Inquiry of sub-standard school construction
The Provincial Assembly has shown its displeasure upon the use of sub-standard material for the construction of government school buildings in Charsadda Shabqadar Dala Zak. The member provincial assembly inspected the school building during construction and ordered the halt of construction work on account of the usage of sub-standard material in construction.
Appointment of DEO in Batagram
Positive change is around the corner after the transfer of DEO Riak Khan Swati to Battagram who is leading the crack-down on fraudulent and corrupt forces working within Battagram’s Education Department.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Peshawar, Page No. 08
Calls for building expansion
The elders of the Garhi Kapura in a meeting held in the Hujra of the Tehsil Councilor Mr. Fida Muhammad Khan, said that the building of the Government Degree College Garhi Kapura has inadequate capacity to accommodate 3rd year students. The Tehsil Councilor, Fida Muhammad, offered to provide land for the purpose of the expansion of the college.
Complete Story: Daily Mashriq, Peshawar, Page No. 04
Government responsible for educating children
Moon Star Welfare Organization’s President, Hazrat Mr. Usman Advocate, said that it is the responsibility of government to provide educational facilities to the children in the country but it is regrettable that the government does not fulfill its duties.
Complete Story: Daily Awam-un-Nas, Peshawar, Page No. 03
Department of Education Shangla needs reform
The District Shangla PTI Leader & Ex General Secretary, Mr. Shamsher Ali Khan, said that the education department of District Shangla needs to be reformed, the failure of which will result in protests. He criticized the department for excluding Tehsil Kana and Bashaam from the recently published advertisement for PST and demanded their inclusion in the advertisement.
Complete Story: Daily Surkhab, Peshawar, Page No. 03
Girls High School Bheerah organized Salam Teacher Program
The students of Government Girls’ High School Bheerah organized ‘Salam Teacher Program’ in the school in celebration of the World Teacher’s Day.
Complete Story: Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No. 03
Peshawar University to educate child labor victims
The International NGO, Plan International, signed an MOU with the Peshawar University for a project aimed at educating the victims of child labor.
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Girls School Qili Koe Mandai should be revamped: Mir Chakar
Mir Chakar of Mandai Social Forum said in a statement that the Girls School Qili Koe Mandai should be revamped immediately, the failure of which will result in its collapse.
Deterioration of school buildings: Khanozai
In and around Khanozai, many school buildings are in a wreck and are adversely affecting the students of the aforementioned schools. The government should take notice of the dilapidation of primary and high school buildings.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-06-2015/Quetta/page8.asp
900 ghost schools and 3 lakh fake enrolments in Blochistan: Malik Baloch
In an event organized by UNICEF, the Chief Minister Balochistan, Mr. Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch said that 900 ghost schools and 3 lakh bogus enrolments have been identified in Balochistan. Moreover, 3000 teachers are receiving salaries despite remaining persistently absent from schools. He added that strict action will be taken against such aberrations.
Complete Story: Daily Baakhabar, Quetta, Page No. 01
Bogus recruitments disclosed in Education Department Naseerabad
The District Education Officer Mr. Abdul Wahid Shakir disclosed two fake teachers from Government High School Wadera Shakar Khan before the media.
Complete Story: Daily Baakhabar, Quetta, Page No. 03
Increase in number of Balochistan students in Punjab’s educational institutions
The Governor Punjab, Mr. Rafique Rajwana, while speaking at the Governor House Balochistan said that the Punjab government will fulfill its promise to increase the number of Balochistan students from 400 to 1000 in Punjab’s educational institutions for higher studies. Unemployed graduate and post-graduate students of Balochistan will be provided internship opportunities at various institutions of Punjab for skill development and career advancement. The CM Balochistan applauded these measures.
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Mr. Sadiq Umrani shows reservations regarding NTS merit list
Peoples Party Balochistan President, Mr. Mir Muhammad Sadiq Umrani, showed reservations regarding the NTS merit list of District Naseerabad. He added that PPP did not accept the unjust merit list and demanded the CM and Chief Secretary Balochistan to take actions in favor of the unemployed youth of District Naseerabad.
Calls for establishment of Chakar-e-Azam University in Sibi
Members of the Intellectual and Literary Organization of Kohlo Javeed Marri and others said that, five months ago, CM Balochistan announced the establishment of Chakar-e-Azam University in Sibi but no efforts can be seen on ground so far. They demanded the government & CM Balochistan to fulfill their promises.
Auditorium Hall of Balochistan University unavailable to students: PSF
The Pashtoon Student Federation in a provincial statement said that Balochistan University’s only audiotirum hall has been made unavailable to the students and is being used by the administration for hosting elite officials.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-06-2015/Quetta/page2.asp
Headmistress seizes cash prizes
A resident of Chak No.45/Abbassia has given an application to EDO and DCO that the cash prizes given to students in the speech competition were taken away by the Headmistress of the school.
Complete Story: Daily AUSAF, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No. 02
One teacher for 100 students
The Government Girls High School 112/1L, Khanpur, has 100 girls enrolled in the school but has only one teacher available to teach the students. Parents of the students have demanded another teacher for the school.
Complete Story: Daily AUSAF, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No. 02
Teachers’ Day celebrated in Islamia University
Teachers’ Day was celebrated at the Islamia University, Rahim Yar Khan Campus and teachers of the university were presented with flowers.
Complete Story: Daily AUSAF, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No. 03
12 children fainted and admitted to hospital
12 children of Government Middle School Chak No.89/EB fainted during the morning assembly and were admitted to a nearby hospital. The reasons suspected for their fainting are water poisoning and heat stroke.
Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Rahim Yar Khan, Page No. 08
Teacher’s Day celebrations
Teacher’s Day celebrations were held in different schools and colleges of South Punjab.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 08
College Admin Block catches fire
The admin block of Government Boys Degree College Rajanpur caught fire. Rescue 1122 and the fire brigade overcame the fire after an hour long struggle.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 13
Literacy school teachers protest against poor wages
The employees and teachers of Literacy Schools in District Bahawalpur held a rally in front of the DCO office against poor salaries.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 07
Sub-standard construction of Girls College
Locals alleged that the contractor, who was given Rs.10 Million for the construction of the Girls College Jampur, has used substandard material in its construction.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 13
School not repaired; parents protest
The Government Girls Primary School Dajal No. 02 was affected adversely by stormy rains, but has not been repaired so far.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 13
School syllabus needs to be improved
Dr. Najeeb Haider, Registrar Dera University, while talking to the press stressed the importance of a comprehensive and up-to-date educational curriculum.
Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No. 02
Citizens demand postgraduate college for Liaquatpur
Ex-Naib Nazim, Siddique Yar Saeedi while talking to the press, said that the city of Liaquatpur did not have a postgraduate college which was why most students discontinued their education while others went to Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur for pursuing higher education.
Complete Story: Daily Pakistan, Multan, Page No. 08
Teachers protest for salaries
The teachers from District Matiyari protested for their salaries before the DEO office. They claimed that salaries of 107 teachers had not been released due to the involvement of the DEO, Mr. Akber Memon. They pleaded MNA Mr. Makhdoom Ameen Fahim, Mr. Rafiq Ul Zama and others to take notice of the issue.
P.T.Alif protest against DEO Sijawal
Hundreds of P.T.Alif members from District Sijawal protested against the DEO Education. They declared that during their biometric verification, the DEO used abusive language and exhibited inappropriate behavior; and demanded for his removal.
Villagers protest for school building
The residents of village Gul Bahar Solangi from Naushehro Feroz protested for a school building in their village.
Millions of children out of schools: Nisar Khuhro
The Education Minister, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, said that millions of children in Sindh are out of schools due to the deteriorating state of education in the province. He added that he had been pressurized time and again for the appointment of illegal teachers.
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Teachers’ rally against Secretary Education
More than 552 teachers from Larkana observed a protest rally against the Secretary Education, Mr. Fazal Ul Allah Pechuho, on account of the suspension of their salaries.
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Primary school closed for years
The Government Primary School village Ali Bux Shar, District Sijwal, has been non-functional for years.
Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2015-10-06/news/page2/1%20(17).htm
Thousands of text books not distributed
Thousands of free text books issued in 2014 have been damaged and torn rather than being distributed among the students in the schools of District Mirpurkhas.
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Higher secondary school building damaged
The building of Government Higher Secondary School Choondko, District Khairpur Mirs, is damaged owing to the carelessness of the education department.
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Teachers protest before former President’s house
The suspended teachers from District Nawabshah protested for their restoration before the former President’s House. They were suspended in 1998 on groundless reasons. The police arrested a number of teachers during the protest.
More than hundred schools in Taluka Deeplo closed
More than hundred schools of Taluka Deeplo Union Council Kaloi, Union Council Bolhari and Khetlari od District Tharparkar have been non-functional for years. The closed schools include Patar Muharam Khan Lund, Patar Hashim Khan Lund, Hassan Khan Lund, Aardo Khan Lund, Loh Sanjarani, Gadar Menghwar and many others.
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Scandal of illegal appointments in Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur
The illegal appointments of lecturers, professors and assistant professors in Shah Abdul Latif University have been disclosed. The complaint has been sent to Chief Minister House and the Governor Sindh.
280 ghost schools running in the name of Sindh Education Foundation
About 280 ghost schools have been found and disclosed by the Sindh Eduaction Foundation in different areas of Karachi which were running in the name of SEF and were receiving funds from foreign donors.
Speakers say teachers need special attention of govt
Different functions were held in various areas of Lower Dir on Monday to mark the World Teachers`Day. Khwaendo Kor (KK), a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with Development In Literacy (DIL) organised a function at its office which was attended by social and political activists, local elders and teachers. Zaibun Nissa, the district education officer, was chief guest on the occasion.
Education Minister slammed for not turning up at tribute
Without any acknowledgement from elected representatives, World Teachers’ Day was celebrated in the city on Monday. However, not a single government official, including the education minister, was at hand to show his or her appreciation for these professionals at an event organised by the All Primary Teachers’ Association.
University of Peshawar to offer free education to child labourers
The University of Peshawar will offer free education to the underprivileged children in its constituent schools in order to eradicate child labour and offer quality education to them. A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed by Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Rasul Jan and country manager of NGO Plan International, Farrah Naz, at a ceremony here on Monday, according to a statement.
Committees for school surveys
District AWAZ forum had a meeting at Dgar. This forum discusses the need of conducting a survey about statistics of schools and education. A special committee established for this task.
Sub-standard material used for school’s construction
MPA halted the construction work of a school in Dia Zak, Shabqadar after finding the usage of sub-standard material in its construction and started a formal investigation into the matter.
Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Peshawar/2015-10-06/page-8/detail-18
World Space Week begins At UET
The celebration of World Space Week 2015 began here at University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar in collaboration with SUPARCO. The theme for this year’s World Space Week is “Discovery”. The event will continue till October 9, 2015.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274782
900 ghost schools in Balochistan, says CM
Speaking at a gathering jointly organised by the education department and UNICEF to introduce a monitoring system for schools, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch revealed on Monday that there were about 900 ghost schools and 300,000 bogus enrolments of students in government schools across the province.
Vice Chancellor, Balochistan University attended a seminar titled, “Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Development Society”, organized by the Academic Staff Association, Balochistan University. He stressed the need for increase in available resources for universities during the seminar.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-06-2015/quetta/page3.asp
Dreadful condition of educational institutions
Despite having the highest enrolment rate, the infrastructure of educational institutions in Khanuzai is in constant deterioration.
Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-06-2015/quetta/page8.asp
SWA, FR Tank elders protest against transfer of teachers
Elders of South Waziristan Agency and Frontier Region Tank on Sunday announced protest against the Fata education authorities for transferring the staff of three colleges to Kurram Agency.
Teachers’ role vital for nation building: PM
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the role of teachers is important in character building of the society. In his message on World Teachers Day on Monday, he said teaching is not merely a profession rather it is a service to the nation. The Prime Minister said he salutes teachers whom he considered to be spiritual leaders.
Need to reform education system
Teachers say primary education has to go much further than the achievement of functional literacy as one of its principal aims. If it is to fulfil its proper function it must be concerned with all the aspects of the child’s personality; moral, physical and spiritual.
Fee-hike fiasco another CADD failure
After a week’s dilly-dallying following the prime minister’s order not to raise school fees this year, private institutes have finally issued notices abiding by the directives. The issue has been a burning one for almost a month when parents of school children took to the streets to protest against the ‘undue’ fee hike.
Pakistan to take on sustainable development goals on its own
Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, on Monday, said the government had decided to take over the responsibility for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said, for example, funding for higher education has been almost doubled over the last two years and that it was decided to establish at least one university in every district where a total of 10,000 PhD students will be taught over the coming few years.
Students walk for World Teachers` Day
As a tribute to teachers on World Teachers` Day, a large number of students and citizens took part in a walk held on Monday. The walk, which was organised by Ghazali Education Trust and Association for Academic Quality (AFAQ), started from China Chowk and ended at D-Chowk.
NPC to hold exclusive programme in connection with World Teachers’ Day
The Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) is holding an exclusive discussion programme in connection with the World Teachers’ Day, at Aiwan-i-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park, F-9, Islamabad, at 9:30 AM on 7th October (Wednesday). The topic of the discussion to be carried out by representatives of teachers’ community, civil society and youth is ‘Role of Teachers in Promoting the Ideology of Pakistan’.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=274831
Female students protest for college
Female students of different schools and colleges observed a protest against the delay in the construction of Girls Degree College Bara Kahu.
Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-10-06&edition=ISL&id=1921330_67885623
Pakistan School of Internet Governance
The Higher Education Commission arranged a workshop on Internet Governance. The project for establishment of Pakistan School of Internet Governance has been approved.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-06/page-3
Students need school buses
The available transport facilities lack the capacity to accommodate the ever-increasing number of school children in federal schools.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-06/page-3
City School holds awards ceremony for exceptional students
Around 150 students of a local school were awarded shields and certificates for their exceptional performance in O and A level exams at an event here on Monday. The City School Islamabad campus hosted a ceremony for its high achievers, which was attended by over 600 people including parents, school management and teachers.
Parents urged to take good care of their girl child’s nutrition
Teachers on Monday urged parents to take good care of the nutrition of their girl child and provide them stress free environment in the homes so that they can excel in their lives. They were talking at an event organised by Aurat Foundation in collaboration with Garden of Hope to commemorate World Teachers Day on October 5.
Rootsians celebrate Teachers Day
Roots Garden Schools (RGS), Roots School System DHA I Campus and Roots Ivy Schools Harley Region celebrated Teacher's Day with great enthusiasm. The day was dedicated to teachers, who play a prominent role in the life of their students.
ISRA University providing paid training to youth
The ISRA University, in collaboration with Punjab Skill Development Funds (PSDF), successfully completed three-month long skill and technical training program aimed at aiding the youth in employment and career advancement.
Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-06/page-13/detail-11
AIOU moot calls for meaningful,applied research to serve society
Academicians from home and abroad at an international conference held here on Monday at Allama Iqbal Open (AIOU) called for meaningful and applied research to serve the society so as improve living conditions of people. Underlining the need for indigenous and knowledge-based research, they said it must meet the need of people for a better life.
NUML holds first alumni meet
Faculty of Higher Studies (FHS) of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) organised its first ever Postgraduate Alumni meeting at the NUML Auditorium here on Monday. Speaking on the occasion as a Chief Guest, former Rector NUML, Masood Hassan said that active interaction among alumni plays a vital role in the uplift and strengthening of the institution.
‘7,000 primary schools in Punjab without electricity’
On the occasion of International Day of Teachers, Central Media Cell of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has released a white paper on the ‘pathetic’ condition of teachers in Punjab and the ‘poor’ condition of educational institutes. According to the white paper, 7000 primary schools are deprived of electricity, 3000 of boundary walls, 1200 of toilets and 700 of clean drinking water. 10,000 seats have been vacant there for the last seven years.
Do schools get money?
There is an urgent need to involve local government officials in school management committees of public schools across Punjab for an effective utilisation of funds. A resolution in this regard was adopted at the launch of a budget tracking social accountability study titled `Do Schools Get Money?` by the Pakistan Coalition for Education on Monday.
Teachers demand end to `victimisation` by govt.
Schoolteachers have asked the Punjab government to stop victimising them in the name of improving standards of education in public schools. Speaking at a seminar held in connection with World Teachers Day at the press club here on Monday, teachers from various public schools lamented the government was making their life miserable instead of restoring their respect in society.
Teachers protest non-payment of salary
More than 700 teachers protested against the education department on Monday on World Teachers Day for non-payment of salaries for six month. The protest was held outside the Government Elementary College of Education on Muzaffargarh-Jhang Road.
Transformation the PEEF way
Billions of rupees have been given under the PEEF scheme and as confirmed lately, Rs5. 6 billion have already been given to deserving, talented students for studies in the most prestigious institutions of the country including those universities where hitherto only the sons and daughters of the affluent people could get education on the basis of their riches (by paying heavy fees).
Grabbing the school
Principal Government School Bostaan Colony said that two armed persons forced their way into the school and forcefully occupied the school premises. The DEO cantonment said that the attempt of school’s illegal occupation had been made unsuccessful. However, the police have been reluctant to register an FIR against the accused.
Discussion on the provision of free education under Article 25-A
A case was filed with the Lahore High Court on account of the lack of implementation of Article 25-A of the Constitution. In the application, it was said that the government had been spending inadequate resourced for the provision of free education to all children aged 5-16 which was mandatory under the constitutional law. The Lahore High Court has called for an explanation from the relevant authorities.
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CDGL `ready` for action against schools
The City District Government of Lahore has finally decided to take action against owners/administrations of the private schools declining to withdraw increase in fee. The action will be taken in a phased manner under which such schools will be served show cause notices from Tuesday (today) with a direction to immediately bring back the fee structure on 2014 position and submit reply within seven days.
Punjab gains econo-academic development rapidly: Mashhood
Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Punjab Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Archaeology has said that the promotion of national development relies on the knowledge based economy, which is why the Punjab government is making efforts to harmonize the academic and economic development rapidly in the light of the vision of Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab.
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‘Students can help raise awareness about Dengue’
One of the best ways to raise awareness on how to prevent dengue fever is to educate the children at the 1,947 public schools in Bahawalpur district about the issue, Minister for Education, Youth and Tourism Affairs Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said on Monday.
UHS barred from announcing results
A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday barred the University of Health Sciences from announcing result of 100 students of Red Crescent Medical & Dental College and sought reply from it over affiliation of the college with it.
PU and Arizona varsity sign MoU
The Punjab University and the Arizona State University on Monday signed an MoU to promote academic exchange, faculty exchange and bilateral cooperation in teaching and research.
Workshops required for capacity-building of teachers
Vice Chancellor University of Education Lahore said that capacity building and training workshops needed to be organized for the teachers.
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University of Lahore launches new master’s degree
The University of Lahore has started an MS programme in engineering management at its Lahore School of Management (LSM). The programme was inaugurated on Sunday by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Chairman Jawed Salim Qureshi.
SHC dissatisfied with report on schools’ security
The Sindh High Court directed the education secretary on Monday to file a detailed report on the security of schools in the province, expressing dissatisfaction with an education department report. The court was hearing a petition filed by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education Research and others seeking effective protection for educational institutions across the province.
50 colleges and schools instructed to continue for admissions of 11th class
The Director General Colleges Sindh allowed 50 colleges and high secondary schools of Karachi to enroll students for 11th grade. The DG said that admissions to colleges other than these 50 colleges will be based on the CAP committee.
‘Students’ futures shaped by primary education’
World Teacher’s Day was observed today in various schools of the Sukkur district under the aegis of the Sindh Reading Programme and USAID. In Sukkur city, programmes were organised in two primary schools, the Government Girls Primary School and Government Main Primary School.
Anita Ghulam Ali — the voice of education in Sindh
Professor Anita Ghulam Ali was an inspiration and her passion for her work is unmatched, said Senior Education Minister Nisar Khuhro as he paid tribute to the late educationist on World Teachers Day on Monday.
Mobilink torchbearers take up student mentorship
Mobilink Foundation officially launched its ‘Teach to Transform’ (T2T) programme by conducting a 90-minute mentorship session at Master Ayub’s Park School located in Sector F6. Under the programme’s guidelines, Mobilink’s employee volunteers spent their time at the school by providing teaching support to students who were struggling academically, and required additional tuition.
Tributes paid to teachers
On the eve of the World Teachers Day, several programmes were organized by educational institutions in Shikarpur, similar to those arranged across various parts of the country. One such programme was held at Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Lakhi Ghulam Shah, to acclaim the services of the teachers.
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Ghost schools of Sindh Education Foundation closed
Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) has identified and disclosed 280 ghost schools in different regions of Sindh that were operating under its name.
KU`s overreaction to Ayyan`s visit
Senior teachers of Karachi University (KU) have severely criticised the decision under which the administration has cancelled the admission of a student on Monday and barred another from entering the campus as a punishment for inviting model Ayyan Ali to the university over a month ago.
Informal selections of directors and faculty in University of Karachi
It has been revealed that no formal and structured recruitment process is in place for the selection of directors of various departments’ sub-sections in the University of Karachi.
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Appointment of FUUAST acting VC challenged in SHC
The Sindh High Court restrained on Monday the syndicate of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) from taking any decision about the appointment of its acting vice chancellor.
Good news from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa by Mohd. Hamid Zaman
When it comes to education in Pakistan, the word ‘good news’ is not what comes to mind immediately. The recent plagiarism scandals, dubious qualifications of a senior administrator at COMSATS and an unclear position on whether the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is a watchdog, an institute to set national policy or a grant-awarding agency, continue to cast dark and long shadows of doubt on the future of education in the country.
Wayward teachers by Naween A. Mangi
At a boys` primary school, a government teacher in connivance with a local landowner withdrew government funds from a school bank account; he gave Rs3,000 to the landowner as a bribe, another Rs3,000 to the education department clerk to process the approvals and kept the remaining Rs5,000 himself. These are funds allocated by the government to be spent on the school building and facilities. The school in question is located in an agricultural field where there is no electric grid; the Rs11,000 the teacher embezzled would have been enough to pay for one solar panel and two pedestal fans for the two-room school.
Harkness learning by Sana Anwar
We simply do not foster creativity in any form. Math, add Math, Science and more Science. This is what defines the priorities of your average O and A level student. Let me correct myself. This defines the priorities of the parents of those students. These kids are forced to take up subjects they do not have any interest in. Endless tuitions, past paper practice and thousands of rupees later, the child ends up with acceptable grades that will, maybe, land them in a reputable university.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-06/page-6/detail-5
Private schools: The truth and untold story by Kashif Mirza
Under Article 25-A of the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the State to provide education. Though it is not their role, private schools are helping the government with the fulfillment of its moral and constitutional responsibility. Private schools graduates have risen to the highest positions in Pakistan and internationally. Private schools enhance opportunities for admission into leading national and international universities, and open up unparalleled job opportunities for young, lower-middle class and middle-class Pakistanis.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-06/page-7/detail-1
Education cannot be left to private sector only
It is a welcome development that the issue of fee increase has finally been settled with the intervention of the PM and the Punjab Government as well as cooperation of the private schools. The parents and children have been staging demonstrations and protests during the last two months citing extraordinary increase in fee by some institutions. They must be now satisfied over positive outcome of their campaign which also attracted sympathy from other segments of the society especially media.
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Letters to the Editor
62 Million Girls`
Recently, the US launched an education campaign under the slogan of `62 Million Girls`. Right now, more than 62 million girls worldwide are out of school. In developing countries like Pakistan and India, many of them simply can`t afford the school fee, or the nearest school is miles away.