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Programme to provide schools with facilities 'abandoned'
Peshawar, Oct 14: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has virtually abandoned the much-trumpeted Tameer School Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as its leadership hasn't launched an effective campaign inside the country and abroad for raising money to provide basic facilities to thousands of government schools.

Since the staging of an anti-government sit-in in Islamabad last month, the entire PTI leadership has been engaged with it setting aside its priorities, including collection of donation collection for the schools lacking basic facilities, the elementary and secondary education department officials said.

As there's no formal donation campaign, philanthropists and well-off people, too, have lost interest in the welfare initiative.

During the first two months of its launch, the Tameer School Programme had drawn tremendous interest of philanthropists and well-off people.

Under the programme, philanthropists, well-to-do families and donor agencies own responsibility of providing missing facilities to government schools.

Currently, around 10,000 government schools don't have electricity, 7,500 are without drinking water, 5,000 lack boundary wall and 4,000 have no washrooms, according to the official data of the department.

During the TSP launching ceremony on April 30 at the Government Girls Primary School in Duranpur, PTI chief Imran Khan had said the donation campaign would be launched in the country and in developed countries for the schools, which direly need basic facilities.

Imran Khan had said donation would be collected for the schools the same way he'd done for the establishment of the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. The Elementary and Secondary Education Department had also pinned high hopes on the TSP and donation for it.

In the first two months i.e. May and June of the TSP launch, over Rs15 million was given by the philanthropists.

With the encouraging participation of philanthropists in the TSP as pilot project, it was extended to the entire province in July.

As pilot project, the TSP was launched in five districts, including Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan, Nowshera, Mardan and Abbottabad.

However, in the previous around three months i.e. July, August and September, only Rs5 million was donated, according to information posted on the TSP website.

The programme is still there but there is no political ownership of it, so very few people come forward for helping the government provide missing facilities in schools.

The officials said it was discouraging that the rate of donation for the TSP was gradually on the decline.

He said under the TSP, donors took the responsibility of building additional classrooms, supplying water, making boundary walls, and setting up computer labs and washrooms at schools.

The official said of hundreds of schools in a shambles, only 40 schools have been provided with missing facilities under the TSP during the last five months.

According to him, the parent teachers' councils of the respective schools are responsible to use donated funds without the involvement of any department of the provincial government.

The official said more stress had been laid on transparency as all details related to the donated funds and construction work on missing facilities had been placed on the TSP website.

When contacted, provincial elementary and secondary education minister Atif Khan said the PTI had not given the required attention to the TSP due to the launch of a sit-in in Islamabad.

"Imran Khan still says effective donation campaign will be launched to provide missing facilities in the schools once the sit-in is over," he said.

The minister said the TSP was launched a bit behind schedule as the establishment of transparent system for donation and its use took several months. Dawn

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SBBU announces BA, BSc results
Dir: The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU), Sheringal Upper Dir, has announced the results of BA, BSc annual examination 2014.A press release issued by Controller of Examination Dr Muhammad Ali Khan said Saddam Hussain of Government Degree College Wari got first position with 457 marks: Arifa Isa of Government Girls Degree College Chitral stood second with 437 marks and Ijaz Ahmad of Government Degree College Wari stood third with 431 marks.In BA, Saiful Islam, a private candidate of District Chitral got first position with 392 marks. Ziaul Haq stood second with 389 marks and Yasina Nizar of Chitral College of Education, Chitral, stood third with 378 marks.A total of 11079 students had appeared in the BA, BSc examination out of which 4445 were declared successful. The result remained 40 percent.

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Changes in textbooks protested
Peshawar: The activists of Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) on Tuesday staged protest and blocked the main Jamrud Road for several hours to withdrawal of what they termed the un-Islamic changes in course books.

Separate processions were brought out from different universities on the University Campus Peshawar. The processions gathered at Road No 2 in the University of Peshawar (UoP) where from they marched towards Jamrud Road.

The protesters were led by campus president of IJT Shah Zaman Durrani, general secretary Hafeezullah and UoP president Atiqur Rahman.

They were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the provincial government and changes in the course books.

Our correspondent in Mansehra adds: The Shabab-i-Milli and Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba on Tuesday took out a rally against the changes in the curriculum.

The rally, which was taken out from the Technical College, culminated at Khatm-i-Nabuwwat Chowk.

Shakeel Ahmad said that lessons related to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), Hazrat Aisha, Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal had been removed from the curriculum. "We can't tolerate removal," said Ahmad.

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Sub campus of Bannu University inaugurated in Lakki Marwat
Lakki Marwat: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member National Assembly (MNA) Col (r) Dr Amirullah Marwat inaugurated the sub campus of the Bannu University of Science and Technology at the Government Postgraduate College in Lakki city on Tuesday.

The campus has been temporarily established in the postgraduate block of the college. It will become operational with immediate effect by offering research based higher education in two disciplines including education and research and political science.

Among others Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) MPA Munawar Khan Marwat, BUST Vice Chancellor Dr Abdul Rahim Marwat, Deputy Registrar Inamullah Marwat, director works Muhammad Rehan, Government Postgraduate College Lakki Marwat Principal Dr Muhammad Nafees, Prof (r) Haji Zarwali Khan and deans of IER and political science departments were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Amirullah said that the campus would pave the way for setting up a full-fledged varsity in the underdeveloped district. He said that district was lagging behind in education and that the establishment of university campus would help promote higher education in the area.

He said that promotion of education and research would open ways for development, adding that he would make sincere efforts to launch work on the cadet college project so that the students could get quality education near their homes.

The PTI lawmaker also promised to get funds approved for the rehabilitation and development of Sheikh Badin mountainous tourist resort in Darra Pezu. He asked the students to concentrate on their education and take enthusiastic part in social welfare activities.

MPA Munawar Khan said that with the establishment of campus the local youths would get rid of traveling to other cities for getting research based higher education. Vice chancellor Dr Abdul Rahim also spoke on the occasion. The news

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