JULY 23 2014

Voucher scheme soon for poor children’s education

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will launch a pilot project in a couple of months to support the education of the poor out-of-school children. In the pilot phase of the scheme, around 2,000 children of the underprivileged families would be given admissions, they said. The voucher scheme would be gradually extended to other parts of the province after evaluation of the pilot project. The Elementary Education Foundation (EEF), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, would execute the scheme.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1121032/voucher-scheme-soon-for-poor-childrens-education


Special needs: Punjab’s free education law fails to facilitate disabled students

The Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Ordinance 2014 falls short of elaborating measures that will be taken to facilitate special children in the province. Section 3 (4) of the ordinance requires the government to provide suitable education to children with physical and mental disabilities. This provision makes it compulsory for the government to take special care of the children but it does not elaborate measures that should be taken under the ordinance. Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) Programme Manager Raja Shoaib Akbar told that CPDI had recommended that it should be made obligatory for all government and private schools to make buildings accessible to children using wheelchairs and those with other disabilities. He said it was recommended that a penalty also be imposed in case of violations of the law after three months of promulgation. He said that under the law, a stipend could also be fixed for each child attending these schools to increase enrollment.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/739493/special-needs-punjabs-free-education-law-fails-to-facilitate-disabled-students/


Education for all: Literacy projects announced for DG Khan, Rajanpur

The Literacy and Non Formal Basic Education Department (L&NFBE), under directives of the chief minister, is set to launch special literacy programmes that aim to target more than 5,000 adults and children in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan districts. The project Mera Ghar Mera School (My home, my school) was unveiled at a briefing held by the department on Friday. Special Adviser to Chief Minister on Literacy Rai Haider Ali Khan chaired the meeting. He said the project aimed to educate as many as 5,450 children and adults through a literacy programme this year. The project will focus on creating community learning centres and non-formal basic education schools.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/737701/education-for-all-literacy-projects-announced-for-dg-khan-rajanpur/


In Punjab: Decades later, no sign of education at crumbling ‘school’

A school building in Muhammadwala village of Tehsil Lalian is one of many examples of Education Department’s neglect and indifference towards its infrastructure and how it is abandoned only to be grabbed illegally later. The two-kanal school building was constructed in 1992-93 on the land owned by one Zafar Iqbal. However, classes have not been started even after 22 years and the building has been abandoned by the department. Due to lack of maintenance, cracks have developed in its walls, roofs and floors. It has now turned into an animal pen and store for some people. But neither the department nor the government seems interested in making the school functional.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1120429


Budget priority: ‘Government focusing on health, education’

Minister for Finance, Excise and Taxation Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Monday that the government was focusing on the health and education sectors. Talking to various delegations, the minister said the government had allocated additional funds for both the sectors this year. “The government has allocated 26.25 per cent of the development funds for the education sector and 11.6 per cent for the health sector,” Rehman said. He said the provincial government was going to spend Rs121 billion on providing healthcare facilities to the people. The minister said a health insurance scheme would be started in the province at the cost of Rs4 billion. Referring to the issue of children’s vaccination, the finance minister said the government-run immunisation campaign covered nine diseases. “Children are our future.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/739011/budget-priority-government-focusing-on-health-education/


Education management: Information system for capital’s institutes next year

The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) will design an education management information system (EMIS) for the capital’s schools and colleges. The management information system will be used for data collection, processing, analysing and reporting of educational information. It will serve as a repository of all the data for the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). A meeting between GIZ and FDE officials on Monday reviewed the procedure and implementation process of the project, which has been under consideration for a while. According to FDE officials, the plan is expected to start functioning from the next academic year. EMIS will help manage training, grades and service structure of teachers, details about schools and colleges, and missing facilities in these institutes. The system will also help maintain quality of education. The meeting also decided that the planning and development of education infrastructure in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) will also be carried out in this plan.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/738916/education-management-information-system-for-capitals-institutes-next-year/


Reforming education: Ministry to engage development partners

The education ministry has agreed to team up with public sector organisations and development partners for bringing radical changes in education system to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs). This was decided at a meeting that was chaired by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Balighur Rehman, and also attended by representatives of the American Refugee Committee, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). It was also decided to thrash out a strategy to enroll out-of-school children in formal and non-formal schools across the country.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/737639/reforming-education-ministry-to-engage-development-partners/


Unwilling volunteers: Teachers ‘forced’ to purchase fund raiser tickets

Teachers’ unions are accusing the government of forcing them to buy tickets for a cricket match to be played on Saturday to raise funds for the people displaced by an ongoing offensive in North Waziristan. This is the second time this month that teachers have said that they are being pressed to contribute for the internally-displaced persons (IDPs). Earlier this month, they had protested against the government accusing it of forcing them to donate for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the IDPs. The Punjab Sports Board has already arranged two exhibition matches in Rawalpindi and Multan on July 19 and July 21. A ticket costs Rs500. “Teachers have already contributed to the chief minister’s fund. They should not be burdened further,” said Rana Liaquat Ali, the Punjab Teachers’ Union secretary general.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/739579/unwilling-volunteers-teachers-forced-to-purchase-fund-raiser-tickets/


Those who belongs to Education and Literature are the assets of our Country

President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain while visiting his Teacher Professor Danishmand in hospital said that They all Educationists and intellectuals are assets of our Country and we all need to Respect them.

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Annual Audit of Primary and Middle Schools

Primary Schools receives twenty thousand while Middle Schools fifty thousand for Annual Audit of Every Year but when Team of Duniya News ask the team to audit one of the Government school  Shimla they ask for Rupees fifteen hundred as bribe.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-07-23&edition=ISL&id=1189400_65061331


Girls outshine boys in Mardan HSSC exams

The girls student outshined boys as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Mardan, announced results of the Higher Secondary School Certification (HSSC) examination 2014. According to the results, girls Shafaq Shehzadi and Safia Ali secured 986 marks and stood first, Faiza bagged second position by securing 982 and Haniya Sherwani stod third with 965 marks.

Complete Story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/7-23-2014/page3.asp 


Students of Indo-Pak are Ambassadors of Peace

Kumar Singh said “ Both Countries will celebrate their Independence day with cycle Diplomacy. They are planning for a cycle Rally in Indo-Pak so that they are trying to give Message that Indo-Pak are just like two wheels of the same cycle so we need to move Forward by holding each other’s shoulder. Friends if Parveen also said that they were trying to approve this really in parliament from last month.

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Pakistan, Morocco for closer cooperation in education

Pakistan and Morocco would enhance the level of cooperation in education sector between the two countries to create new avenues of educational opportunities for the students. Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, Engineer Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said this in a meeting with Ambassador of Morocco, Mustapha Saladine.

Complete Story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201407/23/islamabad-2.php


Position holder students back home after study tour of European universities

Forty top position holder students from all over Pakistan currently on a study tour of European universities returned to their homeland today. The position holders were accorded warm welcome at Lahore airport. Provincial Minister for Law, Education, Sports and Tourism, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Member Punjab Assembly Ms. Tahia Noon, Secretary Higher Education Department Punjab Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Secretary Schools Education Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and Chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore Dr. Nasrullah Virk alongwith other senior officers received the forty member delegation of position holder students.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=247810


HEC may re-verify already cleared degrees

Serious questions are being raised in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) process of verification of educational degrees and top HEC officials want an independent audit of verifications done by the commission during the last six years.

Complete Story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/7-23-2014/page12.asp





Policy of avoiding responsibility     Dr. Maleeha Lodhi

After 18th Amendment governments try to take their hands off from the responsibility of education and this is the reason Pakistan is not improving in the sector of education. As per Alif Ailaan and SDPI’s Report, Pakistan District Education Rankings 2014, shows how worst the condition is. Even in top ten rankings there is not a single district from Sindh and KPK is present its Punjab everywhere there in top Districts. Now Federal Government needs to think that What they can do to improve Education Status.

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The HEC and the Ahsan Iqbal factor    Dr Qaisar Rashid

Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms (PDR), sent an e-mail to this scribe and wrote: “I would like to correct the record that the appointment of [the] Chairman [of the Higher Education Commission (HEC)] was not made by (sic) on my proposal. A selection committee was constituted by the PM with two other members namely Dr Ishrat Hussain and Dr Shami. The decision was made by the committee unanimously.” Iqbal’s version can be interpreted in this way: as the chairman of the search committee (constituted by the prime minister on January 21, 2014) assigned with the task of finding a suitable chairperson for the HEC, he was not alone in proposing the name of any candidate for the post. Instead, the two other members of the committee were also of the same opinion and that was how a unanimous decision was taken by all the three members of the committee.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/23-Jul-2014/the-hec-and-the-ahsan-iqbal-factor