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

BY ZUBEIDA MUSTAFA

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

A second chance for street children

Khalil Ahmed’s life story sounds like it could have come straight out of the plot of a Bollywood flick, but it didn’t. And that makes it all the more inspiring.

Residents of the sleepy town of Gambat, 500 km from the Pakistani port city of Karachi, where Ahmed was an all too familiar face, . . . → Read More: A second chance for street children

Pakistan’s literacy rate dropped to 58 % in 2013-2014

Despite spending slightly over 2% of its national budget on education, Pakistan could not increase its literacy rate in 2013-14 that dropped instead to 58% because of poor showing by the Sindh and Balochistan governments, an official survey finds.

The overall literacy rate, estimated at 60% in 2012-13, has gone down to 58% in 2013-14, . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s literacy rate dropped to 58 % in 2013-2014

Dec 16 was no turning point

THE realisation is dawning slowly and inexorably: the horror that was Dec 16, 2014 was no turning point. The curtain has not been brought down on extremist elements; not only do they remain free to propagate hatred and intolerance, those in their cross hairs still have no recourse but to fend for themselves.

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6.2m children still out of school – Pakistan Education Statistics

The total number of out-of-school children at primary level in the country has dropped from 6.7 million in 2012-2013 to 6.2 million, says the Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2013-2014 released on Tuesday.

As per the report, the total number of out-of-school children is 2.9 million in Punjab, 0.4 million in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P); 1.8 million . . . → Read More: 6.2m children still out of school – Pakistan Education Statistics

Pakistan population growth and regional security

A growing population affects sustainability on many fronts while its associated insecurities pose real threats to a country like Pakistan. In the modern age, increasing consumption and diminishing resources arising from more and more people on the planet is a political and developmental challenge faced by many governments around the globe. World population . . . → Read More: Pakistan population growth and regional security

Woes of public sector education

By Syed Mohammad Ali

 

Contrary to repeated multilateral and national commitments to provide education for all, and despite terming education a basic human right, widespread illiteracy still remains a daunting challenge, especially across the developing world. The increasing reliance on the private sector in providing education is considered to be one major hurdle preventing . . . → Read More: Woes of public sector education

How the Indian students cheat without shame

Cheating in exams is fairly common in the Indian state of Bihar, but new images have emerged which show just how large-scale and blatant the practice is.

Many students smuggled in textbooks and notes into the examination centres despite tight security – and parents and friends were photographed scaling the walls of test . . . → Read More: How the Indian students cheat without shame

Revised textbooks distributed in KP schools

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Text Book Board has prepared and distributed revised textbooks for the upcoming academic year after coalition partners PTI and JI agreed to syllabus changes after months of intense deliberations.

Things of ‘objection’

JI had raised certain objections over the curriculum approved in 2006. The religious party argued “Islamic chapters” had been removed. . . . → Read More: Revised textbooks distributed in KP schools