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Poor access to education

Despite the recent focus of the federal and provincial governments on enrolment drives, in compliance with Article 25-A of the Constitution, 21 per cent of Pakistan’s children aged between five and 16 years still remain out of school, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2013 national survey.

No Progress in Education

The findings of Annual Status of Education Report 2013, are not very encouraging, showing a continuously high trend of underachievement in Pakistan's school...

Learning levels in rural areas tumbling

LAHORE: Learning levels of students across rural Pakistan are tumbling despite rhetoric and massive investment and interventions in school education system by respective provincial governments as almost 57 per cent Grade 5 students cannot read Grade 2 English sentences and cannot do two-digit division. More alarmingly almost half of such students have been found unable to read simple Class-II level story text in Urdu/Sindhi/Pashto.

As bleak as ever


THE new year has brought with it the report card on education in Pakistan that ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) has been issuing without fail since 2009. It is disappointing that the situation in the education sector remains as dismal as ever.

Last week, ASER again had bad news for the nation when it launched its annual report. The latter was based on tests given to 249,832 children in 138 rural districts. A few urban areas were also surveyed.

Haroon Ur Rasheed On Pakistan's Provinces Literacy Rate

خدا کے لئے ڈاکٹر نواز شریف اور مقامی نیلسن منڈیلا آصف علی ذرداری ! اللہ کے بندو اپنا مستقبل تم نے کسے سونپ دیا ؟

Sitting for education

ISLAMABAD - A regional seminar and policy discussion on Right to Education (RTE) in South Asia was held Friday with key objective of taking stock of the RTE status at the regional level in the context of Education for All (EFA) goals and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Private schools better at imparting education: Survey findings

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Despite the recent focus of the federal and provincial governments on enrolment drives as a rhetoric on Article 25A, 21 percent of Pakistan's children between the ages of 5 and 16 still remain out of school, according to the Annual Status of Education Report -ASER 2013 National survey. The remaining 79% that are enrolled in the 5-16 age bracket are not learning much either. These findings were made public in the report of Pakistan's largest-annual citizen-led household based ASER Survey 2013 - the fifth ASER Survey report in a row - launched in Islamabad on Thursday.

16 percent children out of schools in Gilgit-Baltistan: ASER 2013

ISLAMABAD – Despite recent focus of the federal and provincial governments on enrolment drives, 21 per cent of Pakistan’s children aged 5-16 are still out of school.

And the remaining 79 per cent that are enrolled in the 5-16 age bracket are not learning much either, says a household survey that measures basic learning levels.

صوبوں میں الگ نصاب تعلیم لمحہ فکریہ ہے۔ احسن اقبال

تعلیمی میدان میں بہتری کے لئے ضروری ہے کہ نصاب کو قومی سطح کا ہونا چاہئے۔

’پاکستانی بچے معیاری تعلیم سے محروم ہیں‘

پاکستان میں غیر سرکاری تنظیموں کے گروپ کی جانب سے کیے جانے والے ایک نئے سروے کے مطابق پاکستانی بچوں کی اکثریت معیاری تعلیم سے محروم ہے۔

سروے میں کہا گیا ہے کہ پانچویں جماعت کے تقریباً 50 فیصد بچے دوسری جماعت کی سطح کی اردو پشتو اور سندھی کہانیاں نہیں پڑھ سکتے جبکہ چھ سے سولہ برس کے 21 فیصد بچے سکول نہیں جاتے۔

Worrying findings: Most fifth graders can’t read this headline

ISLAMABAD: 

In rural areas 21% of children are out-of-school, compared to 8% in urban areas, while English only 43% of fifth graders surveyed could read English at a second-grade reading level.

The figures were revealed in the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2013, launched at the Pak Secretariat on Thursday. The survey has been conducted in 138 rural districts and 13 urban centres. The report paints a grim picture of education and the disparities in rural and urban areas in terms of enrolment, quality and reading levels.

21pc children still out of school

SLAMABAD - Despite recent focus of the federal and provincial governments on enrolment drives, 21 per cent of Pakistan's children aged 5-16 are still out of school.
And the remaining 79 per cent that are enrolled in the 5-16 age bracket are not learning much either, says a household survey that measures basic learning levels.
The survey reports 34 per cent children are out of school in Balochistan, 29 per cent in Sindh, 21 per cent in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, 16 per cent in Gilgit-Baltistan, 16 per cent in Punjab, 14 per cent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 5 per cent children are out of school in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad.

Ahsan vows to invest in human resources for economic development [Business Recorder] 16 Jan, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that the government's top priority is to invest on human resources for the development of social sector and economic stability of the country.

While addressing the "Fifth ASER Annual Status of Education Report 2013", he said the skilled population and knowledge based society would be solution for all internal and external challenges, the country has been facing today.

Ahsan vows to invest in human resources for economic development

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that the government's top priority is to invest on human resources for the development of social sector and economic stability of the country.

While addressing the "Fifth ASER Annual Status of Education Report 2013", he said the skilled population and knowledge based society would be solution for all internal and external challenges, the country has been facing today.

Conference of education ministers to evolve an understanding to introduce a uniform system of education summoned

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): A Conference of Education Ministers has been convened next week to evolve an understanding to introduce a uniform system of education and syllabus in the country.

This was stated by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal while launching Annual Status of Education Report 2013 and talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Thursday.

He said under 18th amendment the subject of education has been devolved to the provinces but experts fear that this could lead towards greater inequalities among different provinces in the education sector as every province is following its own standards. He apprehended that a stage might come when degree issued by one province might not be recognized in another.

Learning level among students falling, says report

ISLAMAAD: Though successive governments have always claimed that education was among their priorities, a report showed a dismal picture of the sector.

The report launched by ASER, a non-governmental organisation, stated that 21 per cent children between the age of five and 16 years were out of school and 79 per cent of the enrolled students were not learning much.

Ahsan vows to invest in human resources for economic development

ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that the government’s top priority is to invest on human resources for the development of social sector and economic stability of the country. While addressing the “Fifth ASER Annual Status of Education Report 2013”, he said the skilled population and knowledge based society would be solution for all internal and external challenges, the country has been facing today. Ahsan Iqbal also urged for national consensus to change the old form of curriculum to adopt new design of modern education for research. Ahsan Iqbal stressed the need for making a framework and action plan for the development of national education system in the country.

Education to receive highest priority: Ahsan

The Minister for Planning says knowledge economy plays an important role in the development of country

A Conference of Education Ministers has been convened in Islamabad next week to evolve an understanding to introduce a uniform system of education and syllabus in the country.

Pakistan has second lowest school enrolment: study

KARACHI: Pakistan stands second in global ranking of out-of-school children with 57.3 per cent children in the 3-5 age group not enrolled in any school in the rural areas and 65.5 per cent mothers being in the illiterate category. Citing the figures at the launch of the Annual Status of Education Report (Aser), Pakistan, here on Monday, experts said the challenges on the educational front could not be overcome unless the citizens fought for quality education for their children as their fundamental right.
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