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Messing with education

Education in Pakistan has been perpetually in peril. Not because the government did not have resources; it had them for all other purposes, including some wrong ones. Mainly education has…

Lessons in school reforms

Pakistan has struggled to maintain any kind of standard at both government and private schools across the country. While private schools often claim to offer the best education and learning…

Every job but their own

Writing about education issues in our country is taxing, because much of it boils down to identifying a lot of shortcomings, bad priorities and poor decision making. We spent the…

Something for the kids

Many years ago, when most of us were children or teenagers, PTV, the only official channel on air, used to host a series of television programmes for children, in its…

Diversity, inclusion and the youngDr Naazir Mahmood

The Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) has been working for the promotion of diversity and inclusion in society. Its recent consultation titled ‘Promoting narratives of diversity, inclusion, and peace…

Education plans: a suggestion

PEOPLE are worried about the new government’s education plans. Will the Single National Curriculum be continued or shelved? Will we return to the old curriculum and the old books, or…

Education emergency

SAADIA has been teaching science to Grade 8 students at a government school in Lahore’s outskirts for 15 years. Every day, she enters the classroom, starts lecturing and the students…

Pakistan’s Donald Trump — II

IN September 2015, Dawn carried my op-ed article, “Pakistan’s Donald Trump”. This was 16 months before Trump became president of the United States and about three years before Imran Khan became prime minister of…

The education paradox

In his address at Allahabad in 1930, Allama Iqbal preached that an ideal state would be one that created its own culture and politics. Following this, Pakistan was created in…

Saving higher education [Part – I]

As the PTI-led government has made a joke of nearly everything, education is no exception. It is trying to do everything in education that it should not be doing at…