provides free medical services

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) provided free clinical services to livestock farmers and general public and attended 5,134 cases at its clinics on City and Ravi Campuses and at Eid camps at Sagian and Shahpur Kanjran cattle markets during Eidul Azha days.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-342661-UVAS-provides-free-medical-services




‘No tangible evidence to suggest private schools provide value for money’

According to Alif Ailaan, a campaign for education, there are an estimated 225,771 schools in Pakistan of which, 66,089 (29 percent) are owned by private individuals or institutions. The highest proportion of private schools is in Punjab with 43 percent, followed by Sindh with 42 percent.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-342647-No-tangible-evidence-to-suggest-private-schools-provide-value-for-money


Khuhro orders Reopening of 10,000 schools

Senior Provincial Minister for Information and Education, Sindh, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Monday said that the Education Department has initiated the School Specific Programme (SSP) to develop 10,000 schools of Sindh and has directed the officials concerned to ensure the reopening of 655 closed schools in Larkana.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274075


College burnt

A number of rooms in Government Degree College at Banaras Chowk of Karachi burned down without any justifiable reason. Previously, the land of the school was occupied by the local land mafia and was being used for commercial purposes.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=08_14.gif


Alif Ailaan Seminar

The Regional Coordinator Alif Ailaan, Abdul Razzak Sangrasi held a seminar in collaboration with Arts foundation on “Talim ki Behtri”. In the seminar, the fact that Pakistan ranks 3rd in the list of countries with highest number of out of schools girls in the world was also brought to light.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=08_08.gif


Protest against closure of primary schools

Students and citizens protested in front of the press club against the closure of primary schools for more than 4 years in the area of Pangrio.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-09-29/page-2


Academic delays: First-year students still waiting for college admissions

With only seven months left for the Higher Secondary Certificate part-I examinations, the admissions of first-year students in Sindh’s government colleges are still being processed.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/964079/academic-delays-first-year-students-still-waiting-for-college-admissions/


KU awards 32 PhD, 17 MPhil degrees

The University of Karachi on Monday announced that the Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR), KU, under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor KU Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser had awarded 32 PhD and 17 MPhil degrees in various disciplines.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-342646-KU-awards-32-PhD-17-MPhil-degrees





Education crisis

Would parliament be bold enough to, for example, debate legislation making it mandatory for all elected representatives and government servants to send their children to public-sector schools? Such a move would immediately provide the reform project the galvanising shot in the arm it so desperately needs. And while this may seem too utopian a scenario, consider this: the government school system used to work well; it must be made to do so again.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_09_2015_008_001


The price of education

With private sector schools taking their story to the media, and this back-and-forth with parents and the government continuing, it is important to register some important facts. The dimensions this debate touches are more moral than practical. The schools sell a product in the market, after all, where forces of demand and supply interact. The point of the interaction marks the price level.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/09/28/comment/the-price-of-education/


Education and Educational institutions by Tariq Qureshi

Education has gradually become a luxury affordable only by the rich in Pakistan. No significant reform or improvement can be seen on any front of education. “Parha Likha Punjab”, “Badalta Hua Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, “Ubharta Hua Sindh and Balochistan” are nothing more than meaningless phrases, suspended in stark contrast with on-ground realities in the country.
Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/back-issues/29-09-2015/p10/story.aspx?param=3.jpg


Aphasia and communication by Zahida Latif

Learn everything you can about the student as a learner. Read his IEP (Initial Enrollment Period) and cumulative folder. Examine previous classroom and standardised assessments. Analyse previous writing samples. If possible, speak with teachers and other professionals who have worked with the student in the past. Administer learning inventories and interview the student to develop a profile of the student’s strengths, deficits, needs and preferences as a learner. 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-29/page-7/detail-1


Knowledge Park

The CM Punjab, Mian Shehbaz Sharif, has announced an allocation of PKR 21 billion for Knowledge Park, which is to be expended in the next 3 years with PKR 7 billion spent each year from the government revenues. Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-09-29/page-16/detail-8


Letters to the Editor


Private school fee

Parents are justified in their protest against the private-school mafia. We used to pay Rs8,600 a month for my niece who studied in grade third. It is after three years that demonstrations against outrageous fees are being witnessed.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_09_2015_009_012


Education mess in Awaran

In the Kolwah area of the Awaran district in Balochistan, education is in a mess. Children are not receiving basic education because there are no schools in some areas. And if there is one, then one finds that teachers are mostly absent from their duties. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-342730-Education-mess-in-Awaran


Can I Send My Sister To College?

I belong to a poor family living in the remote area of the Sindh Province and have a keen desire to send the youngsters in my family to the local school for education. But recent couple of incidents (abductions, murders and forced conversions) of Hindu girls has made me cry and has compelled me to stop my sister from going to the college. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274072


Private education institutes

An adequate regulatory framework for private educational institutions is a need of the hour.
Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-09-29&edition=LHR&id=1910210_16513913

Regional Press:



Biometric attendance should be ensured immediately: Alif Ailaan

A panel discussion was arranged by Alif Ailaan at Mithi, District Tharparker which included Mr. Ashok E Azam, Bhagwandas, Dileep Doshi, Dolatram among others on the panel. The speakers on the occasion said that teachers’ duties should not be extended to the elections and that they should be kept aloof of political activities. They also added that an alliance for education should be made effective and biometric attendance of teachers should be implemented immediately.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130315453&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150929


Students protest against shortage of teachers

The Students of Government Primary School Shaheed Ghulam Hyder in District Sukkur protested against the shortage of teachers in school before the Director’s office. They declared before media that only 3 teachers along with the head master were available for teaching more than 264 students of the school and demanded increase in the number of teachers at the school.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130315494&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150929




Primary school building near collapse

The building of Government Primary School Ghotki is in a deplorable condition and is near collapse owing to consistent neglect by both the school management and the education department. The building needs repairing on immediate basis.
Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130315498&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150929


Newly recruited teachers would not be transferred for three years: Education Minister

The Education Minister Sindh Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has directed the education authorities of Larkana division to overcome basic problems of the schools within 15 days and restore nonfunctional schools on immediate basis which make up 10% of the total number of schools in the district. He added that the education department has initiated school specific program for providing facilities to 10,000 schools. Commissioner Larkana, Mr. Akbar Lighari briefed the Minister that 5988 schools are present in Larkana division of which 655 schools are closed and added that a monitoring system has been launched to verify ghost teachers in the district.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130315666&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150929




Only 20 out 312 students got free text books

The Government Primary School Ayub Colony Karachi is facing acute shortage of basic facilities. The main gate of the school is in utter ruins; no school guard is available; washrooms are unusable and the drainage system is wrecked. There is a shortage of teachers and furniture in the school and due to the non-availability of a school building for girls, female students have no choice but to receive their education at the boys school. Moreover, only 20 out of 312 students have received free text books.

Complete Story: http://epaper.awamiawaz.com/fullsize/Page-05.jpg


Students protest against extra fees collection

The Students of Government Degree College Pir Jo Goth, District Mirpurkhas protested against the collection of extra fees by the administration without any prior notification. They declared before the media that the college was charging PKR 900 instead of the scheduled charge of PKR 340.

Complete Story: http://epaper.awamiawaz.com/fullsize/Page-05.jpg


More than 100 schools in Taluka Jhudo non-functional

More than 100 schools of Union Council Roshan Abad, Ahuri Farm, Fazal Bhambhro and Dilawar Hussain have been turned into barns for livestock and storage houses for agricultural produce by the local landlords. About 150 ghost teachers have also been identified who are receiving salaries without attending to their duties. Complete Story:http://www.dailyibrat.com/beta/pages/jpp_29092015012227.jpg


Government Degree College on blaze

The building of Government Degree College Hamid Badiwani has been gravely affected by the outbreak of fire in the nearby shoes market. The furniture and computers in the college have all turned to ashes and most of the classrooms have been wrecked in the wake of the fire.

Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/09-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=08_14.gif


20,000 teachers verified in Hyderabad

The biometric verification of teachers from six districts of Hyderabad region has been completed. The data of teachers recruited in the years 2011-12 has not been included in the verification. A similar verification process will be conducted in District Dadu, Badin and Thatta.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130315079&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20150928


Sindh education budget extended to 14 billion: C.M Sindh

The Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Qaim Ali Shah, declared in his statement that the education budget of Sindh has been upped from 4 billion to 14 billion. He added that 3000 non-functional schools have been restored successfully and 30 new colleges have been established.

Complete Story: http://epaper.awamiawaz.com/fullsize/Page-01.jpg


Villagers arrange private teachers in government school

The residents of village Muhammad Soomar Mallah have arranged for private teachers in the village’s government primary school after consistent non-availability of teachers.

Complete Story: http://epaper.awamiawaz.com/fullsize/Page-03.jpg


Education in Sindh needs improvement: Qaim Ali Shah

The Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Qaim Ali Shah has opined that the quality of education in Sindh is poor and has a lot of room for improvement. He symbolized poor education standard by saying that candidates having successfully attained their Master degree in English Language cannot even speak rudimentary English. He also added that honest people would be appointed in education boards and it is a moral duty of teachers to execute their responsibilities sincerely.

Complete Story: Daily Kawish, Karachi, Front Page



Primary school closed for 4 years

The Government Primary School Village Qurban Khoso, District Badin had been closed for the last four years. The locals have urged the government for the restoration of the school.
Complete Story: Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 10