With existing facilities in shambles,do new education projects really make sense?
The numbers speak for themselves. Of the 47,557 public schools in Sindh, a total of 5,229 exist only on paper and 91 of these are present in the urban metropolis of Karachi. A census conducted by the education department this year revealed that 11 percent of schools in Sindh are not functional. “These budgets are proof that all parties and all leaders in Pakistan opt for the easier route of symbolic budgetary increases, rather than make efforts for actual change,” said Mosharraf Zaidi, a campaign leader at the education advocacy group, Alif Ailaan. His assertions seem to bear a semblance of reality when one looks at certain other alarming statistics; almost 39 percent of Sindh’s population aged 10 or above has never attended a school, while the Net Enrolment Rate for primary schools is just 50 percent and further declines at the middle, high and higher secondary levels.
Tharparkar tops list of districts with shut schools
A total of 5,229 government schools are closed in the province, and Tharparkar, where 798 of them are located, tops the list of districts with the largest number of closed schools, shows the data distributed in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday. Based on a report prepared by the Reform Support Unit showing details of closed schools and reasons for the closure as per the School Census 2011-12, the data was provided in response to a question asked by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional legislator Nusrat Sehar Abbasi. It shows that of the 5,229 schools some 3,995 have been closed temporarily and 1,234 permanently. Unavailability of teachers is the main reason for the closure of 3,177, the largest number of such schools.
Improving education standard government’s priority number one
Keeping in view the marvelous success achieved in implementing the first phase of Punjab School Reforms Roadmap, 16 new strategic goals for the next four years to improve the quality of education besides enhancing magnitude of students have been finalised. These goals also include ensuring fairness in the examination system which will be able to test analysis ability of the students, not merely the ability to recall. This new strategy was finalised in a meeting chaired by Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan. Special representative of British department for International Development (DFID) Sir Michael Baber, DFID Head of Mission Richard Montgomery, Barbara Payne, Country Head Salman Ahmed and the members of Punjab School Reforms Roadmap Team including Christa Rottensteiner, Katlyn Donnely and others participated in the meeting.
Balochistan govt unveils Rs 215b budget with focus on education, health sectors
With an effort to improve key social indicators, the Balochistan government claims to have given top priority to the education and health sectors in the financial budget for the year 2014-15. Mir Khalid Langove, finance adviser to the Balochistan chief minister, presented in the provincial assembly on Thursday a deficit budget with total volume of over Rs 215 billion, as compared to Rs 198.395 billion total outlay for last year’s budget. The Balochistan government has decided to establish two universities and 14 new colleges, and upgrade 200 primary schools to middle schools to impart quality education to students in the province. “The government has allocated a substantial amount for repair of impoverished schools across the province,” said Langove. He said that a cadet college would be established at the Chaman border-town at the cost of Rs 1 billion. Universities would be established at Gwadar, Turbat and Loralai areas of the province to ensure access to higher education to students in their own areas, he said.
FATA students enrolment increases 10pc
Enrollment of students in FATA is experienced to increase by at least 10 percent in the forthcoming academic session 2014-15. Talking to APP, an official of Ministry for States and Frontier Region informed that the government had taken a number of steps for increasing enrollment of children between age of five to sixteen in schools of FATA.
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Rs 8b to be spent on uplift of 15,000 schools
The Punjab Government has announced a budgetary allocation of Rs. 8 billion for providing missing facilities in 15,000 schools during 2014-15. Most of the funds will go to schools located in south Punjab. According to Punjab Government’s Annual Development Program for 2014-15, provision of drinking water, electricity, toilets, boundary walls and furniture in the School Education department has been made a policy priority.
Gender disparity in primary schools of Sindh
27,422 female teachers are currently appointed in various primary schools of Sindh, as compared to the 71,832 male teachers.
Schoolchildren would be provided free books at the cost of Rs 3 billion: Rehman
Finance Minister Mujtaba Shaujaur Rehman said the government had allocated a handsome amount for the uplift of health, education and agricultural sectors. He said Rs 329 million had been reserved to run the newly constructed schools. Rehman said school children would be provided free books at the cost of Rs 3 billion. He said the government had imposed an education emergency in the province. Rs 28 million has been earmarked for school education, Rs 14 billion for higher education and Rs 2 billion for literacy and information education, he said.
Action sought against two teachers, two officials in Buner
The residents of Mullah Yousaf Village on Thursday ask Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Minister to take action against a school teacher and two officials of the District Revenue office after accusing them of helping a land grabber in seizing a public property.
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FDE seeks teachers’ degrees verification
FDE has asked its Islamabad Capital Territory staff to get their academic certificates verified within 30 days. Earlier this week, FDE issued a notification directing the heads of the institutes to ask all employed in pay scales 17 and above to get their documents verified from the relevant boards and universities within 30 days.
National Curriculum Council being established for current year: Baligh
Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education and interior Baligh Ur Rehman here on Thursday said National Curriculum Council would be established soon to prepare same curriculum in the country.
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Enrollment rate in Government schools has increased, Raja Riaz
Raja Riaz, DEO Bagh, says that due to revised English medium curriculum in Government school the rate of enrollment has increased. He also added that that school which shows a good result will be appreciated by the education department.
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The husband of a teacher at a private school was arrested on charges of torturing a fifth class student, police said. Hamza, a student at a private school in Morgah, did not inform his parents about the treatment meted out to him due to fear of his teacher. He even requested his sister not to tell their parents after she saw burn marks on his body. Mohammad Suleman, the boy’s father, told Dawn that his son was taking tuitions from a teacher at her home. Last Friday, Hamza had gone to her teacher’s house but returned early, telling his mother that he had fallen on the way. Thinking that he was making excuses, his mother took him back and dropped him at the teacher’s house. After the teacher’s husband returned home she complaint to him about her student which infuriated him.
Five members committee formed for teachers’ reallocation policy
Provincial Education Department has formed a five members committee in Rawalpindi district for the reallocation of teachers. According to reallocation policy, surplus teachers, ministerial staff and furniture of a school will be reallocated to other schools.
Punjab Teachers call for a strike on 24th June if President of Union is not reinstated
Punjab Teachers Union District Rawalpindi arranged a meeting in Government Elementary School. Teachers expressed anger over forced retirement of Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and said that such an act cannot suppress teachers’ voice.
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Upper age limit abolished for girl students
Khyber Pakhtun-khwa Higher Education Department has abolished the upper age limit for female students seeking admission to the public sector colleges. A notification issued on Thursday directed departments concerned to circulate the decision to all the colleges for immediate implementation from the new academic session 2014-15.
Technical education has vital role in development: Baligh
Technical education and vocational training have critical role to play in social and economic development, said Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman. He stated this while addressing a seminar on first National TVET Policy Task Force organized by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in coordination with GIZ under TVET Reform Support Programme.
Air University students fly solar energy-powered unmanned aerial vehicle
The Air University, Islamabad, achieved a high objective on Thursday as its final year students successfully flew country’s first-ever solar energy-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra, and the Tesla Solar-PV Technologies helped the Air University students develop the UAV as a commercial product for applications requiring extended duration flights.
25 Million Children and Metro Bus by Khalid Masood Khan
Unfortunately, thieves and police are hand in glove with each other in Pakistan! What can be done? People are committing suicide because of hunger and dying in terror attacks, moaning under the nailed heels of soaring prices, upset because of scorching summer and the rulers are busy in their publicity gimmicks. Whatever time is left for them, they want to spend all money on Metro bus projects. This is a queer bus which continues to invite a continuous antagonism of the opposition and approval of the rulers. There are many things a lot more urgent and important than Metro bus, like education and health. 25 million Pakistani children are not going to schools and we are going to spend on Metro bus projects. Well done! Mian brothers.
Education in Pakistan by Hasan Farooq
Pakistan emerged on the world map on 14th August, 1947. Since then she has faced a number of problems on her way to progress. All of these issues are major and are badly affecting our society. Perhaps the greatest loss comes in the area of education. Whether or not this is a direct result of Pakistan’s economic problems, it is undoubtedly connected with so many resources directed towards the aforementioned debt payment, educational improvements are given and inordinately low priority. In addition, neither democratic nor military government has understandably given due emphasis on education in Pakistan. This is evident upon examination of Pakistan’s overall literacy rate of 37.8% (50% for men and 24.4% for women). Literacy being defined as those over 15 who can read and write.
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