JUNE 30 2014

Neglected sector: ‘54% children in Bahawalpur are out of school’

Bahawalpur district is at the 35th place among 36 Punjab districts when it comes to the school enrollment rate, participants of a seminar on education were informed on Sunday. Alif Ailaan, a non-government organisation (NGO), had organised the seminar in Bahawalpur. Education experts, journalists and leaders of major political parties attended the event. Wajahat Ali, the Alif Ailaandistrict coordinator, said 54 per cent of children in the district were not enrolled in schools at the primary level. He said 45 per cent of the enrolled students were forced by their parents to quit education on account of various reasons. “The government allocates 2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for education. However, almost half of these funds are not utilised ever year,” Ali said.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/728920/neglected-sector-54-children-in-bahawalpur-are-out-of-school/


Education necessary for country’s progress

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah on Saturday said no government could achieve its goals without considering the education as its top priority. The government should utilise all available resources to increase literacy rate in the country. He said that the best investment of any nation was to focus more on education and make every one educated in the present era of science and technology. He said that the incidents of extremism and terrorism in the country were also a main reason to lack of education.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-31252-Education-necessary-for-countrys-progress



NAB seeks anti-corruption themes in curriculum

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to seek help from provincial education departments and textbook boards for inclusion of anti-corruption themes in school curriculum. “We want to create awareness among young generation about the menace of corruption and its prevention,” NAB spokesman Ramzan Sajid said on Sunday. He said the decision had been taken at a meeting held to review the bureau’s awareness and prevention activities being carried out across the country to fight corruption. It was presided over by NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry. If the plan succeeds it will be the first time in the country’s history that lessons about corruption will be taught at the school level.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1115959/nab-seeks-anti-corruption-themes-in-curriculum



Teachers demand promotions

The local chapter of Subject Specialist Association has demanded of the provincial government to finalise promotions of school cadre officers and issue a notification to this effect without any delay. The demand was made at a meeting held here on Sunday with association’s District President Taj Muhammad in chair. Among others General Secretary Tarikullah and office holders of the organisation were in the attendance. Speaking at the meeting the teachers’ leaders said that provincial rulers made tall claims to bring reforms in education sectors but they failed to implement their vision and agenda in the last one year.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/30-Jun-2014/teachers-demand-promotions


2.2 million children are out of school in the province: CM Balochistan

70% of people living in Balochistan are living under poverty line and 2.2 million children are out of school in the province, said chief minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch. We need to change this situation as early as possible, he added.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/06-28-2014/pindi/pic.asp?picname=640.gif


Proposal to levy GST on private schools deferred

The proposal to levy GST on private schools that are charging more than Rs 5,000 fee per student has been deferred until next budget, said Provincial Minister for Finance, Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman at a conference held by All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association at Hamdard Conference Centre on Sunday. He made these comments while answering question of representatives of Private Schools who criticised the government for what they called unjust taxes. The representatives criticised the ordinance according to which all private schools which are charging more than Rs 5,000 fee per student will have to impart free education to 10 per cent of enrolled children.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/lahore/30-Jun-2014/proposal-to-levy-gst-on-private-schools-deferred


Primary level education will be handed-over to private sector: Shavaiz Khan

Government is serious about resolving the issues of education and we are seriously thinking about handing-over primary level education to private sector, said Shavaiz Khan, Member National Assembly.

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Islamabad edition, Page No. 3, 28 June 2014.


Conference of provincial education ministers will be called in few days

Muhammad Ahsan Raja, federal secretary of education, has said that a conference of provincial education ministers will be called in next few days to overview and improve the status of education in the country. Federal Board will also be revamped on modern lines, he added.

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Students await help

Apparently there are two reasons why a student cannot chase his dream for education: lack of educational institutions and severe economic hardships. Unfortunately, the Baloch students are facing both of these problems simultaneously. Anyone who knows even a little about Balochistan and the plight of its people can understand my arguments without any effort.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/30-Jun-2014/students-await-help


SSC result: Impressive scores…but it’s only the first step

The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Friday announced the result for the Secondary School Certificate. Of the 57,420 regular candidates who appeared in the exam, 52,084 candidates were declared successful, a ratio of 90.71 per cent. While of the 20,119 private and former candidates, 7,815 candidates passed the exam with a pass percentage of 38.84. The overall average pass percentage of all regular and private candidates stood at 77.25 percent. In the science group, Hamza Siddique of Army Public School and College, Bahawalpur Cantt, clinched first position by obtaining 1,031 marks out of 1,050, while Miral Saleem of Fazaia Inter College, Lahore Cantt stood second by obtaining 1,030 marks and Ammar Khawar of Army Public School and College Sargodha Cantt, secured third position by obtaining 1,029 marks.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/728126/ssc-result-impressive-scoresbut-its-only-the-first-step/





Militants blow up two schools in Mohmand


Militants blew up two government schools and a solar-powered tube well in Mohmand Agency in the small hours of Saturday. Residents said that unidentified militants had planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the government primary school for boys in Mateen Kor area, government primary school for girls in Shano Ghundo area, and a solar-powered tube well in Darwazgai area of Ekkaghund tehsil. They said that the IEDs went off with a bang early on Saturday morning, destroying all the three buildings.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1115881/militants-blow-up-two-schools-in-mohmand



Learning initiative: After English language course, Lyari youth ready to take on the world

When Adeel Hayat, a 22-year-old resident of Aath Chowk, Lyari, was offered an opportunity to participate in an English language and peace-building training initiative, he did not really believe it would serve to be a life-changing event.On Saturday, after a span of six months of participation, the ambitious graduate was, however, able to articulate his ideas before an audience of several hundred at the Pak-American Cultural Center (PACC). He now believed that through better employment opportunities and community service, the youth have the power to bring a real change in the impoverished and strife-hit neighbourhood of Lyari. The speech was a part of the graduation ceremony comprising 175 young boys and girls who had completed the rigorous six-month ‘English Learning Programme for Peace’, especially designed for the youth of Lyari by the PACC in collaboration with the Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI). The programme was free-of-charge and the participants were provided a transportation facility by the KYI.

Complete Storyhttp://tribune.com.pk/story/728884/learning-initiative-after-english-language-course-lyari-youth-ready-to-take-on-the-world/


Local solutions: ‘E-Abbottabad aimed at providing education services

To introduce best practices of technology use in the sectors of education, health, agriculture and good governance, Pakistan Institute of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Development launched the ‘E-Abbottabad’ project on Saturday. The ceremony was held at Jalal Baba Auditorium with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Ali Khan Jadoon, former provincial law minister Ali Afzal Khan Jadoon and members of civil society in attendance.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/728464/local-solutions-e-abbottabad-aimed-at-empowering-youth-women/


Pakistan institute of teachers education will be built in Islamabad

Government is committed to improve the status of education in the country and Pakistan Institute of Teachers Education will help in this pursuit, said Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Member of National Assembly from Islamabad.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-06-28&edition=ISL&id=1142767_75965540


Compilation of seniority list of 1646 teachers has been approved

Rawalpinidi Education Department has approved the compilation of seniority list of 1646 SST teachers of the district. A committee has been formed in this regard and SST teachers have been advised to submit their documents.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2014-06-28&edition=ISL&id=1142438_48290630


Country’s future linked to vocational education

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the provincial government has evolved an unprecedented public welfare and revolutionary programme in the form of the biggest budget of the province for the next financial year.He said that record funds of Rs345 billion had been allocated for development schemes in the new fiscal year, out of which Rs119 billion would be spent on the uplift and progress of South Punjab due to which a new era of development and prosperity would usher in the region.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-31275-Countrys-future-linked-to-vocational-education


GEC merged into Girls Elementary College

The Government Elementary College (GEC) has been merged into the Girls Elementary College, Islamabad, despite protest by the teachers and students. Punjab Education Secretary Abdul Jabbar Shaheen has issued notification in this regard.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/29-Jun-2014/gec-merged-into-girls-elementary-college


Pakistan fails to make place among top 100 universities of Asia

Despite heavy investment in higher education sector during last 14 years, Pakistan failed to make its place among top 100 universities of Asia. The Times Higher Education (THE), one of the most prestigious ranking agencies worldwide, revealed its ranking of ‘Asia’s Top 100 Universities 2014.’ The ranking carried quite a few surprises as there were losers and winners across Asia. As expected, Japan led with the top university in Asia (University of Tokyo) followed by Singapore (National University of Singapore) and Hong Kong (The City University of Hong Kong). Japan had the largest number (20) of 100 top ranked universities in Asia, but for the first time ever, 20 universities from China were able to make it to the top 100. South Korea was third with 14 universities and Taiwan with 12 universities.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-258627-Pakistan-fails-to-make-place-among-top-100-universities-of-Asia





Adoption is an option  by Irfan Muzaffar

The participants of the national conference on education, held immediately after independence in November 1947, thought of Pakistan as a modern, enlightened, and democratic Islamic state. They regarded free and compulsory education essential for the security and wellbeing of Pakistan. They resolved to introduce free and compulsory primary education for a period of 5 years to be gradually raised to 8 years. However, they also realised that the government would be unable to finance this undertaking. They recommended to the government to levy a special education tax to raise the finances needed to finance education expansion.

Complete Story: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/education-adoption-option/#.U7D8FrHGlf0


Education department and political interference by Yousuf Abbasi

Under rationalization policy in Punjab, the surplus non-teaching staff of the school will also be transferred and merged into new schools. This allow political interference in these transfers and new appointments of the non-teaching staff.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102293221&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140630


Education for all but not for Hindus by Muhammad Noor ul Huda

In our country people talk about the rights of minorities but nobody actually cares about their rights. Different surveys show that there are many educational institutes for the Christian minority of the country but Hindu minority is deprived of its basic right of education.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102291956&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20140629


Revamping of education system is need of hour by Syed Muhammad Tayyab

No singal person in our country can ignore the importance of education and our religion also stresses upon acquiring education. But, unfortunately, we have wasted 67 years of our independence and did almost nothing to improve deteriorating situation of education.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-06-28/page-15


Education, health and basic facilities by Raja Tahir Mehmood

According to Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14, the literacy rate in Pakistan is 60% but 6.7 million children of 5-9 years are out of school. 39% boys while 46% girls don’t go to schools in the country. Punjab is the province with highest percentage of school going children where this percentage is 93.

Complete Story: Daily Pakistan, Islamabad edition, Page No. 11, 28 June 2014.


What is wrong with pedagogy in Pakistan? By Muhammad Omer Iftikhar

Pedagogy (the art of teaching) is not something that the education sector of Pakistan embraces happily or at all. Most of the teachers are unaware of it and those who know do not follow it because no one else seems to understand it. In reality, it is the science of teaching — enabling the teachers to impart education to their students in an effective, insightful and practical manner. Where teaching seeks to educate, pedagogy facilitates the teachers in bringing excitement, thoughtfulness and curiosity in their lectures. Applied correctly, pedagogy has the power to bring students to their classrooms, broadens their mental horizon, and simplify learning. Pedagogy makes teachers understand the concept of learning, which itself assists the teaching process.In Pakistan, teachers do not follow any method of teaching and simply follow others' footstep

Complete Story:  http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/30-Jun-2014/what-is-wrong-with-pedagogy-in-pakistan