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A lesson in getting on, and getting things done

While the official India-Pakistan relationship has plummeted, an Indian and a Pakistani NGO have cooperated, without one-upmanship, to achieve stunning results

Bullets on the international border, and a war of words over a "terror boat" both symbolise and demonstrate a fraught India-Pakistan relationship. Not surprisingly, 'track two' and 'People to People contact', phrases crafted in happier times, have a hollow ring these days.

And, yet, a group of Pakistanis is travelling to Delhi for a landmark anniversary - release of the 10th edition of India's (Aser) on Tuesday.

 

Learning rates drop in 2014

LAHORE: The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) of 2014 depicts a bleak picture of learning outcomes among the rural students of Pakistan as the percentage of Grade-5 students’ ability to read English sentences and Urdu/Sindhi/Pashto stories of Grade-2 level as well as doing two-digit division has gone down despite continuous hammering about the education emergency.

Learning rates drop in 2014 - ePaper

LAHORE: The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) of 2014 depicts a bleak picture of learning outcomes among the rural students of Pakistan as the percentage of Grade-5 students’ ability to read English sentences and Urdu/Sindhi/Pashto stories of Grade-2 level as well as doing two-digit division has gone down despite continuous hammering about the education emergency.

The bleak future of education in Balochistan

 The state of education in Balochistan has always been in jeopardy, with low literacy rates and a lack of access to schools...

Free education still a pipedream

Five years since Article 25-A became part of the constitution, successive governments have failed to formulate rules of business for its implementation.

Gawadar festival attracts book-lovers in large numbers

Gawadar: As religion is being exported worldwide, the need to question everything around is more important than ever, write Shah Muhammad Marri said while addressing a packed hall at the second Gawadar Book Festival.

Number of children enrolling in schools rising each year: minister

LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed on Friday said there were 60,000 schools in Punjab and the number of children getting enrolled in them according to the Millennium Development Goals was increasing every year.

Education voucher scheme for dropout kids

BAHAWALPUR: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has announced launching the "Education Voucher Scheme (EVS)" for providing (on a partnership basis) free od cost education up to secondary level across the province...

Malala makes it to Britain's most influential people's list

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousfzai has been named among 500 most infliential people in Britian 2015.

Pakistan-Australian Education Expo 2015 offer many options under one roof

As many as 14 universities from Australia opened their doors for Pakistani students for bachelors, masters and doctor of philosophy programmers at the Pakistan-Australian Education Expo 2015 on Saturday.

Colors of motherhood brought to light

The colour gallery is hosting a show 'About her' by artists Amra Khan and Naira Mushtaq. The works by the visual artists represented 'her' their mothers.

Call to empower centre to prepare curriculum

ISLAMABAD: Tanzeem Ustadza Pakistan (TUP), an association of teachers, demanded on Sunday the Government legislate to empower the center to make national curriculum.

Primary-middle exams an exercise without lesson

The Punjab school education department is again heading to conduct the massive exercise of primary and middle standard examinations

Child rights: a neglected priority in Punjab

Child rights have never been a priority for any federal or provincial Governments in Pakistan and current Government of Punjab has no exception.

A window on education: Keeping tabs on parliamentarians

KARACHI: If you are unhappy with the performance of your elected political representatives, and want to see them accountable to their voters, the team behind the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) in Pakistan suggests you do something about it.

PMTA demands for unbiased National Education Policy, curriculum and textbooks

Faisalabad: February 11, 2015. ((PCP) The Chairman Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) Professor Anjum James Paul in a letter Ref.No.05-09/PMTA/15 , dated February 11, 2015 to Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan demanded for unbiased National Education Policy, curriculum and textbooks

Here's why Sindh's primary school students can't read this headline

KARACHI: Give this sentence to a class five student in a Sindh government school and chances are that she won’t be able to read it. Why is it that these students can’t read if the government has been steadily funneling more and more money into primary schools? Indeed, this year, their budget was cranked up eight percent to Rs57 billion—an impressive number but one that is not matched by the report card.

Utilisation of education budget is still a big issue

 Islamabad: Though on the persistent public demand, the provinces have increased their education budget, there is a need for the proper utilisation of teh funds.

Policy Dialogue on "Countable Resources Allocation and Spending in Education"

A policy dialogue on countable resources allocation and spending in education was held in Hospitality Inn on 26th March, 2015.

"Absence of quality standards and weak coordination between implementers stays a challenge". This was said by Mr Kashif Ali, Deputy Director Coordination, Program Monitoring and Implementation Unit at a Policy Dialogue on COUNTABLE RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND SPENDING ON EDUCATION hosted by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA).

Pakistan is currently spending around 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education with an education expenditure which is lowest in the region. According to the United Nations Development Programme the completion/survival rate has declined in the recent years where more than quarter of students enrolled at primary leveldoes not complete their education. Pakistan's literacy rate stands at 58 percent which is well short of the targeted 88percent by 2015.Gender disparities and rural-urban divide are also some of the issues which have plagued a sustainable education development in the country.

Although fundamental, the challenge faced by Pakistan is not only limited to the lack of budget for the education sector but is significantly linked with the way public financing is planned, managed and monitored. Some of the considerable issues in this context include inadequate engagement of legislature in the budget-making process, insufficient allocations compared with the actual needs, untimely fiscal flow, corruption, huge administrative expenditure, lack of transparency etc. Also there is a weak link between policy provisions, education data and the budgetary allocations.

Against this backdrop, the aim of the dialogue was to bring all important stakeholders on board and have a discussion on the trends and priorities of the federal, provincial and district governments related to public financing of education. The dialogue touched upon the following themes: 

Theme 1:  To discuss the allocation of budget being spent on education in comparison to other indicators such as health, defence etc.

Theme 2:  To discuss the pattern of spending in different heads for Punjab only and other initiatives being taken by government.

Theme 3: To discuss the progress being made till date by the political parties in increasing financial allocation of education as per their mandate / manifesto.

Theme 4: To discuss the flow of funds in schools of Punjab versus the performance of the schools. 

Representative from School Education Department, Directorate of Staff Development, Program Monitoring and Implementation Unit, Usaid, JICA etc highlighted different initiatives taken by the Government of Punjab and also for effective resource allocation. Mr Qaiser Rasheed, Deputy Secretary, School Education Department, said that allocation is now being made keeping in mind regional and gender disparities to not only bridge the gap but also achieve the goals of 2018 envisaged by the Government.

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