The government is still grappling with the devolution of the subjects of the former education ministry devolved to various departments under the 18th Amendment in 2010. The ministry has been demanding control of 22 bodies related to education which were handed over to different ministries and divisions following the devolution. A committee meeting of federal secretaries on Thursday once again deferred the request by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training till the next meeting. All four points on the agenda were about the transfer of devolved functions to either the education ministry or the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Division. Some secretaries argued against switching control of the bodies, “lest it should open another Pandora’s box,” while others favoured handing them over to the ministry after taking the provinces on board.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has extended the Tameer-i-School Programme (TSP) to the entire province following encouraging participation of philanthropists in its pilot stage to ensure availability of missing facilities in government schools in five districts, according to officials. Under the programme, which was launched three months ago, the philanthropists, well-to-do families and donor agencies take responsibility for providing missing facilities in government schools of their choice. The programme, earlier launched as pilot project in five districts, including Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan, Nowshera, Mardan and Abbottabad, has now been extended to the entire province, deputy director Elementary Education Foundation (EEF) Hameedullah Shah told Dawn. As pilot project launched in five districts about 122 schools were selected for provision of facilities such as construction of additional classrooms, boundary wall, computer labs, washrooms, water supply schemes, etc.
Alif Ailaan organized a meeting on education with the journalists
Under the banner of Alif Ailaan, an education campaign, a meeting was arranged with the journalists of Tehsil Dina (District Jhelum). Journalists of the Tehsil actively participated in that sitting and discussed education problem in their Tehsil.
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PITB compiling games to make learning fun
The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is compiling a DVD containing games about basic education concepts to make learning fun. The games employ simulations, animations and assessment tools for basic mathematical equations, chemical reactions and human and frog anatomy. The DVD, being developed under PITB’s eLearn. Punjab initiative, is titled “Teaching with Games”. It aims to offer digitised content and supplementary learning resources for students and teachers. Launched in January, the eLearn. Punjab initiative aims to provide online learning and interactive tools, including e-books, on science subjects for grade 9 and 10. The board also offers assessments, simulations and animations related to learning content on its website. The PITB has now compiled hundreds of interactive games on various subjects, including mathematics, biology and chemistry from more than 10 different developers, such as KScience and Sheppard Games.
Decision still pending on promotion of 1079 teachers
1079 teachers of 16th grade are waiting for their promotion across Punjab. These SSTs were to be made headmasters and subject specialists but no notification has still been issued for their promotions. Secretary Education Punjab has called a meeting to issue notification of these promotions.
10,000 free education vouchers have been issued to deserving students
Punjab Education Foundation has issued 10,000 vouchers of free education to 10,000 poor students. By the virtue of these vouchers, these poor students will be able to receive free education till matric in the partner schools of Punjab Education Foundation. These vouchers have been issued to the students of districts Rajanpur, D.G.Khan and Muzaffargarh.
USEFP provides equal opportunity to remote areas’ talented students
Executive Director, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Ms.Rita Akhtar has said that the foundation was providing a noble opportunity to the talented Pakistani students to get education at the US colleges and universities. In an interview with APP, she said Pakistan has rich and huge talent and the USEFP felt proud in supporting its education sector.
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Re-allocation policy: Rawalpindi teachers decide to move court
The Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Rawalpindi chapter has decided to approach the court against the provincial education department’s re-allocation policy. Under the policy, each section — primary, elementary and higher — will have one teacher for a class of 40 students. Teachers said that under the 40:1 ratio, schools which have less than 40 students per class will get fewer teachers. They said that the policy, if implemented, will increase the workload of teachers.
Dutch Higher Education Policy Refocuses on Quality
When the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was deputy minister of education, from 2004 to 2006, the government was committed to the so-called Lisbon Strategy, which aimed to make the European Union a competitive knowledge economy. One goal was that half of the union’s labor force should have had higher education by 2010.
Eighty Pakistani students all set for their voyage
A group of 80 scholarship winners, bound for the United States to pursue masters degrees, gathered for a pre-departure orientation on Friday evening. The event was hosted by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) at a private hotel. While congratulating the students, USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar said, “The USEFP is pleased to be able to help talented Pakistani students like you, achieve admission to US colleges and universities. US colleges and universities welcome Pakistani students as they add to the already-rich diversity in the classroom.”
Appalling education system by Ayesha Nayyar
Education is the most productive sector for any society as it opens new spheres for the people to distinguish between things in different magnitudes. A nation cannot properly comprehend national aims and goals if the majority of people remain uneducated. Article 25-A promises free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of five to 16 years. The idea behind the promise, whether it is seen in the language of rights or is seen in more functional terms as a public good argument, is to provide opportunities to all children so that they can develop their prospective fully.
Education apartheid by Dr Shahnaz Khan
The word apartheid became well known when it was used in South Africa to discriminate against non-Europeans. Its most vicious aspect was the Bantu Education Act. Frances Baard, an activist, summed up its impact, “[The] Bantu Education Act was to make sure that our children only learnt things that would make them good for what the government want[ed]: to work in factories and so on; they must not learn properly at school like the white children. Our children were to go to school only three hours a day, two shifts of children every day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so that more children could get a little bit of learning without government having to spend more money. It was a terrible thing.”