APR 15 2014

Parents’, teachers’ joint role sought in enrollment campaign

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Mineral Development, Ziaullah Afridi has said that the PTI government is determined for equipping the youth with modern and contemporary education and for this purpose has launched enrollment campaign in the schools. Addressing a function held in connections with Enrollment Campaign here in Government Girls’Middle School Zaryab Colony, Dalazak Road, he expressed the hope that as compare of last year more children will be enrolled in schools this year.  Besides, District School Education Officer Samina Ghani and ADO City Circle, Riffat Bano, a large number of teachers and parents of children were also present on the occasion. The provincial minister stressed on teachers and parents to play active role in the enrollment campaign and leave no stone unturned in enrolling children in their schools so no child left deprived of education.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=239649


Charity school among structures torn down

A lone mosque stands tall, jeering at the sprawl of flattened straw, thatch and steel that once gave shelter to hundreds of families. The slum, which runs the length of the railway track and cuts through Islamabad’s industrial hub in Sector I-10, was bulldozed on Monday afternoon amid hushed claims of residents that stay orders against their eviction were being violated. In the wake of the unscheduled operation, a branch of the Pehli Kiran School — which caters to low-income, migrant communities that inhabit slum areas and otherwise remain outside the scope of affordable education — was also demolished, despite a plea for time to remove the tin roofs that make up the modest structure. “The school was not given enough time to take down the structure,” said a distraught Zainab Qureshi, the academic director for Pehli Kiran Schools’ eight branches.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/695621/slum-demolition-charity-school-among-structures-torn-down/



Mamnoon for bettering education system

President Mamnoon Hussain has reiterated the commitment of the government towards promotion of quality education at all levels with focus on developing an educational system that is compatible with the requirements of knowledge-based economy. The president said this during his meeting with a group of vice-chancellors and rectors of the leading universities of the country here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. The country needs skilled, highly educated and motivated youth to compete in the present global environment and keep Pakistan progressing on the path of development, the president said, adding that well-educated and fully trained youth could turn around all of national challenges into opportunities.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/15-Apr-2014/mamnoon-for-bettering-education-system





HED seeks views on promoting Punjabi

The provincial higher education department has sought comments from the principals of all colleges in the province regarding promotion of Punjabi language among the students. The comments were sought by the public instructions (colleges) director through a letter (No SO (A-II) 1-29/2013) circulated among all directors of colleges. According to sources, the letter was based on a memorandum issued by Ms Parveen Malik, the Pakistan Punjabi Adabi Board (PPAB) secretary on Feb 24. It was argued in the memorandum that the Punjabi language should be introduced as medium of instruction in all primary schools of Punjab like the other three provinces – Sindh, Khyber Pakhtun Khwah and Balochistan – where Sindhi, Pushto and Balochi were being respectively used as the mediums of instruction in primary schools, the sources said.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1099965/hed-seeks-college-heads-views-on-promoting-punjabi


4 million children will be enrolled under enrollment campaign: CM Punjab

Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that enrollment campaign is running successfully in Punjab and we will enroll 4 million children under this campaign. We will make sure that every child of the province will go to school till 2016, he said while presiding meeting on Punjab Education School Reforms Roadmap.

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Reforming our education by Ali Ashraf Khan

Recently there seems to be a new push towards reforms in the educational sector of Pakistan. International donors are reported to have pledged one billion dollars for development in the educational sector of our country. But there is a serious problem. The problem is not that there was no need for reforms. But these countries showing concerns and extending financial loans to NGO’s are themselves in serious trouble. Recently an English daily published a story on 9th April that Cambridge International Exam Chief Executive Michael O’Sullivan was expressing his concern on Pakistani students achieving higher grades in O & A level exams. He said in Pakistan students and parents are obsessed for higher grades and their teachers were also focused on higher grades and compel students to spend more time in classroom, which is not an ideal learning experience for students keeping in view their physical and health requirement.    

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=239661


Punjabi should be taught in schools by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed

The knowledge of Urdu became the cutoff point between the rustic, illiterate Punjabi and his literate counterpart conversant in Urdu. The latter tended to feel superior to the former. That complex has never let go of Punjabi Pakistanis. I am not sure if any other major cultural group in the world maintains a more convoluted relationship with its mother tongue as do Pakistani Punjabis. Pakistan is generally understood regionally and globally as a state in which the Punjabis are the most privileged ethno-cultural group. Such an observation is largely true in many ways. The Pakistan military and civil bureaucracy, the big bourgeoisie and middle class have a preponderate Punjabi ethnic component. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/15-Apr-2014/punjabi-should-be-taught-in-schools