Sindh government striving hard to achieve MDG 2: Nisar Khuhro
The Sindh government is striving hard to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 – achieve universal primary education – sending each and every child to school by 2017. Sindh Senior Education and Literacy Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro talking to journalists on Thursday said, “We are striving hard to achieve MDG 2017 so that ‘education for all’ programme could be succeeded. And for that we are taking a number of steps,” he added. Female education: Encourage female education, the education department Sindh has decided providing annual stipend to every female student, a practice that was not carried out in the recent years. Although the amount for annual stipend is not that big, but again for remote areas stipend would be Rs 3,500 and for other students it would be Rs 2,500 per female student, he told. The stipend would start from May this year.
Around 50 people have been marching their way from Larkana and Sukkur to Karachi for the past 26 days to build pressure on the government to improve the quality of education in the province. Their main demand is to impose an ‘education emergency’ in Sindh for at least the next 10 years. The long march, organised by the nationalist Awami Jamhoori Party (AJP), started on March 16 from Larkana and Sukkur, respectively. The two processions marched through various towns and merged into a large demonstration in Moro, Naushero Feroze. The participants, led by AJP president Karam Hussain Wassan, secretary-general Vishno Mal, Abrar Kazi, Hussain Bux Narejo, Nazeer Qureshi, Zahida Dahri, Saeeda Gopang and Hareef Chandio, reached Mirpur Badhoro of Thatta district on Thursday. The march will culminate in front of the Sindh Assembly building in Karachi on April 19, when the participants will finally convey their message to the authorities.
Experts call for inclusion of salient features of constitution in curriculum
The salient features of the Constitution of Pakistan should be understood and made part of the educational curriculum at school, college and university level. These views were expressed by the participants of a panel discussion titled ‘Culture of Constitutionalism in Pakistan’ organised in connection with the Day of Constitution by the Centre for Civic Education Pakistan. Civic education syllabus should be revised and expanded for inculcating rule of law, responsible and active citizenship among Pakistani youth. Centre for Civic Education Executive Director Zafarullah Khan termed the constitution as basic, living document and social contract between a citizen and the state, which reflects aspirations of the people.
Seminar: ‘Educate your countrymen for social progress
Education and a commitment to upholding democratic norms can help end eudalism and poverty,” former Balochistan chief secretary Syed Shahid Hussain said on Thursday. He was addressing students of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad at Iqbal Auditorium. The event chaired by UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Iqrar Ahmad Khan. The seminar was arranged by UAF’s Department of Public Relations & Publications (PRP). Hussain said feudalism could only be ended through quality education. He stressed the need to increase literacy rate. “Education should be the main priority of the government,” he said. He said Pakistan spent 1.2 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) on education. He said the government should devout more resources to education to eradicate hunger and poverty. He said India allocated 4 per cent of its GDP to education.
On road for reinstatement, again
More than 400 sacked teachers and non-teaching employees of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) took to the streets again for reinstatement on Thursday. A couple of weeks ago, the Evacuee Trust Property Board secretary assured the protesting teachers to resolve their problems within 15 days. As the deadline ended, the fired staffers opted to stage a sit-in in front of the Punjab Assembly. The demonstrators stated that they were not being paid salaries for the past two months and that the Evacuee Trust Property Board management has decided to terminate them. Holding banners and placards, the protesters were chanting slogans against the government’s apathy. Protesters threatened to continue with the sit-in till the acceptance of their demands. Till the filing of this report, the protesters were present at Chairing Cross.
US, Intel Pak sign MoU to support education, women empowerment
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Punjab Provincial Director Jeffrey Bakken and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today on the use of technology to support education and women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan. Education programs outlined in the MoU include digital curriculum development, contentmanagement systems and solutions, and modeling of classroom information technology and computer usage models such as mobile computing and “computers on wheels.” Women’s economic empowerment activities will focus on supporting entrepreneurship, workforce skills development training, and computer literacy programs.
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School blacklisted after student’s abuse, murder
Assistant Commissioner Abid Hussain Bhatti and Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Ramzam Anjum has cancelled the registration of Missali Zakriya School in Tariqabad near New Sabzi Mandi Khanewal following the murder of a class 5th student. As per details, the deceased student namely 12-year-old Talha, son of Muhammad Arshad, a resident of Block no-2 was murdered by a schoolteacher identified as Muhammad Ishaq after sexual abuse with the help of school branch Principal Muhammad Kashif. The student and teacher unions, lawyers, traders, civil society activists, religious parties and leaders have condemned the sad incident and demanded the Punjab chief minister to take stern action against the accused and cancel registration of Missali Zakriya School, all related branches throughout the district.
Govt doing all to promote technical education: President
President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said the government was committed to promote education and it was making all possible efforts to promote the education of engineering and technology as well in the country. “It is not only expanding educational facilities in the government sector, but also encouraging the private sector to invest in the noble cause of nation building,” the president said while addressing the 17th convocation of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) on Thursday. He noted with satisfaction that the private sector was positively responding to nation building efforts. The president, however, appealed the private sector to fortify their efforts in this direction and establish more educational institutions particularly in the field of science and technology. He congratulated all the graduating students, their parents and the faculty members on their accomplishment.
At FDE, ad-hocery remains the name of the game
Running the affairs of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on an ad-hoc basis goes on as a joint secretary has now been appointed its new acting director general (DG). The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) on Thursday appointed grade 21 officer, Hafiz Sher Ali, as its new acting chief. Ali was a joint secretary at CADD prior to the posting. Recently, former FDE DG Dr Shahnaz Riaz was replaced by Federal Government Colleges Director Akhtar Mehmood Malik on February 13 only to be replaced with a new boss after his retirement. Riaz was dismissed and then restored as FDE chief in 2010 on the Supreme Court’s orders. Ten days later, however, she was transferred from FDE to the Academy of Education Planning and Management (AEPAM). Upon raising the case, a three-member bench headed by former SC chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had ordered CADD to repatriate her to her parent department, restoring her as FDE chief in May 2012.
Call to make Constitution part of curriculum
The participants of a panel discussion on Thursday called for making the salient features of the Constitution part of in schools, colleges and universities. They also said the civic education syllabus should be revised and topics regarding rule of law, responsible and active citizenship should be added to it. They were giving their inputs at the discussion titled “Culture of Constitutionalism in Pakistan”, which was organised in connection with the Day of Constitution by the Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan. Director General Institute of Strategic Studies Dr Rasul Bakhsh Rais said that the basic logic behind the creation of the Constitution as a written document was not only to limit the powers of the government but also aimed at maintaining the balance of power among various institutions. Executive Director Centre for Civic Education Zafarullah Khan said that the constitution is a basic, living document and social contract between a citizen and the state.
Innovative thinking needed by Faisal Bari
IT has been four years since the 18th Constitutional Amendment was passed. Article 25A, ‘Right to Education’, was part of the 18th Amendment. It states: “The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to 16 years in such manner as may be determined by law.” Four years later, by most estimates, more than 20 million children between five and 16 years remain out of school. About six million of these are primary school-aged children. Islamabad Capital Territory and Sindh have passed the requisite law for making the implementation of 25A possible. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab have draft laws only. Even in ICT and Sindh there has been limited or no progress on implementation. Though much has been made of the ‘education emergency’ and similar campaigns, government spending on education remains more or less flat.
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There is need of emergency steps for education sector in our country for revolutionary changes. It is also important in overcoming the extremism and terrorism in the country, which is the biggest problem of Pakistan. Education is important for all without gender discrimination. It is also taught by our religion Islam that “read in the name of thy lord who created man from clot of blood”.
In Pakistan, unfortunately most of the children are unable to go to schools and colleges due to lack of resources. Some parents are unacquainted with the significant role of education in the lives of their children; consequently their children serve their families and get themselves involved in child labour. The first obstacle in preliminary education is lack of economic resources for qualityeducation. Most of the people in Pakistan cannot afford quality education, because education system is classified into two different groups, i.e. government and private educational institutions.
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Education revolution and medium of education by Sarwat Jamal Ismai
It is a great step to announce that 4 percent of the GDP will be spent on education in coming years but to materialize this dream some bold step are needed. Medium of education is the thing that needed to be pondered as far as revolution in education is concerned. Most of our children living in rural areas can’t understand Urdu, our national language, at their early ages and we are bombarding them with difficult phrases of English.
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