Punjab Universal Primary Education Campaign
Primary education drive a 'Kaghzi Karwai'
Lahore, May 17: The Universal Primary Education Campaign launched by the Punjab school education
department aiming at enrolment of all out of school children in 5-9 year age
group is unable to meet targets due to host of problems, including lack of
facilities in schools and absence of teachers.
The education department
had directed the primary school heads across the province to identify the
out-of-school children and motivate their parents to get them enroll between
March 23 and May 31.
As the campaign period is still on, most
schoolteachers have gone to the intermediate examination duties, while
matriculation examinations had concluded recently.
Almost all the
schoolteachers this reporter talked to had the same thing to say about the
campaign: "It is just a 'kaghzi karwai' (paper work) and nothing else."
In order to make this campaign a success, the teachers are required to
go in schools' adjacent areas and identify targeted children and enroll them.
Still, one can find data or projected data on a large number of out-of-school
children who have been "brought to schools".
The real test of the school
education department will be to retain the new as well as previously enrolled
children with the public sector primary schools lacking in infrastructure,
teachers and other facilities like cold potable water and toilets. In many
cases, the parents' financial constraints will be a hindrance to the campaign
Though newly enrolled students will get free textbooks,
their parents will immediately be required to spend on their uniforms, bags, and
stationery, compelling many to withdraw their wards from schools and put them to
child labour so that they could become their earning hands.
factor that affects student retention ratio is schools' academic environment.
Most students are not lucky enough to get the furniture though the
Punjab government claims to have spent billions of rupees on providing "missing
facilities" in schools. In many a primary school, especially rural one, most
students bring their own mats to sit on the ground. Even high schools lack such
The Government Central Model School, Rattigan Road is one
out of many examples where students sit in the open – even in this sweltering
"Many parents withdraw their children from school as soon as they
see them sitting in the open," a schoolteacher said. He said the situation
further deteriorated when the school was made an examination centre.
Currently, more classes were sitting in the open as the school was being
used as an intermediate examination centre, he added.
teachers say, almost 30 per cent of their colleagues are performing examination
duties, while the students are just wasting their time in schools and loosing
interest in education.
Educationists say the maximum drop-out ratio was
witnessed in early classes where students are seldom motivated to seek
They also observe that even teachers are not motivated at the
bingers' level because either they are not properly trained to handle young
students or are not appreciated for their previous performance, if any.
Lahore Executive District Officer (Education) Dr Arshad admits the
public sector schools are not child-friendly and needed massive overhauling.
As a pilot project, he says, some 110 schools out of 1,306 schools in
Lahore district are being upgraded as model schools, which will have
"state-of-the-art" play areas.
He also admits as teachers are not
involved in pro-active teaching, there is no learning opportunities for the
students who consequently drop out.
He says that he has held meetings
with head-teachers and decided to remove teachers' chairs from classrooms where
they keep on sitting idle.
Dr Arshad says the big task ahead is to ensure
that teachers should get involved in pro-active learning. Still, he says, a
bigger dilemma is that the teachers recruited in 1980s with matric or PTC
qualifications do not know how to teach.
"We are launching English
medium education while most of public sector teachers are even unable to speak
Urdu correctly. This is a big dilemma," he observed. The news
"I request to management to open Engineering University as early as possible to avoid wastage of time of hard working students.Thanks a lot to management."
Name: ashfaq khan
City, Country: Abdul hakim Cantt
"UPE is the totally failure cause of mismanagement."
Name: kamal ahmad
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IUB violence: Expulsion of 12 students converted into fines
Bahawalpur: The Islamia University Bahawalpur's appellate committee has
converted the punishment of expulsion into fine ranging between Rs6,000 and
Rs31,000 awarded to 12 of its engineering college students found guilty of
violence on campus.
A press release issued here on Sunday said the
students would remain under probation for one to two years. Six students -- Saad
Naseer Lodhi, Shiraz Aslam, Yaseen Umar Minhas, Mudassar Yousaf, Waseem Abbas
and Zainul Aabedin -- have been fined Rs31,000 each and will remain under
probation for two years from May 10.
Habibur Rehman, Usman Ali Iftikhar,
Ishaque Ahmad, Abdul Samad, Naukhez Tariq Khan and Rana Irfan Ali will have to
pay Rs24,000 fine each with a probation period of one year.
about Muhammad Hasnain Altaf and Qadeer Hussain of the department of economics,
who had failed to appear before the Committee for Indiscipline and Misconduct
(CIM), remained unchanged. They will face expulsion for two years from March 27
and pay a fine of Rs6,000 each. The administration has banned their entry into
A notification said the engineering college committee
would periodically inform the VC in writing before the term examinations during
the probation period about the students' attendance, examinations and overall
Each of the penalised students would be eligible for
re-admission to the classes and appear in the examinations after paying their
It was learned that the IUB administration is considering
to re-open the engineering college which had been closed with intervals after
the Feb 19 incident. Dawn
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PGMI launches website
Lahore: The Post
Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Lahore, has launched its website to
facilitate doctors in the process of admission to the institute. According to a
press release here on Sunday, the PGMI administration said that the doctors
desiring to do specialisation could download admission forms from the website
www.pgmipnjab.edu.pk while sitting at homes instead of visiting the institute.
The email address of the PGMI is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Four-year graduation in all colleges: CM
Lahore: The Punjab government has decided to start four-year graduation programmes in all boys and
girls colleges of every district of the province whereas facility for
post-graduation will be provided in colleges of all district
The decision was taken during a meeting presided over by
Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif here on Saturday. The meeting also took a
number of important decisions for improvement of the higher education sector. It
decided that facilities of computer and science labs as well as technical
education in community colleges would be ensured. A comprehensive policy will be
evolved for setting up councils in the colleges, training of teachers and speedy
completion of the process of their recruitment.
The meeting, which
lasted for more than four hours, also took important decisions for promotion of
meaningful education at the college level and reforms in examination system,
examination results, ratio of students and teachers and enrolment in the
colleges of the province.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said
quality education was vital to the development of the country and the Punjab
government had made education its top priority.
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PEF to spend Rs95.5m on South Punjab schools
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will
provide free education to 440,000 students of Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan,
Khanewal, Multan and Rajanpur during the next five years under the New School
Programme. PEF Chairman Raja Anwar said this while addressing a meeting with the
owners of schools registered under the New School Programme with the Punjab
Education Foundation on Sunday. He further said the PEF would spend a sum of Rs
95.5 million on the extension of New School Programme during the next five
years, and free education would be imparted to poor students by affiliating 1765
schools. The news
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3 teachers booked for Rs10m fraud
Lahore: Anti-Corruption Establishment has registered a case
against three PTC teachers for embezzlement of about Rs 10 million from
government development funds.
Police sources told APP here Sunday complainant Amjad Ali is education coordinator for NA-125, Lahore.
Ishaq Kamyana, Qari Ghulam Murtaza and Abdurazzaq Salam allegedly
embezzled Rs 9.6 million in the name of an Education Citizens Community
Board for installation of obsolete firefighting intru-ments in CDGL
schools without demand and permission of education authorities.
The accused are PTC teachers in government schools. An inquiry has already been ordered by the education department.
Mian Muhammad Fazil Ahmad, president All Pakistan Clerks Association
(APCA), Education Department, Lahore, appreciated complainant Amjad Ali
for his commitment to eli-minate corruption from the department. app
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