August 18 2014

Second phase of emergency enrolment programme begins

A function was held at a school in Samanabad on Friday to mark the beginning of the second phase of emergency enrolment programme. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal inaugurated the campaign. Punjab Assembly Member (MPA) Begum Suraiya Naeem and Education Executive District Officer (EDO) Syed Waheedud Din were present on the occasion. The campaign aims to bring dropouts back to schools to raise the literacy rate as part of the Education Department’s universal primary education programme. The DCO and the lawmaker distributed books among students and enrolled their names in the attendance register on the occasion.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/749252/second-phase-of-emergency-enrolment-programme-begins/

 

Female education in Fata at the lowest: survey

Literacy rate among women in tribal areas is alarmingly low and stagnant at mere 3 per cent. Factors hampering the process of education were inaccessibility to schools, poor quality of education, low retention rate, militancy, displacements and custom and traditions prevalent in those areas. This was said in a report prepared by a civil society organisation, Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA) It said that 14.7pc of girls between 3 and 13 years of age had never been enrolled in any school. The overall enrolment stood at 27pc for girls as compared to 73pc for boys. A subsequent decrease was observed in the transition of female students from primary to higher secondary levels from 33pc to 13pc – the lowest in the country.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1125645/female-education-in-fata-at-the-lowest-survey

 

Over 250 govt schools occupied illegally in KP

Over 250 government schools, mainly primary, have been illegally occupied for the last over two decades by different people across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it is learnt. Of these schools, 38 are completely occupied and 215 partially, according to official documents available with Dawn. The occupation of so many schools is astonishing in a situation when senior officials of the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department are scratching their heads over how to meet the schools` requirements, according to sources in the education depart-ment. They said that the department currently needed thousands of schools, mostly primary, so as to enrol the out of schools children. A senior official of the education department said that in most of the cases of occupation the owners had donated land for the schools on the condition that they or their immediate relatives would be given jobs in the same schools. The jobs include peon, watchman and in rare cases that of a teacher. He said that the owners had occupied the buildings when their demand for jobs was not met. He said that the education department did not have the property documents of the fully occupied schools.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=18_08_2014_007_005

 

Right to education denied

NEEDLESS of the future, regardless of all the damning statistics pertaining to out-of-school children in Pakistan, criminal negligence in the education sector continues unabated. A recent report in this paper offered a glimpse of the dire situation that prevails in Sindh`s Shaheed Benazirabad district, a long-time PPP stronghold. For example, in the area`s Long Khan Brohi village, there are three schools two primary and one middle none of which have teaching staff (apart from, curiously enough, an art teacher) and hence, no students. Only 30 of the 150 children of school-going age here are getting an education, for which they have to trek to the only primary school in the next village. But while the latter institution actually boasts a teacher, classes are held in the open because the school building was rendered dangerous after the floods a few years ago. At another school in the district, there are again no students because the sole teacher appointed here takes advantage of his connections in the local power circles to remain absent from duty. Neglect of girls` schools is compounded by parental apathy towards girls` education.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=18_08_2014_008_003

 

What is the most blatant lie taught through Pakistan textbooks?

The answers to these questions vary widely depending on who is being asked. A large part of our national identity stems from our sense of history and culture that are deeply rooted in the land and in the legacy of the region’s ancient civilisations. Religion has also played a big part in making us what we are today. But the picture general history textbooks paint for us does not portray the various facets of our identity. Instead it offers quite a convoluted description of who we are. The distortion of historical facts has in turn played a quintessential role in manipulating our sense of self. What’s ironic is that the boldest fallacies in these books are about the events that are still in our living memory. Herald invited writers and commentators, well versed in history, to share their answers to what they believe is the most blatant lie taught through Pakistan history textbooks.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1125484

 

Dedication to education: Tributes pour in for Anita Ghulam Ali

Anita Ghulam Ali was a multi-dimensional personality who not only dedicated her life to education but also actively supported trade unions for workers’ rights, said Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) CEO Karamat Ali at a condolence meeting held by the organisation at Piler Centre on Saturday. The meeting was held to pay tribute to the late educationist and intellectual, who had also been a former education minister and a former Labour Coordination Committee vice chairperson. Anita played a prominent role in improving the standard of education in Sindh and founded the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) under the provincial government towards that goal. ‘Adopt a School’ was an innovative idea that succeeded in improving government schools in Sindh. SEF also adopted learning centres for working children in the SITE area.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/749698/dedication-to-education-tributes-pour-in-for-anita-ghulam-ali/

 

Education: the major problem in Pakistan

Education is the most essential ingredient for the development of a nation. It is a global fact that nations who have reached the heights of the development and prosperity have done it by using education and information as a tool to do it. Education is simply an investment to achieve both human and economic development. But unfortunately it is one of the biggest problems in Pakistan. The education system of Pakistan is rotten to the core. The literacy rate in Pakistan is recorded as about 55% in 2012-2013. At present, the education sector is facing crisis just like other major sectors of the country. Following are the major problems in education system of Pakistan:

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/08/15/comment/education-the-major-problem-in-pakistan/

 

Reforms in education sector 

It is the time of higher education. That was an old period when weapons had many calls. In the recent century, education is a power in the every walk of life. It is also being recognized as a symbol of superiority, the rising and declining of any society can be judged easily by its education standards and literacy rate. The importance of education can be seen in the sayings of father of the nation Quaid e Azam. He said on 26th September, 1947 in Karachi, ‘’Education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=249916

 

Cream of the crop: Scooping up the business, melting away competitors

According to the Pakistan Startup Report, many Pakistanis who have studied and worked abroad have returned to the country to start their own personal ventures. The report is an international study on local start-ups, which concludes that this is an “interesting” time for entrepreneurs to launch businesses in Pakistan. Alpine Gelato Managing Director Muhammad Shahzad is one such name that exclusively endorses the aforesaid report, but also explains why the study profiles Pakistan as a viable destination for future investments. The Australia-returned expatriate, who started from a small ice cream business in Hyderabad, currently operates arguably the fastest growing chain of ice cream parlours in the city – employing more than 200 people in both Hyderabad and Karachi.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/749979/cream-of-the-crop-scooping-up-the-business-melting-away-competitors/

 

Country far from goals of Vision 2025

According to the budget 2014-15 document, the education and health sectors have once again not received their due share. An amount of Rs74.031 billion has been earmarked for both sectors, showing an increase of only 1.5% compared to the previous year, which is insignificant considering the population growth and inflation hovering around 9%. Of the amount of Rs74 billion, only 13.5% goes to the health sector. The development plan consists of ambitious schemes such as Metro bus services, Metro trains and a motorway from Karachi to Lahore.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/749980/country-far-from-goals-of-vision-2025/

 

Sindh Teachers Forum point out in Policy for Inter admissions

Chairman of Sindh Teacher Forum ‘s Internal Committee Professor Iqrar and Member Professor Zaheer ud din said that due to Load Shedding, Students are unable to load Admission website. It’s a joke with the future of Students here in Sindh.

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4500 students to get 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. The MoU signing ceremony was held at the DCO office in Bahawalpur in the presence of DCO Imran Sikandar, CDA Managing Director Iqbal Hussain, PEF Managing Director Dr Aneela Salman, Salman Anwar Malik and other officers. Iqbal Hussain and PEF Director Waqar Azeem signed the document on behalf of their respective organisations.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/25-Apr-2014/4500-students-to-get-free-education-in-cholistan

 

Degrees not found after 2006

Students visits Balochistan Board Daily for the Degrees after Submitting Fees but of no avail. Balochistan Board are unable to find any Degree after the Year 2006. It brings Students to a serious trouble.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/08-18-2014/quetta/page7.asp

 

Facilitating research: QAU institute opens resource centre

The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) of the Quaid-i-Azam University has launched a resource centre to facilitate students, faculty and researchers. QAU Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Eatzaz Ahmad inaugurated the resource centre, informed a press release on Sunday. The inauguration ceremony coincided with the flag-hoisting ceremony in connection with Independence Day celebrations at NIHCR.

Ahmad said libraries are vital to empower communities and meet the country’s information needs. Information is power and it enhances the chance of people to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to society, he said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/750097/facilitating-research-qau-institute-opens-resource-centre/

 

Additional Charge of Education handed over to Mumtaz Shah

As Fazal went to America, Additional Charge of Education is handed over to Mumtaz Shah, He is already Performing Double Duties.

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Survey of non-formal schools

Lahore—Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has launched baseline survey of newly adopted 75 non-formal community schools situated in Cholistan area of Bahawalpur division. According to a spokesman of Punjab Education Foundation, this survey would help to determine present conditions of schools’ infrastructure, academic standards and educational opportunities for male and female students.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=249891

 

Political Parties need to work for Better Education System

Nafees ur Rehman said that in past Education System was crushed badly so now Political Parties need to work for better Education System.

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Capital’s schools: Summer vacations extended till Aug 25

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) for the second time extended summer vacations for another week owing to the ongoing political rallies in the capital. According to the public relations officer of CADD Minister of State Barrister Usman Ibrahim, a one-week extension has been ordered in the summer vacations. The educational institutes were supposed to open on August 11 but the protests by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf  (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) forced them to review the decision.The decision was not only taken due to the virtual deadlock in a part of the city, but also because 24 schools and colleges are occupied by Punjab, Azad Jammu Kashmir police officials and Pakistan Rangers.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/750074/capitals-schools-summer-vacations-extended-till-aug-18/

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-267798-School-holidays-extended-till-25th

 

Higher education institutions and leadership challenges

The availability of high quality and talented human resources is the necessary condition for the socio-economic development of a country. In this context Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) plays a pivotal role. However, if HEIs aren’t cognizant of this connectivity focus on quality education will be amiss. Because of his lack of awareness HEIs had failed to put in place robust Quality Assurance Systems in their institutions. Thus, the graduates being churned out of the academic programs of many of these institutions wouldn’t be of the desired quality. Instead of becoming mass production factories, they’d better be institutions they produced branded graduates to enhance their chances of seeking premium jobs not only within but outside of Pakistan as well.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/08/15/city/lahore/higher-education-institutions-and-leadership-challenges/

 

No Progress by Regional HEC of Teacher’s Degrees verification

15 August was the date to start Teacher’s Degrees verification by HEC Regional Directorate but still no progress. Its 3rd time no Progress has been carried out after due date.

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Skilled workforce: Tevta colleges to offer 30% more seats this year

The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) announced on Saturday that the authority’s educational institutes will offer 30 per cent more seats for admission. The announcement was made after a meeting of Tevta’s district board that was chaired by Suhail bin Rashid, the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) president and the Tevta Faisalabad Board of Management (BoM) chairman. He said 5,708 students were enrolled in various TEVTA institutions in Faisalabad district. “This year, 8,000 students will get admissions,” Rashid said. He said some of the institutions were not working at full capacity. “We have decided to provide funds to these educational institutions to address their problems,” he said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/749726/skilled-workforce-tevta-colleges-to-offer-30-more-seats-this-year/

 

 

Editorial

 

Low student attendance

We have long cried that checks and balances is the way to battle the corruption and abuse of power so prevalent in our systems. No different is the Sindh public education sector, where attendance by pupils in public colleges is only 10 to 15 per cent — a pathetic turnout for a populous province that is in dire need of educational advancement. With teachers regularly being absent from their jobs, their students are left with little motivation to attend classes. Teachers are mainly to blame for this sorry state of affairs. If they are not present, the students have no one to teach them and thus, they waste time attending college/school for no-show teachers. This calls for the attention of the Sindh education department to reevaluate the salaries and benefits of teachers and do what is required in order to ensure that they remain motivated and do their jobs honestly. It is important that teachers are provided adequate salaries to support their families, as this will encourage them to appear for work daily.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/749633/low-student-attendance/

 

Education beyond 2015 by Inayatullah

While Pakistan is lagging behind in the race for achieving MDGs and six EFA goals by the end of 2015, the world is marching ahead with preparations of the agenda for Education Beyond 2015.
The President of the UN General Assembly and the Secretary General are heading initiatives to finalize the Post-2015 goals and targets by September 2015.
In this connection, regional meetings in all the continents are being held to come up with recommendations. Earlier this month, 20 education ministers and senior education specialists from public and private sectors as well as NGOs from Asia and Pacific countries met in Bangkok and developed an Asia-Pacific Statement on Education Beyond 2015.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/columns/18-Aug-2014/education-beyond-2015

 

A leader in education by Beena Sarwar

She leaves a void that will be hard to fill, but her legacy will live on through the institutions she was associated with, and the people she mentored over the decades, particularly in the field of education. Although Anita Ghulam Ali had no children of her own, many of these individuals were as dear to her as if they were her own. She took a keen interest in their work and personal wellbeing, in the most non-interfering way, encouraging, questioning, supporting, and motivating. She would ask affectionately, with genuine concern, after their children and grandchildren, whom she’d seen grow from babies to “young ladies” or gentlemen, as she would put it.

Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/anita-ghulam-ali-a-leader-in-education/#.U_Eb_2PCf5I

 

In terms of learning outcomes, 59 percent of class five students are unable to read a story fluently in Urdu or Sindhi while 71 percent cannot perform simple two-digit division. One wonders why, after paying billions of rupees, education in Sindh is in a state of the doldrums. The great French writer, Victor Marie Hugo, once wrote, “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” There are hundreds and thousands of schools in Sindh but what these schools are and what they produce is a matter of great distress. Cheating in examinations, mismanagement, ghost teachers, unavailability of the school syllabus, missing basic infrastructure, schools as headquarters of waderas (feudal lords) and a number of schools on record but absent on the ground — it may surprise many but all this is normal practice in Sindh.    

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/18-Apr-2014/long-march-for-education

 

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