Co-education better | New education policy
'Co-education better as girls 'calm' boys in class'
April 21, 2008: Co-educational institutions are better as the presence of girls in the classroom
not only exerts a calming effect on boys but also makes them more mindful of
their behaviour, says a new study.
What's more, it also acts as incentive
for them to perform better in exams.
The new study, by Tel Aviv
University researchers, has suggested that while boys and girls may learn
differently, it is better not to send them to gender segregated schools.
Researcher Analia Schlosser, who led the study, attributed the effect to
the positive influence girls exercise on classroom environments.
Schlosser investigated girls and boys in mixed classrooms in all
segments of the Isreaeli school system. She concluded that classes with more
than 55 percent of girls had better exam results and less violent outbursts
The study found boys with more female peers in their classes
showed higher enrolment rates in both advanced math and science classes, but
overall benefits were found in all grades for both sexes.
that primary school classrooms with a female majority showed increased academic
success for both boys and girls, along with a notable improvement in subjects
like science and mathematics.
In middle schools, girls were found to
have better academic achievement in English, languages and math. And in high
school, the classrooms which had the best academic achievements overall were
consistently those that had a higher proportion of girls enrolled.
higher percentage of girls lowers the amount of classroom disruption and fosters
a better relationship between pupils and their teacher, a study of the data
suggests. Teachers are less tired in classrooms with more girls, and pupils
overall seem to be more satisfied when a high female-to-male ratio persists. The News
New education policy
It goes without saying that after the transfer of power to the elected representatives of the people in the
assemblies, the new democratic government is suddenly faced with an avalanche of
internal and external challenges.
Our success lies in education. Yet all the
successive governments since the partition have ignored this core issue. Each
government, on taking over, announced a new education policy, but none
demonstrated the required political will to implement the same. Federal
Education Minister Ahsan Iqbal, however, lost no time in chalking out a plan as
to how his ministry is going to achieve the required objectives in a minimum
framework of time.
Mr Iqbal addressed the senior officers of his ministry
and expressed his resolve to implement his policies. On Friday, he told the NA
that the government would soon make a new education policy and review the
curriculum from the primary to the higher level in order to introduce uniform
education syllabus based on the ideology of Pakistan within 3 years.
patriotic Pakistani should feel proud of Iqbal's policy statement of the
Two-Nation Theory as the basis of the creation of Pakistan and the need to
sustain the ideology through proper education of our new generations. I welcome
the Friday statement of the federal education minister in the NA, committing the
government resolve that "the Two-Nation Theory is the basis of Pakistan and we
will never compromise over it. We have taken oath the ideology and constitution
of Pakistan" the Minister further said that the Government would soon
established National Curriculum Council (NCC) that would be comprised of
educationists, experts from both public and private sector as well as member of
This participation of experts as well as elected
representatives in formulation government policies shall great the help and
facilitate towards successful implementation. I may add that the Ibn-e-Sina
Education Movement is symbolic of advancing the cause of education not as a
routine subject but it should be conducted on a war footing as a movement
participated by the Government and all sectors of the Civil Society. With this
end in view, six Seminars were held by Ibn-e-Sina Movement at Lahore, covering
(1) Primary Education (2) Secondary Education (3) College Education (4) Post
Graduate Higher Education (5) Special Education (6) Technical & Vocational
Experts from Primary level to Vice-Chancellor of almost all Major
Universities made very valuable recommendations and were participated by
students as well as members of the Civil Societies. A presentation of these
recommendations can en made to the Educations Minister in case he can spare time
for the purpose. Similarly various education policies made in the part also have
some useful recommendations that were never implemented. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal has
made a very bold start and correctly put his fingers on the ailing pulse of the
What Pakistan needs is a long term education policy covering the
next 20 years, implying four regimes of five years each, which mist have
continuity of this National Educational Policy, which can only succeed if the
policy, which can only succeed if the political leadership of all parties
arrives at a consensus to make it a success over the next two decades. With the
main political forces in Pakistan having joined hands in the present coalition
government, now is the time to achieve the desired goal in the core sector of
education, with the right man at the wheels of the key Education
Ikramullah, E-mail: email@example.com (The Nation)
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