Fraud in the name of education
A wholesale fraud is going on with the aspirant EDUCATORS right under the nose of the caretakers of the mighty Punjab, where the government claims to be waging ‘war’ against corruption. “Tentative Merit List of Educators” for the year of 2014 for Female candidates was shyly displayed at Punjab Government Comprehensive Girls High School Wahadat Road Lahore yesterday (Friday). DEO office did not announce or inform the candidates, through any means, when these (de)merit lists were to be displayed, leaving majority of candidates surprised. Candidates have been given just 2 days (April 4 and 5) to view, review and register any complaints. Those selected also have to sign their willingness for joining by today, or, a handy way to ensure that the deserving candidates are filtered out. The same techniques were adopted when pre-interview merit lists were displayed, and many deserving candidates, who qualified the merit, did not even know about it and hence were cast away.
KP’s Education City concept paper copied from project in India
The concept paper of the proposed Education City has been copied from a similar project executed in India. It exposed those at the helm of affairs. The establishment of Education City is an iconic project of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government. Initial work has already been started on it. PC-1 for the project has been made and would be discussed at a meeting in the Planning and Development (P&D) Department this month, sources told The News. In a sequel to the meeting a summary would be submitted to the chief minister and after his approval formal execution of the project would be started. The site has already been identified. It encompasses 30,000 kanals of land near the Karnal Sher Khan Interchange on Motorway in Swabi district. Universities of international repute would be invited to open sub-campuses in the city. The provincial government would provide free land and other facilities to them.
Political interference in the affairs of education department has not stopped yet despite claims by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led provincial government to the contrary, according to official sources. The officials in the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department and Higher Education Department and academicians in their background interviews painted a bleak picture of the political interference in their department. Such interference by the elected representatives, particularly PTI leaders, could be seen in the secretariat of the both education departments, directorates of E&SE and HED, district education offices, and educational institutions, the sources said. They said that the most recent example in this regard was the transfer of principal of the Government College, Peshawar, Dr Alamzaib Khan for not giving admission to the candidates recommended by the PTI MPAs in first year class of intermediate level. The admission process was completed in Sept 2013.
The education department has planned to enrol 71,396 out-of-school children, including 44,240 girls and 27,156 boys, in the district from 2014 to 2015. This was disclosed during a workshop conducted by the National Commission for Human Development at its offices here in collaboration with the Job Creating Development Society and under the auspices of the education department. The officials said a comprehensive plan had been prepared for bringing 71,396 out-of-school children to schools between 2014 and 2015. They said schools would be reopened for the new academic session from April 8 and therefore, participants should contact religious scholars, parents, members of civil society, journalists and local elders to ensure enrolment of out-of-school children. The officials said a walk would be organised in the district to create public awareness of education.
Education, health budget to be doubled in 5 years: Ahsan
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Saturday said the government planed to double the budget of health and education in next five years for promoting socio-economic development and healthy lifestyle in the country. “The government’s top priority is the development ofhuman resource in the country as without it no country can prosper”, the minister said while addressing the inaugural session of two-day 23rd biannual International Convention of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) here. He said that more than 60 percent of the country’s population was youth and if provided facilities they can prove to become an important elements of the country’s progress.
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Another 23,000 schools needed: Sardar Bareech
Quetta: Provincial Adviser to Chief Minister on Education Sardar Raza Muhammad Bareech has said that in 67 years since the country’s establishment, only 12,500 schools have been set up for 22,000 settlements in Balochistan, out of which 6,000 schools are without shelter. Speaking at a seminar held under aegis of ILM-o-AGAHI titled ‘Education Journalism’, Sardar Bareech said this and added that “we need some 23,000 more schools to provide free and compulsory education to each citizen between ages 5 and 16 in conformity with the 18th Amendment”. He further said that all the schools in the province should be mapped and put under codes, adding that currently there were 57,000 teachers and it was not easy to figure out as to how many ghost teachers were there.
For domestic workers, no law to call theirs
Rukhsana, 11, works as a domestic worker at an affluent Karachi household. According to Article 25(A) of the Pakistani constitution she is entitled to school education. It’s her right. But let’s not go there for a while. As per Article 11(3) of the same constitution, she is not allowed to work until she is 14 years old. But there is a caveat here: the article forbids children under 14 to work in mines and factories. The domestic workers, who are often paid paltry sums and live on the benevolence of strangers in their formative years for months and even years with parental supervision in urban households, do not even have a legal cover.
Chandio Village Government Primary School near Punjab Chowrangi changing hands
“My school has changed a lot since I used to study here but some things, like our teachers’ interest in seeing us excel in our studies, hasn’t changed. You are lucky to have such teachers,” said Fouzia Iqbal, who has recently done her Masters in Business Administration, and happens to be an old girl of the Chandio Village Government Primary School near Punjab Chowrangi that was on Saturday holding afarewell party for its outgoing class five students. “Don’t ever underestimate yourself because you did your schooling at some governmentschool. You are lucky to have greatteachers. It is thanks to them that I am doing well in my life today, and so will you,” she said. Another old girl, Anum Mumtaz, who has recently done her graduation with flying colours, also shared her happy memories of studying at the school. “This school didn’t even have a boundary wall when I was a student here. I am glad it is changing for the better in appearance now,” she said.
Face of Sindh education
Though government authorities have been claiming to provide facilities to improve education, the data of facilities depicted a contradictory picture, The Nation has learnt. The education department of Sindh government has prepared a report containing details of schools lacking facilities and has been submitted to Chief Minister. The report presents a dismal situation of the province. The data unveiled that over half of 49,000 public sector schools-from primary to higher secondary level schools, lacked basic facilities of drinking water, toilets, electricity, boundary walls, playground, library and laboratories in Sindh. According to the report, presently at least 49,000 schools are running under public sector at the primary, middle, elementary and high schools levels in the province. Of the total, roughly 80% of them have buildings; around 60% of them have no drinking water facility; 40% have no electric connection facility; 50% have only one toilet and 35% schools have no boundary walls, especially in girls’ schools.
Teachers help sought for Lakki kids enrolment
Elementary and Secondary Education Department SDEO Ikramullah Khan has called upon the headmasters of primary schools to assign tasks and responsibilities to their subordinate teachers in the enrollment campaign and play their effective role to make it a success. Speaking at training sessions in Serai Gambila, Gandi, Manjiwala and Minakhel circles on Saturday, he said that the training would prove helpful for headmasters to make the process of enrolling new children in their respective schools easy. “To get enrollment of maximum number of out of school children is our target and all-out efforts will be made to achieve it,” he maintained. He directed the headmasters to display awareness banners and activate parent teacher councils of their respective schools for persuading parents to admit their kids to schools.
Army actively involved in education projects cleared in Malakand, FATA
Corps Commander Peshawar4 Lieutenant GeneralKhalid Rabbani has reiterated that Pakistan Army consider Education as a paramount step in promoting peace, and is actively involved in nation building projects in the areas cleared by security forces after operations in Malakand Division and FATA. He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of Model School Wadudia, re-constructed by Army Engineers at Mingora. A state of the art school equipped with latest IT Equipment and Science lab was constructed in less than a year time under the auspices of UAE Pak Assistance Programme (UPAP) which will help in improving the literacy rate of Malakand Division. It is pertinent to mention that Pak Army undertook construction of 75 social sector projects comprising of 49 educational, 2 health and 24 water supply schemes in Malakand Swat which will open new vistas of opportunities for the future generation of this region.
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VCs oppose provincial HECs without thorough consultation
The vice chancellors and rectors of public sector universities agreed on Saturday that higher education bodies at provincial level should not be established without proper consultation and comprehensive discussion, and that their functions should not contradict those of the Federal Higher Education Commission (HEC). Over 65 heads of higher education institutions of the Government sector from all over Pakistan had gathered in Islamabad for the Vice Chancellors' Committee Meeting to discuss the Post 18-Amendment scenario as far as future of the higher education sector in Pakistan is concerned. It may be mentioned here that discussions are afoot for quite a while to establish higher education controlling bodies at the provincial levels. The participants were of the opinion that comprehensive consultations should be held, involving all stakeholders, rather than taking steps in a hurried manner. It was discussed that setting up provincial HECs without amending HEC Ordinance 2002 will be against the constitution.
Economic uplift impossible without education, says CJP
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has said that education is one of the fundamental factors in socio-economic development of society. “No country can achieve sustainable economic development without improvement in the educational field,” he said while addressing a groundbreaking ceremony of the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that education in Pakistan had not been given the priority that it really deserved. “Even today, only 1.9% of the GDP is being spent on education, whereas the UN’s minimum benchmark is 4.5%. In this backdrop, contribution of the private sector in the realm of education is a welcome development.”
Baloch in Islamabad for education
Siraj, Adil, Jamil and Dastagir are second year students from Balochistan who are studying at a private college in Islamabad. They are young from Balochistan who have moved to Islamabad for better educational opportunities. Separated from their families and familiar surrounding, life in the capital is not easy for these students. However, dreams of safer environs and a better future brought them to Islamabad. Partly, the shift was due to their unhappiness with the education system in their home province where the quality of education was poor. According to the Ministry of Education, about 500,000 children are out of school in Balochistan, while the primary completion rate in the province is 53 per cent. All of them are ambitious. After spending half their day at college, in the evenings they take an English language class to improve their comprehension and communication skills.
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Shahbaz acknowledges British cooperation in education, health
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that friendly relations between Pakistan and Britain are deep rooted and Britain is a big trade partnerof Pakistan. He said that British cooperation in the training of Punjab police on modern lines and development of education, health and other sectors is commendable. He said that the skills development programme is running successfully with the cooperation of Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) and thousands of youth have been trained in different skills so far under this programme. He said that a large number of Pakistanis are living in Britain and playing an active role in its development. He was talking to a delegation led by Mayor of British city Waltham Forest, Nadeem Ali during a meeting. Provincial Minister for Environment Col.(R) Shuja Khanzada was also present on the occasion. Trade relations between Pakistan and Britain, development projects and matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.
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Shah speaks on education this time round
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, has urged the educationists and the civil society to take ownership of the educational institutions for improvement in enrolment and standard of education. He stated this while addressing a day-long seminar on measures to improve primary education in Sindh here on Saturday. It (seminar) was organised by the Sindh Education Improvement Programme (SEIP) in collaboration with IBA Sukkur. Khursheed Shah said that big challenges were ahead in education sector such as standard of education and dropout rate of students which must be addressed. He said despite better salaries in public sector compared to the private sector, the government had failed to come up to the expectations of the people as regards the standard of education and the enrolment and literacy rate.
The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has decided to revoke the affiliation of the schools that had put the career of its students on stake by failing to submit their secondary school certificate exam forms, The Express Tribune has learnt on Friday. The BSEK, in the first stage, will serve show-cause notices to all such schools in order to fulfil the legal formalities, following which the schools’ registration will be cancelled. Later, it will inform the Sindh government’s private school directorate as well to take its own decision. Earlier on Thursday, The Express Tribune had published the names of the schools, including City Pearl Grammar School, Al Hamd Public School, Pak Grammar High School, Ayesha Boys and Girls High School and Aziz Government Boys Secondary School, involved in jeopardising one academic year of around 300 students.
40% examination centres exempted from load shedding
KARACHI: K-Electric (KE) on Friday claimed despite outstanding power dues payable by the Ministry of Education Sindh, which exceeds Rs 36 million, it has exempted around 40 percent of the matriculation examination centres from load shedding. Giving details, KE said these examination centres were spread over all city limits and exempting all examination centres was not possible. This is more so, because 60 percent of these examination centers were in high losses and very high losses areas, categorised either due to power theft, non-payment of dues or in some cases both.
Brown’s visit to help achieve literacy target: Governor
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said on Sunday the recent visit of special envoy to UN Secretary General, Gordon Brown, to Pakistan would help achieve literacy targets set by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Talking to APP, he said that Gordon Brown, who is known best friend of Pakistan during his tenure in office of Prime Minister, United Kingdom had increased the annual financial aid for Pakistan from $40 million to $600 million, which he added reflects that Gordon always had soft corner for the people of Pakistan. The Governor said that Gordon had appreciated the performance and commitment of the democratically elected government of Pakistan for achieving literacy targets besides doubling the education budget.
PMNH becomes source of informal education
The Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) has captured attention as source of informal education and during last two months, more than 6,615 scientists and students, 3,275 general public and 54 foreigners visited the museum. The life-size model of Balochitherium,70 feet long skeleton of Blue Whale, 42 feet long stuffed sample of whale shark and the rich respositories of animals plants, rocks, minerals and fossils specimens of PMNH have caught the attention of people. “The museums throughout the world are playing an important role in public education through research, exhibits, lectures, film shows, club activities, competitions and many such other programmes,” an official of Museum said. Nowadays education through museums is being regarded as of indispensable importance, he said, adding in line with its functions, PMNH is striving for promotion of informal education through different means, mainly the visits of school and college students to the Museum Display Galleries.
Taliban Provokes New Hunger for Education
Following scattered defiance of the Taliban earlier, a new wave of students is now heading for education in schools and colleges across the troubled north of Pakistan. “There is a steady increase in enrolment of students because parents have realised the significance of education, and now they want to thwart the Taliban’s efforts to deprive students of education,” Pervez Khan, education officer in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) tells IPS. In 2012, he says, the literacy rate for girls was three percent in FATA. That rose to 10.5 percent in 2013. The boys literacy shot up correspondingly to 36.6 percent compared to 29.5 percent. The Taliban are opposed to modern education. They have destroyed about 500 schools, including 300 schools for girls.
Teachers across the province boycotted classes on Friday after a call for a two day-boycott was given by the Punjab Teachers’ Union. The School Education Department and the PTU had held talks on Thursday afternoon, but PTU officials later said they were not satisfied with the outcome and called for a boycott of academic activities. SED Additional Secretary General Ahmed Ali Kamboh told The Express Tribune that teachers’ grievances had been addressed during talks on Thursday afternoon. He said union members had had reservations about administrative matters, particularly regarding the implementation of the policy for rationalization of teachers’ strength at schools. The PTU had staged a protest on Thursday outside the civil secretariat. They had spoken against the rationalisation policy and non-academic duties, among other things. Kamboh said after the talks, instructions had been issued by the department addressing the demands that were in line with the department’s policy and service rules.
Just like ghost schools elsewhere in the country, there are a number of ghost teachers in the capital. On the payrolls of various scholls and colleges, they like to draw their salaries on time, but they never show up for class. Survey teams from the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have found fake entries of daily wagers in dozens of schools and colleges. The issue came to light following the formation of committees to conduct visits of educational institutions to verify the names of daily wagers submitted to the FDE. According to officials privy to the survey, it turned out that the number of employees shared with CADD and FDE was exaggerated. “It was quite surprising that they misled us,” said one of the officials. This is not the first time the case of the misleading figures has surfaced. Last year in March, over 200 teachers from model colleges and schools stormed the FDE to protest the inclusion of fake names for regularisation while ignoring those on merit.
The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Ideological (JUI-I) has cautioned the federal government against imposing restrictions on seminaries. Speaking at a peace conference on Thursday night, JUI-I’s vice-president Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni warned that any move to change the syllabus of seminaries would be opposed. He criticised formers presidents retired Gen Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari for what he alleged their anti-seminary policies. He said people had given the mandate to PML-N for reviving economy and improving security, but the government had put these issues on the back burner and apparently made up its mind to impose restrictions on seminaries.
The private educational institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the provincial government are awaiting the announcement of the Supreme Court’s verdict on their dispute about giving fee concession to siblings enrolled as students. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar, issued a notification on Aug 28, 2007 for enforcing Article 106(ii) of the Education Code of NWFP 1935 under which the younger siblings studying in a school are required to pay half fees. Some private schools filed appeals in the Supreme Court after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) upheld the condition of fee concession on Feb 1, 2011. Senior counsel Athar Minallah and Tariq Mehmood pleaded the case of the petitioners and Advocate General Abdul Latif Yousufzai represented the province. After hearing both sides, a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, reserved its ruling last month.
Higher Education to be strengthened in Punjab
In order to strengthen higher education in the province, the Punjab government has prepared a roadmap to cater to the growing needs of higher education institutions (HEIs) and bringing them at par with international standards. A conference was thereby held and was attended by vice-chancellors of public and private sector universities, national or international education experts and academicians. During three days of the conference, the participants deliberated on present state of higher education and rationale for reforms, future vision for higher education, higher education reform objectives 2014-18, major targets and milestones, action plan 2014-18 and budgetary requirements.
School Reconstructed by Army Opens
A modern school, with the latest Information Technology equipment and science lab, was constructed in less than a year under the United Arab Emirate’s Pakistan Assistance Programme. The army has undertaken work on 75 social sector projects, comprising 49 educational, two health and 24 water supply schemes in Malakand, Swat.
KP students to visit Punjab heritage sites
The Youth Affairs Department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been in the process of organizing many unique activities in the province. One such activity is the “Inter provincial Youth Exchange Programme”. The first phase of this activity includes a 25-student visit to Gujranwala and Lahore on Monday. The students have been nominated by respective private and public institutes. Talking about the youth promotional activities, Minister Youth Affairs Mehmood Khan said it was usually the private institutes that send students to other provinces to interact with youth from other provinces.
Shining Students to be Sent Abroad
The Provincial government will send talented and shinning students abroad for higher education under the Endowment Fund of the Punjab Education Foundation. Addressing a laptop computers distribution ceremony at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS AAUR), Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said the Punjab government has allocated Rs8 billion for the fund, which would help assist the deserving students in getting higher education in their respective fields.
Hundreds of teaching and non-teaching staffers from about 424 schools and colleges of the capital decided to press their demands for regularisation of service and health allowances, among others. Boycotting classes and offices, the protesters marched from their respective institutions and culminated at D-Chowk, chanting slogans to compel the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to accede to their agenda.
The aim of the campaign is to educate the out-of-school and under-privileged children. To identify such children, the varsity constituted six teams comprising senior teachers, including the deans and chairs of departments under the supervision of Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Rai Niaz. The teams identified over 100 children but could enroll only 57 after some parents refused to allow their children to attend the school. Attendance still fluctuates, with only and currently 39 students are enrolled in various classes. The university created a separate fund where teachers and other employees are contributing Rs50 every month — roughly Rs30,000 — to pay for books, stationery, uniforms and other necessary items for the children. The children are presently being taught in the old veterinary sciences building, which the university plans to vacate and make into a full-fledged school.
Over 154,000 books sold
Pakistan’s largest three-day book fair organized by Punjab University administration has set a record of largest sale of books as over one hundred and 54 thousands books were sold in the three-day book fair. In a press statement issued here on Sunday, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the largest sale of books proved that study culture could be promoted in society if books were provided on reduced prices.
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According to the rules, the head of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has to be appointed within 90 days of the completion of the tenure of the previous chief. However, even after eight months, a new permanent head of the commission has yet not been appointed. HEC is the only regulatory body of the higher education institutions in the country, and it has been operating without a permanent chairman since August 26, 2013.
The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) is apparently accepting its failure in running the department effectively – to give leverage to the chief minister’s pre-vice chancellors’ meeting decision to set up the Punjab Higher Education Commission (HEC). Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had on March 22 announced the setting up of Punjab HEC and constituted a five-member vice chancellors committee to “draft a question leading to the answer that Punjab HEC is highly necessary to improve higher education standards and funding in the province”.
Pakistan, South African Ministers discuss Education, Terror
South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Ms Fatima Chohan called on State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Blighur Rehman at the latter’s officer and discussed various issues including education and terrorism. Talking to the visiting minister, Blighur Rehman said, “Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments are committed to fight illiteracy.” For this purpose, he added, the governments had pledged to sanction hefty amounts in the forthcoming budgets for educational promotion. The world community was also satisfied with the efforts Pakistan was making to boost education, he claimed.
Four college projects left incomplete
Four projects of colleges in Sialkot districts have been left incomplete due to shortage of required funds, it is learnt. Local people including Ghulam Mustafa Aasi, Haji Aftab Azhar Sayyan, Muhammad Iqbal and Tariq Mehmood have expressed grave concern over this critical situation. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to ensure early completion of the building.Meanwhile, another fiscal year has passed and the Punjab government has not released the needed funds to complete construction work of two government girls degree colleges that were named after the PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.
No compromise on education standards
Punjab government has approved a policy of rewarding those primary school teachers whose results are 80 percent or above in class 5 central exams. The same policy will be applied on the middle standard exams. According to the policy such teachers will be awarded certificates of appreciation along with cash prizes. eachers with zero to 5 percent results in five consecutive years will be compulsorily retired. An official in the education department of the Punjab told Pakistan Observer on Sunday the provincial government has devised this policy after the recent class 5 and class 8 annual results.
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AIOU science conference begins today
The two-day second National Conference on Physics and Emerging Sciences will be held at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on April 7th. minent scientists of the country will participate and deliver lectures on the topic “Physics and Emerging Science”. In addition, MPhil and PhD students from across the country would present their research work in the conference.
Students of 5th and 8th class who applied for re-checking of papers will be declared successful
Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif has taken notices of irregularities in the result of 5th and 8th class exam held under Punjab Examination Commission. He ordered Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) to pass all those students who have applied for re-checking of papers.
Brown’s challenge to Pakistan by Inayatullah
On March 29th in Islamabad, Mr. Gordon Brown, the UN’s Special Envoy on Education addressed an International Education Conference. The Conference was inaugurated by Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif. At the Conference, the Ministry of Education Trainings and Standards circulated a document titled “Unfinished Agenda of Education in Pakistan—the Way Forward.” According to a report, also released on the occasion, the main cause for not achieving the Education For All goals in Pakistan is “low investment on Education” and “the weak professional capacity” of the education departments to fully utilize allocated funds. Both in terms of access and quality, Pakistan’s school education performance remains poor. The Annual Survey of Education for the year 2013 found that most of the students in class 5 could not read Urdu and English books meant for class 3 students, and were deficient in math. The survival rate to grade 5 was less than 55%. As for access, the net enrollment rate was less than 70%.
Putting tests to test
In the last two articles on the examinations, I have argued that Pakistan’s examination system at the secondary and intermediate levels is inherently unfair to the students and unable to accomplish the purposes, which must be served by any examination system. Given the attention paid to it by the media, the rampant practice of cheating may appear to be the biggest problem afflicting our examination system in the eyes of the public. But it is only part of the problem. Even if we were somehow able to destroy the booty mafia and to reduce the use of unfair means to near zero, the tests would still remain invalid, unreliable, and unable to discriminate between candidates at different ability levels. It is the archaic practice of test construction and scoring by the boards of intermediate and secondary education (BISE) that needs to change.
Balochistan education in dismal state by Spozmai Anwar
Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan, occupying almost 43 per cent of the country's land area. It consists of 5 per cent of the country's population. The population is scattered in 22,000 settlements spread over the terrain, 80 per cent of whom are scattered in small villages. These villages remained largely untouched by the advances of the modern age, and were largely ignored by the central authorities. Very few resources have been made available to these rural areas with the unfortunate result that education for all is extremely underfunded. Education is the only tool which can ensure the progress, prosperity and development of a nation. The status of education in Balochistan has been in dismal state for many years owing to militancy and instability in the region, coupled with low budgetary allocations, teachers absenteeism, lack of school infrastructure and facilities.
Takes Two To Tango
The wise say that you can bring a nation up (or down) depending on how you equip their schools. Reflecting on that adage, a look at Pakistan tells us that we are not exactly doing a great job at improving education and empowering those who are assigned to impart it. On Thursday, the Punjab Teachers Union announced a two-day boycott of duties after negotiations with authorities did not produce an agreement. The union insisted on a more empathetic revision of new policies that help teachers in educating students, which makes sense. The government’s policy to rationalize teachers as per their need in different schools is understandable at a surface level but it gets complicated when you look closer: Sending teachers off to far flung areas is only pragmatic when you financially equip teachers to reach those distances. Considering the paltry pay government teachers receive, a demand such as this one – no matter how urgent – simply cannot yield good results.
325,000 students were appearing for the Board of Secondary Education Karachi exams, when section 144 was imposed around the 295 exam centres whilst paramilitary soldiers were deployed around 33 exam centres that were declared ‘highly sensitive.’ This was done in a bid to prevent rampant cheating amidst fears that armed persons could break into centres to facilitate this exercise for some candidates. Similar issues involving form entries and the issuance of ‘admit’ cards to students have surfaced elsewhere, with one principal booked for fraud, a teacher attempting suicide and students pelting the Board offices. All this reflects the state of our education. The Senior Education Minister for Sindh Nisar Khuhro had already visited centres to look into mismanagement, but it does not seem his intervention has done much good.
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Doubling the education budget by Adnan Ashraf Advocate
In the presence of Gordon Brown in Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif looks determined to improve the status of education in Pakistan. He expressed his dedication to education by announcing that the education budget will be doubled in next 4 years.
Why 25 million children are deprived of education? by Muhammad Khalid Qureshi
No country can progress without education in the world and there are 25 million children are out of school in Pakistan that making Pakistan to lag behind in the world arena. Besides taking all necessary steps, government should also take concrete steps to demolish existing class ridden education system.
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