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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / Education standards in FATA falling
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:47:26 PM »
Education standards in FATA falling
PESHAWAR:November 20:Majority of grade five students in the Fata — whether in private or public schools — cannot read a grade two-level story in either Urdu or Pashto.

The situation, though, has worsened since two years ago.

According to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-Pakistan 2016) published in August 2017, a survey was conducted in nine rural territories of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) which covered 5,390 households in 270 villages. It collected detailed information on 17,674 children (59 per cent boys, 41 per cent girls) between the ages of 3-16 years. Of these, around 14,847 children aged 5-16 years were tested for language and arithmetic competencies.

Further, it focused on 268 government schools (of which 75 per cent were primary, 11 per cent elementary, 13 per cent high, and one per cent madrassas) and 57 private schools (14 per cent primary, 37 per cent elementary, 47 per cent high, two per cent madrassas) were surveyed.

It found that 64 per cent of government schools were for boys only, while a paltry 22 per cent were for girls only, and a mere 14 per cent were coeducation schools. In private schools, 49 per cent were for boys and only nine per cent were for girls only. A whopping 42 per cent were coeducation schools. The report found that around 68 per cent of students of class five could not read a class 2 book in Urdu or Pashto, down from 47 per cent in 2015.

Similarly, 65 per cent of grade five children could not read sentences meant for grade two students, compared to 53 per cent in 2015. The analysis further showed that 89 per cent of grade three children could not read a story in Urdu or Pashto compared to 86 per cent in the previous year.

Moreover, around 92 per cent of grade three students could not read a grade two-level sentence, as compared to 89 per cent in 2015.

Around 65 per cent of grade five children could not complete a two-digit division, as compared to 47 per cent in 2015. On the other hand, 88 per cent of students enrolled in grade three could not complete the two-digit divisions in 2016 as compared to 82 per cent in 2015. Children enrolled in private schools, though, performed better when compared to their public-school counterparts.

Around 40 per cent of grade five students in private schools could read a story in Urdu or Pashto as compared to 29 per cent in government schools.

English learning levels of private school students was better than those in public schools with around 38 per cent of children studying in private schools able to read at least a sentence in grade five, compared to only 34 per cent of government school children. Similarly, in arithmetic, 47 per cent of children enrolled in grade five in private schools were able to complete divisions when compared to only 31 per cent of students enrolled in government schools.

The report showed that boys outperformed girls in literacy and numeracy skills with 42 per cent of boys against 17 per cent of girls who could read at least a sentence in Urdu or Pashto, while 43 per cent of boys could read at least English words, compared 19 per cent of girls who could do the same.
FATA rejects report

Fata Director Education Hashim Khan, though, rejected the report and said that it showed a dissatisfied face of education in the tribal areas.

Talking to The Express Tribune, he said that everyone was aware of the situation in Fata, but despite the adverse situation they had introduced several reforms in education. Moreover, the examination systems of grade five and eighth have been centralised while around 1,067 teachers were hired through the National Testing Service.

The education director said that thousands of students in Bara, Khyber Agency and Waziristan have been out of schools for years, but they are now returning to classrooms after closed schools were reopened.Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2017.
Education News from Sindh / Malala’s book being translated into Urdu
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:46:09 PM »
Malala’s book being translated into Urdu
KARACHI:November 20: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai’s memoir I am Malala is being translated into Urdu, it was announced on Saturday.

The book written about the young activist with the subheading ‘The girl who stood up for education and was shot by Taliban’ has been authored by Christina Lamb, a British journalist, and was launched all over the world as well as Pakistan in 2013.

Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, made the announcement on his official verified account late Saturday evening: “I am so pleased to let you know that Mashal Books will launch “MAYN HON MALALA” by @Malala & @christinalamb, on 22nd November.”

Sharing further details about the launch ceremony, he posted a copy of the official invite which says that the keynote speaker on the occasion would be senior journalist and peace and human rights advocate I. A Rehman whereas physicist Pervez Hoodboy, human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, author Khadim Hussain and Dr M. Hassan would be among the speakers.
The ceremony is scheduled to be held on Nov 22 in Lahore.Published in Dawn,
Need of Reforms in Universities in Sindh’ launched at SindhUniversity
Karachi:20 november:The syndicate also formed a three-member committee to investigate the recent allegations under the Protection of Women Against Harassment at Workplace Act, 2010. Dean of Faculty of the Social Sciences Department Professor Dr Nagina Parveen, SU Registrar Sajid Qayoom Memon and Bureau of Students’ Tutorial, Guidance/Counseling Services and Co-curricular Activities Director Dr Sumera Umrani are members of the committee.
The meeting adopted HEC’s plagiarism policy as well. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in the varsity, which comprises 700 faculty members. Express News.
Karachi University announces online admissions for the first time
KARACHI:20 november: Karachi University (KU) Registrar Dr Munawwar Rasheed announced entry test-based online admissions in the bachelors and masters degree programmes (morning), doctorate of pharmacy (morning and evening programmes), doctorate of physical therapy (morning programme) and the visual studies department for the 2018 session.

For the first time in KU’s history, an online admission system has been introduced. Students can get admission details, online admission forms, prospectus and submission guidelines from till November 24. In the bachelors degree programme, admissions will be given in the departments of applied physics, biotechnology, business administration, chemical engineering, commerce, computer science, economics, education, english, environmental etudies, food science and technology, international relations, mass communication, mathematics, microbiology, public administration, special education and teacher education. In the masters degree programmes, admissions will be given in the departments of business administration, commerce, economics, education, English, environmental studies, mass communication, microbiology, public administration, public policy and teacher education. In the doctor of pharmacy and doctor of physical therapy programmes, 60% or above is mandatory in the Higher School Certificate (Pre-Medical) or equivalent examinations.

KU loses power over unpaid dues
In the visual studies department, admissions will be given in the bachelors of design four-year degree programme, bachelors of fine arts four-year degree programme and bachelor of architecture five-year degree programme.

“We are making every possible effort to facilitate our students,” said KU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Muhamamd Ajmal Khan. He added that the online admission system would save candidates from inconvenience and long queues. “Soon, an online system will also be introduced in the departments and functions of the varsity, which will facilitate students, faculty and administrative staff,” said the VC. Express News.
34 students, teachers injured in dumper-van collision on Northern
KARACHI:20 november:At least 34 students and teachers were injured on Saturday in a tragic accident on Northern Bypass. Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition.

Witnesses and rescue volunteers said that the accident took place when a speedy dumper hit a coaster carrying over 50 students and teachers of a private school, who were en route a farmhouse for a picnic in the Gadap area from their school in Surjani Town.

13 dead in Pindi road accident

“The coaster had turned turtle and was on the roadside when we reached the site,” narrated Muhammad Asif, a volunteer of the Chhipa Welfare Association. “The victims, particularly students, were cryingin pain. They were in a state of shock,” he said.

Later, more volunteers and police officials also joined them and participated in the rescue operation. The victims were initially shifted to a nearby private hospital from where most of the victims were discharged after receiving first aid treatment, however, at least five of them were later moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre as the doctors termed their condition critical.

The critically injured students included Rida, Aliza, Hifza, Afshan and Shama.

Karachi’s only traffic accident data compilation project shuts down

“Most of the students had internal injuries, especially on their faces and abdomen,” said Dr Fahim of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. “We have shifted two of the students into the intensive-care unit.”

The students and teachers injured in the accident belonged to Surjani Town, from where they were going to a farmhouse for a picnic. The injured students were aged between 12 and 16 years.

The school administration said that they made arrangements for the picnic following the end of the students’ examinations.

“There were two more coasters comprising students and teachers, but both the coasters had crossed the area before the accident took place,” said the school administration. “We had no idea about how the accident took place but it seems that the accident occurred when a speedy dumper hit the coaster.”

Six-year-old child dies in road accident

The students and teachers on the three coasters were on their way to Gadap Town from Surjani via Gulshan-e-Maymar and the accident took place near Abbas Kut on Northern Bypass.

An extra contingent of law enforcers reached the scene. The coaster driver managed to escape the scene following the accident. However, the police have arrested the dumper driver and impounded the dumper and coaster.

The arrested driver, Ameer, is a resident of Korangi and was driving a truck loaded with reti bajri.

Son going to hospital to collect father’s body killed in road accident

SHO Ali Akbar said that apparently the dumper, which was coming from the opposite side, hit the coaster which suggested that the dumper driver was responsible for the accident. He said that a few of the students went unconscious following the accident, however, the volunteers rescued them by breaking the coaster windows before shifting them to the hospital.

No case was registered as the officer said that a case would be registered after initial investigations were made and statements of the students, teachers and drivers were recorded.Express News.
Education News from Sindh / Sindh University to implement HEC's sexual harassment policy
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:42:30 PM »
Sindh University to implement HEC's sexual harassment policy
HYDERABAD:20 November:Rattled by the recent allegations of sexual harassment leveled against some of its staff members, Sindh University (SU) has finally adopted the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) guidelines to curb this practice. According to a press release issued on Sunday, a special meeting of SU’s syndicate approved setting up a harassment complaint cell under the commission’s policy guidelines against sexual harassment in institutions of higher learning.
The syndicate authorised SU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat to constitute a 10-member hearing panel for the cell. The commission’s policy has acknowledged the occurrence of harassment in classrooms, offices and research laboratories at the varsity.

Judicial inquiry says condition of SU hostel worse than jail

According to the HEC’s guidelines, the complaint cell is supposed to be headed by a full-time trained professional, designated as a harassment monitoring officer. It has also been advised that the head should preferably be a female, considering the fact that a majority of complaints are reported by female students.

The policy has categorised the acts of asking a female student to visit an office after office hours, to meet outside university premises and sexual jokes or written or spoken references as sexual harassment. Intimidating a student about damaging their reputation, commenting on an individual’s physique, staring, inquiries about a student’s sexual experiences and acts connoting sexuality, among other acts, also amount to harassment.

Two female judges to oversee reforms in Jamshoro university hostels

Last month, the apex court’s human rights cell directed SU to submit details of the harassment complaints received and addressed by the varsity. Simultaneously, an unsigned and apparently unauthentic letter written by three students against as many teachers, accusing the latter of sexual advances, also circulated on social media, putting the institute in the spotlight for such incidents.

In the wake of the harassment controversy, Sindh University Teachers Association President Dr Azhar Ali Shah demanded implementation of the HEC’s policy. He pointed out that the absence of an effective cell is depriving genuine complainants of justice and damaging the reputation of the university and its faculty because of unsubstantiated allegations.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Cheema authors second book
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:41:45 PM »
Cheema authors second book
Islamabad:20 November: After 'Do Tok Batein', intellectual, writer and former IG Police, Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema has authored his second book.
Titled 'Do Tok', the book not only diagnoses the problems being faced by Pakistani nation but also provides their possible solutions. The author, who is currently the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission executive director, has given a well-informed analysis of the civil-military relations and highlighted the responsibilities of political parties.
A former bureaucrat, Zulfiqar Cheema has also given guidelines to the current and future civil servants on duties and suggested ways and means to eliminate corruption and ensure good policing in the country.
Besides, the writer shared with readers the actions against dreaded criminals and possible solutions to the problems of overseas Pakistanis. There are also stories of important non-Muslim personalities, who converted to Islam, and spiritual stories of rewards and punishment in the world.
Zulfiqar Cheema also narrated his journeys to many countries, especially information about them. He highlighted the downfall of agriculture industry and suggested corrective steps to the benefit of farmers and shared with readers some of the letters he'd written to the chief justice of Pakistan and army chief on different issues.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Tai Chi’ training class at PNCA today
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:40:04 PM »
Tai Chi’ training class at PNCA today
Islamabad :20 November:China Cultural Center would organise ’Tai Chi’ Chinese Martial art training class here at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) today (Monday).
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art, practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term Taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves.
Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands, demonstration competitions.
As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tàijíquán are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
Today, tai chi has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of tàijíquán trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Hao, Wu and Sun. All of the former, in turn, trace their historical origins to Chen Village.
In the last twenty years or so, tàijíquán classes that purely emphasise health have become popular in hospitals, clinics, as well as community and senior centers. An official of Chinese Cultural Center told this agency that instructor would train the participants in the Tai Chi training class. She said that the event would be attended by students various educational institutions.The news.
Education News from Sindh / SHC moved against cancellation of NTS entry tests
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:39:24 PM »
SHC moved against cancellation of NTS entry tests
Karachi:20 November:The provincial government’s notification regarding cancellation of entry test results for public sector medical colleges and universities was challenged in Sindh High Court on Saturday.
Petitioners Haziq Khursheed and a non-government organisation, Pasban Foundation, have moved the high court against the recent decision of the Sindh government to cancel all admissions tests conducted by the National Testing Service for medical colleges and universities.
The petitioners submitted that 22,000 candidates appeared for the entry tests which were conducted at five different centres. Of these, a total of 2,100 students cleared the tests. They said after the announcement of results rumours circulated on social media regarding an alleged leak of the NTS paper a day before the test.
These rumours, they said, were the basis for questions raised by candidates over the validity of the NTS and the consequent plea to the SHC against it. The petitioners maintained that the health department, without lawful authority or justification, favoured those who failed the tests by forming a committee to inquire the alleged paper leak, an act that was beyond the department’s scope and jurisdiction.
They argued the notification by the health secretary to cancel the tests was illegal as he had no power to issue such orders. They alleged that the controversy was a scam and the campaign was organised with political backing to render redundant an independent testing process that does not allow political elements to fleece students.
The petitioners said private medical institutes were the beneficiaries in such a situation as students reserved seats in private institutes in case they fail to secure admission in public ones. The court was requested to declare illegal the notification issued by the Sindh health department and to order that the petitioners and others who had passed the test were entitled to admission. The petitioners also sought an injunction against any fresh entry tests for public medical colleges and universities in the year 2017-18. The court was also asked to direct the government to develop a standardised system for admissions to public medical colleges and universities. The news.
Education News in Punjab / Two headmasters, teacher suspended
« Last post by sb on November 20, 2017, 01:37:55 PM »
Two headmasters, teacher suspended 
FAISALABAD:November 20:Faisalabad Education Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Javed Iqbal Chishti has suspended two headmasters and one teacher on charge of poor performance and absence from duty.

A spokesperson for education authority said Javed Iqbal visited Government High School Pindi Sheikh Musa and Government High School Chak No 607-GB Bahlak.

Too young to be true: Three orphaned minors get pre-arrest bail

The suspended headmasters were identified as Zulqarnain Kamran and Abid Hussain. The CEO also suspended Sidra Rana, a teacher of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Dijikot, on charge of remaining absent from duty. Meanwhile, the FIA teams arrested two human traffickers on charge of receiving money from the people.

Key suspect in Lal Shahbaz shrine attack arrested

The police had registered cases against Azam Ismaeel and Nazim Khan over receiving Rs0.32 million from Zafar Hussain and Rs0.4 million from Shakeel for sending them abroad.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2017.
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