Shahbaz pledges modern edu, health care to masses
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the government would provide all possible resources to south Punjab to raise living standard of the masses. Presiding over a meeting at Tayyip Erdogan Hospital here, he said modern education and health facilities would be provided to the masses of south Punjab. He said the hospital constructed with the help of the Turkish government would consist of 500 beds and patients from other cities would also benefit from it.
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Private schools can help improve public academic institutions, says Nassir Kasuri
Reputed private school systems can greatly contribute to improving the condition of public sector schools, especially those located in rural areas, by adopting them for capacity building in terms of management and teachers’ training, said Beaconhouse School System (BSS) Executive Director Nassir M Kasuri. In an exclusive interview with ‘The News’, Kasuri shared that Beaconhouse has already been in negotiations with the government in this regard and they have received a positive response. “It will be like taking operational control of public schools to provide quality education. It is encouraging that the provincial governments were receptive to this idea. We hope to engage further with them in future,” he said adding, “they have yet to discuss modalities with the government.”
Educators cry for salaries
Over 200 daily-wage teaching and non-teaching employees of schools and colleges blocked the entrance of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to demand the release of their blocked salaries for the past four months. The employees including female teachers sat at the entrance of the FDE office for around five hours blocking the entry of FDE officials and the visitors. 'Nearly 1200 junior lady teachers, lecturers and lower grade non-teaching staff hired on daily wages for schools and colleges have not been paid for the past four months', said Ehsanullah Bangash, a teacher from Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB) F-8/4.
HEC, British Council to boost higher education cooperation
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the British Council Pakistan on Thursday signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to further strengthen the existing cooperation between the two organisations in the field of higher education and research. The agreement was signed by HEC Executive Director Mansoor Akbar Kundi and British Council Pakistan’s Country Director Peter Upton. HEC Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed presided over the ceremony held at the HEC Secretariat. The LoI relates to internationalising Higher Education Partnership Programme. The partnership would cover Knowledge Exchange Programme, Leadership Programme, policy dialogue, transforming English language skills, Researchers Links Initiative, Inspire Transactional Education Partnerships, Quality Assurance Training Programmes, international training on advocacy for greater public ownership of the higher education sector, outreach and networking, Pakistan Scottish Scholarship Scheme for Women, British Council Citizenship Education and Community Participation Programme, training on data collection, surveys and dissemination of HEIs statistics, Higher Education Reforms: the way forward, and the programme based budget for three years: June 2014 to June 2017.
Six Pakistani teachers honored in global competition
Six Pakistani teachers were awarded in an international teaching competition held in Turkey. 344 teachers from different countries participated in the 2nd International Teaching Knowledge Competition to prove their skills in English, Turkish, mathematics, Biology, Physics, Computer Sciences, Chemistry etc. The performance of competing teachers was judged by twenty-eight judges. Last year Pakistan won one gold medal in the same competition. This year, Pakistan teachers won a gold, two silvers, one bronze, one honorable mention and one special prize. All the winners received certificates and cash prizes from the organizers.