AUGUST 5 2014

As compared to other major cities, students of Karachi show the least progress

Perhaps the main problem that plagues the schools of Karachi, as well as those in the rest of the province, is the limited progress that students show during their formative years. Grade 1 students of the country’s largest city show remarkable prowess in mathematics and languages but fast forward to grade 10 and the students perform worse than those of any other major city. It is therefore clear that learning outputs in the city are by far worse than that of any other, with teachers receiving the chunk of the blame for failing to impart knowledge to the students. To improve matters, it is vital that the teachers are trained and the fact is not lost on education minister Nisar Khuhro. “We are trying to improve the output of teachers and we have been working hard to train them,” he said. “We have trained almost 35,000 teachers in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency since 2006, and we are aiming to train another 5,000 this year.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/742241/education-analysis-as-compared-to-other-major-cities-students-of-karachi-show-the-least-progress/

 

KP govt spending less on education

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government had allocated a little over Rs24.076 billion for the school education development budget but could only spend Rs4.658 billion in the last fiscal, according to the financial reporting and auditing system (PIFRA) of the Pakistan government. Thus, the KP government could utilise only 19.35% of the money it earmarked for the development of its elementary and school education. Punjab’s utilisation was over 80%.Out of Rs4.658 billion, around Rs2.5 billion is actually not the development expenditure but has been shown in the development budget head. This money was spent on textbooks and female student stipend - both budget heads are recurring expenditures, not development projects.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-265372-KP-govt-spending-less-on-education

 

Pakistan facing gender gaps in education access and learning

Pakistan is facing considerable gender gaps in education access and learning, as at national level the gaps in learning outcomes for girls are strikingly low as compared to boys, while still 11.3 per cent girls are out of schools, reveals the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan 2013. The gap can be judged from the fact that only 40 per cent girls can read at least sentences in Urdu, Pushto, Sindhi in comparison to 46 per cent boys. Similarly, only 43 per cent and 38 per cent girls can read at least English words and do basic subtraction respectively. In Balochistan, 17.3 per cent girls are out of school while in Sindh the ratio 15.4 per cent leaves a large gap in issues of access, quality and learning outcomes for girls.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-263909-Pakistan-facing-gender-gaps-in-education-access-and-learning

 

KP to set up 1,000 community schools for primary education

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education department has planned to establish 1,000 community schools in the province for primary education as a stopgap measure until educational institutions are established in the requisite number. Such schools to be set up in three years at a cost of Rs1 billion will primarily target out-of-school children and provide them with education on their doorstep, according to the relevant officials. Around 250 community primary schools have been functioning in different parts of the province since 2005. An official told Dawn that the proposed community schools would be established in the areas, where there were no government educational institutions. He said thousands of children were out of school due to the absence of government primary schools in their respective areas.

Complete Story: http://pakistan.shafaqna.com/of-the-week/item/27727-kp-to-set-up-1000-community-schools-for-primary-education.html

 

KPK govt ready to achieve another milestone

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its allies’ provincial government is ready to achieve another milestone in education sector of their current provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), TheNewsTribe.com reported. According to TheNewsTribe’s correspondent from Pakistan’s north western province KP, the provincial government is all set to establish 1,000 community schools for primary education. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education department to set up these schools in three years at a cost of Rs1 billion. Officials confirm that the project’s main objective is to attract and enroll out-of-school children and provide them with education on their doorstep. Primary Community schools would be established in those underprivileged areas where government educational institutions are missing.

Complete Story: http://www.thenewstribe.com/2014/07/30/pti-kp-government-ready-to-achieve-another-milestone/

 

3,000 students to receive training for women empowerment

More than 3,000 underprivileged female students would receive professional and technical training here at Federal Government College of Home Economics, Management Sciences & Specialised Discipline, F-11/1, to promote women empowerment. Project Director Kauser Beig briefed Barrister Usman Ibrahim, minister of state for Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD), on Monday about the new project.  The minister discussed the PC-I of the project with the project director. This project was approved in November last and the total estimated cost of the project is more than Rs 3 billion out of which Rs 500 million will be funded by the government of Pakistan under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) while Rs 200 million would be provided in year 2014-15 and the rest of the funding would be done through the foreign sources for which a request has been made to the economic affairs division.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/05-Aug-2014/3-000-students-to-receive-training-for-women-empowerment

 

Ethnic differences mar educational opportunities for students

The students, who have passed their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examination 2014, are likely to face issue of ethnic violence this year as well to get enrolled themselves in desired higher secondary schools and colleges. The admissions in the public sector higher secondary schools and colleges in the metropolitan city are granted on merit basis through Centralized Admission Policy (CAP). Like every year, CAP, an authority formed to grants admissions to the students in government colleges, has overlooked concerns of ethnic issues in this year admission policy.  The situation aroused after territorial divisions in the metropolis on the basis of ethnicity. Fear set in minds of teenagers after couple of violent incidents in parts of city during last few years.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=248912

 

Education, health work for Lyari are limited to paperwork only

Sindh government’s initiatives for health, education and other development works for Lyari are limited to paperwork only. This apathy is particularly affecting the youth, said Ayaz Latif Palijo, president Qaumi Awami Tahreek.

Complete Story: http://74.205.74.128:88/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201408050165&EN_ID=11201408050082&EMID=11201408050019

 

Schools cancel summer holidays to celebrate ‘Independence Month’

Students and teachers have been perturbed as the government has abruptly decided to cancel the summer vacation in the schools, in order to organise month-long festivities to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan. Earlier, the schools were scheduled to be re-opened on August 14. However, a few days ago, the office of the executive district officer (EDO) sent a notification cancelling the summer vacation and directing all schools to re-open for two-hours and arrange various events in connection with the Independence Day celebrations. Even though Monday was the first working day at the schools, only a few teachers and students turned up.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1123376/schools-cancel-summer-holidays-to-celebrate-independence-month

 

Govt focusing on higher education for country’s uplift: President

President Mamnoon Hussain Monday said that the government was focusing on higher education particularly in the fields of science and technology to gear up the pace of development in the country. While inaugurating the ‘39th International Nathiagali Summer College on Physics and Contemporary Needs’ in Islamabad, the president said that Pakistan is richly endowed with bright and young people. “It is now our collective responsibility to educate and prepare them to meet the challenges of science and technology, he added.He called for greater interaction with foreign institutions for research and development in the fields of science and technology.  

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-265390-Govt-focusing-on-higher-education-for-countrys-uplift-President

 

Educational institutions to open from 11th

The educational institutions working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would open from August 11 (Monday), after two-month long summer vacations. The summer vacations started from June 7 would end on August 10 while the educational institutions would open from August 11. The decision to open the educational institutions before August 14 was made by the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) so that the students can take part in the activities to celebrate the Independence Day with enthusiasm. It is a routine for the FDE to engage the students of different institutions in the activities and functions being arranged to mark the Independence Day, to revive the spirit of patriotism among them.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/05-Aug-2014/educational-institutions-to-open-from-11th

 

Ranking of Pakistan in education

In a recent survey it is announced that Pakistan is on the 141st position out of 142 countries in educational background. No university of Pakistan is included in world’s best 500 universities. Many underdeveloped and poor countries are far ahead of Pakistan. We are lagging behind them.  It can happen here because more money is allocated on the expenditures of MNAs and Ministers than in education sector. Especially in Sindh and Baluchistan, the situation is even worse. Education is the sector, which if developed then no one can hinder countries’ progress and development. Irresponsible behaviour of government and lack of schools is the main reason of backwardness in education sector. First of all we do not have schools but if we do those are non-functional and if schools are functional there is no teachers to teach.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=248358

 

OIC, Pakistan agree to enhancve cooperation in education

Secretary General Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Iyad Ameen Abdullah Madani called on Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Mohammad Ahsan Raja anddiscussed the matters of mutual interest.  Both of them agreed to enhance cooperation in the different fields among the Muslim countries, especially in the field of education and culture, said a press release.  The OIC Secretary General pointed out that the Muslim youth knew more about the history, culture and values of the Europe than about those of the Islamic countries.  He wished that the Muslim youth should learn more about each other and there must be more cultural exchange programmes.

Complete Story: http://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/04-Aug-2014/oic-pakistan-agree-to-enhancve-cooperation-in-education

Italy willing to give Pakistan soft loans for energy, education sectors

The Italian ambassador Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani held a meeting with the federal finance minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Monday, during which he said that his country is willing to provide soft loans to Pakistan for energy and education sectors. During the meeting, the Italian envoy gave a brief account of Italian financial assistance being provided to Pakistan. The finance minister said that there are vast opportunities for Italian companies and investors to invest in Pakistan. Ishaq Dar informed the Italian ambassador about the positive trends in Pakistan economy.

Complete Story: http://www.dnd.com.pk/italy-willing-give-pakistan-soft-loans-energy-education-sectors/

 

LHC disposes of Minhajul Quran’s plea against FBR notices

Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh of the Lahore High Court on Monday disposed of a petition against audit notices issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to Idara Minhajul Quran, Model Town, Lahore, with a direction to the petitioner-institution to approach the appropriate forum. The Idara Minhajul Quran administrator, through his counsel, petitioned that the institution was regularly filing its tax returns and having its accounts audited but that the FBR issued it audit notices after the June 17 incident. The counsel said that the issuance of notices was a result of political victimisation as audit of an educational institution was itself against FBR rules. He requested the court to set aside the impugned notices issued by the FBR for being illegal.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/05-Aug-2014/lhc-disposes-of-minhajul-quran-s-plea-against-fbr-notices

 

HEC denies announcing rankings of Pakistani universities in 2014

A news item appearing in a section of the Press about recent rankings of Pakistani universities by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is completely baseless and misleading. It is clarified for information of everyone that HEC’s last ranking of universities was done in 2013, whose detail is available at hec.gov.pk/rankings. The public at large, particularly students, are advised to consult website of the Higher Education Commission for cross-checking any announcement related to HEC or any other information so as to avoid confusion and misunderstanding. Also the media persons, belonging to print and electronic media as well as those using social media, are also requested to validate any information regarding HEC before disseminating it to the public.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=248889

 

Ban on hiring mars smooth working of varsities, HEC

The ban on recruitment in the federal capital is taking its toll on the federal universities and the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The government on August 2, 2013 slapped a ban on recruitment in all federal ministries, divisions and autonomous bodies. Since then, every department has been in some sway suffering shortage of staff. The ban on hiring has a frustrating impact mainly on three universities — Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and International Islamic University (IIUI). The HEC has been seeking staff from several universities on deputation as well. The HEC executive director is on deputation from the University of Balochistan. Three members of operation as well as three advisers at the HEC are also working on deputation.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/742163/education-woes-ban-on-hiring-mars-smooth-working-of-varsities-hec/

 

10,000 Pakistani students to be given scholarships to study in Europe in 2015

Around 10,000 Pakistani students will be awarded scholarships to study in different universities of Europe in the year 2015 by the European Union Education Foundation (EUEF). The first entries to the programme will be from Sindh, The Express Tribune has learnt. “We are waiting for the final proposal from the provincial [Sindh] government,” revealed the EUEF director of scholarships programme, Yvonne Hunter. “The government is interested [this time] and I hope the plan will materialise soon.” During her visit to Karachi last week, Hunter explained that the EUEF was established to promote higher education in developing countries. “Our aim is help in community development through self-sufficiency in the education sector by providing students from developing countries easy access to higher studies in Europe.”

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/744354/study-abroad-10000-pakistani-students-to-be-given-scholarships-to-study-in-europe-in-2015/

 

HEC board fails to meet in a year

The governing body of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has not met for over a year now, delaying decisions on important policy matters. The last time the HEC governing body met was in April 2013. It has since postponed three scheduled meetings, the latest of which was supposed to be held on April 7, 2014. The governing board running the HEC consists of 17 members — two federal secretaries, four representatives for the provinces, an executive director and 10 nominees of the prime minister. The body at present, however, is short of five members. In its last meeting in April 2013, the board shortlisted five names out of 35 for membership and forwarded them to the prime minister for approval. Since then, nothing has been heard from the PM’s office.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/744278/no-show-hec-board-fails-to-meet-in-a-year/

 

 

Editorials

 

Stop blaming Malala for everything! by Bariyah Faisal

25 million children in Pakistan are out of school and Malala is getting free education in England. Those 25 million children, once again, are not her responsibility. It’s the government’s responsibility and sadly a failure on the latter’s part that no one as much as hiccupped on the sorry situation right within our country. And let’s not discount the fact that Malala’s father made a school and she gave much of her award money to the girls who could not afford education. Why do we have to be skeptic about everything? Why does it have to be a twisted story plot each time someone stands for a cause? Or perhaps we’re way too affected by star plus dramas where even a glance counts for a big controversy. With this disposition towards good things, if not anything, I can safely say that no do-gooder will ever rise again for the fear of being banished as evil.

Complete Story: http://www.samaa.tv/notes/28-Jul-2014/stop-blaming-malala-for-everything

 

Ghosts in education

For decades, Pakistan has suffered from an infestation of powerful and malignant ghosts. They are not the shades of our forebears but are a form of corruption — entities and bodies that exist only on paper but are significant cash cows for those who milk these ethereal beasts. Ghost schools have been with us for a couple of generations, as have ghost teachers drawing their salaries to teach the ghost children that attend. Now, a new spectral layer has appeared — ghost training, and very profitable it is too. The Canadian government is unwittingly feeding the latest trend in this ‘ghostly activity’. The conversion of a Rs1.2 billion debt into a grant for the capacity building of teachers in Sindh is revealed to show that not only were the teachers not trained, but their expenses for such training were claimed by officials; in a number of cases, peons and chowkidars have miraculously found themselves academically rewarded in ways they could never have imagined.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/744196/ghosts-in-education/

 

Working children victim of exploitation by Zafar Alam Sarwar

Lower class people are amazed when primary schoolchildren seek from them the meaning of ‘revolution’ — the word being frequently used by some leaders on private TV channels these days. Already somewhat in distress, parents fail to satisfy the coatless crazy kids who feel time hasn’t changed for them, nor the system and the environment they live and work in. Nobody has ever tried to discover the working child, retired city teachers assert. They say childhood for many children presents a different picture. It is a time for playing, for learning and for progressive maturation into productive adulthood. But nothing has changed for children who are seen working in fields, tending cattle, weaving carpets, repairing cars and motorbikes, working in small hotels and tea stalls, picking waste items from trash, toiling at brick kilns, running errands as domestic servants. They’re the children who never enjoy childhood.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-265310-Working-children-victim-of-exploitation

 

Language imperilled by Khadim Hussain

education in one’s mother tongue in Pakistan is a rare phenomenon. It is erroneously assumed that being educated in one’s native language will lead to schisms and pola­­­risation. Academic research, Pakistan’s political history and the experiences of several multilingual, multicultural and multiethnic states bear witness that the introduction of in­­di­genous languages in several spheres of national life, including officialdom, leads to stronger institutions. Linguists like Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine in their seminal work The Vanishing Voices have found a close relationship between biodiversity and linguistic diversity. It is one that seems to be as true for Pakistan as it is for Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Australia and India.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1123295/language-imperilled

 

Problems of our education system by Sajid Khan

Education makes a human being wise so that he can understand the difference between  good and bad. But in our country, education system has many flaws and it is not delivering what it is supposed to deliver. These flaws of our education system are producing a class of “educated illiterates”.

Complete Story: http://www.khabraingroup.com/today/pages/p10/detail/sajid.JPG

 

News in pictures

 

Edu-ca(u)tion

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