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The school in the hill: making up for lost time in Jamrud

When Umer Afridi wanted to advertise his makeshift community school in Jamrud, he used an old militant tactic: he got mosques to make the announcement on the loudspeaker. The mosque told people to send their girls. “We also visited every house to inform the parents about the school,” Afridi says. And they came. Because in…

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$3bn pledged for girls education at G7, delighting Malala

Pledges worth nearly $3 billion dollars to help vulnerable women and girls, including refugees, get an education were announced at a G7 summit on Saturday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted his fellow leaders at a Quebec resort, called it “the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict…

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Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

The door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-to-find books in Kabul’s first mobile library. Named Charmaghz — the Dari for walnut, which is associated with logic in Afghanistan because the nut resembles a brain — the converted public bus…

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Math and science alliance shines light into Pakistan’s education blackhole

I am not particularly fond of children. On the flight to Islamabad from Karachi 7A, 7B, 7C were taken up by exceptionally vocal ear-blocked ones. And so, by the time I arrived for a panel hosted by Alif Ailaan on children learning science, I was not in a reasonable mood.  I have had a long,…

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Intermediate exams to be held in Karachi from May 25

The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced that intermediate exams in Karachi will be held from May 25.  A statement issued by the board on Wednesday said intermediate Part-I and Part-II, comprising pre-medical, pre-engineering and science general groups would start from May 25. The statement from the board advised students to obtain exam…

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Parties restate commitment to fixing Pakistan’s education

The leaders of almost all major political parties came together in Islamabad to commit their support for quality education to all Pakistani children. In a landmark education conference titled Ailaan-e-Amal, the leadership from PML-N, PPP, PTI, National Party, ANP, Jamaat-e-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party, PSP, MQM-P, PML-Q, JUI-F, PkMAP, and BNP-M pledged to go beyond political…

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Transgenders school in Faisalabad provides free education, technical training

The first transgender school has opened in Faisalabad and it provides free education and technical training to its students. Forty students are currently enrolled in the school. Principal Sadia, who had laid the foundation of the school with cooperation of private organizations, plans on expanding the institute when more students take admission. “We will get jobs…

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The challenge of growing plants in space

It’s not easy having a green thumb in space. Without gravity, seeds can float away. Water doesn’t pour, but globs up and may drown the roots. And artificial lights and fans must be rigged just right to replicate the sun and wind. But NASA has decided that gardening in space will be crucial for the…

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On her wheels: Dera Ghazi Khan teacher travels 28 km for teaching

A primary school teacher travels 28 kilometres on a motorcycle to fulfill her teaching responsibilities. Mahjabeen from Dera Ghazi Khan is overcoming many difficulties in her path including tribal enmity and threats to teach at a school located in the mountainous area. “I have been stationed here for the past six years,” Mahjabeen said. “Whether…

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I must be the best

By Zara Maqbool Are you pushing your child too hard? Yesterday, a teenager visited me for a counseling session. She was having a panic attack and her mother was worried to death. She had her Cambridge exams starting from next week and that had triggered the anxiety attack. I sat before her with a heavy…

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Scores of students in Karachi seek admit cards on eve of exam day

KARACHI: Hundreds of students formed long queues at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi to seek admit cards–that too on the eve of exam day.  “I didn’t even have breakfast. We have been standing here since 8:00am but they have still not given us our admit cards,” said one student. Another student said that he…

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Sindh Assembly adopts universities bill again despite protest

KARACHI: All powers to control the public sector universities have been delegated to Chief Minister Sindh with the passage of Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, carrying several fresh amendments, despite protest by members of opposition parties in Sindh Assembly. The provincial assembly again adopted the bill to regulate 24 universities of the…

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Post-mortem: The funds are real, the schools are not

Education departments of various provinces are getting funds but not building schools. Where there are schools, there are no teachers to teach–instead ghost employees who are taking salaries for doing nothing.  There are 900 schools that exist only on paper in Balochistan where 300,000 students have been shown to be enrolled. Adnan Adil said during…

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Post-mortem: Here’s how people rate the Sindh govt

SAMAA TV asked people how they would rate the performance of the PPP government in Sindh. The question was asked as part of a special transmission to discuss the government’s performance province by province. This is what people had to say.

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Malala tells media she will return for good ‘after education’

Islamabad: Malala Yousafzai plans to return to Pakistan permanently once her studies are completed, she told Pakistani media in Islamabad Friday, the second day of her emotional trip back more than five years after being shot by Taliban gunmen. Security has forced the Nobel laureate, whose arrival in the country dominated headlines and social media,…

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Fragile peace at girls’ school Malala built in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Dozens of girls in grey-and-white uniforms trooped into a building beneath a pine-covered ridge in Pakistan’s mountainous Shangla district Friday for classes at the school built with Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Prize money. The Khpal Kor Model School, three storeys tall and with a computer lab, playground and library, is a symbol of the change…

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Matric exams begin in Karachi

Over 300,000 students are taking part in matriculation examinations in Karachi that started Wednesday under Karachi Board of Secondary Education. Authorities have put in place Clause-144 around the examination centers to stem the cheating practice. Meantime, photostat shops have been directed to remain close during the papers. As many as 84 examination centers have been…

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Video of Afghan mother cradling baby in exam goes viral

KABUL: Afghan farmer Jahantab Ahmadi sits on the ground, her baby resting in her lap, as she focuses on the university entrance exam she hopes will help her fulfil her dreams. The powerful photo, taken by a professor at Nasir Khusraw private university in central Afghanistan, has gone viral after striking a chord in a…

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School funded by Malala Yousafzai opens in Shangla

KARACHI: A school funded by the youngest Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has started its operations in Shangla on Friday. In a tweet, Malala congratulated the students in Shangla on their first day at KKF Model School. She said “I was proud to give my Nobel Prize moeny to help build this school for girls in…

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Protest by Quaid-e-Azam University professors enters sixth week

Report By: Ahsan Ansari ISLAMABAD: The protest of Quaid-e-Azam University professors against the vice chancellor of the educational institution has entered into its sixth week. The lecturers of Quaid-e-Azam University have blamed the vice-chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf for mismanagement and violation of merit in the educational institution. The academic activities in the university are not…

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Education reforms in Sindh leading to improvement, but not nearly enough

KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has invested in a substantial number of reforms that have been significant in addressing various gaps in education service delivery. But these reforms need to speed up to sustainably address the plethora of problems that ail the province’s education system. This was highlighted in “2013-2018 Five years of education reform: SINDH…

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