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Right to Education (RTE) law toothless for student of Hassanabdal 

School head denied admission to student in his school

While all the four provinces and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) have introduced laws vis-à-vis free and compulsory education for children in Pakistan, a school head in Hassanabdal in denial of law to student seeking admission in grade 9, as there is no secondary classes facility in his school.

Slogans like ‘parha likha Punjab’, ‘education for all’ and ‘education sector’s reforms program’, 100 percent enrollment campaign “Chalo School”, Jahalat Say Azadi drive, education of the poor  by the poor and `Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab’,  no matter how sweet they may sound to the ears but that only in statements of the politicians but the ground reality is quite different for a student in Hassanabdal. Mujhaid Riasat – a student of Government middle school Baburki while talking to newsmen here on Tuesday has said that he passed middle standard examination after appearing in Punjab examination board. He applied for admission in Government higher secondary school Hassanabdal as his village school offer education only at 8 th grade. But from last two months despite frequent visits, the school head has denied him admission what he attributes to his poor academic abilities.

His father Mr Riasat claimed that even to get enrolled his son, he met with member Punjab assembly  from Hassanabdal Shahwaiz Khan and said member parliament has telephoned to school headmaster to get enroll the student but he even refused to obey his orders.

Pakistan had been graded among countries having highest number of the Out-of-School Children (OOSC) as according to a survey up to 24 million children and students, up to the intermediate level, were to be enrolled as such denial would discourage admissions to government schools where as Chief Minister Punjab claimed to bring each child of Punjab to school before the 2018 election as he recently announced that up to 12 million children have been enrolled in the Punjab, and the target is 100 per cent by 2018 under the `Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab’ programme.

Commenting on the issue, Asim Meer- head of local NGO, working in social and education sector has claimed that according to Article 25-A of the amendment, “the state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children aged five to 16 years, in such a manner as may be determined by the law”.  He added that similarly, Article 38(d) delineates the obligation of the state to “provide basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing, housing, education and medical relief…” Following the 18th Amendment, education has become the responsibility of the provinces. He said that school head has denied the student, his fundamental and constitutional right.

When contacted, Mr Asad, headmaster government higher secondary school Hassanabdal has claimed that the lad is poor enough in studies even though he could not write an English essay. When asked that if he is so poor that how can he passed the 8 th grade board examination, from Punjab examination commission, he replied that the school staff just to show their results succeed to pass their student through cheating. When asked that “right of education” is basic constitutional right of a child and Punjab has launched enrollment drive to enrolled out of school children, he said that he has own  departmental powers  and rights of admission to induct a child in his school.

PTI claim to get big wicket in Lahore meeting an eye wash

WAH CANTT:  Pakistan Muslim League- N leader Shiekh Zeeshan Saeeed has said that Pakistan Tehreek Insaf leadership claim to clinch big wicket in Lahore public meeting proved mere an eye wash as who dream that former interior Minister Choudhray Nisar Ali Khan would join the PTI living in fool’s paradise.

Addressing a press meeting here on Wednesday. Mr Saeed has said that Mr Khan’s loyalty with party is nation is beyond any doubt. Recalling his stance for party and party leadership in tough regime of former dictator General Pervaiz Mushrruf, he said that it was only Mr Khan who stands for party while serving as interior minister, he works as per aspiration of nation by restricting the role of international NGOs, channelizing the issuance of visas to Americans and sending back airplanes full of un national illegal immigrants.  He said that it was his wise advices to avoid confrontation with state institutions like judiciary and military establishment and now time has proved that his advises were wise and long lasting effects on the political history of the country as well as his party. He said that in all seasons he was intact with the party and voters and those who wished to join now kings’ party would be disappointed.

Tributes paid to educationist Sarfaraz Khan for his decades old services for education centers

Speakers representing different section of society paid rich tributes to Professor doctor Sarfaraz Khan, director area study centre University of Peshawar for his decades old services for education centre in an event organized by Sir Syed education society resident Dr Tahir Durrani     at a local hotel here.

The event was  chaired by Vice chancellor University of Haripur Dr Aabid Fareed while former director General  Election commission of Pakistan Raja Ghias Ud Din Balbun, Professor Rifat Durrani head of education department University of Haripur, Professor Zia Ul Mustafa Urdu department Cadet College Hasanabdal, Dr Tehseen Tahir education department University of Haripur, Prof Atta Ur Rehman Chaudhry President Founder education foundation, Zahid Hussain Chaughti Journalist and Writer, Dr Asad Ali, President of local chapter of Pakistan academy of family physicians, Nadia Saeed English department University of Wah and Abrar Ahmed Khan divisional president All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA), Qazi Zahoor Ul Haq, former Executive District Officer (Education) Rawalpindi, District officer secondary education Raja Amjad Iqbal, deputy district officer education Rawalpindi Amjad Mehmood, Sir Syed education society    President Dr Tahir Durrani  and deputy district education officer Taxila Sher Afzal spoke on this occasion and lauded the services of Mr Khan for education centre and imparting youth with the quality knowledge. The participants were of the view that Dr. Khan  services for research and academia would always be cherished as he put his heart and soul in  academic activities of area study centre.

A show of unique gesture by Police

  It was motorcade of not a senior police cop or some VVIP which was passing through the main streets of Hassanabdal on Sunday afternoon while hooter blowing police motorcycle pilot of traffic Police with red and blue rights followed by elite force commandos’ single cabin vehicle was providing security duty but marriage procession of daughter of  a martyr cop.

The marriage procession is being escorted in official protocol.

Constable Afreez Khan was died while boots on during a shootout with outlaws in Burhan area in limits of Hassanabdal Police station in year 1999. The welfare wing of Attock Police received an application for the marriage grant of the deceased cop. But to boost the morale of police force and celebrate the event in unique and benefitting manner- the district Police officer Ibdat Nisar has planned some different. The marriage was solemnized by police their self. The participants of marriage procession were stunned to see that the policemen in uniform waiting to received them for them not guns with their hands but petals. The male cops served as brothers and female cops served as sister for bride and attended the ceremony. The district Police officer  (DPO)  Ibdat Nisar, deputy commissioner Attock Rana Akbar Hayat, Assistant commissioner Hassanabdal Ms Jannat Hussain Nekokara, Sub divisional Police officer ASP Asif Bhadur while offering their responsibility as spiritual father and mother has dispatched the bride to her second home. Special gifts and cash were also offered to the bride and bride groom by these officials in token to services rendered by the slain cop for the society and country. “It is mater of great pleasure for my family that the police department is arranging marriage of my sister in such benefitting manner with official participation”. Said Jawad Khan- son of late Afreez Khan while talking to newsmen. He said that the DPO and DCO has showed their love and participation like father and Ms Jannat Hussain as mother which has filled  the gap of my late father. He expressed his gratitude for Police department for arranging the marriage ceremony officially where dozens of cops in uniform turned as host to received the marriage procession and said goodbye while it leave with bride.

“What more can a man do in uniform to offer his life for society”, said Assistant commissioner Hassanabdal Ms Jannat Hussain Nekokara while talking to newsmen on this occasion. She said it was a best way to pay homage to a martyr  to provide best welfare to his family. She said that she participated the marriage ceremony like as elder sister of the bride so that she not missed that she has no elder to give her blessings when she was departing to her second home.

“It is beyond official obligation that we pay homage to the cop who died while boots on.” Said district Police officer Ibdat Nisar while talking to newsmen on this occasion. “It is a simple gesture of humanity that we do not forget our heroes and we would utilize our all out resources for the welfare of the family of deceased cops especially who fall down during line of duty”. He added. The DPO further said that Attock Police has set an example and we hoped that police of different other districts would also follow this example to boost the morale of Police force and their dependent family members. Responding another answer, the DPO has said that the welfare section of the DPO office is available round the clock and family members of serving and deceased employees can contact for redressal of their grievances any time.

500 patients screened daily during health week

TAXILA:  Over 500 patients screened for epidemic and non-epidemic diseases on daily bases during the health week observed in tehsil Taxila from Monday. The health week was formally inaugurated here at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Taxila on Monday by local PML-N leader Syed Imran Shah. Medical Superintendent, Dr. Hooria Mohsin Syed  and deputy district officer health Dr Fareed Khan were also present on this occasion.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Shah has said that present government is committed to provide better health facilities to the masses at their doorsteps and organizing such weeks are part of a healthy society so that masses should be examined for possible epidemic and non-epidemic diseases.

Medical Superintendent, Dr. Hooria Mohsin Syed while briefing on this occasion has said that the health week this would be continued till February   24 for screening of hepatitis and other no communicable diseases in all health units.  She added that over500 patients screened daily during ongoing health week being observed in the tehsil headquarters hospitals and rural health centers in tehsil Taxila.

She said that the camp would have a special counter for Mother and Child healthcare and provide free medical tests facility, treatment, medicines, vaccinations and consultation. She said that at the free camps, all patients, especially women and children would be provided medicines and immunized against different diseases. She informed that during the week, community-based social mobilization activities helped mothers of the area to recognize the value of good health and hygiene for both themselves and their children. These include safe delivery practices, exclusive breastfeeding up to six months, adequate nutrition and preventing disease. “ During the camp, expected mothers were also counseled on home-based treatments for diarrhea and given information about gaining access to basic community health services”. She added.