Schools colleges foolproof measures
Senate body calls for enhancing security of educational institutions
Islamabad, Nov 13: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator SM Zafar has
directed the Ministry of Education to take foolproof measures, in collaboration
with the Ministry of Interior, for ensuring and enhancing security of
educational institutions of the federal government in view of the prevailing
security environment in the country.
The committee, which met at the
Parliament House on Thursday, took cognisance of the media reports regarding
unwarranted increase in the monthly fee by some of the private schools in the
name of additional security, and instructed the ministry to take up the matter
with the management of such schools and bring an immediate end to this unhealthy
The committee also recommended duty-free import of metal
detectors, walk-through gates and other security gadgets, especially for
bolstering security of educational institutions. It asked the education ministry
to make sure that the SOP agreed upon with the management of private schools for
improved security must be implemented in letter and spirit to avoid any untoward
incident in future.
The private schools not complying with these
instructions may be closed down till the time they improve their security
profile, it instructed. The members of the committee underscored the need to
build the morale of the people, especially parents and to prepare them for the
struggle that looms ahead with regard to the threat of terrorism and extremism.
"The Pakistani nation is passing through a critical juncture of its
history and everyone of us must have proper realisation of the fact that the war
against terror cannot be won without the cooperation and support of the public,"
it added. The chairman of the committee said: "Education is the most
important agent of change; illiterate nations cannot progress in the present day
world and we cannot compete with others unless we have a high rate of literacy."
The committee observed that only meaningful, comprehensive and liberal
education could produce an enlightened nation and, therefore, education must be
accorded the highest priority. The committee asked the ministry to provide
comprehensive briefing and presentation on the national education policy and
national curriculum along with details of foreign funding, etc. It said the
committee may visit some schools to see things for itself.
for Education, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, informed the meeting that security
aspect was being looked after carefully and the ministry was in touch with the
management of schools to chalk out better strategies in this regard.
informed the committee that these have been asked to erect boundary walls of
eight- foot height with two feet barbed wire on top. Only parents of students or
near relatives authorised by them would be allowed to visit schools. He assured
the committee that every effort would be made to follow the instructions given
by the Senate body.
The committee recommended posting of uniformed and
properly trained guards on the gates of each and every school and parking should
not be allowed near the boundary walls. It also suggested that no vendor should
be allowed to hang around the schools at closing time.
In order to
honour the sacrifices rendered by students and teachers of schools in the FATA,
Malakand division, etc, at times by laying down their lives, the committee said
a monument be erected to recognise their services.
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UK started sending passports to Pakistani students
Islamabad: The British High Commission (BHC), with the permission of the
Foreign Ministry, has started sending passports of Pakistani nationals aspiring
for student visas to Abu Dhabi.
The student visa aspirants and their
families have voiced strong protest over it, saying the procedure has increased
the chances of misplacement of passports or their slipping into wrong hands.
Diplomatic sources told Online that the Foreign Ministry in violation of
clause-7 of Passport Act had allowed the BHC to send passports to Abu Dhabi for
issuance of visas to students. However it was an offence under the laws. The
sources said the government of Pakistan wanted the early completion of the visa
issuance process for Pakistani students. However, the process of sending
passports to Abu Dhabi by BHC will further delay the visa issuance.
contacted, a senior Foreign Ministry officer confirmed that only visa
applications were earlier sent to Abu Dhabi and passports were not sent there
but since the last one and a half week, the passports of all categories were
being sent to Abu Dhabi. "The government of Pakistan has accorded its permission
under the pressure of the British government," the official added.
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Traffic plan for Harley Street finalised
Rawalpindi: The traffic plan for private schools in Harley Street has been
finalised, Chief Traffic Officer Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Abbas said here on
Thursday. He said that the plan was prepared in consultation with heads of all
18 private schools located in the street.
Entry of heavy vehicles has been
banned in Harley Street while the road will remain open for traffic coming from
Tahli Mori from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.There are some 18 schools
in Harley Street and the increasing rush of vehicles to pick and drop children
puts an extra burden on the road, which hampers the traffic flow in the
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City School starts virtual classes
Islamabad: Keeping in view the current security scenario of the country,
the City School has introduced virtual classes at different levels. The purpose
of the programme is to facilitate students' learning during emergency situation
and guidance whenever they are out of the school premises.
The City School has
launched the subject-wise online interactive classes, which have shown excellent
results in a pilot project at one of their campuses during the past two months
and they plan to launch this programme across the network. The news
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52 students leave for studies in Australia
Islamabad: The Australian High Commissioner, Tim George,
Thursday bade farewell to 52 recipients of Australian Scholarships for
These talented Pakistani students are about to begin Masters level
studies in that education-friendly country, said a press release.
scholarships, which highlighted the strong development partnership between
Australia and Pakistan, have been awarded under two programmes, namely
Australian Development Scholarships Programme and the Aus AID-Carnegie Mellon
University Scholarships Programme.
These scholars will study in the areas of
health, education, natural resource management, social science, governance,
information technology, law & legal studies, the release further said.
Talking to the youth, the High Commissioner said the scholarships were
emerging leaders of Pakistan.
"The Australian Scholarships Programme aims to
contribute to the long-term development needs of Pakistan, promoting good
governance, economic growth and human development," the press release said.
These scholarships will provide Pakistani professionals with the necessary
skills and knowledge to drive change and influence development outcomes in
Pakistan by obtaining relevant tertiary qualifications at high quality
Australian higher education institutions.
At the completion of their studies,
these scholars would return to Pakistan to contribute to the development of the
country. Many previous scholarship holders have become leaders in government,
the private sector and non-government organizations, it concluded. The nation
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ICG new student council
Islamabad: The elected members of the Student Council of Islamabad College
for Girls (ICG) F-6/2 Thursday took oath in 23rd investiture
The members of the council were elected for the year 2009 and
they took oath to express commitment to play their role for well being of
students. Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General Shaista
Pirzada, as a chief guest, urged the elected members to fulfil their
responsibility and promises they made today.
"It is your responsibility
to do something for the betterment of the country and set an example for the
future generations," she said. "Student Council must act as a bridge
between the administration and students and should work to resolve issues of
students with honesty and dedication," Shaista said.
The director general
said, "It is the duty of youth of today to ponder over the existing situation
and play their role in bringing about a charge." She also advised the students
to fulfil their responsibilities by properly managing time for study, family and
"You should put those demands before administration
,which it can fulfil," she added. She appreciated Principal Nancy Naseem
and the teaching staff for the fabulous organisation of constructive and
productive co- curricular ventures in the college.
Shaista noted with
satisfaction that students took great interest in their council activities and
lauded smooth transfer of power after elections. She said that the
process of election reflects empowerment through a democratic
process. The newly elected President Ramla Khalid took the oath from the
D.G. and headed over the candle of office by the ex-president Maria
The principal of the college, Nancy Naseem in her welcome address
presented the history and traditions of the college.
The FDE director
general distributed badges to the newly elected members including President
Ramla Khalid, Vice President Esha Tanzeem, General Secretary Aqsa Batool, Joint
Secretary Rija Sardar and treasurer Javeria Mushtaq. The ceremony was
attended by principals of the federal and model schools and colleges, parents of
the students and officials of the Federal Directorate of Education. The news
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