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.

Sources 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 Election Commission.

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 October. Dawn

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"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
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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?"
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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 extra classes.

"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 very difficult.

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 well.

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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 institutions.

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 admission seeker.

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 expenses.

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 additional classrooms.

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.

He 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 region.

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 affectees.

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 situation.

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.

Ghazia 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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