13th March 2017

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Heads of Teachers Organisations not allowed to enter Educational Boards

On the advice of the provincial government, Elementary and Secondary Education Department KPK, has banned entry of heads of teacher organisations at Educational Boards  and have also asked educational boards to give them names of any teacher who asks for a favour from the board so that strict action can be taken against them.

Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104076592&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20170312


Solar panels installed in Government Model School, Naurang

District Counsellor Haji Ilyas Khan said that children should educate themselves in order to make themselves capable of serving the country. He expressed his views during the event of inauguration of solar panels that were installed in the school.

Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104076723&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20170312



Enrolment in public sector primary schools increases

Despite decline in the number of public sector primary schools in the country, enrolment in the existing educational institutions has been increased, reveals the Pakistan Education Statistics report.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/11-Mar-2017/enrolment-in-public-sector-primary-schools-increases-report

Balochistan, FATA top list of out-of-school children

The school dropout scenario in Pakistan continues to present an abysmal picture, with 22.6 million kids not having access to education and as many as 44 per cent children aged between five and 16 still being out of school.
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/191418-Balochistan-FATA-top-list-of-out-of-school-children

Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104077449&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20170312


JI for ‘education emergency’ in Pakistan

Blaming corruption for falling standard of education in the country, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Senator Sirajul Haq has said that when their party would come into power, it would announce an education emergency in Pakistan.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/11/ji-for-education-emergency-in-pakistan/
Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/11-Mar-17/ji-for-declaring-education-emergency-in-pakistan
Complete Story: http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/378616-Will-declare-education-emergency-if-in-power-Si

Appointment of ‘chief scientist’ with status of federal minister suggested

Appointment of ‘chief Scientist’ or ‘chief scientific officer’ located within the office of the prime minister, with the status of a federal minister is a must to tackle the challenge of producing low levels of learning outcomes in maths and science.
This was suggested by the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science in its third volume titled ‘A Roadmap for Transforming Maths and Science Education’.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/12/appointment-of-chief-scientist-with-status-of-federal-minister-suggested-report/

Maleeha points out unequal access to education for girls

Speaking at the annual gala dinner celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the UK chapter of DIL (Developments in Literacy) – a non-profit body that is educating thousands of underprivileged children, she said that the right to education was enshrined in Pakistan’s constitution but that provision awaited to be fully implemented.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/13/maleeha-points-out-unequal-access-to-education-for-girls/

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/191985-Education-great-challenge-opportunity-in-Pakistan-Maleeha

Complete Story: http://www.radio.gov.pk/12-Mar-2017/pm-took-various-steps-for-promotion-of-education-maleeha


Engaging dialogues mark the end of Beaconhouse learning festival

Interesting panel discussions on topics ranging from social media to gender issues to education reforms to arts to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project were seen on the second and final day of the Beaconhouse School System festival titled ‘A World of Tomorrow’.
Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/191923-Engaging-dialogues-mark-the-end-of-Beaconhouse-learning-festival

Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104077143&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20170312
Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/12-Mar-17/conference-debates-new-directions-for-future-of-education


Islamabad tops in quality education in public schools

Report on education quality in Pakistan hints improvement in the public sector. A survey was conducted throughout the country in which numerous categories were included to study the quality of education in public schools.
Complete Story: http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/378516-Islamabad-tops-in-quality-education-in-public-scho


44% of Children Between 5-16 Are Out of School in Pakistan

A report published by Alif Ailaan for 2015-2016 published statistics reporting that although the overall number of out-of-school had fallen from 24 million to 22.6 million, it is still a very high number and the country needs rigorous implementation of education reforms.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/news/44-children-5-16-school-pakistan/

‘Science and maths taught in schools is not up to standard’

The Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science, an alliance of 45 NGOs and corporations, on Friday released the third volume of its report titled ‘Powering Pakistan for the 21st Century’.
Complete Story: https://www.dawn.com/news/1319722/science-and-maths-taught-in-schools-is-not-up-to-standard

Schools in the federal capital to be shown video based on Quaid-e-Azam

An MOU was signed between CADD and a private NGO in which it was decided that a video titled ‘Talks with Quaid’ will be shown in schools in the federal capital.

Complete Story:https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104075264&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20170311


A new criteria for the promotion of school teachers

A new criteria has been established by School Education Department Punjab, for the promotion of 0.1 million secondary school teachers all over Punjab from grade 17 to 18.

Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104077293&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20170312    


Public hails Sehr Bhagla school uplift
The education department has issued notification for up gradation of Girls Primary School Ghoi Sehr Bhagla Murree. The school was started as primary school and later upgraded to middle level.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/public-hails-sehr-bhagla-school-uplift/



Without education overhaul, ‘no way for progress’

Emphasising on improvement in maths and science education, experts have called for overhauling the entire educational system from the curriculum to teachers’ training. This was suggested by the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science as they unveiled its third volume of the research titled ‘Powering Pakistan for the 21st Century: Roadmap to Transform Maths and Science Education’ 
Complete Story: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1352183/without-education-overhaul-no-way-progress/

Government committed to promote education

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said promotion of knowledge and education is a vision and manifesto of the PML-N-led government.
Complete Story: http://www.radio.gov.pk/12-Mar-2017/government-committed-to-promote-education-ahsan

Punjab education friendly policies showing positive result

Deputy Commissioner, Hafizabad, Muhammad Ali Randhawa has said that education friendly policies, recruitment of teachers on merit and provision of the best facilities in the school are yielding positive results while revolutionary vision of “Parhao Punjab, Bharho Punjab would not only change the fate of Punjab but also change the destiny of the Pakistan.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/punjab-education-friendly-policies-showing-positive-result/

Minister claims education sector improvement

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman said that as per the Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2015-16, the education sector has witnessed remarkable improvement.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Mar-2017/minister-claims-education-sector-improvement

Teachers upgradation issue will most probably be solved through budget

A summary has been written to get Rs 3.5 billion for the upgradation of teachers of both public and private schools and has been sent to Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif.

Complete Story:  https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104079431&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20170313


Students at the primary level should be given peace education: Shakeela, Nasreen Naz

Education experts Shakeela and Nasreena Naz, while addressing a seminar said that students at the primary level should be given peace education.

Complete Story:https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104077581&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20170312


Quality education provision prime motive of the government: Governor Punjab

Governor Punjab, Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana, said that the prime motive of our government is to provide quality education. He expressed such views at Aitchison College’s event of Founder’s Day.

Complete Story:http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-03-11/page-2/detail-10



Under the ‘Zewar-e-Taleem Program’, Khidmat Card Scheme will be launched in 16 districts

Punjab School Education Department, in 16 districts of South Punjab, will launch Khidmat Card Scheme, which aims to provide education to girls from far flung areas.  

Complete Story:http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-03-11/page-2/detail-1


School teacher kidnapped, tortured in Gujranwala

Government Muhammad Shaheed High School’s PT teacher Umer Bilal, was kidnapped and tortured by some gangsters in the area who had received a complaint regarding him by one of his student.

Complete Story:http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-03-11/page-3/detail-22


Matric student caught cheating during Islamiat’s examination

A UMC case has been filed against a student named Muhammed Zeehsan who was caught cheating during Islamiat’s examination.

Complete Story:http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2017-03-11/page-2



Education system needs to be upgraded, say speakers
Educators and academics stressed the need to revamp the education system by encouraging analytical reasoning and logical thinking among the youth.

Sindh to set up science museums

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah yesterday inaugurated the Magnifi-Science mela and announced that science museums were to be set up across the province as an effort to curate a more curious and scientifically inclined society.
Complete Story: https://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/2017/03/sindh-to-set-up-science-museums/

Digri: Course books based on new syllabus, examinations based on old syllabus

A new syllabus was issue in Digri and other areas of Sindh. However, this year, the examination was based on the old syllabus and students were unable to attempt the paper.

Complete Story:http://e.jang.com.pk/03-12-2017/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=281114


Security of Educational institutes stressed

An order has been given to District Education Officers to take adequate measures to ensure security of schools.

Complete Story:https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104074669&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20170311


Matric examinations will not be affected due to census

Hyderabad Educational Board ensured that the annual matric examinations of class 9th and 10th will be held on schedule and will not be affected by the census that is starting from 28th March.

Complete Story:https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104076138&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20170312


Female teacher of government school tortures student of class 5

A female teacher of a primary girl’s school tortured a student of class 5 who didn’t listen to her demands, leading to the student’s face being swollen.

Complete Story: https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1104074681&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20170311


Distribution of certificates amongst position holder prisoners

Prisoners who got positions in Urdu and Sindhi examinations held under Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board Hyderabad, were distributed with certificates and bouquets to praise their efforts.

Complete Story:http://e.jang.com.pk/03-12-2017/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=281167

A road map to transform maths and science education

Pakistani state-run schools are producing unacceptably low levels of learning outcomes in mathematics and science subjects, which is a deep-rooted challenge to Pakistan's economic growth as well.
Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/12-Mar-17/a-road-map-to-transform-maths-and-science-education
Complete Story: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1352115/science-maths-necessary-economic-growth-report/

Matric exams to begin from March 28

In compliance with the Sindh Education Department’s Steering Committee, the Karachi Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Sunday announced that it had finalised arrangements to conduct its annual Matriculation examinations from 28 March, 2017.
Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/12/matric-exams-to-begin-from-march-28/

Quality education contributes to peaceful democratic societies

The Vice Chancellor Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Prof. Naushad A. Shaikh said that quality education enables learners to become economically productive, to develop sustainable livelihoods, to contribute to peaceful and democratic societies and enhancing individual well-being.
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/quality-education-contributes-to-peaceful-democratic-societies/

Teachers Delegation meets Director Schools, Nadir Hussain Soomro

Professor Sanaullah Bhatti and others, along with the delegation of Sindh Teachers and Subject Specialists Association met Director Schools, Nadir Hussain Soomro and point of discussions included appointment of subjects specialists in accordance with the STR policy,  SNE proposals of higher secondary schools etc.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-12-2017/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=281120


Editorials/ Op-eds

The Invisible Sophistication

Reforming education sector 

Catalysts for change

Status of education

Education emergency

A functional approach to education

The dreams of poor children