JUNE 12 2014

92 % of child domestic workers want to go to school

According to the findings of the study, 92 per cent of the children expressed a desire to go to schools, while 67 per cent shared that they had dropped out and started working due to poverty. In 39 per cent of cases, employers were providing basic education or skills training, and also helped girl servants monetarily when they reach marrying age. On the other hand, 48 per cent of employers complained that the CDWs were either stealing money or food, and would disappear without informing them. The research also indicates that salient features of domestic child labour carry serious concerns in terms of potential psychosocial impacts which may be temporary or long lasting. The study recommends establishing a workable and reliable framework while taking into consideration the grievances of employers as well as CDWs. “The dormant and ineffective legislation needs to be revisited to safeguard the rights of the CDWs as well as the employers, establish clear penalties for exploitation, and define minimum wages and allowances, besides defining maximum working hours and weekly off.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/720513/child-domestic-workers-overworked-underpaid-and-abused/


Primary education had been totally neglected in the budget: Nafeesa Khattak

Highlighting the significance of education, Nafeesa Khan Khattak regretted that the education sector particularly primary education had been totally neglected in the budget. Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the government had failed to address the electricity crisis. He said electricity should be provided to consumers at cheap rates in order to check pilferage.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/720635/debate-on-budget-wb-okays-580m-for-dassu-dam-says-dar/


Reconstruction of quake-damaged schools top priorty: Abbasi

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi on Wednesday said reconstruction of schools, damaged during the devastating earthquake of 2005, was government’s top priority. Talking to a delegation of notables of the Union Council Goreeni of Laura Circle at his chamber Abbasi said that he would work to resolve issues of his constituency. He said that during one year, they have initiated many projects and schemes including roads,schools and also established NADRA office at Laura to facilitate the masses at their doorstep. Murtaza Javeed Abbassi assured the people of Goreeni of solving the problems of electricity, roads and hospitals.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=244166



Minister assures increase in educational budget

Khyber Pakhtun-khwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan has said there will be a substantial increase in education budget in coming financial year. Addressing the launching ceremony of a study conducted by the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability, the provincial minister stressed the need for improving literacy rate, women’s education and quality of education at primary and secondary levels. The minister said the incumbent government had announced education emergency but added that the allocated fund for education in the outgoing financial year was not spent properly due to some bureaucratic hurdles and the concept of consultancy. He said more funds would be allocated in the upcoming budget wherein added attention would be given to girl education.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-255553-Minister-assures-increase-in-educationa



Punjab will increase the education budget by Rs. 3.5 billion

509 government schools will be built in the underdeveloped districts of the province. 19 billion rupees will be allocated to school education department of Punjab.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-06-12&edition=ISL&id=1113251_53025474


Punjab education department punish union leaders

Punjab education department has decided to take stern action against the leaders of Teachers’ Unions. These leaders will be punished for raising funds for their unions and protest against the education department.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-06-12&edition=ISL&id=1112946_67474611


Madarsa Education Board has become inactive

The department of religious education has been transferred to provinces under 18th amendment of the constitution. Board has lost its legal position after 18th amendment.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102263293&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140612

Unilever and Schools Education Department Punjab to drive health, hygiene awareness through schools

Unilever Pakistan Limited and the Schools Education Department, Punjab have signed a Joint Declaration recognizing the need to drive health & hygiene awareness through school curriculum.The Declaration was signed during the inaugural Unilever Sustainability Conference 2014, which highlighted Unilever’s progress in creating a healthier Pakistan. Over 2,000 children die every day as a result of diarrhoea caused by unsafe water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene. These deaths are preventable and Unilever is committed towards creating a bright future by improving hygiene practices as part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. This Plan aims at making sustainable living commonplace through initiatives in areas of health & hygiene, enhancing livelihoods and reducing impact on environment.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-255590-Unilever-and-Schools-Education-Department-Punjab-to-drivehealth-hygiene-awareness-through-schools


Funds released for salaries of teaching interns

After waiting for over eight months, the college teaching interns on Wednesday got the good news that the Punjab government has released funds for their salaries. “Today, the Higher Education Department of Punjab informed me that funds have been transferred to the District Accounts Office Rawalpindi. After fulfilling minor formalities in a few days, the interns would be paid their salaries,” said Professor Humuyun Iqbal, the director colleges Rawalpindi. He said through an email all the college principals had been informed about the development. In September last year, the Higher Education Department Punjab hired hundreds of fresh graduates for a period of nine months as teaching interns to fill the vacant posts. They were appointed against Rs15,000 per month salary. Under the programme, 191 teachers were appointed for the colleges in Rawalpindi. “Today, I’m happy but can’t forget those eight months when I literally had to beg loans from my colleagues to run my house,” said a young teacher. He said when he joined the college expectations of his family were very high.

Complete Story: https://www.dawn.com/news/1112132/funds-released-for-salaries-of-teaching-interns


Govt serious in providing education to youth in less developed areas: Pervaiz

Keeping up with its tradition of facilitating the students and making them aware of the options they have for their education, Jang group organised yet another ‘The News Education Expo’ for the 7th time in a row. The much-awaited ‘The News Education Expo 2014’ opened its doors to the students seeking their educational options offered at the local and international universities. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Parvaiz Rashid inaugurated the education expo along with management of Jang Group. Speaking on the occasion, information minister said it is very encouraging to see that Jang Group always takes the initiative and gives answers to the questions and queries of the students seeking admissions. “The education expo provides all the relevant information under one roof. By conducting such education expos, Jang Group is facilitating our future leaders who are the strength of our country. It is a very well organised event that would surely go a long way in shaping the future of the students,” he added.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-255597-Govt-serious-in-providing-education-to-youth-in-less-developed-areas:-Pervaiz


Punjab Education Foundation will increase the stipend of students

Board of Directors, Punjab Education Foundation, has approved the increase in the stipend of students of middle and secondary classes of partner schools in Punjab. We are providing free education to 1.5 million children in the province, said Deputy Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation, Suleman Anwar.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102262552&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140612




Budget and education department by Javed Intizar

Although it’s the responsibility of state to provide free and compulsory education to children but, like all other departments of the country, state has failed in providing the education to its children. Increase in the amount of  education budget is not what was expected before the budget session of parliament. Parliament and government should be blamed for this bleak situation of education in the country.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-06-12/page-15