August 12 2014

Come to school and get candy!

The abolishment of all types of payment in form of fee and other charges from classes 1 to 10 in all educational institutions in the federal capital has helped increase percentage of school-going children in Islamabad to 95 percent at primary level and efforts are being made to further increase the enrolment percentage. The sources at Capital Administration and Development Division Monday while highlighting the initiatives with regard to increasing the percentage said that in pursuance of Article 25-A of Constitution and in terms of Section 3(2) of “Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2012″ all types of payment in form of fee, charges, expenses from students of classes 1 to 10 in all educational institutions have been abolished.

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Efforts on to increase primary school enrolment

The abolishment of all types of payment in form of fee and other charges from class I to X students in all educational institutions in capital has helped increase percentage of school going children in Islamabad. The present percentage of school going children in Islamabad has reached 95 per cent at primary level and efforts are being made to further increase the enrolment by attracting more and more out of school children.

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Educational institutions closed again

THE Punjab government has extended the summer vacation for schools and colleges (public and private) in the province till August 18, 2014. The government had recently ordered reopening of educational institutions from August 11 (Monday) instead of August 14 however a very thin attendance was recorded both of students and the teachers on Monday. In the wake of developing political situation in the country vis-à-vis Azadi March and Inqilab March by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) respectively on August 14, the Punjab government on Monday once again changed its decision regarding the opening of the education institutions.

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Top positions go to girls once again

This year’s Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-II Annual Examination results are no different from the last ones, as girls emerged as toppers by and large. As announced, the Higher Secondary School Certificate Part-II examination results on Monday, 10 of the 15 top three positions in the pre-engineering, pre-medical, humanities, science general and commerce groups went to girls.

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No land for new Schools

Strict policy of Education Department Balochistan for new schools makes land acquisition impossible in Machh. Education Department has received only few application for new schools in the area because of this strict policy.

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Govt in a fix over new Islamiat textbooks

The gradual implementation of the new curricula in the government schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be completed within a few months, however, the new textbooks of Islamiat for various classes are yet to be introduced owing to reservations of religio-political parties over the changes regarding some verses on jihad. Sources said that provincialgovernment was in a fix over taking a decision about teaching of the new textbook of Islamiat, having some changes regarding jihad (holy war), to the students of state-run schools. Officials said that gradual implementation of the new curricula commenced in the academic year 2011-12 so the entire curricula would change at the start of the coming academic year.

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Tilting gender dynamics: More women eligible to apply to medical colleges this year

The pre-medical college results announced on Monday by the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK), reasserted the alarming trend of growing gender disparity in the healthcare professions. This year, only 1,603 male students will be eligible to apply to medical colleges as compared to 9,203 females this year. According to the results announced by the education board’s examinations controller, Imran Khan Chishti, a total of 19,902 students sat for the pre-medical exams, of which nearly 75% were girls. Those who managed to pass the exams were 10,833, or 54%. However, this percentage was skewed in favour of the girls since 58% of them passed the exams as compared to merely 40% of the boys. Nearly seven per cent of all students got through with A-1 grades, 16% with As, 15% with Bs, 12% with Cs and four per cent with D grades.

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Fata students seek admission to KP colleges on open merit

Fata Students Organisation has demanded abolition of quota system in educational institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to enable them to get admission on open merit. The organisation’s president Shaukat Aziz told Dawn on Monday that hundreds of tribal students had passed matriculation examinations with A-grade, but they were denied admission to colleges in Peshawar and other cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to limited number of seats. He contended that specific quota applied only for foreign students, and Fata students should not be denied admission under that pretext.

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Matriculates vie for admission to colleges

As the competition is tough, most of the students have submitted more than one admission form, hoping that the lady luck may knock at their doors and they will get admissions either to a higher ranking college or preferred disciplines. Boys are facing tougher competition as the number of boys` colleges are almost half than the girls` colleges in Lahore. Educationists say the students have got unexpectedly high marks and there will be a little room for the students even with 75pc marl(s to get admissions to the colleges of their choice. Parents and students are running from pillar to post to check the last year`s merit lists.

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Problems of public universities discussed

Lack of research, appointment of faculty members on political basis and armed student politics at campuses has badly affected the quality of education being offered at public-sector universities, said Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, the vice chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University, on Monday. He said before the subcontinent was partitioned, the British government of India had given autonomy to public-sector universities. However, later on with time that autonomy was taken away by interfering politicians and bureaucracy. According to him, now public sector universities in the country faced the challenge of poor governance and proper utilisation of funds.

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Pakistan needs thee!

The passing away of veteran and top educationist Anita Ghulam Ali marks an end to an era filled with persistent social and political struggles for education and the welfare of teachers to uplift their status in Pakistani society and give them a strong social standing. Born in 1938 to a family of intellectuals in Karachi, Anita had an innate tendency to defy all the norms this misogynistic society imposes on women. Her restless soul found comfort only when she discovered her love of microbiology as a subject in Karachi University and left the university holding a gold medal. Joining the SM College as a faculty member in 1961 marked her debut in the teaching profession. She was a trade unionist and relentlessly put in her efforts to nationalise all the private colleges.

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