October 28, 2014

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


School blown up in Khyber Agency

Terrorists blew up a primary school in the Akka Khel area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency on Monday. On October 8, two government primary schools, one for boys and the other for girls, were destroyed in two separate incidents when bombs planted inside the schools exploded in Jamrud Subdivision of the agency. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/28-Oct-2014/school-blown-up-in-khyber-agency


Girls` school blown up in Bara

A government-run girls` primary school was blown up in Bara on Sunday night. Official sources said armed men forced a family out of the school building in Sultan Khel area of Akkakhel, planted a large quantity of explosives at several places in the institution and detonated it at around midnight. The building was razed to the ground. The evicted family had taken up shelter in the school building after having migrated from Tirah a few months back. Earlier in the day, the spokesman for the banned Lashkari-Islam militant group, Saifullah, warned of attacking government installations if the military operation being carried out against LI was not stopped forthwith. Militants have destroyed 86 government schools in Khyber Agency.

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KP government re-introduces Islamic syllabus

In an encouraging development, the PTI-led government in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa has reintroduced omitted chapters about Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), Khulfa-e-Rashdeen (RA), Hazrat Khadija (RA), Hazrat Fatima (RA), Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the government-introduced curriculum. Earlier while removing these chapters, the KP government had introduced Raja Ranjeet Singh, Khushal Khan Khattak, Haji Sahab Terangzai, Khan Abdul Ghafaar Khan, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan, Maulana Mufti Mahmood and Muhammad Jalal Khan alias Jalal Baba etc in the revised curricula.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-280919-KP-government-re-introduces-Islamic-syllabus



Minorities demand change in syllabus

The representatives of different minority groups have demanded of the government to replace the subject of Islamic studies compulsory (Islamiat) with theology (dinyat) to provide an option to non-Muslim students in the educational institutions. The demand was made during a consultative meeting titled `Religious freedom and minority rights`, organised by South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-Pk) at a local hotel here on Monday. The representatives of minorities said that they were also citizens of the country and they should be treated on the basis of equality and justice. The meeting was addressed byAll Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM) chairman Haroon Sarb Diyal, Sikh Community of Pakistan chairman Radish Singh Tony, Christian community representative Augustan Jacob, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) secretary information Haji Jalil Jan, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Shaukat Yousafzai, Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Sardar Hussain and senior journalist Shamim Shahid.

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UAF sub-campus students continue protest

Students of University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Dera Ghazi Khan sub-campus continued their boycott of classes for the ninth day on Monday. They are protesting against a proposal for being issued degrees by Ghazi University, instead of the UAF. Dozens of the students took out a protest rally from the university that ended at the commissioner’s office. They carried placards and banners. Omar Majeed, one of the protesters, said that they had got admission in the UAF sub-campus three years ago. “We chose this university believing that we will get UAF degrees. Now we have been informed that we will be issued degrees by Ghazi University,” he said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/781930/desired-degree-uaf-sub-campus-students-continue-protest/

Tribal students demand scholarships

The members of Tribal Students Federation in Gomal University hailing from South Waziristan on Monday staged protest for not being awarded scholarships. The protesting students holding banners and placards chanted slogans against the political administration for not awarding them scholarships. Speaking on the occasion, they said that depriving the tribal students of scholarship was equal to snatching the right of education from them.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-280943-Tribal-students-demand-scholarships


Students warn of protest over lack of facilities at KMU

The students of the Institute of Nursing Sciences of Khyber Medical University (KMU) have complained about non-availability of hostels, delay in announcement of results and lack of trained clinical instructors, and warned to start protest sit-ins against the university`s management after Muharram if the demands were not met. Speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, the students` representatives Waheed Noor, Zakria and Waqarullah said that the previous provincial government had approved scholarships on merit from the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), and each student got Rs3,000 per month, but the same was stopped during the current government. The students said that the scholarship was also given to students of Al-Shifa and Agha Khan medical colleges with each getting Rs13,000, but KMU students were paid only Rs300 which was injustice with them.

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Chitral students present innovative ideas at festival

Hundreds of students participated in the two-day science and culture festival held by Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Kuragh to present scientific models depicting innovative ideas and cultural traits of the area. The projects covered the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, art and culture. The visitors lauded the creative genius of the students and said that the idea behind achand every project was original in nature. It depicted the scientinc thinking and approach of the students, they said. The visitors showed keen interest in the projects of folk heritage, which were expressed in the form of paintings and models. The students explained in detail the structure, functions and working of the scientific models and the historical significance of the tools of cultural heritage, which had been abandoned with the advent of new age.

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Lack of Teachers

Local Leader Sardar Daud Khan Khosa urged government to take notice of lack of female teachers in Girls High School of Manjhipur. He said students are suffering due to lack of teaching staff in school.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-28-2014/quetta/page8.asp


Minister open school building

Balochistan Minister for planning and development Hamid Khan Achakzai on Monday inaugurated newly constructed building of primary school at border town of chaman killa Abdullah district.

Complete Story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201410/28/national2.php




Punjab Assembly passes free education bill

Including free compulsory education to the children from five to 16 years, the Punjab Assembly transacted legislation on three important bills on the last day the 10th session on Monday. The House passed the second bill to counter terrorism in the province in an effective manner while third to empower the Election Commission for delimitation of the constituencies for the Local Government election as per the direction of the Supreme Court. Taking other government business, the House extended to another 90 days implementation of Punjab Explosives (Amended) Ordinance and NUR International University Lahore Ordinance 2014.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-10-28/page-13/detail-2





Academic predicament and out-of-school children

THERE have been many reports about the number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in Pakistan, but figures in all the reports vis-à-vis the OOSC vary widely. A comparison of some of these reports will help understand it. According to a 2013 Unicef report on the OOSC in Pakistan, the number of such children was 9.2 million (6.5 million at the primary level and 2.7 at the lower secondary level). A policy paper jointly released by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and the Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS) earlier this year had revealed that Pakistan had 5.4 million out-of-school children. The report discloses that Pakistan has the second highest number of the OOSC in the world after Nigeria which tops the list with 8.7 million such children.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-280823-Academic-predicament-and-out-of-school-children


CM orders probe into ‘irregularities’ in college

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has ordered the Secretary Higher Education to hold an inquiry into alleged irregularities in Government Degree Girls College, Nankana Sahib and take action against responsible officials. In an application to the chief minister, Nankana Public Welfare Society secretary general Muhammad Akram Zahid had stated that Government Degree Girls College Principal Nighat Khurshid often remained absent from the college while several staffers had taken admission to different educational institutions and students were suffering a lot. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-280953-NANKANA-SAHIB-City-News


Over 5,700 books go like hot cakes as GCU book fair opens

The three-day annual book fair of the Government College University (GCU) opened at its Oval Ground on Monday while GCU Library Society said that over 5,700 books were sold on the opening day.
GCU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Khaleequr Rahman inaugurated the fair, offering up to 50 percent discount on selected books, while eminent writer Intizar Hussian, noted critic Prof Khawaja Muhammad Zakariya and Prof Dr Harpal Singh Buttar, who is a Canadian forensic expert, were also present at the opening ceremony. A delegation of Education Reporters Association (ERA) also visited the fair. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/28-Oct-2014/over-5-700-books-go-like-hot-cakes-as-gcu-book-fair-opens




VC firm to utilize all energies to explore student's talent

The acting Vice- chancellor IUB/GSCWU, Bahawalpur, prof dr. Roa Muhammad Afzal khan has extended gratitude over conducting the 7th convocation off the Islamia University, Bahawalpur in a successful way.

Complete Story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201410/28/national2.php


Two colleges merged

 HIGHER Education Department (HED) Punjab has merged Government Shah Hussain College Township into Government College Township which has raised serious concerns among the staff and students. According to HED official, the college was merged under the rationalisation policy. They said the college was operating in a rented building and was merged into a college situated in the proximity of Government Shah Hussain College. Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has also expressed concern and termed the merger closure of the college. A faculty member of the college, seeking anonymity, claimed that as many as 200 students of the nearby locality would suffer because of the decision. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-280814-Two-colleges-merged


Laptops Distribution among Students

PUNJAB University (PU) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) have started the distribution of laptops among the students of MPhil and PhD under Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s laptop scheme. According to a press release, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran along with Director Planning and Development Tariq Majeed Qureshi paid a visit to the Undergraduate Study Centre to review arrangements. On the occasion, the initiative taken by the government was lauded to equip the new generation with the latest technology and the students would be able to get benefit in their research projects.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-280817-Laptops


Students urged to create new knowledge

PUNJAB University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has urged the students to focus on the creation of new knowledge for the respectable survival in the world. While addressing an orientation ceremony of the newly admitted students of B Com (Hons), M Com (3.5 and 1.5 Years Programme) and MPhil at the varsity’s Hailey College of Commerce (HCC) on Monday, he said the Muslims were facing problems because they had almost no share in the creation of new knowledge. Principal HCC Prof Dr Hassan Mobeen Alam, Registrar, faculty members and newly admitted students and their parents were present.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-280819-Students-urged-to-create-new-knowledge




Building on primary education

A recent report by Alif Ailaan - an education communications campaign platform - confirms what many conscious Pakistanis already dread: the education conundrum is starker than it meets the eye. 
Over 25 million boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16 do not go to school in Pakistan, the aptly-titled report 25 Million Broken Promises estimates from publicly-available data. That implies nearly half of the kids who should be in school are not there. That is, every second child is out of school: how very shocking! More girls are out of school than boys, with a ratio of 1.2.

Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/br-research/44:miscellaneous/4863:building-on-primary-education/



Children, their parents and teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are proud of first Pakistani girl and the world’s youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her prestigious award. They identify themselves with the strong-willed brave daughter of Pakistan who raised her voice for girls’ education in the turbulent Swat valley and earned worldwide fame. Eminent educationist and Director Program and Country Coordinator of Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan, Baela Raza Jamil shared her experience of interacting with the school-going children of the province during a recent visit to Nowshera District’s village Ziarat Kaka Sahib.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=255287


Poor Condition of School

FG High School no. 4 G7-2 is suffering with Poor Condition. Due to lack of proper maintenance school has been turned into Jungle. The school has no privacy since boundary walls are broken, random people from adjacent areas eat their meals within school premises. Broken walls also fail to keep wild animals entering school building.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-10-28/page-3

ICT school committee has new office-bearers

The School Management Committee overseeing Islamabad Capital Territory’s educational institutions working under the Federal Directorate of Education has elected office-bearers for two years (2004-06). The elections took place at the Islamabad College for Girls, F-6/2 and the students’ parents and teachers participated in them. Under the rules, the committee president’s office was to go to a parent, general secretary’s to a senior teacher, finance secretary’s to a parent, and those of executive members to three parents and two teachers.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-280848-ICT-school-committee-has-new-office-bearers


AIOU starts mailing books to its students

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has started its ‘mailing of books’ for the Semester Autumn, 2014 to all the enrolled students from the Matric to postgraduate level. At first phase, books and study materials of the CT program have been sent by post to the first group comprising of 15, 918 students, at their given addresses. The mailing of books process for the Matric program started today (Monday October 27) and 40-thousands students enrolled in the first group would receive their books in a couple of days.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/28-Oct-2014/aiou-starts-mailing-books-to-its-students



Skill-based education must for development

Minister of state of education and professional training Muhammad Baligh ur rehman on Monday emphasized that skill-based education was must for the development of the country.

Complete Story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201410/28/national2.php


Advisory body on education meets

The fourth Advisory Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met here on Monday to review the performance of technical and vocational institutions working under the Ministry of Education and Professional Training. Chairman of the Committee and Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Eng. Muhammad Balighur Rehman chaired the meeting. He highlighted the need for skilled based education and related the skilled youth with the future of the country. The committee was given presentation on science, technical and vocational education and skill development.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-280849-Advisory-body-on-education-meets


OPF Girls College has new student council

The OPF Girls College, Islamabad, held its 23rd oathtaking ceremony. On the occasion, Habib-ur-Rehman, managing director of the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, was the chief guest along with Israr Khan Jamali, DMD of OPF, Noor Zaman, DG Human Resource, Mumtaz Ali Bhatti, DG, Shahzad Iqbal, DG Education Division, and Najeeb Khilji, DG Welfare and Services Division. After the recitation of Holy Quran, the programme was formally started with the college anthem which embodies the aim, objectives and faith OPF College. College anthem was followed by the principal’s speech, over 28 years professionals as perfectionists.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-280854-OPF-Girls-College-has-new-student-council

Three IIU staff members facing action

Three members of the International Islamic University, Islamabad, are in trouble over an Israeli stall at a mock United Nations debating contest on campus. The university students put up the stall with flags and pictures of the prime minister of Israel, which Pakistan doesn’t recognise as a legitimate state and has no diplomatic ties with, at the ‘Women Model UN’.The act caused outrage in the country, especially the capital city, prompting suspension of dean of the faculty of management sciences (female campus) Dr Bashir Khan, student affairs adviser Tasneem Fatima and female lecturer Afshan.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-280841-Three-IIU-staff-members-facing-action


No mechanism for detecting plagiarism in Pakistan

Zia Batool was working at the Higher Education Commission (HE C) for over a decade in the capacity of Quality Assurance director general and was overseeing plagiarism cases throughout the country. But today she is struggling to gain her job back. Ms Batool was working at the HEC on contract basis since 2003. Last year Islamabad High Court (IHC) had ordered for regularization of service but the order is yet to be implemented. These days she spends her time in courts for the execution of an order regarding her regularization. At the HEC she was monitoring plagiarism cases from University of Karachi, Islamic International University, University of Sindh and Islamia University Bahwalpur among others.

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158 Scholarships

New Zeland’s delegation met with Chairman Higher Education Commission and VC of different Universities. 158 scholarships will be awarded to Students for Studing in New Zeland.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-10-28/page-3




Protest against School Closure

Main Primary School village Bakhsh Ali Tingri Tando Muhammad Khan, District Hyderabad is closed since two months. The villagers Mr. Irfan Ali, Mr. Ghulam Mustafa and others protested and demanded for opening of the School immediately. They added that more than 70 students are deprived of basic right of education. They demanded from Senior Education Minister Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take action against the issue.

Complete Story: http://www.sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130203006&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20141028



Rally against former Head Mistress

The residents of village Pir Goth, District Kharipur Mirs erupted against former Head Mistress Ms. Shahida Abbasi against her corruption in the school funds. The residents Mr. Abdul Kareem Ansari, Mr. Khuda Bux Memon and others told that she took away school funds and left school in lame position, they added that she was given illegal DDO Powers. They demanded to take action against her.

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Primary school turned to be landlord’s otaq

Primary School village Jakhro Sario, K.N Shah, District Dadu is used as landlord’s otaq; students are worried for their education. The villagers protested against landlord’s attitude of using school as his otaq. They demanded from Sindh Government to take action against the responsible persons and restore school to save education.

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E.D.O visits Schools

E.D.O Mr. Liaquat Dahar visited Primary School Village Latif Abad Mugheri, Gerelo District Larkana including 10 other schools of U.C Gerelo and issued Show Cause Notices to the Ghost Teachers. During his visit of different schools, teachers and other employees seemed worried.

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(Daily Khabroon Page No. 4)


Mid Term Examination suspended due to Teachers’ strike

Secretary Education Mr. Fazal Ul Allah Pechuho has declared that due to teachers’ strikes Mid Terms Examinations running in more than 150 Schools of Hyderabad have been suspended and thousands of students are worried. Teachers’ strike against Management Cadre System is illegal and their attitude of suspending schools and education is inhumane, Whereas teachers declared that Management Cadre System is totally illegal and against Teachers.

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Primary Teachers Association and others endorsed the GSTA protests.

All education unions and associations endorsed the GSTA strike against the Management Cadre introduced by the secretary education Sindh.  GSTA has announced provincial level strike and will keep the schools closed. This movement against secretary education will be effective till 29th October.

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Construction of road across the high school in Daur district Nawabshah

Students of the government higher secondary school taluka Daur protested against the owners of the residence colony who intend to make road within the school area which interrupt the education. Leading the protest Syed Muhammad Shah head of citizen action committee along with, Ayaz Jamali (Shaheed Bhutto), Saleem Arain (STP) demanded to stop the colony road construction within the school area.

Complete Story: http://epaper.pknewspapers.com/the-kawish.html

(News is missing on soft copy)






Principal absent from college, education destroyed, Protests

Girls College Sajawal, District Thatto is running without Principal. Parents and students protested and declared before media that Principal Ms. Sakeena Abbasi attends college once in a month and does not pay attention on the education and students. Parents added that Girls are worried because of corrupt Principal; they demanded for her transfer.

Complete Story:  (Daily Khabroon Page No. 4)


Protest for restoration of Education at Technical College

The students and other residents of Golarchi, District Badin organized protest for the restoration of Education at Technical College Golarchi. They told media that College Building construction work is complete, in spite of that process of education is not started in the college which is great blunder with the students. They appealed Senior Education Minister Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to take notice of the issue on priority basis and resolve it.

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University of Sindh holds free hepatitis camp

The department of Physiology, University of Sindh, organized a free medical camp at Under Graduate Girls Hostel to test blood of female students and general public for hepatitis B and C. During the two-day camp blood samples of 600 girls and female students were collected which included 400 female students and 200 women of the vicinity of Jamshoro district. According to the report issued by Prof. Jaindo Shaikh, the coordinator of medical campus, the blood samples were examined through chip testing and confirmed by Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay method in the department’s cell and tissue culture /molecular biology laboratory.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/28-Oct-2014/university-of-sindh-holdsfree-hepatitis-camp


KMC teachers to be promoted on seniority basis

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator claimed on Monday that the organisation would protect the rights of the teachers and promote them on the basis of seniority. Rauf Akhtar Farooqui while addressing a meeting of the teachers of KMC schools, held at the Civic Centre, said with the abolition of impromptu hiring every employee would be promoted on the basis of merit only. A list of senior employees had also been prepared by the institution, he added. “The teachers must now focus on imparting quality education to children as the administration will solve their problems,” Farooqui said.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-280786-KMC-teachers-to-be-promoted-on-seniority-basis


US CG, chief secy discuss education

The US consul general called on the Sindh chief secretary and discussed the ongoing activities in the education and health sectors of the province, specifically the remote areas. The discussion on bilateral affairs was held at the office of Sajjad Saleem Hotiana where Brian Heath gave him a courtesy call on Monday. The Sindh chief secretary said the Sindh government was keenly administering the law order situation in the province and police and Rangers were jointly monitoring the situation in the larger interest of Sindh.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-280792-US-CG-chief-secy-discuss-education




Letter to Editor By Shaukat Ali

The plight of Pakistan on the whole is apathetic, but some of its areas no matter how important they are, are failed to materialize their importance, despite the richness and resources, agricultural, intellectual and particularly human resource, these areas could not make their way ahead unlike the other areas of Pakistan even.

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Textbook tinkering

HE contents of Pakistani textbooks have come under particular scrutiny, especially after the events of 9/11. As many scholars and analysts have noted, there is considerable material in our schoolbooks that promotes obscurantism, while the fudging of historical facts has left generations of Pakistanis confused and ill-informed about the past and its impact on the present. And most efforts at reform have met with stiff resistance from certain quarters that prefer their own hard-line ideas. In the latest case, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education department has decided to remove content from a grade 10 Pashto book that discusses the problems confronting society. The demand for removal of the chapter came from the Jamaat-i-Islami, the PTI`s junior partner in the KP coalition government; reportedly the Jamaat put immense pressure on Imran Khan`s party to remove the material, amongst other demands, indicating that it would otherwise withdraw its support. 

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