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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.

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Educating women in Pakistan

 

People 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, do not send their girls to school claiming that it is prohibited by Islam....

Private schools shut indefinitely

 

All private schools and English-language centres in Panjgur district of Balochistan have been closed for an indefinite period following an ultimatum by a militant outfit opposed to co-education and Western-style learning.

 

The armed group, Tanzeem-ul-Islam-ul-Furqan (TIF) warned all private schools imparting co-education and Western education to immediately shut down. The schools were closed on May 13 for an indefinite period.

 

On May 13, the outfit made a blatant show of power as four of its armed men intercepted the van of Major Hussain Ali, the head of a private school in...

Money over education ?

 

The people of Chawinda, Pasrur Tehsil have unearthed an alleged scandal whereby free textbooks given by the Punjab government to the Government Girls Primary School Chawinda No 2 were being sold to a local scrap dealer.

The government had provided these textbooks to the school for distribution among the students for free. The aim was to promote education and encourage students to come to school where they would have access to free textbooks. Sadly, the school management, including the headmistress and staff decided to sell them to a local scrap dealer illegally.

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Uniformity of education

 

Textbooks of around 15 different publishers are currently being taught in private schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which is contrary to the provincial government’s repeated claims of bringing uniformity in the government and private schools’ education system.

The Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Department was caught unaware when its officials were asked whether the textbooks of different publishers being taught in the private schools were in accordance with the existing curricula or not. The officials said that the textbooks being taught in private schools were yet to be...

Ghost schools in Balochistan

 

The menace of ghost schools and teachers has assumed alarming proportions in Balochistan, according to Chief Minister’s Adviser on Education Sardar Raza Mohammad Baraich.

“Teachers use political pressure to get the postings and transfers of their choice,” he said at a ceremony organized jointly by the provincial government and UNICEF in connection with the school enrolment campaign.

He said his office was thronged on a daily basis by political personalities and other influential people who seek posting of teachers at their favorite schools. This leaves most of the schools...

Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Bill

 

The Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2013 that may bind the government to ensure education to children aged 5-16 years in the province has been consigned to cold storage, and there is no indication of having it passed from the Punjab Assembly in the near future.

Sources say the bill had been passed by the Punjab cabinet in its previous tenure and consequently presented before the Punjab Assembly. However, the assembly was dissolved after its five-year tenure. Since then, there seems no progress on the subject. Only Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood had in February...

Low-fee private schools

 

 

“The real issue is not just plain enrolment…it’s the quality of education. Once enrolled in schools, what happens to the children? What do they learn there?”These were some of the questions raised by Tahir Andarabi. He is the co-founder of the Centre for Economic Research Pakistan.

He was addressing the opening session of a conference on harnessing the potential of low-fee private schools, at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Tuesday. The conference was organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Students Enrolment Campaign 2014

 

Hundred percent enrolment of children in schools will be ensured in the province by May 31, 2016 under the enrolment campaign, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 at the Chief Minister’s office on Wednesday.

The chief minister said that education is the only way for eliminating poverty and unemployment, achieving progress and prosperity of the country as well as the goal of self-reliance. He lamented that education sector was badly neglected in the past and a huge loss was caused to the country in...

Social importance of education

 

Education has a great social importance especially in the modern, complex industrialized societies. Philosophers of all periods, beginning with ancient stages, devoted to it a great deal of attention. Accordingly, various theories regarding its nature and objective have come into being. Let us now examine some of the significant functions of education. 1. To complete the socialization process The main social objective of education is to complete the socialization process. The family gets the child, but the modern family tends to leave much undone in the socialization process. The...

Why PiTeach will help Pakistan?

Why PiTeach will help Pakistan? Government schools in Pakistan provide students with extremely poor quality of education. This 3 minute documentary sums up the state of schools in Pakistan. Access to correct material online will ensure that the children are learning the right content rather than depending solely on teachers similar to the one shown in this video. Teachers in most of the government schools are poorly paid and that demotivates them in their job. They are usually under-qualified and are unable to teach the students correctly. The reality in Pakistan is that good quality...

School over child-labor

 

A positive step towards the importance of education can be noticed in Laado’s choice of staying home and finishing her homework rather than accompanying her mother during the harvesting season.

 

Laado belongs to the Ghuna fisherfolk community and is studying at a government school — practically run by an NGO — in a small village in the Sindh district of Badin. Her refusal to work and study instead is the outcome of 10 years of tireless efforts put in by local community activists, who besides arranging for uniforms and reading material, have managed to make special...

Importance of education

 

A positive step towards the importance of education can be noticed in Laado’s choice of staying home and finishing her homework rather than accompanying her mother during the harvesting season.

 

Laado belongs to the Ghuna fisherfolk community and is studying at a government school — practically run by an NGO — in a small village in the Sindh district of Badin. Her refusal to work and study instead is the outcome of 10 years of tireless efforts put in by local community activists, who besides arranging for uniforms and reading material, have managed to make special...

$1 Billion for Pakistan's education

UN Special Envoy on Global Education Gordon Brown announced on Saturday (29th March 2014) that the the international community will provide Pakistan $1 billion over the next four years. This amount is being offered to help domestic efforts to deliver universal education in the country.Gordon Brown, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan, said he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other federal and provincial government officials on Saturday to discuss improvements in the accessibility and quality of education in Pakistan.
 
Pakistan is believed to have the world’s second-most...

Dangerously low learning levels

 

Learning levels of students across rural Pakistan are tumbling despite rhetoric and massive investment and interventions in school education system by respective provincial governments. It is estimated that nearly 57 per cent of Grade 5 students cannot read Grade 2 English sentences and cannot do two-digit division.

Since last year, the competency of reading English sentences by Class-V students has gone down by 5 per cent and in arithmetic skills have fallen by 1 per cent. The students’ ability to read Urdu/Sindhi/Pashto story text remained static at around 50 per cent.

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Empowerment through education

 

In the Jamshoro district of Sindh there are areas that have close to zero literacy rate. A ray of positivity exists in the form of a school that is run by a not-for-profit organisation with a group of 20 students that are mostly girls who strive to change this. 

They know about Article 25-A which talks about the right to free and compulsory education for children aged from 5 to 16; the fact the constitution recognises education as a fundamental right now — a right that citizens are born with; and that if parents don’t send children to school they can get imprisoned for three...

The internet generation

 

Google has made us all dependent on the internet- any question one may have, any information one may want to gather, "Google it" is usually the solution.

The combined knowledge of the entire discovered universe is literally a few clicks away thanks to the internet.

The concept of searching tirelessly through encyclopedias and Britannica is no longer required. The school going children now have access to the World Wide Web.

This purely magical phenomenon known as the Internet seems more awe-inspiring when we see the various ways it can be used and is already being used across the...

Standardization of tests

 

It is important that the testing instruments undergo technical analyses for making the examinations and assessments fair to students.

Punjab, through the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC), has been administering examinations to all children attending public schools at the end of 5th and 8th grade. Sindh has done the same through outsourcing the development and administration of examinations at that same grade levels to a private firm.

In addition to these large-scale tests, the provinces have also been experimenting with small-scale sample-based educational assessments. Most of...

Billions of dollars wasted

 

 

A quarter of a billion children worldwide are failing to learn basic reading and maths skills in an education crisis that costs governments approximately $129 billion annually, the UN's cultural agency warned in a report.

The report stated that one out of four young people in poor countries, is unable to read a sentence properly. The figure is believed to be rising to 40 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Nations defines “youth” as people aged between 15 and 24, although UNESCO's definition varies across regions.

“What's the point of education if children emerge...

Filling up school bags

Nisa, a student of class two, loves her new school bag. “It is pretty and has pictures of Ben 10,” she says. Inside the bag are textbooks, notebooks, and a pencil box — a load fit for a suitcase. 

Students as young as her are expected to carry heavy bags without any questions asked.

Many educationalists falsely believe that the more books that they prescribe, the more knowledge they’ll be able to impart.

On average, there are around 16 notebooks in a child’s school bag — half of those are class work copies and the other half are homework notebooks. There are some eight...