Peshawar University teacher harassing girls
Varsity teacher suspended for harassing girls
Peshawar, May 18: The administration of
University of Peshawar (UoP) has suspended a teacher on charges of sexually
harassing girl students.
The UoP has also set up a committee to further probe allegations against him.
Perhaps, for the first time in the history of UoP, a teacher has been suspended
on charges of sexual harassment.
"It can be a tip of the iceberg as fears of girl students, suppressed due to
moral and social inhibitions since long, slowly go away and they speak up
against senior teachers, involved in sexual harassment," sources at the
Akhtar Amin, the UoP spokesperson, said that it was moral responsibility of
the university administration to take action against the teacher when enough
proofs were found against him.
The accused, a teacher of History department, was suspended and a four-member
committee with Prof Sara Safdar, dean faculty of social sciences, as its head
was formed to probe the issue further, he added.
Another committee was set up at provincial level and tasked to probe the
matter when an outspoken MPA of PML-Q, Nighat Orakzai, raised the issue on a
point of order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on April 22.
The MPA had claimed that she received letters from girl students, complaining
that some heads of departments were involved in sexual harassment of
The UoP administration had first denied having received any written complaint
from students in this regard. Ironically, Peshawar University Teachers'
Association had also reacted strongly and denied the charges.
Ms Orakzai said that suspension of the teacher proved that the problem
existed. She said that she was receiving threats from such elements after she
brought the issue in the limelight but she was determined to continue her
struggle against the big fish, which spoiled the pond.
Sitara Ayaz, who is heading the provincial committee probing the allegations
of sexual harassment of students at the hands of teachers in UoP, said that it
was just a start. The committee would soon come up with a report based on facts,
She said that she herself had received three written complaints, three emails
and one SMS, alleging that some senior faculty members of UoP were involved in
The committee is working closely with UoP administration. It found
allegations against three persons more serious and credible, she said. "The
committee would submit its report with the recommendation of legal action as
proposed under the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act,"
said Ms Ayaz, the only woman minister in the provincial cabinet.
Sources in the university said that many complaints were received after the
issue was discussed in the provincial assembly. The girl students, who feared
due to social taboos, got courage to speak up against harassment, they said. The
university administration for fear of defamation was forced to take action
against the teacher, they said.
Sources said that more girls were coming to record statements against some of
the senior teachers. "The semester system, adopted by UoP in recent years, has
also helped teachers to blackmail their girl students," sources said.
A teacher, requesting anonymity, said that use of abusive language with girl
students, discussing their dresses and cracking jokes at them was something
common with the professors. The teacher added that there should be a code of
conduct for faculty members and they must be held accountable for their
"Good step to make uni for fata students.bt location should be also in fata area. I think paya jawaki fr kohat is good location for that bcaz this area remain very negligable."
City, Country: Kohat,pakistan
"Yes FATA Need an University But paya jawaki FR kohat is Not Suitable Place for That Because KUST Kohat Univesity is five minutes Drive Away from FRKohat. Similarly Peshawer Univesity is also Nearer to Fr Kohat. The Areas which are mostly negleted are FR Lakki, FR Tank, FR Bannu, South Waziristan. The Lakki Marwat District Also Dont Have University, So Ideal Location for University is GAZBOBA of FR Lakki (Hill Station with Identical weather conditions of Murree ) and Central Hub Few kilometers Away From South Waziristan, FR Bannu, FR Tank and Lakki Marwat district as well"
City, Country: Islamabad Pakistan
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Fata to get university
Peshawar: The government has approved establishment of a university in the Federally Administered Tribal
Areas (Fata) with an estimated cost of Rs3 billion and work on the project will
be started soon.
Director Education, Fata, Fazal Manan said this during a presentation to the
Governor Masood Kausar on education sector development in tribal areas,
according to a handout here on Tuesday.
Mr Manan said that Rs2680.129 million had been allocated for the Fata
education during the current financial year, which was the highest ever outlay
for education sector in tribal areas. He said that under different schemes, the
tribal students were being awarded scholarships worth about Rs1 billion
Additional chief secretary, Fata, Fazal Karim and governor's secretary
Sikandar Qayyum were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the governor said that promotion of quality
education in Fata was the government's priority. He directed efficient
monitoring of schools to check the trend of absenteeism.
He noted that female literacy ratio was very low that needed to be enhanced
to a considerable level. On a point concerning teaching staff shortage, he said
that the issue would be raised with the federal government.
He stressed the importance of extra-curricular activities in schools and
directed for provision of sports facilities in educational institutions of
During the presentation, the governor was also informed that in certain areas
schools had been closed due to law and order problems and these would be opened
after peace was restored. About closure of community schools, Mr Manan said that
these schools were closed in December last year for being found non-functional.
However, a survey is being carried out through local committees and feasible
schools would be reopened, he said.
The total number of schools in Fata is 5,620, including 41 colleges and
nearly 300 high and higher secondary schools. Dawn
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SPLA leaders accused of indulging in politics
Karachi: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Tuesday
accused Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) members of working for
their own interests instead teachers' community. In a statement issued here on
Tuesday, he said that he was working for teachers' welfare and betterment. He
said that the present government had promoted many teachers during last three
years. The minister said that the members of SPLA were busy in politics and they
were ruining the future of students. The minister said that the present
government is providing rural allowance to the teachers serving in rural areas
of the province. ppi
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Students take exams amid power breakdowns
Karachi: Students appearing in the intermediate examinations once again suffered a great deal due
to massive power breakdowns at examination centres on Tuesday.
the assurance by the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), almost every
examination centre remained without electricity. The management of the KESC had
assured the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), that load shedding
would not occur during the papers in the neighbourhoods of the examination
However, BIEK, which is conducting the boardís exams for
Class-XI and XII, told this correspondent that candidates solved their papers
Meanwhile, the police and rangers were also
reluctant to be seen near the examination centres. The BIEK has asked the Sindh
Home Department to impose Section 144 to stop the influx of outsiders around the
examination centres so that candidates could solve their papers without any
interference in the classrooms.
During the second day of the annual
exams, 31 candidates of Class-XI of Medical Technology Group appeared at two
examination centres in the paper of Microbiology while 1,817 students of Science
Pre-Engineering and General Group appeared in the Paper-I of Computer Science.
Furthermore, 30,212 pupils of Commerce (Regular) Group appeared in the Paper-I
of Business Maths. According to BIEK officials, no unfair means case was
reported in the morning and afternoon shifts on Tuesday.
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125 deaf students graduate with a bright future ahead
Karachi: As the academic year approaches its end, many children all over the city attend
graduation ceremonies with their beaming parents bearing witness to this
milestone, and the 125 hearing-impaired students at Deaf Reach were no
exceptions; as they too received academic merits at the annual graduation
celebration at the Arts Council Karachi on Tuesday.
Deaf Reach School is
a project of the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), and is
Pakistan's only educational institution for the deaf which has a network
extending to major cities like Hyderabad, Sukkur and Lahore; with a new branch
opening soon in Rashidabad, 35 kilometers from Hyderabad. A project in
collaboration with the Rashid Memorial Welfare Organisation (RMWO), the
Rashidabad school will enroll 500 deaf children from underprivileged families in
interior Sindh, and these students will have the opportunity to receive top
quality education for the first time in their lives.
The real merit of
these schools is that they provide quality education to deaf children in areas
where these opportunities are virtually non-existent. Students not only receive
academic as well as vocational training, the older students are also facilitated
in finding employment through the school's "Job Placement Program."
language and awareness classes are taught on a regular basis to parents and
other family members of students, as well as to hundreds of volunteers who are
interested in helping children that have a hearing impairment.
event's objective was not only to appreciate the achievements of the students as
well as their instructors, but also to honor their mothers; without whom the
academic development of deaf children would be impossible, said Richard Geary,
the Executive Director of FESF.
He added that these extraordinary women
go the extra mile to meet their child's special needs, and ultimately revel in
the joy of witnessing their children acquire the education as well as skills
required to make them self-sufficient in the future and significant contributors
During the poignant ceremony, Country Head Rutgers World
Population Foundation (WFP) Qadeer Baig presented a "Mother of the Year" award
to three proud women, while other mother's were honored with appreciation gifts
as well as cards that were handmade by the students.
Special guest Amjad
Sabri recited a Naat and prayer to begin the ceremony. The news
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