Fast track: Out-of-school children to reach grade 5 in 40 months
The Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department (L&NFBE) is working on a project to provide first six years of education to out-of-school children in an ambitious 30 to 40 months. L&NFBE Additional Secretary Nadeem Alam Butt is overlooking the project Non-formal Education Promotion Project that was launched in 2011. He said the non-formal curriculum had been developed over three years in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA).
The country is facing an ‘education crisis’ which, if not tackled now, can become insurmountable. But, given political will and resources, a reformed education system can still produce a tolerant citizenry accepting religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, and help Pakistan return to its moderate roots. This is the crux of a report on “education reforms” in Pakistan recently released by the International Crisis Group. In its major conclusion, the Brussels-based NGO working to prevent conflict worldwide says: “If Pakistan is to provide all children between the age of five and 16 years free and compulsory education, as its law requires, it must reform a system marred by teacher absenteeism, poorly maintained or ghost schools and a curriculum which encourages intolerance and fails to produce citizens who are competitive in the job market.”
Where Pakistan does stand?
World has changed itself with time; even the countries in Asian continent are touching the height of growth, running parallel along with several European developed countries and when their success is being analyzed we find a long history of their struggle for education. It is a fact of history that in times of yore our kings have been toying with money to build magnificent palaces and castles while the western countries were busy constructing universities, libraries and educational institutions for their generations. The aim is not to object to all these historical treasures in my beloved country but my actual grief is, our thinking has been and still confined to soundless developments. Unfortunately, the area of concern for every new government in Pakistan is not to provide quality education to students and they never take satisfactory measures in educational sector for our energetic youth.
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Seven years on: Pindi women’s college still to see light of day
Seven years after its foundation stone was laid, a postgraduate college for women in Cantt Saddar, which has figured on the agenda of every lawmaker from the constituency since 2007, has not been able to open its doors to students. While politicians dutifully commit to inaugurating the college situated on Police Station Road, they forget their promises as soon as elections are over. The foundation stone of the college was laid in 2007 by former railways minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad. Over the years, the college has been turned into a car park by people.
Education needs: Universities to start fundraising for displaced persons
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started mobilising universities to support displaced persons from North Waziristan Agency (NWA). A meeting of the vice-chancellors of public and private sector universities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was held at the HEC Regional Centre in Peshawar on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed. KP Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani and KP Higher Education Department Secretary Farah Hamid Khan also attended the meeting.
Vernacular thievery: Plagiarism in regional languages continues
The universities in Pakistan have no software to detect plagiarism in research papers and theses of scholars in regional languages, The Express Tribune has learnt. No public or private sector university in the country has any software to spot plagiarism in Persian, Arabic, Kashmiryat, Urdu, Punjabi and Islamic studies research papers or theses. “There are more than 400 seats in the universities of Punjab alone for MPhil and PhD programmes in these languages. It is safe to say that every year at least 500 students produce their theses and research in these subjects and there is no reliable method to rule out plagiarism in this research. The research papers for all other subjects which are in English are run through a software which determines the extent of plagiarism in the text,” an associate professor at Punjab University told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity.