JULY 11 2014

Alumni rage over admissions reform at elite Pakistan English-language school

While nationwide half of school-age Pakistanis are not in any form of
education, Aitchison teaches in English and many of its 2,700 students go on
to study at top foreign universities. Some old boys say they are considering
taking the matter to court. "The problem is they think it's like a British
club and they have a natural right for their sons to be invited to become
members," said Fakir Aijazuddin, who said he tried to introduce merit-only
selection during a short-lived and controversial period as the school
principal, during which Aitchison was accused of giving away places to
well-connected families. "But it doesn't belong to them, they only went

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Teachers flay 'forced charity'

The district's schoolteachers are up in arms over being 'forced' to
contribute a part of their salaries to a Punjab government fund for upkeep
of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), displaced by the ongoing military
operation in North Waziristan. Representatives of Rawalpindi's
schoolteachers told Dawn on Thursday that the district education officer
(EDO) was forcing them to 'contribute' Rs 3,000 each to the provincial
government's fund for IDPs. They said the EDO was trying to pressure the
teachers by exerting influence through senior education officers in the
hopes of securing a large amount of contributions for the IDPs' fund.

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CDA planning to remove private schools from residential areas

Government has decided to remove private schools from the residential areas
of Islamabad as they are causing trouble to the residents living in their
respective areas. For this purpose, CDA has marked 135 plots for these
schools outside residential areas. CDA can only allocate these plots to
private schools if its committee recommend it under the allocation policy.

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Poor quality of school teachers

I notice a complete lack of regard these days towards quality teaching
methods. I started to fail in mathematics the day it was introduced to me as
a subject. Soon it was realised I was too vacuous to study math. I was
promoted to higher classes until I reached ninth grade. I was to appear for
my O' Levels in the coming years and dropping math was not an option. A
friend of mine referred me to a Bengali teacher who lived near our house. A
dark, slim, short man in his checkered lungi and white vest opened his door
to welcome me. In a series of no more than three questions, he figured out
where I stood in math. "I am not a mathematician but I assume a teacher
should be judged by what he delivers and not what he knows," he said.

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Nepra to exclude offices, mosques, schools from 'lifeline' category

The regulator has also decided to change the terms and conditions for
domestic consumers to exclude all educational institutions, madressahs,
mosques and government offices from receiving subsidised power rates,
originally meant for domestic consumers. These consumers will now be
classified as a special category and treated like commercial users.
Currently, all educational institutions, government offices, mosques,
madressahs and other places of worship are classified as 'domestic
consumers'. Around 200,000 consumers who are technically not 'residential'
users, fall into this category and enjoy the low slab benefits available to
domestic consumers.

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HEC, NAB join hands to create awareness among students against corruption

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Chairman Higher Education
Commission have decided to start cooperation on issue of curbing corruption
in society through creation of mass awareness among youth/students of the
universities. The decision was taken in a meeting headed by Dr. Mukhtar
Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission and Director General (Awareness
and Prevention) Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi.

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Several federal educational institutions without heads

Several top federal educational institutions including universities are
running on the basis of adhocism as their heads have not been appointed
since the last several months.  The posts of vice chancellors of the
Quaid-e-Azam University, Allama Iqbal Open University, rector of
International Islamic University, DG of National Institute of Science and
Technology and Federal Directorate of Education, DG of Directorate of
Workers Welfare and chairman PEMRA are lying vacant since the last so many

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Rupee-dollar parity makes US degree dearer for Pakistani students

Besides importers and economic managers in this dollar-hungry country, an
unfavourable rupee-dollar parity has been a major source of concern for
thousands of Pakistani students pursuing higher education in the United
States. Officials at the United States Educational Foundation (USEFP) say
that every year over 4,800 students from Pakistan visit America, the world's
most developed country of our time, to obtain bachelors, masters and PhD
degrees in different academic disciplines. These students, mostly studying
on self-finance basis, pay thousands of dollars under the heads of tuition
and other fees. Even if awarded scholarships, their yearly education
expenses, the living costs included, range between $ 15,000 and $ 80,000, on

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State of education in Swat valley
Education has yet to make its way to the national priorities list,
particularly when it comes to resource allocation and utilisation. The
ground realities paint a gloomy picture across the rural and urban divide in
the Swat Valley. The majority of students in remote rural areas of the
valley face access problems that lead to much higher dropout rates at the
high school and college level. Moreover, rural schools are also ill-equipped
in terms of resources such as computers and science laboratories and tend to
have fewer qualified teachers in subjects such as mathematics and physics. A
<http://www.kpese.gov.pk/SchoolStatistics.html> 2012 report regarding
government schools issued by the Elementary & Secondary Education Department
of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa shows a steady increase in enrolment since 2006-07
that is inching towards gender parity at the primary level, but depicts a
massive dropout at middle and secondary levels. These findings were also
confirmed by a study we undertook.

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