Authorities determined to reopen APS at the earliest
Though the memories of the gruesome attack on the Army Public School and College refuse to go away, the authorities are determined to reopen the institution at the earliest with enhanced security. The security in and around the school premises has been beefed up unprecedentedly after the tragedy that hit the institution on the ill-fated day of December 16 in which around 150 people, mostly schoolchildren, were killed and more than 100 were injured.
Official gets school closed
The Mansehra district administration on Tuesday took action against a private school for being operational despite government orders of closure of educational institutions. Assistant Commissioner Qasim Ali Khan visited various areas to ensure closure of schools in the city and its suburbs. The official during his visit found that the Light Tower Public School was operational despite government orders.
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Arms permits allowed to private schools
In the wake of December 16 terrorist attack on Peshawar school, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has decided to issue weapon permits to private schools to ensure safety of the students and staff members.
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400 Afghans arrested in raid on seminary
Police and intelligence agencies raided an Afghan Madrassa in Camp No 15, Haripur, on Tuesday and arrested 400 suspects and shifted them to unknown place.
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Primary teachers warn of strike
The government primary schools teachers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have demanded up-gradation and time-scale promotion and warned to launch a protest movement against the provincial government, if their demands are not accepted within two weeks.
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Peshawar APS Investigations
Intelligence agencies have arrested an important leader of a banned organization along with his two supporters.
Varsity hands excavation over to Archaeology Dept
The Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), Mardan, Tuesday handed over the ongoing excavation work at the historical heritage in Mian Khan village in Katlang tehsil to the Directorate of Archeology and Museums Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A function to this effect was held at the main campus of the AWKU. Vice-Chancellor, AUKU, Prof DrIhsan Ali, Director Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr Abdul Samad, Field Director AbidRehman and others attended the event.
Exactly two years after being shot in the head by the Taliban and surviving, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize in October this year. Malala’s fight for the right to education took her from her serene hometown of Swat to the far corners of the world where she spoke in favour of education and women’s rights.
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Putting promises of change to the litmus test
Looking back at 2014 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in fact all of Pakistan, has to start with what happened towards its end – the massacre of children by terrorists. Education has also not seen any impact of the ‘change’. English was announced as medium of instruction in all government schools, but there are few teachers available to teach any subject in it.
NBP gave Rs. 7m for education promotion
National Bank of Pakistan gave Rs. 07 million cheque as financial assistance to “Taleem Foundation” for up-gradation and structure development of its two schools in Balochistan.
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Balochistan Education Foundation is working for Education Management Information System. EMIS will enable to monitor the educational activities by institutions. Provincial government will support the EMIS.
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NTS for education policy encouraging
Government teachers association Balochistan said that it is encouraging that government is recruiting through NTS fort education policy. It will promote the merit system.
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Appointments on seniority
Senior education staff association said that government should upgrade the senior staff 1 step from 17-20 grades. Senior appointments should not consider the junior staff. It has should take the senior staff.
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Uneven distribution of elementary teachers posts
Watan teachers association said that government has unevenly distributed the posts of elementary teachers in their region. It is not justifiable.
Ending the open merit is not justifiable
Pakhtunkhwa Student Organization said the there is only one agriculture university in the region and government has ended the open merit system of seat allocation. They said that is not justifiable.
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Examining the appoint at Ghattaan by non-local individuals
Jamiat e Islam Appreciated government steps to recruit teachers based on UCs through NTS. They said that at Ghattaan government has appoint non-local individual and it is not good for local individuals.
Construction of school and prizes to students
Provincial minister for public health distributed prizes position holders of public school of Bindat Hamandzai. Beside this, he announced to establish a computer center and construct the schools building.
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Militants torch two schools in Kurram Agency
Militants burnt down two government-run schools in central parts of Kurram Agency, official sources said on Tuesday. The sources said the militants torched the schools in Mandan and Kandali Baba areas in central Kurram tribal region. The fire gutted both the schools, the sources said, adding, the security forces also exchanged fire with the militants.
Data Collection of Students started
AJK government has started recording the data of students from Deeni maddaris.
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Teachers to be promoted on seniority
Seniority lists of all elementary teachers working in Rawalpindi district have been prepared for their promotion in secondary schools cadres. The lists have been displayed in the office of DEO secondary education Rawalpindi.
School vacations extended on security issues
Ongoing winter vacations in public and private schools and colleges of Islamabad capital territory (ICT) have been extended till January 11 due to security concerns. Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD), Barrister Usman Ibrahim, chaired a meeting to review the decision of winter vacations of educational institutions of Islamabad on Tuesday.
Opposition wants PM to conclude Senate debate on school massacre
The opposition in the Senate has threatened to withdraw its support for the government if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif does not turn up in the house on Wednesday to wind up the debate on the Peshawar school massacre.At the outset of the proceedings on Tuesday, Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari pointed out that over 24 senators had so far taken part in the discussion on the Peshawar incident and asked when the government would wind it up.
Seminaries agree to consider incorporating modern education
The religious educational boards belonging to five schools of thought here agreed to look into a government proposal to incorporate contemporary education into their syllabus up to the primary level.
In a bid to streamline the education standards in the seminaries, the representatives of the boards that conduct exams of the madressahs belonging to the Barelvi, Shia, Deobandi, Ahle Hadith sects and the Jamaat–i-Islami were called to a meeting.
Charity schools face uncertain future
The directives issued by Private Institutions Regulatory Authority (PIRA), regarding security arrangements to be made by schools has put the future of charity schools in jeopardy.Administrators of schools providing free education to disadvantaged children said their institutions run on charity and because of funding constraints they are unable to follow the directives issued by PIRA.
Seminary reforms on the cards
It has been decided in a meeting on Tuesday to form a working group for the mainstreaming of religious seminaries by introducing primary education there. State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Balighur Rehman, said the working group having representation of all stakeholders would be formed that would work to review educational system of religious seminaries to introduce contemporary subjects and resolve registration issues.
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NUML group to avail itself of US fellowship
The fourth group of National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, is set to avail itself of a UNT-NUML Research Fellowship programme at the University of North Texas in United States. The group comprising the university’s nine young graduates, scholars and faculty members received their tickets and health cards to attend the two-month long programme.
Maktab Schools Pilot project
Government announced to launch Maktab Schools Pilot Project. Through these schools, the Islamic and non-formal modern education will be delivering to student to meet need of the day. Under this project,100 schools will be inaugurated in Pakistan.
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Lack of Teachers
There is lack of teachers and basic education facilities at Government Girls Middle School Baba Faiz Bux.
Inspection of Schools
Special Branch Police has created teams for monitoring the security systems at educational institutions. They will make sure all security requirements and their consent about whether to open schools or not.
Security plan to complete by 10 January
Currently Security posts are being developing at 90 schools/colleges of Rawalpindi. Director colleges said to complete this task by 10 January 2015.
Excess fee by private schools at Bara Kahu
Parents are paying high educational expenses for their children enrolled in private schools. Private schools are charging 35 hundred from them. Parents demanded to ban such schools that are taking extra-excessed fees.
Call for reforms in media, madaris, police to avoid tragedies
The representatives of civil society, ulema, minority groups and political parties have called for drastic reforms in religious institutions, media and law enforcing agencies to ensure a peaceful and tolerant society and avoid tragedies like Peshawar and KotRadhaKishan. The participants of the dialogue forum said any failure of government and civil society in taking timely remedial measures to curb extremism and intolerance from the society would expose the society to violence and terrorism.
Start of work on Home Economics College ordered
Minister of State for the Capital Administration and Development Division Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Tuesday directed the Pakistan-Public Works Department to immediately begin work on the establishment of FG College of Home Economics, Management Sciences and Specialised Disciplines in F-11/1 and ensure its timely completion. The directions were given during a meeting of the steering committee formed for the project.
AIOU to hold postponed exams from January 12
“Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold its exams from12th January across the country, to be continued till 26th January. Earlier these exams were scheduled to be held from December 22 to January 7, which were postponed on account of law and order situation, the Controller of Exams (CE), Iqbal Hussain, stated this.
Jalandhri blasts gov ‘for singling out’ madrassas
A meeting for ‘mainstreaming of madrassas’ turned out to be a tough huddle for government when representatives of madrassas took on prime minister for his recent hate speech and ‘singling out’ them for reforms.
Private schools opening from 5 January
Private School owners announced that their schools are opening from 5 January 2015. They also said provision of security is responsibility of government.
To extend date of matric exams
All Pakistan Private School teachers demanded to extend the dates of final exams of matric from 2 March to 28 March 2015.
Suggestions for security to HEC
FUUAST suggested Higher Education Commission for security of educational institutions at federal.
Pak ambassador to Japan visits school
Pakistan’s ambassador to Japan Farrukh Amil, visited Bunkyo Tanki Daigaku Fuzoku Elementary school at Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City to meet with the schoolchildren of Grade-3 (ages 9-10 years) and explain what life in a Pakistani school is like and the games children play says a message received here Tuesday.
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Security arrangements at schools on war-footings
In line to ensure safety and security of the students studying at various government and private schools in the District, security arrangements are being strengthened on war-footings.
Decision on opening schools
HEC and Home departments will decide the date of opening the schools on 10 January. It is decided because most of the schools are not fulfilling the requirements of security plan.
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Closing school for long vacations is not justifiable
All Pakistan Private School Management Association said that government is not doing well with them through extending the winter vacations. Due to this,many activities are pending to complete.
PEF supporting low economic groups to education
After success of Education Sector Road Map, Punjab Education Foundation is working successfully in the region. PEF is supporting those children who cannot afford education expenses. They are providing them free education.
Teachers worried about delay in mobility package
SST teachers are worried for not getting Chief Minister’s Mobility Package since four years. As reaction, they are trying to ignore the case for qualification promotions.
PEF speaks out against corruption allegations
A spokesperson of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), clarifying its position, stated that the chief minister ordered a departmental inquiry on the report of Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) which has already been completed and its findings have been presented to the PEF Board of Directors and is awaiting the BOD’s final decision.
Dr Ayaz given best teacher award
University of Education, Associate Professor of Education Dr Ayaz Muhammad Khan was awarded Best University Teacher Award for the year 2012-13 by Higher Education Commission.
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the worst and most tragic incident of the terrorism in Army Public School Peshawar has shocked the whole country as the brutal elements had attacked the future of the nation. Also, Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting here today which reviewed law and order situation and security arrangements in the province.
The Paigham-e-Aslaf Conference held on Tuesday at Alhamra unanimously passed a resolution against terrorism, extremism and urged clerics to play their role in eliminating religious extremism and intolerance from society. The resolution also condemned the negative campaign against madrassas and mosques in reaction of Peshawar incident and demanded Interior Minister Chuadhry Nisar to notify those “10 percent” madrassas which were involved in spreading terrorism, their names must be presented against nation. The statement of interior minister about madrassas has raised several questions about them among people.
‘No foreign agenda in education system’
Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Nizamuddin has said the colonial system is no more in vogue in the country and the education system, including the development of curriculum, is being run by the Pakistani academic community. Dr. Nizamuddin said this at the launch of “ Nau-abadiatti Taleemi Dhaanchey ka Tasalsal”, a book by Muhammad Masood Khalid, at Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture on Tuesday.
PHEC to focus on social sciences
THE newly-appointed Chairperson of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Dr Mohammad Nizam-ud-Din has said that the new provincial commission will focus on subjects of social sciences, arts and humanities as these are equally important as sciences. He was speaking at the launching of a book ‘Nau’abadiatiTa’leemiDhancheykaTasalsal’, (Continuity of Colonial Education Structure) by M Masood Khalid at Punjab Institute of Languages, Art & Culture (PILAC) here Tuesday.
Promoting research: New faculty set up at UAF
A Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences has been established at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). The announcement was made on Tuesday by UAF Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan while chairing a meeting of Graduate Studies Research Board.
GCU holds Seerat conference
GOVERNMENT College University (GCU) organised a Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) Conference on Tuesday to express reverence on the birthday of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the conference which was also addressed by GCU Islamic Studies Department Chairman Prof Dr Sultan Shah, Mufti Muhammad Ramzan and Hafiz Khursheed Qadri.
College denies raid
The Lahore Medical and Dental College (LMDC) administration on Tuesday clarified a new item appeared in a section of the press regarding the arrest of five suspected militants during a security sweep in the hostel of LMDC on Friday.
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Unmet obligations: ‘Lack of basic amenities resulting in intolerance’
Lack of health, education and employment opportunities is leading society towards intolerance, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) secretary IA Rehman said on Tuesday.He was speaking at a National Conference on Human Security Agenda and Democratisation of Public Policies. Members of civil society from the Punjab and Khyber attended the conference organised by the South Asia Partnership- Pakistan (SAP-PK).
PU awards 4 PhD degrees
The Punjab University has awarded 4 PhD degrees to the scholars.
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Relief cheques to Peshawar victims
CM Punjab has distributed cheques from Prime minister Relief fund to victims of terrorist attack on army public school Peshawar. He said that students of APS are proud of nations. We are not afraid of such terrorist activities.
Skilful youth can reduce unemployment in Punjab: TEVTA chairman
Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Shaikh has said that in order to reduce unemployment in the province of Punjab, youth should become skilful. Job opportunities will surely be available after completion of their vocational training. Present demands, instead of general education, vocational education and training should be prioritized.
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KMC to end ‘ghost’ workers’ culture
Karachi Administrator Rauf Akhter Farooqui said on Tuesday that steps were being taken for elimination of ghost workers' culture in KMC schools and other educational institutions. A three-member committee has been formed for repairing and maintaining buildings of schools, whereas introduction of short courses for special children in KMC elementary colleges was under consideration.
Winter vacations extended till 11th
The education department has decided to extend the ongoing winter vacations until January 11 citing “security threats”. The educational system registered with the federal education boards had already been informed about the extension.
Supporting the vacations up to 11 January
All Private School Management Association supported the vacations by government up to 11 January and they decided to open schools from 12 January 2015.
Teacher’s recruitment facing irregularities
About provincial government for appointments of teachers at colleges of Sindh a number of teachers appointed. Most of the headmasters appointed are junior then most of the teachers. This is indication of irregularities in recruitment process.
Training workshop for principal of voucher scheme
Punjab Education Foundation is holding the training of principals appointed for voucher scheme.
Letting children think, question may transform society: experts
Although educational challenges in Pakistan are huge and require efforts at multiple levels, a single change that could transform the sector is to shift its focus from rote learning to activity-based educational tools that encourage children to think, analyse and question, said experts at a conference on Tuesday.
Workshop on cancer genetics
International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi is organizing a workshop on Center Genetics at Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center, UoK, from the 1st of January.
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A bright future?
59% of fifth grade students in Sindh cannot read Urdu or Sindhi fluently.
School building work left incomplete
Villagers have protested against incomplete construction work of their village school building at Tando Bago District Badin. They organized a rally before press club along with students of the school and declared that school is closed in the name of construction work since six months. They have demanded from high authorities to take action and notice to star construction work. About 450 students are kept aloof of their right of Education.
Protest against school closure
The residents of village Jumo Chnadio near Tharri Muhabbat District Qamber Shaddakot stood against closure of their village school. They said that school is closed since two years and Teachers are getting their salaries at their homes without attending school. They demanded from Education Department to take action and restore school.
Four students discharged from school by their Teacher
The in charge Head Master of Government High School Khairpur Mirs has discharged 4 students of 9th class form the school without showing reason and cancelled their names from attendance register alleging that they have miss behaved Teachers in the school. Parents have condemned the inhuman act of Head Master and have demanded for justice.
Urdu language Female Teachers appointed in Sindhi Medium School
District Naushehro Feroz: Sindhi Medium female Teachers have been appointed in the Primary School Ali Khan, Long Chandio and others. Students have to face difficulty in study while with Urdu Teachers. Parents have demanded from higher authorities to take notice and change Teachers from the school otherwise they would continue their protests.
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Education Minister Extends winter vacation
Sindh: Senior Education Minister Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has issued notification to extend winter vacations fort the next 10 days. The action has been taken due to insecurity problems in the schools.
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Villagers protest against E.D.O for school closure
District Naushehro Feroz: The residents of village Lal Bux Korkani have protested against E.D.O for his non-compliance on school opening. They told that Primary School of their village is closed since 21 years.
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No School building, students deprived Education
District Khairpur Mirs: The innocent children of village Umeed Ali Ghshkori are deprived of school building in their village; they are compelled to sit on the ground and study. Yet no officer from Education department has visited their village and provided them school building.
Illegal appointments in Education department
Karachi: On the basis of illegal appointments in Education E.D.O A Male Sadar Town Karachi number of Teachers have been appointed. The corruption has been exposed since 1995 to 2008 where number of illegal appointments has been exposed including Farhana Naz in 1995 J.S.T, Maqbool Hussain in 2011 P.S.T, Muhammad Azam Markhand in 1994 S.L.T and many others. These illegal appointments have been offered in former government.
To transfer Bus Stands near Schools
Government of Sindh said to transported to transfer their bus stands that are situated near government schools. It was done due to security concerns.
Fake appointments at big level
An investigation revealed that 50 appointed made by education department are fake. They are approved through fake signatures and approvals.
SHC to stop teacher’s elections
Sindh High Court has said to not to conduct elections for teachers on 11 January. SHC took step to encounter the illegal steps taken Chairman Central Election Committee.
Good news for students of FUUAST
FUUAST announced good news that those students who filed to clear the final exams got a chance to re appear in exams with additional fees.
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The True Battle
On Tuesday, in the twilight before dawn, two primary schools were set on fire in Khurram Agency by militants. The schools were empty due to a nationwide military mandated school shutdown amid serious threats to educational institutions.
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A roller-coaster year
This has been a year of many ups and many downs. Unfortunately, 2014 finished on a major down with the terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, which killed at least 134 children and nine adults on December 16. Individual effort has resulted in new schools coming up in places where there were none and we have also experienced other examples of goodwill stemming from the efforts of civilians acting as individuals and groups. Pakistani students have also won honours abroad for their inventions in the field of information technology and other spheres and this, too, shows how much promise lies within our country.
Securing Pakistan by Junaid Iqbal
The Pakistani government needs to act swiftly and decisively to improve the security situation in the country. Below are some suggestions on steps that can be immediately taken to do so.Under the direction and guidance of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, all illegal and unregistered mosques and madarsas should be closed immediately.
Security of Schools by Ahsan Shoukat
Peshawar incidence was horrible and worst terrorist attack. Due to this a lot school of schools is insecure including their hostels.
Letters to the editor
Aspiring doctors of Balochistan
The admission test of Bolan Medical College was held a few days ago by the National Testing Service (NTS), which was based on new material, instead of the old material that many students had been preparing for years. It must be remembered that this is the only medical college in the entire province of Balochistan, with 3,000 candidates appearing in the test. They all came from different districts of the province and were all very talented and intelligent students. This change in the test, of course, left many students deprived of career opportunities and closed the doors of medical education upon many people.