In this TWE blog we have divided the news stories into two categories namely enablers for education and hurdles for education.
Enablers for Education
District Education Officer (Primary Education) of Mirpur Khaas district making efforts to reopen 400 primary schools which have been usurped by ghost teachers and mafia. His efforts have recently born fruits in the form of reopening of 50 primary schools of the district.
Faisalabad’s education department has launched a project of giving lessons on poultry farming at schools in rural areas to encourage the trend. The project will be launched initially at 29 schools for girls. The hens would be provided by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
The first smart school has been set up in Lakki Marwat on a container with the support of the World Bank. According to the education department, the first school first of its kind costs Rs.12.5 million.
A positive announcement was made by Punjab government last week to improve the infrastructural facilities with an aim to enhance access to education across the province. After a high level meeting presided by Chief Minister Shahbaz Shareef, it was claimed that 10,227 new class room would be built in 5.843 schools with an estimated cost of Rs. 16 billion.
Hurdles for Education
The administration of Centennial Model School for Boys Mardan has permitted students to take classes even though cracks have emerged in the walls and roof of the school. The cracks occurred after an earthquake hit the district on October 26, 2015.
Administrative and educational activities in University of Sawabi are getting affected because of empty vacancies on important administrative and educational positions. The post of Dean, Faculty of Science and Registrar is empty for several months due to which important educational activities have come to a halt.
Provincial Education Minister Abdul Raheem Zyar made a sudden visit to Government Central High School and he expressed his ire over the absence of teaching staff. He iterated that teaching was a very respectable profession but it was unfair if teachers committed dereliction towards their duty.
The newly appointed vice-chancellor of Islamia College University (ICU) has made several appointments from the teaching community on key administrative positions that according to the administrative staff is a violation of the recently promulgated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities (Amendment) Act, 2016. Moreover, this decision will have negative repercussions for pedagogical activities of the university.
A country wide study conducted by Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) has concluded that 49% of school going children face violence. In contrast, 66% of non-school going children face violence.