Education

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Promises

1.We will prioritize establishment and up gradation of girls’ schools and provide stipends to girls and women for continuing their education.

2.Public schools will be reformed. Education emergency is declared. Madrassas will be reformed. The education standard of madrassas will be raised.

3.We will establish a National Outreach Scholarship Programme to identify our best minds and fully fund their placement in the top institutions.

4.We will establish a National Commission for Education Standards that will issue a revised “Minimum Standards” list within 6 months of its constitution and initiate a – 45 – National Dialogue and technical consultation to approve a policy on the teaching of languages at each level of education

5.We will build the largest public-private partnership for education access in the developing world through vouchers for low-fee private schools & access to credit for educated youth to teach students in their communities.

6.We will create an Education Fund for young entrepreneurs to develop technology and communication-enabled solutions to provide access to education in remote areas.

7.We will establish minimum standards for all public schools to ensure provision of facilities and a child-friendly learning environment.

8.We will launch a nationwide literacy programme to engage 50,000 youth volunteers to teach literacy in exchange for university credits.

9.We will launch a large-scale teacher certification programme.

10.We will increase schools at secondary level for girls by upgrading schools every year in high-enrolment areas and launching nation-wide radio, television and online self-learning programmes for secondary students

11.We will provide stipends to secondary school-going girls to reduce barriers to access.

12.We will establish a National Steering Committee to enact examination board overhaul and move towards instituting a standardised central examination scheme and participate in the PISA-D.

13.We will establish at least 10 technical universities in Pakistan to provide skills to our youth

14.We will remove political influence and create an independent, transparent mechanism to select Vice Chancellors and senior administrators.

15.We will regulate university curriculum to include compulsory courses on communication, reasoning, IT literacy as well as instruction in social sciences.

16.We will expand vocational training programmes to provide relevant, high-quality skills to post-secondary students each year and will create partnerships with local industries and foreign governments to employ vocational and technical graduates.

17.We will introduce literacy and mathematics teaching as formal subjects within the Madrassah curriculum.

18.We will launch a national programme to provide practical training to graduates in the public & private organizations.

19.We will also focus on restructuring syllabi and mainstreaming Madrassas by providing them with proper educational facilities. This would entail teacher training including the establishment of special Islamic teaching academies with diplomas for teaching. Another component of mainstreaming Madrassas would be a public-private “adopt a Madrassa scheme” where the business enterprises in the local area are given tax benefits etc. for adopting a Madrassa, upgrading it and offering apprenticeships to its graduating students.

Progress

30 August 2018

Minister Punjab for School’s education, Murad Raas, was called upon by teachers of the province to discuss pressing matters in the education sector. In the meeting, topics under discussion included the transfer of teachers, neglected school buildings, accommodating increased strength of children by constructing new class rooms, training for teachers and grants of funds for various activities related to the education system.

14 September 2018

Federal government has formed a task force, headed by Federal Education and Professional Training Minister Shafqat Mehmood. The tasks assigned to the force include working on a strategy to implement identical curriculum and improve education standards.

An enrollment drive had been initiated by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, it targets to enroll 800,000 children to government schools.

2 October 2018

The National Skill Forum was launched by The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in collaboration with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). The forum has been established to bridge the gap between public and private stakeholders who take part in the technical and vocational training in the country.

24 October 2018

Minister for School’s education, Murad Raas, said that provincial schools have started to devise a road map for the next five years. Under this teacher’s training and providing best facilities at government schools would be a priority.

Chief Minister Punjab, Usman Buzdar, issued an order for creation of a task force which would keep a check on the private hospitals and educational institutions. This task force will inspect all the facilities and issue reports to the government. According to which the government will take actions.

15 November 2018

In order to get a consensus among stakeholders on a standard uniform education across the country, the Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the establishment of a National curriculum council.

17 November 2018

National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA) had been tasked with coming up a plan to transform education sector of the country. Also, an 11 point standing operating procedure had been issued by the Punjab Education Department. According to which no monitoring inspectors are allowed to enter girl’s schools (without a prior notice), enter girl’s classes or directly talk to students. There will be specific monitoring hours, monitoring teams cannot interfere in the school’s administrative procedures and they’d have to share their results with the school’s head.

27 November 2018

Under the government’s first 100 day plan, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training launched a National Education Policy Framework 2018. The framework focuses on four main things; Improving the quality of education, enrolment of out of school children, introducing a uniform education system, and skill development of the youth. Also, the education minister launched an out of school children campaign by enrolling six children into school in the federal capital near their residences.

8 December 2018

Murad Raas informed that a strategy for the future of school education department has been finalized. The strategy includes short, medium and long term policies for including middle and high level afternoon classes, launching an integrated management system which will encourage data driven decision making and connect 450,000 teachers together. He also stated that the strategy incorporates to not let substandard institutions open and advised that unregistered schools should get themselves registered. Students will be provided with bicycles, girl-friendly toilets will be built and schools will be renovated. Rs 580 million had been saved by the open bidding process of acquiring books for 2019-2020 Punjab Textbook and Curriculum Board. Similarly Rs 3million have been saved by merging three offices Punjab Education Foundation in Lahore.

11 December 2018

In a Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood briefed the PM that the National Skill University has been inaugurated and will be functional from September 2019. He also informed that the biometric system in the Federal Directorate of Education schools have been made more effective to ensure the presence of teaching and non-teaching staff. A policy has been introduced under which higher education institutions are offering programs in collaboration with foreign universities, for this purpose the process of degree attestation has also been simplified.

21 December 2018

As promised by the PTI government the Prime Minister House had been converted into Islamabad National University. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that this was done in order to reduce the gap between the people and the government.

9 January 2019

Chief Minister Punjab, Usman Buzdar, announced that for the current fiscal year as much as Rs. 373 Billion have been allotted to the education sector. Also feasibility studies for three world class universities in the northern, southern and central part of Punjab are also being conducted.

1 February 2019

Tackling the harassment complaints from the female teachers, the male employees (junior clerk-superintendent) of the KPK education department have been barred from contacting the female teachers via phone or Whats App.

7 February 2019

The Federal Education and Professional Training Minister Shafqat Mahmood inaugurated the Al-Farabi Research Complex at the International Islamic University new campus. The campus contains three centres including, Business incubation Centre, Centre for Advanced Electronics & Photovoltaic Engineering and Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail – Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Science.

12 February 2019

The Baluchistan government has announced initiation of an educational program in the province. For which Rs. 4 Billion have been allotted. Under the initiative initiative, class rooms, toilets, IT labs, admin blocks, sports grounds and boundary walls etc will be constructed in hundreds of primary, middle and high schools of the province.

13 February 2019

With the help of the health department and Anti-Narcotics force, the Punjab government has chalked out a plan according to which students shall be subjected to drug tests, the reports of which will be shared with the parents. Action will be taken against students who test positive on the test. Education ministry has also written letters to Deputy Commissioners around the province to shut down shops of cigarettes and betel leaf around 500 yard radius of any educational institute. Also, the private schools that are charging more than 5,000 a month would have to reduce the fees 20pc. Otherwise they will be shutdown.

15 February 2019

Dr Murad Raas while addressing a ceremony held to review the five year performance of Punjab Public Management Reforms Program said that the education sector is introducing e-governance to achieve the reforms scheme of the government.

22 February 2019

Chief Minister Punjab, Usman Buzdar, disclosed the five-year education policy. “The New Deal 2018-23” for Punjab which covers issues related to learning, access to education, retention, equity and governance.

27 February 2019

13 joint Research projects have been approved by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and Turkish Council of Higher Education (CoHE). Under this enterprise new scientific and technological collaboration between Pakistan and Turkey will be advanced.

12 March 2019

The residents of Mera Madakhel have demanded for the establishment of girls school in the area. According to the residents girls in the region are forced to quit education after the fifth grade due to non-availability of girls’ school.

13 March 2019

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood during a meeting with Resident Representative of United Nations Development Program, Mr. Ignacio Artaza told that the task force on education has completed its recommendations and is now in the implementation phase.

17 March 2019

Approximately around 21,000 out-of-school children are “fake” out of 41,000 in the province of KPK. Also out of 90 schools established in the province, 70 are termed as “ghost schools”. And that the government has been funding these student and children without conducting any audit.

21 March 2019

While giving a briefing to the National Assembly standing committee, Federal Education Minister told that according to a survey there are over 11,000 out-of-school children in the city. Though an enrollment program has been launched which will enroll these children. Also, he told that a curriculum council has been established which will ensure uniform curriculum throughout the country.

3 April 2019

A temporary head of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) (who is supposed to look after 423 educational institutions in the capital) has been appointed yet again. Moreover 17 other institutions in the capital are also working without a permanent head. Even though PTI made promises to assign permanent roles to these important ranks yet no improvement is seen.

13 April 2019

Opposition in the KPK Assembly demanded a probe into the issue of “ghost schools and students” while the treasury defended the government. The opposition alleged that millions of rupees are being spent in the name of education reforms while schools and students don’t even exist. Also they asked for an inquiry against the Chief Minister KPK for being involved in these irregularities.

15 April 2019

Contrary to the funds demand of Higher Education Commission which is Rs 103 Billion only Rs 58 Billion have been allotted due to which a lot of programs at the federal and provincial level have been closed down, President Dr. Mahmood Hussain of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) told in a press statement.