11.3 per cent gals out of school
Gender inequality remains an unfortunate reality in Pakistan as 11.3 per cent girls in Pakistan are out of school. According to 2013 report of Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), gaps in learning outcomes for girls at a national level are strikingly low as compared to boys, as only 40 per cent girls can read at least sentences in Urdu/Pashto/Sindhi in comparison to 46 per cent boys. Similarly only 43 per cent and 38 per cent girls can read at least English words and do basic subtraction respectively. Some 17.3 per cent girls are out of school in Balochistan and 15.4 per cent girls are out of school in Sindh. This leaves a large gap in issues of access, quality and learning outcomes for girls. To throw light on the current statistics on education for girls and the challenges being faced by them in conflict areas in Pakistan, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and Oxfam GB in collaboration with young activists and civil society members organised a seminar titled: 'Her Right To Education: Ensuring Quality Education for ALL Girls.'
IDPs to be relocated as shelter schools to resume regular classes
The internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), already facing humanitarian challenges are bracing for another, one involving their accommodation in the wake of the upcoming resumption of classes at over one thousand schools where IDPs families are sheltered, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The federal and provincial government authorities and the international humanitarian partners are finding it hard to arrange the alternative accommodation where the IDPs are to be shifted to, on account of the end of summer vacations in the schools on August 31, official sources told Daily Times. The KP Education Department has asked the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) to make arrangements for shifting the IDPs to other locations, citing the preparatory arrangements required to be made in the schools in KP the IDPs families are sheltering in, mainly in Bannu, the sources shared.
Use of ‘unfair means’ up by 15pc in SSC exams
Cases of unfair means witnessed an increase of over 15 per cent in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examinations 2014 held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi. The results announced on Friday also showed a dismissal performance by government schools as none of them in the Rawalpindi district could figure in the top 12 positions. The overall pass parentage remained 61. This year, the board detected 47 cases of cheating against 38 last year. “No doubt this year the unfair mean cases saw a slight increase, but this is a positive development which shows we didn’t give any relaxation to the cheaters,” said Arslan Cheema, the BISE spokesman. He said the unfair mean cases were being investigated by the discipline branch of the board.
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Matric results once again highlight shortcomings of public schools
Public schools continue to disappoint for the nineteenth successive year as the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced Matric results on Friday. The Government Delhi Boys Secondary School won top position in 1995 but since then, no public school has been able to bag the top position. The day otherwise brought an end to the anxious wait of 160,679 Matric science and general group students who sat their exams in April this year. Around 70 per cent of the science group students and 55.1 per cent of the general group students passed the exams as the BSEK, for the first time in its history, announced the results for both groups on the same day. To honour the top three position holders, a ceremony was organised by the board at its conference hall, which was presided over by BSEK chairperson Fasihuddin Khan.
66.94pc pass out SSC
All nine boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education in the province have announced the result of Secondary School Certificate (matriculation) Annual Examinations 2014. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Friday announced the result at a ceremony held at Alhamra Hall with overall pass percentage of 66.94. Provincial Law and Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan was the chief guest on the occasion, while Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Sumbal, BISE Lahore Chairman Nasarullah Virk, Controller Examinations Anwer Farooq and other senior officials were also present. Overall, 187,335 applied for the examination while 185,753 candidates appeared in the examination, out of which 124,343 passed the examination. The overall pass rate was 66.94 per cent.
Private school girls grab top positions in Pindi SSC exams
The female students of private educational institutions grabbed top three positions, as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi (BISER) announced results of secondary school certificate (SSC) annual examination 2014 on Friday. According to details, Nimra Mumtaz of The Munir Public School, Chakwal, bagged the first position by scoring 1067 marks. Aateqa Hashmi of Siddiq Public School, Rawalpindi, with 1,057 marks got second position and Yusra Bint-e-Hafeez of Divisional Public School, Rawalpindi, grabbed the 3rd position by obtaining 1,054 marks. A total of 119,000 students appeared in the annual examination and out of them 62,293 were declared successful with the overall pass percentage remained at 61.16. This was announced by Controller BISER Dr Umer Farooq at a ceremony held at the auditorium of Government Asghar Mall College here on Friday.
Samosa seller shines
Muhammad Rizwan, a student of matriculation who hails from a poor background bagged second position in the matriculation (Humanties Group boys) examinations of Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. Rizwan secured the position in the examination despite the work he had to do for earning his bread and butter and bear his educational expenses. The samosa seller, whose father is a security guard, appeared in the examination as a private candidate. At the prize distribution ceremony, Rizwan told media that he had almost given up on his education due to his circumstances but the media inspired him to resume his studies. He said that he attended his school in morning while working in evening.
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Lucky Lakki girls
Girl students have outclassed boys in the annual HSSC examination held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Bannu this year. Controller of Examination Professor Muhammad Zahoor Khan announced results at a function held on the premises of educational board on Friday. BISE Bannu Chairman Professor Muhammad Ishfaq Khan, Secretary Raj Muhammad Khan, position holder students and their parents, educationists and heads of educational institutions were in the attendance. Zahoor said that 27,663 students appeared in the higher secondary school certificate examination out of which 20,437 were declared successful with the overall percentage of 74. He said the students of pre-medical group grabbed the overall top three positions.
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Installation of biometric system in schools postponed till March,2015
To ensure the attendance of teachers in public schools, government of Punjab decided to install biometric system in all the public schools of the province. This system was supposed to be installed in the schools in current fiscal year but it has now been postponed till March, 2015 due to shortage of funds.
New KP organisation to promote technical education
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has established a new autonomous organisation Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) for promotion of technical and vocational education in the province. Known industrialist Engineer Nauman Wazir has been appointed as its chairman while other members of the Board of Directors have also been named. The Employment Exchange has also been made subservient to the new authority, while the directorate of public sector institutes of technical education and manpower has been abolished and its powers and employees will be transferred to the new authority.
For this purpose, directives have been issued for finalisation of legislation in this regard till August 8, 2014.