ISLAMABAD: National Curriculum Council (NCC) meeting was held on Wednesday with Sindh representation absent in the first meeting.
The meeting organised by the Ministry of Federal Education, was held to develop a consensus on introducing a uniform system of education in the country.
Neither the Sindh education minister nor the education secretary attended the meeting, and sources in the PPP have said the move to convene the NCC meeting is unconstitutional.
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, who chaired the meeting, said that the literacy rate has fallen in the last few years from 60 to 58.
“More than 22 million children in Pakistan are out of school,” he said, adding that the country had so far failed to provide quality education and a uniform curriculum to students.
The meeting was attended by stakeholders from the public, private and madressah systems, the higher education sector and the provinces.
SC order: Pct. schools to face action
ISLAMABAD: Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) will take action against private schools functioning in the federal capital in case of violation of Supreme Court order with regard to reducing monthly tuition fee by 20 percent.
The authority has power to impose fine of Rs 5000 per day besides withdrawal of school registration and filing contempt petition against private schools if they fail to comply the court order, Chairman PEIRA Imtiaz Ali Qureshi said on Wednesday.
Talking to APP, he said that all private schools operating in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and offering education up to Intermediate or A-level or equivalent and charging accumulative monthly tuition fee beyond Rs 5000 to reduce their fees by 20 percent.
In pursuance of Court order, Chairman PEIRA said that annual increase in the fee will strictly be in the range of 5 to 8 percent in the manner that the schools may increase their school fee by 5 percent for the next academic year 2019-20.
Whereas, he said, in case of an increase of school fees between the ranges of 6 to 8 percent, the schools will be required to seek the permission of PEIRA which will determine the same accordingly in line with the provision of ICT PEIRA Registration and Regulation.
He said that public order has been published in national daily to ask the private schools for implementation of orders of Supreme Court and to inform the parents about such orders. He added the authority will ensure implementation of the court order in true letter and spirit.
He said that the owners of all major private school chains have submitted undertaking on judicial stamp paper except to comply with the court order.
He said that around 1500 registered private schools have been operating in the federal capital while 400 schools are among those which are charging accumulative monthly tuition fee beyond Rs 5000.
Imtiaz Qureshi said, “Legal action will be taken against those schools which will fail to fulfill their assurance on orders of the Supreme Court.”
He said that all those private schools which have failed to register themselves with the authority so far, have been finally reminded to apply for registration, separately for each branch and campus till December 31, 2019, failing which Rs 5000 per day fine will be imposed for illegal operation.
He said that under court order, no school will under any circumstances be closed nor any student be expelled from such schools as well as no student will be placed under any disadvantageous position in term of the fee he or she was paying before the court order. Otherwise, the respective management will be held personally liable for disobeying and disregarding the order of the Supreme Court, he added.
Meanwhile, citizens of federal capital have asked the PEIRA to ensure proper implementation of the Supreme Court’s (SC) order for private schools to reduce their fees by 20 percent.
According to them, the private schools’ administrations have also ensured to adjust or refund summer vacations fees, which have received by them from their students by 12 February 2019, under Supreme Court Order.
Youth Envoys highlighting drug abuse trends
ISLAMABAD: The number of active youth ambassadors from different educational institutions throughout the country has crossed 5,000 mark under a programme launched to promote mass awareness and highlight emerging trends of drugs abuse, especially amongst students.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had launched the Youth Ambassador Programme a few years back which provides a platform for projecting young talent to channelize the role of youth, thus serving humanity and society.
The authorities concerned, in different operations in Federal Capital, have recovered 26.07 kg heroin, 198.36 kg charas, 0.009 kg cocaine and 5.130 kg opium. More than 80 cases have been registered in Islamabad during its special campaign, launched against drug peddlers and to stop the proliferation of drugs in educational institutions.
As per data, the two-pronged strategy was being pursued regarding halting of the proliferation of drugs i.e drug demand reduction and drug supply reduction while awareness activities against drug abuse have also been conducted.
The Ministry also took steps under which educational authorities were advised to establish their Internal Monitoring and Enforcement System. Cultivation of sources, informers, and acquisition of actionable intelligence in educational institutions has also been beefed up while coordination and liaison with schools, colleges, universities/institutions has been increased to check the inflow of drugs amongst the students.
Moreover, areas around educational institutions are being monitored on regular basis to stop/counter sale of drugs to students by peddlers/suppliers. The authorities also launched campaign/crackdown against drug peddlers involving police under Inter Agencies Task Force (IATF) forum while intelligence network of ANF has been expanded.
Students and heads of various institutions from all over the country were also invited at drug-burning ceremonies every year.
Mass awareness about harms of drugs amongst students, teachers and various administrative staff is being launched including delivering lectures, talks in schools, colleges and universities while visits of students and teachers are arranged to ANF outfits for awareness.
Similarly, as per awareness campaign, under training Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASPs) in National Police Academy were delivered (narcotics/synthetics) lectures by clinical psychologists and internationally certified professional trainers.
Sessions with officers and officials of National Highways and Motorways Police, Pakistan Girls Guide Association (PGGA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and other areas, the seminar on Drugs Abuse and Prevention at National University of Modern Language (NUML) and Awareness Walks in Islamabad and Murree were also arranged.
AIOU sets-up exams centers in M. East
ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in collaboration with Pakistani missions has setup Examination Centres in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain.
The final exams of Secondary School Certificate, FA, BA, B.Ed (1.5 years) and MBA COL programs for Pakistanis settled in the Middle East will start from February 3 and will be continued till 21st February.
Roll number slips to the students have been sent at their given addresses. Date sheets/roll number slips have also been placed at website [email protected] .
Students abroad could also contact for further information from University’s Directorate of Overseas Education and e-learning in Islamabad, at phone numbers 92-51-9250140 or e-mail [email protected]