APR 29 2014

To enroll 0.1 million children in schools, emergency enrolment scheme started

Street children, slum dwellers, garbage collectors, beggars and children working in workshops and factories are the target of this particular education campaign. This emergency enrolment scheme has started in District Rawalpindi on the direction of Education Department of Punjab. To enroll children in schools, we have started door to door campaign besides providing free books and stationary, said District Elementary Officer Hassnat Ahmed.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102185464&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140429


Rationalisation policy: Teachers demand transparency in transfers

Government schoolteachers across Rawalpindi have asked the district education department to follow merit while issuing transfer orders under its rationalisation policy. Under the policy, teachers were being transferred to different schools to rationalise student-teacher ratio and schools with more strength getting more teachers. But the teachers and some officials claimed that only teachers without political backing were being transferred to distant areas. They said that those with political support get their transfer orders cancelled soon after they are issued. The teachers also said that female teachers were sent to schools in remote areas where there was no transport facility to ferry them. “Is it not only unjust but also illogical to send a female teacher from Rawalpindi to a school in Gujar Khan,” said Raja Shahid Mubarak, a senior teacher and member the Punjab Teachers’ Union. Besides, he said, senior teachers have been transferred to fill positions of junior teachers while junior teachers, with political clout, have been appointed on senior posts.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/701592/rationalisation-policy-teachers-demand-transparency-in-transfers/


Non-payment of teachers’ salaries worries MPs

The National Assembly body on education has summoned the vice chancellors of three universities over their role in allowing the “illegal” operation of franchises against the acts governing the institutions. NA Standing Committee on Education and Standards in Higher Education member Hamid Hameed raised the issue in a meeting on Monday. Besides, the panel expressed serious reservations over the stoppage and curtailing of Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) teachers’ salaries and decided to raise the issue on the floor of the House in the next session. The committee said the move to cut BECS teachers’ salaries from Rs8,000 to Rs5,000 per month was unjustified. The committee further asked how one can expect quality education to be provided if teachers are not being paid reasonable salaries. An official of the ministry informed the members that about 12,000 vocational schools are functioning in the country with over 500,000 students from far-flung areas.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/701629/education-issues-non-payment-of-teachers-salaries-worries-mps/


Fate of 500 students hangs in balance

Due to extreme negligence of concerned authorities, around five hundred students of Rawalpindi have missed the first month of the ongoing academic session. According to the official record of education department, 406 students of eighth grade and 100 students of fifth grade have not been able to continue their studies as they are still waiting for their ‘missing’ results, Dawn has learnt. The results for the annual primary and middle examinations were announced by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) on March 31; however, the results of these students were missing. “I have failed understand why PEC is not issuing my result, the academic session started from April 1, my other class fellows are enjoying studies in next class, but I am not allowed to sit in the class without my result card,” said Muhammad Ali, a grieved student.

Complete Story: https://www.dawn.com/news/1103028/fate-of-500-students-hangs-in-balance


Pakistan Education system is comprised of 260,000 educational institutions

4,10,18000 students are enrolled in these education institutions. More than 1.5 million teachers are serving in these institutions all over the Pakistan, according to Jang Development Reporting Cell.

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State minister says education a priority

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, has said that the government is giving priority to education sector at public and private level. He said this after inaugurating Knowledge Kingdom School here at Teen Meela Chowk on Monday. MD Baitul Maal Abid Sheikh, Senior Vice President PML-N Saleem Shehzad and other notables of the area were present on the occasion. The minister said that the government was spending billions of rupees on education sector to ensure provision of missing facilities in all the schools while new teachers were being inducted on merit to ensure quality education to the young lot. He said that the government was also according priority to provide quality education to the poorest of the poor children and its ample proof was Punjab Danish Schools established in different districts.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Apr-2014/state-minister-says-education-a-priority


SC issues notices to illegally affiliated universities

The Supreme Court has issued notices to nine universities, which have illegally granted affiliation to law colleges outside their territorial jurisdiction; these universities are reportedly reluctant to furnish information regarding affiliations to the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the top regulatory body of lawyers. A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Monday took up the miscellaneous application, filed by the PBC, against nine universities including Bahauddin Zakriya University in Multan, Islamia University in Bahawalpur, Peshawar University, Gomal University in DI Khan, Balochistan University in Quetta, Karachi University, University of Sindh in Karachi, Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology in Karachi.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/701546/pakistan-bar-council-sc-issues-notices-to-illegally-affiliated-universities/



TCF hosts fund raising program in Houston

With the mission of enriching the people of all four provinces of Pakistan and Kashmir with the ornament of education, Citizen Foundation hosted a special program in Houston, to highlight the accomplishment and to raise funds for the foundation programs. The event also highlighted the achievements and philanthropic activities of a prominent entrepreneur Mr. Syed Javed Anwar who has accomplished the extra ordinary stature from his education. The event was attended by Pakistan Counselor General Afzal Mahmood, Karachi Houston sister city President Mr. Saeed Sheikh, prominent community activists Noman Ahmad, Dr. Tariq Aziz, Dr. Imtiaz Anwar, Haroon Sheikh, Sajid Sheikh, Haroon Mughal, Nilofur Saeed and more than one thousand local participants.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-146032-TCF-hosts-fund-raising-program-in-Houston


BISE introduces help lines for students

Three day ahead of commencement of intermediate annual examination, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi has introduced a text message service for aspiring candidates to get information about their date sheets. According to a BISE Rawalpindi spokesman, all date sheets have been dispatched to candidates at their given address. Candidates can also get the information about their date sheets by sending an SMS at 800296. He said that date sheet is also available at board’s website. The annual intermediate examinations are going to start from April 30. The spokesman said that the candidates can also contact various control rooms to register examination related complaints.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1103043/bise-introduces-help-lines-for-students


Students enraged over 61,000 erroneous RBISE exam slips

The students and their parents have expressed resentment, as Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has sent erroneous roll number slips to more than 61,000 candidates of Intermediate examinations going to be commenced on April 30. A large number of candidates and their parents were seen at the education board complex to get their roll number slips corrected just two days before the exams. The students said that these few days were very crucial for preparation for the exams but incompetence of the education board officials forced them to waste the vital time in getting the roll number slips. They lamented that this will badly affect their results. Meanwhile, All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, Rawalpindi division has also condemned the blunder made by the education board officials. Ibrar Ahmed Khan, president of Rawalpindi chapter of the association said that the board has spent millions of rupees on its computer section but it makes errors in documents in every exam.

Complete Story: http://dailymailnews.com/2014/04/29/metro/5.php




Revisiting Pakistan’s education policy by S.M.Hali

Pakistan’s social and economic progress has been stinted. Its critics and well-wishers are united in the thought that to ensure social mobility and economic progress, Pakistan’s education policy needs to be revamped. The core of the problem lies in the fact that successive governments have failed to focus on education. Inconsistent educational policies, reduced budget outlays and lack of understanding of the problem have aggravated the issue. The country is faced with a spate of terrorist assaults but the various dispensations occupying the corridors of power have failed to take cognizance of the direct relationship between ignoring education and the aftermath of violence. Unable to find access to the private school chains, open only to the opulent, and being deprived of education at government run institutions, some of which exist on paper only, the majority of the poor are constrained to resort to the madrassas (seminaries), some of which are exploited by extremists to promote negative tendencies and churn out radicals, who become cannon fodder for terror mongers.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/29-Apr-2014/revisiting-pakistan-s-education-policy