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Nelson Mandela rightly said that education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. Education is utterly empowering and the key to unlock the doors of freedom. It’s quite a relief to see that people nowadays are gradually realising that education is a dire need. One can see schools opening up in almost every other area in the major cities making basic education easily available to the inhabitants. And also the level of studies in these private schools is fairly up to the local standard. More over media and other nonprofit organisations are playing a positive role...

Teach for Pakistan

Nelson Mandela rightly said that education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. Education is utterly empowering and the key to unlock the doors of freedom. It’s quite a relief to see that people nowadays are gradually realising that education is a dire need. One can see schools opening up in almost every other area in the major cities making basic education easily available to the inhabitants. And also the level of studies in these private schools is fairly up to the local standard. More over media and other nonprofit organisations are playing a positive role...

Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings launched: It's time to fix our education system: Khawaja Asif

The PML-N government believes that if we fail to reform our education system for over 60 years, this is the time to fix it, said Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Defence, at the launch of the Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015. The Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015 is the third edition of the annual in-depth assessment of the state of education in the country, prepared in partnership with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and covers all 148 districts, agencies and frontier regions of the country. According to the report, Punjab...

Education sector – deep crisis prevails despite progress

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Punjab continues to provide superior govt school infrastructure to its students and highest learning outcomes in the country

A deep crisis prevails in the education sector despite mild improvements while major work is needed to improve the quality of education, reduce gender parity and increase enrolments, a report released on Thursday said.

The findings were revealed in the Pakistan District Education Rankings for 2015 released by Alif Ailaan in partnership with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The report covers all 148 districts, agencies and frontier regions of...

Education: where do we stand?

Not only are teachers not available in sufficient numbers, there is also no system of regular training. Teacher absenteeism is also common  

All political parties in Pakistan agree in principle that education is the basic human right of every child. In their election manifestoes, they place education in their priority lists but nothing has ever been done. Pakistan’s Constitution also declares it an obligation of the state to educate all children without any discrimination. Article 25-A of the Constitution says: “The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of...

Balochistan governor calls for teaching in local languages

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QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai has called for introducing syllabus in local languages for improving the standard of education in the country.

Speaking at the 5th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference here on Monday, the governor said poverty and ignorance were major causes of uncivilised attitude of people.

He said the primary education in Balochistan was based on one teacher and one room school system which must be changed to improve the standard of education in the province.

Also read: War on language

Mr Achakzai said as compared to other Saarc...

Education for All

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Heera

We are still way off the mark

 

Last week the Education for All Global Monitoring Report was launched. It looked at how 164 countries across the world had performed after committing to six education goals in the ‘Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments’ framework at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in the year 2000. On Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015, the review report was launched in Islamabad and an “Education for All 2015 National Review” summed up Pakistan’s part of the tale.

The report identifies a shortage of schools in...

Teacher Certification and Licensing: A step towards quality education in Pakistan

Teacher Certification and Licensing: A step towards quality education in Pakistan

 

 
Published: April 27, 2015
ISLAMABAD: 

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Undoubtedly, pupils’ alarmingly low learning levels reflect on the quality of the national education system and their teachers. Though the list is not exhaustive, some of the key issues related to the quality of existing teachers in Pakistan stem from systemic gaps such as a politicised system of recruitment and deployment; irrational teacher educators’ deployment in teacher education institutions; insufficient resources and...

Pakistan Must Act On Failure In Education Report Card

The Desire to Learn

The desire to learnwriter

Rafia Zakaria

 

“EDUCATION Revolution in Punjab is just round the corner.” These words were spoken by the chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, at an event held at Aiwan-i-Sadr on March 23, 2015, to inaugurate the enrolment season in the province. It is not all that the esteemed minister had to say; he also made note of the fact that education was crucial in fighting extremism in the country and that “practical efforts were needed instead of hollow slogans”. “Education,” he emphasised, “is the only way to steer the country out of problems and...

Pakistan nowhere close to reaching 2015 education goals: UN

PARIS - Pakistan, Yemen and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa were nowhere close to meeting their 2015 education goals, a UN said on Thursday in its annual report.The intergovernmental organisation gave a third of the world's countries a passing grade for efforts to provide universal basic education, but said most governments had failed on a pledge made 15 years ago.In 2000, 164 countries had agreed at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (Unesco) World Education Forum to ensure basic education for all by 2015. But in its latest annual report, the UN...

Pakistan nowhere close to reaching 2015 education goals: UN

PARIS - Pakistan, Yemen and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa were nowhere close to meeting their 2015 education goals, a UN said on Thursday in its annual report.The intergovernmental organisation gave a third of the world's countries a passing grade for efforts to provide universal basic education, but said most governments had failed on a pledge made 15 years ago.In 2000, 164 countries had agreed at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (Unesco) World Education Forum to ensure basic education for all by 2015. But in its latest annual report, the UN...

Education Disaster

 

The story goes back to the year 2000 when 1,100 participants from 164 countries assembled in Dakar (Senegal) for the World Education Forum.

The Dakar moot set for itself the goal of ‘Education for All’ and underpinned it with six specific targets to be achieved by 2015. Unesco stepped forward to monitor progress on these goals annually.

Thus an independent team was constituted and the Global Monitoring Report was born. GMR 2015 was launched last week and summed up the achievements of countries in the education sector.

The score card is not too inspiring. The key finding is...

Our flawed education system is deeply rooted in the history of the subcontinent

 

Zia-ud-Din Barani, author of Tarikh-i-Firoz Shahi and Fatawa-i-Jahandari represented the disapproval and resentment of the privileged class in his writings, in regard to the intelligent lower classes being appointed at high administrative positions on merit.

He argued that lower caste Muslims should only be educated in basic religious teachings that would make them good Muslims. They were not allowed access to higher education. In the works of Barani, higher education for common people was like putting pearl and diamond necklaces around the necks of swines and dogs.

His contempt...

Technology making life simpler

 

In Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi the Suzuki FX is seen on the roads as the ideal taxi due to its efficient fuel consumption, but in Peshawar the car serves a different purpose. Parked inside a small room before a wide screen, with overhead projectors, the 1982 model has taken on the role of teaching people how to drive at a safe distance from the road.

The fully computerized driving system at the Traffic Police Driving School Peshawar Cantt, established on December 12, 2008, by the traffic police, is the first of its kind. It was initially proposed by Senior Superintendent of...

Robocup

 

After successfully holding the FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil is now all set to conduct another international football championship; this time for robots.

A team of seven Pakistani students from Centre of Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) Islamabad will leave for Brazil on Friday, to participate in the international robotics competitions, also known as RoboCup. The event will take place in Joao Pessoa city from July 19 to 25.

Brazilian embassy issued a press release announcing the participation of these seven students in the competition. It said that around 3,000 students,...

‪Child labour in Distrct

 

 

 

Education is a crucial component of any effective effort to eliminate child labor. Children's participation in the labor force is endlessly varied and infinitely volatile, responding to changing market and social conditions. This context is matched by the flexibility of the large, unprotected, potential child labor force. Poverty and social exclusion, labor mobility, discrimination and lack of adequate social protection and educational opportunity all come into play in influencing child labor outcomes.

Experience shows that a combination of economic growth, respect for...

100 percent literacy rate?

 

The Punjab government launched an enrollment emergency campaign this year, which aims to enroll 3,998,000 out-of-school children between the ages of five and sixteen.

However, the situation on ground looks grim due to a severe shortage of teachers in various primary schools in Taxila tehsil.

A survey of primary schools in Taxila and the Wah Cantonment has found that there are 53 boys’ primary schools, most of which are located in rural areas.

Within these 53 primary schools, there are a total of 235 sanctioned posts for primary school teachers, of which 204 are filled and 31...

Disappointing budget in real terms

 

The government has been claiming that it has given importance to education sector and that the education budget has been increased but in reality it seems to be a game of figures.

In real terms, the federal education budget, announced on June 3 has been decreased by over Rs1 billion. If inflation is accounted for then it is important to note that the education budget has been decreased by 11 per cent.

Due to this, it seems that the allocation of four per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for education will remain a distant dream.

It is pertinent to mention that an estimate of...

Broadband broadening education

 

Education holds the key to helping countries grow and meet their development agendas. 

Instead of looking at education from a narrow spectrum and confining it within four walls- a broader vision is required. Parallel to education policy, a road map to spread broadband is also needed, which has taken centre stage as a promoter of education and learning.

As an enabling force for sustainable development, today, broadband internet has taken the centre stage in empowering people with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to lead a fulfilling and productive life.

Broadband...