AUG 6 2014

IDPs asked to vacate schools by Aug 10

The elementary and secondary education department has asked the internally displaced persons, taking shelter in the buildings of the government schools, to vacate the schools till August 10 as academic activities would resume from September 1, according to sources. The students would start coming to their schools from September 1 at the end of three-month summer vacations, said an official in the district education office Bannu. However, he said that the deadline set for the IDPs to vacate the schools was August 20. The IDPs claimed that they were asked to vacate the school buildings till August 10. Besides other incentives, the federal government would provide the IDPs with Rs12,000 per month for food and rent charges.

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IDPs refuse to vacate schools in Bannu

The internally displaced families of North Waziristan Agency refused to vacate government schools buildings till August 10 as directed by the district administration. The district administration had asked the internally displaced families to shift to camps established for them in Bakakhel area and vacate schools for students, whose summer vacations have now been completed. According to Commissioner Bannu Muhsin Shah, around 25,000 families are residing in these government schools and it is not possible to provide them alternate building facilities in Bannu. He said the presence of these IDPs families in government schools would affect the educational activities and it is direly needed to shift them to IDPs camps. He said in Bakkakhel camp, 217 families have been shifted where all facilities of life are available for them. “The government is also planning to establish three new camps along with compounds for these IDPs, where 900 families will be accommodated,” he added.

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Girls primary school blown up

A girls primary school was blown up by unidentified militants in Sro Kalay, Shabqadar near the Charsadda-Mohmand border in the early hours of Saturday. Police official Wilayat Khan said the incident took place at about 1am, adding the culprits planted around five kilogrammes of explosives inside Girl Primary School, Kodai Shabqadar. One room and a verandah of the two-room structure were destroyed. Police have started a search operation but no one has yet been arrested. This is the 25th school to have been blown up in the locality in five years. In the adjacent Mohmand Agency, around 120 schools have been targeted in six years.

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Ban on teachers’ transfer lifted

District Education Department Rawalpindi (DEDR) has lifted ban on transfer of teachers. DEDR has invited applications from the teachers aspiring for their transfer till August, 15. District education officer Rawalpindi Qazi Zahur ul Haq said the teachers can send their applications for transfer till August, 15 and no application will be entertained which is received after this deadline.

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Educationist calls on Governor

Poet and educationist Amber Shahid called on Punjab Governor Ch Mohammad Sarwar at the Governor House and briefed him about her educational project. She told the governor as to how the parents could add to the potential of their children by accessing free syllabus provided at the website: The governor while appreciating the project said that he attached greater importance to education and the government would ensure that children benefit this educational website.

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Achievements of literacy initiative highlighted

“Where kids are born in our country is where they also end up,” said Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and founder and CEO of the Teach for All network at the annual reception of Teach for Pakistan held at a hotel here on Tuesday. Ms Kopp, some 25 years ago, proposed the idea for Teach for America in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton. “After finishing college my peers were looking to join big management companies and consulting firms, but I knew that we were all searching for something else. That’s when I thought that instead of working on Wall Street why not dedicate our first two years after college to teach underprivileged children in their schools. Besides helping the children it was also a way of reshaping our own priorities,” she said.

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TCF Pakistan honoured with Ramon Magsaysay Award

The Citizens Foundation (TCF), one of Pakistan’s leading non-governmental organisations with a Chapter in the UAE, has been honoured as one of six recipients of the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Award, described as Asia’s premier prize. In an announcement released on July 31, the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said TCF is being recognised for “the social vision and high-level professionalism of its founders and those who run its schools, in successfully pursuing their conviction that, with sustained civic responsiveness, quality education made available to all — irrespective of religion, gender, or economic status — is the key to Pakistan’s brighter future.”

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Urdu varsity campus head seeks chancellor’s help

A Rs 150 million embezzlement scam at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Islamabad campus continues to plague the campus. Now, the campus in charge has approached the university chancellor- the president of Pakistan-through a letter requisitioning that action be taken against the vice chancellor and treasurer over their alleged roles in the scam.

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Academia demands waiver in age limit for post of VCs

A Punjab Government advertisement that sets a 65-year bar on candidates wanting to apply for the positions of vice chancellors has upset many in the academic circles who believe the decision would leave a number of capable academicians disqualified. Talking to ‘The News’, they termed it damaging to the intellectual property of the province. “It is nowhere in practice in other provinces of Pakistan. Besides the age limit is not mandatory in the federal chartered universities as well. Around the world, governments honour outstanding intellectuals, seasoned academics by keeping them harnessed to the task of university management leadership, as most valuable and premier asset of their nations,” said one aspiring candidate on condition of anonymity. They said that in the posts advertised for three leading federal universities, including Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad, and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, earlier this year, there was no age bar.

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Dying to educate

In the last Year alone, there have been nine attacks on Education facilities in Karachi’s District West, and running a school has become a high risk operation, On Monday, August 4, the Principle of a higher secondary school in saeedabad, Baldia Town, was shot dead in his office by a man who entered wearing a helmet, fired a single shot and ran away.

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