August 22 2014

Except for Pakistan, others have made substantial progress toward universal primary education

The report by ADB states that developing economies have made substantial progress toward universal primary education with most having achieved the target 95 percent net enrollment rate in primary education. Except for Pakistan, where the net enrollment rate for boys is about 10 percentage points above that for girls, there is no apparent gender bias against girls in primary school enrollment.  Of the 38 economies with available data, more than half - 21 economies have their proportion of women in non-agricultural wage employment at 40 percent or better. The lack of women's economic empowerment is most severe in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan where the proportions of women in non-farm paid employment sectors is below 20 percent.  Developing economies in the region have made substantial progress toward universal primary education with most having achieved the target 95 percent net enrollment ratio in primary education. Except for Pakistan, where the net enrollment ratio for boys is about 10 percentage points above that for girls, there is no apparent gender bias against girls in primary school enrollment, maintained in the report. 

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IDPs to march on Islamabad if evicted from schools

The elders of North Waziristan Agency have warned that they will march on Islamabad and observe a protest sit-in outside parliament if they are forced to vacate school buildings before Aug 30 according to the government’s decision. North Waziristan Agency Peace Committee chief Haji Sher Mohammad told a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Thursday that about one million people had been displaced due to military operation in the tribal agency, but the federal government had failed to provide them adequate shelter in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Malik Noor Rehman said that almost 25,000 displaced families had been accommodated in various government schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but now they had received a notice to vacate the schools before Aug 30. He said that it was a great injustice with IDPs and they could not tolerate it.

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Education dept decides to implement reallocation policy

The Punjab education department on Thursday decided to implement all the transfer orders issued under the reallocation policy. On the direction of the Lahore High Court (LHC)’s Rawalpindi bench, the education department on Monday held a meeting with the representatives of schoolteachers to hear their grievances about the policy. The teachers have been complaining that in the name of the reallocation policy over 1,000 educators had been transferred to far-flung areas. Earlier, on a petition filed by the teachers, a single-member bench of the LHC had temporally suspended the implementation of the transfer orders and directed the secretary education to hold a meeting with the representatives of the teachers to know their viewpoints. On Monday, deputy secretary education Mushtaq Ahmed Sial, on behalf of the secretary education, heard the schoolteachers’ grievances over the policy.

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Enrolment Drive

Officials at a function of Universal Primary Education said on Thursday that 80pc of the target the government had set under its student enrolment campaign had been achieved. The remaining target would be met by Oct 31, they said while pointing out that the education department had fixed a target of 159,000 children’s admission to schools. The function was presided over by Punjab Minister for Cooperatives Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar who directed the officials to meet the target fixed by the government without delay.

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No education for children of NWA

Army Operation started on 15 June in North Waziristan caused People to Displaced and due to this operation no Education Activity been taken place there. In these Displaced Persons a large number is of Students and they are very concerned about their future. 200 students protest against Government there.

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PEF launches survey to better Cholistan education

The Punjab Education Foundation has started a baseline survey of the 75 Cholistan community schools in Bahawalpur Division in order to improve education standards and ensure basic facilities at these schools.
According to the PEF’s representative, in the first phase of the survey, these schools’ infrastructure and educational record will be monitored. In the second phase, sample tests of students would be conducted, he added. The survey, which will complete in September, will help improve the educational standard of these schools, he hoped. On the other hand, the Punjab education minister has ordered legal action against the teachers showing poor performance in matriculation, middle and primary examinations. In this regard, the Schools Education Department had issued orders to the EDOs throughout the province.

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Teachers’ training

Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has completed training of 97 partner school teachers of 24 different schools situated in the districts of Lahore, Multan and Khushab. According to PEF spokesman, these teachers are trained to teach through interactive classroom technology in their schools. This is part of a pilot project which is going to be launched from September, next month. During the training, these teachers were trained to operate computerised electronic boards and multi-media projectors.

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Half of future engineers fall at the first hurdle

The results of Intermediate pre-engineering group were announced on Thursday with the pass percentage standing at a dismal 55 percent. Of the total 28,472 registered candidates, 28,239 took the exams and only 15,525 could pass all their papers, according to the gazette issued by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) for Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) part-II Science Pre-Engineering (Class-XII).  Initially, 21,153 male students had registered for the annual examinations but 20,974 sat for their papers. Only 11,476 candidates cleared the examinations with a pass percentage of 54.72 percent. A total of 1,233 students bagged A-1 grade whereas 2,402 candidates got an A-grade. The number of students with a B-grade stood at 2,865 while 3,025 candidates passed with a C-grade. Another 1,831 students managed a D-grade and 120 pupils cleared their papers with an E-grade.

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UHS making integrated curriculum

TO provide students with a patient-centred and disease-focused medical education, University of Health Sciences (UHS) has started developing a new integrated curriculum for medical colleges. According to a press release issued on Thursday, to develop this integrated curriculum for MBBS in which the formal “classroom” knowledge will be integrated with clinical experience, UHS has constituted 15 subject specialists committees headed by senior academicians. The committee for the subject of anatomy will be headed by Prof Attiya Mubarik, for physiology by Prof Hamid Javed Qureshi, for biochemistry by Dr Nasreen Sharif, pharmacology by Prof Mohammad Saeed Anwar, behavioural sciences by Dr Mowadat Hussain Rana, community medicine by Prof Musarrat Ramzan, pathology by Dr Ghazala Jaffery, ENT by Prof Najam-ul-Husnain, eye by Prof Nadeem Hafeez, surgery by Prof Mehmood Ayyaz, medicine by Prof Sajid Nisar, gynaecology by Dr Sohail K. Lodhi, paediatrics by Dr Humayun Iqbal, forensic medicine by Dr Aamir Bashir, and for physiotherapy by Dr Hafiz M Asim.

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Pre-engineering results: Education board revokes affiliation of four more private colleges

With the announcement of the Intermediate pre-engineering results on Thursday, The Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) has revoked affiliation of four more private colleges that have failed to improve on their ‘zero per cent’ results over the last four years. The colleges are Clifton High School and College for Women, Clifton; Ashrafi Intermediate College, Gulshan-e-Iqbal; Escribir College of Advance Studies, PECHS; and Jinnah Intermediate College for Girls. “We will continue to remove substandard institutions from the list of BIEK-accredited colleges,” said BIEK chairperson Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai. “This business of wasting time and money of students needs to end. I direct parents not to get their children admitted into these institutions.” Earlier, on August 11, the BIEK chairperson had announced disaffiliation of four other colleges: Allama Iqbal Intermediate Girls College, Steel Town; Al Hadeed College for Science, Commerce and Arts, Gulshan-e-Hadeed; Askari Intermedaite College, Gulshan-e-Hadeed; and The Paradise College, North Nazimabad.

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