“Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

Dozens of students, some in uniform, and parents gathered in front of Islamabad Model College for Girls F-10/2 demanding opening of their schools. Thousands of policemen from the provinces brought in by the government to control protesters have been living in around twenty-seven schools and colleges for the past one month. “Please vacate our schools,” . . . → Read More: “Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

Polio count jumps to 158

Pakistan’s polio crisis has pushed the country to a point of no return. From 145 cases on September 12, the national case count on Tuesday jumped to 158 when the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed 13 more wild type-1 polio cases in a single day.

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Polio vaccinations to help 350000 more children

A polio campaign in Bajaur Agency plans to vaccinate 225,286 children, Agency Surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain told the media on Monday. A similar drive in Khyber Agency plans to administer the oral polio vaccine to 127,000 children.

According to Hussain, 1,600 polio workers escorted by security officials will participate. The agency surgeon said clerics, . . . → Read More: Polio vaccinations to help 350000 more children

Dengue vaccine to be made public soon

An experimental vaccine against dengue fever being developed by Sanofi proved about 60 percent effective in its second large clinical trial. The results could clear the way for the introduction of the world’s first inoculation against the disease, which is mosquito-borne and becoming an increasing threat.

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Pakistan should study Indian education reforms

That was the question a little girl asked out loud about the woman who had accompanied her schoolmate to a birthday party. In any segment of the Indian urban population, the visual distinction between mothers and maids is sacred. The maids look impoverished and servile, and in a room filled with the master class they . . . → Read More: Pakistan should study Indian education reforms

Ebola crisis: Canda sends plane to Sierra Leone to repatriate scientists

Public Health Agency of Canada says 3 scientists in good health and at low risk of contracting virus.

Canada is sending a charter plane to repatriate scientists who have been operating the country’s mobile Ebola laboratory in Sierra Leone.

Ebola outbreak: it’s not the virus but Africa that’s changed Ebola virus genome . . . → Read More: Ebola crisis: Canda sends plane to Sierra Leone to repatriate scientists

Increasing number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Despite the continuing process of voluntary repatriation of Afghans, the number of registered refugees in Pakistan is growing steadily as approximately 50,000 children are born to refugee families every year.

The UN refugee agency said that the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) would register some 150,000 children born to the registered parents in past . . . → Read More: Increasing number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Ebola reaches London Hospital as a patient arrives

The first British citizen to contract the Ebola virus has arrived at a London hospital for treatment.

The unidentified male health care worker contracted the virus in Sierra Leone.

He was evacuated from the West African country Sunday and flown in a specially equipped military aircraft to a British . . . → Read More: Ebola reaches London Hospital as a patient arrives

4500 students will receive free education in Cholistan

The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) and the Cholistan Development Authority (CDA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to give free education to 4500 students enrolled in 75 non-formal community schools situated in Cholistan area of Bahawalpur division.

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Why are teachers and students upset with their GCSE grades?

The proportion of pupils getting at least grade C in English fell markedly on Thursday as 500,000 pupils received their results for the first time since Michael Gove overhauled GCSEs to make them more rigorous.

Overall the pass rate in English fell by almost two percentage points – from 63.6% in 2013 to 61.7% – but some schools saw their success . . . → Read More: Why are teachers and students upset with their GCSE grades?