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The Need for improvement of Primary Education in Pakistan

According to a recent survey, Pakistan having 5.1 Million Children out of School. The Situation of Primary Education in Pakistan is miserable which is like a question mark on the Nation’s Future. In this Essay I will talk about the need for Primary Education in Pakistan.

“It is More than certain that Pakistan is unlikely to achieve the Dakar Framework of 2000 Education for All (EFA) goal of Putting all children into school by 2015” Says Ismat Riaz,an Educational Consultant, in a recently published article in Dawn Newspaper.[i]

In the Global Monitoring report, Pakistan is also ranked as No.2 Country with Most no. of Children out of School.  The Article published in Dawn quotes the number upto 7 Million1. These are horrible numbers.

At Primary level the basic Problem arises due to lack of facilities like clean drinking Water, Sanitary facilities, Buildings etc. There Schools exists in which students do not have enough seating facilities and they use to sit on the floor. Reports often occur on news channels showing the primary schools that are turned into cattle farm by the Landlords of the area. It is alarming that when the Education department is consulted they are found unaware of the matter.

DASKA, PAKISTAN, Students attend class under the open sky because the school building of Govt.Primary School Chak Kuka Daska Tehsil was incomplete due to the alleged slackness of concerned officials of Daska education and buildings department on Friday, November 25, 2011. (Abid Mehdi/PPI Images).

A very important factor that is often neglected is the Teachers Training and Certification of Teachers. In our country, Teachers are recruited on the basis of Intermediate, BSC or Masters Level but no discreet training is provided to them to teach them how to teach. The other Major issue is that teachers are still appointed on the basis of Political affiliation or on the basis of experience rather than ability or Motivation. At primary level Excellence is one thing that is like a dream. One that does not get job any where finally chooses to be “Educationist”. This is also an Ethical Dilemma that we are facing these days in Pakistan.

Higher Education is somehow performing well after getting a large proportion of educational budget. HEC has raised the standards to make the higher education in Pakistan up to International level. But the traditional rote-leaning method has not been excluded yet. Students at undergraduate level still use a single book for a particular subject in one semester rather going out in library or online libraries/search-engines to get the required reading material, to readout research journals etc. Instead, they try to make notes or to get from other students to obtain Marks in Exams rather focusing on learning and acquiring skills.

Primary education again shows a worse face. There is no emphasize on qualitative teaching. a study undertaken by the World Bank and Harvard University researchers titled `Learning Levels and Gaps in Pakistan` (2006)[ii] alarmingly indicates that “close to one-half of the three million born in Pakistan will leave school unable to add, subtract, multiply or divide: unable to read and write simple sentences in Urdu; and unable to read a short word like ‘BALL’ in English”. I personally know a person who was working in the same workplace where I was working. He said he had done Intermediate (12th standard education) but he was unable to even read the simple English sentences and to write Urdu sentences.

“Learning through dialogue, debate and discussion is still a rare occurrence in colleges. Middle and secondary schooling continues to be an exercise in rote learning as teachers are not trained to make students use their reasoning, reasoning and evaluative abilities.” Says Ismat Riaz in the same article.

Government itself doesn’t seem to be keenly interested in improving this situation. Primary education sector becomes the ultimate victim of Government Policies. From the very low educational budget most of the budget is spent upon Higher education and secondary education and technical education etc.Few days ago I read a headline in a newspaper “Punjab spent 15 paisas per child on education in 2011-12”[iii]. On the other hand, world’s smaller countries like Singapore, Finland, Austria spent more on education and in result have stronger economies and more exports than Pakistan.

To survive in the Modern World, it is very much necessary for the developing countries like Pakistan to strongly emphasize on education, not just on Higher education but also on primary education. Special Initiatives must be taken and complete overhauling of the system is necessary especially for Pakistan to accommodate those 5.1 Million Children in educational institutions which will ultimately need more schools, buildings, infrastructure and other facilities which eventually need more budget allocation to this sector. Pakistan must have to treat Education at Emergency level. Pakistan has to increase its educational budget from 2.4% up to 10% of GDP within next 2-3 years. We have the clear example of Malaysia who increased their educational budget within last 30 years up to nearly 30% and now Malaysia is the leading Muslim country in education sector. The system of check and balance must be strong and strict. There must be a system of teachers training, their evaluation and certification. Modern methods of teaching must be utilized instead of traditional rote-leaning method. Primary education must be “Free for All”. It is the need of the hour that all of us Government, people, educationists, civil society, media, you and me must have to play our part for the betterment of Primary education in Pakistan.


Letter to Google Executive Chairman to Remove the movie “Innocence of Muslim”

Mr Eric Schmidt,
Executive Chairman,
Google.

Dear Mr Schmidt,

The movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and its video trailers and excerpts that appeared on Youtube.com have angered the Muslims the world over. The western world does not realize the amount of hatred which can be created among Muslims on two issues, that of desecration of the Quran and Blasphemy on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Posting of this disgraceful video has already led to many deaths of innocent people throughout the world and would continue to incite more into coming out on the streets.

It is unfortunate that there is no legislation even today in the West to control these clumsy acts of individuals who definitely are on the fringe of society but incite the world, resulting not only to loss of many innocent lives but also in leaving indelible marks on the psyche of huge populations. These hateful imprints of action and reaction may lead to reflection of the same among policy makers turning a lot of them into hardliners years down the road.Google does not allow pornographic images and explicit videos of sexual acts on its website as such an action would hurt the social values of society as it exists today. Neither does Google rightfully show training videos for terror, or for bomb making, because it would lead to further loss of human lives. Let me remind you that in this new era of communication Google has a far bigger role than the role of countries in its impact on society and therefore it must rise to the occasion and move beyond a stereotypical interpretation of ‘Freedom of Speech’.

The Muslims all over the world are angry,protesting against the anti-Islam Film makers.Several countries has blocked youtube,which in turn is injustice with the people but the people and the governments can do nothing.Google must have to feel the responsibility that why Millions of people suffer just because of gang of few ….
I urge you for being a peace loving human being to remove all videos showing trailers, excerpts and snippets from the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’.Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Aasim,

Muslims Protesting against anti-Islam Film “Innocent of Muslims” in different parts of world..

Massive Protest in Pes hawar,Pakistan on Friday,21st Sep 2012

Women Demonstrators Holding Play-card in London titling “I Love My Prophet”

Malaysian Muslim demonstrators march toward the U.S. Embassy after a Friday mass prayer in Kuala Lumpur.

A Kashmiri Muslim student participates in a protest march organized by a Muslim school on Saturday, September 22, against an independently produced anti-Islam film that has ignited anger in the Muslim world.

Protesters gather to demonstrate against a French magazine that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed outside the French Embassy in London on Friday.

Riot police clash with demonstrators in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, September 23. Clashes broke out as Muslims staged a demonstration in downtown Athens’ Omonia Square, to be followed by a march to the U.S. Embassy, in protest of a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed, which sparked deadly protests in the Middle East

Angry protesters in Karachi strike a poster showing a portrait of US President Barack Obama during a demonstration against the anti-Islam film

A Kashmiri Muslim with his face covered burns a mock American flag as others shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

Protesters in Bangladesh burnt American and Israeli flags and tried to march to the US embassy.

Protests in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Protests Go Global Against Anti-Islam Film


Pakistani student bags gold medal in International IT contest

A Pakistani student from Balochistan province has bagged gold medal in an international contest held in Turkmenistan defeating all the participants from Germany, Canada, Russia, England, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka behind.

Ubaidullah, son of Haji Talib Din, a rice trader, is a class ninth student of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges, Quetta has bagged a gold medal from the International Computer Project Olympiad (ICPO) held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, said a press release.

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Pakistan among top 10 nations with Young Academy

Pakistan is among the top 10 nations which have academy for promoting science and technology in the country and is working as a platforum for guidance of young.
researchers from all science disciplines under the supervision of senior scientists National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan was established in 2009.
The basic aim of NAYS is to give awareness to people about science and give its maximum benefits to the people. The first national young academy was established in Germany with name Die Junge Akademie (the Young Academy), this was followed by establishment of young academy in Netherlands in 2005.

Talking to APP, President NAYS, Aftab Ahmed said idea of Young Academy Movement started and many nations were trying to have their National young academies. He said, now the Global Young Academy was also being established and its first general assembly meeting had been held in March 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

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Six Pakistani universities among top Asian universities: QS Ranking-2012

Investment in higher education in Pakistan continues to reap dividends.
According to QS World Universities Rankings 2012, 6 Universities of Pakistan have won its place in the list of top 300 Universities, says a press release.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) UK is the world’s most renowned and prestigious ranking agency.
National University of Science and Technology (NUST-108) Karachi University (191-200) AKU (201-250) Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) (251-300) and Lahore University (251-300) are now in top 300 Asian Universities of the World.


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Moisture in the Air doesn’t affect swing Bowling, Research suggests

The phenomenon of swing bowling, in which a cricket ball veers sideways during flight, is not influenced by humidity, researchers say.

The widely-held belief that moisture in the air during humid conditions helps make a cricket ball swing has been clean bowled in a scientific study. © AFP/File Jewel Samad

Cricketers and sport scieThe phenomenon of swing bowling, in which a cricket ball veers sideways during flight, is not influenced by humidity, researchers say.

Cricketers and sport scientists alike have long hypothesised that high humidity may increase the swing effect.

But precise 3-D studies of cricket balls under varying humidity showed no effect on the balls’ shapes.

A report due in Procedia Engineering instead suggests that cloud cover increases swing by stilling the air.

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Pakistan Military Introduces Takhti 7, An Android Tablet

It appears that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra (PAC), a unit of Pakistan military, is getting serious with tablet manufacturing business.

After introducing PAC Pad1, PAC eBook1 and PAC nbook 1 PAC is now offering Takhti 7, an android tabled-computer.

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) said that it has partnered with INNAVTEK International to produce Takhti 7, a better form of PAC Pad1.

Takhti 7 is said to be a sister tablet of PAC Pad1, having enhanced hardware such as double RAM and better ARM Cortex-A8 processor packed with-in it.

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