The opium epidemic within Pakistan

More than one million Pakistanis are estimated to be regular opiate (heroin or opium) users with a majority of them hooked on heroin, according to a survey report launched on Thursday.

The report on Drug Use in Pakistan 2013 survey, which was launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at a . . . → Read More: The opium epidemic within Pakistan

Women who survive violence

Malala’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize has led to general jubilation. It also caused some low-intensity myopic national outrage about imperialist manipulation or her being anti-Islam; some diasporic drivel about drone victims being comparably morally superior; and some global silliness such as Time magazine equating her with pop singer Taylor Swift for setting standards of . . . → Read More: Women who survive violence

UK Looks into non-standard teaching practices in Muslim private schools

Six Muslim schools in London’s Tower Hamlets region have recently been accused of exposing their pupils to ‘serious risk’ of ‘extremist influences and radicalisation’, Sir. Michael Wilshaw says. The head of Ofsted and Chief Inspector of Schools claims these independent institutions focus far too heavily on Islamic teaching, ignoring the core modules of the National Curriculum and under preparing their students for . . . → Read More: UK Looks into non-standard teaching practices in Muslim private schools

Teachers must be heard to improve education

(By Syed Mohammad Ali) Despite repeated reaffirmations to achieve universal education, Pakistan’s literacy rate continues to linger below 60 per cent. The quality of education being imparted in our schools also leaves much to be desired. Describing the state of education in the country to be in a state of crisis is thus no exaggeration. . . . → Read More: Teachers must be heard to improve education

Empowering the educated

(By Rafia Zakaria) NOT much of Pakistan operates on merit. Connections procure jobs, recommendations procure promotions, an uncle in this bureaucracy, a brother in that one, all of it together amounts to the favours and facilitators that are needed to get where one wants to be.

It was not a huge surprise, therefore, when the . . . → Read More: Empowering the educated

Empowering the educated

NOT much of Pakistan operates on merit. Connections procure jobs, recommendations procure promotions, an uncle in this bureaucracy, a brother in that one, all of it together amounts to the favours and facilitators that are needed to get where one wants to be.

It was not a huge surprise, therefore, when the Pakistan Medical Dental . . . → Read More: Empowering the educated

Revising the curriculum

THE latest flurry of efforts to make changes in the curricula for the various categories of students offers little hope for the emergence of a rational outlook on the subject.

Last week, the prime minister discovered the need for including lessons on democracy, constitutionalism and accountability mechanisms in textbooks for primary to the highest classes. . . . → Read More: Revising the curriculum

The future of public education in KPK

The recent reports regarding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s agreement on the revisions proposed by Jamat-i-Islami in the curriculum for public schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, have not been well received in some quarters of Pakistan. The changes for the new academic session commencing April 1, 2015 include removal of ‘objectionable’ content such as pictures of unveiled school girls and . . . → Read More: The future of public education in KPK

MUN for none – We may not accept Israel but we cannot deny its existence

A preliminary investigation carried out by the administration of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) indicates that ‘an outsider’ may have advised the team hosting the Model United Nations (MUN) to include Israel in the team line-up for the event.

A report, a copy of which is available with Dawn, details the events that led . . . → Read More: MUN for none – We may not accept Israel but we cannot deny its existence

A cure for Ebola?

Drugmakers are now pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into developing Ebola vaccines and cures with a clear and immediate need for these products, as an Associated Press story outlines today. But there’s even more that the federal government could be doing to nudge more drugmakers into funding such treatments, according to a health economist . . . → Read More: A cure for Ebola?