Kids in rural Punjab can't read English
'67pc kids in rural Punjab can't read English'
Lahore, Jan 23: Secretary Planning and Development Punjab Ali Tahir said that qualitative survey in the
Education Department would be helpful in making a future strategy for the
education sector in rural areas.
He was addressing the launch of the
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2010 Rural Punjab, prepared by South
Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) and Idara-e-Taleem -O-Aagahi (ITA)
on Thursday at GOR Officers Mess Auditorium.
Project Director Punjab
Reforms Management Programme, Abdullah Sumbal, Dean Institute of Education and
Research (IER), Punjab University, Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, and Coordinator SAFED,
Bela Raza Jamil, were also present.
The Annual Status of Education Report
(ASER) Pakistan-2010, a sample survey to assess learning outcomes of school
going (3-16 years) children, has shown that as high as 67 per cent children in
13 districts (rural) in Punjab cannot read sentences in English, while 43 per
cent cannot read words.
Fifteen per cent children were graded as
"beginners' level" as they remained unable to recognise alphabets and
She further said that the ASER Pakistan (Rural)- 2010 sample
survey was conducted by SAFED managed by ITA in collaboration with the National
Commission for Human Development (NCHD), UNESCO, Foundation Open Society
Institute (FOSI) and Sindh Education Foundation (SEF). She added the survey was
conducted in 7,767 households and 679 schools including 292 private schools in
390 villages in 13 districts of rural Punjab while selected districts were
Chiniot, Faisalabad, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Lahore, Mianwali, Multan, Nankana
Sahab, Rahimyar Khan, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Sheikhupura. She said in each
district, 60 volunteers were mobilized to survey 30 villages in pairs.
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PU foils IJT moot
Lahore: Some students of Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) tried to organise an illegal function without prior
permission at Punjab University New Campus here on Thursday, which caused
disturbance of academic environment in the Academic Block.
release here on Thursday said the students erupted when the faculty members
tried to stop them, on which administrative officers and senior professors also
reached the spot and tried to convince the students not to disturb the peaceful
environment. On this, the students not only misbehaved with the senior teachers
and administrative officers but also abused and pushed them to go away. Such
insulting behaviour towards teachers is without any parallel in the history of
any educational institution. The academic staff and the university
administration have condemned the incident. They have resolved that the peaceful
academic environment and respect of the teachers and administrative officers
will be ensured and no student organisation will be allowed to violate the rules
and regulations and high values and traditions of the oldest and largest seat of
higher learning in Pakistan.
In another press release, the university
administration said participation of political leaders produced a negative
effect on the peaceful academic environment of the campus. The university
administration hopes that the esteemed political leaderships held great respect,
will void participation in such functions without prior information of the
university administration. Farid Paracha and Hafiz Salman Butt participated in
such a meeting that was held without permission of the university administration
in the Academic Block without any prior information of the
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UoE students continue protest
Lahore: The students of the University of Education (UoE) continued their protest against the sacking
of two professors on Thursday, as the Punjab government constituted a two-member
committee to resolve the issue within three days.
According to students,
the UoE administration stopped them from entering the varsity premises in the
morning following which they raised slogans against the university
administration and were carrying banners and placards against police's torture
to students and journalists. They also alleged that the university
administration had also not allowed hostel residing students to come out and
enter the university.
Later, the students arrived on The Mall and held a
protest demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly, demanding immediate
restoration of two professors.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government's
committee met under the chairmanship of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan
in which UoE's Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Farhat Saleem and sacked science and
technology division Director Prof Dr Anwaar-ul-Rehman Pasha and his wife Dr
Shaheen Pasha presented their point of view. Upon listening to the views of both
the sides, Law Minister formed a two-member committee, comprising GCU VC Prof Dr
Khalid Aftab and UET VC Prof Dr Muhammad Akram, to resolve the issue within
Later, the students called off their protest upon the
assurance that two sacked professors would be restored within three days, and
vowed to resume their protest again after three days which would continue till
the fulfillment of their demand.
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BDS exam results announced
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third
Professional BDS Annual Examination.
A press release here on Thursday
said that a total of 295 candidates from 06 affiliated dental colleges appeared
in the examination out of which 213 passed and 81 failed. The pass percentage
Ayesha Tariq of Sharif Medical & Dental College,
Lahore got first position securing 736/900 marks.
Hira Mateen of
Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi and Ammar Saeed of
de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore got second and third positions
securing 724/900 and 722/900 marks respectively. Supplementary exams will
commence on March 8. The news
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