200,000 children out of schools in Peshawar
Peshawar, Jan 18: Provincial government's Focus Group on Education Reforms has expressed concern over the lack of basic facilities in public sector schools in Peshawar district, where 0.2 million children are out of school.
The concern was voiced at a consultative meeting of the Group at University Town here on Monday. Members of the group, including JI's Kashif Azam, JUI-F's Arbab Farooq Ahmad, PTI's Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Khalil and Naila Naz, representatives of civil society and teachers' community were in attendance.
During the discussion, Sadiq Tareen, consultant of the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (ISPS), gave a detailed presentation on district education profile of Peshawar and challenges and how to address them.
He told the participants that in Peshawar district a total of 746 schools, including primary, middle, high and higher secondary, required complete or major rehabilitation, 430 lacked electricity, 200 drinking water, 75 lacked latrines and 46 were without boundary wall.
Mr Tareen informed the meeting that 43 per cent of children of Peshawar district never attended school against 57 per cent who went to school. He said that out of the total enrolled children only 46 per cent completed primary education.
He told the participants that 35 per cent (0.2 million) children were still out of schools with transition rate from class-V to VI being 81 per cent. He added that gender parity index at primary level was 0.69 per cent and 0.58 at secondary level. On the face of it, he said the government was spending very little per annum at the schools of Peshawar.
Imran Inam, the provincial representative of ISPS, appreciated the participants for their proposals regarding improvement in the education system in the province. He said that the institute would continue seeking feedback from the civil society in this regard. Dawn
LCWU students want sacked professor reinstated
Lahore: Students of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU)'s Department of Architecture on Thursday staged protest demonstration outside college campus on Jail road against termination of head of their department and merging of Architecture Department into Town Planning Department.
Students chanted slogans against the LCWU administration and demanded authorities including chief minister to take notice of the issue and solve the matter. Students also boycotted classes and said that they would not attend classes until the professor was reinstated on his position.
The LCWU administration had not reviewed the contract of former head of Architecture Department Dr Mahmood Hussain who was later appointed as consultant of the department due to his over age but the department was working under his supervision. The administration also merged the Architecture Department and City and Regional Planning Department.
Separately students of Architecture Department also wrote a letter to Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and demanded to take notice of the matter.
According to the copy of the letter available with Daily Times, students had claimed that Vice Chancellor LCWU Dr Sabiha Mansoor misguided them on the matter of Dr Mahmood as she said, "He was a consultant and a visiting lecturer but not a permanent faculty member."
She told students that he [Mahmood] could never be hired as a head because he was above 60, so the university hired him on the post of a consultant to start and run the department. "She assured us that she will not accept his resignation and it was hard enough for her to persuade him to start the department. We were told that she will have a meeting with Mahmood the next day", the letter further stated. Students said they wanted to study under the supervision of Dr Mehmood because their department and students had achieved several milestones under him. They wrote that after Dr Mahmood's joining, professional circles started to realise presence of LCWU Architecture Department. Daily times