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Working for quality education in Pakistan: Shafqat Mehmood



Working for quality education

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood Wednesday said that the federal governments are giving priority to quality education in order to ensure human resource development in line with modern requirements.

‘No nation could reach the climax of development and prosperity without having quality education’, he said in an interview.

Minister says government is working to introduce uniform education system in the country.

He further said better quality of education is important not only for students, who benefit from better earnings but also for the nation at large.

Shafqat Mehmood also suggested to improve the quality of teaching by introducing different training course for aspiring teachers so that they can meet the needs of the national and international standards of education.

He highlighted that different education systems were working in the society like Madrassa system, government schools, Urdu medium, English medium and Oxford system of education which had badly damaging the unity of the country.

He said that quality education was the right of every child of the society, but unfortunately, no ruler in the past focused on it, adding that it would be a marvelous step by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government to introduce uniform quality education for everyone without any discrimination.

The minister also stressed for the need of enhancing budget for the education sector, saying that for the progress and prosperity of the country, every children has to be enrolled in the school.

Minister said the government will taking all stakeholders on board to make changes so as to introduce a uniform education system in the country.

Shafqat Mehmood says Pakistan and UNDP also working together in several areas of education sector.

“The education system is facing numerous challenges which will be tackled according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he concluded.





Inflated gas bills: Customers to get Rs. 2.5b back!



ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information informed that Federal Cabinet has given the approval to reimburse Rs. 2.5 billion to gas consumers who received inflated bills.

Addressing a Presser here today Minister said the cabinet took into view the issue of inflated gas bills and discussed measures to rectify the situation. According to him, 3.2 million gas consumers have been affected by exaggerated gas bills.

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Women must have education: US Envoy Paul Jones



ISLAMABAD: Over the last seven years, the number of Pakistani men who think women should have equal rights increased by 15 percent.

This was one of the many findings revealed by a recent survey assessing attitudes on gender parity.  The survey also noted that 76 percent of Pakistani men and 90 percent of women now think that women should be allowed to work – up 11 percent since 2011.  It also highlighted gaps between attitudes and practice, with barriers remaining that inhibit women’s access to economic and political opportunities.

Overall, Pakistan has made significant progress toward gender equity. These survey results were the topic of a panel discussion today at the Evolving Attitudes on Gender Equity in Pakistan seminar, hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  More than 70 representatives from civil society, government, and the international community attended the event.  Panelists explored survey findings in greater detail and provided recommendations for continued progress.

Speaking on behalf of U.S. Mission Pakistan, Ambassador Paul Jones, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., emphasized that “For societies to thrive, women and girls must have educational and employment opportunities, quality health care, and access to technology.  Gender equity and women’s empowerment are not just part of development – they are at the center of every country’s development goals.”


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Equal opportunities for women in education being ensured: Shafqat



Uniform curriculum need of the hour

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Tuesday said the government was committed to establishing more colleges and schools especially for women in order to provide them equal opportunities in the field of education.

Addressing the 2nd convocation of Islamabad College of Home Economics and Management Sciences, the minister said, it was the responsibility of every student to play his due role for national development.

He said “I am very glad to see that a number of female students were showing their interest in the discipline like Home Economics and added no nation could progress without the active participation and support of women”.

The Minister said teachers were the important segment of the society and their services for the humanity were of prime importance.

“Comprehensive strategy has been made for teachers to enhance their administrative skills so they could perform their duties with more effectively”.

Shafqat said in order to make learning process better for the students, technology experiments in the class rooms are underway following modern techniques.

He said 32 percent people of the country were uneducated, “Government would continue to extend all possible efforts to make a uniformed curriculum for all the educational institutions including seminaries, private institutes and public sector so the students could get same education.

“The desired results are expected by end of this year”, he maintained.

He reiterated that 28,000 out of school children in federal capital would be brought back to schools as per vision of the prime minister.

He congratulated the students on receiving the degrees and hoped that the graduates would contribute to the country’s development.

On the occasion he also distributed degrees among the graduates of 2016-17 sessions.

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