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Parents urge ministry to reinstate lightweight school bag policy

ISLAMABAD: As the summer vacation has commenced, elementary school students may find momentary respite from the heavy burden of school bags. However, a policy that once promised lasting relief, the `Lighter Bag Brighter Student` initiative, has been practically discontinued, much to the dismay of parents and children alike. Launched in…

Man held for recording girl’s video in hostel washroom

LAHORE: The Lytton Road police arrested a man for allegedly recording an objectionable video of a young girl in the washroom of a hostel where she was staying along with other girls. The victim girl said that she was taking a bath when she suddenly noticed someone was recording her…

Three school education depts merged into one authority

LAHORE: The Punjab government on 14 June 2024 established the Punjab Education, Curriculum, Training and Assessments Authority (PECTAA) after merger of three departments -Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), Quaid-i Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) and Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) with a view to reform school education. Earlier, the…
Implementation of Article 25A in Pakistan

Education emergency: a social X-ray

THE prime minister recently declared an education emergency, a much-needed and welcome call to action. Our education system is in critical condition and experts must now step forward to revive it. International donors and NGOs must be watching keenly to see what happens this time. Academics may be expecting invitations,…

Form-B admission requirement waived off for capital schools

ISLAMABAD: The government-run educational institutions in the capital have waived off the requirement of Form-B for admission in schools in a major relief for the undocumented children mostly hailing from underprivileged communities, a requirement which had been disproportionately affecting the enrolment rate. At present, Pakistan has about 26 million children…

Rs3.792 Trillion PSDP with Major Increase in Education Budget

ISL AMABAD: The government on 12 June 2024 announced a Rs3.792 trillion national Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2024-25, which represents a staggering 58 per cent increase from the Rs2.39tr to be spent under the head by the close of FY24. Of the total, Rs2.095tr has been…

13% hike in education budget by Punjab Government

LAHORE: The Punjab government has announced a significant increase of 13 per cent in education budget for the 2024-25 fiscal, allocating a sum of Rs669.74 billion. This includes Rs 65.50 billion for development expenditure and Rs 604.24 billion for current expenses. The government has sanctioned Rs 42.50 billion for development…

Collective efforts needed to eliminate child labour

KARACHI: As countries observe World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June 2024, government officials, rights activists, members of civil society and other stakeholders asked the government and employers on 12 June 2024 to take collective measures to eliminate the menace of child labour from the country. At a seminar…

Girls education remains a challenge in militancy-hit Bara

KHYBER: The deplorable condition of most of the public sector primary schools for girls, shortage of teaching staff and inaccessibility of students to educational institutions beyond primary level have been cited to be three major hurdles to promotion of female education in the militancy-affected Bara tehsil of Khyber tribal district.…

Ensuring Every Child’s Right to Play

IN March this year, the UN General Assembly declared that the International Day of Play would be observed annually on June 11. This announcement has come after a long advocacy campaign led by Unicef, global civil society, and organisations such as Right To Play. So, today the world is celebrating…
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