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'Failed' education policy may remain in force for another two years
Karachi, June 06: A flawed educational policy was pursued over the last 10 years by the federal government, which has decided to review it as the National Education Policy (1998-2010) has failed to deliver.

Convinced that the policy has remained ineffective, the federal ministry of education believes that it has failed to achieve desired results, particularly with regard to access to education, quality of education and equal educational opportunities for all.

Formulated in 1998, the national education policy (NEP) was designed to achieve the projected targets in 12 years.

However, ineffectiveness of the policy in certain areas has compelled the ministry to review it two years before its expiry. The NEP framework is found to be an unsatisfactory guideline and has failed to show the desired results, according to senior ministry officials.

The draft of a revised education policy was supposed to be announced initially by the end of 2008 and then in March this year. However, it could not be announced for want of its approval by the federal cabinet.

The draft was presented in the first week of April to the federal cabinet, which deferred an approval on the grounds that the document lacked vision, implementation strategy and clear goals.

The cabinet, with a view to making the new education policy more comprehensive and target-oriented, had asked the federal ministry of education to put forward the draft to the chief ministers of all four provinces for their comments.

Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani said recently that since the federal education ministry had not yet received the chief ministers' feedback, he would have to liaison between his ministry and the provinces in order to expedite the process of finalising a new education policy. He was quoted as saying that the draft of a revised policy along with the provinces' feedback had to be presented again to the federal cabinet for approval at the earliest.

Teachers' concern

Expressing concern over the inordinate delay being caused by the provinces in responding to the federal cabinet's request for their feedback on the draft policy, president of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), Karachi chapter, Prof Ather Mirza said that the provincial chief executives' attitude clearly indicated how much importance they give to education.

He pointed out that the people at the helm of the affairs had always been claiming to have accorded top priority to education and were committed to increase the literacy rate in the country but they had failed even to formulate a comprehensive and practicable policy through which they could achieve the desired results and goals. The federal ministry of education has long been emphasising the need for imparting education in English language, the ground realities is that the country is not likely to overcome the shortage of English teachers at least in the next 10 years since the number of students doing their masters in English at all universities of the country has remained negligible. "The requirement of English teachers to achieve this goal is quite high," he said giving an example.

Giving another relating to quality of education, Prof Mirza referred to the physics book-II being taught to Class XII students throughout the country since 1993 and said its contents were much below the standard of the book that used to be taught before 1993.

Uniform curriculum

The SPLA leader was of the view that a uniform curriculum for all educational institutions across the country would have to be implemented through the new/revised national education policy if the government was really sincere in doing away with the class-based system that was mainly responsible for its failure to ensure equal educational opportunities for all.

Referring to a recent statement attributed to Shehnaz Wazir Ali, chairperson of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) that there was no need to change the education policy pursued during the Musharraf era, a senior educationist who wished not to be named, said that her views had not only created much confusion about the education policy currently undergoing some changes, but also reflected a difference of opinion between hers and the federal education minister vis--vis the education policy.

The educationists pointed out that since the draft of the revised education policy still had to go through several phases ie provinces' feedback and its evaluation by the federal education ministry, finalisation of the draft and its presentation before the cabinet and an approval by the federal cabinet before getting through the National Assembly, the country would have to pursue the same flawed and ineffective NEP for the rest of its term that would end in 2010. Dawn

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Madrassa students to give maths paper
Karachi: Board of Intermediate Secondary Education Karachi (BIEK) Chairman Professor Anwar Ahemad Zai said that from this year, madrassa students who have completed their education and are seeking an equivalence certificate of intermediate will have to give an additional paper of General Mathematics along with English in the upcoming intermediate exams.

He added that 70,000 students including madrassa students have submitted their forms to enter the intermediate papers of Humanities. The papers of both private and regular students are starting from the 18 June.

Meanwhile, IBCC Assistant Secretary (Karachi) Liaquat Baloch said that the IBCC will not attest certificates of madrassa students who want to get admissions abroad for higher education. Instead, the students will have to get their certificates attested from the education department as well as the concerned embassy. Daily Times

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Radio Diagnostic Complex to be launched at DUHS
Karachi: The inauguration ceremony of Radio Diagnostic Complex at Dow (DUHS) Ojha campus will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 4.30pm sharp under the supervision of, Professor Masood Hameed Khan, Vice chancellor DUHS. Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ibad and Provincial Minister for health, Dr Sagheer Ahmed will be the chief guest and guest of honour on this occassion respectively.

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KU offers diploma in Investigative Psychology
Karachi: The Department of Psychology has announced a one-year postgraduate diploma in "Investigative Psychology" for law-enforcement agencies personnel in the Evening programme (6.00pm to 9.00pm). The candidates with a minimum of Bachelors degree in at least in Second Division are eligible for the diploma. The last date of submission of forms is June 10. Addendum: Admission forms for the Post Magisterial Diploma in Industrial/Organizational Psychology for the evening session (6.00pm to 9.00pm) are available from the Silver Jubilee gate, University of Karachi. The eligibility criterion for admissions is Masters in Psychology or any other professional degree.

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Short-films by SZABIST students awarded
Karachi: The prize distribution and screening of the short films made in the 'Kodak and SZABIST 16mm Workshop' was held at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) auditorium.

The event started with a welcome speech by SZABIST Media Sciences Coordinator Daniyal Ali Khan, who thanked the global film giant and the film makers who made this workshop a success. The country manager of the film company, Javaid Jaafri appreciated the efforts put in by the students and expressed his interest in future collaboration with film schools such as SZABIST.

The jury of the screenings included president and project director, SZABIST, Javaid R Laghari, Javaid Jaafri, Daniyal Ali Khan and VJ Faizan. A total of 13 short films were screened. The screening started with Jasim Haider's 'Cruel Intentions', followed by Hamad Khan's comedy 'Merey Dost.' Other films that were screened included Farigh, Jiddat, Citrus, Truth, 2minutes, click!, Choti Baat, Mama Kehti Hai and others.

Later, Laghari and Jaafri distributed the prizes amongst the winners. The first prize of Rs10,000 was awarded to 'Citrus' directed by Abdul Rafay Mahmood, 'Jiddat' directed by Abdul Aziz and Mohd Saqib took away the second prize of Rs5000 while the third prize of Rs3000 went to 'Merey Dost' directed by Hamad Khan. The News

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