MAY 05 2014

Those who can, do, those who can’t, write textbooks

The English textbook prepared by the education department for students of fourth grade is full of mistakes and grammatical errors, some comical, others ridiculous. After noticing some of the glaring errors in the book, it appears that the textbook board felt no need to have someone proofread it. Millions of copies have already been published and distributed among students in Punjab. Right grammar, wrong language:  The most glaring mistakes seem to be the result of poor Urdu-to-English translations. On page 134, there is a sentence which reads, “The old man is riding her bike.” If Urdu grammar rules were applied, this sentence would be correct. However, in English, this sentence creates confusion over the gender identity of the old man. There are also numerous sentences missing definite articles. Page 99 has a sentence which reads “Milk was too hot”.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/703840/english-vinglish-those-who-can-do-those-who-cant-write-textbooks/

 

Sindh Education Dept to ensure quality education

Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiana has asked the officers of Sindh Education Department to ensure the quality education throughout the province and facilitate the students in getting education conveniently as they were mason of the future. Talking to the Special Secretary Education Nazeer Jamali with a delegation of British Council (BC) led by British Council Director for Sindh and Balochistan Ms Barbara Wickham on Friday he appreciated the support by them in field of education and economy. Ms Sumbul Khan Director Arts BC and Consultant Youth and Society Programme (BC) Ms Saira were also present.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/03-May-2014/sindh-education-dept-to-ensure-quality-education

 

Over 32,000 students get admission to Islamabad schools

More than 32,700 students enrolled in the morning shifts of around 400 high schools in the city last month, with girls outnumbering the boys 2:1. A meeting held at the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Friday was informed that 20,844 girls got admission in Class I to X against 11,932 boys. Though the Capital Administration and Development Division’s (CADD) decision to stop admissions in evening shift was criticised by the general public, it managed to admit 32,767 students in the schools. But response from the girl students was unexpected. A participant of the meeting requesting not to be identified said that an ‘admission cell’ headed by Director Schools Asif Niazi was established to ensure that every student got admission.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1103882/over-32000-students-get-admission-to-islamabad-schools

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-247778-32000-children-given-admission-in-model-colleges-and-schools

 

Furniture for govt schools

The UNDP’s Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas on Friday provided furniture for students and teaching staff in government primary and high schools in three union councils of the provincial capital. A ceremony in this regard was held at government high school in Academy Town of Sufaid Dheri union council here. Provincial lawmaker Yasin Khalil, RAHA’s national programme director Arshad Majeed Mohmand, advisor to chief minister on environment Haji Fazal Elahi, additional director education Hamid Mehmood, RAHA’s provincial programme manager Shukriya Syed, teachers and elders was also in attendance. The participants were informed that RAHA, with the financial assistance by the government of Japan, had provided furniture to 12 boys and six girls’ schools in Malkanddhair, Sufaid Dheri and University Town union councils of Peshawar, benefiting around 8,788 students. Similarly, furniture had been provided to teachers of these schools.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1103914/furniture-for-govt-schools

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103914/furniture-for-govt-schools

 

District education, health authorities to be set up in next financial year

The Punjab government has decided to set up education and health authorities at district level throughout the province on the start of new financial year in July. The provincial government decided to appoint district coordination officers (DCOs) or their nominated representatives as chairmen of both the authorities in every district. For the purpose an amendment will be approved by the provincial assembly in the relevant law. The draft of the amendment is at final stage of preparation. The authorities will be consisting of nine to 11 members. A bureaucrat will be the executive officer and nominated person (MPA, retired sessions judge,police officer, education officer or person from NGO) will be chairman.

Complete Story: http://pakedu.net/pakistani-education-news/district-education-health-authorities-to-be-set-up-in-next-financial-year-have-power-to-privatize-any-school-hospital-dispensary-or-basic-health-unit-bhu/

 

1,200-strong girls’ school faces eviction

Students of the Government RA Girls’ Elementary School took out a procession on Friday in protest at their likely eviction from their school building by the Auqaf Department and blocked GT Road at Sheranwala Bagh. Dawn learnt the school was shifted to the building near Chaman Shah Road three years ago. The Auqaf Department sought evacuation of the building and set its auction on May 20. School girls protested the move and carrying banners and placards chanted slogans against the government. They vowed not to vacate the building. During the protest, minor girls Aleesha and Zonaira of Class-V fell unconscious. They were treated at District Headquarters Hospital.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1103774/1200-strong-girls-school-faces-eviction

 

Knowledge park will meet international standards: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday said that the knowledge park being set up in Lahore would be the first educational centre of international standards in South Asia where facilities, including boarding and lodging for teachers and students, shopping mall and recreational centres will be available. He was addressing an introductory function regarding the knowledge park project in London, which was attended by British investors, heads of universities, deans and educationists. Shahbaz said that the aim of establishing the centre was to provide higher education facilities to young people who have no resources for getting higher education abroad.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/05/02/city/lahore/knowledge-park-will-meet-international-standards-shahbaz/

http://www.nation.com.pk/lahore/03-May-2014/shahbaz-speaks-of-lahore-knowledge-park

 

Children queue up for fun-filled education at CLF

For three days this week, the Federal College of Education (FCE) turned into a venue for a giant literary carnival. On Friday, children took over the college building in Sector H-9 as the two-day 14th Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) materialized there as colorfully as it might have appeared in a child’s unbridled imagination. Organised by the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi and Oxford University Press (OUP) in collaboration with the Open Society Foundations and the FCE, the festival was held just a day after a Teachers’ Literature Festival concluded at the same venue. Hundreds of children from schools of the twin cities descended on the CLF to make it their own. Children in school uniforms whizzed in and out of the college building.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/703436/of-reading-children-queue-up-for-fun-filled-education-at-clf/

http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/03-May-2014/clf-pulls-thousands-to-interactive-sessions

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/04-May-2014/clf-ends-by-crossing-30-000-milestone

http://tribune.com.pk/story/703858/clf-concludes-galaxy-of-literary-figures-artists-show-up-on-last-day/

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/03-May-2014/children-throng-the-literature-festival

 

Road show 'Knowledge Park will offer quality education

“The Knowledge Park being set up in Lahore will be the first international-standard educational centre in South Asia. It will have boarding and lodging facilities for teachers, students, a shopping mall and recreational centres,” Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/703480/road-show-knowledge-park-will-offer-quality-education/

 

RBISE sets up examination centre for prisoners

The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has set up an examination centre in the Adiala Jail to provide facility for appearing in intermediate examination to 10 prisoners facing murder charges. Sources said that 12 prisoners had sent admission forms to the RBISE for the exams.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/03-May-2014/rbise-sets-up-examination-centre-for-prisoners

 

Declining education standards
Education means teaching and training for life. The main aim of education is three fold; Physical, mental, and moral development of human personality. Education does not just mean dumping bookish knowledge into an individual’s mind but to make him a responsible, well-disciplined, mature and a productive member of a society. If we look towards the West, where people teach their children according to their cultural values and backgrounds, their focus is not only on the books and the syllabus but from the very early stage they make the practical learning and exposure of their children to the outer world possible. Whereas if we take a look at our teaching methodologies we get to know that our teaching methods are the most inefficient and poor compared to the rest of the world.

Complete Story: http://199.168.189.188/~pakobser/?p=1618

 

PM Cameron honours first-ever British Pakistani head teacher

An educational foundation set up in honour of the first-ever Pakistani headteacher in Britain Nawazish Bokhari has won Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society Award. Bokhari, an inspirational headteacher and campaigner who was the first British Muslim to run a UK secondary school in 1985, came to Britain from Pakistan in 1960 from Sialkot. Bokhari, whose extended family live in Epsom, Lahore and Karachi, has passed away but his children Hina and Harris Bokhari set up Naz Legacy Foundation to promote their father’s work inspiring young people to achieve their potential, promoting excellence in education and programmes spearheading positive integration into society.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-248173-PM-Cameron-honours-first-ever-British-Pakistani-head-teacher

 

Bridging educational ties

Patrick Kearins, senior trade commissioner for South Asia from Australian Consulate General Secretariat, Mumbai, visited Roots International Schools (RIS) here on Saturday and met with CEO Walid Mushtaq. Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) Senior Trade Commissioner for South Asia Patrick Kearins has been working toward development of trade and education sector in South Asia, developing linkages between the schools and institutions network, looking at collaborations and articulating opportunities for Australian institutions. It was his first visit to RIS considering it the pioneering private sector institute of Pakistan that has revolutionized the standards of education. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-247955-Bridging-educational-ties

 

Girls Demand Education in Pakistan

During a recent trip to Pakistan, GPE CEO Alice Albright attended an event  in Islamabad titled "Girls of Pakistan for Education", where hundreds of Pakistani girls and young women called on their government to support their education.  Pakistan is also the home country of Malala Yousafzai, who, along with two of her friends, was shot for the simple act of going to school in October 2012. 

Complete Story: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/girls-demand-education-pakistan&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoUMTYxNzcyMTkzOTkxMDY3ODQ1NzgyGmE4NDJhZDliN2VkMDJmYWM6Y29tOmVuOlBL&usg=AFQjCNE1SqwR2Wo5VHFGDYspozELV8FgbQ

 

 

EITORIALS

High and Mighty by Irfan Husain

HOW is it that Sindh produces 32pc of Pakistan’s GDP, 70pc of its gas and 56pc of its oil, but only 50pc of the province’s schools have running water? Clearly, something is very wrong with this picture. An outsider would have thought this anomaly was due to the province’s neglect by the federal government. However, considering that the PPP, a Sindh-based party, was in power at the centre for the last five years, the province was certainly not starved of resources.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1103834/high-and-mighty

 

Our system and curriculum by Zafar ul Haq Memon

It has been 67 years to our independence but we are still in a baffling situation as far as our education curriculum is concerned. Urdu is our national language but we are promoting English everywhere in our schools. We have been told that our national language is not worth for leaning.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102196189&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140505

 

State, education and citizens by Irfan Muzaffar

In most postcolonial countries, including Pakistan, the idea of common education was not an indigenous development. Rather, it was a by-product of the changes taking place in the Western societies. Education in the postcolonial countries assumed some of the features of western education enterprise but not its purposes. The crash landing of Pakistan, in particular, into the club of nation-states did not allow enough time to properly shape itself up as a state that relied on education instead of crude coercive power to govern its population.

Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/state-education-citizens/#.U2g20_ldUwo