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Sex education an ‘attack’ on religious freedom: pope

Sex education an ‘attack’ on religious freedom: pope

VATICAN CITY – Sexual and civic education in schools in Europe is an “attack” on religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday in a traditional annual address to foreign diplomats to the Vatican.
“I cannot remain silent about another attack on the religious freedom of families in certain European countries which mandate obligatory participation in courses of sexual or civic education,” the pope told the ambassadors.
He said such courses “convey a neutral concept of the

In KP and FATA, girls are denied education

PESHAWAR – Khwendo Kor, a non profit non governmental organization, is vigilant to the plight of women and children, this was stated by Rohi Bano, the regional manager of Khwendo Kor while talking to Pakistan Today.
She said the organisation has been cautious to monitor the human rights situation in the country, especially the problems being faced by the woman and children in the backward areas of KP and FATA.
She said the Khwendo Kor has carried out surveys to assess the

Seminaries should impart modern education’

LAHORE – Religious seminaries’ students can play an active role for establishment of a balanced society by acquiring modern education, Senior Advisor to the Punjab CM Zulfiqar Khosa said on Friday.
He was talking to Durban University Professor Dr Syed Salman Nadvi and others at the Jamia Ashrafia. Khosa said that introducing science and computer subjects in curriculum of religious seminaries had fulfilled demands of present times.
The Punjab CM’s advisor said that the

EDUCATION MINISTRY’S DEVOLUTION – Centre hesitant to relinquish authority, say educationists

Lahore – According to some notable educationists, the education ministry’s devolution plan may fall flat on its face because some people in the federal government do not want to give up their authority, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The federal government was supposed to transfer the education ministry’s powers to the provinces, as mentioned in the 18th amendment. The stakeholders in the federal capital seem united, not to surrender their powers; including curricula and national

A REVIEW OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR-2010 a year of protest

LAHORE – 2010 was a crucial year for the education sector as teachers and students were seen protesting the entire year for their rights, while authorities failed to prove that education was their top priority. A series of corruption at schools, colleges and universities, teachers’ abductions, violence and protests against various policies, governmental and institutional, was recorded during the year. The tragic incidents that the year witnessed include murder of a female teacher at

‘Promoting education is essential to

LAHORE – Promoting education is essential for combating terrorism and solving other problems being faced by the country, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday. He was addressing a symposium held in connection with the King Edward Medical University’s (KEMU) 150th anniversary.
The MNA said that democracy would have to be strengthened for continuity of development projects and solving problems of youth were

Education Ministry refuses to be sent to the provinces

ISLAMABAD: The government’s plan to devolve 5 ministries to the provinces is likely to come undone as the Federal Education Ministry and the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education opposed the devolution under the 18th constitutional amendment in unison at a meeting of the of the committee on Tuesday, chaired by Member of the National Assembly Abid Sher Ali.
The chairman of the education committee directed the Education Ministry to submit a detailed proposal to it in

Education Ministry under-paying contractual employees

ISLAMABAD: The Education Ministry is blatantly violating the government’s labour policy by paying Rs 6,000 in salary to its employees working on contractual basis, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to the labour policy, the minimum salary of workers should not be less than Rs 7,000 per month but two attached departments of the Education Ministry were openly violating the labour policy.
This sheer violation of government rules right under the nose of Parliament House goes

Assef again opposes devolution of Education Ministry

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali has again opposed the devolution of the Education Ministry to provinces under the 18th Amendment.
Addressing a meeting of Pakistan Educational Task Force (PETF) on Saturday, Aseff said the devolution of the ministry would be counter-productive. He said, “The Education Ministry is overseeing the affairs of more than 14 million students and seventy nine thousand teachers of the Islamabad Capital Territory, FATA,

Plan for uniform education system likely to end in fiasco

ISLAMABAD: The government’s plan to implement a uniform education system in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) is likely end in fiasco owing to educational managers’ inability to win approval of the required funds.
The uniform education system as well as upgrade of the teachers of the capital territory was announced by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on the international teachers’ day two months back. Gilani, while addressing a function to mark the day, announced a

Punjab govt spending billions to promote education, says Saira Tarar

HAFIZABAD – Punjab Education Task Force Chairperson Saira Afzal Tarar has said that the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees for promoting education in the province.
She expressed these views while addressing a meeting of headmaster and headmistresses of the different schools in Hafizabad. Hafizabad District Education Promotion Committee Chairman Muhammad Bukhsh, Executive District Officer Education Sohail Azher Khan and attended the meeting.
She regretfully

Sindh CM’s daughter made education sec

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday appointed Naheed Durrani, the daughter of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, as secretary Education Department while Ahmed Bux Narejo was appointed the new secretary to Sindh chief minister.
Narejo was waiting for posting while Durrani was serving as the Planning and Development Department secretary.
In another possible reshuffle, the provincial government has directed Mohammad Younus Dhaga, serving as the Sindh Investment Board Managing

Transfer of Education Ministry to provinces ‘a threat to federation’

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education has termed the transfer of Education Ministry to provinces under the 18th amendment as a threat to Federation.
The committee that met here on Monday with its Chairman Abid Sher Ali in the chair, decided to send its recommendations to constitutional reforms committee to have a review of its decision to devolve the Education Ministry to the provinces and also to make them a part of 19th amendment.
The committee

BRIDGING the GAPS – School Education Department’s website launched

LAHORE: School Education Department Government of Punjab has launched its official website (www.schools.punjab.gov.pk) for online access to the information and policies pertaining to the department to facilitate the public and the government functions.
The data of around 62 thousands schools including male and female has been uploaded on the website. The department has uploaded information under the respective subject and category links for ease of searching.
Sources in the

HRCP seminar demands focus on civic education

LAHORE: Primary and secondary education of civics must begin at an elementary level to instill in students a sense of good citizenship and primary curriculum and textbooks must instill tolerance, gender equality and human rights, speakers at a seminar on ‘Civic Education in Schools’ organised by the Human Resource Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said. The seminar was attended by educationists, curriculum experts and human rights observers.
The speakers noticed the fact that civic

Qaim empowered to extend Education City deadline

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Monday authorised the Sindh chief minister to extend the deadline for the completion of the Karachi Education City project, after it dawned onto the provincial lawmakers that the private parties, which have acquired land for the project, cannot be held responsible for the delay.
The House granted an amendment in the Colonisation of Government Lands Bill, empowering the Sindh chief minister to allow an extension to the time limit set in the original

Nationalising education was wrong, says prime minister

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that nationalising educational institutions was a wrong decision by the previous PPP regime.
He was addressing a public gathering on Saturday in honour of late Nawab Fazl Ali, pioneer of Zameendar College, in Gujrat.
“The government always makes decisions in good faith, but some prove wrong, like the nationalisation of educational institutions by the PPP’s previous regime,” he said.
Gilani said no one