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Revamping education: Hopes and reality

Despite taking some significant constitutional steps and being signatory to several international accords, the condition of education is still inclining towards fragility in Pakistan. According to a report, recently released by a child rights body, Pakistan ranks second with the most out-of-school children in the world. The report reveals that around five million children are out of school and millions drop out from school before completing their school education.

This means that it is not only difficult but near to impossible to fulfil our commitment to the Millennium Development Goal...

UNESCO report places Pakistan in bottom 10 in female education

As the world expresses solidarity with Malala Yousafzai’s stand on female education, Pakistan finds itself in the bottom 10 of new country rankings for the education of poor females, according to a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report.UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFAGMR) revealed Pakistan is in the bottom 10 countries, according to the proportion of poor girls who have never been in school. According to the report, only six African countries fare worse than Pakistan in this respect. It revealed 62% girls in Pakistan,...

Putting two and two together: Let mathematicians ‘infect’ you

In the 21st century, only those nations will thrive that have a workforce fit for a knowledge-based economy. This requires access to a first-rate higher education that meets the needs of the industries driving a strong information and innovation-based economy.
 
In Pakistan, this can become possible only by the improvement of college/university education to international standards and a participation rate of 50 per cent or more from the current 5pc of the age group 17-24 in Pakistan. For all this to materialise the country needs the well-qualified and well-trained faculty.
 
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A matter of commitment: Right to education

It has been almost two years since Pakistan renewed its commitment to providing free and compulsory education to children who belong to the age bracket of of 5 to 16 year olds. Article 25-A became a clause in the Constitution of 1973 making it mandatory for the state to implement this law in the shortest period of time.
 
Clause Article 25-A states that “the state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of 5 to 16 in such a manner as may be determined by the law.” Two years down the road, Pakistani citizens are still awaiting ordnances pertaining to...

Brain scans help predict learning problems: STUDY

Brain scans may help identify children with learning difficulties much earlier by measuring their short-term memory capacity, according to a Swedish study published Wednesday.

The study by a team of researchers at Karolinska Institute, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, showed that it is possible to map the development of short-term memory capacity with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scans).  "It would be possible in principle to use the MR scanner to predict something about future development that cannot be predicted by psychological tests alone," neuroscience professor Torkel...

Learning device: The school bell with a ring tone

 

Modern technology dominates almost every aspect of human life. It is no doubt that technology has become a cultural part of the contemporary world. From daily life obligations to school education, almost everything is carried out by the help of a technological tool such as a mobile phone, computer, internet, etc. But of all these things the mobile phone is considered to be the most interactive due to its ubiquity and easily operatable features.

Having gone over the various educational features of mobile phones, many technologists, educationists and teachers in many countries...

How to increase the literacy in Pakistan

Pakistan is an under developed country where literacy rate is extremely low. This means that a great magnitude of people are less or uneducated.

The root cause of illiteracy in Pakistan is poverty. Most of the people have to struggle for their basic needs and fail to fulfill their requirements.

Indeed, the educational facilities provided by the government are undergraded. Government should allocate more funds for the education sector to promote the literacy rate in Pakistan. Illiteracy is most common in the rural areas because basic primary education is not available there. If we...

Education in Pakistan

Education is a fundamental human right. Pakistan is among those developing countries where people are mostly deprived of good quality education. In Pakistan, the education system does not meet the international standards. There need to be substantial amendments in order to make the educational system better.

Educational institutes are the resource centres for a nation. The worsening status of government schools in Pakistan needs to be reviewed immediately. People who belong to the financially lower class send their children to government schools because they cannot afford the high fee...

Benefits of Co-education in Pakistan

In our society where men and women must converge and interact while working, it is aberrant to make schools which are not co-educational. Co-educational schools are a stepping stone for all the students who aspire to contribute to their society in future. To be able to achieve this it is important for them to be confident around the opposite sex. Co-educational schools prepare students to succeed in post-secondary education where it is inevitable to not interact with the opposite sex. Studies have shown that having separate schools for girls and boys doesn’t improve their academic...

The neglect of education

Shahbaz Sharif’s laptop scheme is a valuable contribution in incentivising the young to be computer literate and be a part of the globalised world. So is the scheme launched by the prime minster to distribute loans to the underprivileged youth, who through entrepreneurship, can start their lives and make a new beginning. The Metro in Lahore and perhaps, similar facilities in future in Islamabad and Karachi would be wonderful gifts to the people. Even if these schemes have strong political underpinnings, it is only natural for politicians to indulge in these ventures.

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Private school standards: Much agreed on, but hitches remain

A group of four committees of private education institutes and the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) have agreed on uniformity of curriculum, categorisation of schools on performance, but not on a uniform fee structure.

The consensus came last week in the meeting of four committees convened last November to devise and formulate a mechanism for private institutes in the capital.

The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) Act was passed in 2013 to regulate these institutions and resolve issues the public was facing.

The number of private...

Enabling the differently abled

attendants that are hired by parents at a monthly fee of Rs3,000 to facilitate their children.

“Not every parent can afford that. Second, being a mother of a teenage girl, I have reservations over having male attendants that are also required to carry disabled children, including girls, in their arms to take them to the washroom or help them get into the van,” she says, voicing her concerns.

The government schools for special children, she believes, are as ill-equipped as any other school being run in the public sector. “Children are given long breaks so teachers can spend their...