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4 Ways Online Education Programs Teach Real-World Skills

I worked in an office where we communicated  by interoffice email, and we interacted as though a part of an online community. I could tell you the names of some of the former colleagues, and what kind of person they were, but I wouldn’t be able to describe their faces.We could walk over to each other’s desks, but we never did.

Secondary schools face sharpest cuts to funding since 1970s says thinktank

Secondary schools in England face the steepest cuts to funding since the 1970s, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that reveals differences in spending of nearly £20,000 per pupil during their time in the classroom.

Ofsted chief warns of growing failure in Englands secondary schools

The chief inspector of schools has warned that good teachers are in short supply in the areas of greatest need, as he revealed details of growing failure in England’s secondary schools, with tens of thousands more pupils attending schools condemned as inadequate.

Doing a PhD is as tough as training for a marathon and Im doing both

I used to have a normal job, with set working hours, drinks with colleagues on a Friday night and a desk in an open plan office.

Tuition fees have led to surge in students seeking counselling

A surge in the number of students at top universities using mental health services is due in part to the hike in tuition fees to £9,000, campaigners have said, adding that financial stress is linked to anxiety and depression.

Bring Teach First graduate scheme to prisons review to recommend

Aside from visiting a former pupil in a young offender institution, Dame Sally Coates had never been in a prison before when she was asked by the justice secretary, Michael Gove, to undertake a review of prison education. “All I knew about prison education was that the boy I visited wasn’t getting any,” she says.

State sixth forms outdo private schools in sciences, research finds

The best state sixth forms are outperforming their counterparts in the private sector in the teaching of physics, maths and chemistry, but are less successful when it comes to teaching humanities and foreign languages.

Provincial lawmakers not focusing on education

ISLAMABAD: Not a single cabinet minister from the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments could score an ‘A’ on the ‘Midterm Report Card for Members of the Provincial Assembly’, while the cabinets of Punjab and Balochistan only had one ‘A’ each.

According to the report, prepared by education campaigners Alif Ailaan, a majority of provincial lawmakers have not made significant progress towards improving public schools in their constituencies after being elected.

Lawmakers’ interest in education can be gauged from the fact that out of 577 directly-elected legislators from the four provinces, only 29 managed an overall ‘A’ grade. The scorecard for progress encompasses school facilities, student retention, gender parity and student-teacher ratios in public schools during the first two and half years of lawmakers’ tenure.

Alif Ailaan report card gives only two individual ‘A’ grades among all four provincial cabinets

Sindh

Of the 130 directly elected members of the Sindh Assembly, only five MPAs received an ‘A’. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s constituency PS-29 Khairpur-I scored a ‘B’, as did Sindh Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Nisar Ahmed Khuhro’s constituency, PS-36 Larkana.

Eight MPAs received ‘A+’ grades in student retention, but 66 per cent of constituencies scored a ‘C’ or lower.

Both Hyderabad and Karachi saw significant improvement in gender parity in public schools, while Thatta and Tharparkar were the “worst performing constituencies” in terms of gender parity.
Provincial lawmakers not focusing on education
The overall grade given to the Provincial Assembly of Sindh was a ‘C’.

Punjab

The report card for the Punjab Assembly shows that, of the 297 directly elected MPAs, 18 made genuine overall progress since the 2013 general elections. The overall grade for the Punjab Provincial Assembly was a ‘B’. Constituencies in south Punjab dominated the list of the most improved districts in Punjab, receiving 14 of the 18 ‘A’ grades.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s constituency PP-159 Lahore-XXIII received a ‘B’, as did Minister for School Education Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan’s constituency, PP-149 Lahore-XIII.

The report revealed that 53 per cent of Punjab’s constituencies received a ‘B’ or above in gender parity, a “slight” improvement that was distributed across north, central and south Punjab.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Of the 99 directly elected MPAs in the KP Provincial Assembly, three MPA’s constituencies saw improvements in public sector schools.

The constituency of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, PK-13 Nowshera-II received a ‘B’ and Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Mohammad Atif’s constituency PK-30 Mardan-VIII received a ‘C’. The overall grade given to the KP Provincial Assembly was a ‘B’. Constituencies also saw some improvement in the student-teacher ratio, with 52 per cent of all constituencies scoring a ‘B’ or higher.

With respect to gender parity, Torghar, Charsadda and Nowshera saw improvement, while Battagram and Lower Dir received ‘E’ grades. The report stated that the ‘D’ grades given to four constituencies in Swat and three in Buner suggested a deterioration in gender parity in these districts, including the constituency of former education minister Sardar Hussain Babak (PK-77 Buner-I).

Balochistan

The report card for the Balochistan Provincial Assembly revealed that of 51 elected MPAs, three can lay claim to constituencies that have seen evidence of overall progress since the 2013 elections. The overall grade for the Balochistan Provincial Assembly was a ‘B’.

Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch’s constituency, PB-48 Kech-I, received a ‘B’.

The report stated that there was some improvement in gender parity across the province, with 59 per cent of all constituencies scoring a ‘B’ or above. There was also “scant” improvement in student-teacher ratios, with 53 per cent of all constituencies scoring a ‘C’ or below.

Regional divides continued to feature in Balochistan’s educational landscape, with many constituencies in south Balochistan among the worst-performing constituencies, suggesting widespread neglect in this region.

Govt to distribute tabs among students of class 5 and 8

LAHORE- Punjab Schools Education Department (SED) will award tabs (tablets) to students of class 5 and class 8 over performance in their annual examination.

SED has prepared a list of 54,000 students and 2,400 teachers, who are teaching science subjects to class 5 and class 8. However teachers of others subjects are likely to be ignored in the distribution of tabs.

Govt to distribute tabs among students of class 5, 8

According to sources, students who will get good grades in the ongoing Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) exams of class 5 and 8 will be awarded with tabs featuring latest specifications.

Sources further told that the teachers possess better students pass ratio will be only eligible for getting these tabs.

Dr Zakria Zakar expected as new VC of Punjab University

LAHORE – According to the sources privy to the process of appointment of the Vice Chancellors at the four public sector universities of the Punjab, the chief minister has decided to appoint Dr Zakria Zakar, Dean Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, as the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Punjab.

Dr Zakria Zakar expected as new VC of Punjab University

For University of Sargodha (UoS), the CM has finalised the name of Dr Tahir Kamran. Summary in this regard is being prepared for CM’s signature. The CM has not yet finalised the names of the vice chancellors for LCWU and Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology, Multan.

It is important to note that of the three shortlisted candidates for Punjab University, the Search Committee gave highest marks to Dr Zakria Zakar, followed by Dr Zafar Moeen Nasar and Dr Mujahid Kamran.