Substantial spending for education urged
Journalists have stressed the need for an increased budgetary allocation for education and renewed efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This was the consensus at an editors’ roundtable organised by Ilm-O-Agahi initiative of Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas on Monday, says a press release. The speakers noted that according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14, the literacy rate is only 60 per cent, while the MDGs target to take it to 80 per cent by 2015. “Pakistan is one of the countries that spend the least on education. All segments of society should join hands to highlight the issue and put pressure on the government as it is a matter of survival for our future generations,” the press release read. A number of journalists, including newspaper editors and television news directors attended the meeting. Earlier, a training workshop on education journalism was also organised. Over two dozen education reporters from various media houses attended the workshop.
Pak, India experienced largest education aid cuts
Pakistan has experienced the second largest cuts across the globe (after India) in aid to basic education that fell by $60 million between 2010-2012, despite being among the top five countries in the world with the most children out of school, an upcoming UN report states. “The two countries with the largest cuts in aid to basic education from 2010 to 2012 were India and Pakistan, even though both sit among the top five countries in the world with the most children out of school,” suggest the new figures of the Education for All – EFA Global Monitoring Report by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The report would be released globally on Wednesday. It states that education aid cuts to these countries (India and Pakistan) resulted in South and West Asia being the region with the largest decline in aid to basic education, with disbursements falling by 26 per cent between 2010 and 2012.
3000 schools will reopen: Nisar Khuro
3000 schools which were closed will reopen after the appointment of new teachers, according to the education minister Nisar Khuhro.
Railways, BISP more important to federal govt than education’
Announcement of the estimated budget for the financial year 2014-15 has shown that the federal government gives more importance to railways and Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) compared to the education sector. Secretary General, Federation of All-Pakistan Universities’ Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Dr Kaleemullah Berach said this while talking to Dawn. It is pertinent to mention that Rs97.15 billion have been allocated for BISP, while Rs77 billion have been allocated for the railways. However, even though education is a huge sector with over 70 public sector universities, it has only received a budget of Rs86.4 billion. Dr Berach said that last year educationists believed that the government did not get sufficient time to prepare the budget so this year the education sector will get funds as per its requirements. “In the current year, five universities were functional in Balochistan. Two more universities have been made functional and another two will be functional within the next few months.
Teachers will again be sacked under re-allocation policy
Headmasters and headmistresses will report about the surplus teachers and educators, appointed 3 years ago, will not be included in that surplus list. Teachers with the 22 to 26 years of service will be included in surplus list, according to Education Department District Rawalpindi.
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RBISE bans by-hand submission of result cards to IBCC
The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has imposed ban on sending result cards and certificates to the Inter Board Committee Chairman (IBCC) for verification by hand through the candidates. In this regard, the forms related to the verification of the result cards of matric and intermediate would not be issued to the candidates. The RBISE itself would send the matric and intermediate result cards and certificates to the IBCC for verification. The RBISE sources said the board’s members in a meeting have decided unanimously with reference to letter from the IBCC that the forms in connection with the verification of result cards from the IBCC would not be sent by hand through the candidates and only the RBISE authorities would send the certificates and result cards to the IBCC.
Pre-partition library struggling to keep up with modern era
The century-old Lansdowne Trust Library, also known as Cantonment Library, on the Mall has failed to add new books to its fold due to lack of funds. The library has two reading halls, with one having been converted into a courtroom for the rent controller of the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board. Thus, all books in the library have been shifted into the second hall. A senior official of RCB told Dawn that the total earning of the library was more than Rs4 million generated from the rents of the RCB offices, former offices of Chaklala Cantonment Board and National Bank of Pakistan. This amount was paid to a consultant firm working on the plan to demolish the Lansdowne Trust Complex and build a plaza in its place.
Future depends on education system by Zafar Alam Sarwar
Senior teachers in their discussion emphasise that future of a country is linked to its education system, and overseas Pakistanis endorse this view. Right planning and honest implementation of schemes in spirit of patriotism and atmosphere of brotherhood and discipline help in growing children’s socio-economic, cultural and intellectual development at all levels, they say. They recall how much importance the father of the nation attached to education and health and defence. “There’s need for an education system which, instead of making the people dependent on foreigners, enables them to stand on their own legs and rely on their own strength for achieving anything in the world; time has proved that we will have to depend upon none except our own inherent strength, and that’s our only safeguard — and the best safeguard,” they assert. Retired teachers, when provoked, say the quality of education has declined while parents of middle and lower-middle class find it hard to bear heavy expenses of their children’s education.
A knowledge economy by Dr Atta-ur-Rehman
Pakistan has the unenviable distinction of spending less than two percent of its GDP on education, ranking us among the bottom eight countries of the world – a crying shame. The expenditure on science and technology is a fraction now of what it was when I was federal minister of science and technology some 13 years ago. The spectacular progress made by the Higher Education Commission in the short period of six years during 2002-2008 had sent alarm bells ringing in India, so much so that a detailed presentation was made to the Indian PM. However, this progress was short-lived as the PPP government did its best to destroy this sector, led by a federal minister. He was backed by some 200 parliamentarians with forged degrees who attacked the HEC repeatedly, shredding its powers and budget with ruthless determination. A notification was issued to hand over the pieces of the HEC to the provinces to ‘teach it a lesson’ for not endorsing the forged degrees.
Book: treasure of knowledge and research by yousuf Abbasi
Nobody can ignore the importance of book for knowledge and research. Although computer has changed the life style of human beings across the globe and everything is available on fingertip yet you cannot deny the fact that book still remains the most reliable source.
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