Schools poor security | FAPUASA black day
Only 28pc girl schools have proper security
Islamabad, Dec 18: Majority of the middle schools for girls
in the country lack proper security arrangements, a survey conducted by a
group of 30 civil society organisations showed.
Fafen Education Institution Monitor closely observed 106 girl middle
schools across Pakistan during October 2010 and deplored that despite
tall claims the government had not provided foolproof security to the
educational institutions in the face of terrorist threats and attacks on
During the survey it was found that 72 per cent of the girl schools –
100 per cent in Balochistan, 73 per cent in Sindh and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 63 per cent in the Punjab – were without security.
Fafen visited 43 girls' middle schools in 28 districts of Punjab, 26
schools in 17 districts of KP, nine schools in as many districts in
Balochistan, 26 in 17 districts of Sindh and one school each in a Fata
agency and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to monitor the state of
physical infrastructure, attendance of teachers and students, staffing,
facilities and funds.
It was found that though the schools were maintaining rudimentary
physical infrastructure, a significant proportion of schools were
without proper buildings, furniture, required facilities for staff and
students and recreational services.
As many as 48 per cent schools had no staff room for teachers and 45
per cent schools lacked required furniture in classrooms. The facility
of clean drinking water for the students was also not available in 38
per cent of the monitored schools across the country.
The survey findings said the situation was worst in Sindh where 54
per cent of the schools lacked clean drinking water, followed by 44 per
cent schools in Balochistan.
Half of the schools were without playground–56 per cent schools in
Balochistan, 54 per cent in KP, 50 per cent in Sindh and 47 per cent in
On average, 15 per cent of the teaching posts and 13 per cent non-teaching posts in the girls' middle schools were vacant.
The data suggested that one teacher was available for 27 students on
average. However, lower ratio was seen in Balochistan, where a teacher
was available for every 43 students. Nationwide, 68 per cent monitored
schools reported maximum (76 to 100 per cent) teacher attendance on the
day of monitoring. Around 71 per cent schools reported maximum student
Interestingly, more than 83 per cent of the girls' middle schools of the country declined to share budgetary details with Fafen.
No school in Balochistan, Fata and ICT shared budgetary information.
According to budgetary details provided by 18 observed schools
nationwide, the government spends Rs3,943 on each student of the
schools. In KP per student spending is Rs5,965, followed by Punjab and
Sindh where Rs3,791 and Rs2,379 were available to be spent on each
enrolled student, respectively. Dawn
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FAPUASA to observe black day on 21st
Islamabad: The Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Associations has decided to
observe a black day in all the public-sector universities on Dec 21
across the country.
The announcement to observe black day was
released after an executive committee meeting of FAPUASA held in the Law
College Hall of University of Peshawar on Tuesday. Prof Mahr Saeed
Akhtar, President of the Federation, was in the chair.
Prof Kaleemullah Breach, Secretary of FAPUASA, said that
teachers would hang banners, posters, black buntings and wear black
armbands. He said that a protest camp would be set up in the Peshawar
University on the occasion. He said if the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government
did not restore the 1974 University Act, the federation would launch a
countrywide protest campaign.
Among others, Prof Zahid Majeed
(Vice-President FAPUASA), Prof Kaleemullah Breach, Secretary FAPUASA,
Prof Fida Muhammad (President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter), Prof Badar
Soomro (President, Sindh chapter) and Prof Zafar Noon (President Punjab
chapter) attended the meeting.
Under the new law passed by the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the number of six elected professors in
syndicate of a university was reduced to zero and this executive organ
of the universities was downgraded to a debating forum.
the powers of existing syndicate stand shifted to a new 21-member
Senate, which will have only two professors who will not be elected but
nominated by the vice-chancellors of the respective universities. The
law is operative for all universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
FAPUASA meeting took a strong exception to "anti-education Governor
Owais Ghani" and rejecting all the amendments to the UoP Act of 1974
under MUO, demanded Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti to repeal all the
amendments enacted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on December 6.
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Seminar on teachers training assessment held
Islamabad: The Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission (HEC),
organised a one-day seminar on 'Impact of Various Assessment Tools on
Teacher's Training Assessment' at its secretariat.
was a part of the impact assessment module development process for
semester examination system. More than 70 participants, including
examination staff and faculty members of public sector universities of
Rawalpindi and Islamabad, attended the seminar. Professor Dr. Norman of
the Reid University of Glasgow, UK, was the keynote speaker.
HEC has approved the policy guidelines on semester examination system
and the same had been circulated to higher education institutions on
December 4, 2008 for implementation.
It was emphasised that
there is a need to revitalise the existing examination system by
implementation of innovative techniques of assessment learnt by quality
forums. Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Adviser (HRD) HEC presented a shield
and a certificate to Dr. Reid.
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IIU students bag first position on video documentary
Islamabad: The video documentary titled 'Pass Roti Na Ho To Khilonay Se Kia' prepared
by the students of International Islamic University (IIU) got first
position in a conference on media students' research on child labour.
conference was organised under the project 'Activating Media to Combat
Worst Forms of Child Labour'. The Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting in collaboration with Government of Norway is implementing
the project through International Labour Organisation (ILO). Norwegian
Ambassador Terje Barstad was the chief guest on the occasion.
from Mass Communication departments of three universities of the twin
cities participated in the conference where they screened their
documentaries before a five-member panel of experts, headed by Jamal
Shah - an artist, actor and founder of Huner Kada Institute. Other
members included Usman Khalid, Anam Abbas, Shehryar Mufti and Saifullah
Chaudhry. As many as 34 students under the supervision of their
respective faculty of three universities including Fatima Jinnah Women
University (FJWU), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) participated in the project. The
students produced eight documentaries depicting the miseries of the
children who are engaged in different forms of labour.
Director, ILO Pakistan, Donglin Li, Director General Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Azam, Joint Secretary Ministry of
Labour and Manpower Mustafain Kazmi, Deputy Managing Director Pakistan
Television Corporation Shahid Nadeem and Senior Programme Officer, ILO
Pakistan Muhammad Saifullah Chaudhry also attended the event along with
the students and faculty members.
The Norwegian Ambassador Terje
Barstad said the constitution of Pakistan prohibits child labour and
the country has ratified ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on child labour and
has also enacted legislations. "However, social transformation is
needed to wipe out the problem of child labour from the country. In this
regard the role of print and electronic media in Pakistan is of extreme
Talking about the project, he said it is now
completing its second phase on December 31. He appreciated the ILO
participation in engaging mass communication students to highlight the
issue of Worst Forms of Child Labour.
Country Director ILO
Donglin Li said that globally there are various conventions available
that highlight the need to protect the rights of children. The
convention on the Rights of Children was unanimously adopted by the
forty-fourth UN General Embassy in 1989. The ILO convention 138th on
Minimum Age has been ratified by 154 member countries. He said ILO
technical support to the government has resulted in the formulation of
National Policy on Child Labour. And due to recent technical inputs into
the newly developed national education policy 2009, it now articulates
the need to initiate large-scale education programme to rehabilitate
child labourers, both boys and girls, through the introduction of
special education in government schools.
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Commemorative tickets on IIU silver jubilee issued
Islamabad: After approval of the Prime Minister, Pakistan Post (PP) has issued
commemorative tickets on the occasion of silver jubilee of International
Islamic University (IIU).
Pakistan Post (PP) Additional Director
General (ADG Operation) Fazli Sattar and President IIU, Dr. Anwar
Hassan Saddique also inaugurated the sale counter here at the university
campus. Fazli Sattar addressing on the occasion said that it is a great
occasion for Pakistan Post to issue commemorative tickets on completion
of 25 years of the university successfully.
He said that this
ticket is like a mobile ambassador, which will project the message of
services to the nation by the university within the country and abroad.
He said that basically Pakistan Post issue the tickets on 50 or 100
years completion but for great educational institutions, the PP issued
the tickets on the completion 25 years.
He said that 0.5 million
tickets were issued and he hoped that every student must buy the ticket
and keep it by those who have a hobby of collecting commemorative
tickets. Fazli Sattar further said that Pakistan Post will further
extend the network of services for their customers in the country.
said that Pakistan Post will also establish their branch in IIUI soon.
The University has promised to buy more than 200,000 tickets monthly.
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Beaconhouse team wins trophy
Islamabad: The Beaconhouse Robotics Society at Margalla Campus A Level Branch
organised an exciting Robo-Wars 10, a tech-fest blend of scientific
creativity and intellectually simulating entertainment, says a press
release issued here Wednesday.
The winning team from Beaconhouse
Margalla, A Level Branch, comprised Anam Zain, Ammad Khalid, Danish bin
Khalid and Abdur Rehman ,who together built a robot, which lifted its
competitors off the ground. After an exhilarating semi-final and
eliminating 7 other robots, their robot succeeded in emerging as the
The purpose of the event was to encourage students to
come up with the best possible solutions and application of scientific
knowledge gained inside their classrooms. It was an exhilarating
exhibition of talent on the students' part and an exhibition of strength
on the robots.
Riffat Arif, Headmistress of Beaconhouse
Margalla Campus, A Level, Branch said that she was proud of all
students, who had displayed their technical expertise and understanding
of Physics, Math and knowledge in such a practically invigorating
She said that it was part of the essential Beaconhouse
experience to allow students to experience the leadership skills and
organisational management through these events as all activities and
events are planned, implemented, managed and conducted by students with
guidance and supervision by teachers.
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Beaconites raise funds for flood victims
Islamabad: A 'Bake Sale' was organised by the Community Service Society at the
Beaconhouse All Girls A Level Branch in Sector F-10/3 to raise funds for
flood victims, says a press release.
The event was largely
attended by students of the AGAL as well as neighbouring schools
including Beaconhouse, F-11 Campus, Elite International School and
AGAL is a part of the Beaconhouse School
System. It is an exclusive all girls programme, which provides high
standard education and allow girls immense freedom and ample
opportunities to excel. Currently, 104 girls are getting education on
The event was a conscientious effort on part of
young girls, which not only raised a generous amount for winter clothing
for the flood-affected people but also created awareness among their
peers. 'International Cuisine' was the theme of the event in which food
stalls for different countries were set up. Students worked tirelessly
to raise funds for the noble cause, which will be donated to flood
victims in cash and kind.
The Beaconhouse All Girls A Level
Branch's Community Service Society is working tirelessly for the cause
since the calamity hit Pakistan earlier this year.
head of the Community Service Society, along with the head girl, Aleena
Umair, were responsible for organising the event. They were
wholeheartedly supported by the entire student body to help the
flood-affected population of Pakistan.
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SLS Montessori and School holds open house
Rawalpindi: An Open House was organised at the Lalkurti branch of SLS Montessori and
School, showcasing the lessons learnt by the Junior and Senior
Montessori students, in the form of a stage show.
walls displayed the art and handwork that the students have been doing
throughout the term, with fine examples of vegetable printing; paper
cutting and freehand drawings and along with colourful balloons hanging
all over, the atmosphere was quite festive. The stage had been set up
under a shamiana and it is creditable that the programme began in time -
a good example to set as it is a vital lesson children must learn from
an early age! Parents who came late missed out on some items that were
performed in the beginning and if their children were 'acting' in them
then they must have been disappointed.
Poems and nursery rhymes
both in English and Urdu were sung or recited. There were a couple of
dress shows with the little boys and girls proudly showing their
costumes - Cinderella; the wicked witch; a clown and other nursery rhyme
characters in the first lot; doctors, soldiers, pilots workmen and
other working people in the second group.
The outfits showcased
the gamut of the different people who live and work to make up a
society. The children had learnt their lessons well and were confident
while delivering their roles which must have made their parents proud. The news
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