Speakers rue lack of media role in education
Low enrollment rate, poor quality, lack of accountability and absence of discourse are the key problems being faced by the education sector of Pakistan and the same could not be solved without the active participation of all the segments of society especially the media, according to the consensus made at a workshop held on education and journalism here on Saturday. "A survey report has revealed that 24 percent children between 5 16 years of age in Bahawalpur have no access to schools. The survey was launched by the Annual Status of Education Report. There is dire need for improving the accountability, media coverage of the educational issues and consensus on provincial-level educational policies by engaging the media, legislators and educationists," the workshop participants said.
Pakistan has slipped in many of its agreed millennium development goals (MDGs), which it had set out to achieve by 2015, and is poised to miss key targets related to human development, panellists at a conference said on Monday. The government needed to be more active to achieve the goals, they said at the conference on the Current Status of Millennium Development Goals in Pakistan. The Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) had organised the conference under its AAWAZ programme. Of 48 indicators set by the United Nations, Pakistan had committed to meeting 33 indicators relating to poverty, maternal health, HIV, primary education and gender disparity among others.
Leaps in education sector
EDUCATION and learning system have received a very high precedence and priority during the time of the present Government of PML-N regime with all aspects, which cover primary, secondary, college and university education, have been equally looked after. This is evident from the proliferation in the number of schools, colleges, universities, technical institutes, language institutes, technical and vocational training centres and skill development centres all over the country.
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Punjab aims 100pc literacy by 2016
Government of the Punjab has set a target of achieving hundred percent literacy rate in the province till 2016 under Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progamme. Forty thousand additional class rooms will be constructed in the public sector schools to accommodate millions of additional number of students in this process. This was disclosed by the Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan while addressing to the stone laying ceremony of a new academic block, an IT Lab and a staff room at Government Girls High School Sodiwal Lahore on Monday.
Teacher’s appointment against administrative posts sought
Rejecting the appointment of chairmen of Textbook Board and Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Malakand, the representatives of different teachers associations asked the government to appoint qualified teachers against administrative position in education department. Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa College Teachers Association provincial president Prof Nasrullah Khan Yousafzai said that professors and highly qualified teachers should be appointed as chairmen of BISE, Higher Education Regulatory Authority (HERA) and textbook board.
Student from Bajaur wants his distinction acknowledged
A brilliant student hailing from Bajaur agency has appealed to governor Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan to acknowledge his academic achievement as he was reportedly ignored in the past.
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Letters to editor
Girls’ education in Panjgur
Sir: The female students in Panjgur, one of the most literate districts in Balochistan, have recently been attacked by an organization, Tanzeem-ul-Islami Furqan. All the private institutions have been threatened to drop female students. Teachers who have opposed this new group have also been targeted. In addition to this, several institutions have been burnt down.