October 29, 2014

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Teachers demand review of rationalisation policy,increase in pay

Schoolteachers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have urged the government to pay attention to their problems and to review the rationalisation policy for schools. During an event held to commemorate Salam Teachers Day at a local hotel on Tuesday, teachers asked the PTI-led provincial government to fulfil their demands of increasing their pay with time, and to review the new rationalisation policy. The event was organised by a non-profit organisation, Alif Ailaan Addressing participants of the gathering, All Primary Teachers Association President Malik Khalid said their routine work is being disturbed by education officers who visit schools and interrupt teachers to probe them regarding their teaching methods. He said that on the one hand the government claims that teachers play a pivotal role in making the children’s futures bright, while on the other hand these teachers are deprived of their rights.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/782447/salam-teachers-day-teachers-demand-review-of-rationalisation-policyincrease-in-pay/


Search begins to find site for Cadet College in Chitral

The commandant of the Chitral Scouts has been tasked with searching a suitable place for the establishment of a cadet college in the landlocked district. Several sites, including Kaghlasht, Mori Lasht, Lawi (Drosh), Ayun and Chitral city are being considered to set up the cadet college in the largest district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It may be mentioned that MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin had appealed to the prime minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and corps commander Peshawar to help establish a cadet college in the district. “It would be a giant step and a major breakthrough in providing quality education to the youth in Chitral as they are faced with a stiff competition from students from other districts,” said the MNA when contacted by telephone.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-281087-Search-begins-to-find-site-for-cadet-college-in-Chitral




The educational problems in Nasirabad, Jhal Magsi and Bolan should be noticed.

Wafa Baloch (Vice Chairman of Baloch Students’ Organization) said that Teachedrs’ Union must struggle for the rights of students just like they are protesting for their rights.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2014/Quetta/page2.asp


The protest of teachers is unreasonable

Parents of students said that we spend a hefty proportion of income on education but it does not work. They are against the protest of teachers.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102497889&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20141029


The employees of Elementary Teacher’ Training Project did not get salaries.

The 63 employees of Capacity Building of Elementary Teachers’ Training Project said that government of Balochistan approved the vacancies in this budget but now after this approval they are unable to get salaries from last 16 months.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102497745&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20141029


Corruption is taking place in University of Balochistan by a Lobby.

The representative of Quetta Baloch Students Front said that the corrupt administrative staff made a lobby in university. Recently they prepared a list of students for laptops but that list consists of names of their relatives and friends.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2014/Quetta/page2.asp




The oldest school of Islamabad is the victim of lack of attention by government.

The oldest School in IMCG G-7/1 is full of shrubs and looks like a forest. Building condition is not satisfactory and need attention of CDA.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-10-29&edition=ISL&id=1361024_99236237


Education needs more attention

Despite provincial governments’ claims about focusing wholehearted attention to education sector, a lot more needs to be done on ground. The issue of school management council (SMC) funds requires especial attention since only 54 percent of the government primary schools surveyed in district Bahawalpur reported to have received SMC grants during the FY 2013-14, according to a report of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aghai (ITA), a nongovernmental organisation. Zehra Arshad, national coordinator PCE, said that the report will serve as input for the enhanced accountability of the school management by local representatives and will help improve the school functioning. The report aims to inform the community, parents and governmental officials in particular about the availability and utilisation of funds at government primary schools.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2014-10-29/page-14/detail-1


Special Persons are given free education, transport, scholarships and quota in jobs.

Pervaiz Ilahi said that 119 schools has been established for special persons. He said that the facilities like free education, transport, scholarships and quota in jobs are first time given to special persons.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102499202&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20141029


We have more facilities than inn private schools.

Students of Islamabad Model College for Girls G-7/1 reported that we have enough resources that are even not in private schools.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-10-29&edition=ISL&id=1361025_15956686


Malala won World Children Prize.

The Nobel Prize holder (activist for girls’ education) Malala won another prize that is World Children Prize.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102499091&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20141029


NBF plan to publish upgraded textbooks

National Book Foundation acted upon a comprehensive program of publishing textbooks for the students of prep-class to 12th class by up-gradation and improvement in quality up to the international standard, says a press release. It is stated that five brain storming workshops of professionals and well versed authors of textbooks were held in the Head Office of NBF Islamabad in the last two months for review, re-development and suggestions incorporation with respect to international standards. The experts reviewed and revised these textbooks to redesign and to make ready as press worthy. This important exercise has been made in the light of feed-back mechanism of educational experts, teachers and academia. The recommendations of high calibre book developers and textbooks experts were incorporated in order to improve the textbooks for future purpose.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-281184-NBF-plan-to-publish-upgraded-textbooks


Black Day observed at CDA Model School

In order to express solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir, the students of CDA Model School observed October 27 as ‘Black Day’, says a press release. The students highlighted the Kashmir issue and the stubbornness of Indians through poem, speeches and songs. Different aspects of Kashmir were unveiled through quiz among the students Kashmir culture was presented by wearing the Kashmir dresses. CDA Model School Principal Tehseen Farah appreciated the efforts of students, Prayed for the freedom of Indian occupied Kashmir and also distributed prizes among the winners of quiz.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-281187-Black-Day-observed-at-CDA-Model-School


The use of resources will be increased to raise the Educational performance.

The Principal of Islamabad Model College for Girls G-7/1 said that the resources are being utilized here, we need class 4 employees in school. Next year students will be provided free uniform.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-10-29&edition=ISL&id=1361026_40110062


Wild varsity spending: Auditors find irregularities at HEC, two varsities

The audit report of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for 2013-14 has found massive irregularities in salary payments and the award of projects to universities. The audit also questioned why the HEC illegally paid Rs1 million to Islamabad Club in 2010 for the membership of then-chairman Javed Laghari. According to the report, recently presented before Parliament, the HEC incurred expenditure of Rs426 million under National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) during 2012-13. The audit observed that the HEC did not make a policy to award projects under the NRPU. The commission also did not have a policy about delays in the projects and funding utilization.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/782491/wild-varsity-spending-auditors-find-irregularities-at-hec-two-varsities/


QAU gets fisheries, aquaculture research station

An inauguration ceremony of ‘Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Station’ was held here at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Tuesday. The research station was established with the support of Higher Education Commission (HEC). The main objective of the research station is to upgrade the existing research facilities of the department of animal sciences and equip the fisheries students with new trends and techniques of aquaculture. The facility is well designed, consisting of open field earthen ponds and concrete tanks, raceways and indoor facility comprising fiber tanks and glass aquaria. Thus students have an opportunity to conduct their research in controlled, semi-controlled and natural conditions. Dr Amina Zubieri, assistant professor, department of animal sciences QAU, briefed the guests about the project.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2014-10-29/page-14/detail-9


AIOU starts mailing books to students across the country

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has started mailing books for the 2014 Autumn Semester to all enrolled students from Matric to postgraduate level. In the first phase books and study material of CT program has been sent by post to the first group comprising on 15,918 students at their given addresses. The first phase mailing of books process of all 40,000 enrolled students of Matric program will be completed in couple of days. On the occasion the Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui visited all sections of mailing department and enquired about problems and sought suggestions to further improve the mailing process to complete it in the stipulated time.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-281179-AIOU-starts-mailing-books-to-students-across-the-country


Delegation of Massey University visits PMAS-AAUR

A delegation from Massey University, New Zealand visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Tuesday, with an aim to introduce higher education & research system of the New Zealand in Pakistan educational institutes to identify and establish long term collaborations and bilateral relations. The delegation comprising Professor Dr. Richard Archer & Mr. Michael O’Shaughnessy met with the PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad and discussed the possibilities of collaboration in academics, research, training etc. between the both institutes.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-281181-Delegation-of-Massey-University-visits-PMAS-AAUR


HEC cautions varsities against controversial activities

Following controversy around the Israel staff set up at an MUN event at IIUI, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday wrote to the heads of all public sector and private universities, asking them to `remain very vigilant and forestall any activity that in any manner challenge(s) the ideology and principles of Pakistan, and/or perspective of the government of Pakistan` The letter, a copy of which is available with Dawn, says: `Regretfully, it has been observed that a few activities that are directly or indirectly hosted or sponsored by universities include discussions, or presentations contrary to the ideology and principles of Pakistan. Perhaps due (to) the fact that program detailed are not reviewed and approved discretely by the universities. Such instances not only tarnish the image of an institution but fortify negativism and chaos.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_10_2014_004_003



Girls school, epitome of education system

The Govt Primary Girls School of Chak 14/1-R is functioning without a boundary wall, water, electricity, furniture, washrooms and a sufficient building while there is only one teacher in the school for 115 girls. A group of elders of the village, led by Muhammad Amin Baloch, say the village has a population of 2,000 people but the school building, completed in 1995, comprises only two rooms and a veranda. With the passage of time, the school faced the negligence of the department and the some influential persons of the village took possession of a part of the school premises and it became a cattle den. After the hectic efforts, they say, the school premises were vacated in 2013 when the villagers protested in front of the court of the district and sessions judge.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_10_2014_178_005


Education for all: Way forward after passage of free education bill

The lawmakers have opted to make free and compulsory education a basic right for children between the ages of five and 16. In the wake of the bill’s passage, there is a strong agreement among stakeholders about the benefits of the law. However, certain reservations persist. The Express Tribune explores these in detail. The bill, introduced in 2010 with the inclusion of Article 25-A that made free and compulsory education a right for all children, had long been under discussion at the provincial level. In 2012, a commission was established to formulate a legislative framework to implement the provisions of the article. It took almost two years to pass the law.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/782696/education-for-all-way-forward-after-passage-of-free-education-bill/


2,237 vocational teachers to be trained

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) chairperson Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said on Tuesday that the authority would train over 2,000 of its teachers during the year. He was speaking to the staff of the Government Staff Training College in Gulberg. Sheikh said the Tevta would train 2,237 male and women teachers in the year. He said the initiative was taken following a policy directive by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding honing teachers’ skills.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/782671/capacity-building-2237-vocational-teachers-to-be-trained/




Sargodha University faculty, workers stage protest

Faculty members and employees of the University of Sargodha (UoS) staged a protest demonstration on Tuesday over the stoppage of university funds. The governor, who is the chancellor of the university, had earlier returned the proposed Rs3.5 billion budget for the year 2014-15 for not having been approved by the university’s syndicate. The protesting employees later gathered at the MBA Hall. Addressing them, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences dean Ghulam Yaseen said that the government should release the funds as soon as possible. “The payment of salaries to the university’s 2,500 employees and research work has been halted after the rejection of the budget,” he said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/782697/sargodha-university-faculty-workers-stage-protest/


Kiwi delegation visits arid varsity

A delegation from New Zealand’s Massey University visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on Tuesday with an aim to identify and establish long term collaboration between the two varsities. The delegation comprising Dr Richard Archer and Michael O’Shaughnessy met PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad and discussed the possibilities of collaboration in academics, research and training. Ahmad briefed the delegation about the varsity’s educational, research and extension programmes, future plans, and role in the development of agriculture sector in Pakistan. He said that the university was engaged with the farmers to develop better agriculture skills.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/782486/academic-visit-kiwi-delegation-visits-arid-varsity/



Punjab University Registrar Prof Dr Liaqat Ali has said that under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Punjab University has not increased tuition fee in the last 7 years and was charging lowest fee as compared to all other public and private sector universities. He said that in terms of utility charges, PU was not shifting burden to the pocket of poor students and providing subsidies and scholarships worth millions of rupees.  He was addressing a press conference at committee room of Undergraduate Study Centre flanked by Chairman Hall Council Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Shahid Munir, Director Students Affairs Shahid Gul, Incharge ICS Dr Noshina Saleem, Additional Registrar 1 Dr Kamran Abid, Acting Treasurer Rao Muhammad Sharif, Resident Officer I Dr Sajid Rashid Ahmad and Additional Registrar II Malik Muhammad Zaheer. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=255406





NPT training workshop for teachers

NPT Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad said that all the advanced nations of the world progressed through education which brought revolution in them. Dr Ahmad expressed these views at the Aiwan-e-Karkunan-i-Tahreek-i-Pakistan during a one-day ideological training workshop for teachers.  He said that the teachers can bring about a revolution in society by effecting a positive and constructive change in the hearts and minds of students. The youth must be acquainted with the Two-Nation Theory, the aims and objectives, of the establishment of Pakistan and the life and services of the heroes of the Independence Movement. He said that the nature had bestowed this nation with countless treasures.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-10-29/page-14/detail-8


Pak, NZ varsities set up research, training ties

A delegation from Massey University New Zealand visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Tuesday with an aim to introduce higher education and research system of the New Zealand in Pakistani educational institutes to identify and establish long-term collaborations and bilateral relations. The delegation comprising Prof Dr Richard Archer and Michael O’Shaughnessy called on PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad and discussed the possibilities of collaboration in academics, research and training between the both institutes. On the occasion, Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad gave a detailed presentation on the educational, research and extension programmes of the university as well as about its future plans and role in the development of agriculture sector.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2014-10-29/page-13/detail-3


Progress made on quality education: Mashhood

A consultative meeting with educational caucus of assembly members and educationists to review disparities in realities and general impression reported in recent survey on education sector reforms roadmap in Punjab was held on Tuesday. According to a handout, the meeting chaired by Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood expressed its satisfaction that, according a survey conducted by Institute of Public Opinion Research (IPOR), 72 per cent people have opined that as a result of reforms by the Punjab government, service delivery had improved in education sector. The survey has also claimed that maximum improvement has been witnessed in Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi divisions, however, some non-functional government schools have been identified in Lodhran and Muzaffargarh districts.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-281133-Progress-made-on-quality-education-Mashhood


Students encouraged for good academic performance

Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony at Sir Syed College Campus, Wah Cantt, POF Chief Lt-Gen Mohammad Ahsan Mahmood said that Sir Syed Education Society of Wah Cantt, which was established 45 years ago, is a real success story and the educational institutions working under it have been providing affordable quality education to students in Wah Cantt and surrounding areas. He congratulated award winning students and said awards were a reflection of their efforts. Ubaidullah Arshad of Sir Syed College Campus-H got overall first position whereas Hammad Farooq got second position and Amna Azam of POF Model High School got third position.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_10_2014_153_005


The notification for ban on transfer of teaching and nonteaching staff

This ban will be abolished in June next year.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102498139&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20141029


The decision to activate the government teachers’ welfare foundation in July 2015

To activate the government teachers’ welfare foundation, the suggestions from teachers have been requested.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102498130&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20141029


The Officers in Education Department are dispossessed of up gradation.

They demanded for the up gradation. All staff except administrative officers has been upgraded.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/10-29-2014/pindi/pic.asp?picname=10_25.gif


Abrar Ahmed Khan denied to accept the implementation of new ordinance on educational institutes.

The president of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association Rawalpindi, Abrar Ahmed Khan said that we’ll not accept this new ordinance. The private schools should be exempted from tax then we’ll provide free education to 10 percent students.

Complete Story: http://nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-10-29/page-2


Boys Degree College Pindi is still performing poor.

Parents appealed to get notice of bad intermediate part one result that was just 7 percent.

Complete Story: http://nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-10-29/page-4


 It has been decided to complete the process of laptop provision to students.

Maryam Nawaz said that students of all provinces, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir will get laptops. The function of laptop provision will be held at Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102499254&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20141029




School roof cracked pieces left 4 students injured

Four students got injured due to falling of cracked pieces of roof of Primary School village chuto Halepoto near District Badin. Parents and other villagers have demanded from higher authorities to take notice of the building.

Complete Story: http://www.thekawish.com/beta/epaper-details.php?details=2014/Oct/29-10-2014/Page10/P10-24.jpg

(Daily Khabroon Page No 4)


Protest against School Closure

The residents of village Syed Bagai, Taluka Qazi Ahmed, District Shaheed Benazirabad protested against school closure. They told media that Primary School of their village is closed since many years; the future of students’ seems dark. They said they have informed higher authorities many times but nothing has happened. They demanded to open school on priority basis.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2014-10-29/news/page2/1%20(24).htm





A villager closed school on not getting Job

The plot owner of the school Mr. Pandhi Khan Labano resident of village Sewo Labano, near Bangul Dero, Taluka Ratodero District Larkana has locked the gates of school on not getting job in school. He said that he has surrendered plot for school building and yet he is not offered job in it according to government policy. He demanded from higher authorities to take notice and issue him job order.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2014-10-29/news/page3/1%20(50).htm



Protest for Female Teachers and furniture in the school

The residents of village Faqeer Pur near Madeji, District Larkana protested along with girl students for the female teachers and furniture in the school. On the occasion Mr. Muhammad Brohi, Mr. Niaz Brohi and others told that since the inception of school there is lack of basic facility of furniture and teachers.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2014-10-29/news/page3/1%20(51).htm


Primary School closed since 14 years

Primary school of village Jhagri near Nagarparker, district Thur Parker is closed since 14 years and no one takes notice of it. The villagers told that they have informed higher authorities many time but nothing has happened. They added that more than 200 students are deprived of getting education and they are roaming here and there.

Complete Story: http://www.thekawish.com/beta/epaper-details.php?details=2014/Oct/29-10-2014/Page10/P10-26.jpg


600 Schools closed since 7 years

District Dadu: more than 600 schools are closed since 7 years and they are running in the records. The SMC funds are taken away; the schools have become Ottaq of landlords and their cattle forms. Education is destroyed completely and no one pays attention.

Complete Story: http://www.awamiawaz.com/epaper/fullsize/Page-08.jpg


Villagers protest against school closure

The residents of village Bakhsh Ali Katpar, Taluka Rohri, District Sukkur protested against school closure. They declared that school is closed since 5 years. They have informed higher authorities many times but nothing has happened.

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Illegal appointments and promotions, 648 employees suspended

Secretary Education Mr. Fazal Ul Allah has issued letters to the DDO Office and SDO Office of District Dadu on the illegal appointment and promotions in education and Literacy department. He demanded the record of the employees from 2004 to 2014 and he issued suspend letters to 648 previous illegally appointed employees.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2014-10-29/news/page8/1%20(56).htm





Copy culture is death blow to Education, says Khalid Shah

The Chairman All Private Schools Management Association Sindh Mr. Khalid Shah has declared that copy culture in Sindh has affected Education from the ground level and it is just because of parents and other political parties who have involvement in Examination Centers. He added, government is not serious in Education matters and parents are not paying their attention on their children. He appealed Parents, Teachers, Political parties, schools management and media to play a better role to root out copy culture.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2014-10-29/news/page2/1%20(3).htm


200 rupees deduction in girls’ scholarship

The management of girls school Bhit Shah, District Matiyari deducts 200 rupees from the scholarship money for the girls. Most of the girls deprived of scholarships. Girls have demanded from the higher authorities to take notice of the issue and resolve it.

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Reformative measures in KMC schools start showing results

The implementation of reformative measures taken by City Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui to bring improvement in the academic conditions of KMC schools has started showing results. The Administrator has given the challenging task to his Advisor Brig (r) AS Nasir, who is known for his disciplinary strictness Brig Nasir, for the first time in the KMC’s history, convened a meeting of Head Mistresses and Head Masters of KMC Schools with the sole objective to have close inter-action with them in order to achieve the cherished objective of bringing KMC schools into disciplinary circle and improve their, otherwise battered, academic environment.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/29-Oct-2014/reformative-measures-in-kmc-schools-start-showing-results


KU receives 10,000 laptops from PM

 The administration of Karachi University (KU) has received 10,000 laptops from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that will be distributed after Ashura. This is for the first time that laptops would be distributed among the students of KU by the PM. The distribution ceremony would be held after Ashura at Karachi University whereas Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz workers from the Federal are likely to attend the ceremony. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in KU while the administration is confused over the merit of distribution. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/29-Oct-2014/ku-receives-10-000-laptops-from-pm


Breaking spell at 10th Dawn in Education Spelling Bee

They were given 40 seconds on the clock to spell one word. A contestant in the initial20 seconds of those 40 could ask the pronouncer many times to repeat, define or use the word in a sentence to be able to decipher it better and he or she could also discuss it with team members before spelling it out. But pindrop silence was expected once they started spelling. These were the ground rules being followed at the 10th Dawn in Education Spelling Bee regional competition held in the Arts Council of Karachi auditorium on Tuesday. From the several teams in each age category emerged the winners but wait, it wasn`t that simple. For first the top teams were selected. There were elimination rounds in case of there being more than three. And the power of three combined to find the individual winners among them.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_10_2014_118_006



Free but quality education

The Punjab Assembly has passed the Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2014. It provides for  education, formal and vocational, to be free of cost from grade one to 10. Local authorities will be established with special funding facilities to promote education and through conditional cash transfer programmes, parents will be obliged to send their children to school.  The Bill, according to the Minister for Education Punjab, Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, will revolutionise the education sector. No one could possibly oppose this, but there’s many a slip between the cup and the lip. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/editorial/29-Oct-2014/free-but-quality-education


The education emergency By Rafia Zakaria

TWENTY-FIVE million Pakistani children of school going age are not currently enrolled in any educational institution. This number was released in a report developed by Alif Ailaan, an alliance that proposes to address Pakistan`s education emergency. It signifies, in numerical terms, just how little the country, its policymakers, its government officials and its people care about the task of educating the young or believe in the power of learning to deliver Pakistan from its current quagmire of ignorance.  The details of the report provide the nuts and bolts that have nailed down the coffin of education in the country. Of the 25 million deprived of learning, an unsurprising half consists of little girls, all of whom face disparities in access to learning that they are provided in their pursuit of education. If they are female and poor, there is even less hope for them.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=29_10_2014_008_004