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APTA president passed away due to prolonged illness
PESHAWAR:19 June: The founder of All Primary School Teachers Association (APTA) and its provincial president passed away on Wednesday due to prolonged illness.

Malak Khalid Khan had served as a primary school teacher for 20 years and raised a voice for teacher’s rights under every government.

In 2007, Khalid had formed the APTA. Under the banner of this organization, thousands of teachers raised their voice for rights in both, the previous Awami National Party (ANP) government and the current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

APTA Acting President Azizullah Khan told The Express Tribune that due to the 48-year-old’s prolonged illness, he died today (Wednesday) and his funeral prayers were held at his native village in Charsadda.Published in The Express Tribune,
Taleem Foundation enrolled around 1,410 Out of School Children
ISLAMABAD:19 June: Level of education is declining in Tarnol and Nilore areas of Islamabad particularly among girls of marginalised communities. There is a dire need for the use of innovative ideas to get these girls back to school. One such initiative is Girls’ Right to Education Programme (GREP).

Taleem Foundation (TF) Chairman Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir has said the organisation had enrolled around 1,410 Out of School Children (OOSCs) in Nilore and Tarnol sectors in order to impart quality education to the younger generation at a primary level.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The project targets marginalised communities where girls’ access to quality education at a primary level is deteriorating, as well as communities that have a high rate of illiteracy among adults, particularly among women. The foundation has been working in Islamabad as a non-governmental organisation for the last 29 years in the education sector with innovative ideas for less developed areas.

Private school chain ‘withdraws’ 1,200 children

The prime objectives of the GREP, he said, were to increase the enrolment of female students at a primary level through the creation of a supportive family and community environment. The aim is to do this by building teacher capacities, provide a comfortable learning environment to help female students improve their comprehension and retention abilities, as well as come up with innovative technologies to facilitate the process.

The chairman informed the survey had covered only 46 villages and 49 schools located in these two education sectors.Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2018.
Education News from Sindh / AIOU will hold a National Graduate Conference soon
« Last post by sb on June 19, 2018, 03:00:45 PM »
AIOU will hold a National Graduate Conference soon
Islamabad:19 June: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold a National Graduate Conference soon to provide a platform to young researchers to promote their research-based work that helps the society to solve socio-economic issues.

This is the part of the University’s regular activities to promote creativity and innovations in the academic pursuits, said a press release issued here.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui has decided that the conference will be a regular feature to promote research culture in the country.

The graduate forum provides an opportunity for the graduate students (Masters and above) to share their research work that has already been finalized or is in process.

The participation in the conference will be open for the students other than the AIOU.

It is the second such event that will enable the graduates to develop their research works into publishable literature.

The university will offer a space for inter-disciplinary interaction for developing cross-disciplinary research proposals and to bring innovation in research at graduate level.

The event is being organised by the varsity’s Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC).The news.
Teaching, non-teaching staff holding placards and demanded their salaries
Karachi:19 June:Teachers and non-teaching staffers with their families held a protest demonstration on the first day of religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr over the non-payment of their salaries since their appointment in 2012

The demonstration was staged in front of Karachi Press Club on Saturday against the School Education Department, Sindh. The protesting employees chanted slogans against the officials of the education department.

They were holding placards and demanded that their salaries should be issued immediately. The demonstration was led by New Teachers Action Committee Chairman Abu Bakar Abro and Sindh Teachers Association Chairperson Zahair Ahmed Baloch.

On the occasion, NTAC Chairman Abu Bakar Abro maintained that the chief of justice of Pakistan during the last hearing held in the month of Ramazan at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Karachi Registry, had issued orders to the officials of the education department to release the salaries of the unpaid teachers and non-teaching staffers.

Some of the bureaucrats of the education department, however, were creating hurdles in the release of salaries to the unpaid employees, and they were not taking the court’s verdict seriously, said the protesters.

He said that the officials of the provincial education department had been investigating their documentations, appointment process and legal status of their employment, but they could not find out a permanent solution to the dispute while those teachers who had been appointed through merit and were well qualified for employment were also suffering as a result.

He demanded the immediate release of the salaries to the unpaid staffers of the department. In the year 2012, these protesting teachers and non-teaching employees were appointed by then provincial education minister Pir Mazharul Haq. However, the National Accountability Bureau cleared Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq from the charges of having a hand in the fake appointments of teachers on August 17, 2017.
Mosib Hassan Khan BCom student killed in crossfire police and robbers
Karachi:19 June:A man was shot dead in a shootout between police and outlaws near Bux Ali Goth in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Mobina Town Police Station’s Sub Inspector (SI) Mohammad Ayub said that information was received on Saturday that robbers were looting citizens at Sabri Park, but when the police reached the crime scene they had already fled.

However, the robbers were caught red-handed during another attempt on Asma Building Road. An exchange of gunshots took place between the parties, as a result of which a young man in a car was injured. One of the robbers also got injured in the crossfire but managed to escape on a stolen motorbike.

The injured civilian was identified as Mosib Hassan Khan, who was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The deceased was shot in the back of his head. Ayub mentioned that Khan’s mother was in the car with him when the incident occurred. The deceased was a student of BCom and a resident of Metroville-III, Mobina Town.

With regard to the escaped robber, he said that word was received from Civil Hospital Karachi that a person had come in, claiming to have been injured in a mugging incident. A picture of the injured person was shown to the people he allegedly mugged and they confirmed that he was the main accused upon which the police reached the hospital and arrested him.

The sub inspector added that the accused was a habitual criminal as there were many FIRs registered against him at various police stations across the city. Deputy Inspector General Zulfiqar Lariq formed a team under the supervision of District Malir’s senior superintendent of police to establish the facts of the incident as well as to determine who was responsible for killing Khan. An FIR was lodged and further investigations are under way.The news.
first special summer vacation train chugged out of Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI:19 June: The first special summer vacation train of the season chugged out of Rawalpindi Railway Station as the conductor guard waved the green flag at 2:30 pm on Monday carrying mostly families and lots of children to Karachi.

Rawalpindi Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO) Raza Ali Habib said that Pakistan Railways will operate seven summer special trains on June 18, 22, 26 and 30 from Rawalpindi to Karachi at 2:30pm to haul from people from north to beaches in south. These trains will be bringing people from south to the hills in north when they return from Karachi to Rawalpindi on June 20, 24 and 28 at 8:00pm.

Meanwhile, the return journey of Eid Special trains offering subsidised fares has started. Five special trains were announced for Eidul Fitr. Fifth special Eid train will depart from Multan Cantt on June 19 at 7 am via Kot Addu, Dao Khail and Attock city will reach its destination, Rawalpindi on the same night at 10:15 pm.

In order to ensure the safety of passengers and visitors, security arrangements had been enhanced at the Rawalpindi Railway Station ahead of Eidul Fitr, he added.

Pakistan Railways announces free travel for senior citizens over Eid

Raza Habib said, special summer vacation trains would stop at Hyderabad, Rohri, Khanpur, Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Okara, Raiwind, Lahore, Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Gujrat, Lalamusa and Jhelum.

The Summer Vacation Trains will be consisted of A/C business, A/C Standard and Economy classes of coaches.

To a question he said, armed police personnel had been deployed at the railway station to keepsecurity situation in check. He said the security of the railway station had been tightened with police in plain clothes assignedthe task to check security and keep an eye on suspicious persons. The deployment of cops was ensured to frisk the passengers entering the station.

The entire parking area had been covered using 32 high-definition, closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) apart from installing floodlights. Moreover, three booths with imported computerized barriers had also been set up to ensure proper checking and to maintain records of all visitors including the driver, the number plate and the vehicle.

Ground surveillance cameras had also been installed to check vehicles, he added. A special control room had been set up where activities of the visitors are monitored round the clock, he said adding, fool proof security of the passengers at platforms is being ensured through 16 CCTV cameras while walk-through gates had also been installed at the entry points.

To another query, he said luggage, parcels and other items booked for transportation to other cities of the country are also being checked through scanners installed at the station. 
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2018.
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for Media’s support to students AIOU upgrades FM radio network
Islamabad:16 June: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to upgrade its FM’s Radio network for providing media’s support to its 1.3 million students across the country in their academic pursuits.

It has been planned to install new transmitters at eight major cities, Karachi, Lahore, Mirpur (AJK), Peshawar, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Peshawar and Quetta. This task will be completed by end of this year.

This is part of the initiatives taken by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui during the last three and half years for using multi-media’s resources to provide academic support to the students.

Currently, the AIOU’s FM Radio (91.6) transmission is available within the range of 60 kilometer in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.According to the University’s Institute of Educational Technology, on the directives of the Vice Chancellor, the timing of the FM’s radio has been extended and now its transmission goes in air from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Students and teachers are invited to participate in the daily transmission that also carries some entertainment programs.The FM’s programs are accessible to Facebook as well. The students’ feedback to this effect is highly positive and encouraging.

The University has also started broadcasting the FM’s radio program in different regional languages, other than the Urdu. Pakistan television is already presenting the University’s educational programs in various disciplines on regular basis.

Besides, the books and other reading material, the students are also being facilitated through audio/video support to ensure better results in the exams. The University’s Web-TV is also available to facilitate the students. It telecast its program from 9 am. 3 pm. daily. The University is also in process of installing its own educational TV channel.The news.
Education News in Punjab / QAED two days PEELI training of newly recruited Educators
« Last post by sb on June 18, 2018, 02:14:40 PM »
QAED two days PEELI training of newly recruited Educators
Lahore:16 June:According to the notification, “Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), Punjab has planned two days PEELI training of newly recruited Educators-2017, who have received three-day PEELI training during the Induction Training Programme-2017. The said training will be conducted in all districts of Punjab with effect from 22-06-2018 to 23-06-2018 in batches.”

However, the QAED has exempted those educators who had been assigned election duties. “The District QAED head may not call those educators who are involved in election duties and direction of the election commission shall take the highest priority during this PEELI training.”

The QAED has also assigned its district heads to ensure participation in the training. The notification said, “It is proposed that District QAED head concerned may inform the participants and ensure their participation in the subject training as per schedule mentioned above.” The QAED also informed that the training centers would be the same for teachers as assigned during their Induction Training Programme-2017. Only qualified PEELI Master Trainers shall be deputed in training, the QAED further instructed.

Moreover, the QAED had asked all the district education authorities’ (DEAs) chief executive officers (CEOs) to ensure 100% attendance of the trainees.

The aims of the PEELI programme, started in collaboration with Punjab Schools Education Department (SED) and QAED by the British Council in 2013, are to enhance the quality of teaching through training.Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2018.
Education News in Punjab / Over 30,000 teachers to get English training Under PEELI
« Last post by sb on June 18, 2018, 02:13:45 PM »
Over 30,000 teachers to get English training Under PEELI
LAHORE:16 June: More than 30,000 schoolteachers will receive English language training under the Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI).

The two-day training will be conducted by the Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), where 30,918 educators will be trained by 773 trainers in the same number of classes. The training is to be held between June 22 and 23.The news.
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