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    CE'S Litercacy Campaign...

    A report from "The Nation" on an issue, which can hopfully unite all Pakistani's?:-

    CELC endeavouring to attain higher literacy rate

    ISLAMABAD (APP) - Chief Executive Literacy Commission (CELC) is making all out efforts to attain higher literacy rate by establishing more non-formal schools throughout the country. "This is part of the government's plan of providing education to the children of underdeveloped areas," said Chairman, CELC, Dr Abdul Qadir Ansari. In an interview with the agency here Tuesday, he said, the Commission will continue to strive for attaining higher literacy rate under Universalisation of Primary Education.
    He said, "if the organisation is provided proper patronage and adequate funds, we will be able to achieve 60 per cent literacy rate within three years." "We have been working on Universalisation of Primary Education for promotion of education to achieve higher literacy rate in the country," Ansari said.
    He was of the opinion that formal schools cannot reach the masses at their doorsteps, as most of the children reside in localities where population is not more than 300 people. But this task could be done through non-formal system of education, he said.
    To a query, Ansari said, CELC appoints matriculate teachers from their respective areas and provides them training to impart education to children. The children, he said, are given education at teachers' residences and are taught the course provided by the Text Book Board.
    They are also given 60 days holidays compared to government schools of 185 days, due to which our students complete primary education in 3 years and four months. To attain higher standard of quality education, he said, the District Education Officers (DEOs) conduct examination of the non- formal schools. It was heartening to note that the standard of education and the results of our schools are either equivalent to formal schools or better than them. Referring to the results of 8,000 students, who had started education in our schools in 1996, Ansari said, it was 70 per cent. Among the ratio 90 per cent were female students throughout the country, he added.
    He dispelled the impression that non-formal schools were not functioning properly and said recently under the directives of Chief Minister of Balochistan, Army Monitoring Team conducted visits of our schools in the province. He said the team comprising Army officials, Director of Education of every division and representative of CELC in their report said that 93 per cent of our schools were found functioning in proper manner.
    He said a budget of Rs 220 million has been approved for the next financial year 2000-2001 to increase the number of schools from 7,190 to 10,000. "Though, this amount is insufficient to meet our requirements, however, we will try our best to achieve the given target." He said about 3000 new schools will be opened for students between age 9 to 16, while earlier it was 5 to 9.
    He said in Pakistan, people above 10 years age are 88 million, out of which 48 million are illiterate, which includes 28 million females and 20 million males.

    [I hope your CE does not open
    "Islamic science and Technology Madrassa". LOL]

    Under the circumstances,
    Totally Uncalled for statement.

    When we don't feel like being Positive, there isn't any need for us to be Negative/Provocative either.

    It SPOILS the atmosphere for the rest, who may or not particpate, but do Visit and CARE to keep the forums CONGENIAL so the visits are Worth....


      My friend what are you talking about? Are you talking about the topic at hand? or any quote I made??


        She’s talking about a deleted post - Btw thanks dehatan

        This is a great step, is there fixed any time frame for this? I mean when does this start etc. What is the syllabus? Or which subjects are prioritized? Does formal also mean that ppl don’t have to pay for the education and books?


          We need education , and we stand far behind that too much isnt good enuff....
          If CE is doing something about it , good..although , right things in wrong context arent right....
          Education has two basic parts....First is the abulity to acquire information..i.e reading/writing skills, and second is ability to analyse it....
          At present we are just struggling with the first part...
          Hope kai humm jiyaiN zulf kai saar hoonai taak..


            Nova jee ’context’ can or will be forgotten in a few years – lekin if they can leave positive marks to hamari aane wali nasleiN sanbhal jaeiN gi.

            And you’re right the challenge is to understand how you can use your information. That I think comes with time, when you start seeing the bigger picture…

            This is just the first step in the right direction, whoever is leading you is not so important in this case.


              CE announces more details on his Literacy campaign:-

              CE hints at key changes in education system

              The chief executive, Gen Pervez Musharraf, on Tuesday said that fundamental changes would be made in the education system to improve the literacy rate.

              "We plan to introduce concrete, structural and strategic changes in the education system," he said, adding that there was a need to work out a strategy which should be in accordance with the dictates, environment, culture and history of Pakistan. However, he pointed out, the strategy must be implementable and practicable and not a utopian one.

              Inaugurating a two-day national seminar "dream and the reality", jointly sponsored by the army education directorate and the ministry of education, the chief executive said that Pakistan could not be made a dynamic, progressive and forward-looking Islamic state unless education was spread both in rural and urban areas.

              He listed four basic parameters to adopt the new strategy, currently being formulated by the advisory board. They were: improvement in literacy rate, provision of qualitative education, bringing religious education into mainstream and introduction of vocational training.

              "Our literacy rate is about 50 per cent which is not enough and we need to substantially increase it," he said, adding that there was also a need to have better teachers with an improved syllabus.

              Referring to the scheme for religious education, he stressed the need for bringing it closer to main-stream education. There were several religious schools which were concentrating only on religious education.

              "We will seek ideas from religious scholars to enhance standard of education in madaris and ensure that the students of madaris also get formal education". Dr Mahmood Ghazi, member of the National Security Council, was working on it, he said.

              The CE was of the view that mass vocational training should be introduced to help students learn various skills. He said the army's substantial contribution to education was the introduction of public schools and colleges which won appreciation from all. "I can be proud of this as chief of the army staff but not as the chief executive of Pakistan."

              He said the promotion of education was not the job of the army but it was doing it as others had failed.

              Gen Musharraf said there were ghost schools and ghost teachers, and regretted that only 02 per cent of the budget was being spent on education. The heavy burden of debt servicing did not allow to have substantial increase in the education budget. "But we have decided to increase funding for education and it will be done by increasing our revenues".

              He told the gathering that Rs15 billion were being spent on developing viable strategy for promoting information technology.

              The CE said that educational degrees were sold and that Pakistani degrees were not even recognized within Pakistan.

              He said the emoluments given to teachers were low and assured the gathering that a partial increase in the salaries of teachers would be made in the budget.

              He emphasized the need for improving syllabi and producing quality books. He said the country had educationists of international standards but still people were not getting quality education.

              About the religious education, he said there was a need to concentrate on character building. He said there was a concentration on rituals but character building was non- existent. He said religious education needed to be focused on huqooq-ul-ibad.

              The CE regretted that reading and writing was non-existent in the country, and called for inculcating the habit of reading.

              TAX EXEMPTION: Science and Technology Minister Prof Dr Attaur Rehman hinted exemption of 50pc tax which the universities had to pay on the purchase of research material.

              In his speech, he said he had made efforts to get an exemption in the budget and if it was given then the universities would have an outright 50pc increase in their budgets.

              Education Minister Zubaida Jalal said a national plan of action had been prepared to provide quality education to youths.