Education for Refugees; Awaiting the Vital Step

(By Khaled Hosseini) Like millions around the world, I have been moved by the public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity towards refugees in Europe. I have been overwhelmed by the support for the efforts of the UNHCR – the UN refugee agency – which has delivered tents, blankets, food and other essential items that . . . → Read More: Education for Refugees; Awaiting the Vital Step

New hope for Civil Services

In a radical move, the government is set to wipe out half of Pakistan’s senior civil service grades, boost the number of provincial officials at the centre and open its top jobs to private sector experts. A draft reforms strategy funded by the United Nations Development Programme and prepared by the Ministry of Planning, Development . . . → Read More: New hope for Civil Services

Changing Perceptions; Pakistan’s Private School Dilemma

Education has remained a prerogative of the developed nations. Eyeing the growth trajectory, developing nations are also trying to work towards educating their citizenry. Pakistan has also remained passionate to operate productively in the implementation of this sane idea. Where Pakistan produces the best rated engineers and doctors globally, public schooling still remains . . . → Read More: Changing Perceptions; Pakistan’s Private School Dilemma

Pak Govt’s misadventure in to education system

How within a five-year period did we get from “the state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law” (Article 25A introduced by the 18th Amendment), to the state forcing private individuals and entities to curtail profits . . . → Read More: Pak Govt’s misadventure in to education system

The Urdu Debate

It is strange that at this point in time Pakistan should find itself contemplating the replacement of English with Urdu as the official language. At this juncture when national solidarity must be strengthened and preserved, such measures will prove to be counterproductive. It is wrongly assumed that the standard of Urdu taught and . . . → Read More: The Urdu Debate

Rejuvenation through Education


“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” These are the words of Malala Yousafzai that echoed in the Harvard University. She has totally stunned the world with her endeavors to manifest education universally. This ship that harbors education is still in the docks. However, it is too early to . . . → Read More: Rejuvenation through Education

Choosing duty over comfort

Teaching primary school students brings joy to 43-year-old Yousaf Ali Khan who gave up a desk job at the education department to pursue his passion for it.

A native of Bannu, he has served the profession for 24 years. Khan is currently posted at Government Primary School, Badizai in Peshawar and teaches Islamic studies, math . . . → Read More: Choosing duty over comfort

Only 8 days of military spending can achieve education goals: Malala

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged world leaders to cut “eight days of military spending” to give all children access to 12 years of free education.

About $39 billion (35 billion euros) would be needed each year to fund the schooling, according to an estimate from the laureate’s non-profit group – the . . . → Read More: Only 8 days of military spending can achieve education goals: Malala

The crumbling education system

NEARLY a decade and a half has elapsed since the Higher Education Commission was set up in 2002. There were great hopes that the body, well-funded and comprised of professionals, would manage to turn the sector around.

With its budget seeing a steady increase over the past several years, the HEC now tends to count . . . → Read More: The crumbling education system

Basic flaw in our education system


In May the World Economic Forum issued the Human Capital Report 2015 that facilitates a comparative assessment of the education systems of various countries. For that purpose the WEF has created an index that uses four criteria (termed pillars) as a measure. They are education, health and wellness, employment . . . → Read More: Basic flaw in our education system