HEC fake degrees | Pindi teachers shortage
HEC finds six more degrees fake or invalid
Isalamabad, Sept 27: The Higher Education Commission has so far verified
educational degrees of 439 lawmakers and held 55 degrees as fake or
invalid, informed sources said.
Fresh in the list
of those found to be holding fake or invalid degrees include member of
the National Assembly Mazhar Hayat (NA-138), members of the Punjab
Assembly Shaukat Aziz (PP-4), Irshad Ahmad Khan (PP-254), Rana Abdul
Rauf (PP-279) and Shabina Riaz (reserved seat), and member of the Sindh
Assembly Jam Saifullah Khan Dharejo.
Those who have been given
clean chit by the HEC recently include Senators Javed Ashraf Qazi
(PML-Q), Tahir Hussain Mashadi (MQM) and Gul Mohammad Memon, Gul
Mohammad Lot (PPP); MNAs Kishan Chand Parwani, Dr Darshan, Dr Mahesh
Kumar and Sardar Jafar Khan Leghari; members of the Punjab Assembly Dr
Ghazala Raza Rana, Mohammad Hafeez Akhtar Chaudhry and Shahid Khalil
Noor; and members of the Balochistan Assembly Mohammad Nawaz, Sultan
Mohammad, Ghazala Gohar, Jai Parkash; and member of the Sindh Assembly
Ghulam Mohammad Shahani.
The ruling PPP continues to top the list of fake and dubious degree-holding lawmakers with 16, followed by PML-N and PML-Q.
in the Election Commission said that the fifth hearing of the cases of
lawmakers accused of holding fake or invalid degrees would be held on
Sept 30. They said MNA Ahmadan Khan and members of the Balochistan
Assembly Yar Mohammad and Shama Parveen Magsi would appear before the
committee headed Mohammad Afzal Khan, the nominated officer of the
They said the hearing would take place also
on Oct 4 and Oct 11 and the process of initial hearing to enable
legislators to express their viewpoint would be completed by the end of
"A nation that cannot invest in the education sector will not be able to
compete with the fast-progressing world in the long run. The countries
which invested heavily in their education sector such as India, Korea,
Finland etc are now getting the dividends. We cannot progress unless we
do not declare education as our number-one priority. Around 40 per cent
of the population in Pakistan are young boys and girls. Without proper
education, they will remain a soft target for anti-social elements."
Name: Muhammad Amir Khan
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
"In a recent survey, carried out by the News Week, Finland was declared as
the best country in the world. A few years earlier, the same magazine
had complimented the Finns as a "society that values both its teachers
and students". The Finns also scored the first place in literacy among
15-year-old students around the world.
Finland has achieved this
distinction because they learn well and they are taught well. About
$6000 per anum are spent by their government on each university student.
On the other hand, look at Pakistan, where we have money available for
every useless purpose except education. When our parliamentarians can
triple their assets within a few years, why can't we pay our teachers?"
Name: Bahre Kamal
City, Country: Peshawar, Pakistan
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Shortage of teachers affecting students in Pindi
Rawalpindi: Shortage of teachers in the government schools is not
only affecting education of students but also teachers who have to take
"We are facing very tough routine, as there is
shortage of teachers in many government schools of Rawalpindi division.
Just because of this shortage we are bound to take extra classes, which
has disturbed our routine. We are taking extra classes but not getting
single rupee for this," they added.
Now the education department has
decided has posted many teachers where there is shortage of teachers.
Saleem Raza, a schoolteacher, said that there is shortage of teachers in
my school that's why I am taking extra classes. This is not only
affecting the education standard but also creating problems for us, as
we are performing restless duties but not getting compensation. He said
that the education department has decided to post more teachers in
different schools where teachers are short but this would create more
problems for teaches as performing duty away from their native town is
Muhammad Majid, another schoolteachers, said that
just because of the shortage of teachers many junior teachers are taking
classes of grade 9 and 10 while they have no experience to teach higher
classes badly affecting the education standard in government schools.
"The concerned authorities should hire new teachers to overcome the
shortage of teachers," he added.
When contacted EDO
Education Malik Ashraf, he said that we are now transferring teachers in
other government schools where teachers are short. This would solve all
the problems of teachers and would improve the standard of education as
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Commerce college: Door closed on self-finance admission seekers
Rawalpindi: The only public sector college offering commerce
education at the bachelor level in the district is unable to accommodate
the aspiring students as the Technical Education and Vocational
Training Authority (Tevta) has stopped it from offering admissions on
self-finance basis, it has been learnt.
The Government Commerce
Degree College, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, used to accommodate 400
students at the graduation level every year. Of these, 200 seats were
filled on merit while the remaining admissions were given on
self-finance basis. The 200 seats on merit were accommodated in the
morning and evening shifts equally.
However, with the directive
to the college to stop the self-finance programme, a large number of
admission seekers would either have to approach private educational
institutions or discontinue their education.
A college teacher
said students always preferred to take admission in the college even on
self-finance scheme because it charged a nominal fee compared to private
The institute, which was established in the '60s, was upgraded to the degree college level in 1982.
Principal of the college Mian Rahat said that they charged only
Rs6,500 as the annual fee from each B.Com student while under the
self-finance programme the amount was Rs9,000. It may be mentioned that
students in private colleges have to pay around Rs50,000 per year.
The principal said the college had been paying due share of the income
generated through the self-finance scheme to Tevta, but the government
stopped the institution from continuing the self-finance programme.
Every year, he added, the college received over 1,000 admission forms
for morning and as many for the evening shift.Some of the students
seeking admissions said that this year the institution was not
offering 200 extra seats on self-finance basis.
"We want to get
admission in the government college because acquiring commerce
education is very costly in private institutes," said Jamshed Khan, an
He said he had done his I.Com from a private
college but could not afford to continue due to high fee there. Tehreem
Fatima said though there were some good private colleges in the city
offering B.Com programme but most of the students could not bear their
Mohammad Ibrahim, the father of a student, said
commerce education had gained significance and the government should
open more colleges to facilitate students of low income families to
continue their education.
When contacted by this reporter,
Tevta Zonal Manager Mohammad Rasheed said the government had decided to
double the capacity of the only degree college in Rawalpindi.
He said the self-finance scheme in the college had been stopped in order
to offer regular admissions to 400 students. He said efforts were also
underway to retrieve the encroached land of the college to build
The official said the government had
also planned to upgrade two intermediate level institutions, one for
boys and the other for girls at Peshawar Road. These institutes are
currently offering D.Com diploma programmes. Dawn
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SAARC youth workshop
Islamabad: Ministry of Youth Affairs in collaboration with SAARC
Secretariat has planned to organise SAARC workshop for promoting
regional harmony among young generation from September 27 to 29 here.
This was stated by Federal Minister Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto while talking to APP here on Sunday.
informed that out of eight SAARC member countries, six Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are participating in this
workshop. "Five-member youth delegation from each country will
participate in the workshop", he said.
He said that it is a first
SAARC youth workshop, which is being organized on this topic. He further
said that the main objectives of this workshop are to provide a
platform to the youth of region to share their experience and suggest
programmes under which both the states and civil society need to work
collectively to create such an environment wherein the energies of our
youth can be canalised for the peace and betterment of people of this
He said that it is hoped that this initiative of Pakistan and
SAARC Secretariat will go a long and the youth of our region will act
as agent of peace in the region.
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City school organises carnival for flood victims
Islamabad: The City School, Capital Campus here on Saturday organised
'carnival with a purpose' in order to raise funds for the flood
Usually the students organise 'Eid Milan' parties, but
this time they forego their party in order to organise a carnival
through which the students could revive the values of charity,
selflessness, sharing and community service.
It is important to
inculcate these values in the students for their holistic grooming and
development. The venue was brimming with excited students, who were
thoroughly enjoying themselves with the presence of in house band, who
were singing famous songs and the students loved them. Any student could
come on the stage and sing a song in front of a huge audience. The
students also experienced to put up various stalls of their choice and
learn about planning, strategy and the profit/loss in real life
The teachers motivated the students to participate in the
event and kept their morale high. They helped the students to put up
different stalls and taught them how to mange their finances. More than
3,000 students thronged the venue and enjoyed at the stalls of
palmistry, tattoos and handicrafts. The students also loved the food
that was available at different stalls offering scrumptious cuisines.
The students through this carnival were able to collect a handsome
amount of money to donate their brethren that were affected by the
floods. The news
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Moot on aid work at SZABIST
Islamabad: A workshop on relief activities during national disasters was
held at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and
Technology, Islamabad on Saturday. app
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Thesis on Ghazia's poetry published
Islamabad: A thesis on the poetry of Mehmooda
Ghazia by a student of National University of Modern Languages' (NULM)
Urdu Department has been published.
Ghazia has been performing duties as Director Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Ministry of Culture.
has managed to express her views through poetry and column writing. She
had adopted the poetry as a medium to explain the unevenness and lack
of respect for women in this part of the world. Daily times
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