Optimal use of education budget demanded
Experts at a seminar on Thursday urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to prioritise promotion of education, especially by ensuring provision of free education to all children and optimal use of budgetary allocations for education sector. They also called for provision of better educational facilities at grassroots level. The seminar on ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education budget’ was organised by the Alif Ailaan at the Peshawar Press Club. Noted among panelists were Sajjad Changaizi of Alif Ailaan, Umar Orakzai of Network, Fakhar Alam of Mohmand Community for Education and Development, lawyer Ijaz Mohmand and Mohsin Khan. In his presentation, Changaizi highlighted the dismal condition of education sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said around 22 per cent government schools in the province lacked basic facilities.
Gender inequality major hurdle in access to education
Inequality in education remains a reality across the world, especially in terms of gender. While the situation in developed countries has significantly improved, the underdeveloped and developing countries still face considerable gender gaps in access to education and learning. Idara Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA) Research and Programme Coordinator Ayesha Bilal, while sharing a presentation on “Evidence on girls’ education: challenges of implementation in emergencies/conflict” brought forward the diverse gender gaps in education, which were perpetrated by conflict, most severely in the province of Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) according to ‘The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), Pakistan’.
Institute of Business Administration’s (IBA) teachers and students have come up with a model to transform lives through education; a model so successful that it has prompted education minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro to ask the institute to implement it in public schools. The announcement came on July 19, and Khuhro wants them to ‘re-enact the transformation’.
Educationists devise new curriculum for grade 5 to 8
The Pakistan People’s Party has promised in its election manifesto to revise the curriculum being taught in all levels at public schools. True to its promise, the Sindh government had earlier revised the curriculum for class one to four. A meeting on Thursday, presided over by the provincial minister for education and literacy, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, discussed key points for the new curriculum which is to be taught to public schools from class five to eight.
School owners to choose between fines or donations
Private school owners are being forced to pay specific amounts as donation for the temporarily dislocated people of North Waziristan or pay fine. On Tuesday, private colleges and schools affiliated with the Multan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) received SMSs from Rana Tehseen, focal person for the donation collection centre of temporarily dislocated people, that they needed to submit donation amounts so that the government helps the people of Waziristan. When contacted, Tehseen admitted he had sent messages and that another message would be sent to school owners next week. He said a letter (240/ASG) dated July 8 had already been dispatched from the office of the Multan BISE to private schools. He said a fine would be imposed on those who fail to submit the amount or cheque for the displaced people.
Education complex for poor children
Awami National Party’s general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that Rashid Shaheed Foundation (RSF) will set up an education complex in Nowshera to provide free education to the poor children. He said that RSF, set up in the memory of his slain son, had nothing to do with politics and was established solely for the poor students of his hometown Nowshera. Mr Hussain was speaking to a gathering at the tomb of his slain son on his fourth death anniversary on Thursday. After losing his only son Mian Rashid Hussain on July 24, 2010, the former information minister with the support of philanthropists had established RSF about two years ago. Despite threats to his own life, Mr Hussain boldly continued his political activities besides promoting the cause of RSF.
FATA reading festival to start from Khyber Agency
Step back Karachi Literature Festival, hush Lahore and Islamabad, and make way for the tribal areas’ first literary festival. Khyber will be the first of the agencies to host one, post September. The director for the National Book Foundation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Murad Ali Mohmand, told The Express Tribune on Wednesday that the progress of a ‘Books on Wheels’ project in Islamabad and other cities has given the organisation hope that a similar initiative could possibly work in K-P and the tribal region. The Books on Wheels project was conceived by the National Book Foundation to promote reading, said Mohmand. The response from students and scholars emboldened them to take the project to K-P and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
Boys took lead in Intermediate Annual Examination 2014 of the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) of Punjab. All nine boards of the province announced the names of the position holders of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examinations on Thursday.
Girls outshone boys by clinching all three top positions in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi (BISER). The BISER announced the position holders’ result on Thursday, while the overall result will be announced on at 10am on Friday.
Pakistan ranks 146 on UN Human Development Index
Pakistan is ranked at 146, the same spot as last year, among the 187 countries in UN's 2013 Human Development Index (HDI)'s annual rankings, a position even below its former eastern wing - Bangladesh, which is placed at 142 and Nepal at 145. The HDI rankings is worked out by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income. Bangladesh was tied with Pakistan at the 146 spot last year. In other South Asian nations, India ranked 135, one step up from last year, while Sri Lanka rose to 73, a big rise from last year's 92, Maldives, 103, up one step, and Nepal rose to 145 from 157. Bhutan finished at 140, up four steps.
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Student volunteer force formed to help IDPs
Law, Education and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Mashood said on Monday the provincial government had formed a volunteer force to help gather donations for the internally displaced people (IDPs) of North Waziristan. “The Shahbaz Sharif Volunteer Force has been formed in educational institutions of the province for accelerating the assistance and rehabilitation of the IDPs,” Mashood said. He was chairing a meeting of the nine boards of intermediate and secondary education of the province. The meeting was held at the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education building. The minister discussed the steps being taken by the government to collect funds for the IDPs.
The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has ordered the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to retrieve hostel and sports facilities of the Islamabad Model College for Boys, H-9, from the possession of Pakistan Baitul Maal (PBM). CADD Minister of State Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Thursday chaired a meeting at the division where he directed the FDE acting-Director General Rafiqe Tahir to submit a report on the college hostels in Islamabad that are either abandoned or in control of other organizations within a week.