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Body to review pros and cons of legalising student unions
« on: February 20, 2009, 07:58:08 PM »
Body to review pros and cons of legalising student unions

Islamabad: The 15th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Meeting formed a committee on Thursday to examine the pros and cons of the restoration of students unions in educational institutions and give a report to the federal government within two weeks.

The federal education secretary will head the committee, which will consist of the provincial education secretaries. The meeting was called to finalise the proposals and suggestions from the provincial governments on the new education policy, to be announced by the federal government on March 23. The participants decided that English Language would be made compulsory from class one and a number of 'master trainers' would be recruited for the purpose.

It was also decided that the provinces would be allowed to teach one regional or provincial language relevant to local needs. The ministers decided to introduce a new administrative cadre for educational institutions and improved and strengthen the teaching cadre.

The meeting was told that the provinces have already done the spadework and the teaching cadre and administrative cadre will formally be separated when the next education policy is announced. It was also informed that the new education policy would include a proper career growth scheme for teachers and their perks such as housing and transport. A National Authority for School Standards would also be announced in the new education policy, the participants were told.

They were also told that private sector schools enrol 39 percent of primary students and the ministers decided to strengthen public-private partnership in the field of education.

The provinces expressed serious concern over the non-availability of funds for education sector and demanded of the federal government to take immediate measures in this regard, saying the provincial education departments and universities were facing a severe financial crunch. The Sindh government demanded making a 'Teachers' Housing Society', a quota for sons and daughters of teachers in various services, and an upgrade of the pay scales of teachers.

The federal education minister said that the new education policy would lay special emphasis on teachers' education and will introduce a separate cadre for teachers' training.

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq said the new policy should allow provinces to recruit teachers. He complained that the district governments were not cooperating with the provincial government.

He said that the Sindh government wanted to the raise the standard of teachers' qualification, and added that Computer Diplomas would be made a part of pre-requisites for teachers' enrolment.

Balochistan Education Minister Shafique Muhammad suggested that the new education policy should eliminate the third division from the assessment system and third division students should be considered failed. Punjab Education Secretary Zulqarnain Aamir proposed a 'teaching allowance' of at least 2,000 per month and said a proper service structure for teachers should be announced. Daily Times
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