May 21, 2014

38% of children don’t go to school, APC told

Of the 2.6 million children between the ages of five and 16 years in Lahore, more than one million (around 38 per cent) are out of school. The government will need to set up 38 new schools in the district over the next five years if it wants to enroll them. These facts were shared on Tuesday by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (ISAPS) at an All Parties Conference (APC) on the issues related to the education sector. ISAPA had arranged the APC in collaboration with Alif Ailaan. According to ISAPS, the out-of-school children constitute 38 per cent of the total children in Lahore who are between 5 and 16 years of age. It said currently the district had 1,216 schools for both boys and girls and the government needed to establish another 38 schools by 2018 to enroll the children.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/711015/38-of-children-dont-go-to-school-apc-told/

 

USAID to rebuild 11 schools destroyed by floods in Sindh

The earth-breaking of the first of eleven modern high schools to be built by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its $155 million Sindh Basic Education Program was held on Tuesday. The ground breaking was jointly performed by Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and USAID Provincial Director for Sindh and Balochistan Leon S Waskin. Senior government officials were also present at the ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro thanked USAID and the Provincial Director SBEP Leon S Waskin for this major educational investment and promised that the Sindh Basic Education Program would receive government of Sindh’s full cooperation.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/05/21/city/karachi/another-sand-castle-on-seashore/

 

Rs720m special funds withdrawn from education department

Thousands of girl students in Punjab would have to wait for an indefinite period for the provision of missing facilities in their institutions as the provincial government has withdrawn Rs720 million allocated for the purpose. The special budget was earmarked in 2013 to provide missing facilities in government schools across the province. Dr Masoom Yasinzai, the rector of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), said without ensuring basic facilities the drop-out rate cannot be overcome. “On the one hand, we are talking about an education emergency and on the other hundreds of schools are facing shortage of furniture and washrooms. The government should release funds for the provision of missing facilities in all schools,” he said.

Complete Story: http://m.dawn.com/news/1107677/rs720m-special-funds-withdrawn-from-education-department

 

Provinces asked to allocate funds for higher education

The Federation of all Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has called upon the provincial governments to allocate maximum funds for higher education in the upcoming budget. The Council of Common Interest (CCI), in its meeting in May 2011, had put the onus of financing of provincial universities and population welfare on the federal government till next NFC Award which is due in near future. FAPUASA said under the 18th Amendment the universities were already under the administrative control of the provincial governments, hence the provincial governments should realise their financial responsibilities.

Complete Story: http://m.dawn.com/news/1107688/provinces-asked-to-allocate-funds-for-higher-education

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-251341-Provincial-governments-urged-to-allocate-maximum-funds-in-budgets

http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/21-May-2014/more-funds-for-higher-education-demanded

 

To pass English paper, student ends up killing

The provincial police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested three accused in killing a bystander while snatching exam answer sheets at City Chowk Bahawalnagar the other day. A spokesman of the Punjab government said that the police also recovered solved answers sheets, illegal weapons, mobile phones and a motorcycle from their possession. According to officials, the Superintendent of government Comprehensive High School Shahzad Mukhtar was on his way to deposit solved answers sheets of FA English in the Bank at City Chowk when unidentified motorcyclists tried to snatch solved answer sheets at gunpoint on May 5. The motorcyclists opened fire at a passerby Umer Farooq who tried to intervene and fled away with the answer sheets. Punjab Chief Minister Punjab and IGP ordered district police to immediately arrest the criminals.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/lahore/21-May-2014/to-pass-english-paper-student-ends-up-killing

 

EDITORIALS

 

Pakistan's Boko Haram by Malik Siraj Akbar 

Over 150 private schools in Orangi Town and SITE area will remain closed today (Wednesday) to protest the growing threats of extortion in the area. The members of the All Private Schools’ Orangi Town and SITE association will hold a demonstration at 10am at Bab-e-Khyber in Metroville along with school owners and parents to pressure the government into providing security. The problem of extortion is not new to the area and Wednesday will not be the first time that schools have been closed. In fact, Islamia Public School in Metroville’s Block 3 has been closed since May 3 when the school owners, Pervez Alavi, and his son Zahid were killed inside the school. Munawwar, a close friend of Pervez, told The Express Tribune that his friend was receiving threats from extortionists, who were demanding Rs600,000. Pervez had paid them Rs400,000 in two instalments and they had come to collect the third instalment on that fateful day.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/710992/pay-up-or-else-private-schools-in-orangi-site-to-remain-closed-today/

 

Motivating the teacher by Zubeida Mustafa

A number of reports on education in Pakistan confirm what has been long suspected. Without improving the quality of our teachers, quality education for all will remain a pipe dream. Howsoever much their economic status may be boosted, it will have no impact on education for children from the low socio-economic classes if teachers are not taught how to teach and what to teach. Many well-meaning, no-profit NGOs that are entering the school sector are learning this the hard way through experience and after much experimentation. 

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1107584/motivating-the-teacher