All of you! Get your school bags ready!
Enrollment of students in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) is expected to increase by at least 10 percent in the forthcoming academic session 2014-15. An official of Ministry for States and Frontier Region stated that the Government has taken a number of steps for increasing enrollment of children between age of five to sixteen in schools of FATA. He stated that to increase enrollment rate and reduce the burden on parents, free text books are being provided to all male and female students from KG to class 10th in government schools since 2005-06. He further informed that the female students of government schools, from class 6th to 10th in entire FATA region are given a monthly scholarship of Rs 200 per month per student for encouraging them and nurturing the trend of girl education in the area.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi maintained that 30,000 employees had been illegally appointed by the education department during the last five years. She said two senior education officials in Karachi had confessed to their involvement in the malpractice. In his response, the education minister conceded that many employees were hired illegally beyond the sanctioned strength and without completing the formalities as laid down in the recruitment rules. He added that former directors of the School Education Karachi in connivance with education district officers were involved in the wrongdoing during the years 2012 and 2013.
620 educators get appointment letters today
The appointment letters of 620 newly recruited male and female educators will be issued April 14th. Meanwhile, the Education Department has issued a circular to all the DCOs, EDOs, DOs and deputy DOs across Punjab directing them to inspect five schools daily in the morning and check the attendance of the teachers. It is pertinent to mention here that the teachers associations have expressed dissatisfaction over the selection of the educators and have accused the Education Department of irregularities.
Primary graders’ pass percentage jumps after review
The Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) on Friday issued revised results of primary examination, declaring thousands of students passed. They were earlier declared fail due to negligence on part of the PEC officers. According to the results announced on March 31, only 14 per cent students could clear the examination. After the mistake was rectified, 46 per cent candidates stood pass. Talking to Dawn, Executive District Officer (EDO) Rawalpindi Qazi Zahoorul Haq confirmed the result and said: “Today, PEC after admitting its blunder issued revised results, according to which pass percentage of Rawalpindi district is 46.” When asked whether Punjab government has announced any punishment for the guilty officers, the EDO said: “Since PEC office is in Lahore so I’m not aware of any such development.”
No going forward without education, peace: Imran Khan
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan Sunday said moving ahead was impossible sans peace and that the country will have to be pulled out of the quagmire of war-on-terror to pave the way for restoration of peace.Addressing a gathering at a private university, Imran Khan said today’s Waziristan is a reflection of flawed policies and that an atmosphere of counter-terrorism could be created through the promotion of education.
Road to Progress: KPK set to introduce ‘school adoption’
“Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will introduce a school adoption scheme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide missing facilities at public schools and improve education standards,” said PTI chief Imran Khan on Sunday. He was addressing at a ceremony at Beaconhouse National University. Khan said there were 10,000 schools in the province that lacked rooms. Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had allocated a large budget for education.
Sindh govt to appoint 20,500 new teachers
To end the shortage of teachers in government-run schools in the province, the Sindh government has decided to appoint 20,500 new teachers on merit. In this regard, Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro told the media the other day that the appointment process had already started. He said distribution of 5 million sets of free textbooks for students of class 6-10 had also started. He said scholarships would be given to 350 students in Public Sector Universities and 150 students in private universities. They would be for less-privileged meritorious students after they got admission in any university accredited by Higher Education Commission (HEC).The minister said that Sindh Education Foundation was running 1500 community schools across the province and for increasing the numbers of such schools it had been decided to provide Rs 250 to Rs 300 per student to the owners of such schools.
Higher education: Govt to spend Rs34bn on universities’ infrastructure
The Punjab government will spend Rs 34.6 billion on improving the infrastructure of public sector universities over the next five years, Vice Chancellors’ Committee head Lt General (r) Muhammad Akram Khan has said. Briefing the committee on April 7, he said a 10-year roadmap has also been prepared to raise the standards of higher education.
Schools to open today
Over 400 educational institutions, working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), shall reopen on Monday after spring vacations. An official of the FDE, who is not authorized to speak on record, said although some educational institutions opened on Saturday, majority of the students did not turn up because most of the children would return from their native cities on Sunday.
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Belgian canapés and visual treats - promoting female education
What better than to combine a love for the arts with a singeing social issue? In line with this mantra, a fund-raising art fair was organised by the Rotary Club of Islamabad Metropolitan, in collaboration with Nomad Centre and Art gallery. Hosted at the Belgian ambassador’s residence, the fundraiser exhibited an assortment of paintings and photography from more than 90 artists here on Saturday morning. The event welcomed art lovers and supporters to lavish their attention upon a total of 115 paintings of different mediums and techniques, with large canvasses neatly arranged under the canopy which clouded the backyard. A pleasant outdoor setup for tea, with a variety of Belgium delights, made the event interesting and personalised.
Overwhelmed examination commission to be overhauled
The Punjab government has realised the inherent problems in conducting primary and middle standard examinations by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) and is out to revamp it. Quite surprisingly, the commission is conducting the province-wide examinations involving around 2.6 million students with only 23 core staff members. It is completely dependent on the executive district officers (education) for conducting the exams, marking and supplying computerised result sheets (which also carry marks of subjective-type questions posted by the respective examiners). Neither the PEC has a mechanism nor means to verify whether the districts are sending correct results or not.
HEC cannot provide funds to SZAB Medical University
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has formally conveyed that it cannot provide funds to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) at least for next three years because according to existing rules only relevant federal or provincial government bears total expenditures of any new university for a specific time period, sources said here on Sunday.
Unemployment monster preying on Pakistanis
Statistics collected from across the industrial web show that out of 59 million potential workforce, 56.5 million is employed while 3.5 million (6 per cent) are unemployed. Over 90 per cent of the unemployed labour consists of unskilled people and most of the rest 10 per cent are those who are educated but without any skill.This suggests that unemployment issue could be addressed to a large extent by just imparting skilled education to the youth. Commenting on this problem, Punjab University’s Department of Economics Chairman Prof Dr Hafeez-ur-Rehman said there was a mismatch between the demands of different professions and the provision of the kind of education required. He said the higher education institutions were imparting general education and not focusing on the market trends and needs. Former federal education minister Mian Imran Masood stated that the education system of Pakistan is based on unequal lines. The lack of technical education is the biggest flaw in the education policy that has never been focused. Less technical people means low standard of education. He said that allocation of funds for education is very low, which is only 1.5-2 per cent of the total GDP, which should be at least 7 per cent of the GDP.
Unesco head visits education department
KOUZE Kay Nagata, Country Head for Unesco in Pakistan, visited the office of Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department. According to a handout here on Friday, Secretary Literacy Dr. Pervez Ahmed Khan gave a detailed report about the Capacity Building of Non-Formal Teachers through using Mobile Phone Technology Project (Introduced by Unesco Team) for enhancing capabilities of non-formal teachers. Secretary said such training programmes were essential to increase abilities of the teachers as well as the learners who were seeking education in the most far-flung areas of Punjab. He expressed his expectation that the Unesco would continue its funding for Literacy and NFBE Department for Capacity Building Project.
A number of people in the country may hold an uncharitable opinion about Malala Yousuzai’s worldwide efforts to promote girls’ education but the government has decided to make use of money from a fund set up by her for an education project. The sceptics are not only laymen who doubt whether the young education activist was actually shot at by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but also people holding powerful positions in the government who have downplayed her internationally recognised efforts. The young Malala — who shot to instant worldwide fame after TTP militants attacked and severely injured her in Swat in October 2012 for promoting the cause of girls’ education — has set up the Malala Fund to “empower girls to raise their voices, unlock their potential and demand change”.
Don’t make education an experimental lab: Punjab Teachers’ Union
Leaders of Punjab Teachers’ Union, while talking in Express Forum, asked government to abolish Punjab Education Commission and cancel the transfers of teachers in the name of re-allocation. They also stressed that teachers should not be burdened with non-teaching duties.
We will lock all the schools if salaries not increased: Muttahida Asatza Mahaz
Scales of all the teachers should be increased and there should be minimum 14th grade for primary school teachers while 16th grade for middle and 17th grade for high school teachers. Free health facilities should also be provided to teachers.
Government to establish university in Chitral
Speaking on April 12th, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) provincial president Azam Khan Swati said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would soon establish a full-fledged university in the district. Talking to journalists at the Press Club here, he said the landlocked district lacked proper health and education facilities due to the apathy of rulers in the past.
Provincial education roadmap given final shape
A vice-chancellors' committee set up by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has given final shape to a roadmap for higher education in Punjab province in Pakistan over the next 10 years, reports The News. The announcement was made at a briefing on the future of higher education, presided over by Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan. Besides establishing a world-class Information Technology and Technical University at Knowledge Park in Lahore, upgrading existing sub-campuses of public universities, granting university status to some major government colleges and improving infrastructure of existing universities, development projects worth Rs34.6 billion (US$356 million) would be completed over the next five years. A further Rs30 billion would be spent on infrastructure development.
Education innovation by Dr Adil Najam
The writer has taught international relations and public policy at Boston University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and was the vice chancellor of LUMS. First, the good news about education in Pakistan. It is no longer necessary to convince parents that education is important. There is real demand – mostly unmet – for education in Pakistan. Especially for good education. Including by households that have been denied access to education. Many lower- and lower-middle class households – at least in urban centers – seem willing to spend larger proportions of their income on their children’s education. At a visceral level, a broad and palpable recognition has set in that education is amongst the very few passports to success available to the otherwise marginalised.
Opening Minds by Khadim Hussain
With reference to plans of the KP enrolment drive, the editorial argues that three major features of education — access, governance and quality — are to be dealt with in a coordinated manner. Furthermore, it states that increase in enrolment lies in the domain of access while transfer and promotions come under the purview of governance. To increase access to education for children, the government needs to enhance the annual budget as well as overall development.
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Education is a vital necessity by Shehla Ijaz
Education is a necessity that can never be avoided in this world of knowledge and progress. Seeking knowledge is also stressed in Islam but it is in perils in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We also want to progress and develop in this world but paying a very little heed to most important tool of development.