JUNE 3 2014

Budget for education to be increased to 4pc of GDP

ISLAMABAD: The federal government is currently spending a mere 2 per cent of the GDP on the education sector which will be increased to 4 per cent by 2018. Besides highlighting the challenges the education sector faced, the Economic Survey 2013-14 expected a 2.7 per cent increase in the enrolment to 42.2 million in 2013-14 compared to 41.1 million in 2012-13. The report said that basic and college education in the country is facing various challenges. It said that a framework development was required initiative taken by federal and provincial governments to achieve given targets.

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Govt allocated 4% more funds for education as compared to 2012-13

ISLAMABAD: The federal government had allocated Rs 59.28 billion for education during the fiscal year 2013-14 against last year Rs 57.03 billion with an increase of 4.0 percent, reveals Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14. The government had initiated a number of projects for the expansion and development of Basic and College education including National Book Foundation (NBF) Head Office Building, Phase-II Islamabad, with an estimated cost of Rs 6.684 million.

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Punjab nudges up as the rest of the country stagnates

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s literacy rate in 2012-13 went up by two per cent, but closer analysis shows that the entire education system was effectively piggy-backing on Punjab’s successes.

The statistics on education were part of the Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14 on Monday at the Planning Commission. According to the report, the literacy rate among the people aged 10 and above at the national level was 60 per cent last year as compared to 58 per cent in 2010-11. Province-wise comparison reveals that Punjab leads with 62 per cent, followed by Sindh 60 per cent, Khyber–Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) at 52 per cent and Balochistan at 44 per cent. The literacy rate for Islamabad is 86 per cent.

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Budget proposals: AJK urged to allocate more for children

MUZAFFARABAD: Rights campaigners have demanded increased budgetary allocations for child welfare and girls education for the fiscal year 2014-15 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). “There is a need to strengthen routine immunisation with more vaccinators and a strong monitoring and accountability system, especially in far-off areas. There are 4,188 primary schools in AJK, only 1,866 of which are for girls. Similarly, of the state’s 14,972 primary school teachers, only 6,903 are women.

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Teachers in Punjab too should be given free medical facilities: Teacher Union

RAWALPINDI: Punjab teachers demand, they should be upgraded as the teachers in Islamabad. Moreover, their pay scale should be revised and adhoc allowances to be added to basic salaries. Hence, their salaries should be increased to at least 50 per cent in the next budget. And teachers in Punjab also should be provided free medicals facilities in private hospitals.

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Telephone calls panic teachers

ISLAMABAD: As many as 1,000 teachers, whose appointments were declared illegal by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on May 29, on Monday received telephone calls that they had been sacked. Moreover, they were asked by some of their colleagues to arrange Rs10,000 each so that a lawyer could be hired to seek a stay order from the court. However, Joint Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Rafiq Tahir said there was no plan to terminate any teacher from service.

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Bajaur students without books

Showing concern over the slow process of distribution of free textbooks to students, the political administration of Bajaur Agency directed the officials of local Education Department to step up efforts for early provision of books to the students of state-run educational institutions in the region. Speaking on the occasion, the political agent showed resentment over delay in delivery of free textbooks to schools. He said that students and their parents have been complaining since long about unavailability of free textbooks in the agency's schools but the Education Department did nothing to resolve the issue.

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Second shift students want PM scholarship

PESHAWAR - Dozens of tribal students belonging to various educational institutions on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the government for ignoring the second shift students in the Prime Minister Scholarship Programme. Talking to the media, the protestors said that the scholarship was not dispatched to certain departments of the public sector universities.

They said the university administrations told the tribal students belonging to Bajuar Agency that they were not eligible for the PM scholarship programme without citing any specific reason.

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0.1m students to get laptops on June: Maryam

Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Maryam Nawaz Monday said the government intends to provide laptops to 0.1 million students of the country in June this year.

Addressing “Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas” at Governor House, she said education is top priority of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has initiated “Fee Reimbursement Scheme” for deserving students of less developed areas in a bid to facilitate them to continue their higher studies. She said under the scheme the Prime Minister would pay the fee including admission fee and library charges of deserving students up to Rs. 40,000, adding that she will add boarding and lodging charges of FATA students in this scheme.

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