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'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 overall.

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.

Schlosser found 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.

A 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.

Every 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 the Parliaments.

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 Education.

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 Nation.

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 Ministry.

Ikramullah, E-mail: (The Nation)
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