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Pakistan education in danger

Education in danger
Aug 19: The state of education in Pakistan has never been very good. An even bleaker picture emerges when we factor in the effect of natural disasters and militancy on education.

The devastation caused by the ongoing floods has been commented on extensively. However, what may have escaped our attention is the fact that the floods have also left an already shaky educational system in tatters.

Although the exercise of collecting data on the number of schools affected in the flood-hit areas has yet to begin, it is clear that the government faces an uphill task in rebuilding the educational infrastructure in these places. Man-made disasters have also taken their toll on Pakistan's education system.

Militancy, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has paralysed educational activities in several districts. Scores of schools have been bombed, with the extremists bearing particular animus towards girls' education.

In fact, it has been reported that hundreds of schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, even in areas not affected by militancy, have closed down because of a shortage of teachers as educators are not interested in serving in far-flung areas.

Enrolment in government schools is also low, while the dropout rate is high. The failure of the public school system has been cited as one of the reasons for growing extremism in society.

Though it is repeatedly pointed out that the education sector suffers from resource constraints, the money that is available is not judiciously spent. A glaring example is of teachers who draw salaries but don't actually bother to show up and teach. Setting things right in such a scenario will not be easy.

We must ask if the provinces are prepared to deal with the task of revamping the education sector made worse in many places by the floods. In the short term, while the government must provide food, shelter and medical care to flood-affected people it must also include educational needs in its rehabilitation plans.

Looking at the bigger picture, maladministration in schools and the leakage of funds meant for education must be strictly checked. The state must not lose sight of the importance of education in such times of crises. Dawn

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HEC verifies 300 degrees of Parliamentarians
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Chairman Javed Leghari has said that till now 300 degrees have been verified. Talking to Private TV channel, the Chairman HEC said, " Our sole purpose is to verify the degrees not to declare ineligible or disqualify any one. Whereas, HEC is an autonomous institution and answerable to the Prime Minister".The key challenge to HEC is unavailability of funds. The ratio of post-graduate education is only 0.5 Per cent in Pakistan. Degrees should not be the condition for taking part in election, however, keeping fake degree is a crime irrespective of any institution. While responding to a question he said that the degree of Federal Board's Chairperson is not fake, however, this issue is in under process at Karachi University. The nation

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FDE announces 226 posts for different teaching cadres
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would appoint 226 teachers in different cadres of teaching staff in federal government schools through walk in interview.

According to the official source, the teachers will be appointed from all the provinces including FATA, Northern Areas and Azad Jammu Kashmir.

The total posts in all the cadres for Merit are 15, Disable 03, Punjab 95, Punjab (Minorities) 03, Sindh 35, Sindh Minorities 01, Sindh (U) 17, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 29, Balochistan 17, NA/FATA 08 and AJK 03.

A total of 110 teachers including 90 male and 20 female will be appointed against the post of Matric Trained Teachers (BPS-09).

While 49 teachers including 35 male and 14 female will be appointed against the post of Trained Under Graduate Teachers (BPS-14).

Under (BPS-14), 50 Physical Training Instructors will be appointed out of which seats reserved for female and male are 40 and 10 respectively.

A total of 17 Drawing Masters (BPS-14), including 14 female and 03 male will be appointed under this category.

The required qualification for Matric Trained Teacher (MTT) is atleast 2nd class Matric or equivalent qualification with PTC.

For Under Graduate Trained Teachers (TUGT), minimum qualification is atleast 2nd class F.A/F.Sc or equivalent qualification with C.T.

However, if the suitable candidates with prescribed teaching is not available in both the categories, the candidates possessing higher teaching qualification may be considered for appointment to the said post.

The qualification required for the Physical Training Instructors is F.A/F.Sc in 2nd division and Junior Diploma in Health and Physical Education with atleast three years experience.

While, for Drawing Masters, 2nd class or grade 'C' Intermediate and one year diploma in Drawing with atleast two years teaching experience is required.

The interviews for the said posts will held at F.G. College, Dr. Daud Pota Road, Karachi Cantt, F.G. Public School Madrassa Road, Quetta and National Museum of Science and Technology near University of Engineering and Technology, G.T. Road, Lahore on September 25-26 for male and female candidates respectively.

The MTT and TUGT interviews will held on October 2-3 in Islamabad and the centres are F.G. Boys Model Schools I-10/1, 1-9/4, G-9/4, G-8/4, G-7/2, G-7/3, G-6/4, G-6/2, G-10/3, Humak, Ternol, Barakahu and Tarlai.

However, the interviews of Drawing Master and Physical Training Instructors will be held on October 04. The centres for interview are F.G. Boys Model School, G-9/1 and F.G. Girls Higher Secondary School, G-9/2 for male and female candidates respectively.

The candidates are require to produce Registration form duly filled at the time of interview which can be downloaded from the website

Maximum age limit is 35 years while five years age relaxation is also admissible as per government policy.

All those teachers who are working on contract basis under FDE may also apply for these posts. App

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