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

Pakistan should study Indian education reforms

That was the question a little girl asked out loud about the woman who had accompanied her schoolmate to a birthday party. In any segment of the Indian urban population, the visual distinction between mothers and maids is sacred. The maids look impoverished and servile, and in a room filled with the master class they . . . → Read More: Pakistan should study Indian education reforms

4500 students will receive free education in Cholistan

The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) and the Cholistan Development Authority (CDA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to give free education to 4500 students enrolled in 75 non-formal community schools situated in Cholistan area of Bahawalpur division.

The MoU signing ceremony was held at the . . . → Read More: 4500 students will receive free education in Cholistan

Why are teachers and students upset with their GCSE grades?

The proportion of pupils getting at least grade C in English fell markedly on Thursday as 500,000 pupils received their results for the first time since Michael Gove overhauled GCSEs to make them more rigorous.

Overall the pass rate in English fell by almost two percentage points – from 63.6% in 2013 to 61.7% – but some schools saw their success . . . → Read More: Why are teachers and students upset with their GCSE grades?

Education board revokes affiliation of 4 more sub-standard private colleges

With the announcement of the Intermediate pre-engineering results on Thursday, The Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) has revoked affiliation of four more private colleges that have failed to improve on their ‘zero per cent’ results over the last four years.

The colleges are Clifton High . . . → Read More: Education board revokes affiliation of 4 more sub-standard private colleges

Greed behind the private schools

As I read a story to my year 1 pupils, I felt a whack on my arm. I knew immediately that it was Sara, a girl in my class with autism. But I couldn’t say that because if I did she might leave, and the private school l worked for was worried about losing out . . . → Read More: Greed behind the private schools