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The Week in Education (10th-18th November 2016)

 

Last week, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood announced the construction of 10,000 new classrooms in different schools under the Chief Minister’s Punjab School Program, which was initiated to enrol the out-of-school children.

Earlier, the Chief Minister (CM), during a meeting held to review the progress of School Reform Roadmap, had decided   to form a separate committee to deal with the issues related to the schools running under Public-Private Partnership (PPP).  The committee would also decide about the demotion cases of 300 under-performing head-teachers. Furthermore, the CM hoped for an improvement in teaching quality.

Another important announcement of the week was the provision of infrastructure to private schools by Sindh Education Department if they start their campuses in rural Sindh. This proclamation was issued by Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar. This plan would contribute to increase the enrolment of out-of-school children in rural and backward areas of the province.

Daily Dunya reported about assigning extra duties to teachers due to which students’ time is being wasted. In Rawalpindi, 200 teachers, 70 Assistant Education Officers (AEOs) and 3,199 educators were assigned extra duties by the education department. Teacher unions have demand of the government to send them back to their schools.

Action against Ghost Teachers

 In Sindh, the Education Department has started strict monitoring of ghost schools and teachers, one of the major issues the government has been trying to solve for the past one and a half decades.  The department has also ordered to prepare a list of ghost teachers.  A number of 6,107 schools are closed in various districts throughout the province.  Daily Times has published a list of closed schools as given below. 

Name of Districts

Total number of schools

Number of schools closed

Dadu

2,105

186

Badin

3064

277

Ghotki

1998

139

Hyderabad

943

30

Jacobabad

1469

76

Jamshoro

819

143

Kamber-Shahdadkot

1631

206

Karachi

3301

201

Kashmore-Kandhkot

1495

291

Khairpur

3470

337

Larkana

1190

17

Mirpurkhas

2167

359

Matiyari

926

81

Naushehro Feroz

2316

210

Sanghar

3022

362

Nawabshah

2677

383

Shikarpur

1327

296

Sujawal

1666

393

Sukkur

1276

76

Tando Allahyar

836

101

Tando Muhammad Khan

999

188

Tharparkar

4045

973

Thatta

1438

260

Umerkot

2300

523

Balochistan Education Minister Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal said that the provincial government has decided to take action against ghost teachers, and in this connection, a list of such teachers has been prepared.

Financial Assistance for Students

France will provide 200 need-based scholarships in different disciplines, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard has been signed between France and Pakistan. Australian government also showed interest in supporting education programme in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Frontier Regions (FR).

Around 10,000 PhDs will also be facilitated under Pak-US Knowledge Corridors. This initiative aims to promote higher education in Pakistan. 

 

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