FEB 20 2014

More than a dozen political parties are expected to pledge across-the-board commitment to improve the education sector in Sindh on Thursday

More than a dozen political parties are expected to pledge across-the-board commitment to improve the education sector in Sindh on Thursday

The leaders will be part of an event being organised by Alif Ailaan, which claims to have been working to put education at the forefront of public discourse on Pakistan, with particular reference to Sindh.The leaders who are likely to attend the programme include PPP stalwart and provincial education minister Nisar Khuhro, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Faisal Sabzwari, Imtiaz Sheikh of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, Dr Arif Alvi of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, PML-Nawaz lawmaker Irfanullah Khan Marwat, Ayaz Palijo of the Qaumi Awami Tehreek, Jamaat-i-Islami’s Dr Mairajul Huda Siddiqui, Awami National Party Senator Shahi Syed, Qadir Magsi of the Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz Sanan Khan Qureshi, Sindh United Party’s Syed Zain Shah, the Awami Jamhoori Party’s Abrar Kazi and Sindh Education Secretary Dr Fazlullah Pechuho.

Complete Story: https://www.dawn.com/news/1088123/education-conference


Two Summaries Forwarded to PM to wave off 30% cut in the non-development budgets for health and education

Two summaries have been forwarded to the prime minister to wave off the 30% cut in the non-development budgets for health and education in the ongoing fiscal year as an austerity measure in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is currently looking after 424 educational institutions from the primary to the postgraduate level and the number of students, according to CADD estimates, is around 210,000.During the last two financial years, from 2011 to 2013, a 20% cut was imposed on non-development budget and purchase of physical assets was banned. The ban seriously affected the teaching and learning process as all educational institutions badly needed the budgeted money for 2013-14, the summary stated. The incumbent government increased the cut from 20% to 30% on July 1, 2013

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/673952/unjustified-austerity-of-tight-belts-and-penniless-health-education-systems/


Baligh ur Rehman pays surprise visit to BESC schools

 Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman carried out surprise visit of Basic Education Community School (BECS), Trimna village, Chattar and Muslim Colony Kachi Abadi, Islamabad. The minister expressed his satisfaction on running of non-formal schools in backward areas. He asked questions from the students and teachers to assess the educational abilities of the students, said a press release. He also met the community members and sought their feedback on the performance of these schools. Baligh-Ur-Rehman appreciated the commitment and hard work put in by the teachers and staff of BECS, despite the difficult conditions. He assured the students and teachers of BECS of his support and reiterated that the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government is fully committed to the cause of education and will leave no stone unturn to provide education particularly to the backward areas to ensure social equity.

Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/general-news/158730.html



Malala Urges Support for Syrian Refugee Children’s Education

Malala Yousafzai urged the world on Wednesday to help Syrian refugee children receive a proper education. The Malala Fund is already teaming up with Save the Children to build a new school and expand an existing one for the refugees in Jordan, home to more than 500,000 Syrians who have fled the war in their country.Amman has said it will award Malala the King Hussein Leadership Prize for her courage and efforts.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1088240/malala-urges-support-for-syrian-refugee-childrens-education


Literature Festival to be Open to Public

The Lahore Literary Festival, opening on Friday, will be hosting more than 60 sessions over three days. The organizers of the festival had initially announced that some sessions would be ticketed. The LLF Advisory Committee for this year then said that all sessions would be open to the public. Official figures from LLF 2013 indicated that almost 30,000 people had attended the festival last year and the organizers said they were hoping for a larger turnout this year with as many as 100 Pakistani and foreign panelists participating. Additional features this year included art exhibitions, music and other literary activities.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/673999/literature-festival-to-be-open-to-public/


HEC Plans to Set Quality Standards for Affiliated Colleges

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has finalised a draft of minimum quality standards manual for affiliated colleges. The manual also contains guidelines for carrying out the college assessmentThe main focus is to improve quality of education and discourage trend of opening fake, substandard and bogus institutions in which students have been wasting their time and resources, it has been learnt. According to official statement issued by the HEC, as many as 10 principals and 18 experts from quality enhancement cells of universities attended the meeting in Islamabad. The manual was finalized after incorporating suggestions and recommendations of experts. Once approved by the HEC authorities, the manual will be used as a tool for performance evaluation of colleges affiliated with universities in Pakistan.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1088189/hec-plans-to-set-quality-standards-for-affiliated-colleges


Maladministration Hampers Teachers’ Recruitment in Chakwal.

Maladministration of the higher education authorities of Punjab has hampered the educator’s recruitment in Chakwal where the education department needs Rs138.840 million to pay salaries to teachers recruited in 2013. Punjab Government has started recruitment process of educators in BPS 9, 14 and 16 in the province. It announced 600 vacancies in Chakwal district but the fund starved Education Department of Chakwal is not able to get 600 teachers recruited. Despite the fact that the district administration stated clearly to the higher authorities in Lahore that it could not recruit new teachers as it does not have funds, the higher authorities forced it to begin the recruitment process at any cost. On the other hand parliamentarians of Chakwal district have also their share in worsening the problem. Obsessed by the popularity instinct the local MPs of Chakwal got 123 schools upgraded during the previous regime but neither the new buildings were constructed nor new teachers were recruited which added to the missing facilities.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1088192/maladministration-hampers-teachers-recruitment


Women MPs to Discuss Education, Maternal Healthcare

A three-day dialogue between women parliamentarians of Pakistan, United Kingdom and Afghanistan will start today in Islamabad.The dialogue is being organised by Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in collaboration of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA-UK Branch) with an aim to foster bilateral relations between the women MPs besides strengthening their role in legislatures and broadening understanding of issues impacting women across their respective countries. During their stay in Islamabad, the women MPs will discuss the issues of education, maternal healthcare and socio-economic development.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1088195/women-mps-to-discuss-education-maternal-healthcare


10 million children are out of school in Punjab: Mehmood ur Rasheed

MPA of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Mehmmod ur Rasheed said that there are still 10 million children who are out of school in Punjab. It is very unfortunate that we have made targeted changes in our curriculum. He was talking to Hamid Mir in Geo News programme Capital Talk.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/02-20-2014/pindi/page16.asp


CM Gilgit Baltistan agreed to re-interview 780 teachers of GB

Chief Secretary Education, Younus Daga wins the fight as CM Gilgit Baltistan agrees to re-interview 780 teachers. This interview will decide the fate of the teachers and failed teachers will be sacked from their posts.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102103792&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140220




Corruption in Education Sector (Opinion: Ajmal Hussain)

The Op-Ed discusses rampant corruption within Pakistan, particularly in the education sector. According to Transparency International(TI) “Pakistan is gone through with the loss of more than Rs 8.5 trillion (US$ 94 billion) in corruption, tax evasion and bad governance during 2008 to 2013”. The Op-Ed emphasizes the effects of this corruption in Gilgit, Baltistan where it has threatened society and ultimately humiliated the lower class from the front line, abusing the merit and educational standard. The article thereafter calls for the need for accountability by government institutions and the improvement of responsibilities of stakeholders such as the executives, judiciary, watchdog agencies, public service, civil society, media and private sector. In addition, it calls for the strengthening of financial accountability and raising of awareness along with conducting high profile prosecutions to those criminals who are committed in any sort of corruption.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=234207