Walk marks ‘Education For All’ week
Students of different educational institutions on Tuesday participated in a walk aimed at creating awareness of education. The walk was organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at Jinnah Sports Complex. The students were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans: “Free and compulsory education is the right of every child” and “A country cannot progress without educating women”. It is pertinent to mention that Article 25-A of the Constitution passed in April 2010 ensures free education for children between five to 16 years of age. The walk was organised to mark Education for All week which started from May 4 and will continue till May 10. The participants of the walk were of the view that teachers should cooperate with students and try to help solve their problems.
GEAP urges promotion of education, better facilities for girls
Marking the start of Global Action Week, Girls Education Alliance Pakistan (GEAP) held a discussion forum on Tuesday to analyse the different aspects of promoting girls’ education in Pakistan. Addressing the participants, former education minister Zubaida Jalal said that the education sector in Pakistan has been facing serious challenges to accommodate parents’ perspective on education which might include easy access to quality education, de-politicisation of the education system, and provision of basic facilities for education in far-flung areas of the country. Zubaida was of the view that a huge sum of monetary support was being provided to Pakistan by different donor organisations and countries, but unfortunately, no efforts were being made to consolidate the information and develop a holistic picture for effective analysis and quality input.
Education legislation: Final draft surprises standing committee chairperson
Speaking at a dialogue Learning Challenges and Inclusion of All, organised by the Idara-i-Taleem Aagahi and Pakistan Coalition for Education, Qamar-ul-Islam Raja expressed his reservations about the final draft of Article 25-A to the School Education Department representatives present. Article 25-A ensures compulsory education a right for children between ages five and 16. “As chairman of the committee, I am surprised to see the draft of Article 25-A in its final form. Although the content is similar to what the committee has already deliberated, we have not received a copy of the bill drafted in this manner”, he said. Copies of the draft approved by the cabinet were circulated at the dialogue. Raja also said there appeared to be no intention to delay legislation.
The real emergency is education
Education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and the provincial governments. Article 25-A of the constitution of Pakistan says the state will provide free and compulsory quality education to all children in such a manner as determined by law. Pakistan’s education system has failed to educate the common people. Lack of management, poor polices, bad planning and corruption have led to the destruction of the education system. Insufficient funds and poor allocation of funds in the budget are also major hindrances in the growth of the education sector. Pakistan’s overall literacy rate is almost 55 percent.
Balochistan asked to focus on education, health in next budget
A seminar on Tuesday stressed that Balochistan must introduce structural changes in its developmental planning and resource allocation with increased focus on communication infrastructures, education, health and water management in its forthcoming budget for financial year 2014-2015, to incrementally transform the province from a pastoral economy to knowledge and natural resource-based economy. The seminar, “Balochistan Budget 2014-2015: Consultative Dialogue on Equitable Allocation for Development”, also reiterated that the incumbent coalition government of Balochistan needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to use the legislative, fiscal, policy, planning and administrative spaces provided by the 18th Constitutional Amendment and 7th NFC Award more effectively and efficiently. It said the upcoming budget should reflect the commitments the ruling parties made in their election manifestos.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed on Tuesday assured the National Assembly (NA) that a comprehensive report regarding unavailability of textbooks to the students in federal government schools would be submitted on Thursday. Replying to a point of order raised by the members including Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Malik Abrar, the state minister said the government had decided to provide free education from classes one to 10, and unavailability of textbooks to the students despite the start of academic year was unfortunate. Sheikh Aftab assured the National Assembly that he would discuss the issue with the Secretary, Capital Administration and Development Division, and would come to the House on Thursday with a comprehensive report.
500 Rawalpindi teachers awaiting promotions
The Rawalpindi education department has failed to promote 500 teachers in accordance with the chief minister package. According to the package being implemented since 2007, primary teachers working in grade 9 would be promoted to grade 12 and 14 on seniority basis and all grade 14 elementary teachers would be upgraded to grade 16. Under the rules, for the year 2013 the education department was bound to notify the promotions by December 31. On January 29, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) approved the promotions but the education department could not notify the committee’s decision.
Punjab ‘battling’ for better education
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said educational reforms have been on and his government has been battling for betterment of youth. “In the previous term, the Punjab government distributed more than 200,000 laptops worth Rs10 billion among talented students on merit, while 100,000 more will be given this year,” he said while presiding over a meeting held to review various programmes of Education Department. The chief minister said that the Punjab government is taking short, medium and long term steps for the uplift of education sector and in addition to promotion of education, special attention is being paid to teachers’ training.
PEF Striking staff sacked
The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) management has sacked its four officials for protesting against irregularities in the organisation, The Nation has learnt. The PEF Board of Directors met Tuesday to discuss employees’ protest and issued sacking orders of four officials, bearing date of May 5. Those who have been sacked are Deputy Managing Director Operations Tanveer Ahmed, Director Information and Technology M Usman, incharge New School Programme Hasan Javed and Deputy Director Operation Mohsin Rasheed. One of the sacked officials told this scribe that the PEF management had called meeting of the Board of Directors to discuss the issue but PEF MD Aneela Salman had issued letter of their sacking one day earlier (May 5).
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Becoming ‘that’ country by Rafia Zakaria
Like Pakistan, Nigeria has faced increasing violence from militants. Like the painful pun that allows the Taliban to call themselves ‘students’, the term ‘Boko Haram’ in the local Hausa language means those ‘against Western education’. Like our own Taliban, who have destroyed thousands of schools, and continue to bomb the ones that are left, the Boko Haram has been orchestrating a campaign based on the precept that “makes it haram or forbidden for Muslims to participate in any political or social activity associated with Western society”.
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