September 10 2014



Discovering affinity between children and politicians

Our politicians must be groomed in the art of interacting with schoolchildren, as that will surely mitigate the age barrier and gulf separating the two, and through this seemingly informal and innocent interaction politicians will be better equipped to gauge the public’s problems.  These views were expressed by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, chief executive officer of his publishing house Kitab, on Monday. Farooqi, who has authored books for both adults and children, was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Leading through teaching’ at a hotel. The seminar was organised by Kitab in collaboration with Alif Ailaan, a campaign aiming at putting education at the core of the public discourse in Pakistan and universalising it in the country. The aim of the joint campaign is to groom politicians in the art of storytelling and send them to schools to interact with the children. Farooqi said that conventionally teachers in our setup were authoritarian and disciplinarians, but storytellers, he said, had to assume the level and mannerisms of children.

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Pass it on: Khuhro turns to students to help boost literacy rate

I will reward students who pass on basic education to the needy children who cannot go to school themselves, announced education minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro at an International Literacy Day panel discussion at Karachi School of Business and Leadership on Monday. “The students themselves can transform the uneducated into the literate, helping us boost the country’s literacy rate,” he said, sharing the responsibility of achieving the target of 86 per cent literacy by 2015 with the city’s Matriculation, Intermediate and Bachelors students.

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Save Ghulam Mohammad Mahar Medical College, Sukkur, Small Traders of Sukkur warn for protest

Sav Mahar medical college Sukkur, traders of Sukkur warn for protest. Representatives of small trade association Mr Javed Memon, Sharif Dada and Barkat Ali Solangi met with PPP MPA Dr Nasrullah Baluch to share their views. They said, if any action for locking Magar Medical College is taken, they, along with teachers, paramedical staff and citizens of Sukkur would protest and strike to close the city. They said, former chief minister Mr Ali Mohammad Mahar established the medical college to meet to the wishes of citizens, but, unfortunately PPP government instead of improving it, doing conspiracy to lock it. PPP MPA, Dr Naurallah Baluch assured them that college would never be closed. On the other hands, president of teachers association, Dr Rafiq Memon, while talking to the media said conspiracy is being hatched in the name of paramedical staff which should be investigated and those who are involved should be punished according to law.

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Protest continued of the students of Bebi Asifa Dental College for their issues to be resolved   

Students of Bebi Asifa Detal College continued their protest for their issues to be resolved. They staged sit-in in front of the Vice Chancellor office Shaheed Benazir University. They said, management of Shaheed Benazir University has not recognized college since last three years and college is not given any facility. Representatives of the protest said, till now, college does not have separate building. There is no library for it and laboratory lacks equipments.  Even, registration of college is stopped. They demanded immediate solution of their issues.

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Boys Primary School Abdullah Brohi is closed since last two years, near Kakar, district Dadu

Villagers protested in Kakar against the closure of their school. They said, supervisor Mr Ali Khan Naich is getting money from the teachers appointed in the school, and teachers are getting their salaries without seeing the school.  Education of the students of primary boys school Abdullah Brohi is destroyed. They said, supervisor is sole responsible for the destruction of education in area. They urged from the higher authorities to ensure the availability of teachers in school so that the education of our children could be started soon.  

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Due to lack of basic facilities in Government College and High School of Pangrio education of 2000 students is destroying 

28 teachers have been appointed for 2000 students. There is no lecturer for college.  College is running without principal since last 5 years. High School Teacher is running the college. Panrgio town is comprised on 35000 population and poor boys and girls have only these college and school which are also overwhelmed badly. Future of thousands of students is at risk. Education department and elected representatives have turned their eyes towards the problems of these education institutions.

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Primary School Basriyo Wangai, costal belt Jati is closed due the non availability of teacher

Since last 4 years school is locked. 110 children are deprived from their basic right to education. Villagers said, they have complained to higher authorities many times but no one is listening, nor responding. While talking to media villagers demand from the authority to appoint teacher so that our children could exercise their right to education.

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Deputy Commissioner  Qambar Shahdadkot visited School on the complain villagers for its occupation from the influential person in Sajawal Junijo

On complain of villagers, Deputy Commissioner himself visited the spot where primary school was occupied by the people of Mangsi clan.  On the spot, Dodo Khan Mangsi was arrested. Police was ordered to evacuate school within two days to restart the educational activities as soon as possible.

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Education without School Building in village Sadiq Baluch, near Kangri, District Khairpur Mirs

Students recorded their protest for class rooms and other facilities. There are only two class rooms for the children of five villages that’s why children are sitting on the ground and are studying in open sky. Villagers said, teacher has given many applications to its department of related taluka but local administration is not ready to listen. Therefore, we appeal to minister education and chief minister to take notice of it and provide facilities to the school as required.

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16 schools are closed since last 20 years in Taluka Ghambat, district Khairpur Mirs     

 Almost 16 schools of taluka Ghambat are closed since last 20 years. Teachers are happy to draw their salaries without going to schools.  Village Moli Dino Khaskheli, Jhangal Ujan, Haji Faqeer and many others are locked.  Children of these schools are deprived of their basic education. Millions of rupees are invested for the construction of buildings, but all these are used as Otaq and Storage for grains. Million rupees of SMC funds are also corrupted annually by education administration. Report has revealed that 8 boys and 8 girls’ schools of different areas of taluka Ghambat are closed. People of the area urged from the government of Sindh to open these schools to start the education in the area.  

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Children are compelled to study inside the thatched house due to lack of school building in village Vero Maheshwari, near Kariyo Ganhwar, district Badin

More than 80 students are compelled to study inside the thatched house, as, there is no school building in village Vero Maheswari, near Karyo Ganhwar, district Badin. Villagers demanded school building for continuation of education in the village. They also demanded for more teachers, as, there is only one teacher who is teaching 80 students in village.

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Month has passed to start new educational year but still 25 schools of Kachho could not get books

25 schools have not received books yet. Education of above 2500 from different villages is disturbed due to lack of book. Schools running in collaboration with Sindh Education Foundation have not received books; neither teacher has been given salaries since last 8 months. Education of 25 different schools is badly disturbed now days. Villagers and teachers are worried for the education of their children. They demanded from the Sindh Education Foundation to provide books to the schools, along with salaries and renewal of the contracts of the teachers to start the education of 25 villages immediately.

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Political Parties protested for long closure of school in Bathoro, district Khairpur   

School is closed since last 6 years due to ruined school building. Yesterday, different nationalist political parties protested for construction of the school building as it is closed since last 6 years. Education of children is destroying. Villagers and representatives of the political parties said despite of approaching many times for the construction of the school building no one is responding yet. If our demands were not met scope of the protest would be enlarged against the education department of the district. On the other hand, ADC reached to protestors and assured them for the construction of school building. After that protest was ended.

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Rally for promotion of education conducted in Chelhar, district Tharpar Kar

NCHD organized rally for the promotion of education in Chelhar, district Thar.  Rally was led by NCHD’s GM Mr Ashok Sothar, program Managr Mr Imtiaz Rind and representatives from education department.  They said, everyone should be come forward for playing its role for the promotion of education; otherwise it would be very late enable our children to compete with world.    

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School with Out Teacher in village Mia Dad, near Pangrio, district Badin

Villagers protested for teacher in their primary school village Mia Dad Chandio. Villagers said our school has been registered since 1991 and many children from around the village are coming to school but now there is no teacher is this village. They demand from the government of Sindh to immediately appoint teacher at our school so that the education of children could start.

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Rallies in Uamr Kot and Badin were Conducted to Mark the World Literacy Day

Separate rallies were conducted to promote education in the areas.  Rallies were conducted to mark the international day of literacy. Organizers of the rallies said that the education is the need of today so everyone should play their part for the betterment of education. They also focused on parents send their children to school with responsibilities. They further said, education is the only tool to develop to nation and people at large. Rallies were joined by the big number of people from all walks of life.

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Six Schools of taluka Mehar are closed; Children are compelled for grazing and raring cattle

There are many schools of katcha area of taluka Maher are closed. Teachers are not ready to attend their duties of teaching children. Parents protested in front of press club Mehar. They said, ghost teachers have destroyed the education of our children but education department is not reading to respond us.  They demanded from higher authorities to ensure the teachers’ availability in the villages Rawat Chandio, Gambo Chandio, Adam Solangi, Mosa Shar, Sher Shar amd Ado Lakho. 

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Community Development Council Manchhar Lake Organized program for promotion of Education in Sindh  

Community Development Council organized program aiming to promote education in the area. Office bearers of the organization said that steps would be taken to promote education in the district and across the Sindh. He said, currently, above 100 schools are running in districts Jamshoro, Dadu and Nao Shehro Feroz, in collaboration with the support of Sindh Education Foundation in which 10000 children are facilitated to access to education as their basic rights. On this occasion Mr Manzoor Jamali, representatives of CDC gave tribute to renewed educationist Ms Anita Ghulam Ali who promoted education in the rural areas of Sindh. 

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Primary School Rela Metala, district Khairpur School evacuated from the occupiers

Local administration took notice of the occupation of primary school village Rela Metala, district Khairpur. Mr Ali Gul Ghamro, SDO, education took police to evacuate the school building and arrested four persons on spot. When they reached to school they saw the livestock was standing inside the school building and those who had occupied were there who were arrested.  Villagers praised this action DC Mr Munwar Ali Mithyani and demanded to immediately resume the education process.

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Private School was attacked by drug sellers in Kot Ghulam Mohammad, district Meer Pur Khas

Drug sellers threw bricks and stone at private school at Kot Ghulam Mohammad, injured many children in the school. In the mohalla Garibad, school was attacked with stones and bullet firing injured many students. The sudden accident created panic situation among the children and teachers. After this accident happened, citizens came out to protest against the accident and demanded for the immediate arrest of the culprits and those who are involved.

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Primary School of village Kumariyo ujan, near Darab Mehar is non functional since last 7 years, education of 300 students is destroyed

 Villagers protested in front of the press club Mehar Shah against the closure of their school since alst 7 years. They said that the education of 300 children is ruined due to lack of teachers. They demanded from the education and local minister to take notice of it appoint teacher and open the school to start the education of our children otherwise protested will be prolonged. Due to closure of school, our children are compelled are to engaged into other non productive work.

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Education Minister Mr Nisar Khuhro Said there are issues in education sector but are struggling to lessoning these issues

Senior minister education Mr Nisar Khuhro while addressing the program organized by the Sindh Education Foundation to mark the internal literacy day that education ministry is struggling hard to reduce the issues in education department. He also praised the initiatives of Sindh Education Foundation for the promotion of education in Sindh. Program was joined by the big number of the people from ministry of education, NGOs, CSOs and others. Later on, Mr Aziz Kabani, new Managing Director SEF gave tribute to Late MD of SEF and renewed educationist Ms Anita Ghulam Ali for her service for the development of education in Sindh.     

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City govt finally moves to fix drainage problem in two schools, college

Though belatedly, the city district government has agreed to release Rs6.5 million to the education department to fix drainage problem in three educational institutions of the city. During the recent spell, rainwater inundated classrooms and offices of the educational institutions, partially suspending education activities for three days. The affected institutions are Comprehensive High School for Boys Dhoke Kashmirian, Comprehensive School for Girls and Hashmat Ali Islamia College.

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Lofty aims: ‘Government striving to raise literacy rate to 70 per cent’

Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education (L&NFBE) Department Additional Secretary Nadeem Butt said on Tuesday that the department was striving to increase the literacy rate in the Punjab from 62 to 70 per cent in the next four years. He was speaking at a ceremony held on the occasion of Literacy Day. This year’s theme was sustainable development. The day is observed internationally on September 8. Butt said the department had aimed to educate 3.5 million adults in the next four years to increase literacy. He said the department would equip people with basic skills in addition to making them literate. Butt said the department had been educating one million brick kiln workers who had dropped out from school. He said the department was running 8,000 child literacy centres in the Punjab.

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Uniform sale banned in girls colleges

Secretary Higher Education Punjab has banned the sale of uniform in girl colleges of Rawalpindi and ordered to take action against those principles who are still selling uniforms. According to details, in a secret inquiry initiated by Secretary Punjab this information got confirmed that the girls of first and third year in Government Girls College B Block Satellite Town and other colleges were bound to buy uniform from college and asked to pay RS 1200 to 1500 extra in the form of cash and only those girls get voucher of fee who receive slip of uniform.

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Capital’s school teachers’ degrees being verified

The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has formed a committee to verify the degrees of teachers working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) as soon as possible. The process had already started and so far degrees of 33 teachers out of 3,979 had been verified, an official in the ministry told APP. He said that standard of education in federal government schools had considerably improved.

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IHC orders capital admin to get occupied schools vacated

The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday gave the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration a week to have 60 schools of the capital vacated which have been occupied by security personnel since August 13. The court was hearing a petition filed by the city’s traders against the ongoing sit-ins. Justice Athar Minallah directed the administration to get vacated schools occupied by the policemen from Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Fronted Constabulary (FC) personnel in a week. The court also asked the administration to provide the security officials with an alternative place and submit a detailed report on the next date of hearing.

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Delay in reopening of remaining 27 schools perturbs parents, teachers

Parents and teachers have expressed concern over the delay in the opening of remaining 27 government schools after summer vacation. They protested against turning these schools into temporary residence of security personnel called from different regions to control security situation in Islamabad. “These schools would need extensive renovation after law enforcement agencies vacate them as a large number of police officials are staying in classrooms and other facilities created for children,” said one teacher.

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Education First

There is no justification for the  closure of educational institutions in the capital. The government should get the schools and colleges vacated immediately.

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