30th January 2017

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


KP govt finalises bill on free, compulsory education

The Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has finalised the propose bill on providing free and compulsory education at the primary and secondary level to all children of the age five to 16 years, according to officials.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=30_01_2017_007_004


Babul ilm: Quality, free education for destitute children 

A school for destitute and dropout children was opened in the remote Jorriyan Village in UC Bareela. Babul Ilm School has three rooms and has been set up in a rented building. Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Assembly Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad and religious scholar Arshad Qayum were in attendance.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1310907/babul-ilm-quality-free-education-destitute-children/


Most schools in Mohamand without textbooks

Teachers, students and their parents have expressed concern over unavailability of free textbooks in government schools in Mohmannd Agency for last two years. Talking to Dawn, they said the education department had failed to provide textbooks to thousands of students of middle and primary classes in different schools.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=29_01_2017_183_004




Teachers oppose private school bill

Teachers and students of private schools protested in a rally against the Private Schools Regularity Authority Bill 2015 passed by the Balochistan Assembly on Saturday. The protesters marched on various roads and streets of Dera Murad Jamali carrying banners and placards inscribed with their demands.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1310137/dera-murad-jamali-rally-teachers-oppose-private-school-bill/




Upgradation of 200 more schools approved

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has finalised arrangements of upgradation of 200 educational institutions in the federal capital in the next phase of Prime Minister’s Education Reforms Programme.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=30_01_2017_153_001




Testing knowledge: Consensus reached on revamping exam system

In a first, the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), the Inter-Board Committee of chairmen (IBCC) and the Education Boards (EB) have reached consensus over reforming the existing examination system. The consensus was reached during the concluding session of a three-day national conference on improving the secondary school and higher secondary school systems.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1309148/testing-knowledge-consensus-reached-revamping-exam-system/


Locking of schools threatened over teachers’ problems

The teaching and non-teaching staff members of Islamabad government schools and colleges have threatened to shut their respective campuses over non-resolution of their problems. The threat was issued during a meeting of the Federation of All Educational Association of Islamabad here with central convener of the federation Sagheer Ahmad Mirani in the chair.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/182634-Locking-of-schools-threatened-over-teachers-problems#


We will realise dreams shown to youth by previous govts: Nawaz

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said the previous governments had shown the youth only dreams and his government will fulfill these dreams by giving them jobs. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the first volume of the report "Powering Pakistan for 21st Century: How Math’s and Science Power Nations," project of Alif Ailaan, at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) here.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/182338-We-will-realise-dreams-shown-to-youth-by-previous-govts-Nawaz






PM urges nation to focus on mathematics, sciences for national progress

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday urged the nation to focus on mathematics and sciences to ensure progress in all spheres and attain a coveted place in the comity of nations. He was addressing an event on the launch of the first volume by the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science’s Publication Volume-I – “How maths and science power nations” – a project by Alif Ailaan here at the PM office.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/pm-urges-nation-to-focus-on-mathematics-sciences-for-national-progress/




Examination duties may become essential service

At the request of boards of intermediate and secondary education (BISEs) and textbook boards across the country, the federal government may recommend the provinces to declare examination-related duties – supervisory and evaluation – as essential service.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=30_01_2017_002_004


Monitoring of govt schools starts today

District education monitoring teams will start working from Monday to check the quality of education in government schools. The Punjab government has imposed an education emergency in the province for three months to improve the quality of education in schools.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=30_01_2017_151_006


Govt disengaged 88,000 children from labour since 2014

The Punjab government has disengaged some 88,000 children from brick kilns and rescued 41,000 children from the worst form of child labour in the other sector in its endeavour to eliminate all forms of exploitative employments and to ensure a child labour-free economy by the end of 2016.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=28_01_2017_176_007


Teachers’ unions likey to boycott exams for classes 5, 8

Several groups of Punjab public schoolteachers have united to boycott the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC)'s examination for class 5 and 8 over the government's policies. Office bearers of three major alliances of Punjab public school teachers including Grand Teachers Alliance (GTA), United Teacher's Council (UTC) and All Asatza Alliance Punjab (AAAP) have said that the announcement of boycott is in favour of teachers' community; therefore, there is no problem in uniting.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-01-29/lahore/9393/64427





Over 1,000 head teachers hold protests across Sindh

As many as 1,080 head teachers, who had passed thier written tests conducted by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Sukkur, on Sunday staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club against Sindh's schools and the education department. Protests were also held in almost all districts of the province including Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Dadu, Larkana demanding issuance of joining letters.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-01-30/lahore/9406/64610


Justuju School seeks out good education for underprivileged children

Hidden within the narrow streets of Azam Basti is the brainchild of an Institute of Business Administration (IBA) graduate – a school offering good quality education for underprivileged children. “After completing my ‘O Levels I did not know where to head in life,” said IBA computer science graduate Haseeb Hussain Gandhi.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201701280012&EN_ID=11201701280006&EMID=11201701280003


‘Minimum age limit of 14 years violates Article 25-A of constitution’

While the Sindh Assembly’s recent move for legislation to clamp down on child labour is appreciable, the fact remains that the age limit of 14 years set by provincial lawmakers is in contradiction with Article 25-A of Pakistan’s constitution. As per this article, every child in Pakistan must be provided free and compulsory education by the state from the age of five till the time he or she is 16 years old.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/182170-Minimum-age-limit-of-14-years-violates-Article-25-A-of-constitution


Lack of facilities at public, private schools decried

Poverty compels parents to send their children to work instead of schools. Parents, particularly, find themselves helpless before the private sector schools, which charge heavy fees from them while in the public sector problems like lack of buildings for schools, poor condition of classrooms, furniture and toilets confront them.  These are the circumstances which force parents to prefer work over study for their children.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2017-01-30/page-14/detail-4




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