For the last few years, Pakistan’s adult literacy rate has stagnated at 58% – almost half the country’s adult population is unable to read or write. The figure is not surprising when you consider that only 50% of the country’s rural population has ever attended school; the number is higher for urban populations, at 73%. According to the Pakistan Education Atlas 2013, launched on Tuesday, improvement in the education sector moves at a snail’s pace, with 32% of children aged 5-9 years out of school. 17% of primary schools consist of a single room. t’s not all grim news, though – 91% of girls make it from primary school to middle school (higher than the number of boys, at 78%). State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Balighur Rehman formally launched the report on Tuesday and reiterated the government’s pledge to improve education in the country. Even though education has been devolved to provinces, he said, they ‘have agreed to the constitution of a National Curriculum Commission to bring the education system on the same page across Pakistan’. Speaking at the launch, World Food Programme Representative and Country Director in Pakistan Lola Castro said the WFP had contributed to the report as it wished to ‘support and promote this important educational undertaking’ in the country.
35 primary, elementary schools without basic facilities
Lack of basic facilities including drinking water, electricity, washrooms and boundary wall in 35 government primary and elementary schools in tehsil Wazirabad has been creating numerous problems for the students and hampering the government efforts to promote education despite spending huge funds for the purpose.
On one side, the government has been making tall claims about achieving target of 100 per cent enrollment in primary schools but on the other, it has failed to provide basic facilities like washrooms, drinking water and electricity in schools which prove an obstacle to attract students. As per detail, building of 35 primary and elementary schools across the tehsil were found dangerous, during survey conducted by DDO Elementary. DDO Education Qamar Zaman Gujjar disclosed that 35 buildings were found dangerous and facing lack of basic facilities including drinking water, electricity, washrooms and boundary wall. He said that the Tehsil Education Department conducted a survey in the city and also inspected school situated in Nawan Kot, Kot Nathoo, Hairanwala, Gajar Gola, Tarandian, Gorali, Sohdra, Gil Wala, Mansoor Wali, Kot Jan Bukhsh, Hussainpur, Varpal Scheme 4, and Alipur Chattha. People of the area are of the view that instead of investing in Daanish schools, it would be more appropriate for the Punjab government to streamline the primary schools structure in rural areas.
Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai said on Tuesday that no society could progress without giving quality education to the youth, especially girls. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Tameer-i-Nau Trust’s girls high school here, he said there should be great focus on girls’ education. “Providing education to a girl is like educating a generation,” he added. The governor said the Tameer-i-Nau Trust had established many best educational institutions and students produced by these institutions were playing very positive role in different sectors of the country. He lauded the role of the trust in promoting girls’ education and hoped that it would give special attention to girls’ education in Balochistan. He called upon girl students to focus on their education and take benefits of facilities being provided by these institutions. The governor said teachers had a great role to play for the promotion of girls’ education. He appreciated Prof Fazal Haq Mir, secretary of Tameer-i-Nau Trust, for his contribution to the education sector of the province.
Education makes better human beings
Minister of State for Education and Interior Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman said on Tuesday education and training played a vital role in making children better human beings. "It is our constitutional and religious duty to impart quality education to our children as better human beings are essential for nation building" he said addressing a function organized by Sir Syed Memorial Society here.
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Tajori girls need separate exam centre
Elders of Tajori sub-division have demanded of the authorities of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Bannu to set up an examination centre for female students in Tajori in the upcoming intermediate examination. The demand was made at a meeting with BISE Bannu Chairman Professor Ishfaq Ali Khan at his office on Tuesday. The elders, including Dildar Khan, Saifur Rehman, Saleh Muhammad, Shahidullah and others informed the BISE chairman that female students of the town and adjacent localities were faced with numerous problems while appearing in intermediate examination in other parts of the district.
We are pondering to make Arabic compulsory from 5th to 10th class: Sardar Yousuf
While talking to Omani Adviser of Religious Affairs, Sardar Yousuf said that government of Pakistan is pondering about making Arabic a compulsory subject from 5th to 10th class in schools.
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Teachers' Unions announced protest against the transfers of teachers
Punjab Teachers' Union has rejected all the transfers of male and female teachers in the province and announced protest against these transfers. Transfers in the name of re-allocation doesn't make any sense, said leaders of Punjab Teachers' Union.
Report Drive Launch: Annual Status of Education
The launching ceremony of Annual Status of Education (ASER) and enrollment campaign for District Rawalpindi will be held at Town Municipal Hall near Gordon College on Wednesday at 2 pm.