Monthly Archives: September 2009

Now the Barber touch

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THINGS are moving on the education front in Pakistan. But not at the grass-roots level. A policy has been put in place at the national level.

A joint task force on education to be headed by noted British educationist Michael Barber has been announced. And no marks for guessing that foreign funding will be flowing in for investment in this sector.
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The road to corruption?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

FOR many decades governments in Pakistan considered it a waste of resources to invest in education.

This was such a neglected sector that those aspiring to a ministerial portfolio generally shunned the offer to head the education ministry. Then the scene changed when foreign donors demanded that we educate our children.
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Our armament concerns

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

NUCLEAR arms have had vocal advocates in contemporary times. Knowledge of the horrors of the atom bomb, as witnessed in Hiroshima, has not deterred them.

In its latest issue, the American magazine Newsweek (Sept 7) advises the US president to learn to love the bomb, sending shockwaves through peace lobbies around the world. This at a time when President Obama has been speaking out for a nuclear weapons-free world.
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The language enigma

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE fate of the National Education Policy (NEP) continues to hang in the balance. A revised draft was to have been taken up by the cabinet in early August but it was not.

Meanwhile, some NGOs working in the education sector and grouped under the umbrella body called the Pakistan Coalition for Education reacted strongly to the new document.
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