October 24, 2014

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


11 students expelled from agricultural university

The administration of Agricultural University, Peshawar expelled 11 students for their alleged involvement in a clash on the campus wherein a student was killed. The decision was taken in a joint meeting of all deans, heads of teaching and administrative departments and section heads of the university. The meeting also approved a cleanup operation in the university`s hostels to purge the institution of arms, ammunitions and outsiders. A neutral student Altaf Alam had sustained serious head injury when two groups of students exchanged Hrein the university on Tuesday last. The injured student remained in comma for some time and breathed his last in the hospital. The incident forced the administration to take some necessary decisions to avert such ugly incidents in future.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=24_10_2014_007_006



Teachers storm DEO offices over absenteeism notices

Over 1,100 teachers on Thursday stormed the offices of the district education officer in Kohistan and threatened to torch the building if the notices issued to them by the education department over absenteeism were not withdrawn. The protesters besieged the offices for quite some time and some of them even went to the rooftop shouting slogans against the education department. However, members of the staff, including DEO Riasat Khan, managed to leave the premises. The provincial government`s Independent Monitoring Unit had served notices on 1,150 teachers of Kohistan for absenting themselves from duty for many years.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=24_10_2014_182_008


KP to enact Right to Compulsory Education Bill soon

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government intends to enact the Right to Compulsory Education Bill soon. The provincial government is presently considering the financial implications of the bill and the actual need of enrolment of an estimated 2.5 million out-of-school children, stated Minister of Education Muhammad Atif in a briefing session organised by the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) at a local hotel. The session was organised to brief KP Assembly Standing Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education on provincial districts educations budgets.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-10-24/page-2/detail-4



SC rules BISE fee for change of name, DoB illegal

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Peshawar, against the decision of the Peshawar High Court that had declared imposition of fee by the board for change of name and date of birth (DoB) in the educational certificate unlawful. A division bench of the SC, Peshawar Branch Registry, comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, dismissed the appeal of the BISE Peshawar and upheld the Peshawar High Court (PHC) verdict. During hearing of the appeal, the BISE’s lawyer submitted that the PHC had declared submission of fee for change of name or date of birth in the educational certificates as illegal and restrained the board from taking fee on these services.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-280215-SC-rules-BISE-fee-for-change-of-name-DoB-illegal



Teachers threaten to torch offices in Kohistan

Over 1,100 teachers, who were served with notices by the education department for being absent from duty, stormed the offices of district education officer Kohistan on Thursday and threatened to torch the offices if the notices were not withdrawn. The offices of district education officer and his staff were stormed by teachers on Thursday after they were served with notices by Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) constituted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. District Education Officer Riasat Khan and entire staff of the education department fled the offices to avoid the wreath of the protesters. The IMU had served notices to 1,150 teachers of Kohistan for being absent from duty for the last several years.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-280217-Teachers-threaten-to-torch-offices-in-Kohistan


Only 5% of education budget spent on development

The abysmal state of education in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) is reflected in the fact that a mere 5% of the budget is spent on the sector’s development projects, while an astonishing 95% goes into staff salaries. Released at a local hotel on Thursday, a study by the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) states the amount spent on development was nowhere near enough for effective primary and secondary education. It was stated in the study that the initial budget allocation was unrealistic and subsequent revisions were made, which is the reason the literacy rate of people between the ages of 10 and 16 in the province is just 52%. Only 70% of the men and 35% of the women are literate. The study, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, recommended the enactment of the District Government Act 2013 so that the budget matches the priorities of the government for primary and secondary education.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/780112/bad-budgeting-only-5-of-education-budget-spent-on-development/


South Korean Delegation’s Visit

Delegation of eight members of South Korea with Abdul Wali Khan visited Mardan University, Both agreed on Builting new Institutes.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Rawalpindi/2014-10-24/page-8/detail-33




Increase in Fees

Due to Increase I Fees of University of Balochistan, Poor Students are facing a lot of Problems. To Participate Privately in Examination Fees is more than Five Thousand Rupees.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-24-2014/quetta/page3.asp


Protest will continue

Government Teachers Association (GTA) who is on Protest announced to Continue protest unless their demands will be fulfill.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-24-2014/quetta/page3.asp




Medical Colleges in AJK

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob announced to open two medical colleges in AJK.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-10-24/page-5




OPF Girls College council members take oath

OPF Girls College Islamabad held its 23rd oath-taking ceremony on Thursday. The OPF Girls College established in 1986 and since then it is making its upward journey to success. It has a history of producing groomed and practical young ladies to be part of people at service to our beloved country. To this prestigious event, Habib-ur-Rehman, Managing Director of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (PF), was invited as a chief guest along with Israr Khan Jamali, DMD of OPF,  Noor  Zaman, DG Human Resource, Mumtaz Ali Bhatti, DG, Shahzad Iqbal, DG Education division, Najeeb Khilji, DG Welfare and Services Division. Shahina Masood, Principal of OPF Girls College F-8/2, delivered her welcome address and highlighted the academic and co-curricular achievements of the college.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2014-10-24/page-14/detail-4


3-day IIUI event on women from today

 A three-day event titled ‘Women International Model United Nations 2014’ will begin here at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Friday. The event is being organized by the Faculty of the Management Sciences (Female) and Students’ Advisor Office of the university, said a press release on Thursday. The event includes social events, discussion sessions and many other activities.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/24-Oct-2014/3-day-iiui-event-on-women-from-today


Increased investment in girls education demanded

Only by tackling fundamental societal structures can girls be empowered. Plan International, a global child rights organisation is urging institutions and individuals around the world to collectively fight for change in attitudes towards gender discrimination. The organisation has launched the annual report entitled ‘Pathways to Power: Creating Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls’ in an event organised to mark the significance of third annual International Day of the Girl Child on October 22,at Serena Hotel Islamabad in collaboration with Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/24-Oct-2014/increased-investment-in-girls-education-demanded


More schools, colleges in G-13, G-14

The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) would construct more educational institutes in sectors G-13 and G-14 in the near future to accommodate students. During question hour, CADD Minister of State Barrister Usman Ibrahim said the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had allocated land in these sectors for the construction of educational institutes. He said CDA had also been directed to allocate land in the new sectors being developed in the capital. The minister also informed the house that it has been decided to abolish evening shifts which were continuing in various Islamabad model colleges and schools, saying the government has been requested for provision of funds for construction of new blocks in schools and colleges as sufficient space was available.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/780241/rising-population-more-schools-colleges-in-g-13-g-14/


Private Educational institutes in Twin cities

Private Educational Institutes are in a large number in Twin Cities, Total Educational Institutes are 1073 out of which 200 are already inspected said by Pir Imtiaz Ali Qureshi.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-10-24/page-3




School`s expansion falls victim to red-tape

 No good deed goes unpunished. At least that`s the lesson that students of the Government Boys Elementary School in Pirwadhai`s Bangash Colony are currently learning. For nearly two years, the schools meagre campus has been unable to accommodate all the students who have been enrolled here. Classrooms are chock full of students seated on the floor, huddled together like hens in a pen. Many classes had been shifted outdoors for want of more space to accommodate pupils. But recently, the school had a stroke of good luck when a non-governmental organization (NGO), hearing of the school`s plight, offered to build more classrooms on the decrepit campus.

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‘Non-formal education vital for peace’

Introduction of non-formal education as an effective system for the promotion of peace and prosperity in the region and equipping every illiterate person with education is indispensable, it has been expressed by educationists and literacy experts from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Japan and other countries. Addressing a conference arranged by Provincial Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department, Special Assistant to CM on Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Rai Haider Ali Khan said that Punjab government was determined to implement various projects and programmes for the promotion of education. He said that different programs were being implemented for the provision of education and skill through non-formal education to the poor. Rai Haider emphasised upon delegates of NGOs engaged in literacy sector to cooperate with Literacy Department for the success of its projects. He described regional conference as harbinger of success of literacy projects of the province.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-10-24/page-13/detail-8


Ban on New Schools

Department of Education on the Instructions of Provincial Administration Banned the opening of New Government Primnary Schools. They also announced if it will require to open Primary schools that will be in Partnership with Private Sector.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-10-24&edition=ISL&id=1352420_54020626


Books launching at PU

Punjab University College of Arts & Design will organise a launching ceremony of two books “Tamasha” and “Art Kya Hai” by Hassan Shahnawaz Zaidi today Friday at 4pm at Main Hall Allama Iqbal Campus. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest on the occasion. Meanwhile, PU Academic Staff Association’s spokesman Dr Mahboob Hussain has condemned anonymous letter bearing obnoxious language and baseless allegations against some female faculty members of the university. In a press statement, he said that the teaching community of Punjab University condemned those elements, who had started campaign of character assassination against a few female faculty members. He said that the use of such vulgar language was a proof the writer’s own moral decline.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-10-24/page-14/detail-7




KMC administrator for boosting education sector

Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui on Thursday said Karachi Metropolitan Corporation had initiated drastic measures to bring improvement in its largest sector, the education department. “These steps, though, have made many persons angry but we will continue our work for betterment in the education sector.  When the standard of education is raised in the KMC schools, this would be our top most responsibility to solve the genuine problems faced by teachers,” he said while addressing teachers of primary, elementary and secondary girls and model schools in the Z A Nizamai Hall of Civic Centre. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/24-Oct-2014/kmc-administrator-for-boosting-education-sector


 Strike was observed by the lower Staff Association in Badin

Employees of the education department through the Lower Staff Association called for strike for the reinstatements for their joining after issuance the orders of the court.  Talking to media Ali Hassan Qambar, Dodo Mirani and others told that Sindh court has issued the orders to reinstate the employees but the education department is adamant to abbey the court.  

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130201648&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20141024


March for the reopening for 1oo government schools reached at Baoo Dero from New Saeed Abad

The foot march by the JSQM from new Saeed Abad reached at Baoo Dero where they were warmly welcomed by the intellectuals and social workers, however; people from every walk of life took part in the march for reopening the schools of district matiar. Addressing the crowd of the march Abdul Rasheed Detho the JSQM district president told that ghost teachers must have to resume the schooling in the closed schools at any cost to resume the education. 

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130201651&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20141024


Illegal discount from the yearly stipend of girl’s students in government girl’s high school Bhitt Shah

Government had announced to pay yearly stipend of 2400/= for the girls child students in order to accelerated the education through developing their interest. 200 rupees has been discount from their total amount by the SMC chairman and school administration. Citizens of the areas erupted against the illegal discount from eh stipend. While SMC chairman told the media that the discount has been made on the tax deduction from the total amount. People demanded for the immediate action against the SMC chairman and school administration.



Maheran teachers Association opposed the decision made by the Sindh GSTA

Meheran Teachers Association opposed the GSTA Sindh of their decisions to keep close the education system throughout Sindh till their demands are accepted.   http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130201859&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20141024


Government school remained close for many years in near Bozdar Wada District Khairpur

Government school is closed in a village of Yar Muhammad Sheenoo near Bozdar Wada district Khairpur which left innocent children at the stake. No one is ready among the education authorities to take an immediate action for the reopening the school.



School administration apathy left huge students at hunger for 8 long hours in Jacobabad

Sports week was in a process for a week in Jacobabad which ended yesterday. The chief guest was DC Jacobabad, however; in a program around 2500 school children were bounded to sit in the hall to attend the program.  Mr. DC arrived late in the program, however; all guests were served refreshment but all 2500 children were left at extreme hunger for 8 long hours. Many of the students who were bound to attend the program tuned unconscious due to hunger. On the other hand school administration had strictly asked the police on gate to not leave any of child participants from the program hall. Parents strongly protest against the school administration on their attitude. ADO female and head of the KG school madam Nigar put the responsibility of in the misappropriation of the program on Deputy Commissioner. On the other hand DO secondary Sadiq Katohar went unresponsive about the program event.



Protest of the lower staff education Rafique Memon for issuance of salary

Rafique Memon an employee of the education department protested for his salaries which have not been yet by the education department. Mr. Rafique told the media that appointment order was awarded by the MNA Faryal Talpur but the salaries have not been released.



Government High School Building unsafe for the students in Ghari Hassan District Jacobabad

Around 400 students are enrolled in the government high school Ghari Hassan but the building is unsafe to keep continues the education. Head Teacher of the school Muhammad Nawaz Sarki told the media that many a times higher authorities were approached fir renovation of the school building but we found none of them responsive in so far.



Above 50 schools are closed near Bhan Syed Abad district Dadu

More than 50 government schools are closed in Bhan Syed Abad and in its vicinity of Dadu district. According to the report around 5000 school going children are deprived of the education due to ineligible SDO education. The schools have been turned into Otaq and cattle yards by the local landlords who are politically sheltered.  Parents have been protesting against the SDO education Sehwan but big guns are no more intending to resume the education in these areas. On the other hand sit in was staged by the people in front of press club. Talking to the media Imam Din Bhalai, Darya Khan Bhalai, Allah Bux Lund and others told the media that SDO Sehwan is indeed a major factor behind the education destruction in the vicinity.  While in a response SDO Aleem Lashari ensured to reopen the closed schools in a short period of time.



Students Protest for School Teacher had not been appointed in Bhiriya City

In the Primary Boys school 130 Students had been deprived of education in village Ali Rato Bhatti Bhiriya city, District Nuasheroferoz. Due to the interference of higher authorities of the education department teachers are transferred from the school. Villagers told that the school building was built at their own through collecting 4 lac rupees. Girls, boys and villagers of Allah Dad Bhatti, Gul Muhammad Bhatti, and Allah Bachayo Bhatti protested against the education authorities for closure of the schools. The school was built in 2013 including furniture but due to negligence of the education department school has not been yet opened. They indicated to widen the circle of protest if they fail to get the desired results.



In Matiari Government College is turn to be in “Marriage Hall”

The Government Colleges and Schools are turned in Marriage Hall. Marriage events were celebrated till late night; college Principle always used the colleges for these types of events that are the illegal for Schools and Colleges. Assistant Commissioner Fayaz Hussain Abbasi took notice against college Principle and reported the district education department.





GSTA protest against the Secretary Education

In Sindh Province GSTA protested against secretary education. Protestor said secretary education has issued the orders about “Education Management Cadre “which is incompetent and that policy destroy the education. They opposed the decision to merge other employs in education department and the education institute handing over the Non-Government Organization (NGOs). They strongly insisted removed Secretary Education otherwise protest will be widened.






A hierarchical education system By Asghar Soomro

The idea of a classless society sounds strange and even impossible to achieve in Pakistan. This is further reinforced by a hierarchical schooling system that caters to the parents of students according to their paying capacity. This has turned education from a common good that should be accessible to all, to a commodity available to only a select few, thereby, perpetuating a discriminatory system that has engendered a huge gap in the learning outcomes of students enrolled in different school systems. An analysis of Pakistan’s education system indicates that there are four broad schooling systems here, having either English, Urdu or a provincial language as mediums of instruction, with each representing a different set of social values, ethos and mindsets.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/780073/a-hierarchical-education-system/


The value of a liberal arts education By Aine Moorad

Last year, a survey conducted by Hart Research Associates, a leading survey research firm in the US, revealed the growing importance of liberal arts education among employers. According to the research findings, a staggering 94 per cent of employers agreed that it is important for colleges to offer this type of education. Key findings of the survey revealed that when it comes to hiring decisions, 93 per cent of employers believed that critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills are more imperative than the prospective employee’s undergraduate major in university. A liberal arts education involves studying a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. Courses can range from philosophy and anthropology to art history, economics and creative writing. Subjects such as philosophy and sociology can help students learn and question ideas, beliefs and people, in turn allowing them to reason inductively and analyse contexts and people to make the most meaningful decisions in the workplace and beyond.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/780068/the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-education/