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transforming education in Gilgit Baltistan

GB Government converted a sub-jail in Chilas into a Girls School

Gilgit: In a significant move, a sub-jail building in Chilas has been transformed into a school exclusively for girls, while the under-construction Commissioner House in Diamer is being repurposed into a women’s hostel reported by Daily Dawn on May 22, 2023.  According to Altamash Janjua, the Commissioner of Diamer, the sub-jail building, previously under the supervision of GB Scouts, has…

Minors charged with terrorism offence to be tried in juvenile court

The Peshawar High Court has ruled that a juvenile accused charged with terrorism-related offence should be tried by a juvenile court notified under the Juvenile Justice System Act, 2018, and not by an anti-terrorism court. A single-member bench consisting of Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim accepted plea of an under-trial juvenile accused…

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…

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…

NCRC launches State of Children in Pakistan Portal

ISLAMABAD:The National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) commemorated the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12, 2024 by launching the State of Children in Pakistan portal and presenting its annual report for 2023-24. This event marks a significant step forward in the fight against child labour and…

First newborn screening point opens at HFH

RAWALPINDI: The Zahra Beau Welfare Foundation (ZBWF) has launched the first sample collection point for newborn screening at Holy Family Hospital (HFH). Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Umar, officially inaugurated the free new-born screening, recognising it as a fundamental right for all new-borns, a news release said.…

MPA submits child marriage restraint bill in PA

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Sobia Shahid on 7 June 2023 submitted  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Marriage Restraint Bill, 2024 to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat. She said the bill was aimed to make child marriage a cognisable offence, adding under the bill, whoever committed the offence would be punished with…

Six schools to be made eco-friendly

RAWALPINDI: The Education Department has approved three boys’ and 3 girls’ high schools as models eco-friendly schools in all 23 tehsils of Rawalpindi division. The Ministry of Education has asked the District Education Authority’s CEOs of all 42 districts of the province for the list of these schools by the…

Sindh Government okays Rs520m for new children’s unit in NICVD

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved on 5 June 2024 an additional amount of Rs520 million for the new under construction paediatric unit at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD). He was presiding over the 82nd governing body meeting of the institute at the CM House.…
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