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Teachers to face strict accountability

Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan Thursday warned strict action against teachers if to be found guilty of absence from duty.

Addressing a prize distribution ceremony here at Peshawar Public School and College, he said that a comprehensive monitoring system has been developed to ensure presence of teachers at school.

He said the system of monitoring is independent and transparent enough, adding even the surprise visits of monitoring officers would also be monitored.

The Minister said the government is paying full attention to education sector as it believes that peace and prosperity are not possible in a society without education.

Atif Khan deplored that previous provincial governments of KP totally ignored the education sector due to which the required resulted were not achieved.

He noted that if teachers start performing their duty with sincerity and honesty then the required positive results can be achieved. Later he distributed prizes among students who outshined in annual examinations.

Source: The Frontier Post.

Int'l moot begins at KMU

Khyber Medical University (KMU), Institute of Health Profession Education and Research (IHPE&R) has organized a three-day International Conference on Medical Education and Research that will start from Friday at IBMS Hayatabad, Peshawar

The aim of the conference is to provide a broad based forum for the professionals of medical and allied health sciences to meet and share their expertise in the field of medical education. The conference will host around 400 local, national and international faculty members, academicians, experts, researchers and post graduate students of medical as well as allied health sciences from various institutions to participate in this mega event from across the country.

The first day of the conference is reserved for pre-conference workshops while the formal inauguration of the conference would take place on Saturday at Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.

Provincial Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai will be the chief guest of the opening session whereas VC KMU Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah will also address the inaugural session.

On the second day two plenary and parallel sessions will be held in which scholars will present their research papers, posters competition is one of another major activity of the conference that will be held on the last day.

The concluding session to be held on Sunday. In the concluding session apart from organizers best research papers and posters presenters would be honored with certificates and cash prizes.

Source: The Frontier Post.

Teachers\' recruitment starts in KP, says Minister - to overcome deficiency in schoolsb


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary & Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan Monday said that the appointment of teachers in government schools across the province have started to overcome teachers\' deficiency.

Addressing a USAID scholarship awarding ceremony here at University of Peshawar, he said that the services of a private but trusted testing body have been taken to make the appointment process transparent and merit based.

The Minister said he faced strong criticism from certain people on adopting such a procedure for the appointments adding that he would not compromise on students\' future and would ensure recruitment of qualified teachers on these posts.

He said most of the students at government schools belong to poor and middle class and deserved attention of the government in getting quality education.

Muhammad Atif Khan thanked the US government for providing scholarships to deserving students who would play a vital role to improve the quality of education for thousands of Pakistanis.

(USAID) awarded scholarships to 100 talented students enrolled in the two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and four-year Bachelor\'s Degree in Education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

This scholarship program is part of a larger $165 million USAID funded Pakistan Reading Project, which works closely with 28 Pakistani universities and 116 elementary teachers colleges throughout Pakistan.

The project also works closely with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, provincial and regional Departments of Education, and teacher training institutions across the country to achieve these goals.

Source:The Frontier Post.

Road to progress: KPK set to introduce ‘school adoption’


“Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will introduce a school adoption scheme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide missing facilities at public schools and improve education standards,” said PTI chief Imran Khan on Sunday.

He was addressing at a ceremony at Beaconhouse National University.

Khan said there were 10,000 schools in the province lacked rooms.

“We will seek support of oversees Pakistanis and ask them to adopt schools to promote education. The only road to progress is through education,” Khan said.

Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had allocated a large budget for education.

Imran also stressed the need to demilitarise the society.

He said the people of Pakistan desperately needed peace and the only way to achieve it was by pulling out of the War on Terror.

“I have travelled across Tribal Areas. The people I met were loving and hospitable. By fighting them, you cannot win them over,” he said.

Khan said after his party had come to power, he had realised that the situation so bad.

Khan said Pakistanis were tolerant people.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t see religious discrimination around me. This menace forms a part of our recent history, when our government decided to participate in proxy wars,” he said.

Khan said Pakistan needed to come out of its state of war and invest heavily in education.

“We must learn from our mistakes and stop and disarm the militant groups as no country could progress without peace,” he said.

BNU Board of Governors chairperson Nasreen Mehmood Kasuri and Vice Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar also spoke on the occasion.

Syed Babar Ali, Razzaq Dawood, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Kasim Mahmud Kasuri, Shamim Khan and Khaliqur Rahman were also present.

Also present were deans of BNU Schools Gulzar Haider, Mehdi Hasan, Tariq Rahman, Dr Ruhi Khalid, Dr Khaver Zia and former dean of BNU School of Liberal Arts Mrs Navid Shahzad.

Talking to The Express Tribune, former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said, “Government needs to appoint a full-time foreign minister. The people of Pakistan are uncomfortable with the prime minister’s closeness with heads of other countries.”

“Elections in Afghanistan and India will have a huge impact on Pakistan. The government should monitor these elections closely,” he said.

He added that in developed democracies the role of the Army is extended and it is the need of the hour that the government and Army should be on the same page.

Beaconhouse School of Architecture was named after the mother of lawyer Dr Parvez Hassan, Razia Hassan School of Architecture on the occasion. Parvez Hassan is a member of the board of directors of BNU.

Source: The Express Tribune

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