In major step, K-P’s education dept puts elementary school data online
Any information you may want to know about Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s elementary and secondary schools is now all online. The education department has made available all of its statistics and maps, even for schools with missing facilities, at www.kpese.gov.pk. The data on the website includes comprehensive details on all 28,280 government schools in the province. Information from each school on enrolled students, employed teachers, parent-teacher councils as well as both available and missing facilities are cleanly and neatly categorised. You can even download KML formats of the 25 maps to see them in Google Earth.
Teachers demand training academies
Public school teachers have demanded training academies where teachers can get real-world training instead of teaching colleges churning out B.Ed and M.Ed graduates who only have ‘book knowledge’. Condemning the merger of two Government Elementary Teaching Colleges in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, they asked the provincial government to convert teaching colleges into training academies for teachers. “Successive governments have tried to improve the quality of education simply by changing the curriculum. They keep ignoring teacher training,” said Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) General Secretary Rana Liaquat.
CGPA hails KP edu deptt for disclosing EMIS data on website
Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) has hailed Elementary and Secondary Education Department (E&SED) for recent initiative to proactively disclose Education Management Information System (EMIS) data on its website. Muhammad Anwar, Executive Director CGPA, stated that information is crucial for getting citizens involved in planning and management processes of public servicedelivery. He termed openness and transparency as basic prerequisite for good governance.
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Quality education key to economic success-Minister
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Barrister Usman Ibrahim said that quality educationsystem can put the country on road to economic progress and prosperity. He was chairing a meeting of Federal Government Teachers’ Association (FGTA) here on Tuesday. He said that no country can achieve desired industrial and socio-economic growth without providing quality education system to the young generation.
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The higher education problem
On July 3, a news item appeared in the dailies of Pakistan stating that 18 vice chancellors of all leading public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had held a meeting under the chairmanship of Dr Nasir Jamal, the vice chancellor of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST), and had aired certain demands.
Surplus teachers appointed as headmasters in schools
As many as 460 teachers of the city who were placed in the surplus pool have been appointed as headmasters in different government primary schools. These teachers were declared surplus following the implementation of the re-allocation policy.
We will solve the problems of federal teachers: Federal Minster CADD
Federal Minister CADD, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, said that CADD is determined to resolve the problems of federal teachers. After consulting teachers, steps will be taken to improve federal educational institutions.
Surplus teachers transferred to the far flung areas
District Education Department Rawalpindi has transferred many surplus teachers to the far flung areas of the district. Teachers who were appointed in Rawalpindi city have now been transferred to the rural areas of Taxila, Murree, Gojar Khan and Kotli Sattiyan. Teachers’ Unions have decided to sue education department at this particular issue.
Sindh has divided education ministry into two
Government of Sindh has divided two of its department into two i.e. education and health. Education is divided into “Primary Education” and “Higher Technical and Research Education”. Chief Minister Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah has approved the summary of dividing these two departments.
Prioritising quality in education by Jamil Nasir
“Many South Asian teachers barely know more than their students. For example, surveys from India and Pakistan show that teachers perform poorly in math and language tests based on the primary curriculum they are supposed to teach”. – World Bank report: ‘Student learning in South Asia – challenges, opportunities and policy priorities’. Quality in education is one of the daunting challenges South Asian countries are faced with. “Schooling is successful when it enables students to lead fuller lives – as individuals and as labour market participants. For this to happen, merely spending time in school is not enough; there has to be a significant gain in cognitive and non-cognitive skills”, says the report.
Curriculum and provincial autonomy by Dr. Tauseef Ahmed
Federal government is trying to build National Curriculum Council with the consensus of all the provinces and territories but Sindh and Khyber Pakhtukhwa have opposed this proposal of federal government. Curriculum became is now the responsibility of the provinces after 18thamendment.