National education policy 2009 at a glance
Handsome rise in budgetary allocation for impoverished education sector
Islamabad, Sep 16: During the past few decades, several education policies launched with
lofty objectives have met with failure that has made the common man
quite cyical. The unmistakable impression is that these failures are
mainly due to the government's lack of commitment. We hope and pray
that this will not be repeated and the new policy will not end in
A positive sign in the new policy is that it promises a
handsome rise by 2015 in the budgetary allocation for the impoverished
education sector to seven percent of the GDP. In case the target is
achieved, it will be a befitting occasion to celebrate, as in the past
even allocation of four percent did not materialise. However,
unfortunately, the PPP government in the past was not able to deliver
on this pledge.
Keeping in view the existing norms of governance,
one is not sure if extraordinary commitment and honesty of purpose,
which are exclusive arbiters of success, would be forthcoming. For
instance, would madrassas be drawn into the mainstream? And the plan to
induct qualified teaching staff at the school level will meet with
success? With the meagre pay that is offered to the new inductees, it
is unimaginable if talented persons would offer their services. The
issue of teacher-training institutions would also warrant serious
attention. Presently, it appears that these institutions are not in a
position to produce trained teachers in required number and of required
It will not be amiss to mention here that the new policy
has instituted a forum of federal and provincial education ministers to
remove the stumbling blocks to implementation. However, as things
stand, this forum will, at best, tackle big issues of policy, finance
and administration. And for the system of day-to-day running, it is the
traditional institution of inspectorate, which alone will be able to
deliver effectively. We feel that the new policy should have given the
inspectorate due role to let schools function smoothly. However, all
told, much will depend on how best the new education policy is
executed. On the face of it, it presents a rosy picture as it promises
free education up to Matric, substantial increase in education budget,
enhancing enrolment, upgrading qualifications of primary and secondary
teachers and overhauling the examination system, etc.
While the policy has generally been hailed, some educationists, who
were part of the reform process, are not pleased, as a number of their
suggestions have not been included. It appears the policymakers decided
to adopt the political approach. They worked out the draft in a way
that would satisfy government functionaries rather than professionals.
The policy should, therefore, be revised. It has correctly identified
most of the ills that beset this sector - inaccessibility, disparity,
quality and so on. but has failed to find the right solution. Political
expediency seems to have gained an upper hand.
schools to middle level and transplanting classes XI and XII from
colleges to high school is a bold and innovative step but it will
entail a lot of spending. Yet, it is difficult to ignore the 'status
quo' in the four provinces. Conditions in rural Sindh are extremely
deplorable, while the cities have schools which will have to be built
afresh. Punjab is comparatively in a better position but most schools
are in a state of disrepair. The less said the better about
Balochistan. It is yet to enter the education age. In NWFP, it appears
the current turmoil has affected adversely.
Viewing things from
another angle, its biggest flaw is the low priority to girls' education
at the primary stage. Female literacy in Pakistan is shocking. The
country will not reap incalculable dividends of 'civilisation', so long
as half of its population remains deprived of educational facilities. -Ghulam Sarwar E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PILPA chief targets experts for faulty education policy
Islamabad: President Islamabad Lecturers and Professors
Association Professor Qasim Khan Masood has said that education policy
has been prepared by the clerks but it is being claimed that the policy
was drafted by the experts.
In an interview Qasim Khan Masood said
that teachers and their representatives were not consulted about the
new education policy and the policy makers were not aware of the
problems of education sector.
"I do not know what will be a future of
the policy if it is prepared without the consultations of the teachers," he said.
said that Farah Hamid case will be recognised as shameful history of
Education. "If the judges become dishonest, then what will they deliver
to the nation," he asked.
He said that in Farah Doger case the real
criminals were absolved but and lower level employees had been charged
as criminals. He said that rich people don't want to send their
children to government schools and send their children to upper level
private schools. "What will be the future of government schools in such
a situation," he questioned.
About the low standard of the
education, he said that officers and judges are appointed after a
thorough check but the teachers are appointed at recommendations. He
called for a proper system to appoint a teacher.
formation of an Education Commission Services for the appointments of
teachers like other institutions. He also called for 10 per cent
increase in educational budget.
He also proposed 100 percent
increase in the allowances of teachers, saying it will enable teachers
to work honestly because the current package of teachers is very low
and teachers are not satisfied with the package.
To a question about
the up-gradation of schools, he said that it is a good step by the
Federal Government and it will solve students' problems. The nation
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Orientation session held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) held an orientation session
for its newly admitted students (session 2009-13) here on Tuesday.
Registrar Maryam Rab, welcoming the new students on behalf of Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, said that only a few
women in the country make it to higher education and the new students
are among those lucky ones. She advised the newcomers to take the
opportunity to use their maximum potential and achieve academic
Professor Dr. Naheed Zia Khan, dean of the Faculty
of Law, Commerce and Management & Administrative Sciences, briefed
the newly-enrolled students on the university's environment and its
Deputy Director Admissions Nighat Reza informed the newcomers about different scholarships available for students.
on the occasion, Dr. Shamim Zaidi, chairperson of the Department of
Communication Sciences, told the students about the university's radio
station - Voice of Women (FM 96.6 MHz) - and asked them to discover
their hidden talent by participating in its different programmes.
Later, the newly-inducted students were given a round of the university. The news
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