School children transport problems
No proper transport arrangements for students
Islamabad, Jan 24: The schoolchildren are facing transport problems in the federal
capital, as there are hundreds of educational institutions with no proper
transport arrangements for the students.
Though a few institutions have
their own pick and drop facility for students, but several others have their own
A large number of students coming from suburbs of city to
their respective schools and colleges have to confront with jostling in packed
public transport, besides misbaviour of the drivers and conductors.
Qaiser Butt, a student, said the school and college buses plied only on
specific routes and he always used local transport to reach his college.
This is one of the major problems for all those who come from far-off
areas," he said. Students complained that most of the local transporters did not
stop their vehicles when they see students waiting.
Afshan Ali, a college
student, said due to financial problems, she couldn't pay full fare of the van,
while transporters did not allow student concession.
particularly girl students had to wait for a long time to find a seat due to
which they often reach their college late. She demanded that the authorities
concerned provide sufficient buses for colleges, especially women's
The parents complained about the rash driving by the drivers of
public transport as well as of school and college vans and buses. Just a very
few institutions care for the school kids by closely monitoring the mode of
transport used by their students, they said.
Though many parents have
switched over to private vans after realising the risks involved in sending
their wards in jam-packed school buses, private drivers also drive
The parents said school transport was charging very high fees
even of short distance. APP
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15,000 internships for youngsters
Islamabad: The much-awaited National Internship Programme (NIP) is likely to be
inaugurated during the next week with the distribution of 15,000 internship
letters to youngsters throughout the country.
According to an official of the
Youth Affairs Ministry, they have requested the Prime Minister to inaugurate the
NIP, and are hoping that the programme would be formally inaugurated during the
next week in the Capital.
The official informed that at the occasion, 15,000
internship letters would be distributed to internees across the country. He also
said that the Ministry officials have decided to give authority to the provinces
for all the processed of internship contracts.
It is worthy of mention here
that for the NIP project, Rs. 3.6 billion has been allocated in the Federal
budget 2009-10. The project is a first of its kind intended to provide financial
relief to youth and to keep them engaged in creative activities. As every year,
over 50,000 youngsters complete sixteen years of education from recognised
degree-awarding institutions of the country in all ranges of academic
disciplines. A considerable time gap between the completion of education and job
availability in majority of cases results in a sense of frustration and waste of
The idea for commencement of the NIP was a temporary placement of
appropriate numbers of unemployed and educated youth in relevant and matching
government outfits that could be advantageous to the government as well as the
unemployed youth in such circumstances.
But, unfortunately, the slow pace of the work and bureaucratic hiccups almost
shattered the hopes of millions of youth, who are depressed due to their
financial woes caused by unemployment. Particularly youth belonging to far-flung
areas of the country could not take benefit of the project in absence of a
proper awareness campaign of the programme.
According to details, in February
2007, in order to better equip graduates of the country for their future
careers, the government had approved a revolutionary project of NIP where
freshly-graduated unemployed youth from all over the country could get one year
hands-on experience with government organisations.
But delay in release of
the amount has hampered the project and the concerned quarters hardly managed to
run it for more than a year.
After that, the project was shifted from the
Establishment Division to the Youth Ministry and a request had been made to the
Premier for getting more funds for proper implementation of the NIP.
the umbrella of the Ministry, the second phase of the project was formally
re-launched in Larkana at the mausoleum of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed where
the placement orders were given to around 500 selected candidates. In the recent
past, placement orders had also been distributed among 2,300 candidates in a
ceremony held in the Federal Capital. The nation
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Appointment, promotions of teachers
Rawalpindi: District education department in compliance with the
directions of Supreme Court has begun a scrutiny to collect data of those
teachers who were transferred from other districts to Rawalpindi, affecting the
in-service promotions of the teachers from their native district, it has been
Rawalpindi is said to be one of the favourite districts where
teachers from other areas of the province want to be appointed on one pretext
and or the other.
In December last year, the SC while deciding an appeal
of the education department against the Lahore High Court order asked the
department not to transfer teachers from other districts and undo the earlier
transfers and send them back to their native districts, a high school teacher
seeking anonymity told this reporter.
He said the SC had asked the
education department to submit report in this regard within six weeks as a good
number of teachers belonging to Rawalpindi had long been waiting for promotions.
He said according to rules all vacant posts were filled following the procedure
of 50 per cent direct appointments and 50 per cent through
promotions, but, he added, teachers coming from other districts in different
cadres were making difficult the promotions of the Pindi teachers.
said the only option in the rules for inter-district transfer was if either of
the spouses was a teacher and wanted to be with the other in different district.
But this rule is applicable only when there was a vacant post for the transfer,
As many as 93 teachers working in Rawalpindi but hailing form
other districts have been directed by the office of executive district officer
education to report to the office of director public instructions DPI, Lahore,
following the directions of the SC, he said.
When contacted, EDO
Education Malik Muhammad Ashraf confirmed that the department had started
collecting data about such transfers as these had been undermining the
in-service quotas for the school teachers.
He said until the scrutiny
about such transfers was completed and the data compiled for final action, the
decision to send the teachers back would remain in abeyance. In response to a
query, the EDO said such transfers were not made in violation of any rule or
policy but these were being undone on the direction of the SC after some
teachers moved the court. Dawn
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Youth constructive role
Islamabad: The overwhelming majority believe that Pakistani youth can play a constructive role
in combating growing extremism in the society.
This was revealed in two
survey reports 'Civic Health of Pakistani Youth' and "Youth Review of Counter
Extremism Policy in Pakistan" conducted by Centre for Civic
Majority of the youth (64.5 per cent) are unaware about the
existence of any formal youth policy. Only 35.5 per cent know that the
government has recently approved a policy for youth.
Out of the 35.5 per
cent who knew about the Youth Policy only 11.4 per cent had a enhance to have
read the draft Youth Policy.
While 88.6 per cent who know that there is a
Youth Policy remain unaware of what is in store for them.
politics appears to be the significant part if youth's media diet as 57.1 per
cent of them prefer to read about national politics. However, 48.8 per cent are
interested in entertainment news as well as 33.3 per cent like to read about
international affairs. Dissection of data along the gender line reveals that
majority of male (65.1 per cent) are fond of entertainment news. There are some
who equally like to read news about national politics, international affairs as
well as entertainment. Liking for national political news increases from 40.1
per cent in less than 20 years age group to 69.5 per cent in the above 24
Pakistani youth consume media in more than one
However, Urdu remains the most favourite language as 75.8 per
cent like Urdu media. English is preferred by 46.1 per cent, followed by Sindhi
with 8 per cent and Pashto 7.8 per cent. Low on the youth choice list is the
media in Punjabi with 3.2 per cent and Balochi with 2.3 per cent.
amazing majority of youth (72.6 per cent) are willing to get involved in
volunteerism. Again male youth are more eager to do voluntary work than females
as 73.7 per cent male against 71.5 per cent female are willing to be engaged in
The survey gathered 1,855 responses from thirteen districts
across the country. The questionnaire addressed three main themes i.e voice,
vote and volunteerism.
Two additional questions were included on the
theme of extremism in Pakistan and what role, if any, youth can play to counter
The research will help policy makers understand ideas, opinions and
trends among Pakistani youth.
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Free textbooks provision
Peshawar: NWFP Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak Saturday said the provincial
government had earmarked over Rs906 million for provision of free textbooks to
Inaugurating the distribution of free textbooks project at
the Peshawar Press Club, he said 4.489 million students would benefit from this
He said textbooks would be provided to students enrolled in all
the government-run primary and high schools in the NWFP initially for the
He said students in the NGOs-run schools would also be
provided free textbooks.
He said the number of the schools that would
benefit from the project is 26,793 including 17,622 schools for boys and 9,171
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UOP, USA varsity collaboration
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar and Biose State University, USA, signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) for long-term collaboration.
"Dr Sona Karentz
Andrews, provost and vice president of Boise State University and Prof Dr Yaseen
Iqbal on behalf of UoP Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan signed the MoU
in the US the other day," said a press release.
The purpose of the MoU
is to provide a mutually beneficial framework for research, education, training,
capacity building and cultural exchange between the two institutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Yasin Iqbal said that a joint project
titled "development of materials connection centre" at the UoP was also in
progress under the Pak-US joint S&T collaboration programme funded by the
USA Academy of Sciences and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
said that as a result of these efforts a joint MPhil/PhD course for students and
scholars of both the institutions through video conferencing had already been
started and eight PhD scholars were jointly supervised there.
president of Boise State University, assured the visiting professor of every
possible support aimed at raising the standard of education in Pakistan. The news
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