Only 42 percent children able to read Urdu
25.8% are able to read sentences in English: report
Islamabad, Jan 27: Forty-two percent children of the country have the ability to
read a sentence in Urdu or in their own regional language, while merely
25.8% are able to read sentences in English, according to a report
launched on Thursday at the Planning Commission Auditorium.
Minister of Professional and Technical Training Riaz Hussain Pirzada
was the chief guest on the occasion. The survey titled 'Annual Status of
Education Report (ASER) Pakistan 2011' was conducted in the rural areas
of the country. It was conducted by the South Asia Forum for Education
Development (SAFED), managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in
collaboration with the Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI),
Department for International Development (DFID), National Commission for
Human Development (NCHD) and Oxfam.
According to ASER, a
household survey that assessed learning outcomes of children in their
school-going age (5 to 16-year-olds) in 85 districts (rural areas)
across Pakistan has found that a majority of children cannot even read
up to Class-II level text in Urdu, English or their regional languages.
Moreover, these children cannot solve basic-level arithmetic problems.
survey found out that only 41.8% of the assessed children can read at
least a sentence in Urdu or in their own regional languages, while
merely 25.8% are able to read sentences in English.
learning level of children were even more abysmal, as only 40.1% can do
two-digit subtraction sums, while only 23.6% can do three-digit division
The survey has been conducted in 28 districts of Punjab,
15 of Balochistan, 14 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17 of Sindh, four of Azad
Jammu and Kashmir, three of Gilgit-Baltistan and two of FATA, as well as
in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
The report reveals that
57.3% of the three to five-year-olds are not enrolled for pre-schooling,
while 32.3% of the five-year-olds are not enrolled in any school at
all, which poses a great challenge for the respective provincial
governments that are struggling to achieve universal primary education.
Moreover, 79.9% children between six and 16 years of age are enrolled in
schools, of which 36% are girls and 64% are boys.
of children who are not studying at all stands at 20.1%; the dropout
rate among these children has been recorded at five percent. The report
maintains that 15.1% children have never been enrolled in any education
facility at all. Among the out-of-school children, 52.7% are girls.
survey has found that around 74% children are enrolled in government
schools, 23.1% in private schools and 2.9 % in seminaries (madrassas and
informal educational institutes).
Addressing the launch
ceremony, Riaz Hussain Pirzada said Pakistan had been consistently
performing poorly in the education sector. "We are seen to be off-track
in terms of meeting the education targets set in the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA). The minister
said that according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Pakistan had the largest number of
out-of-school children in South Asia, with a majority being girls.
data gives us district-by-district vital information that can help us
plan and mobilise resources on a need basis," he said.The minister said
that after the passing of the 18th Amendment and Article 25-A, education
has become a fundamental right for all children aged five to 16 years.
"As we approach 2015, the target date for fulfilment of MDGs and EFA,
the ASER report is indeed a very persuasive tool to gauge challenges and
progress in the education sector," he said. Daily times
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KU a 'no-go area' for Sindhi students: minister
Karachi: The University of Karachi has become a "no-go area" for Sindhi students.
This was stated by a provincial minister, Rafiq Engineer, during a
session of the Sindh Assembly on Thursday.
He said students from
Lyari were also being discriminated against in the educational
institutions of the city. MQM's Faisal Sabzwari said the House should
not be used for running an "election campaign".
He said every
institution had its own policy. Sabzwari pointed out that a university
had been established in Lyari, and it too had a particular admission
policy. The House also witnessed a heated debate over a resolution of
PPP's minority MPA pertaining to implementation of uniform education
system in the province.
The debate ensued when the mover, Saleem
Khurshid Khokhar, said pupils studying in "Peelay (government)" schools
became clerks and office assistants while those studying in private
English medium schools got lucrative jobs.
minister Syed Sardar Ahmed took exception to such remarks and observed
that many notables in different fields had studied in government
When Shazia Marri suggested that no MPA should bring any
resolution or bill without proper research and asked that the mover
should explain where his children were studying.
Khokhar who said the minister had become "personal". In a fit of anger
he made certain remarks and asked as to whether before moving the
resolution, it was necessary to demonstrate profile of one's children.
Nisar Ahmed Khuhro pacified the situation by persuading Khokhar to
offer an apology for his remarks. On the suggestion of finance minister
Murad Ali Shah, Saleem Khokhar withdrew his resolution to move the same
in the next session after removing "deficiencies" from it.
the PA referred an adjournment motion of Saleem Khokhar to the standing
committee on education. Khokhar also introduced a private bill for
protection of religious minorities' properties.
The PA also
unanimously passed a private resolution moved by Muhammad Adil Khan,
urging the provincial government to approach federal government to
direct multinational coal exploration companies to recruit local people
and ensure uplift schemes in the areas.
The PA referred Khalid
Ahmed's resolution to standing committee on transport pertaining to
provision of concessionary travel scheme for senior citizens. The MPAs
unanimously passed a resolution moved by Anwar Mahar, urging the Sindh
government to ensure drinking water in New Pind, Micro Colony and Islam
Colony of Sukkur.
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British Council organises 'Ilm Possible' at KU
Karachi: If Pakistan is to become successful, basic educational facilities should
be provided to all citizens, said Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi of Karachi
University(KU) on Thursday while addressing the 'Ilm (knowledge)
Possible' presentation. "Besides the government, everyone should play
their roles in spreading education and knowledge." The event was
organised by the British Council along with student advisors of the
institute. Asad Farooq, who was the guest speaker on the occasion, said
the Article 25-A of the Constitution states that it is the government's
responsibility to provide free and compulsory education to its citizens
between the ages of five to 16 years. "We intend to spread the message
with the help of youngsters." Meanwhile, the KU administration has
started conducting interviews for admitting students on sports-quota. An
official said admissions would be strictly merit-based.
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BIEK asks colleges to apply for affiliation
Karachi: The chairman Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) said on
Thursday that all private colleges and higher secondary schools which
have not yet renewed their affiliation for the examinations-2012 with
the board are advised to do so or else their students would not be
allowed to sit in the annual exams.
Anwar Ahmed Zai said that the
last date for registration is February 29. The registration of private
colleges and HSS by the education department is accorded for a specified
time period and after expiry of that period fresh renewal is necessary,
The BIEK has already constituted inspection teams
consisting of senior teachers and educationalists that are visiting such
institutions as per schedule. There are many institutions that have not
renewed the registration till date and their heads have been reminded
to do so in order to fulfil the legal requirements. Otherwise, their
students could face inconvenience, Zai added.
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PhD awarded at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University on Thursday awarded a PhD to Saadia Shahzad Alam d/o
Changez Shuja in the subject of Pharmacology after approval of her
research thesis entitled "Effect of High Dose Thiamine Therapy on
Biochemical Profile and Activities of Thiamine Dependent Enzymes in Type
2 Diabetic Patients." results: Punjab University Examinations
Department on Thursday declared the results of various examinations. The
exams are BCom (Hons), Semester System, sessions 2007-09 & 2008-10,
Postgraduate Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting, Semester
System, sessions 2006-07 & 2007-08, Postgraduate Diploma in
Entrepreneurship Development, Semester System, Sessions 2004-05,
2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08, and Bachelor of Laws (Morning), Semester
System, Session 2004-07. The news
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GET to name campus after Arfa
Lahore: Ghazali Education Trust (GET) held a
condolence reference for the world's youngest Microsoft professional
Arfa Karim and paid her rich tribute here on Thursday.
father Col (r) Amjad Karim presided over the reference. GET President
Akhtar Abbas, Executive Director Syed Amir Mehmood and social worker
Musarrat Misbah were also present on the occasion. The participants paid
homage to Arfa for her valuable services in the field of information
technology. The GET administration also announced that a campus of
Ghazali Schools Faisalabad would be named after Arfa Karim. Daily times
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