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Right to education: K-P govt urged to implement Article 25-A

The K-P government was asked to implement Article 25-A, the Right to Education, which was introduced in the 18th Amendment. This was said on Thursday at a seminar organised by Working Group for Girls Education and Initiative (WGGEI), in collaboration with SPARC and ActionAid Pakistan.

SPARC Project Manager Jahanzeb Khan said the objective of the consultative seminar was to improve coordination between likeminded organisations on a divisional and provincial level by developing a clear understanding of Article 25-A. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill was being drafted for K-P, said Jahanzeb. According to Jahanzeb, if the bill becomes legislation, children of the province, between the ages of five and 16, will be eligible for free and compulsory education.

UoP Department of Sociology Chairman Prof Dr Niaz Khan said a lack of access to schools and a lack of awareness among young parents are the two main reasons behind low enrolment in institutions. He stressed sustainable development was needed for better policies and improvements on the individual and institutional levels. Niaz pointed out according to Article 37-B the 1973 Constitution, education is free and compulsory up to the secondary level and it was the prime responsibility of the state to implement this law.

“The recipe for an effective education system requires access, the provision of facilities, curriculum and teachers as its key ingredients,” said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Amina Sardar.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2014.

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Afghan Consul calls on VC ICP Ajmal Khan

Diplomatic officials and students from Consulate General of Afghanistan in Peshawar made a courtesy call on Vice-Chancellor of Islamia College, Peshawar, Ajmal Khan and discussed with him matters of mutual interest

The Afghan Consul in Peshawar, Syed Mohammad Ibrahimkhel, Secretary Afghan Consulate, Humayun Yousafzay, President, University Campus of Afghan Students Union, Harun Zakhelwal, President, ICP Afghan Students, Irfanullah Satanakzai congratulated Ajmal Khan for his safe and secure return to home.

The Afghan Consul expressed a deep sense of satisfaction over the high quality educational learning of Afghan students acquiring education in the Islamia College Peshawar. He assured the VC that the Afghan Consulate in Peshawar would not only extend all possible assistance to its students desiring to get education in the ICP but it would also extend maximum cooperation to the ICP authorities in the educational matters of Afghan students.

Ajmal Khan said that his country had always considered Afghans as the real brethren and the ICP would do its best to provide all possible educational facilities to the Afghan students.

Meanwhile, Professor Dr. Ihsan Ali, Vice Chancellor, Abdul Wali Khan University had a meeting with the VC ICP. He congratulated Ajmal Khan on his return home from the prolong captivity of militants. He expressed the hope that the VC would use his best abilities and energies to flourish Islamia College as a University in all fields of education.

Tajjamal Hayat Malik, Director and Owner of ICMS, Hayatabad also called on the VC Ajmal Khan and exchanged views on educational cooperation between the two academic institutions.

Aiming for the stars: Jinnah College for Women leaves boys eating dust

With 497 out of 550 marks in her BSc exam, Hifza Fatima Rehman from Jinnah College for Women scored the highest in the category.

The college has taken almost all top positions in the annual BA and BSc exams, the results of which were announced on Monday.

A ceremony was held at the university to celebrate the students’ achievements. Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan was the chief guest at the ceremony.

He announced scholarships for all high achievers to help them pursue higher education at University of Peshawar. The university is one of the greatest places of learning in this region and is committed to producing quality graduates, he said.

High achievers

The high scorers included Wajiha Riaz and Farhana, who each got 420 marks in their BA exams. Private student Abjina Riaz Khan and Ghuncha Shah Tawab of the college secured second position while the third position in the category was landed by Asma Qayyum of Army College for Women Education.

Aliya Masood of Frontier Education Foundation came second and Zainab Iqbal of Jinnah college came third in the BSc category.

Around 39,918 students appeared for the exams and 20,000 passed.

The results were announced by Controller of Examination Dr Rasheed Khan at UoP. The ceremony was attended by Registrar Dr Syed Fazli Hadi, deans of faculties, director admission and other staff members of the university.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2014.a

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