Only 2pc women in Kohistan literate
Only two per cent of Kohistani women are literate, while 481 government schools in the district exist on paper only. The information was shared by Hafizur Rehman, regional coordinator of Alif-Ailaan, a nongovernmental organisation, with participants of a two-day education conference in Dassu area of Kohistan on Tuesday. Rehman said teachers of Kohistan schools, which didn`t have buildings, received salary without performing duty. He said the situation was to blame for 11 percent male literacy rate, which was far less than those of even backward districts in the province. The Alif-Ailaan regional coordinator said Kohistan had 1,139 government schools for boys and girls but unfortunately, most of them were either without teachers or without students. `There are 883 schools for boys in the district and 481 of them don`t have buildings,` he said. Hafiz said many Kohistani families didn`t allow female members to go to schools due to local customs and traditions and thus, causing female literacy rate to be at two percent only.
K-P govt seemingly unable to enroll children into schools
With an ‘education emergency’ in place and the highest education budget of any other province for 2014-15, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is still unable to increase the enrolment of children in schools. According to budget documents, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government’s allocation to uplift the education sector is Rs111 billion, which is 27.4% of its Rs404.8 billion total outlay. Despite being the second largest allocation after health, around 2.5 million children are still out of school across the province. K-P District Education Management Information System (EMIS) 2013-14 reports state the total population of boys between the ages of 5 and 16 is close to 3.7 million. However, around 736,000 of them are out of schools in the 25 districts of the province. The situation is far worse for the over 3.4 million girls of the province as around half of them (1,723,215) are not receiving an education.
Students urged to respect poets as custodians of values
The poets and writers are the protectors of social and cultural values, said Dr Rasul Jan, the vice-chancellor of University of Peshawar, here on Tuesday. He was addressing as chief guest a bilingual -Urdu and Pashto -poetry recitation session organised by Peshawar University Teachers Association (Puta) at Agha Khan Auditorium. Dr Rasul Jan said that young students should learn from the vision and imaginative flight of the poets. He urged students to respect and appreciate poets and writers. Poets recited poems depicting variety of emotions from romantic, serious, satiric to humorous. About 40 Pashto and Urdu poets from Malakand, Dir, Swat, Charsadda, Mardan Swabi, Peshawar, Bannu and Fata participated in the annual event. Most poets depicted sufferings of people and political and social turmoil prevailing in the country in their poetic pieces.
KP TEVTA to improve Education Standard
The PTI led provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established Technical and Vocational Education Agency (TEVTA) for bringing improvement in the standard of technical education and guaranteeing their employment skilled manpower of the province. This was stated by Chairman, KP-TEVTA, Nauman Wazir while talking to a group of journalists here on Tuesday. He said that a board has been constituted for TEVTA and after unprecedented increase in the budget of technical education the process of the administrative reconstitution of technical institutes has also been started. In this connection, he said prominent industrialists are playing their due role voluntarily to revive the institutions operating in the province and equip the youth with technical skill and education.
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Government need to take action
PTA Members said that Government need to take action against the fake appointments of teachers. They also added that they have no other option than to burn their Degrees due to unemployment.
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Scholarships of Rupees 4.8 billion
Students of Balochistan will get Scholarships of Rupees 4.8 billion Rupees annually under the umbrella of Education Endowment Fund.
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RIS teachers notch Microsoft recognition
Ms. Tahmeena Raees, Project Manager ICT Initiatives at Roots International Schools, has been recognised by Microsoft as global leader in using technology to increase productivity and transform education. Alishba Javed, Teacher of Maths in Roots International Schools, Satellite Town, was selected by Microsoft as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE Expert) for 2015 for her excellence in using technology to help students learn and achieve more, and ultimately succeed in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Each year Microsoft awards the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award to acknowledge exceptional visionary teachers who have introduced innovative technologies in imaginative ways into the curriculum to support students and improve future learning outcomes.
Rootsians participate in survival skills camp
The Roots Millennium Schools in partnership arranged a two-day excursion to Army Chinar Golf Club, ‘Millennials on Mountains’, says a press release. The trip provided 50 students and 20 staff members from various Roots Millennium Schools, including RMS One World Campus, RMS Oxbridge Campus, RMS Millennium Campus, I-9/3, RMS Gujranwala, RMS Abbottabad, RMS Peshawar and Mirpur an adventurous wilderness experience of leadership, team building and survival modules. Activities during ‘Millennials on Mountains’ included 4km trekking between Ayubia and Dunga Gali, Rock Mountain Climbing, Repelling (vertical mountain descending) at Dunga Gali, Treasure Hunt between 4 teams at an area encompassing 3 mountain hills, an exhilarating Paint Ball fight and Camping, Climbing, Bonfire, BBQ Dinner, Net Climbing, wood walk, hallow pipe and Archery among others.
NATIONAL MOOT ON QURANIC STUDIES OPENS AT IIUI
Three-day national conference organized by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) entitled “Status of Quranic Studies in Pakistan” commenced at Faisal mosque campus of the university on Tuesday in which more than 40 scholars and Islamic researchers from across the country participated and delivered lectures. Scholars discussed role of various institutions in Quranic understanding, role of media in the Quranic understanding and other vital topics. In his presidential address to the opening ceremony of the conference, President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said Quran is the source of unity of Muslim Ummah which guides all Muslims for solution of problems. Guidance from Quran is vital when we have to have dialogue with the nations of world, he added.
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AIOU starts mailing books
The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start mailing books to its BA students by November 15, said AIOU Additional Director (Mailing Section) Syed Qamar-ud-Din. He said according to the lists received by the Mailing Office from Computer Section, the books of CT programme to 16,000 students, Matriculation programme to 50,000 students and FA programme to 50,000 students have been sent by post at their given addresses. He said mailing of books of FA programme to the remaining 20,000 students in the first list is in progress. He advised students to contact the concerned post office if books are not received so far. He further said mailing of books to students in the first list of BA programme will be started by November 15.
Islamic university dean forcing gender segregation on faculty
A major faculty at the International Islamic University Islamabad has apparently introduced a new gender segregation policy under which male teachers are not allowed to enter the women`s faculty, and vice versa. A notification was issued by the dean of the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, which is one of the largest departments in the varsity and has a teaching staff of well over a hundred.
Although IIUI is already a segregated institute with separate faculties for men and women, the dean`s notification prohibits anyone, man or woman, from enter the other faculty without the written consent of the dean. The notice raised several eyebrows among teachers and students. DrMohammad Sher, dean of the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences told faculty members that they have to obtain approval from his office before heading to the women`s campus, whether to take a class, d some research or supervise. The same restrictions apply to women who want to visit the male faculty.
Protest in Federal Urdu University
Protest of Employees of Federal Urdu University Islamabad Continue as they are demanding for their pending salaries.
Corruption in Bahria University
Bahria University Islamabad breaks all the records of corruption by taking it to about 1.7 billion of corruption.
Before studies, students sweep the school
Students of the Government Girls Primary School, Gull Bahar Khurd, have taken upon themselves to sweep and scrub their school and classrooms in the absence of sweepers. They have been doing so for the last two and half years, they told Dawn. Outside the school stands clean and shining green plaque: `Come and see, how we have been promoting the quality education`. A few parents said the school management forced their children to clean the school and every child had to do this `duty` once a week. They criticised the school management for forcing their children into the `involuntary act`. They urged Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Gujranwala Commissioner Khwaja Shamail Ahmed and the Sialkot district administration to look into the matter.
Awaz for girls’ education
The national education system in Pakistan, especially the girls’ education, is drastically poor and under-resourced. During a press conference on Tuesday, Awaz Foundation manager Syed Turab Ali Gillani said that only 2.1 per cent of GDP was invested in education, compared to a global weighted average of 4.9pc, as a result, progress towards the achievement of the education related Millennium Development Goals (MDG) “Women and girls are particularly disadvantaged, who suffer the most in terms of social and human development. Only 22pc of girls, compared to 47pc boys, complete the primary schooling,” Gillani said. School dropout rates are high, especially at the secondary level, where only 34pc of Pakistani children (2010) receive education and 19pc get opportunity to attend higher secondary schools. According to Unesco Institute for Education Statistics (2012), there are more than five million out of schools children of primary age in Pakistan. Females constitute 3.2 million (more than 60 per cent) of the total figure.
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Scholarships of 20 million for Students
Gojar Foundation gave scholarships of 20 million to 29 students. 160 talent awards had been also given to students.
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High fee rate in Private Schools
In Attock Parents demanded from government to bring down the fees rate of private schools.
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Laptops distributed among students in Kasur
On the direction of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, about 2,500 laptops were distributed among the students during a ceremony at Govt Degree College on Tuesday. Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yaseen was the chief guest while DCO Arshad Adnan, ADC Muhammad Shahid, officials of the Education Department and local politicians were also present. However, the management of the college with the cooperation of other officials strictly banned the entry of media as well as parents of the students at the college. When the DCO was asked about the reason, he said that the college’s Principal Rao Akhtar & Deputy Director Colleges Zahid Mann would answer about it.
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Functional Literacy Center
Department of Literacy non-formal and black Education are busy in creating functional literacy centers in Sargodha.
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Demand to Increase the age limit for Teachers
In Kahota Public demanded to increase the age limit for teachers to 40 years as due to unemployment number of graduates are over aged.
Teaching License Board
Government of Punjab has taken the decision of initiating Teaching License Board to increase the teaching abilities of Teachers
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No funding for transportation in Educational Institutes
Government of Punjab stop the funding for the transportation in Educational Institutes. This step of the Government is affecting the pick and drop facilities of students at a large scale.
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Two degree colleges approved
Two degree colleges will be established in rural areas of Gujrat district as the Punjab government has formally approved their establishment. The construction of a new academic block in a women college and establishment of a computer laboratory in another degree college for women has also been approved. The provincial government has also approved funds worth Rs301 million for these projects, however, the approval by the Higher Education Department of Punjab is awaited to initiate the construction. The most important schemes of the above-mentioned four projects is the government`s plan of estab-lishing a women degree college at Dandi Dara, a far-flung village of Sara-iAlamgir tehsil, known for its backwardness in the entire Gujrat district. A sum of Rs110m has been allocated for the college.
Students termed eagles of Iqbal
UNIVERSITY of Management and Technology (UMT) organised a seminar to pay tribute to great poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal. According to a press release, among the guest speakers were the grandson of Allama Iqbal, Munib Iqbal, Rector UMT Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Dr Tahir Mustafa and scholar Saroosh Alamgir. Munib Iqbal threw light on the personality and philosophy of Iqbal and told the audience that it was the dream of Iqbal to prepare the youth for the betterment of Muslim nation. He said that only through their noble character youths could realise the dream of Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. He termed students the real eagles of Iqbal.
‘Teaching English in primary schools should be a priority’
Speakers at a seminar have recommended the government education authorities to introduce English as a subject at the primary school level with a focus on teaching students to speak the language. They were speaking at a seminar titled ‘Teaching and learning English in Sindh Schools’ organised at a hotel on Tuesday. The educationists who spoke on the occasion had the consensus opinion that learning English as the second language was of great importance for the children of Pakistan. They were of the view that teaching functional English in schools should be a priority to support learning in all other subjects. They said that in case children learnt the first language well in the initial stages of schooling, learning the second language would become easier for them. They also highlighted the fact that the public school system in the country lacked qualified and trained teachers.
The girl who would put the education dept to shame
At a time when thousands of able-bodied students are out of school across Sindh and hundreds of schools are serving as guesthouse for the influential, one physically impaired girl stands out as a beacon of hope, having converted her cattle pen into a school that has become overcrowded with students within a few months. This young girl, Aansoo Kohli, has become a symbol of pride for her small village in Umerkot. Her school, the Kombho Mal Girls Primary School, imparts education to young boys and girls, even those who are physically and mentally impaired. What Aansoo lacks in terms of resources, she more than makes up through her strong conviction and equally kind heart. When Neelam, a 25-year-old girl suffering from polio, landed on her doorstep, she not only gifted her a tricycle, but also enrolled her into the school. Neelam now proudly says she can read and write all the English alphabets.
Report on English in Sindh schools launched
Several concerns about the teaching and learning of English in Sindh`s schools were highlighted at the launch of the second research publication on the language in education series by the Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE) and the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) in a local hotel on Tuesday. The study, Teaching and Learning English in Sindh Schools, analyses English language use in classrooms in Sindh and seeks to inform the policy debate on adopting English as the medium of instruction in public schools in Pakistan. `Then we also come to the issue of medium of instruction and at what stage is it appropriate to introduce a second language in schools,` he said. English has become synonymous with quality, he said, adding that having two different systems of education where private schools were English medium and the government schools Urdu-medium was contributing to class divide hence steps were being taken towards equity by introducing the language in government schools.
Protest against deduction from Scholarship Stipend
Students of Girls Middle School village Nawa Jatoi, District Naushehro Feroz protested along with parents against Head Mistress of the School alleging that she has deducted amount from yearly scholarship stipend.
Construction work of School Building violated
The construction work of Main Primary School Tando Rahim Khan, District Dadu is left incomplete by the contractor since 4 years. The Head Master of the school told that contractor is not serious in work.
Girls School without Teachers
Girls School village Sabz Ali Brohi, District Thatta is without Teachers. Residents of the village protested for appointing Teachers; they demanded from higher authorities to take notice of the issue and resolve; about 200 girls’ education is on the verge of destruction.
Social Parties Protest against Ghost Teachers
Karachi: Quami Awami Tahreek organized a protest against Ghost Teachers at Karachi. The members told media that Education of Sindh Province is on the ebb of devastation because of Ghost Teachers.
Decision for Movement against School Closures
Social, Political and other parties organized a meeting for taking decision of starting movement against school closures in Sindh Province. Education in Sindh Province is destroyed completely because of political involvement and non-seriousness of Education Officers. As compare to other provinces, budget for Sindh Education is High, but that is not utilized properly.
Assistant Commissioner visits Schools 31 Ghost Teachers Suspended
Larkana: Assistant Commissioner visited 9 Schools of villages Phulpota, Daro and others. During his visit of the schools he suspended 31 Ghost Teachers. He told that these Teachers were on Visa. He added that, Teachers should perform their duties regularly; otherwise they will be treated with tough time.
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School closed since years
Primary School village Sami, U.C Jonaas, District Ghotki is closed since years and government did not take notice of the issue. Villagers protested that children are deprived of education; they demanded from higher authorities to take serious action and resolve the issue.
Protest against school closures and Ghost Teachers
District Naushehro Feroz: Mehrab Pur villagers, Social Parties and others protested against school closures and. They told media about the condition of the school and raised slogans. They demanded to take action against closed schools and Ghost Teachers.
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Primary School closed since 7 Years
District Larkana: Primary Boys School village Farid Abad is closed since Seven Years and the Teacher is on Visa. Villagers protested for restoration of the school telling that Duty Teachers has migrated from the village leaving school closed; hundreds of children are deprived of education.
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Corruption continues in Education Department District Dadu
District Dadu is on top position of corruption. Favoritism policy is given top priority. 88 Teachers of the same family are appointed on favoritism. Some days before, Secretary Education had issued notice to the education department and was inquiring the matter, but still nothing has happened.
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40% Ghost Teachers in Sindh Province says Secretary Education
Secretary Education Mr. Fazal Ul Allah Pechuho has declared that there are 40% Teachers in Sindh Province which are not performing their duties, they are ghost Teachers and there will be effective movement against these teachers. Due to their carelessness, about 5575 Schools are closed in the province.
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170 LAPTOPS DISTRIBUTED IN KU
At least 170 graduates of the University of Karachi (KU) were given laptops in first phase of Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme on Tuesday. In first phase, the students of PhD and MPhil would be given laptops for free of cost as per scheme of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Shariff. The ceremony of the distribution of laptops amongst the KU graduates was held in the Arts Auditorium which was attended by a large number of students and teachers. Speaking on the occasion, KU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser thanked the federal government and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for awarding free of cost laptops to the varsity graduates. He gave message to the varsity graduates to take advantage of Prime Minister Youth Scheme and play their key role in the development of the country.
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Kings Rule in KMC education Department
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has divided the education department into three administrative units for the betterment of department and for the prevention of monopolized departmental corruption.
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Why Am I Not Malala?
Mirza Kashif Ali and his so-called association, All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF), badly wanted some attention, and now they’ve got it. It is yet another case of old men losing sleep over the achievements of a young girl, of a single book threatening to ‘destroy’ Islam, its followers and the world as we know it, of victims of paranoia discovering the ever-present conspiring hidden hand attempting to choke and kill, of orchestrated smear campaigns deliberately misrepresenting and misquoting a person in a bid to rouse emotions to counter intellectual discourse, of attention-craved groups and individuals brazenly demonising a universally acclaimed education activist for short-lived relevance. In many ways, it is the story of Pakistan’s finest heroes; revered and hailed around the world, marginalised and unacknowledged at home.
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Merit and the HEC By Qaisar Abbas
If the federal government has already appointed the head of an organisation in violation of merit, it will be violated again. On November 1, 2014 the incumbent federal government announced its (federal) recruitment policy. With regard to the policy, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif emphasised observing merit strictly when the government offers employment opportunities (in civil service positions ranging from grade one to grade 15) to people. The announcement of merit-based recruitment is a good omen for the country. If merit could also be observed in the appointment of the chairperson of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the controlling authority of which is the PM himself, people would utter a sigh of relief. The PM has not given the reasons behind why the recruitment of a person at grade one should be strictly on merit whereas the recruitment of a person at grade 21 or 22 (such as the chairperson HEC) was not strictly on merit.
War on education
HE ferocity with which Islamist militants have been attacking educational institutions in Nigeria makes the efforts of their ideological comrades in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria pale by comparison. A suicide bomber in the northern Nigerian town of Potiskum attacked a school assembly on Monday killing almost 50 students. Though Boko Haram Nigeria`s most lethal extremist group had not publicly claimed the attack at the time of writing, the outfit has carried out similar attacks in the past. The extremist group has burnt down schools, massacred students inside campuses and, in its most audacious attack, kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in April. Not just that, the Boko Haram leadership has openly instructed followers to destroy schools. Of course, Pakistan is familiar with such patterns of violence, as local militant groups, most prominently the banned TTP, have bombed or attacked hundreds of schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, while extremists have also threatened and attacked schools in Balochistan.