Last week, Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved 15 development projects along with two projects of worth Rs2.2 billion for Higher Education Commission. The focus of these projects is the upgradation of universities situated in remote/backward areas. A total Rs1.3 billion has been allocated for this upgradation and Rs1.6 billion for the reconstruction of damaged schools in Khyber Agency (Bara).
Daily Times reported the missing targets of Medium Term Development Framework-II (MTDF) 2010-15 by Higher Education Commission (HEC). The Commission has set a target to get itself placed in the list of top 500 universities of the world ranked by Times Higher Education, but Pakistan failed to notch any position.
Students retention or survival is an important policy aspect. In Rawalpindi, 22,000 students (17 per cent of the total students in the district) dropped out this year. Provincial government taking notice of the issue ordered the district education department to chalk out a plan to address the issue of drop-out.
Non-functional schools in the education sector are reportedly contributing to more dropouts, besides the high number of out-of-school children. According to FATA Education Department, 1036 out of 5,994 schools of FATA are non-functional. Special attention of the government is needed to revive the educational activities in these schools.
Here are some more news from previous week:
Last week, schools in Quetta remained closed due to security reasons. Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department issued notices to the educational institutions to stop educational activities for one week. During a meeting, Deputy Commissioner, Quetta, ordered to establish teams to monitor security-related issues.
In the Punjab, schools have yet to take proper security measures. An intelligence agency suggested mto further tighten security measures in the educational institutions after conducting a security audit of category “A” schools. This category includes the schools with high risk. A total number of 5,083 schools were audited in this survey, and most of them reportedly have no boundary walls.
One of the major issues covered by newspapers is delay in teachers’ salaries. Teachers also protested against the government for delaying their salaries.
In Karachi, 3,600 employees of Education Department have not been paid their salaries for the last four years. They were recruited in 2012 on the basis of merit, but they are still without any monetary reward. Now, it is becoming difficult for them to continue their duties.
Daily The Express Tribune published a news item regarding salary release by Federal Directorate of Education. Daily-wage employees of the department got salaries after five months but were not happy with the heavy deductions from their salaries.
Daily The News reported that the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) decided to start vocational training in 15 subjects for prisoners across the Punjab province. TEVTA will request the government to reduce the sentence period for the prisoners, who complete the courses.
Moreover, TEVTA’s collaboration with international organizations would be helpful in promoting advanced and modern skills among the youth in Pakistan. Recently, TEVTA is sending master trainers to Germany to receive training on Solar PV technology.