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'Public schools lack learning environment'
Lahore, Aug 17: The quality of education has been deteriorating for
the past two decades mainly because of lack of proper teaching and learning
environment in public schools.
This was stated by Punjab literacy and non-formal basic education secretary
Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik in his presentation entitled "Education in Punjab:
Challenges and Issues" at a seminar on "Right to free education: Constitutional
for Punjab," organised by Unesco, in collaboration with the
Punjab government, at a local hotel on Monday.
Dr Malik said the imparting of quality education was directly related to
various variables, including adequate infrastructural facilities, qualified,
satisfied and motivated teachers, quality of curriculum and textbooks,
Cisco-secure assessment and evaluation systems, knowledge-based school
leadership, management and governance structures and community
Stating that the percentage of provincial budget and GDP being spent on
education had been lower than the target set in the National Education Policy
2009, he stressed the government must enhance sectoral allocation of education
up to six per cent of the GDP.
"A massive investment in primary education (precisely Rs4,406 billion) is
urgently required to attain the second Millennium Development Goal that calls
for universal primary education by 2015-16," he said.
Currently, the gaps on the basis of net enrolment rate at primary, elementary
and secondary levels are 38 per cent, 78 per cent and 87 per cent, respectively.
"Gaps must be bridged otherwise there is a danger of denying right to education
to potential secondary level students," he stressed.
He said the enrolment in public sector schools had never conformed with the
population growth rate and was continuously falling instead.
Explaining the need for huge investment in education sector, Dr Malik
observed that the implementation of Article 25-A and achieving EFA/MDGs
including cent per cent enrolment also depended on the resource absorption
He said the research had proved that the current system lacked capacity to
efficiently absorb even the available financial resources.
He stressed that the capacity deficit needed to be bridged to effectively
manage additional resources and seize the opportunities made available after
Unesco's Kozue Kay Nagata and Arshad Saeed Khan as well as Punjab School
Education Secretary Aslam Kamboh also spoke on the occasion. Dawn
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Summary for hiring 32,000 teachers
Lahore: The School
Education Department Punjab has prepared a summary for the chief minister
seeking permission for recruitment of over 32,000 schoolteachers, it is
Sources said the recruitment would meet teachers' shortage. They
said the recruitment process was yet to be finalized; however, there were
rumours that National Testing Service (NTS) would be engaged to ensure fast
A senior official of the department denied any
possibility of involving NTS in the recruitment process. He said tuition centres
and some publishers were behind rumours to create confusion and take advantage
of the situation.
The official said most of the recruitments would be of
science and mathematics teachers, these teachers would be posted even at primary
schools across the province to uplift the standard of education, he
Meanwhile, Senior Staff Association (SSA) of Punjab government
schools also claimed that Secretary Schools in a meeting said that no decision
has so far been taken about NTS nor any date was fixed for the recruitment of
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LCWU admission date extended
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on
Tuesday extended the date of admission in first year on open merit for O level
candidates till August 23, 2011. Prospectus along with admission form can be
obtained from The Bank of Punjab, Shadman Market branch, and will be received in
university till August 23. The merit list for O level candidates will be
displayed after the candidates submit their equivalence certificates. The news
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IUB's Rs345 million deficit budget okayed
Bahawalpur: The Islamia University of Bahawalpur has approved Rs344.939 million
deficit budget for the fiscal year 2011-12.
The budget was approved in
the Finance and Planning Committee meeting at Abbasia Campus chaired by Vice
Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar. Other committee members included Punjab
government representative Iftikharuddin, Higher Education Department Lahore
representative Nayyar Mustafa, Hall Council Chairman Dr Rao Muhammad Afzal Khan,
Principal University College of Conventional and Alternative Medicine Dr Naveed
Akhtar, Syndicate member Riaz Hussain Sindher, and Treasurer Muhammad Asim Khan.
The committee has estimated
Rs1,690.512 million expenditure while Rs.1345.573 million has been as marked as
estimated income from various sources. The university expects Rs595.291 million
grant from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the Punjab
government. Total development budget has been estimated as Rs441.085 million
which includes construction of University College of Agriculture and
Environmental Sciences and buildings of Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan
The budget has been
formulated keeping in view limited funds expected from the HEC and the Punjab
government. Budget deficit will be met through good financial management,
austerity measures and grants received from the federal and provincial
governments. Finally, the budget will be presented and approved by the
The Finance and Planning
Committee appreciated financial measures taken by the university during the last
fiscal year especially payment of delayed out standings of Rs. 120 million. The
committee hoped that the HEC and Punjab will provide required funds this year to
encourage research and development at the IUB. The nation
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Call to construct Khawaja Safdar Medical College building
Sialkot: People have demanded the authorities construct the building of Khawaja Safdar
Medical College without any further delay.
In separate statements issued
here on Tuesday, social figures including Khawaja Arif Khawar Butt and Muhammad
Anwar Ali said that 100 students including 70 female students who mostly
belonged to far off and under privileged areas of Punjab were facing severe
problems due to absence of hostel, mess, class rooms and other facilities in the
city. They stated that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had inaugurated the
medial college in Sialkot eight months ago but the construction of the college
had not been started yet. They alleged that some elements were opposing the
foundation of any government's medical college in Sialkot due to their alleged
backing of some private medical colleges being run on purely commercial basis.
They welcomed the directions of the Punjab Building Department for demolition of
15 residences of doctors and nursing hostels building in Government Allama Iqbal
Hospital to obtain land for the building of the medial college. They also
demanded substitute arrangements for the residences of doctors and nurses of
Government Allama Iqbal Hospital.
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Thin attendance at schools, colleges
Okara: As per Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif's orders, schools and colleges have opened after summer vacation,
but a very small number of students attend schools and colleges.
other hand, teachers are busy attending refresher course till August 20. On
August 22, after school, a campaign to confirm votes door-to-door will begin and
there will be no time for Iftar for teachers. It will become difficult for the
teachers to perform double duty humid weather. People alleged that the CM just
to defy federal government directives ordered reopening of schools in Punjab
which will create troubles and difficulties for teachers and students. They
urged the CM to take stock of the situation.
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No decision yet on evening medical colleges: health secy
Karachi: Sindh Secretary Health Rizwan Ahmed on Tuesday made it clear that evening medical
colleges and medical education in the evening was just a proposal and no
decision had been taken yet in this regard.
"The government has only
asked for the feedback on (start of) evening medical colleges and no decision
has been taken yet in this regard. There will be some deliberations in on this
issue and without taking everybody on board, no such decision would be made", he
said while speaking at an Iftaar dinner hosted by the Pakistan Medical
Association (PMA) here at a local hotel.
The provincial health secretary
maintained that although the PMA was an authority on medical education but it
too was seeing the issue with its own perspective while the government wanted to
listen to all stakeholders on in this issue and take a unanimous
Commenting on unrest over the devolution of the Jinnah
Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), NICH and NICVD, he made it clear that there
should be no doubt in the minds of any person that these institutions are now
devolved to the Sindh government.
"We also made it clear that the
government of Sindh does not want them to run like other hospitals in the
province and suggested autonomy for them as well as constitution of independent
boards to run their affairs", he informed but added that instead of considering
the offers, a strike was observed during which even the emergency services were
"There was no moral and legal justification for the strike and
closure of emergency services. We have not asked the employees and doctors to
withdraw their case against devolution but causing hardships to patients are
unacceptable", he warned.
Also holding the PMA accountable for the
sufferings of the patients due to strike of the doctors, he deplored that the
PMA did not publicly condemned the strike at the JPMC, NICH and NICVD and
closure of emergency departments of these hospitals.
He made it clear
that the Sindh government had provided budget to the devolved federal hospitals
for three months and asked them to prepare their budgets, adding that all
monetary requirements of the these institutes would be fulfilled by the
Regarding the draft bill prepared by the PMA for the
protection of doctors and other related issues, he said some areas of the
proposed draft bill needed more deliberations and after workout and consensus,
it would be presented in the provincial assembly for making it a
Commenting on the promotions of the doctors, he told the PMA
office-bearers that they were at different stages of approval and assured them
the process of promotions of doctors would be expedited.
that lack of transparency in transfers and postings of doctors was an open
secret but added if every doctor wants to serve in Karachi and Hyderabad, what
could be done by the department in this regard.
"In future, health
department will advertise posts and positions and the doctors will not be
allowed to get transferred from the designated post before a certain period. If
he or she still wants to be transferred from where he or she is working, they
will have to resign for that", he informed.
On the issue of security of
doctors and security at hospitals, he said that this issue was inter-related
with the overall situation in the country including overall security, economic
and education in the country and without improvements in all these areas, this
could not be resolved in isolation.
On the occasion, he informed that
Sindh health department had sought permission from the federal government to
allow it to merge all 14 vertical programmes in health that were devolved to
provinces under the 18th amendment as there was a lot of overlapping in these
"Vertical programmes never delivered anywhere in the
world and in Pakistan too due to overlapping they are not very successful. We
are asking for their merger to get better results from them", he
Earlier, Dr Idrees Adhi, Prof Tipu Sultan and Dr Samrina Hashmi
and Dr Nighat Shah pointed out issues concerning the PMA including security
situation at hospitals, evening medical colleges, lack of transparency in
transfers, postings of the doctors, unrest at the JPMC, NICH and NICVD after
their devolution etc.
Dr Nighat Shah in her presentation spoke on the
growing maternal mortality rate in the province and asked for more proactive
approach to bring it down.
Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Secretary General of PMA
Centre made it clear that PMA calls for resolving all the issues and conflicts
through talks, not through agitation and unless doctors are compelled to do so
and also made it clear that it never supported closure of emergency services at
hospitals in any case. The news
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