APR 09 2014

Students suffer as Pindi school lacks facilities

The government appears to have no clear vision to enroll the seven million out-of-school children, with many of the existing schools lacking infrastructure to accommodate the new comers. One such school is in Bangash colony, Pirwadhai, where shortage of classrooms and furniture has forced many students to study while sitting on the floor, in the school’s veranda or the courtyard. Due to lack of interest of the concerned authorities, around seven million children are out of school across the country, which is the second highest figure in the world. The government boys’ elementary school at Bangash colony is situated next to Pirwadhai bus terminal, and most of the students belong to underprivileged families. The four-room school was built two years ago, with the efforts of the then local member of provincial assembly (MPA).

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1098721/students-suffer-as-pindi-school-lacks-facilities


Punjab giving top priority to education

Education is on top of the priority list of the Punjab government, which is evident from the fact that it has allocated sufficient budget for this sector. This was stated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Mohammad Shawaiz Khan while addressing a ceremony at Government Boys Degree College Fatehjang. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif were utilising all resources at their disposal to overcome electricity and gas shortage as early as possible. He said you could see the difference between the progress the present government had made and the one made by the previous government. On this occasion Mr. Shawaiz Khan gave 100 chairs for the college students from his on resources as demanded by the Principal of the College Syed Tanveer Shah.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1098722/punjab-giving-top-priority-to-education


Literacy for all: Waseela-e-Taleem to expand to 26 districts

Under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), the government will now facilitate the provision of education for highlighted districts across Pakistan. The Waseela-e-Taleem (access to education) programme was launched by Gordon Brown on November 9, 2012 under BISP. Upcoming developments in the Waseela-e-Taleem programme were shared by BISP Chairman Enver Baig at the one-day international conference on “Unfinished Agenda of Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward”. So far, the programme has been successfully tested in 5 districts, allowing for fine-tuning of its design and implementation. The next step is to expand to 26 more districts in all provinces of Pakistan, said Baig.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/693039/literacy-for-all-waseela-e-taleem-to-expand-to-26-districts/


Erra joins hands with NGO to build six schools

Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Friends Welfare Association Pakistan (FWAP) to reconstruct six schools in Muzaffarabad in 10 months period.  The MoU was signed at ERRA headquarters. ERRA’s Director Donors and Sponsor Lt-Col Farooq Shah and Executive DirectorJaved Iqbal inked the MoU, said a press release. Shah said that Kokkyo Naki Kodomotachi, a Tokyo based International Japanese Organization will provide Rs65.65 million for the construction of six schools in Muzaffarabad suburban area. Rs27.668 million will be spent on construction of Government High School Mattai. Government Girls Primary School Abia in Gojra Muzaffarabad will be built with a cost of Rs7.07 million. He added one each government girls and primary schools will be reconstructed in Pain and Bana villages of Langar Pura Muzaffarabad with a cost of Rs16.08 million. Girls primary schools will be built in Hotreri and Ghori Sayidan with a cost of Rs14.79 million.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/693040/reconstruction-in-ajk-erra-joins-hands-with-ngo-to-build-six-schools/


Elahi criticises diversion of education, health budget to MBS project

Pakistan Muslim League-Q senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is doing a great injustice with the poor people by diverting budget of education and health towards the construction of the so-called 'Jangla'(metro) bus service (MBS) as the poor children remain deprived of education and the people are denied of medicines.  Shahbaz Sharif should cite even one successful scheme of his government as compared to our dozens of successful peoples' welfare schemes and development projects, he added. Talking to a delegation of Muslim League leaders at his residence here on Monday, Elahi said that the present rulers had sought votes on the promises of elimination, curbing and controlling of dearness, unemployment, load shedding, robberies and thefts but they had increased crimes and problems many folds.

Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1170956/


Street footballers to get free education

Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro announced to provide free education up to post-graduation level to each member of the street children football team. He said that every playground of the government-run school and college in the province would be made available for the promising young football players for further developing their skills. As the Sindh Assembly members warmly welcomed the Pakistani street children football team in the house on Tuesday, the Sindh government announced Rs200,000 and free education up to post-graduation level for all the young footballers who secured third position in the recently concluded Street Child Football World Cup in Brazil. Besides, the Department of Youth Affairs announced Rs500,000 prize for the entire team, while a legislator from the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced Rs 10,000 for each player. Tuesday was a private members day in the Sindh Assembly but the house put aside its regular proceedings when the Pakistani street children football team arrived at the speaker’s chamber on the special invitation of Agha Siraj Khan Durrani.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-243135-Street-footballers-to-get-Rs200000-fr


Higher grades obsession has negative effects: CIE chief

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Chief Executive Michael O’Sullivan has said students and their parents are becoming obsessed with higher grades in examinations and called for limiting this tendency, saying it has negative side effects. O’Sullivan said teachers were also excessively focused on training students to score higher grades and eventually compelled them to spend more time in classrooms. “This is not an ideal learning experience,” he added. He observed that students studying for longer hours would be missing physical as well as cultural activities, which was highly undesirable. The CIE chief executive is currently visiting Pakistan and was speaking to Dawn after the Cambridge Schools Conference on ‘Building a curriculum that equips learners for the future’ on Tuesday. Representatives from 134 schools offering Cambridge education across Pakistan attended the conference.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1098637/higher-grades-obsession-has-negative-effects-cie-chief


Good news for out of school Swabi kids

The District Education Department has decided to enroll more than 43,000 children, mainly girls, till April 30 in the public and private sector educational institutions of Swabi district. Launching the enrollment drive here on Tuesday, District Education Officer Abdul Salam enrolled first child Aman Abid in the Government Primary School Swabi-2. Later a walk to create awareness among parents to enroll their children in schools was also organised. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans highlighting the importance of education. Talking to the media, DEO Abdul Salam said: "We have provided free textbooks to 160,000 students of primary schools, 14,806 of middle schools, 55,614 of high institutions and 9,871 students of higher secondary schools." 

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/09-Apr-2014/good-news-for-out-of-school-swabi-kids


Enrolment walks in Lakki

The Lakki Elementary and Secondary Education Department launched the enrolment campaign by organising awareness walks in different towns of the district on Tuesday. In Lakki city, Assistant District Officer Abdul Rehman Rashid kicked off the drive by filling admission forms of several children of five years and entering their names in the admission register. He also led a walk, which started from the Government Primary school No. 2, Lakki Meenakhel (Mandar) and ended at the same point after passing through Kutchery Road and Mohallah Shaikhan.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/09-Apr-2014/enrolment-walks-in-lakki


Students get books free at launch of enrolment drive

Awareness walks were held and free textbooks were distributed among students at the launch of the enrolment drive across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday. Addressing enrolment launching ceremony at government higher secondary school No1, Peshawar Cantonment, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak claimed that the class-based education system had been replaced with unified English medium education all over the province from the current academic year to bring about education and economic revolution. On the occasion, Mr Khattak enrolled children by filling and signing their admission forms and giving them free textbooks, according to a handout. Mr Khattak said deficiency of teachers and classrooms in all schools of five selected districts, including Peshawar, would be fulfilled and ratio of one teacher for 40 students would be ensured in each class. He said the programme would be extended to the entire province.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1098647/students-get-books-free-at-launch-of-enrolment-drive


Rs. 3.67b funds will offset impact of damages caused to Fata education

In line with the government vision to introduce revolutionary reforms to educate the tribal youth, the massive allocation of Rs.3.67 billion in the development outlay of FATA 2013-14 for the uplift of education sector, is destined not only to offset the impact of damages caused to educational institutions during war against terrorism but give further boost to this sector. Reveals study of the official documents.
Keeping this in mind the development planners in Fata Secretariat have kept the education sector on top of the list viz a viz allocations made for in 2013-14 Fata uplift program. Education sector would get 24.64 percent of the total outlay of Rs.18.5 billion. The allocations are being spent on 184 ongoing projects in education sector in Fata and 33 new schemes proposed in the current ADP.

Complete Story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201404/09/national2.php



The military use of schools by Steven Haines

Over the past 5 years, hundreds of children and adults have been killed as a direct result of attacks against education, while many more have been injured. Hundreds of thousands of students were also denied the right to an education for weeks, months, and often longer. A primary school student in Somalia recalled a terrifying incident he experienced in 2010: “The school was hit by a weapon that sounded like thunder when coming and then made a big explosion.” Three children died in that attack and six were injured. His school was one of several that armed militants used as bases from which to attack opposing forces – locking the children and teachers inside and using them as human shields to protect the fighters from an aggressive counter-attack. Clearly, that strategy often fails

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/columns/09-Apr-2014/the-military-use-of-schools