PEF based model of free education proves successful in Punjab
The model of free education enunciated by the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) in Punjab was appreciated by the participants of IFC’s 6th Private International Education Conference held in San Francisco, USA. Theme of the conference was “Rethinking Education, Shaping the Future.” Academicians and educational experts from more than ninety countries of the world participated in the said conference and discussed various issues relating to education sector in their countries. On the occasion, educational experts as well as international donors involved in education related projects in Pakistan termed the PEF mode of education involving the private partners as economical and useful for the developing countries. During the course of discussion on low-cost private schools, panelists said that public private partnership based model of free education in Punjab has proved very successful in roping in 1.4 million deserving children. They observed that PEF is the most useful and cost-effective model which has been designed according to socio-economic needs of the Pakistani society.
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Teachers protest today
The Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU) has planned to stage a sit-in in front of the Punjab Assembly, Faisal Chowk, The Mall today (Tuesday) against government for not paying heed to the issues of the teachers. Teachers, who has been on educational boycott since Friday last, continued their protest on Monday by not taking classes. Teachers’ leaders including PTI president Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Imtiaz Ahmed Abbasi, Rana Liaqat Ali and others said that government was continuously ignoring the teachers and the rulers’ misbehavior with teachers had created unrest among them. They said that the government’s continues bad attitude towards teachers had forced them to come on the roads. They said that the government’s victimisation did not stop them their struggle for provision of education.
Education reforms yield encouraging results: Shahbaz
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that a solid policy has been adopted for the promotion of education in the province as it is essential for realising the dream of progress and prosperity of the country. He said a comprehensive programme of reforms was being implemented in the education sector. He said the laptop scheme, internship programme, educational endowment fund, voucher scheme of the Punjab Education Foundation and other educational programmes were yielding highly encouraging results. He was talking to prominent singer and founder of Zindagi Trust Shehzad Roy here on Monday. Roy informed the CM about the efforts of the Trust for the provision of educational facilities to hapless children. The chief minister said Danish schools had been established for providing free-of-cost quality education to the poorest of the poor children of far-flung areas in the province. He said such children were also being provided free boarding and lodging facilities at these centres of education. Shehzad Roy appreciated the services of the CM for the promotion of education in Punjab.
Education must produce good human beings
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) ChancellorSyed Babar Ali has said the ultimate goal of education must be to produce good human beings, not only good academics. He added if we wanted development in Pakistan then we must allocate maximum resources for education. He was addressing a one-day National Education Forum on Higher Education organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Punjab University’s Sughra Begum Centre for Educational Policy and Development, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies and Promotion of Education in Pakistan (PEP) Foundation on Thursday. Addressing the ceremony, Syed Babar Ali further said we were proud of what the HEC had done during the last decade but the amount of money being spent on education was regrettable. He said more than 60 years had passed but we did not give the importance to education sector which it deserved. He said we must protest any attempt against the autonomy of the HEC.
Call to appoint HEC chief on merit
The parliamentarians, academicians, representatives of civil society, faculty associations and student organisations have called for transparent and merit-based appointment of chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), sole regulatory authority of higher education in Pakistan, in order to resolve the increasing higher education issues. They also demanded for consideration of highly educated and qualified academician of international eminence as permanent chairman HEC in accordance of eligibility criteria laid down in HEC Act and court orders. The participants expressed these views during a dialogue titled 'Current Challenges for Higher Education Sector in Pakistan' organised by Muslim Hands International. Sahibzada Syed Zia-ul-Noor, country manager Muslim Hands Pakistan, informed that the main objective of the event was to deliberate on the current problems being confronted by higher education sector of Pakistan.
The vice-chancellors' (VCs') committee set up by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has finalised a 10-year road map to improve higher education in Punjab. Under the plan, besides the establishment of an international standard information technology and technical university at Knowledge Park in Lahore, the upgrade of sub-campuses of public universities, granting the status of universities to some government colleges, improvement of the infrastructure of the universities and development projects worth Rs34.6 billion would be completed from 2014 to 2018. Another action plan has also been evolved to spend another Rs30 billion in next five years. This was announced in a briefing regarding the future of higher education at a meeting presided over by Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed n on Monday.
2 billion cut in federal education institutions
Federal government has refused to increase the salaries of teachers and also rejected Rs.4 billion demand of the schools for free education plan. There is no plan proposed for the salaries of non-teaching staff and daily wagers.
Education must for bright future by Dr. Muhammad Tayyab Sanghanvi
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared to increase the education by 4% of the GDP. He also showed his determination to improve education in Pakistan. Besides energy, education will be my priority in the next four years, said Prime Minister. There is dire need to convert this willingness into action if we really want to improve our education system.
Letter to the editor
Students of SSC-Part I and SSC Part II are appearing in board exams across the country. Many private TV channels are showing footages of how our children are cheating. Invigilators are either corrupt or are under tremendous pressures from political quarters and I would like to know why. Raids are conducted on examination centers but students caught cheating are not punished nor the invigilators facilitating them. Question papers have been leaked out before exams have this seems to be something common. No inquiries are conducted and no one seems to take responsibility for the action. In the 80’s, when I appeared for my SSC examination, as a private student, the invigilator demanded an expensive wrist watch as a bribe from the students and had offered them the freedom to cheat in all papers throughout the exams.
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Rally for education
Makeshift school in Islamabad