Pakistani students in UK | Private schools security fees
Operation Pathway: Is this justice? No, it is not
April 29: Operation Pathway' was perhaps destined for failure the moment the UK's top
counter-terrorism officer was photographed with files providing details of
planned police raids on Pakistani students. The officer concerned was forced to
resign and the police action, which had been in the works for months, was moved
forward at short notice. The result: mass arrests but no solid evidence.
Even so, that did not stop UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown from crowing
about how the police had foiled a major terrorist plot. What terrorist plot?
There may have been one but we will never really know, will we, considering how
badly the inquiry was bungled? Physical searches of flats and houses yielded
nothing, and neither did scrutiny of seized computers. In the end, all charges
were dropped but yet the students are not at liberty. They have been remanded to
the custody of the UK Border Agency pending their deportation. Can Mr Brown, who
was in Pakistan the other day, answer this one simple question: what is their
crime? Every single student rounded up by the police was in the UK on a valid
visa. Not one shred of evidence that could stand up in court could be produced
against any of the young men now in custody. Is this justice? No, it is
Britain's civil liberties record is not spotless, particularly in
its dealings with the IRA, but the country does stand out as a bastion of basic
rights in the western world. Every country has the right to act decisively when
it feels that its security interests are being threatened. The UK cannot be
deprived of that privilege. But when it knows that it has made a mistake, the
British government, and yes it's prime minister, should have the decency to show
remorse and apologise for the incarceration of Pakistani citizens whose only
fault perhaps was that they weren't white.
The UK needs to sort out its
race issues. Racism in Britain is both institutional and in your face. Few
middle-class persons of colour who spend any prolonged period of time in Great
Britain can come away saying that they were not discriminated against in one way
or another. This is an issue that Britain needs to address on an urgent basis.
Meanwhile, teenagers of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin do not turn the other
cheek at any given affront like their predecessors did. The race riots of 2001
showed once and for all that there is now a generation of South Asians in
Britain that will not simply cower and simper. But there is a downside to this
dubious empowerment as well. Alienated from the mainstream, many Muslim Britons
are more than willing to lend an ear to the obscurantists. Dawn
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Private schools start charging 'security fees'
Rawalpindi: All reputed private schools in twin cities have started
charging an extra amount of Rs200 to Rs300 per student under the head of
When contacted to Khadeeja Omair, director
of the Roots School System, said "Keeping in view the security situation in the
country, we have strengthened security by installing CCTV cameras, walkthrough
scanners inside our campuses and deployed around 15 armed security guards. We
have also raised the height of walls around our campuses to ensure security of
"We are charging Rs200 per student as security charges as we
have to meet these expenses," she added.
Zaheer Ahmed, an official of the
Froebel's School, said "We were already getting security charges from students.
But now we have increased security charges in all branches of the school due to
the current security situation in the country."
Muhammad Ahsan, security
in-charge of the Beaconhouse School System, said "We held a high-level meeting
with the government regarding the security situation in the country. The
authorities had assured us of information sharing." He said "If we talk about
security on our campuses then we are taking these measures by ourselves. We have
raised walls around our campuses, installed CCTV cameras and deployed armed
Ahsan said "We are getting only Rs50 per head as
security charges to meet these expenses."
On the other hand, some
parents said that the Beaconhouse School System has increased Rs300
per head under the head of miscellaneous charges.
Nasreen Tariq, acting
president of the Management and Staff of Private Educational Institutions and
principal of the Silver Oaks School, while talking to us, said that
private schools in twin cities are facing a hard time, as there is no concerned
department to resolve our problems.
She said that many private schools
are charging high fees as there in no check on them. "Many private schools,
despite already charging heavy fees, are putting extra burden on parents in the
form of security charges. It is totally unfair and putting extra burden on
parents." "Parents should raise their voice against such schools," she
Nasreen said "We have invited all private schools to come under
the Management and Staff of Private Educational Institutions for resolution all
such issues. But many big schools are not willing to join us." "There should be
a check and balance system of private schools by the government," she
Parents interviewed by us asked the concerned authorities
to take action against school managements, which are charging security fees.
According to them, all private schools increase their fees every year and now
they have started charging extra amount as security fees.
They said that
managements of private schools are looting them by printing their own notebooks
and preparing school uniforms with the logos of their schools that are available
at specific shops at alarmingly high rates.
New academic session starts with high fees
Rawalpindi: With the commencement of new academic session, the private
schools have increased their fees creating difficulties for the
Talking to Online here on Tuesday, parents complained that the
administration of the private schools increased their fees with the start of new
"We are not in a position to afford this increase in
fee because we are already compelled on buying costly uniform and shoes," they
They pointed out that the schools administration directed them to
purchase the uniform from special shops, which, according to them, offer
commission to them.
The parents said during the now-a-days high price
hike, the purchase of uniform and shoes and the increase in fees have increased
their difficulties to meet their needs.
They demanded of the Punjab chief
minister to take notice of this increase in fees and issue code of conduct for
these schools. The News
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University of Balochistan (UoB) 9th Convocation tomorrow
Quetta: Ninth convocation of University of
Balochistan would be held here Thursday. Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali
Magsi who is also Chancellor would be chief guest and confer degrees among 250
students passed out from this university. Of these 7 would get PhD Award, 7 M
Phil award and 25 girls and boys gold medals. Ppi
"How can i see covocation of balochistan university 2009 live on net or in news papers."
City, Country: balochistan, Pakistan
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Gilani promises Balochistan two medical colleges
Islamabad: The government will set up two medical colleges in Lora
Lai and Khuzdar districts in Balochistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told
a Balochistan delegation at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
He also approved Rs
70 million for the electrification of Bagh in Balochistan during the
Chief Minister Aslam Raisani headed the delegation. The prime
minister said the federal government would make a special Quetta development
package in consultation with the Balochistan government. He said the proposed
package would focus on better education, health services, infrastructure
development and provision of clean drinking water for the people of Quetta and
adjoining areas. He said the government would double the strength of lady health
workers in Balochistan to improve health facilities for women. Federal Livestock
Minister Humayun Kurd, Balochistan Health Minister Ainullah Shamsi and
Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Ruqiyya Hashmi also attended the meeting. Daily Times
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Pindi BISE chairman removed
Rawalpindi: The Higher Education Department on Tuesday removed the
Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, Chairman
Prof Dr Iftikhar Baig for his alleged failure in maintaining secrecy in the
ongoing intermediate exam. According to official sources, Baig was removed for
not being able to maintain secrecy of Islamiat (Elective) question paper of
Intermediate Part-II at a centre in Murree on April 23, 2009. The envelope
containing Islamiat Group-II (evening) question paper was opened in the morning
by the centre superintendent despite the fact that the morning and evening
papers were packed in 'Green and Red' packets for easy identification. Earlier,
the matter was brought to the notice of Punjab chief minister by Hanif Abbasi
MNA during a high level meeting in Lahore. The CM directed Secretary Prosecution
Sharif Sheghan Malik to immediately leave for Rawalpindi and inquire into the
matter. The inquiry officer probed the matter and held the centre's
superintendent responsible for the leakage. However, the chairman was removed on
Tuesday. Government College, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Principal Riaz Akhtar
has been given the charge of BISE chairman till formal appointment of the
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33 schools functioning in dilapidated rented buildings
Rawalpindi: Despite claims by successive governments to ensure
provision of all missing facilities in educational institutions, 33 schools are
functioning in dilapidated rented buildings in Rawalpindi alone, it was learnt.
The previous Punjab government doled out billions of rupees and
harped on "Parha Likha Punjab" but there are still places where light of
education has still not reached. The present government also seems ignorant of
the plight of government schools.
The Government Girls Primary School
Dhoke Kashmirian, Government Girls Primary School Sadiqabad, Rehmania Government
Girls School, Government Nusrat Girls Elementary School Shakrial and Government
Boys High School, Tench Bhatta, etc., are among such institutions which neither
have their own buildings nor anyone to finance their rents.
school at Dhoke Kashmirian was built in 1962 and at present it has 250 students.
The school has no building of its own and is running in a dilapidated building
consisting of only three rooms at a rent of Rs6,000 per month.
of the building is being paid by the teachers and students. The students of
nursery, class one and two are forced to sit on the ground in the open both in
summer and winter. The school is also without furniture and even the chairs for
the staff are in a ramshackle condition. There is only one toilet for both the
teachers and students.
The girls' primary school at Sadiqabad was
established before partition. The decaying rented building of the school
comprised two tiny rooms, where 90 students are crammed together.
Neither clean drinking water nor any lavatory facility is available in
the school. The rent of the building is Rs4,000 which is being paid by staff and
Similarly, the Rehmania Government Girls Primary
School set up in 1971 is also running in a decrepit one-room rented building.
The school with an enrolment of 79 students has no electricity.
Likewise, Government Nusrat Girls Elementary School Shakrial is
functioning in a two-room building with 400 students. Set up in 1952, the
institution neither has drinking water nor toilet facility.
Government Boys High School, Tench Bhata, is educating 250 students in a
dilapidated rented building. Since its establishment in 1965, it has been
running in different rented buildings and the current building was hired some 20
years back. The rent of the building is also paid by students and their
teachers. The staff of these schools said, "Many complaints were registered with
the authorities concerned but to no avail. Neither have they provided us
official building nor finance the rent."
District Education Officer
(women) Naseem Akhtar said there were 33 schools in the city functioning in
rented buildings since 1972. She said the government provided Rs20,000 to every
primary school; Rs50,000 to middle school and Rs100,000 to every high school per
annum for renovation of buildings.
Previously it was not allowed to
spend this amount on rented buildings. However, now such schools have also been
permitted to utilise the funds for renovation purposes, she added.
have plans to merge some schools depending upon their location; however, this
can cerate problems for some students," she said.
The area MPA, Raja
Hanif, said he had received Rs10.2 million funds for the educational sector
during the current year. "We exhausted this grant for the educational
institutions of UC 28 and UC 29," he said. Dawn
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37th convocation of Govt Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town
Rawalpindi: Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
(FJWU) Dr Saeeda Asad Ullah Khan has underlined the need for exploring new
avenues of excellence in education by promoting research oriented activities, so
that young students could excel in different disciplines.
She stated this
while addressing the 37th convocation of Govt Postgraduate College for Women,
Satellite Town here Tuesday, says a press release.
Principal of the
College Prof Sikandar Waseem, Secretary Board of Intermediate & Secondary
Education, Rawalpindi Professor Humayun Iqbal, heads of various educational
institutions, faculty members, students and parents attended the
The Fatima Jinnah Women University VC appreciated the College's
record of achievements and stated that it is an evidence of persistence, grit
and diligence of the faculty, staff, parents and students of this institution.
She said that students are the custodians of Pakistan's future and
should uphold the vision of solidarity, disseminate it to compatriots and pass
it on the next generation.
Prof Sikandar Waseem in her address on the
occasion said the College has created history in achieving excellence awards in
various disciplines and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif awarded cash
prizes and certificates to its students on their outstanding performances in
academic and co-curricular activities.
She also presented a detailed
report of the achievements of the College.
Later, medals, certificates
and degrees were awarded to students.
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22nd convocation ceremony of the Federal Government Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road
Islamabad: As many as 281 degrees were awarded to students here Tuesday at
the 22nd convocation ceremony of the Federal Government Postgraduate College for
Women, Kashmir Road.
During the ceremony, 195 degrees were conferred to
the students of Bachelors of Arts (BA), 66 to Bachelors of Science (BSc), 10 to
Masters in English (MA) and 10 to Masters in other subjects.
degrees, the roll of honour, merit certificates, gold medals and cash awards
were also distributed among those students who excelled in the board and
The students rewarded for their meritorious
performance included Faiza Saleem (MA Urdu), Reena Zaidi (MA Urdu), Bela Akhtar
Hasan Khan (BSc Botany, Zoology, Chemistry/Physics), Asma Mehmood (BSc Maths,
Stats, Physics/Economics) and Amna Abid (BA), while 13 students in BA and 20
students in BSc secured merit certificates for their brilliant performance.
Sehrish Ejaz was awarded gold medal for securing the highest marks in History in
2007 Punjab University BA examination while two awards had already been
conferred upon her by the Punjab governor.
Two students were the
recipients of Begum Salma Masud Award namely Zeenat Malik for her best
performance in academics and Aaiza Masood for her best performance in
co-curricular activities. The Golden Jubilee Award for Mrs Salma Masud and the
college insignia was presented to her husband Professor emeritus Khawaja Masud
by Brig Muhammad Asif.
On the occasion, Professor Khawaja Masud shared
his nostalgic moments with the students of the college and said that various
capable women were the production of this college. "I know many of the renowned
women, who have been my students here, and now are serving the nation in a
constructive manner," he said.
He delivered his lecture on 'Peace,
Democracy & Culture' on the occasion and urged the students to play their
role in nation building. "Working for the welfare of the country must be the top
priority for all students," he said adding that the youngsters should forget
about their own vested interests and put their efforts in areas, which need to
be dealt immediately for the safety and security of the country.
peace is the most important and vital ingredient in the progress and stability
of any country. "Mankind always yearns for peace," he said adding that every
religion, culture and civilisation preaches peace and no one permits violence
and destruction," he said.
Professor Masud said that culture could not
be confined to art galleries or literature but it is something ingrained in a
nation. "Peace should be a necessary part of every culture, as it promotes
tolerance, which ultimately leads to global harmony," he said
her welcome address, Principal Mrs Shaista Zaid presented a brief synopsis of
the curricular and co-curricular activities of the college and extended her
heartfelt felicitations to the students and their parents, wishing them a
radiant future as proud Pakistanis. The News
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Teachers' problems to be highlighted
Peshawar: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association
(FAPUASA), NWFP to hold a joint press conference today in order to highlight the
problems faced by the university teachers. President FAPUASA (NWFP), Dr. Arbab
Khan Afridi and General Secretary, Muhmmad Zubair Khan, President Engineering
University Teachers Association, Engineer Sadiq Akbar, General Secretary
Agricultural University Teachers Association, Dr. Sajad Ahmad, President Islamia
College University Teachers Association and General Secretary, Dr Shida Muhammad
and President Islamia Collegiate School Teachers Association would address the
press conference. F.P Report
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