New Education Policy finalised after consultations
New Education Policy likely soon
Islamabad, Sep 4: The National Education Policy, which has been informally tabled before Cabinet
on August 5, is likely to be approved in the next couple of days, sources
According to the sources, the Education Policy,
after facing many hiccups, is now planned to be formally presented before the
Cabinet as a one-item agenda in its upcoming meeting.
"It is for the
first time that it would be presented as a one-item agenda unlike last time
where it was presented along 32 other items which also included the bill
regarding the changes in standard time," the source said.
They denied the
rumours regarding the disapproval of the draft saying that the draft largely
received a nod from the relevant quarters and would be approved in the next
couple of days.
The draft of the policy is said to be finalised after
taking consultations with four provinces, their chief ministers and the
educationalists. According to the information, before the finalisation of the
policy draft, a series of 23 green papers were prepared on different topics by
the National Education Policy Review (NEPR) teams that were widely disseminated
to stimulate discussion and get feedback.
The process included field
visits to 31 representative districts, one national and seven provincial/area
education conferences, 10 issue-based focused group discussions and extensive
consultations with educationists from all over the country.
Wafaq-ul-Madaris expressed its reservation over the draft saying that no
prominent religious organisation had been taken into confidence while compiling
the draft after which the ministry has included a chapter of Islamic Education
after consultation with the religious stakeholders.
"We have tried our
level best to satisfy all the relevant quarters but it would not be realistic to
expect each and every one to be satisfied," he said.
While talking about
the controversies on the proposal regarding the Madrassah Regularity Authority
to be handed over to the Ministry of Interior, he said that it was the decision
by the prime minister and the ministry could not do anything in this
"Obviously we can't force the prime minister to take his decision
back," he said while adding that the ministry would be happier if the authority
was handed over to it.
He further said that the policy document was
termed as "Living and adaptable" hence prone to changes at every stage and at
every moment as it is clearly stated in its chapter 11 that "Implementation is
conceived as a continuous process of review, implementation, monitoring,
feedback and adjustments as considered and agreed necessary during the course of
implementation," he said.
Ministry of Education Planning and Policy Wing
Deputy Educational Advisor (DEA) T M Qureshi conceded that they were expecting the approval of policy within a week. "It is
something good to hear that the draft would be presented as a one-item agenda as
it never happened before," he said.
Talking about the controversy
regarding Madrassah Regularity Authority he said that it was a decision taken on
higher level and ministry has nothing to do with it. The news
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Transfers raise concern among teachers
Rawalpindi: Transfers by the district education department in recent
days have raised concerns among the teachers who deem the move in violation of
the provincial government's policy.
Punjab government lifted ban on the
transfers of teachers in the same district and from one district to the other on
August 10. At this, during summer vacations the teachers started visiting office
of the executive district officer (EDO) education to get transferred to the
place of their choice.
So far about 200 teachers have been transferred
from one school to the other in Rawalpindi or accommodated in the district from
Chaudhry Saghir Alam, an office-bearer of the Punjab
Teachers Association said that most of the transfer cases were being
approved in violation of the policy keeping into account, he alleged, only
political affiliation of the teachers.
He said a teacher could only be
transferred in three cases. Firstly, he said, if he has served in one school for
at least for three years, adding that many transfers had been made ignoring this
rule. Secondly, the department can only change a senior teacher making presence
of his substitute sure. Thirdly, teachers - both men and women - could be
transferred when they are posted in any school near to the workplace of his or
"There are examples when many teachers have been transferred
to Rawalpindi city from other districts of Punjab as their spouses are working
in the federal capital. In this way, seats have been occupied leaving no room
for genuine cases of many teachers," he said.
In one case, a teacher has
been posted on a vacant seat as the concerned teacher was on leave, Mr Alam
said, terming it against the prescribed policy.
Some 300 senior school
teachers have been brought to Rawalpindi depriving the local people of their
right of applying for the vacant posts at their home stations, he claimed.
Despite repeated attempts, EDO education Malik Muhammad Asharaf could not be
contacted for his comments on the issue. Dawn
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Calligraphy show at JAG to promote Islamic art
Islamabad: The Jharoka Art Gallery (JAG) has arranged an exhibition of
calligraphy coinciding with the holy month of Ramazan.
The JAG has
displayed a collection of 30 calligraphic paintings by five artists featuring
the medium of oil on canvas, oil on lather and constructive art. The artists
include Arif Khan, Saima Ishfaq, Raheela, Hanif Khan and Qadiri.
exquisite calligraphic works by Arif Khan reflect true Islamic spirit and his
artistic ability. The artist has a unique distinction of writing the Quranic
verses on leather by giving numerical shapes and geometrical motifs to his
Khan using the medium of leather for calligraphy has adopted the
medium of oil on canvas and Wasli (handmade paper) by bringing changes in his
Created on Wasli, which is commonly used for miniatures, the
artist has contributed his own style of carving and painting blended with
calligraphic designs to give the art piece an antique touch.
spirituality, the artist has gone a long way in developing his own style over
Khan, who has used pure Islamic colours like turquoise, blue
and gold, has tremendous flow of rhythm and movements in his works.
unique style of carving on Wasli paper makes his work distinctive, and inspires
people by his natural flow of Quranic script.
The fabulous art pieces of
Islamic Constructive Art by Hanif Khan explore the technique of constructive art
The technique is based on the Russian idea to blend the
painting and sculpture in an art form.
His work is an amalgamation of
architecture, painting and carvings by using wood, paint and teracotta as a
He has used geometrical motifs in paintings to give a pure
Islamic look in the constructive techniques that also depict deep earth
Such kind of art started in 20th century in Russia, while Hanif
brought this art to Pakistan in 1988 to create the motifs in an Islamic
Besides making a blend of sculpture and painting, Hanif has also
portrayed exquisite Calligraphy in his art pieces with a unique
The artist has contributed his own style of carving and oil
paint on wood blended with calligraphic designs to give the art piece an antique
This exhibition is the regular feature of the Jharoka Art Gallery
during the holy month of Ramazan every year to project Islamic traditional arts
and Muslim heritage.
It covers the aspects of reviving Islamic
traditions, acknowledgement of traditional calligraphic techniques and
encouraging contemporary experimentation with calligraphy. APP
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