NWFP Schools, colleges swindle
NWFP educational institutions fleecing the parents
Peshawar, Nov 15: Although various departments and committees have been set up by the Central as
well as provincial governments to regulate the working of these schools and
colleges these street schools are sprouting like mushrooms everywhere and
continue fleecing the parents.
No one is ready to take the responsibility of
initiating any remedial steps because of the rampant corruption among this
school mafia. First of all it is the duty of provincial government to set up a
proper permanent committee of educationists and intellectuals to see all the
matters of these schools. This committee should have full authority to close
down the schools flouting the prescribed rules. The Education Department and the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) have totally failed in
solving the problem.
The committee should check the original documents of the
school owner and the staff at the time of registration and renewal and avoid any
kind of refreshments from the school authorities. The checking of schools should
be done unexpectedly and enquiries made from the students as well as parents.
The registration of schools should only be granted to qualified, experienced and
professional educationists. The teaching staff must also have proper teaching
qualifications, PTC, CT, BEd or MEd.
The school owners should not be landlords,
businessmen because these are not money earning institutions alone. They have to
shape the future of a country by grooming its younger generation and mind you if
ever there is any failure the future of the country will be doomed. The syllabus
of all the private schools should be uniform like government schools to
safeguard the interest of students and all contracts with private publishers
cancelled because these publishers are basically responsible for the
deteriorating standard of education.
There should also be a proper fee structure
which could be paid easily by the parents and it should not vary according to
status of the parents. The schools should strictly be forbidden to raise the fee
according to their free will. The prices of stationery items being sold at the
school canteen or the quality of eatable should frequently be checked and these
schools should only be allowed minimal commission in the prices of notebooks,
diaries and badges printed with the school monograms The committee should also
check the educational record of the school and students ability be judged by the
visiting educationists off and on.
There must be a proper service structure for
the teachers and their salaries fixed according to their experience and
qualifications. The teachers must be provided security of service and
opportunities for in-service promotions and training. The schools must be barred
from granting admission to students all through the year. The days for admission
should be fixed. The schools having no playground, library or laboratory should
not be granted registration.
The number of students in a class should be fixed
and the condition of classrooms checked periodically. A teacher should teach
only one class at a time and not two or more because it is impossible that a
single teacher could concentrate on teaching students of different classes at a
time. At the time of registration it should also be ensured that the school has
enough accommodation for the students.
And these are not in rented buildings.
Primary level students can be accommodated in a small place but the students of
Middle and High Standard require more space and the registration should be
according to the available space. Those schools seeking affiliation with the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary School should also have one or two spacious
halls where the students could undertake their examinations without any
These schools should also be forced to conduct exams and declare
results on the prescribed dates. And they should be allowed to collect fixed
amount of paper money. The accounts of these schools must also be checked and
forced to pay all kinds of taxes. F.P Report
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Garbage strewn around Pindi schools
Rawalpindi: In a bizarre act, Pindi residents dump garbage in front of their houses and
shops and do not even spare educational institutions and hospitals. At times,
home industry vehicles and even civic bodies staff including sweepers are seen
indulging in the act of throwing the garbage collected from different houses in
the roadside nullahs thus causing them to overflow and inundate the area.
Residents of Asghar Mall Road condemned the action saying it set a wrong
precedent if the civic body staff meant for maintaining cleanliness spread
filth. Astonished by the act of the civic body staff that is supposed to
maintain sanitation in the city, those city residents who love cleanliness, keep
on complaining to the authorities concerned but their voice always falls on deaf
A visit to the area facing Sir Syed School near Darul Amaan wagon
stop can reveal heaps of garbage offloaded in front of the school. The
shopkeepers and people living in that area say before they can react or ask why
garbage was dumped in front of the school, the culprits sped away after throwing
Javed and Farooq, owners of roadside eatery, are the worst
hit as a huge heap of filth is dumped where their men cook. Strangely enough,
this scribe personally saw them dumping the waste food near their eatery. In
this nauseating art, residents of various localities, and shopkeepers and
vendors in the markets try to excel each other.
Besides, garbage is seen
dumped customarily before sweetmeat shops, bakeries, furniture showrooms, and
spare parts stores in almost every part of the city. People maintain the civic
body rarely sends team to remove the garbage and also inquire into the matter.
The builders offload debris along the streets and they never bother to clear the
place. Tiny tots of surrounding schools had a providential escape the other day
when they slipped on the filth drawn out in front of the school. The incident
happened when children were about to reach the school. A major tragedy was
Taking note of the impending danger, the school
authorities have written to the civic body to clear the filth as it poses threat
to schoolchildren. People fail to understand what the civic body administration
is waiting for. A month ago, they wrote a letter to them for clearing the
garbage which is on the roadside just outside the gate of the school, but
without any success," rued a teacher. "The municipal corporation staff do not do
the job properly as small pieces of garbage remain at many places, making the
roadside very slippery during rain. This needs immediate attention," she said.
Garbage dump in front of a school does not reflect the quality of
education imparted by the school, rather lack of interest from the sanitation
department concerned. Some schools have good building, student strength and
about dozens of teachers. They even have a good environment inside the school
premises that actually attracts. However, the scene outside the schools is a
complete contrast: uneven footpath with mounds of garbage strewn around, poor
access roads and a sewerage line that runs right across the schools.
if these were not enough, the people living in the surroundings of the school
dump garbage on the roadside. The drainage lines have now been covered. However,
since the lines are connected to several houses in the area, they get clogged
and overflow onto the road often. The news
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Planner of Islamic university blasts arrested
Islamabad: Police have arrested suspected planner and facilitators of
twin suicide blasts on the premises of International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI), sources informed.
Sources said that three or four
suspects had been taken into custody from different parts of the country.
He said the alleged planner, Z aging between 28 and 30 and a native of
Swat, had been taken into custody from Attock last week. He is affiliated with
Therik-i-Taliban Pakistan. The source said that the investigation into
the case had almost been completed and the suspects would soon be handed over to
city police for further legal action.
Two suicide bombers separately
struck at female caféteria and Imam Abu Hanifa Block (Sharia and Law department)
of the IIUI on October 20. As a result eight persons, seven students and an
official were killed and 34 students were injured.
investigators came to know that one of the attackers struck at the cafétaria was
in veil. However, it was yet to be identified that the attacker was man or
woman. Evidences and statements suggested that a 'woman' in veil was
spotted while acting suspiciously around the caféteria and disappeared after the
On the other hand city police officers neither denied nor
confirmed the arrests. They simply said the investigations were in progress and
some suspects in this regard were in the custody of the investigators. He
further said that the investigators were trying to find some missing links to
complete the investigations. They are trying to ascertain that whether the
suicide bombers were outsiders, or living in the university's hostel under the
garb of students.
Police expressed their ignorance regarding the arrest
of university's student and official. However, a senior official of the
university said that two Afghans studying in the university were in the custody
of the investigators. Besides, an Afghan female student of the university has
been missing since the blasts. Dawn
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IIUI delegation visited US universities
Islamabad: A delegation of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI)
led by its president visited various top ranking US universities recently with a
view to establish a long lasting collaboration with these institutions, said a
press release issued here.
The delegation visited the Michigan State
University, East Lansing, MI, Kent State University, State University of New
York and Stony Brook, NY. The matters deliberated upon included
introduction of IIUI 's academic programmes in the USA in collaboration with the
American universities; graduate level programmes; faculty and student exchanges;
joint research grants and interaction between faculty members.
relating to writing joint PC-1s and Pak-US funding, targeting various funding
windows such as the State Department, USAID, NSF and World Bank were also
explored. Daily times
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Navy engineers awarded degrees
Karachi: A total of 143 graduates, including seven Saudi students, were
awarded Bachelor of Engineering degrees at the 21st convocation of the Pakistan
Navy Engineering College, a constituent college of the National University of
Sciences and Technology, here on Saturday.
The graduating batch consisted of 76
Pakistan Navy officers, seven Saudi Navy officers and 60 civilian students, who
had been awarded degrees in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.
Addressing the ceremony, Pakistan Navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir said
that the country expected from educational institutions to generate meaningful
research which was relevant to our needs and offered indigenous solution to our
He urged the passing-out graduates to dedicate their energies
and capabilities to acquiring an advanced level of expertise in their area of
education to further strengthen the economy of the country. Dawn
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Lectures at US universities
Karachi: City Nazim Mustafa Kamal has urged the United States to provide
Pakistan access to its market in order to empower trade.
The aid money
that the US administration used to give Pakistan should be replaced with options
for open trade with the US.
Kamal stated this while delivering lectures
at Harvard University and Columbia University. He arrived from US on Thursday
evening. Daily times
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Seminar held at NUML
Islamabad: The Friendship Exchange Academic Seminar on Chinese and Islamic
cultures, organised by National University of Modern Languages (NUML)'s
Confucius Institute was held at university's Conference Room here on
Delegates from different countries like China, Afghanistan, Sudan,
Jordan, Algeria and Palestine attended the seminar. Yang Lianhai, Cultural
Counsellor of Chinese Embassy was the chief guest on the occasion.
Al-Difnattur from Algeria, Dr Abdulbaqi from Afghanistan, Dr Abdullah Rzk from
Palestine, Dr Abdulqadir Shlabi from Jordan and Dr Zhou Rong from China
presented their research papers in the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion,
Yang stressed the importance of cultivating linkages between Chinese and Islamic
cultures to maintain peace in the world today and for the development of both
the communities i.e. Chinese and the Muslims. He opined that dialogue process
between the both on cultural and technological exchange must proceed.
talking to the delegates, Prof Dr Aziz Ahmad Khan, Rector NUML, said that they
were aggressively following a policy of understanding each other and for that
purpose, the university administration had established the first ever Confucius
Institute of the Islamic world.
Dr Abdulbaqi said that the global relations
had been effected because of the imbalance in the principle of mutual respect
for rights and duties. He further said that the relations between China and
Islamic World would bring up an environment on international level for helping
to reverse the global policy of violence and to search cooperation between
participants instead of securing the interests of the powerful nations.
Dr Rubina said that China supported Pakistan's stance on Kashmir and Pakistan
also supported China on the issues of Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan. She while
supporting her point said that Chinese cooperation with Pakistan had reached
high economic points with substantial investment in infrastructure expansion, as
Gawadar Port was its fine example. She also said that the two countries had a
lot of common culturally as Asian culture as well as Islamic culture had a
number of practices, which were similar in nature, especially certain
Prof Dr Zhou Rong in his paper said that the cultural linkages
between the two different nations were deeply rooted between their people than
He further said that both Islamic and Chinese cultures had
capability to help each other to even much better scopes and dimensions. The nation
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Urdu translation of 'Media in Pakistan' released
Islamabad: Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), a research centre working on themes of peace
and security, has published the Urdu translation of 'Media in Pakistan: Between
Radicalisation & Democratisation in an Unfolding Conflict'. According to a
press release, the report notes that unlike previously unsuccessful transitions
to democracy, this transition is characterised by the presence of a newly
liberalised mass media. By highlighting these challenges, the report seeks to
focus on how the Pakistani media is effected by, and functions under the
conflict currently unfolding.
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Kundi made VC Gomal University
Dera Ismail Khan: Prof Dr Mansoor Khan Kundi assumed the charge of vice chancellor of Gomal
University on Saturday. He was recently appointed as the new vice chancellor of
the university. The news
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