MAY 30 2014

Minister for implementating education reforms road map effectively

Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has emphasised the need to implement the Punjab Education Sector Reforms Road map effectively because education helps disseminate social awareness among the masses and development packages devised for these areas having social awareness also yield better results. He said that the government had identified shortcomings in our education system and that required solutions had also been ascertained with active collaboration of world’s famous educational organisations like DFID, British Council, UKTI, McKenzie and German International Support Programme GIG, which include merit-based teachers recruitment, transfer and rationalisation policies, decentralised resource management, performance incentives for teachers, strengthening school councils, provision and use of school performance information through report cards, private school vouchers through the Punjab Education Foundation, issuance of stipend for girls students, provision of free textbooks, provision of missing facilities, up-gradation of schools, establishment of Daanish schools and centres for excellence, provision of information technology labs, construction of additional classrooms to accommodate newly-enrolled students, E-learning and Digitalisation of curricular books, provision of solar lamps, provision of computer tablets to monitoring staff, ensuring teachers licensing and certification along with provision and improvement of curricula. 

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Denmark to provide $11m to Unicef for Pakistan programme

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan , who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that primary education, especially for girls, was a priority of the provincial government and it was committed to reducing the gender gap in current enrolment, which stands at 70 percent among boys and 30 percent girls. Only education could bring about a positive change in the society and it was also the solution to many of the problems we face, he added.Thanking the government and people of Denmark for their generous contribution to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata through Unicef’s country programme, the minister said the KP government was focused on increasing enrolment, retention, teacher training, information technology and establishing a system which would reward teachers who show outstanding performance.

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MC schools’ students suffer from govt neglect

The provincial education department seems to be least bothered as 14,506 students at municipal schools suffer because of a dire shortage of teachers. The curtailed teaching staff is hard-pressed to complete the course before the summer vacation. They say half of the academic year has passed, but not even a third of the course work has been covered. As a result, most parents are taking their children out of MC schools to enroll them in private or other government schools.

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Notice to schools secy over raise in tuition fee

Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to the secretary schools on a petition challenging illegal raise in tuition fee of private schools. Naeem Ahmad, a local resident, filed the petition and submitted that private schools had been charging extra fee from their students and the government was playing its role as a silent spectator. He said private schools were raising day and night fee, burdening the parents and guardians of the students.

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Faces of Pakistan's future

Madrasas, or religious schools, often are blamed by the West for seeding extremist ideas in young Pakistanis.  But this broad-brush view doesn’t tell the full story. At the Jamia Islamia Clifton madrasa in Karachi, a school tucked next to a convenience store on a busy street, students are provided free education, food, lodging, clothes, and medical care. Upstairs, 8-year-old students memorize the Quran. They sit on their knees and sway back and forth over the holy book for four hours, chanting in rhythm as their teachers look on. In classrooms below, students in their 16th year of studies discuss how parents’ wealth should be divided among siblings according to Islamic law. This madrasa says that it is a moderate school that preaches peace and adds a modern curriculum of English, Urdu, math, computer science, history, and science to its 1,300-year-old religious courses. “We don’t want our students to just think about Islam. We want them to think about humanity as well,” says Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin, who, with his brother, runs the madrasa that their father started in 1977. “We want the students to understand that we’re providing a nonsectarian education.”

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Summer vacation from June 7

Summer vacation would start in all schools and colleges running under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from June 7. An official of FDE said on Thursday that the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the students would resume their educational activities from August 11. CADD Joint Educational Adviser Rafique Tahir informed that the secretary has approved vacations from June, 7 till August, 10. The initial proposal to announce summer vacations this year was from June 9, to August 18, but it was not approved by the authority due to the Independence Day functions on August 14, in schools and colleges, he said.

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KP schools summer schedule

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has notified the schedule of summer vacations for the academic year 2014 for all the government and private sector schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to details, in plain areas, primary schools will remain closed from June 1 to August 31, 2014 (3 months) while Middle, High and Higher Secondary Schools will observe summer vacations from June 15 to August 31, 2014.

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Time for class: Classes, exams resume today as govt accepts demands

The Sindh government, finally, gave in to demands made by university professors and teachers to amend the advertisement, which would have given the chief minister of Sindh the authority to appoint the registrars and examination controllers at 20 public-sector universities across the province. After hours of waiting in the sun outside Chief Minister (CM) House in the city’s red zone, on Thursday, the teachers’ province-wide protest entered its fourth day. Regular classes and examinations at public varsities were boycotted once again as teachers prepared for a sit-in and demanded that the controversial provisions made to the Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2013, should be abolished.

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Govt accords top priority to promotion of higher education

President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday reiterated that the present government accords top priority to the promotion of higher education in all disciplines including medical sciences. He called upon the universities to focus on bringing out latest and quality research in all fields, especially in the disciplines like medical and allied health sciencesand other sectors. The President said this during his meeting with a delegation of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad, that called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. 

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HEC asked to revise Equivalence Standard for master degree

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued a Policy Note to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to revise its Equivalence Standard for Master’s degree programmes to create an exception for those who attained their Master’s degrees in a period prior to the introduction of Equivalence Standard, to create a level playing field among all the Master’s degree holders. CCP took notice of concerns raised with regard to Equivalence Standard (ES) introduced by the HEC in Qualification Framework and Revised Roadmap for Business Education - 2012. The Equivalence Standard applies retrospectively and renders the Master’s degrees earned prior to introduction of the Equivalence Standard inferior to those earned after the introduction of ES.

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Going the extra mile by Hifza Jillani

It only takes courage to go that extra mile and accomplish what youwant. I met a man in his late 70s who had a dream, a dream to educate out-of-school children. His dream is called 'Ilm Dost Qaida'. We barely know people, even with the money and resources, who would want to work for a noble cause. This man with no resources apart from his pension money and time, made a simple textbook for children and adults who cannot get formal education.

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