Pakistan education | Razmak College security
Dismal state of education in Pakistan
Karachi, May 28: Curriculum being taught at seminaries, where
according to a rough estimate over 2.5 million students are enrolled, is
promoting terrorism in the country, said prominent columnist Dr Mohammad Ali
Siddiqui on Friday.
Delivering his presidential address at a seminar on "Dismal state of
education in Pakistan" held at the PMA House under the aegis of the Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan, he said that it had become a hallmark of the planning
commission of Pakistan and the ministry of finance to present exaggerated and
fictitious figures concerning the country's gross domestic product on the basis
of which funds were allocated to the education and health sectors in
He said the ruling class had never believed in the cause of education because
this would lead to questioning their right to rule and it seemed that those at
the helm of affairs had purposely kept the masses illiterate.
Presenting a bleak picture of the country's education system, he said that
according to an international survey "we are intellectually a dead country
because our libraries are not well-equipped and lack the minimum number of
information units in a library".
He deplored that none of the national education policies devised so far had
been able to decide about the medium of instruction, while tools for imparting
education in the mother tongue were not available in the country.
Presenting her paper on "The language barrier in education", senior
journalist Zubeida Mustafa said that while all the 10 national education
policies announced so far in the country were vague in their substance,
respective governments failed to implement even such policies in letter and
She said that the National Education Policy of 2009 had allowed provinces to
choose the language for imparting education, but the provinces had not been able
to do so and were still confused whether it should be the national language,
English or the one being spoken in their respective province.
She said that there was no doubt both the English and national languages
played a vital role in one's life but it was their mother tongue in which
children could grasp maximum about their subjects with much ease and
Endorsing the views of a speaker who spoke on the topic of commercialisation
of education, Ms Mustafa said there was no doubt that most educational
institutions were being run on a commercial basis. There were also some good
institutions, which were imparting quality education, but even many well-off
families could not afford to pay the fee they charged.
She was also of the opinion that the present education system had widened the
gap between different classes in the country.
Dr Tauseef Ahmed Khan of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and
Technology speaking on the subject of "Devolution of HEC and Model University
Ordinance" said that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) must be devolved to
the province under the 18th constitutional amendment and it should now be the
responsibility of all the provinces to improve the functioning of the HECs of
their respective provinces.
Criticising the Model University Ordinance under which the federal university
was set up in 2002, he said that the ordinance was not only 'unrealistic' but
was at variance with different cultures in the country. "There are so many
articles in the ordinance which cannot be implemented in letter and spirit," he
Former controller of examinations of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi
Javed Iftikhar underscored the need for conducting exams and compilation of
results in a transparent manner.
Speaking about growing interference in the examination system, he said that
as a matter of fact all sorts of interference in the examination system could be
averted by influential people if they wished to do so.
Referring to the governor's recent directive to the BSEK that the number of
examination centres be curtailed considerably, he said that the controlling
authority of the boards should provide guidance to board officials for improving
the exam system and the matters concerning the number of centres should be left
at the discretion of the controller of examinations.
Muqtida Mansoor spoke on "Commercialisation of Education" and said that most
private schools were fleecing parents on one pretext or the other in the absence
of an effective monitoring system.
Most private schools were charging students 'unlawful fees' such as annual
charges, festival fee, auxiliary fee and donations, he added. Dawn
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Lawrence College commemorative coins to be issued
Islamabad: The government will issue 100,000 commemorative coins of Rs20 on Saturday on the 150
year celebrations of Lawrence College, Ghora Gali, Murree. According to a
statement issued here on Friday, the coin will be available for public at all
field offices of State Bank of Pakistan from May 28. The existing Rs20 banknotes
will continue to be legal tender and will remain in circulation along with Rs20
coins. The wording "150 Year Celebrations - Lawrence College Ghora Gali Murree"
in English is written on the top of coin along with the periphery. There are
small beads all along the edge of coin.
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Razmak College opens despite security risk
Islamabad: While the political agent of North Waziristan has set up his camp office outside the
agency for security reasons, students and teachers of Razmak Cadet College are
being forced to shift from Peshawar to the NWA battle zone just to send a
message abroad that normalcy has been restored.
While the Army is
insisting on the shift, the political administration has not given the
clearance. The college was shifted to Peshawar after militants hijacked student
buses in June 2009. "Please help us saving our children from becoming human
shields for the army," said Zahoor Khan, a government servant whose son was
among those previously kidnapped.
He together with other concerned
parents of Mehsud and Wazir tribes has issued a statement seeking attention of
authorities. "When we could not protect GHQ and Naval base from terrorists, how
students would be saved in Razmak Cadet College. This move is tantamount to
putting our future generations at risk."
The college is resuming classes
in Razmak, said the joint statement of parents, in order to given impression
that region has been cleared of the terrorists and our children are being used
as a shield in this adventure.
Instead of heeding to their concern, the
parents have been asked to pull out children from college in case of objection
A Razmak cadet college teacher Atta-ul-Rehman said that they have been told that shifting back to Razmak is being done
on Corps Commander Peshawar's order. "This is Corps Commander's (Peshawer)
order. I'm obliged to follow," he said quoting Maj (r) Atta-ul-Rehman, the newly
appointed college Principal who applied for security officer job but given the
top position technically held by a brigadier-rank officer. The principal did not
respond to calls and messages.
The college teachers
critical to decision have been put on warning. "A team teachers sent for
inspection of college building in Razmak sought security of their families in
case of any untoward situation," said a teacher. The principal reacted angrily
to this. "Instead of giving ear to their concerns, he put them on notice and
Previously an English teacher, Noor Mohammad Wazir,
was killed in a bomb blast leaving his family in a lurch as nobody in the
government offered financial compensation to them, said a teacher.
the management has been ordered to pack up, the college premises in Razmak is
still occupied by three brigades of the army where trading fire and rockets with
militants is a routine business, say teachers and parents.
political agent of North Waziristan sits in Bannu instead of Miran Shah on
security grounds and escorted by a huge cavalcade.
The management has
been directed to resume college in Razmak from May 30 despite inspection reports
by the college's own team led by Mushtaq Ahmad, head of college's English
department, that the security situation is not conducive for academic business.
The concerned parents, in a joint statement, have sought the attention
of the media and legislature. It said that the report of Cadet College's
inspection team about the feasibility of shifting to Razmak must be made public
so that people could know that the move has been ordered despite serious
reservations of the inspection reservation.
"We don't want that the army
and other authorities face huge embarrassment again through this move. We don't
want that the dead bodies of students and teachers are 'gifted' to the
government by the terrorists."
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British Council holds discussion on knowledge exchange
Islamabad: The British Council under its Higher Education INSPIRE programme held a roundtable
discussion on 'Knowledge
Exchange' in collaboration with the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) on
The INSPIRE network enables
knowledge exchange and collaboration between universities, businesses,
communities and other organisations for social and economic benefit. The HEC has
identified knowledge exchange (KE) between universities and business communities
as a key priority. Their main aim is to enable universities to effectively
contribute to the development of Pakistan's economy and society.
stakeholders from the universities, businesses and the civil society were
invited to take part in the discussion. The key areas identified for knowledge
exchange were Mapping, Brokerage and Leadership and these were deliberated upon
during the discussion.
Participants shared success stories of knowledge
exchange between universities and businesses and also pointed out issues that
are in the way of more meaningful exchanges. It was identified that mapping
(measuring) of existing exchanges and partnerships between universities and
business was the need of the hour in order to highlight best practices and
inspire other such exchanges.
"The discussion has tremendously benefited
us and we have emphasised on university linkages with community, industry and
the government. Such interactions always provide us an international prospective
to education, industry and society," said Lieutenant-General Mohammad Asghar,
Rector, National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
initiative has helped in bringing different people together that could
constitute a vibrant research community in Pakistan. Such research communities
can play a pivotal role in helping Pakistan's economic and social progress,"
said Fayyaz Baqir of Abdul Hamid Khan Resource Centre.
Programmes Consultants, British Council, expressed satisfaction at the aims of
the event and said, "Knowledge sharing is the key priority for British Council
in the region particularly in Pakistan. This event is the starting point of a
long-term engagement and has huge potential for growth."
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Pakistani students prepare for a year at US community colleges
Islamabad: Sixty students gathered Friday at the Serena Hotel to kick off their pre-departure
orientation for a year of study at US community colleges, says a press release.
This is the sixth group of Pakistani students to study in the United
States under US government-funded Community College Initiative Programme. "I am
excited to see these outstanding students from every province of Pakistan go to
the United States," said Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, spouse of US Ambassador Cameron
"They will be studying in US schools, learning new skills and
becoming part of their local communities. They will have the opportunity to show
everyday Americans the true face of Pakistan, and learn about Americans beyond
the distorted stereotypes in the media."
The Community College Initiative
Programme is a one-year, non-degree scholarship program that provides
opportunities for Pakistani young professionals to develop leadership,
professional skills and English language proficiency, while studying at a
community college in the United States. Participants study agriculture, applied
engineering, business management and administration, nursing, media, or tourism
and hospitality management.
The US Embassy in Pakistan administers the
largest educational and cultural programmes of any US Embassy in the world. More
than 8,000 Pakistanis have participated in fully funded academic or professional
development programmes in the United States. Five thousand Pakistani youth
currently are enrolled in US government-funded English language programmes in
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Rawalpindi: Haroon Zafar has secured first position in the LLB (Part-I) Examination in the
Muslim Law College, says a press release. During the convocation held in
Islamabad, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa gave him 'Excellent Academic
Performance Shield' and appreciated his efforts in obtaining first position in
the examination. Haroon Zafar belongs to Dera Ghazi Khan.
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Workshop on public speaking held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A workshop on 'Public Speaking Skills' was held here at Fatima Jinnah
Women University (FJWU) with the collaboration of Public Affairs Section of the
US Embassy on Friday.
US Embassy's Assistant Cultural Affairs Specialist
Jason Seymour said that public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of
people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or
entertain the listeners. Interpersonal communication and public speaking have several components that embrace such things as
motivational speaking, leadership/personal development, business, customer
service, large group communication, and mass communication.
speaking can be a powerful tool to use for purposes such as motivation,
influence, persuasion, informing, translation, or simply entertaining.
confident speaker is more likely to use this as excitement and create effective
speech thus increasing their overall ethos.
Senior Cultural Affairs
Specialist of the US Embassy, Dilawar Khan, said that good speaker will be
organised and have the confidence to present the substance of the speech to an
audience. Being able to speak effectively is a valuable skill that can be
learned as a student and applied later in life.
A large number of
faculty members and students of Communication and Media Sciences Department
attended the workshop.
At the end, Chairperson Department of
Communication and Media Studies, Dr Shamim Zaidi, presented souvenirs to
the guest speakers. The news
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Teacher beats student black and blue
Rawalpindi: Despite ban on physical punishment in government schools, a student was badly beaten by teacher
for not following his orders to clean a classroom.
According to details, Arshad Mehmood, a teacher at Municipal Corporation Boys
High School, Dhoke Ratta, on Thursday thrashed Zeeshan Aftab, a student of 7th
class, with a stick.
However afterwards the teacher made efforts to hush up the incident by
tendering an apology to the boy's family and involving the area notables, but
the student's uncle refused to pardon him.
On Friday Javed Iqbal, uncle of the student, moved applications against the
teacher with the Executive District Officer Education and Ganjmandi police
Iqbal said that when his orphaned nephew came home on Thursday, he was
unable to sit on chair. When asked, Zeeshan told his mother about corporal
punishment at the hands of teacher for not cleaning the classroom.
When the mother removed his shirt, signs of torture could be witnessed on
Zeeshan's body, Iqbal said. "Cleaning classroom is the duty of sweepers but
still the teacher badly beat Zeeshan." He alleged that there were "wounds" on
the right leg of his nephew, adding that the matter was also brought into the
notice of the school's principal but he did not pay any heed.
But Raja Riaz Kiyani, principal of the school, said he had "immediately
issued show cause notice to the teacher and also wrote a letter to EDO for
taking action against him."
Terming it a sad incident, he said he never allowed physical punishment in
Quoting the teacher, the principal said he had only asked two students to
pick the wrappers of chips from the classroom. "We never ask students to clean
up classrooms. It is the duty of sweepers."
Raja Kiyani maintained that the teacher did not beat Zeeshan "intentionally".
He said the teacher had asked Zeeshan and another student Uzair to remove
"wrappers" but they did not. On this, the teacher asked to become 'murgha' (a
painful body posture).
According to the principal, Uzair obeyed but Zeeshan refused, making teacher
angry. "He lost temperament and started beating Zeeshan."
The principal said the teacher would be suspended but added he has admitted
his mistake and apologised to the boy's family. Dawn
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Graduation ceremony of GSIS KG section held
Islamabad: The graduation ceremony of the Kindergarten Section of the Global System of
Integrated Studies (GSIS) was held at the Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Auditorium
here on Friday.
The chief guest on the occasion was leading educationist
After recitation from Holy Qur'aan, a beautiful 'hamd' in the
form of tableau was presented by the students. A colourful welcome dance
'Welcome to you' was presented by the students of nursery. The gleaming faces of
the little dancers were appreciated by guests and their parents.
young children then presented the English play 'The Elves and the Shoe
Another item, which won the hearts of the audience was the 'Role
of the Devil' by Kindergarten Green. In this item, the small children depicted
the corruption in the society and how the devil is busy with his work and
provokes people to do wrong things. A simple message was nicely conveyed by the
The next item was 'Traffic Rules' by Nursery Red. The GSIS
School Choir continuously entertained the parents with their well-prepared songs
between the performances. The English play 'The Coat of New Leaves' won rounds
of applause from the audience who loved the play. Students who performed were
completely involved in their acting.
In her address, Silvat Ali highly
appreciated the efforts of the teachers and school management in organising a
beautiful show. She emphasised the need for high quality education, which could
fulfil the requirements of the present century.
GSIS Principal Quratulain
Ali, thanked all the parents for their cooperation.
ceremony was held in which the young graduates dressed in blue gowns walked on
the stage with their heads held high. The occasion ended with a graduation song
'Clap Clap Clap your Hands'. The news
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