Cadet College, Razmak students at stake
College closure: Future of 430 students at stake
Peshawar, Sep 09: The closure of Cadet College, Razmak in North Waziristan has
put the future of around 430 students at stake, as the government is
still indecisive about reopening the prestigious institution.
college was closed in haste by the government in June last and the
students and teachers were escorted out the restive tribal area, only
to be kidnapped by militants and then freed through the intervention of
Government and military officials at that time had
argued that the students and teachers of Cadet College, Razmak were not
safe as militants affiliated with Baitullah Mahsud could target the
government and army installations in the area after a military
operation was launched against them in the adjoining South Waziristan.
picturesque Razmak Valley is located on the border between South and
North Waziristan while the Cadet College is located in a military base.
Keeping in view previous attack on the college by the militants from
nearby Makeen town in South Waziristan in 2007 in which a science
laboratory was damaged, the military authorities feared the militants
could target it again. Hence, they had decided to close the college and
asked students and the teachers to leave the area.
As no proper
security arrangements were put in place for their security, Baitullah
men kidnapped some of the students and teachers near the Bakkakhel area
of FR Bannu. The Torikhel people, who live in Razmak area, later raised
a 300-member tribal lashkar that raided villages in the nearby South
Waziristan and recovered vehicles and luggage of the kidnapped
students. Led by Abdul Halim Khan, a noted Torikhel elder-cum-militant
commander of Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led militants, the lashkar warned
Baitullah to release the students and their teachers or face the
The pressure worked and Baitullah decided to
release the students and even met the cadets. Since June, the college
has been closed and an entire academic year of the students could be
lost. Parents of the cadets are seriously worried about uncertain
future of their children.
A retired subedar of the paramilitary
Frontier Corps (FC), Mohammad Iqbal is one among several other
concerned fathers. He said he was hoping for a bright future for his
son after getting him admitted to the Cadet College but was now a
worried man as there is no indication when the college would reopen.
said that NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani had constituted a
committee to select a safe place where the college could be temporarily
set up. One of the committee members, who wished not to named said that they inspected three places including the newly constructed
building of Government Degree College at Shankar in Mardan, Elementary
College Charsadda and another building in Swabi district for
accommodating the college temporarily. He said the committee was
keeping its work secret as the Torikhel tribe was opposing shifting of
the college from Razmak.
The member said the committee had sent
its recommendations to the governor and was waiting for approval of one
of the buildings to start classes. He said only three chapters of the
course had been taught to the students of Grade VIII and IX while
second-year classes were yet to be started.
The governor had
ordered an inquiry against the officials who closed the college and
then shifted the students to Peshawar without proper security. But
neither an inquiry was conducted nor any official was punished for
negligence. The news
"The college should be open with a friction of second 2 save the future of pakistan.....take action.they r nt taking action becaz the son of thy governor is not a student of this college. he cme frm balochistan 2 Nwfp 4 this purpose 2 close the future of pushtoons.he is an agent of America ."
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World Literacy Day: Illiteracy driving militancy: CM
Peshawar: NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said
that illiteracy and militancy are two big challenges being faced by his
government which can only be overcome with support of international
community and federal government.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion of International Literacy Day at
Chief Minister House here on Tuesday, he said that more than 50 per
cent population of the province was illiterate while the militants
further multiplied the problems by blowing up schools.
said main causes of the militancy were poverty, unemployment and
illiteracy. Those problems could only be overcome with active support
of central government and international donors, he added.
said the terrorists had warned them to step down within five days but
the government remained steadfast and did not bow to the anti-state
He said winning of the war against terrorists was impossible for the government without proper support of the public.
He expressed the hope that federal government and international
community would extend support to them so that poverty, illiteracy and
militancy could be overcome on permanent basis.
He said 80 per cent of the internally displaced persons had returned to their homes and the rest would also return soon.
KARAK: The district education department and the National Commission
for Human Development on Tuesday organised a walk on the occasion of
the International Literacy Day to create awareness among the masses
regarding the importance of education.
The walk started from the Higher Secondary School Karak and culminated at the DCO office.
The executive district officer (education), principal and students of
the school, officials of NCHD, ulema and elders participated in the
walk. Earlier, a ceremony was held at the school to highlight the
importance of education.
Speaking on the occasion, EDO
education Iqbal Khattak, principal of the school Sultan Khattak and
Markaz Coordinator of NCHD Aurang Zeb said that it was their duty to
spread education in every nook and corner of the district.
The EDO education resolved that they were trying their best to bring
the areas having comparatively low literacy ratio at par with the areas
with higher rate.
He said they would activate the Parent
Teacher Council (PTC) to bridge the gap between the community and the
schools' administration to create congenial environment for the
students. He appreciated NCHD for mobilising the local volunteers to
bring out-of-school children back to the schools.
The EDO urged teachers to fulfill their obligations in realising the dream of educated Pakistan.
APP adds: Like other parts of the country International Literacy Day
was marked in Bannu o Tuesday. The main function was held at Government
Senior vice president of Provincial Teachers
Association Khalilur Rehman Awan was the chief guest on this occasion.
With dedicated efforts of the various stake holders including parents,
teachers and government progress could be made in the educations
sector, he said.
He said that education was the top priority
of the government as it had doubled the budget to increase literacy
rate. He said that the purpose of the International Literacy Day was to
focus attention on the need for mass literacy and to highlight the
importance and benefits of literacy for individuals, societies and the
world community as a whole.
He said that the upcoming
educational policy having revolutionary changes would usher in a new
era, which would definitely end monotony of traditional way of teaching
He urged the education planners to adopt a
multi-pronged strategy for eradication of illiteracy. The government,
civil society and media should work together for promotion of literacy
and non-formal basic education in the country, Mr Rehman added. Dawn
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Govt to achieve 86% literacy rate by 2015: Bijarani
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar
Khan Bijarani has renewed commitment of the government to achieve
literacy rate of 86% by 2015 so that the new generation can be better
prepared to effectively run the country.
Literacy is the first
step and opens door to higher rungs of education, which is key to
progress of a country, the Minister said in an interview with APP in
connection with International Literacy Day.
The minister said,
no nation could move ahead and prosper without education. The day
should not be celebrated merely as a social event, but every individual
should realise his responsibility of promoting education to create a
The government is taking a number of
initiatives for the uplift of education sector, he said adding early
childhood education programme is the top priority to ensure provision
of quality education for every child.
"Although, the country was
facing challenges and lagged behind in education sector but we are
dedicated to the cause of fighting illiteracy," he added.
Minister also added that the new education policy would be submitted to
the federal cabinet on September 9 (Wednesday). The recommendations
from all the provincial authorities have been incorporated in the
policy, and the cabinet members will ponder to make it more effective,
The minister said, the upcoming policy having
revolutionary changes would usher in a new era of education which would
definitely end monotony of traditional way of teaching and learning.
the process of formulating the policy, all the stakeholders and
educationists were taken on board. The minister also urged the
education planners to adopt a multi-pronged strategy for eradication of
illiteracy and provision of basic education to all including children,
youth and adults.
The government, civil society and media
should work together for promotion of literacy and non-formal basic
education in the country, Bijarani added. The government has already
declared the year 2010 as Literacy Year.
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Students get scholarship cheques
Nowshera: The organization, Tanzim Al Saaiel-o-Mehroom, distributed
scholarship cheques of Rs1,000 each among 94 school children here on
The organization took the competitive examination from the children of
fourth and fifth grades at union council level. On the basis of this
examination male and female students were awarded scholarship. The
scholarships would continue throughout the career of the students.
cheque distributing ceremony was held at Government Girls High School
Nowshera Cantt. Farrukh Sair, director of the organisation, Anhanuddin
executive district officer (EDO) education, Ihtesham-ul-Haq deputy
district officer (DDO), Iqbal Hussain assistant district officer (ADO)
and Amjad Ali ADO were present on the occasion. The news
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