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Corruption in education

The state of education across the country, particularly Sindh, has been rather dismal. There has been no improvement in educational standards despite various programmes by the provincial government and donors agencies due to widespread corruption and misuse of funds. A

Implementing single curriculum

The Single National Curriculum, heralded as the most significant education policy in decades, is receiving criticism for promoting regressive values and being a setback for education. Many elite educational institutes, including the prime minister’s alma mater, have refused to adopt

Education stipends

Education is the building block of a developed and prosperous society. Unfortunately in Pakistan, more than 22.6 million children are out of school while the education system is in shambles. Successive governments have failed to give importance to education. The

Balochistan education minister Sardar Rind resigns

QUETTA: Balochistan’s Education Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) parliamentary leader Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind has resigned as the provincial minister. He announced the decision in the assembly session, saying he could no longer stay in the provincial government and he

Covid-19 and education in Pakistan

‘There are 22.8 million children out of schools in Pakistan’. We have been repeatedly hearing this statement on the dismal Pakistani education statistics for the better half of the last decade. With the addition of the unprecedented and difficult situation

Continuation of economic policies

We often criticise the government for its shortcomings but never present the solution to our economic problems. Developed countries have many things in common. The foremost being the continuation of policies. The economy is not something that can be fixed

Madrassah, Modern education and deception III

In the harsh days of the early 90’s, Darul Ifta Wal Irshad suddenly appeared to be taking the shape of a fort for no reason. The main gate which only had a watchman now had armed guards and a watchtower.

Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood recovers from COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has recovered from the novel coronavirus. In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Shafqat Mahmood announced that he has fully recovered from the COVID-19. “By the grace of Allah I have fully recovered. My latest

Systems Limited joins hands with TCF to provide education for underprivileged students

Systems Limited CEO Mr Asif Peer has announced a new initiative where the company will collaborate with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) to provide underprivileged students a chance to receive formal education. As part of the company’s CSR drive, the initiative

Cambridge exams will not be postponed or cancelled: Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Sunday announced important several decisions regarding the reopening of educational institutions and holding examinations. The minister took shared the decisions taken during a meeting of the health and education ministers of all four

Problems of Young Pakistan

Pakistan has a large number of youth population. About 193 million youth of Pakistan is facing so many daunting challenges. Currently, 64% of the nation is younger than 30 and 29% of Pakistanis are between 15 and 29 (an age

Decision on closure of educational institutions on Tuesday: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said all education and health ministers will meet on Tuesday April 6 to decide about the reopening or further closing of educational institutions. In a tweet, he said Education and Health Ministers will

Schools to remain open in Sindh as scheduled: Saeed Ghani

KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said all public and private schools will remain open in the province as per schedule.  Earlier, a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was held on closure of schools in various

Govt orders closure of schools for two weeks from March 15

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has announced the closure of educational institutions partially from March 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases. Addressing media after a meeting of education ministers at the National Command and Operations (NCOC), Federal Minister

Govt to reconsider decision over reopening schools today

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to review the decision to reopen schools amid the rising trend of coronavirus cases across the country. In this regard, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood will hold a meeting

Shehzad Roy hails ‘historic’ bill banning corporal punishment

ISLAMABAD: Musician and education activist Shehzad Roy has hailed the passing of a bill by the National Assembly banning corporal punishment and setting out penalties for physically punishing children. Roy, founder of Zindagi Trust which has been campaigning to get

State of education

The education system in our country, particularly in the province of Sindh, lies in dire straits marred by official apathy and negligence. A recent report has revealed that only 4.5 million children are enrolled in schools across Sindh while more

Single National Curriculum to be implemented from next academic year

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will implement the Single National Curriculum (SNC) in the next academic year beginning in August 2021, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training announced on Wednesday. Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood has directed

Over half of Syrian children deprived of education: UN

DAMASCUS: More than half of children in war-torn Syria are missing out on education, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said, with a third of schools in ruins or controlled by fighters. The figures are a sharp rise from previous estimates

KP govt announces to close educational institutions till Jan 31

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced to close educational institutions till 31st January. According to a statement issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the winter holidays in educational institutions have been extended due to the increase in the severity

Education ministers to decide on reopening schools today

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of inter-provincial education ministers will be held today where the final decision to reopen educational institutions will be taken. A meeting of provincial education ministers will be held today under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood. According to sources, educational institutions across

Deadlock reached over reopening private schools on Jan 11

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Friday held a meeting with the representatives of private schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but were unable to reach a decision to reopen educational institutions. The Private Schools Supreme Council (PSSC) leaders

APPSF announces long march if schools are not reopened on Jan 11

KARACHI: All Pakistan Private School Federation (APPSF) president has threatened to launch a protest campaign if schools were not reopened in January as earlier decided by education ministers. An inter-provincial education ministers’ conference chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat

Education ministry to start consultations on ‘formal education policy’

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has announced that his ministry has started the process to formulate an education policy for Pakistan. Taking to Twitter, the minister stressed the necessity of formulating a “formal education policy” in the country

Teaching of Holy Quran made compulsory in educational institutes

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has ordered all educational institutions to made teaching of the Holy Quran compulsory in their curriculum from next year. Justice Shahid Waheed of the divisional bench passed an order to include the Holy Quran as

Education officer caught red-handed demanding bribe

KARACHI: Anti-Corruption Establishment along with a judicial magistrate raided the office of an education officer and caught him red-handed receiving a bribe. Taluka Education Officer Jamshed Town East Zone Rashid Bhurguri had demanded a bribe of Rs30,000 from an office

Road named after nun in Karachi for services to education

KARACHI: A road has been named after a Catholic nun Sister Berchmans in Clifton area of Karachi in recognition of her services to education. Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, honorary consul general of Ivory Coast Fazal Dadabhoy, Sister Mary Lagan and

Education institutes to remain open despite rising COVID-19 cases

ISLAMABAD: An emergency meeting of inter-provincial education ministers on Monday decided not to close schools despite the rising coronavirus cases. A meeting held at the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) decided to defer the decision of winter vacations in

17% girls do not have access to education in KP

PESHAWAR: A recent survey has revealed that at least 17 percent of girls of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts do not have access to education. According to a survey report by the Department of Local Government, there is a shortage of 34

Primary schools to resume classes from Sept 30: Education Minister

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday allowed the primary schools to resume classes from September 30 after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the country. Briefing media after attending a meeting at the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), Federal Minister for Education