Education nationalisation | Teachers vacant posts
Islamabad, Nov 01: Prime Minister Gilani's admission that the nationalisation of schools and colleges in the early
1970s by the PPP's founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was a mistake is likely
to revive debate on the topic. In real terms, the policy has
effectively been rolled back over the past couple of decades and now
private schools and colleges proliferate across the country. But the
prime minister`s assertion is nevertheless important for two reasons:
one, because reflection on policy issues is a much-needed quality that
political parties rarely display; and two, because the wider state of
education in Pakistan continues to remain dismal and requires serious
The wave of nationalisation across Pakistan under Mr Bhutto -
everything from banks to heavy industries to education - occurred in the
context of an international lurch towards left-wing politics. It was
fashionable, it was simplistic and it proved thoroughly ill-advised. The
motivation behind nationalising the education sector was laudable -
free education for all -but it ended up destroying quality institutions
while creating a new avenue for corruption (`ghost schools`, for
example). Benazir Bhutto appeared to understand the need to reverse many
of her father`s policies and used her periods in power to embrace the
neo-liberal paradigm: deregulation and privatisation. But while such
shifts in national economic and social policy have had profound effects
on citizens, there has been little debate on these matters. In part
this is perhaps because of the personality-driven politics of Pakistan,
where criticising a party leader, former or present, is considered
sacrilege. Mr Bhutto`s policy choices in the 1970s continue to impact
the economy and society in many ways today. If poor choices were once
made, not being able to call a spade a spade, or a mistake a mistake,
compounds the negative effects of those choices.
The second issue is that of the state of education in Pakistan: it
is, to put it bluntly, quite dismal. The latest analysis, courtesy the
State Bank`s annual report released recently, claims that while certain
indicators have stabilised or improved slightly, Pakistan overall
remains behind regional countries in the education sector. The report
highlights a familiar litany of problems afflicting the sector: low
female and rural literacy, low primary completion rate, high
pupil-teacher ratio, inefficient budgetary allocation, limited physical
infrastructure and lack of trained teachers. Following the 18th
Amendment, which has introduced a new right to free and compulsory
education for all children of age five to 16, the PPP has a unique
opportuity: with education now a provincial subject and given the PPP`s
presence in central and provincial governments, the party can lead the
way on education-sector reforms.
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Students suffer as 3,000 posts of teachers lie vacant in govt schools
Peshawar: Facing shortage of around 3,000 Senior English Teachers (SETs) the government
schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will have to wait for another one year to
fill the gap and save precious time of the students, sources in the
education department said on Saturday.
"Around 3,000 SET posts of grade-16 are lying vacant in the schools
for the last few years," the sources said, adding that it was the
responsibility of the Public Service Commission (PCS) to appoint these
They said that the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE)
department had made requisition to the PCS in January 2009 to recruit
the teachers. In February 2009, the commission advertised all the 3,000
requisitioned posts for which around 47,000 applications were received.
However, with the lapse of over one year, the PCS has yet to initiate
the appointment process.
The sources said that on the repeated requests of the E&SE
department, the PCS had assured it to start the recruitment process from
December 2010. "The commission has made five panels to interview about
75 candidates daily from December and if it invites at least five
applicants for each vacancy and conduct tests and interviews of at least
15,000 candidates on the 3,000 vacant seats, the process could take
almost a year," the sources said.
The shortage of such a large number of subject specialist teachers
had been particularly hampering the studies of grade-9 and grade-10
students in the province.
In such a situation the school administrations usually engage arts
teachers to teach science subjects, the task at times beyond their
"Definitely, the ultimate sufferers are the government schools`
students who often obtain low marks in Secondary School Certificate
(SSC) examinations, which closes the door of higher education in good
colleges on them," they said.
Director E&SE Sayada Sarwat Jehan, when contacted, said that she
was worried about the shortage of teachers in high schools. "We are
considering filling the vacant seats on ad hoc basis for a period of six
months or a year till regular teachers are appointed by the PCS," she
Legislators in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly have been repeatedly
demanding the government to appoint teachers on the vacant posts.
Speaker Kiramatullah Khan Chagharmatti, in a ruling, also had directed
the PCS to increase the number of its members to accelerate the
recruitment process, but the wait for arrival of new subject specialists
in government schools was still on. Dawn
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AIOU exams from November 4
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold examination
for ATTC/PTC/CT and BEd programmes for the semester Spring 2010 from
AIOU Controller Examination Hafeezullah said that roll
no slips of the students of the said programmes have been dispatched to
their given addresses by postal mail service. He said all those students
who may not receive their roll no slips by November 02 are advised to
contact the nearest regional offices of the university or superintendent
teacher education section, examination department for issuance of
duplicate roll no slip. For this purpose, he said students are advised
to bring two passport size photographs duly attested by the gazetted
officer roll no slip along with date sheet has also been placed on AIOU
web site. www.aiou.edu.pk for the information of the students.
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Rootsians exhibit sportsmanship
Rawalpindi: Roots School System held its open day here on Saturday on
the theme 'Sports for Peace' amidst enthusiasm and sportsmanship at all
campuses nationwide including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Wah Cantonment,
Peshawar, Mirpur, Lahore, Gujranwala, Abbotabad, Sialkot and
The main purpose of Sports Day was to improve the
health and well being of children by increasing opportunities for
physical activity and safe, meaningful play. The campuses were
transformed into sports club with arrangements like victory stands,
buntings and banners, display boards, racing tracks etc.
started their sports day with the march pass holding flags of their
respective classes. They then presented aerobics followed by a Karate
display. Rootsians exhibited commendable performance with their personal
conduct and sportsman spirit. The daylong sports event included
numerous games like football, cricket, tennis, table tennis, basketball
and volleyball. The matches were held amongst the students of
preparatory and senior branches. Equal opportunities were given to girls
The students of Montessori and Junior Schools competed in a
variety of races like the Egg-A-Thon race, the drinking straw race,
backward race, birdie feather race, picking of flowers, tunnel race,
balloon bursting, three leg race, costume race, tug of war, penguin
race, frog race, banana race, bunny's hopping race and obstacle race
Indulging in sports either in team sports or dual and individual
sports, leads to major boost in self-confidence. The ability to go on
the field and perform instils a sense of self-confidence, which is very
important for the development of a child's character. Moreover, the
sport infuses an ability in children to accept defeat on and yet believe
in their own capabilities bring a sense of positive attitude as well.
closing of the event was marked with the distribution of trophies and
certificates to the winners and participants by the chief guest Nadia
Khan, TV anchor. "It was highly commendable on the part of students for
participating in such an activity, which teaches them the importance of
healthy competition, sportsmanship and physical fitness. Sports
activities are indeed a great help to keep our children physically as
well as mentally healthy," she said.
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100 students of Govt School Kalyal adopted by Rootsians
Rawalpindi: The students of Roots School System, DHA Phase I, welcomed
about hundred girls students from Kalyal Government School to a
function that was arranged in their honour by the Liberating the Girl
Child Foundation (LGCF) society at Roots.
MNA Nuzzat Siddiq and
Roots School System Founder Director Riffat Mustaq graced the occasion
with their presence and congratulated the school on once again achieving
another milestone. What started as a community research project of a
seventh grade student while she was at the People to People's leadership
summit at Harvard University has today taken the shape of Liberating
the Girl Child Foundation. Today Roots School System DHA has made
community service compulsory for all the high school students. Each
student is required to complete at-least 60 hours of community service
and engagement in an academic year.
Liberating the Girl Child
Foundation (LGCF) was formed with the aim to promote gender equality in
education and to create awareness about the importance of educating and
empowering the girl child through education. Under this programme
different governments schools are to be adopted as 'sister schools' and
the initial project has commenced by adoption of the Government School,
Kalyal. The project not only aims to provide furniture and fixtures, but
a complete learning environment to the government school adopted. Thus
the LGCF team under the guidance of Neha Omair, LGCF president visited
the Kalyal School to survey their needs. The LGCF team aims to
strengthen the bond with the underprivileged schoolgirls by teaching
them on weekly basis and looking after their needs.
singularly a students' initiative and is run on 'self-help' basis, the
members of the LGCF have organised a fundraiser on October 30, 2010 to
generate funds for the various community development projects.
Mustaq, Director Roots School, in her speech said: "We believe sharing
is the essence of human relationships; Roots has taken this belief a
step further by trying to evoke empathy and not only sympathy; thus it
is not another act of philanthropy of which there is no dearth in our
society. We aim to build an emotional connection by adopting the
government schools, as sister schools and involving the students and
teachers of these schools in different activities."
The Kalyal School
girls were welcomed by the Rootsians to their school with open arms.
Each girl was given a rose at the entrance. The entire school building
was decorated with balloons, banners and buntings. While the girls
arranged for bangles and jewellery for the students from Kalyal School,
the boys made sure they played there part by bringing in chocolates and
sweets. It was difficult to identify the sister school students from
that of Roots School girls, as they sat together and enjoyed the magic
show followed by band performances. The highlight of the function
remained to be the performance by Uzair Jawal.
Programme has been introduced for the first time in any educational
institution in Pakistan as a part of curriculum, with the aim to
inculcate volunteerism, peace, harmony and tolerance. It is the dire
need of our times that every individual recognises the respect for human
rights and human dignity. This program has been launched with the view
to create social awareness amongst the children Under the Roots
Umbrella, on a self-help basis.
The day ended with an emotional
goodbye when the Roots girls hugged their new friends and many young
Kalyal schoolgirls had tears in their eyes, as they were over whelmed
with love and affection. Their eyes were beaming with hope, but most
importantly each one of them now had new aims in their hearts to
continue to learn and not drop out of school. The news
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College seeks retrieval of land
administration of only degree commerce college in the district has
sought help of National Accountability Bureau to retrieve its land from
illegal occupants, it has been learnt.
The principal of Government Degree Commerce College for Boys,
Satellite Town in his written request has asked the National
Accountability Bureau authorities that certain people had occupied 20
kanals of land situated near the college.
According to the letter, the college administration has expressed its
helplessness in removing the grabbers from this costly land, although
it has drawn the attention of all the authorities concerned towards the
A visit to the college revealed that a piece of land allotted to the
college in 1982 has almost been grabbed by an area influential person
and he was selling plots for residential purposes.
Principal of the college had been running from pillar to post to get
hold of the college land as the alleged encroachers were busy in
carrying out construction.
The land was allotted to the college by Rawalpindi Development
Authority (RDA) as the whole area was the property of the authority that
had cultivated a nursery of plants here.
The land was first grabbed by some people in 1986 but that possession
was obtained through a clean up action in 1998, the document said.
The principal approved Rs850,000 for the construction of a boundary
wall around the college land in 2003 but the provincial building
department did not approve the site for any kind of construction saying
the area had been filled with waste material and was not suitable for
It was in 2005 that the college administration decided to erect the
wall itself to safeguard the land as the academic block was situated on
six kanal land only and the rest of the land was being trespassed. But
the wall could not be erected owing to the resistance of the alleged
The college administration in 2008 conveyed their problem to Punjab
chief minister who directed the district coordination officer to look
into the issue of college land.
Rawalpindi Development Authority on the direction of the DCO carried
out the demarcation and declared the land was owned by the college but
could not do anything to get back the possession,
The acting principal Amjad Nawaz Toor said they could not do anything
to stop the construction as the case was pending before a court of law.
Hanif Butt the alleged grabber on the other hand maintained that he
had not encroached upon the college land rather he had purchased the
land from a man some four years ago. Dawn
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