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

No change in KPK school curriculum

The notification to remove three essays from the curriculum is false, the government said on Sunday.

The government ordered the education department to conduct a high-level inquiry to probe the issue. Chairman Textbook Board Dr Himayatullah and Curriculum Director Shabir Hussain said no notification had been issued in this regard.

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133 years old Punjab University to be further improved

University of the Punjab turned 133 on Sunday.

Dr Mujahid Kamran, the 43rd vice chancellor of the university expressed his resolve to improve the PU’s worldwide ranking by promoting research and to depoliticise the campus.

He said no pressure tactics by a political group, whether from among teachers or students, would be allowed to . . . → Read More: 133 years old Punjab University to be further improved

“Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

Dozens of students, some in uniform, and parents gathered in front of Islamabad Model College for Girls F-10/2 demanding opening of their schools. Thousands of policemen from the provinces brought in by the government to control protesters have been living in around twenty-seven schools and colleges for the past one month. “Please vacate our schools,” . . . → Read More: “Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad