JULY 3 2014

500 teachers transferred

Following a major reshuffle by Rawalpindi’s education department this Wednesday, over 500 schoolteachers were transferred within the district. The teachers have been transferred from their current positions to serve at new schools after summer vacation.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1116731/500-teachers-transferred


IDPs relief: Canada donates $6.7m for feeding schoolchildren

Canada has donated US$6.7 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support its nutrition and school feeding programmes and other relief activities for the internally-displaced population of North Waziristan. The contribution will enable the Rome-based organisation to run its school feeding programme without a break in food supplies until December 2014, supporting more than 200,000 students in nearly 1,200 schools in six agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/730411/idps-relief-canada-donates-6-7m-for-feeding-schoolchildren/


VCs of KP varsities unhappy with HEC’s ‘biased attitude’

There are around 14 public sector universities in the federal capital that consume a major chunk of the budget allocated for the public sector universities. However, only one of them – Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) – has been observing the quotas of the federal government, when it comes to admissions and appointments. This was noted in a meeting of the vice chancellors (VCs) of universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1116715/vcs-of-kp-varsities-unhappy-with-hecs-biased-attitude



HEC awards 2,528 foreign, 4,108 indigenous scholarships

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded 2,528 foreign and 4,108 indigenous scholarships to various scholars in the last five years, said an official of Ministry of Education Training and Standards in Higher Education Talking to this agency, he said the HEC has sent 4,204 scholars abroad and also extended financial assistance to 8,178 students under different need based programmes in last five years.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-259566-HEC-awards-2528-foreign-4108-indigenous-scholarships


SCC Part I results today

The result of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Matriculation Part I examination of 2014 session will be announced on Thursday, July 3. 

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1116728/scc-part-i-results-today





The upside-down pyramid by Kamila Hayat

We have all probably, at one time or another, seen a toddler stack one of those pyramids consisting of a rod and triangular or circular pieces to string onto it, in the correct order of size. When this order is not achieved, the pyramid will look untidy or unbalanced. And of course no pyramid will stand steadily if it is placed on its conical head, rather than its broader base. This is something we all know. But yet, in the very crucial sector of education, we have tried to build an upside-down structure; one that can only tilt over and fall down. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-259562-Pakistan-lags-far-behind-other-South-As 


Education road map   by Aaron Benavot

Pakistan has a heavy task ahead of it: new UNESCO figures show that the number of out-of-school children in Pakistan has stagnated since 2009. This follows news by the EFA Global Monitoring Report showing that Pakistan also suffered the second largest cuts in aid to education of any country in the world in the last two recorded years. Pulling these two stories together, it is starkly evident that some donors are pulling their aid to education just when it is most needed.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1116594/education-road-map


Pakistan lags far behind other South Asian nations by Jamila Achakzai

While blaming poor quality of education for the overall slow economic development in South Asia, the World Bank insists Pakistan lags far behind other countries in the region on schooling access.

 In the first comprehensive study done to analyse the performance of South Asian educational systems in terms of student learning, the World Bank said that the poor quality of education in South Asia, as reflected in low learning levels, trapped many of its young people in poverty and prevented faster economic growth and more broadly shared prosperity.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-259562-Pakistan-lags-far-behind-other-South-Asian-nations


Teaching methods in Pakistan by Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

The term pedagogy is considered an alien term among the education sector of Pakistan because most teachers are unaware of the science of teaching and those who know it, do not follow it because no one seems to understand it. Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching. In reality, it is the science of teaching – a concept enabling the teachers to impart education among their students in a thoughtful, effective, and practical manner. Where teaching refers to educate, pedagogy facilitates the teachers in bringing excitement and curiosity in their lectures. If applied correctly, pedagogy has the power to attract students to their classrooms, broadens their mental horizon, and simplifies learning.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=246125