Pakistan Literacy Annual Report 2009-10
Pakistan way behind in education
Karachi, Nov 02: State Bank of Pakistan Annual Report 2009-10 has declared that
in the region Pakistan lags behind as compared to other regional
countries with comparatively low literacy rate and low public spending
Despite showing improvement in various education
indicators, a regional comparison shows Pakistan's performance being
relatively weak, the Report said and added that literacy rate improved
slightly in Financial Year (FY) 2009 reaching 57 percent as compared to
previous years. Latest available data shows that literacy rate improved
slightly in FY 2009 reaching 57 percent compared to 56 percent in FY
2008. Further analysis of the domestic education indicators shows that
Pakistan is unlikely to meet its targets associated with MTDF and MDGs
(2015). The current literacy rate of 57 percent in FY 2009 is far below
than the MTDF target of 77 percent and MDG target of 100 percent to be
achieved by 2010 and 2015 respectively.
According to the Report, "In
depth analysis of education data shows that literacy rate amongst urban
population has shown improvement; however, in rural population it
declined in FY 2009 compared to FY 2008. A positive development has been
an improvement in female literacy rate, however male literacy rate
remained constant in FY 2009 as compared to FY 2008.
It is pertinent
to mention here that Punjab Province has sustained its supremacy in the
education sector as compared to other provinces. The Report revealed,
"Province-wise analysis of literacy rates shows disparities amongst the
provinces as Punjab remained the most literate province both in terms of
overall as well as female education. On the other hand, lowest level of
education was recorded in Balochistan with overall literacy rate
recording a decline in the province during FY 2009 compared to FY 2008.
Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa registered an increase in overall literacy
rates during FY 2009 as compared to FY 2008. Relatively better position
of literacy level in Punjab compared to other provinces can be
attributed to successful implementation of education sector reforms in
the last decade. However, lower female literacy rate in Balochistan and
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may be due to cultural factors."
Among other indicators of education, Net Enrolment Rate (NER) registered
an overall improvement as well as an improvement in rural, urban, male
and female levels during FY09, it added. "On the other hand, similar to
FY 2008, Gross Enrolment Rate (GER) remained at 91 percent in FY 2009.
Present gender-wise literacy level also remains below the required
targets of MTDF and MDG. In the same way, it seems highly unlikely that
Pakistan will meet MTDF and MDG targets among other indicators of
education like NER and survival rate to grade," it declared.
to the Report, "An important development during 2009 was the approval
of 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award which recommends a
mechanism of revenue sharing between the Federal Government and
provinces. Under the award, the Federal Government has agreed to
increase the share of provinces in divisible pool and also to reduce
collection charges. With such an increase in the divisible pool,
responsibility of the Provincial Governments for provision of basic
facilities like education and health would increase. This is likely to
increase self-sufficiency of the provinces for provision of these basic
facilities and programmes initiated by the Provincial Governments are
more likely to be in accordance with local requirements." The report, in
its conclusion, said that despite improvements in education indicators,
Pakistan's education sector is still faced with key issues and
challenges including low literacy level among females particularly in
rural areas, low primary completion rate, high pupil teacher ratio and
inefficient budgetary allocation for education.
including limited physical infrastructure and lack of trained teachers
have also hampered progress of education sector in the country. Given
the current scenario, increased focus on education is required to
achieve the goal of universal primary education in the country.
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Students booked for protest
Rawalpindi: As many as eight students of Army Public College of Management Sciences (Apcoms)
were booked on Monday by the Civil Lines police for inciting students to
protest and keeping some of the students and college staff in illegal
detention and damaging the college property.
The college principal Obaid Ahmed Madni lodged a criminal case with
the police saying that some students had staged protest and also incited
the others students to agitation.
The principal further alleged that the protesting students also
locked the college staff members, including female, in a room and
confined them for more than three hours. The nation
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Gomal University official says he never issued degree to Rahimdad
Peshawar: In-charge of degree cell of the Gomal University Monday told
Election Tribunal of the Peshawar High Court that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan's degree was available in the university
record, but he was not the one who issued the document.
He made the
statement before an Election Tribunal headed by Justice Mazhar Alam
Miankhel that was hearing an election petition filed for
disqualification of Rahimdad Khan of the Pakistan People's Party.
of degree cell of the university, Hafeezullah Khattak during
cross-examination said the degree of Rahimdad Khan was not put before
him for signature despite that he had been signing the degrees since
When Rahimdad's counsel Abdul Lateef Yousafzai questioned him
about issuance of original degree to Rahimdad Khan by the varsity, he
simply said that the degree was not sent to him for signature. The
official admitted in the court that he was suspended for six months from
the post but he denied that he was suspended on charges of bungling in
Senior minister's counsel produced slip of urgent fee
worth Rs2,000 that was deposited for issuance of the degree from the
university. On the court directives Hafeezullah produced record of the
degrees issued. In the previous hearing, Hafeezullah had showed
ignorance about issuance of BA original degree to Rahimdad Khan when his
lawyer produced the documents before him for verification. He said that
signatures of vice-chancellor and controller of examination were
genuine, but he did not know who had issued the degree. Two statements
of Hafeezullah were found contradictory during cross-examination by the
Rahimdad's lawyer. The court adjourned the case till November 22.
tribunal was taking up two identical election petitions, filed by
losing candidates from PF-27 (Mardan-V) Shahid Khan and Riaz Khan who
had accused the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senior minister of producing a fake
bachelor's degree before the election commission to contest the general
elections. The petitioners requested the tribunal that the election of
Rahimdad may be set aside and the authorities concerned be directed to
take appropriate legal action against him.
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Beaconhouse lift debate trophies
Islamabad: The debate team of Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Girls
Campus, displayed their winning streak at the debate competition held
here on Monday.
The competition was organised by the Elite
International School with more than fifteen schools competing in it. The
Beaconites lifted both trophies for 'Best Team' and also 'Beast
Beaconhouse students, Saleha Khalid and Farzana Anwar of A
and O levels respectively swept away the competition with their crisp
arguments and public speaking skills. Their confidence and delivery
styles contributed to them being declared the 'Beast Team' while Farzana
Anwar was declared the 'Best Speaker' of the tournament - winning both
trophies for their school.
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Students take interest in a 2-day Education Expo
Islamabad: The students took great interest in a 2-day Education Expo
2010 organised here on Monday by HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd with an aim to
provide guidance and assistance in securing admissions in the foreign
Representatives of the foreign universities operating
in UK, Australia and Canada set up their respective stalls where many
students filled up their admission forms and some of them even appeared
"I have visited stalls of various foreign
universities and this expo provided a real opportunity to interact with
university representatives and secure required information," said Nuzhat
Fatima, a student who visited the Education Expo with her various
Arafat Shahid, business development executive said that HR Pakistan has been providing safe, challenging,
life-changing study abroad experiences to students and professionals as
He said they provide complete assistance to students in
admission in a foreign university and visa filing at the respective
embassy or high commission. Complete visa filing and documentation is
assisted by HR after verifying educational records, financial background
and motivation of the students to study in foreign universities.
said they also provide free pre-evaluation and all students are
encouraged to complete HR pre-evaluation form and provide required
documents so that their profile can be effectively judged.
IELTS or TOEFL is a prerequisite for admission in most of the foreign
institutions and universities. However, there are a few exemptions in
case the students have a Level 3 proficiency in English or possess a GCE
HR Pakistan has so far set up offices in major cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar and Karachi.
Pakistan is also providing foreign professional education in Pakistan,
in both campus-based and distance learning mode. Also test preparations
such as ACCA, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS are provided by highly trained and
qualified professionals," he said.
He said HR Pakistan is highly
recommended by the foreign institutions and foreign missions in Pakistan
such as the British Council, Australian Trade Commission and New
Zealand Trade Commission.
Established in 1993, HR Consultants is the
official representative of a number of prestigious foreign universities
and has a strong reputation for helping students to study in a foreign
He said they have been closely working with many
universities/institutions worldwide under agreements and admissions are
arranged in all these institutions. The news
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