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The Week in Education (6th August to 12th August 2016)

Use of Technology for Awareness and Education

 

The Education Department was directed to raise awareness about the hazards of one-wheeling in the days leading to August 14 celebrations. The directive was issued by the Home Department and it encouraged the use of SMS service for the awareness campaign.

 

The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Peshawar has established a control room at the main office to facilitate the students and their parents during the Secondary School Certificate supplementary examination 2016, said a press release issued here on Monday. According to the official statement, the control room would remain opened between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily during the examination.

 

The Education Department of Punjab has decided to replace white boards and chalk boards with touch screens in Lahore’s schools as a move to beef up the teaching methods with new technology. In the pilot phase, smart boards will be installed in Boys School Model Town and Pilots Girls School Wahdat Road.

 

As many as 90,000 students have registered online for admission to colleges in two weeks, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Umar Saif said on Thursday. Addressing a meeting held at Arfa IT Tower, Saif said this year, 705 public colleges were accepting admission applications online compared to 650 colleges last year. He said the number of public colleges moving to online application systems was increasing by the day.

Corruption in Education Departments

 

As many as 4,553 bogus and politically-motivated appointments in the Sindh's education and literacy department have been regularized in old dates, putting an extra burden on the provincial kitty, Daily Times reported on 9th August, 2016.

Investigators from Anti-corruption Establishment Sindh discovered manipulation in Inter results of Board of Higher Secondary Education Karachi after 60 hours long scrutiny of the record. They identified that results of 95 candidates were tampered and their grades were changed from C to A or A+ grades.

 

 

Restraints on Access to Public Education

 

Last week’s national press reported various news stories of restraints put on education access in different parts of the country. 56 students were temporarily expelled from Malala Yousafzai’s former school Khushal Public School, Mingora. The decision of their temporary expulsion was taken because they were absent for 3 days after the end of summer vacations.

25 out of 51 Girls Primary Schools of district Chaman are not functioning. Parents are forced to send their girls to private schools. Teachers absenteeism’ is the reason behind non-functionality of those 21 schools. Real time monitoring system has failed to ensure their presence.

In Mirpurkhas division (Sindh), the digitisation of data has ironically led to the closure of 700 schools across the division. According to the new digital system, data of schools is entered in the Sindh EMIS if schools enter SEMIS Code. However, 700 schools of the division have been closed for the past four months because they don’t have the SEMIS Code. Meanwhile, provincial Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain has taken notice of this issue and directed the concerned officials to reopen the schools immediately.

 

After the ending of second shift in Degree College Jamrood, the future of almost 200 Matric passed students of Jamrood district is in danger and students have appealed to political management and department of education for the start of second shift in college.

A good number of students who recently passed matriculation examinations from different boards could not get admission in public-sector institutions, hence falling victim to opportunism in private sector. Due to extraordinary high merit and fewer number of government colleges in Punjab, these students are at the mercy of private institutions who demand heavy fees, taking full advantage of the poor mechanism to check fee structure in private educational institutions. The number of students who appeared crosswise the province is: 556,134 boys, and 506,358 girls.

 

Higher Education

 

In an effort to develop top quality higher education system for transforming Pakistan into a knowledge economy, Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved eight projects worth Rs36 billion which include establishment of university sub-campuses in districts, AJK Women University and PhD scholarship programme. Thousands of students belonging to far-flung areas would be benefitted from university sub campuses or campuses to be set up in every district, according to official sources here on Monday. As many as 10,000 PhDs will be produced in the next 10 years under the US Pakistan Knowledge Corridor to provide Pakistan high quality human resource for the next decade.

 

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, has launched the first phase of establishing physical and academic infrastructure of new sub-campuses of different universities at 31 districts of Pakistan.

Under the project, 66 campuses of public sector universities will be established in those districts having potential intake of 1,000-1,500 students while in other districts where the population is thin, the HEC will provide campuses of Virtual University.

 

On the other hand, Punjab government is not releasing funds for PhD scholars who have been selected by the provincial Higher Education Commission to study abroad in various disciplines. The funds were sanctioned back in the 2015-16 budget but the finance unit has not released the amount hitherto.

Scholarships

 

The FATA Secretariat has issued scholarships to student of technical and vocational institutes and has shied away from awarding bursaries for the general category. This is likely to impact their prospects for education.

 

Pakistani and American officials gathered today at a conference organized in connection with 33 Pakistani graduate students and two faculty members set to travel to the US for an exchange program. A semester shall be spent at Arizona State University and Oregon State University, where they will conduct research on Pakistan’s energy challenges.

 

 

Teachers

 

Another scam of child abuse surfaced in a private school in Sargodha where the teachers allegedly assaulted the students after calling them on the pretext of holding special classes during the summer vacations. Police have arrested 4 teachers allegedly involved in the incident of child abuse with 7 children.

 

Over the year’s government’s fixed minimum wages have reached Rs 14,000 per month, but the teachers of basic schools are still getting only Rs 5,000 per month. This was revealed in a written reply submitted by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training in the National Assembly to the question of MNA Aasiya Nasir. The letter also reveals that there are 12,304 Non-formal Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) currently working across Pakistan.

Teachers of Punjab have expressed reservation over deduction of Rs. 3,500 in lieu of Recovery of Pay. The conveyance allowance of schools’ heads has also been deducted although they were present in the schools during summer vacations. In Sindh and Balochistan, conveyance allowance is not deducted during the vacations.

The five-day training of the 52 principals of various government colleges of Punjab ended at Hafiz Hayat Campus of University of Gujrat (UoG) on Friday. After the training, they felt overwhelmingly pumped up for better performance with latest management and administrative skills in areas of governance, finance and audit controls.

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