August 26 2014

Education for all: A million to be targeted under literacy project

The Literacy and Non Formal Basic Education Department has planned to set up more than 660 functional literacy centres in the Punjab. The initiative aims to provide literacy to up to a million people aged 16 to 35 years. The centres, set up under the Punjab Literacy Movement Project, will target youth belonging to the lower socio-economic strata. The project will include 667 functional literacy centres and will offer literacy programmes to individuals in select tehsils. Literacy and NFBE department Secretary Pervez Ahmad Khan said that the project would aim to improve literacy levels of the young cohort by 7 per cent in various stages.

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Public service: MDGs will be achieved: Minister

Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Monday the government was committed to achieving millennium development goals (MDGs) of education and health sectors. “We are investing in health and education to improve the standard of living of people,” the minister told party workers who had called on him at his residence. He said the country could overcome terrorism by focusing on education. He said the government had been increasing its spending on education in the last six year, allocating Rs274 billion for the purpose.

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These Children Just Want to Go Back to School

Between government efforts to wipe out insurgents from Pakistan’s northern, mountainous regions, and the Taliban’s own campaign to exercise power over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the real victims of this conflict are often invisible. Walking among the rubble of their old homes, or sitting outside makeshift shelters in refugee camps, thousands of children here are growing up without an education, as schools are either bombed by militants or turned into temporary housing for the displaced. Schools have been under attack since 2001, when members of the Taliban fleeing the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan took refuge across the border in neighbouring Pakistan and began to impose their own law over the residents of these northern regions, including issuing a ban on secular schooling on the grounds that it was “un-Islamic”. To make matters worse, a military offensive against the Taliban launched on Jun. 18 has forced close to a million civilians to flee their homes in North Waziristan Agency, one of seven districts that comprise FATA, thus disrupting the schooling of thousands of students.

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Students protest outside federal board, seek rechecking of papers

Dozens of students on Monday rallied outside the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) against what they called faulty marking in the higher secondary school certificate (HSSC) exams answer sheets. The students claimed that physics and chemistry part-II question paper was leaked before the exam and demanded rechecking of the papers. The protesting students belonged to Roots School System, Islamabad model colleges, and Federal Government Sir Syed College for Boys Tipu Road, Rawalpindi. Umair, a student of Islamabad Model College for Boys F-10/2, said that his physics and chemistry papers were not marked “as per his expectation.” He said many other students were unhappy with the results.

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Govt provides record funds to health, education sectors

Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that two billion rupees have been reserved during current fiscal year for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He said the Government has provided record funds to health and education sectors for imparting modern education to the students Rs 274 billion have been provided which is 26.25 percent of the total budget of the province. He said that by increasing the health budget up to 121.80 billion rupees, the present government has ensured modern health facilities and free medicines to poor and resource-less people. He said that people of rural and remote areas are also being provided treatment facilities through mobile health units and Rs. 1 billion has been provided for this purpose. He said that huge sum of Rs.47.44 billion will be spent for treatment facility and upgrade the hospitals during current financial year.

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Int’l Literacy Day on Sep 8

Pakistan, like other countries, would mark International Literacy Day on September 8 to renew the pledge for initiating efforts to improve literacy rate. Public and Private organizations would arrange seminars, conferences, rallies and discussion programmes to highlight the need of ensuring every citizens’ access to the fundamental right of education. For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all children, youth and adults is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target. According to data released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, literacy rates for adults and youth continue to rise.

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Girl dies as school gate falls on her

A nine-year-old girl died when the school gate fell on her on Monday near Shorkot Cantonment. According to her parents, Laraib, a fourth grade student, was entering the Government Primary School of Chak, 497-JB, when the gate fell on her. She died on her way to hospital.

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Education system being overhauled

Commissioner of Kohat division Jamaluddin on Monday said the government was striving to overhaul education system in the province. He also said efforts were underway to restore the honour of teachers in the society. The commissioner was speaking to teachers and students during a summer camp at the Government Girls High School No 1 here. He said women could play a vital role in building the country and thus, ensuring better future of next generations. Jamaluddin said students should use their abilities positively and optimally for bringing the country on a par with developed countries. He said the government wanted to ensure provision of educational facilities in the urban areas, which were neglected in the past. The commissioner praised teachers for organising extracurricular activities, which, he said, encouraged students to become good human beings.

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BSO working hard for Development in Education

Noshki : Education Sector is about to fall down as due to lack of facilities, Number of Schools and Colleges seems like ruins and BSO is working hard to save Education Sector.

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Teacher’s Rights and Demands are not Same

Many Teachers Organizations are working on their personal agenda and they never raise voice for the rights of Teachers  in fact they are fooling the teachers, Public and System said by Teachers Federation.

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Moving forward: 10 development schemes approved

The District Development Committee (DDC) on Monday approved 10 development schemes costing an estimated Rs27 million. The decision was taken in a meeting presided by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Manan, Finance EDO Irfan Ahmed, Planning DO Hafiz Naseer Ahmed, Budget DO Ghulam Hussain Gondal and Education EDO Zafar Abbas. The meeting approved provision of filtered water at Nawaz Sharif Degree College at an estimated cost of Rs2.3 million, a centre for disabled children near Rehmatul Alemin Park at a cost of Rs9.5 million, renovation of Additional Superintendent of Police house at a cost of Rs0.6 million, construction of a road from Kot Momin, Bhabra bypass to Abadi Allah Bakhsh at a cost of Rs1.8 million and rehabilitation of a road from Chak34 to Chak 37.

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Girls clinch top positions in BA, BSc exams

Girl students clinched top positions in the annual BA and BSc annual examination results announced by the University of Malakand here on Monday. According to the results, Saba Sohni of government girls` degree college, Thana Malakand, got first position in BSc, obtaining 475 marks, Wareeda Nawab of government girls` degree college, Dargai stood second with 459 marks and Bakht Zada of government postgraduate college, Timergara became third with 456 marks. In BA, Saba Gul of government girls` degree college, Joligram got 395 marks and stood first in BA, while a private candidate, Noorul Huda, bagged 394 marks and stood second and Ms Haseeba of government girls` degree college, Joligram secured third position with 387 marks.

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Govt issued notices on Aitchison College admissions policy, board of governors

Lahore High Court once again issued notices last week to the Punjab government and others for August 27 on a writ petition challenging appointment of the board of governors of Aitchison College and change in the school’s admission policy. Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza issued the order on a petition filed by Sarah Khan and some former Aitchisonians. The counsel said the board of governors had not been appointed in accordance with merit. He said 19 people were appointed to the board, including Dr Sardar Ali Sadiq, son of the National Assembly speaker, Advocate Mustafa Ramday, son of Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Umar Saif, Syed Babar Ali and Dr Pervez Hasan.

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Committee to recommend uniform rules in Sindh varsities

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad constituted a committee on Monday to submit its proposals for implementing uniform rules and remunerations in the public-sector universities of Sindh within a month. Sindh Madressatul Islam University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh has been appointed as chairman of the committee, which has Mehran University of Engineering and Technology VC Prof Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili, Sindh Agriculture University VC Prof Dr Memon Mujeebuddin Sahrai and Additional Chief Secretary Education Dr Fazalullah Pechuho as members. The terms of the reference of the committee included examining existing allowances and benefits allowed as well as studying the possibility for uniform rules in all universities of Sindh.

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Education - the most powerful weaponby Shahid Shah

In our part of the world, education is something that is inaccessible to a major part of the society. This is not only due to the unavailability of schools in many areas but also due to lack of awareness regarding the importance of education. Also, the literacy rate in the coastal areas of Sindh province is very low, as parents believe that their ancestral profession, like fishing, is more important than acquiring education.  11-year-old Rabia is happy to get education at the community school of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), a civil society organization, in the coastal village Rehri Mian. She is enthusiastic about studying and regularly attends the community school of her own will; however, she is unclear about her goals. Even though there are many girls like Rabia who want to acquire education, many families do not consider it as a priority. According to Tahira Ali, chairperson of Nari Development Foundation, female literacy rate is very low in Rehri village while the situation has greatly improved in Ibrahim Hyderi, which has an estimated population of 120,000 people.

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