Khattak approves billions of rupees schemes in education
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak has approved schemes worth billions of rupees in education and public health engineering (PHE) sectors of the province. This was told by Shiraz Paracha, Media Advisor to Chief Minister while talking to APP here Thursday. He said that a total of 100 primary schools with at least one school will be constructed in each provincial constituency of the province while Chitral will get two new primary schools under the plan. He said that the approved projects also include the up-gradation of 50 primary schools to middle level and 50 middle schools to high school status. He said the chief minister while talking notice of the deficiency of rooms in the schools has approved the construction of 789 additional rooms to enable students to get their education in a pleasant atmosphere.
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English language: the way forward
Pakistan can overcome the prevalent English-Urdu language dichotomy in its education system by adopting English as a subject at the beginner’s level, and later on, enforcing it as a medium of instruction from grade three onwards to inculcate a balanced culture of language skills. The educationists and linguistics expert, both local and foreigners, presented this idea during a policy dialogue held under the aegis of British Council on Thursday. The participants on this occasion vetted various suggestions and ideas to promote proficiency in what they call the ‘second language’ of Pakistan. Though there was a broad consensus on identifying the absence of a spelt-out national language policy as a major issue to deal within Pakistan, yet the future of English was seen bright.
Reporting on education workshop held
A one-day workshop titled ‘Ilm-o-Aghai’ was organised by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas (a three-year UKaid funded programme) in University Town on Tuesday. More than 30 education reporters from the Federally Administratered Tribal Areas (Fata) working for leading media entities including print, television, radio and online journalism, were selected for the workshop. Addressing the audience, National University of Science and Technology Media Sciences department Chairman Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal said the education beat should be top priority of reporting.
Teachers resent new education policy
Punjab teachers’ union Attock chapter has criticised the teachers’ relocation policy of the provincial government of Punjab. They said that the secretary education is responsible for this “anti-education move”. Talking to the media persons, the president of Punjab teachers’ union Attock chapter, Malik Muhammad Afzal Lahm, and the secretary information, Muhammad Muneer Butt, said that under the new policy there would be one teacher for 40 student from nursery to class one, while from class two to class five, the ratio would be two teachers for up to 60 student and a third teacher for up to 90 students. They said that nursery and class one were the basis of education and appointing only one teacher for 40 students meant that the government was not serious in promoting education at this level.
1,000 teaching posts lying vacant in Pindi colleges
Government colleges in Rawalpindi division are running short of regular teaching staff as currently around 1,000 posts are lying vacant, Dawn has learnt. However, as a stopgap arrangement, Punjab government hired teachers on internship. A source in education department on Thursday told Dawn that currently 1,300 interns are assisting the regular staff to run the affairs of 95 colleges across the Rawalpindi Division. He said that a couple of years back, the Punjab government hired these teachers under College Teacher Internship (CTI) programme for extendable one-year contract. Under this programme every intern is being paid Rs15,000 per month. The sources said that these interns were talented and could produce better results if government paid them reasonable salaries.
VCs ‘reject’ provincial HEC
The dominant view of those tasked with formulating modalities for the setting up of the Punjab Higher Education Commission is that the body cannot be formed without amending the Higher Education Commission Ordinance 2002 that is protected by the constitutional provisions. The HEC has not been devolved under the 18th Amendment and a Supreme Court judgment says: “The HEC shall continue discharging its functions and duties as it had been doing in the past unless and until a fresh legislation is promulgated.” The judgment had also declared March 31, 2001, Cabinet Division notification having no effect on functioning of the HEC.
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4.6 million children to be enrolled in schools
Rawalpindi: On Chief Minister Shahbaz Shareef's instructions to teachers and education department officials, the enrolment campaign would be carried out in one month. All the children who have reached five years of age, would be admitted. According to the plan, these children would be provided free textbooks, bags, and uniform. Punjab Secretary for Education has asked for a reports on daily basis.
8 vacancies struck off from girls high school
Murree: The 8 teachers are transferred to other areas, due to which the quality of school is feared to fall. Parents are protesting saying that on one hand CM Punjab is promoting education, and on the other hand, the students' education is being effected with such decisions.
Swabi teachers to stay away from Sehat Ka Insaf programme
SWABI - Teachers of the public educational institutions, Swabi on Thursday decided that they would not take part in the ongoing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s “Sehat Ka Insaf” programme to immunise children against polio disease.The first anti-polio campaign is scheduled in the district on April 6, followed by another campaign on April 13 and last drive has been planned on April 20.The teachers’ meeting held at the Government Middle School, Swabi was chaired by All Teacher Association (ATA) Swabi President Abdul Latif.
Notices will be issued to 378 academic institutions
As a follow-up to a report recently prepared by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), notices would be issued to 378 educational institutions which are operating in residential units in violation of land use rules.
According to the report, 132 academic institutions are being run in residential units in ‘F’ sectors, including 44 in Sector F-8, 41 in Sector F-10, 24 in Sector F-11, 16 in Sector F-7, and seven in Sector F-6. Similarly, 105 housing units in ‘G’ sectors are under the occupation of educational institutions, including 27 in Sector G-10, 22 in Sector G-9, 20 in Sector G-11, 16 in Sector G-6, 11 in Sector G-13, five in Sector G-8 and four in Sector G-7.
The first question
You don’t really believe your ears when a survey tells you only 11pc of the public sector primary schools are without toilets, or that some 70pc of the students in Class V in a government school are able to understand the contents of an Urdu story taught to children in Class II. Or that two-thirds of the Class V students can read sentences in English or that one-third of them can successfully attempt two-digit divisions. Some 78pc public-sector primary schools in Lahore have their own playgrounds! The first question would be whether to treat the matter of the 11pc missing school students as the basis for criticism of the Punjab government which is always taken to task for its bias for Lahore, or to rise above the standard scepticism and congratulate the government for achieving 89pc enrolment.
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Uniform syllabi must to promote unity
The announcement of Minister of State for Education Balighur Rehman that the Government would set up National Curriculum Council soon to ensure uniform syllabi at all the levels, augurs well. He had a point in saying that uniformity of educational curriculum was utmost necessary for promoting national outlook and achieving national goals. Unfortunately, the hurriedly conceived and implemented 18th Constitutional amendment, in its zest for devolution, has created a mess especially in the field of education and everyone must be repenting except a handful of those who are not concerned if the country gets weaker or stronger.
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