Rankings reveal state of education in Pakistan second annual education rankings of 146 districts in the country
The second annual education rankings of 146 districts in the country show that Islamabad Capital Territory is the best performing region in terms of overall standards of education, followed by Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). According the report, unveiled on Thursday by Alif Ailaan, in terms of primary schools, the top-scoring districts are mostly from Punjab. In contrast, the top scoring areas in terms of middle school performance were nearly all districts from Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK (see table 2). In the provincial scores, Sindh had improved its ranking while Khyber Paktunkhwa had slipped a few places. Fata, unfortunately, remains at the bottom of the list. Under the ranking system, each province, territory, district and agency is scored on a scale of 0 to 100. According to Alif Ailaan, data is collated from various official sources on enrolment, literacy, learning outcomes, gender ratios and survival rates.
Literacy rate of Pakistan is 69.70 percent with Punjab at the top
As the literacy rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa dropped 2 percent, Punjab is leading this category with 79.21 percent. It shows that Punjab has been succeeded in its policies to increase the literacy rate while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s policies are not bearing the fruits. Islamabad is the district that tops in the education rankings of a non-government organisation.
An annual report released by a non-governmental organisation here on Saturday showed dismal conditions of Pakistani children suffering in every aspect — ranging from education and health to sexual assaults they suffer, particularly girls. The report titled “The State of Pakistan’s Children-2013” prepared by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) was formally launched at a hotel. In his keynote address at the launch, Javed Jabbar, former federal minister and prominent media analyst, said that Pakistan was the first country that convened a world leaders’ summit 24 years ago for children in which leaders of 74 countries showed up at the venue in the United Nations. Similarly, he added that Pakistan’s first women’s bank was established in 1989 — 24 years ahead of a similar bank established in India.
Educating women in Pakistan
Despite millions being invested in education all year round, numerous still exist in Pakistan who do not believe in women being educated. The majority living in the rural areas feel that there is no point in educating their girls, since at the end all they are responsible for is looking after their households. The question that remains is: Who will change this school of thought? Girls in Pakistan have to face numerous social issues when deciding to study or pursue a career. One of the more frightening things is those living in rural areas, especially those in the North, don’t send their girls to school claiming that it is prohibited by Islam. This, I personally feel, is a severe misinterpretation on part of those who do not completely understand what Islam teaches us.
The impact on education
What must it feel like to have armed men burst into your classroom and tell you that what you’re studying is forbidden under Sharia? How much worse is that feeling than the realisation that your state is unable — or unwilling —- to keep you safe from such intimidation while you pursue your education? Sadly, students in Panjgur, Balochistan, have had to answer these questions in recent weeks following threats and attacks against private and co-educational schools and English learning centres. The Tanzeem-ul-Islam-ul-Furqan, a previously unknown group, has been circulating written threats against schools with female students and teachers, warning against “vulgar, Western” education.
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Over 3.4m people visit PEF website
MORE than 3.4 million people from Pakistan and across the globe have visited the official website of Punjab Education Foundation,www.pef.edu.pk, till today. In a handout issued on Sunday, a PEF spokesman said the website of the foundation had been designed to foster public understanding about public private partnership model of education. PEF also uploads results of quality assurance tests and advertisements/tenders on its website for the benefit of the interested people, the spokesman added.
Govt mulls abolishing tax exemption
The government is mulling to eliminate tax exemption to the foreign private educational institutes in the upcoming budget 2014-15. Sources informed that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has moved the proposal of eliminating tax exemption on the foreign education institutes in Pakistan to the Finance Ministry for approval. "The FBR has recommended that all educational institutions which are not non-profitable organisations should be taxed", said a senior official of the FBR while talking to The Nation. Similarly, the government had already considered another proposal of levying a 15 percent withholding tax on Pakistani educational institutions having branches abroad.
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Market-oriented education called for
In today’s most competitive and challenging world the younger generation of the country should be imparted market oriented education. Mohammad Siddique Memon Chairman of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) at Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University on Friday said, “SMI University fully understands needs of the hour that is why, it has established TV and radio studios and modern computer labs that surely will help students especially the students of media studies to get practical experience over here”. Visiting Jinnah Museum, Television and Radio Studios, Computer Section and other departments of the university Memon said SMI has grown over times, where many new additions had made it a marvelous institution of the country. He said the greatness of the SMI University was its association with Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who studied over here.
Bad teacher: Student beaten for ‘taking a sick leave’
A teacher at a girls’ school has allegedly beaten a student and fractured her arm. Naseer Ahmad, a spokesman for the Chiniot education EDO’s office, said the EDO had taken notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry. “A committee has been constituted to probe the matter. It will be supervised by deputy district officer (DDO) and if the teacher is found guilty in the light of the inquiry report, action will be taken against her,” he said. Shamim Bibi, mother of the student, told The Express Tribune that her daughter, Nasira Parveen, was a third grade student at Government Primary School.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has informed the Senate that the national regulatory body will lose effectiveness and functionality if provincial higher education bodies were allowed to be set up. This came in reply to a question from Senator Syeda Sughra Imam about the current status of the provincial higher education commissions and their effect on higher education, research and innovation.
What must it feel like to have armed men burst into your classroom and tell you that what you’re studying is forbidden under Sharia? How much worse is that feeling than the realisation that your state is unable — or unwilling to keep you safe from such intimidation while you pursue your education?
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“I was caught under Section 23A for possession of an illegal weapon,” said Khizr Rahim, one of the 24 students at the English Language Centre, which along with the Sadequain School of Fine Arts and Computer Lab opened in District Prison Malir on Sunday, while writing carefully in his four-lined exercise book. “Attending classes here I hope to do something worthwhile with my time in jail. Learning English seems like a very good option as I too will be considered a respectable person and hold my head up in society after being released one day,” he added.
Though the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government always boasts about its ‘achievements’ in the field of education, including the opening of four new universities and three medical colleges, non-fulfillment of basic requirements in some faculties has not only put a question mark on their effectiveness but also caused frustration among the students and their parents.
Makran schools’ closure
EXTREMISTS’ hatred of education — especially girls’ education — is nothing new in Pakistan, as the bombing of hundreds of schools by militants in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the past few years shows. What is alarming, though, is the fact that the obscurantists’ war on education seems to be spreading to other areas. As we write this, private schools and English language centres in Balochistan’s Panjgur and Turbat towns have been shut for over a week. Threats issued by a hitherto unknown Islamist group caused the owners and administrators to take the drastic step. The Tanzeem Islami al-Furqan — not a known entity in the plethora of extremist groups that operate in this country — reportedly distributed leaflets in the Makran region railing against ‘Western’ and female education.
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Importance of books reading, libraries highlighted
Speakers at a function here highlighted the importance of book-reading and stressed the need for establishment of public libraries and information resources centres to create knowledge among the coming generation about rich-Pakhtun culture and history. The function was held under auspices of Peshawar Uplift program at Saalim Khan Khalil library in Hayatabad, Peshawar in which additional secretary social welfare KP, Roohullah Khan was the chief guest.
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School building blown up
Terrorists blew up a government school building in Mohmand Agency on Saturday. No casualty was reported because no one was present in the building when the incident took place. The school building was, however, completely destroyed in the attack. Terrorists have so far destroyed 126 schools, mostly primary schools for girls, in the area while attacks on security forces are also common.
Educational institutes to close for summer from June 7
The educational institutes would close for summer vacations from June 7. A notification has been issued in this regard by the CAD. According to the notification, the federal government run educational institutions would close for the summer vacations from June 7 till August 10. Meanwhile, the Punjab government is mulling to close their educational institutes from June 10 instead of June 1 as previously announced. The review in date is being made due to non intensity of heat. The final decision would be made next week.
Most of junior classes in FDE schools without books
The federal capital’s 400 schools are set to conduct first-term’s exams next week yet most of the students of the junior classes are without books and necessary reading material, it has reliably been learnt. As summer vacations are starting from June 8 in all the schools being run under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the schools are making self-arrangements for first term exam, which is usually conducted before the summer vacations.
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No career counselling mechanism for KP students
Not a single educational institution in Khyber Pakhtunkwa was career counselling for own students. Lately, a group of 12 motivated students from different colleges and universities launched a campaign to create awareness among students of how to make the right career choice
25 per cent colleges in Pindi district without heads
The seriousness of the Punjab government towards promotion of education can be gauged from the fact that over 25 per cent colleges in Rawalpindi district are without heads. In the absence of regular principals, additional charge holders are running the affairs of the institutions, Dawn has learnt. “Without a captain, how a team could provide the desired results? Same situation is in our colleges,” says a senior professor, who wished not to be named. According to rules, a grade 19 associate professor is eligible for the post of Degree Colleges Principal. However, in Rawalpindi district more than 25 per cent colleges are being run by lectures, assistant professors or professors on temporary basis.
170 dilapidated schools a threat to students' lives
After collapse of a classroom’s roof that left six injured here, the executive district officer (education) has confirmed that more government schools’ buildings were in dangerous condition. The Education Department has shifted Govt. Boys Primary School Sanghey, Pasrur to the only room of a farmer’s house in village Sanghey after the sudden collapse of the school’s classroom.
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A report entitled "Pakistan District Education Rankings, 2014" taken out by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute together with Alif Ailaan, shows education standards vary widely between provinces. Punjab is far ahead of others followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while Balochistan is the worst performer. Punjab's top ranking is unsurprising in view of the special emphasis the provincial government has been laying on popularising education and improving quality at different levels. Although Sindh gets the second place in overall ranking, Karachi appears at number 40 among the country's 146 districts - a rather shocking ranking for the cosmopolitan centre. In the case of KPK, the report notes that despite the government's commitment to improve education it lags behind because of gender disparities and poor learning outcomes. Balochistan, having suffered from years of neglect by the federation and corrupt local politicians, has done poorly with 1.76 million children in that sparsely populated province staying out of school.
Computer education by Dr. Khalid Iqbal Yasir
Computer education has been started in the government schools a long ago but we could not see the sufficient change in computer proficiency of students. These government institutions also have a quota system for the computer classes and if somebody gets admission he or she cannot learn the skills they are supposed to lean. On the other hand, there re private institutions for computer education who are very expensive and cost fee from Rs. 40,000 to 100,000 per month.
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