Low high school enrolment rate for girls in Sukkur
10% is the high school enrolment rate for girls in Sukkur, according to Alif Ailaan’s 2014 education report.
The Canadian government’s generosity to convert its Rs1.2 billion debt into a grant for capacity building of teachers in Sindh seems to be wasted on the provincial education department as teachers are trained only on paper and often do not even know that their name is registered under the programme, with officials pocketing the ‘expenses’. Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro claims to have trained almost 35,000 teachers in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) since 2006 but the prospects of the project that utilises almost 60 per cent of the Rs1.2 billion grant, remain in doubt as Dr Zubair Ahmed Shaikh, who led the project for a period of 10 months, revealed its dismal state.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch has said that adequate steps will be taken in the province, particularly to protect private schools in Panjgur that have received threats from some groups. Talking to delegations and owners of private schools and education centres in Panjgur on Sunday, he said that providing protection to people was the responsibility of his government which would be fulfilled by taking all measures. The chief minister, accompanied by National Party president Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch, Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani and IG Police Mohammad Amlish, arrived in Panjgur on a two-day visit early in the morning.
Sindh earmarks Rs 10.7b for education
The Sindh government has earmarked Rs 10.7 billion for education sector in its Annual Development Program of the current financial year. According to Radio Pakistan quoting an official source new schemes include construction of ten new public schools at Umerkot, Sanghar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Ghotki, Mitiari, Kamber, Shahdad Kot, Gadap, Dadu and Jacobabad. The schemes also include establishment of eight new cadet colleges at Dadu, Gadap, Mithi, Khairpur, Karampur, Jacobabad, Badin and Tando Jam. The schemes for female education include establishment of two cadet colleges, WomenUniversity at Sukkur, Institute of Electronic and Vocational Training and Faculty of Electronic Engineering at Lyari and public school for girls at all divisional headquarters.
Pakistan’s human development challenges
Policymakers, take note! Pakistan’s human development ranking is not budging. In 2013, the country was again ranked at 146 among 187 nations on the Human Development Index (HDI), as shown in the UNDP’s latest Human Development Report. The HDI measures human development in terms of progress in education, health, and living standards. With an HDI score of 0.537, Pakistan is ranked among ‘low human development’ countries, in the company of Sub-Saharan African countries like Kenya, Angola and Nigeria. At 146, the country is also trailing its regional peers. Sri Lanka was ranked at 73 and termed a ‘high human development’ country. India (135) and Bangladesh (142) were in the ‘medium human development’ category. But that poor regional showing is more than a static snapshot. The report shows that Pakistan’s HDI rank has dropped one place between 2008 and 2013.
All admissions on merit in Punjab, says Sarwar
Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar Chaudahry Sunday said that in line with the policy of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, admissions in all educational institutions across the province will be absolutely on merit. The governor in an exclusive interview with APP here said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif attached great importance to provision of modern quality education to people at their door-steps. He said special teams will monitor the overall admission process in all educational institutions to fully ensure transparent admissions. He said that government would focus on promotion of quality education in the province especially public and private sector universities. He said that during last vice chancellors’ conference here at Governor House, 4 high level committees of VCs each headed by senior VC were constituted for viable proposals.
Dramatic readings are an under-appreciated art form. Carrying forward the oral tradition of storytelling in this day and age does not excite the way other dramatic renderings, mainly through television, do. However, the story of ‘Raja Kay Do Seeng’ attracted a large and varied crowd at the T2F on Sunday and by the end every one present was ready for another go. The Zambeel Dramatic Readings organised and presented the story written by Zara Mumtaz about a vain king, the Raja, who is punished by a sorceress for his very many unattractive personality traits with a set of horns (seeng). The story then loops in a few characters who simultaneously either wish to hide, or reveal the Raja’s new set of horns.
Inhuman development by Andleeb Abbas
There are 25 million children out of school in Pakistan and 70 percent of them are girls. This means half schoolgoing age children are deprived of their constitutional right to free education. There are 8,252 ghost schools that appear only on paper and are totally non-functional, receiving funds for services they do not provide. Some 70 percent of these ghost schools are in Sindh. The government is aware of them but does nothing as they feed some convenient pockets. Teachers are hired and posted on a political basis with little regard to merit. This results in a terrible quality of education being delivered in public institutions, leading to a big disincentive for parents to send their children to school. Massive funding is done for teacher training without any accountability on improving teaching standards.
Jumping to centre-left by Luavut Zahid
Education is quite literally the most effective long term solution to any form of extremism that exists. And education would have a huge task ahead of it. Pakistan doesn’t just have to tackle the different forms of education system, it has to first realise that there’s an education emergency with a good portion of the country’s children having no access to any form of education. Once it’s done focusing on that it can move on to the unchecked madrasas and add some form of structure or regulation to ensure that the content being taught therein isn’t promoting hate in the students.
Where Pakistan stands? by Tehseen Aslam Khan
the area of concern for every new government in Pakistan is not to provide quality education to students and they never take satisfactory measures in educational sector for our energetic youth. If we see around, we can thanks to Almighty as he never left Pakistan deprived from immense knowledge and talent but painful thing is, this aptitude being wasted. It was extremely dreadfulwhen The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 exposed the list of world’s top 400 universities where no Pakistani university could make its place in that list. Moreover, the inclusion of Indian and Chinese universities among world top universities put a question mark on Pakistan’s educational standards because its neighbors of same capacity had continued their journey to struggle and won the race and left Pakistan behind but NO, Pakistan never had tried to participate in this race.
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