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Breaking the education dichotomy

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/187118-Breaking-the-education-dichotomy



Balochistan, a resource-rich province, is considered to be the most backward region in the field of education  –  particularly female education. The province has been home to the highest proportion of illiteracy among girls.The Balochistan government’s efforts to promote female literacy in the province and encourage girls who do not attend school to begin enrolling at educational institutions have been largely ineffective. Last year, the Balochistan government approved a coeducation scheme at all primary schools in Balochistan for the first time. The decision was taken in view of the insufficient number of girls schools in the province.But the strategy did not provide a suitable remedy to increase the enrolment of girls. The dropout rate has remained abysmal at middle and high school levels and the provincial government has failed to take notice of the matter. In addition, the lack of government schools for girls,…

Powering Pakistan for the 21st century: The state of Maths and Science in schools

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/01-Mar-17/powering-pakistan-for-the-21st-century-the-state-of-maths-science-in-schools

By: Web Desk
01-Mar-17
Pakistani schools (especially government schools) are producing unacceptably low levels of learning outcomes in maths and science. This represents a significant and deep-rooted challenge to Pakistan’s economic growth.This was stated in a press release issued by Alif Ailaan, an NGO which campaigns for education reform in Pakistan, working with parents, politicians and education providers. The NGO collects and compiles data on education in Pakistan, commissions research, and develops fact sheets and policy briefs to make information on education accessible to the public.Alif Ailaan has published the Volume II of its report on the state of maths and science in schools in Pakistan. The details of the report are as follows-The average maths score for Class VIII students in the National Education Assessment System (NEAS) exams conducted in 2014 was 461…

Varsities urged to develop skills for CPEC projects

http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/02-Mar-2017/varsities-urged-to-develop-skills-for-cpec-projects

March 02, 2017Islamabad - The Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Mukhtar Ahmed asked educational institutions to prepare market-oriented skilled workforce by keeping in view the importance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Talking to APP, he urged the universities to explore new ways of research and develop skills for the CPEC project so that the youth could be deployed in the game changer corridor.  The HEC, he said, was making all-out efforts to upgrade the standard of higher education in the country, bringing it at par with international level.He maintained that the HEC was constantly struggling to provide the country with highly qualified human resource.        The HEC had taken a number of initiatives to promote higher education, encourage research activities, increase access rate and improve quality of education, he revealed.The number of PhDs had increased remarkab…

Trade bodies want Indian conspiracies against CPEC foiled

http://dailytimes.com.pk/business/02-Mar-17/trade-bodies-want-indian-conspiracies-against-cpec-foiled

By: Staff Report
02-Mar-17KARACHI: Industrialist and representatives of prime export sectors of the country have expressed their concern over conspiracies apparently being hatched to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through extremism, violence and cross-border terrorism in Pakistan, by countries like India that have economic and political rivalries with Pakistan.Members of the Pakistan Apparel Forum (PAF), Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association (PYMA), All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF), and All Pakistan Marble Mining Processing Industry and Exporters Association (APMMPIEA) showed their confidence in the timely completion of the CPEC project, commenting that it is a transnational project promising an investment of more than $50 billion. They said that maximum advantage would be taken of the CPEC to revolutionise trading, trans…

Local Industry and the CPEC Promise

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1343274/local-industry-cpec-promise/



By HasaanKhawarPublished: March 2, 2017
The writer is a fellow of Consortium for Development Policy Research.The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — a $54 billion portfolio of energy and infrastructure projects — promises to usher in a new era of economic development and growth for Pakistan. However, this could only be possible if Pakistan’s industry reaps benefits from this enhanced connectivity, creating new jobs and boosting exports. Industrial cooperation therefore forms the crux of CPEC and any promised growth in domestic economy hinges on it.Ironically, industrial cooperation is one area where Pakistan seems least prepared. While policymakers are overly optimistic on CPEC and its potential benefits, local manufacturers, chambers and industry associations appear to be seriously concerned about their future.The textile industry, for instance, fears the glut of textile goods from Xinjiang to create serious compet…

Joint CT operations

http://nation.com.pk/editorials/02-Mar-2017/joint-efforts
Joint EffortsMarch 02, 2017With the country under attack, it is more pertinent than ever that all the provinces and law enforcement agencies work together to purge the country of terrorism. The Counter-Terrorism Departments (CTD) of both Sindh and Balochistan Police on Tuesday, decided to launch a “joint operation” in parts of Balochistan where the intelligence wings of the law-enforcement agencies had identified hideouts of the suspects allegedly involved in the recent terrorist attacks in Sindh.The Sindh Police authorities have expressed their eagerness in working together on a joint counter-terrorism strategy, but had difficulty in convincing their counterparts to agree. The presence of the hideouts of some banned militant outfits in Balochistan is very likely, considering the multiple attacks on Quetta in recent years, however, the Balochistan police department has denied their existence multiple times before.The areas which…

China awaits Gwadar’s development to invest in industrial setups

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/189539-China-awaits-Gwadars-development-to-invest-in-industrial-setups
KARACHI: China will convince its investors to set up industrial projects in the southern deep sea port of Gwadar after the completion of infrastructure developments in the Balochistan city, its envoy said. “Birds come when the nest is built,” Mu Yongpeng, vice consul general of China’s consulate general in Karachi told media at a meeting on late Tuesday’s evening.Yongpeng said Chinese government has initiated infrastructure development, constructing roads, developing port and building an airport. He said the main responsibility lies on the part of the government to provide basic utilities in the area.China started $57-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) connecting its southern western province Xinjiang, across Pakistan, to Persian Gulf. Gwadar is the southern centerpiece of China’s ambitious plan of building energy and infrastructure.The start of transportation on the cor…

ECO member states welcome CPEC, reiterate resolve for regional integration

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/189528-ECO-member-states-welcome-CPEC-reiterate-resolve-for-regional-integration

ISLAMABAD: Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states have reiterated their political will and strong commitment for economic development, common prosperity, regional integration and peace and stability in the ECO Region.A declaration issued after the 13th ECO Summit held in Islamabad on Wednesday reaffirmed commitment to the principles and objectives enshrined in the Treaty of Izmir.It also attached great importance to the cooperation frameworks developed under the different agreements concluded between the Member States and the momentum created in different fields of cooperation.The member states also reassured their commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter including the respect for political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states development of friendly relations among nations and pacific settlement of disputes.It als…

India , Pakistan spar on issues of Kashmir and BALOCHISTAN at UN HRC

http://www.firstpost.com/india/india-pakistan-spar-on-issues-of-kashmir-and-balochistan-at-united-nations-hrc-3309816.htmlIndia, Pakistan spar on issues of Kashmir and Balochistan at United Nations HRCShreerupaMitraMar, 01 2017 21:47:01 ISTIn the last two decades, the world’s most wanted terrorists have found “succor and sustenance” in Pakistan which has earned the reputation of being a “global epicenter of terrorism”, India said in response to Pakistan’s allegations at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).“Members will recognise the irony of a nation that has established a well-earned reputation of being a global epicenter of terrorism holding forth on human rights,” the Permanent Representative of India to the UN offices at Geneva Ajit Kumar told the HRC.“For the last two decades, the most wanted terrorists of the world have found succor and sustenance in Pakistan,” he added.The fundamental reason for disturbances in parts of Jammu and Kashmir in India is cross-border terrorism “aided …