The government will set up a National Curriculum Council to ensure uniform syllabi in the country. This was said by Minister of State for Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Wednesday. He was addressing the inaugural session of “International Conference on Quality Higher Education 2014” at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML). Rehman said after the18th Constitutional Amendment, the government, in consultation with all the provinces, had decided to set up a national curriculum council to develop uniform national syllabi for primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Public universities’ academic staff body has asked the government to increase higher education budget, resolve provincial higher education commissions issue and immediately appoint Higher Education Commission chairperson. The demands were made at the annual general body meeting of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) held here on Wednesday. The association’s newly-elected President Dr Abdul Waheed Chaudhry, who presided over the meeting, demanded that the issue of provincial higher education commissions be resolved in a transparent way and as -per the criteria.
Who is and who is not educated in Pakistan, and to what level they are educated to, is endlessly debated and analysed. Educationally, Pakistan is a disaster area and has been for decades. The release of the Pakistan Education Atlas 2013 on March 25 is just the latest iteration of a tragic narrative. The adult literacy rate has plateaued at 58 per cent and has been stuck there for several years. “Literacy” is itself indeterminate in terms of functionality and many of that 58 per cent will be unable to do much more than write their own names. There has been scant improvement in this sector and 32 per cent of children aged five-to-nine are out of school, with 17 per cent of primary schools consisting of a single room. Of the rural population, 50 per cent has never been to school compared with 73 per cent for urban populations.
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Dubai Cares invests Dh17 million in Pakistan education program
The three-year programme will benefit 385,800 children across the Sindh and Punjab regions, as well as two regions in Baluchistan. It aims to establish a framework for holistic experiential learning, support girls’ education and promote children’s transition from pre-primary to primary education. Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation working to tackle poverty through education, will implement the programme in partnership with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, a collaborator in Pakistan.
32pc children out of school
The Pakistan Education Atlas 2013 that maps the state of education in the country reveals that 32 percent of the children of age 5-9 are out-of-school. The third version of the report details the situation of education in each district as well as presents a comprehensive national outline. The report was launched here on Tuesday by the Academy of Education, Planning and Management (AEPAM), Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education in collaboration with UN World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Call to bring consistency in education policy
Speakers at a policy dialogue titled “English language in Pakistan today: class, the workplace and the shift in language use” stressed the need for consistency in education policy to get better results. The dialogue was organised by British Council here at a local hotel on Wednesday. British Council Director English Mussarrat Mashhadi presented the results of a research conducted by the council on the English teaching. The focus of this policy dialogue was to engage educationists and language experts in an interactive discussion that would generate ideas and recommendations to feed into a more effective language policy.
32% of children aged between 5-9 are out of school
As Pakistan struggles to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for education; a new report titled the Pakistan Education Atlas 2013 revealed that 32 % of the children in the age group of 5-9 years are out-of-school in the country. The report was launched here on Tuesday by the Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) in collaboration with UN World Food Programme (WFP), UNESCO and UNICEF. According to the report, 17 per cent of primary schools in Pakistan are a single classroom school while the average number of teachers in a primary school is less than three. This represents a huge gap and demands urgent reforms to improve the situation.
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Second Pak,EU strategic dialogue held in Brussels
Pakistan and European Union on Wednesday agreed to further broaden and deepen cooperation in areas such as energy, climate change, research and higher education. It was decided during the the second round of Pak-EU Strategic Dialogue held at Brussels on Wednesday.
Country may fail to achieve MDG’s target in education
Pakistan's total spending on education sector has reached a record high of Rs 504 billion or nearly 2 per cent of the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013-14 but still the country is likely to fail in meeting the targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2013-14, four provincial governments and federal government earmarked a record Rs 504 billion for education sector which is almost 17 per cent higher than the last year's actual spending and is 8% of the entire budget expenditure, officials at the federal Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education said.
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The teaching of the English language in Pakistan is class-based as the country’s education system is programmed to provide different levels of English teaching to people belonging to different economic status. Those who afford go to elite private schools and access better learning material, authentic environments and well-trained teachers whereas the poor and low-income families miss out on the opportunity to learn English up to the standards assumed by society.
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‘Equal edu system need of the hour’
Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Dr Rafiq Ahmad on Wednesday said that education was neglected from the day one in this country. He said that equal education system could only steer the country out of crises. He expressed these views while addressing a seminar held under the aegis of Islamic Lawyers Forum at Lahore High Court Bar Association on Wednesday. He said that no one could stop Pakistan from exceeding among the other nations as every individual in the country had qualities and potential.
Private Sector is playing its role to increase the literacy rate
Private institutions are playing their upmost role to lift up the rate of literacy across the country. Millions of students are getting quality education from private institutions to serve the nation and become a good citizen.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-03-27/page-4
Department of education re-thinks over the transfers of teachers
On the basis of reallocation and rationalization more than 500 male/female teachers were transferred in Rawalpindi district which resulted in protest from the teachers association. After the protest Department of education is re-thinking over the transfers of teachers.