MAR 03 2014

Education in Balochistan:

Growing terrorism, a worrying law and order situation, a lack of vision, poor management, poverty and the absence of infrastructure have been cited by Baloch professionals and specialists as the fundamental reasons for the ever declining state of education in Balochistan. Some of them are of the view that financial corruption on the part of elected representatives in the past has also played a key role in the destruction of education and educational institutions in the province. It is most astonishing to note that a province where education infrastructure has systematically declined over the past few decades lacks a full-fledged minister for its education department. And it doesn’t end here: none of the four parties of the ruling alliance pressed for a control of this neglected department. On the contrary, all provincial leaders were busy scrambling to grasp the reins of ‘lucrative’ departments such as irrigation, food, planning and development and mines and minerals.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/678248/education-in-balochistan/

Punjab government spending Rs 149m on special education

The Punjab government is spending Rs 140 million on the promotion of special education during the current financial year 2013-14. Official sources told APP on Sunday, a total of 25 schemes would be accomplished, which include eight ongoing schemes, while 17 were new. All schemes would be completed without foreign aid. They said the provision of educational facilities to school-age special children, their training and rehabilitation and enhancement of enrolment of special children centres were some of the steps being taken by the Punjab government. Sources said projects being initiated include construction of Govt Degree College of Special Education, Lahore, construction of the building of Govt Special Education Centre in Pattoki, Bahawalpur, Mandi Bahauddin, Pir Mehal, 18 Hazari and Samundri, construction of building of Govt Institute for Slow Learners in Bahawalpur and Vehari and establishment of the Govt Primary School of Special Education for Visually Impaired (Girls), Sargodha.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/03-Mar-2014/punjab-government-spending-rs-149m-on-special-education

Government Primary School Students protest against cattle pen in Dhoke Munshi

Rawalpindi Students of GovernmentPrimary School UC-79, Army Colony Dhoke Munshi Khan, Scheme II, staged protest against presence of milch animals and cattle pen near their school. The students said city district government through a campaign launched recently had removed cattle from different parts of the city, but the concerned bodies have failed to rectify the grievances of the citizens of the area regarding presence of buffaloes and other milch animals in remaining parts particularly, Army Colony, UC-79, Dhoke Munshi Khan, and Scheme II. Students have requested the Punjab Chief Minister MianShahbaz Sharif to take notice of this negligence and should order the concerned authorities to remove milch animal from the locality. “The animal waste is not only creating smell in the area, but could also result in spread of different diseases,” they said.

Complete Story: http://pakedu.net/pakistani-education-news/government-primary-school-students-protest-against-cattle-pen-in-dhoke-munshi/

Cause for concern: Politicians, educationists, ministers pledge to improve education

On Saturday, he was speaking at a seminar organised by the Sindh education department at the Regent Plaza to devise a strategy for a way out of the current education crisis in the province. “I do not want to be remembered as the minister in whose time this report came and he did nothing,” said Khuhro as the uis gone. We cannot leave 75 per cent of our youth either to rot, succumb to crimes and drugs or commit suicide.” Explaining the background and reason behind the seminar, Khuhro said that the report had served as an eye-opener for almost everybody who was concerned about education. “I will go to each and every village across the province, the way I had campaigned against the Kala Bagh dam, so that my people will know about the gravity of the situation,” vowed the education minister.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/678195/cause-for-concern-politicians-educationists-ministers-pledge-to-improve-education/

Fighting for future: PSF activists education awareness rally

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2014-03-03/page-13/detail-0

There should be 4% budget for education

“There should be institution like HEC for primary schools and Colleges” Executive Director HEC professor Mukhtar ahmed.

Complete Story:  http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102113960&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20140303

Literate people’s performance is better for any department

To increase literacy rate adult literacy needs to be improved. There should be adult literacy institutions in factories and agricultural farms.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102113961&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20140303

Right to education: 61% of fifth graders can probably not read this article

In a rare show of solidarity, nine political parties pledged to ensure that steps will be taken to increase enrolment, minimise dropout rates and improve the quality of education.  There are 2.77 million children between the ages of five and 16 out of school in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and no legislation to implement Article 25-A which deals with the right to education.  “We are committed to ensuring 100% enrolment in K-P so that every child between the ages of five and 16 is in school,” said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA Maliha Tanveer at an All-Parties Conference organised by Alif Ailaan on Friday. “Living up to this commitment is the real test of political leadership. The people have voted for us because they believe in our ability to fix their problems. Unless we fix education, we can’t create a new and improved Pakistan.” Currently, four out of 10 children in the province are not in school. Meanwhile, those who are in school are not learning enough - 61% of grade 5 students are unable to read a simple story fluently in Urdu or Pashto while 62% cannot perform simple two-digit division.

Complete Story: http://www.awaztoday.com/News_Right-to-education-61-of-fifth-graders-can-probably-not-read-this-article_1_42998_Political-News.aspx

A change in instruction: From aik, doh, teen to one, two, three

As the government begins preparations to change the medium of instruction in public schools from Urdu to English in the upcoming academic session, teachers complain they remain unfamiliar with the fresh courses despite trainings. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has announced that from April onwards grade one Mathematics, General Science and Pakistan Studies will be taught in English and with the passage of time the change would be extended to grade 10. The education department conducted a training session for teachers to enable them to teach the specified subjects in English, however, a number of teachers complain it was difficult for them to meet the requirements even after receiving training.

Complete Story: http://thepeshawar.com/index.php/miscellaneous/news-and-events?start=4

APC calls to make 7,621 closed schools functional in Sindh

Educationists, legislators, political activists, academia and writers on Saturday showed determination to make functional all 7,621 schools closed in the Sindh province. Speaking at All Parties Conference (APC) called by Sindh Community Foundation (SCF) in collaboration with Alif Ailaan they realised the responsibility of entire Sindhi society and vowed to ensure enrollment of 6 million children, who reportedly have been out of schools through a mass campaign. The event attracted community activists, youth, civil society representatives and campaigners hailing from Tando Mohammed Khan, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Jamshoro and Hyderabad districts to take part in the move and showed strength on their part to promote education in the province.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/02-Mar-2014/apc-calls-to-make-7-621-closed-schools-functional-in-sindh

Education matters: Politicians blame govt for deplorable state of education in the province

The speakers, which included politicians, educationists and civil society activists, addressed a number of problems at the conference including the degenerating state of education. According to Alif Ailaan’s survey, almost 50 per cent of the 1.2 million population of children aged between five and 16 years are not enrolled in schools. Among them, 56 percent are girls. Further, the dropout rate from primary to secondary stage of education is around 30 per cent. “The Sindh government has failed to improve the education system,” said Sindh Taraqi Pasand party’s chairperson, Dr Qadir Magsi. “Foreign donors should set up schools that, besides imparting education, also provide free boarding, books, uniforms and meals.” He added that the donors from the UK and the US should establish a chain of schools in Sindh similar to the Danish schools in the Punjab.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/677832/education-matters-politicians-blame-govt-for-deplorable-state-of-education-in-the-province/