MAY 16 2014

Free and compulsory: stakeholders skeptical of Education Ordinance

LAHORE: As the Punjab government prepares to implement Article 25-A of the Constitution intended to ensure free and compulsory education, stakeholders are skeptical about the law’s success. The ordinance also requires private schools to provide 10 per cent of their students with free education from grade one to 10. The ordinance also takes into account teachers’ duties, which includes assessing learning abilities, maintaining punctuality and discipline. The Punjab Teachers’ Union will hold a protest outside the National Assembly in at the end of May against the ‘continuous victimisation’ of teachers.

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Private schools in Turbat, Panjgur shut after threats

QUETTA: All private schools in Turbat and Panjgur suspended their activities after receiving threats from an extremist group. “The group had hurled threats about three weeks ago and after that some private schools were attacked by unknown people,” the sources said. The Adviser to the Chief Minister on Education, Sardar Raza Mohammad Bareach, assured the house that the government would take all steps to restore educational activities in private schools in Makran division.

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Minister for culture of quality education

ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Baligh-ur-Rahman has said that Pakistan needs graduates from its higher learning institutions who are not only thorough professionals but also possess a good character and ethical values. He reiterated his Government's commitment to increase budget for education in the coming years. "We must remember that only those countries are progressing in the world, which are building their economies on the basis of knowledge.

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School blown up in Mohmand

GHALANAI: Unknown miscreants blew up a government primary school for boys in Kung area of Khwezai tehsil of Mohmand Agency, officials said on Thursday. Sources said that some miscreants had planted an explosive device at the building of government primary school for boys in Kung, which exploded with a bang and completely destroyed the building. No loss of life was reported. However, the school record was damaged.

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SPARC tells sorry tale of children’s rights

ISLAMABAD: Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) launched its annual State of Pakistan’s Children 2013 report on Thursday highlights the dismal state of children’s rights and child protection in the country. According to the report Pakistan is far from reaching its health-related Millennium Development Goals 2015 and education related Education for All (EFA) goals. Throughout 2013, both the education and health sectors remained marred by inadequate resources, corruption and a dismal state of service delivery.

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Education in Pakistan

Cheating has become so common that both the merit and the talent are in sheer decline and we have become a laughing stock for the world around. It has rendered our degrees as worthless and our educated candidates are re-assessed for admissions or jobs abroad. In my opinion, the basic reason behind this nuisance in our country is wide spread corruption. I must say, our government should be blamed for all this, because it has always given a low priority to education.

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