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Education for every child?

THE prime minister, in the terms of reference that have been given to the task force on education, has given top priority to the issue of out-of-school children. He wants…

Reinventing basic education

In Pakistan, there is a rare consensus across political divides and among citizens concerning the dire state of education. Whether it is primary, secondary, or tertiary education, the system’s deficiencies…

Education and manifestos

DO party manifestos show intentions? Going by past record, they do not. Hardly ever have parties adhered to manifestos. But manifestos do show what parties want the people to know…

AI in education

INVESTMENTS in artificial intelligence are massive ($94 billion in 2021 alone). They will continue as people see profit-making potential in them. We have all heard the rhetoric that AI is…

The rising cost of higher education

In the mid-80s, a generation ago, the average American household spent about one-third of its income on housing expenses (rent or mortgage payments), about 20 per cent on food, 15…

Careless children

Greek philosopher Plato opined that the wealthy fostered a lack of restraint and refrained from conforming to legal and moral standards. Nearly two millennia later, Hobbes argued in his seminal…

What ails public-sector education?

I asked 12 year-old Sultan (pseudonym) to read from his Urdu textbook. He struggled to read a simple sentence (“more sher ki tarha jungle kaa badshah hai”). While he eventually…

No child left behind

World Children’s Day (November 20) is usually an understated affair in our country. And its motto ‘for every child, every right’ is hardly taken seriously by our leaders. This year…

Country’s higher education needs a revolution

If Pakistan must pick one revolution, that must be in education, which will ultimately lay the foundations for IT and green revolutions. The gap in education starts early from childhood…

For every child, every right

Children are not just our future, they are our present too, which is why World Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote and advocate for the…