AUGUST 1 2014

Lack of teachers in Badin

4,581 is the total number of primary teachers in Badin, which has as many as 3,014 schools, according to Alif Ailaan education survey.

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Task force formed to speed up education reforms

A 19-member task force has been formed with Sherry Rehman, senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former ambassador to the United States, as its convener and MPAs and educationists as members to accelerate progress of education reforms being implemented in Sindh, says Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro. Speaking to Dawn here on Friday, Mr Khuhro said the task force consisted of PPP MPAs Khuhrsheed Junejo (chairman of the standing committee for schools), Taimur Talpur (chairman standing committee for higher education), Hasnain Mirza, Nasir Ali Shah, Sardar Shah, Shamim Mumtaz, Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Faisal Ali Sabzwari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Irfanullah Marwat, PML-Functional MPA Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Dr Seema Zia, PPP MNA Shazia Marri, PTI MNA Dr Arif Alvi, PPP Senator Saeed Ghani, MQM MNA Haider Abbas Rizvi, educationist hahnaz Wazir Ali, former vice chancellor of the University of Sindh Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, Sadiqa Salahuddin, Ateeq Riaz and Shahzad Roy, singer and head of an NGO.

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http://tribune.com.pk/story/743054/new-committee-khuhro-forms-taskforce-says-it-will-improve-education/

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-264872-Sindh-forms-taskforce-for-education-reforms

 

We have opened 1,800 schools out of 5,000 closed schools

Initially 5,000 schools were closed, but within one year’s efforts the Sindh government had got opened 1,800 schools. He said by the first week of August in a period of six months, the provincial government would complete recruitment of 20,700 teachers by distributing 2,300 appointment orders among the NTS-pass candidates of Sukkur division. This would help assist in making 300 more schools operational. Also the Sindh Education Foundation had been entrusted to make 300 schools functional, he said. Sindh had adopted Article 25(a) of the 18th Amendment in which rules were being framed about education, he said, adding in the same breath that the federation had yet not transferred provincial autonomy to the province. He warned the unregistered private schools to immediately register themselves or face the consequences.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1122433/ppp-not-to-support-undemocratic-moves-says-khuhro

 

Better education for all

Punjab education department has decided to start signature campaign of “better education for all” as a part of new enrolment campaign. This campaign will assist to achieve 100% enrolment in the province. District Rawalpindi is also preparing for this enrolment campaign after the Eid vacations.

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Online assessment to improve education

National ICT Research and Development Fund is executing an online assessment programme to improve the entire basic education system from primary to secondary and beyond in terms of quality enhancement. The project entitled Development & Assessment of Crowd sourcing based Assessment System is being executed in collaboration with TeleTaleem Islamabad and proposes to develop a crowd sourcing platform for assessments based on international standards. The other objectives are to conduct an empirical study to determine whether or not teachers in Pakistan are able to crowd source quality questions based on learning outcomes stated in the national curriculum and to specify recommendations for the subsequent full scale deployment of such a system based on insights gained from the model.

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Ban on teacher’s transfers lifted

After transfers of teachers under re-allocation and rationalisation policy, the ban on transfers has been lifted on teachers in Rawalpindi district. This ban will be imposed again right after the end of summer vacations.

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Punjab chief minister promises houses, schools for people of NWA

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has announced his government will construct 2,000 houses, state-of-the-art hospital and schools in North Waziristan after the military operation comes to an end. Addressing internally displaced persons at a camp in Bannu, the prime minister’s brother said the displaced people have not been abandoned and that the whole nation stands by them in this difficult time. “We will ensure respectable repatriation of displaced people of North Waziristan at the end of the operation. A hospital at the cost of Rs1 billion will also be constructed while the net of the Daanish School System will spread in the agency,” said Shahbaz Sharif of the project his government in Punjab launched in 2011 to educate the poor. He added they have paid Rs7,000 per month to displaced families for which Rs280 million has so far been distributed among 40,000 families. A total of Rs350 million will be released for distribution among 54,000 families.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/742821/a-helping-hand-punjab-chief-minister-promises-houses-schools-for-people-of-nwa/

 

Students rush for intermediate admissions as deadline approaches

As routine life returned to the city after week-long Eid holidays, thousands of students thronged admissions offices of various colleges on Monday seeking information on how to apply to their intermediate programmes. The Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education in the Punjab announced the results of matriculation examinations on July 25 and admission to public and private colleges opened towards the end of July. Several colleges opened for admissions to intermediate programmes the day matriculation results were announced. Government College University opened for admissions a day earlier. Carrying usual pre-requisites for submitting admission applications – passport-sized photographs and photocopies of educational documents – thousands of students visited colleges on Monday.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/744379/not-enough-time-students-rush-for-intermediate-admissions-as-deadline-approaches/

 

 

Editorials

 

Why Pakistan is low on human development by Rasul Bakhsh Rais

The areas that are the core of human development — education and health — have poor political and administrative leadership both at the higher level as well as at the local institutional level. Our public representatives and governments expend their energies and resources on physical projects for very obvious reasons and very little on human development initiatives. Low allocation of resources is yet another reason, but the problem is that whatever the governments allocated on education, health or gender equality is either wasted or misused. With ghost schools, ghost teachers and ghost doctors and poor law and justice regimes, we have continuously failed to improve our human development conditions.

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Divide in education by Jan-e-Alam Khaki

ONE of the ideological fault lines within Muslim societies is the division between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ education. In some Mus­lim countries, such as Pakistan, religious education has been eulogised and secular educa­tion criticised as being in conflict with Islamic principles. During the 18th-20th centuries, the colonising countries introduced secular education as a parallel schooling system in madressahs in order to introduce science and liberal arts. After independence, no country could do away with secular education because of its well-established roots and advantages in the process of ‘modernisation’ of their societies. People have already tasted the fruits of modern inventions. Modern gadgets were mostly invented and developed through a liberal science and arts education, not through religious learning.

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