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EDITORIAL NOTE: Defining literacy!

THE question of how to define literacy is an international debate. The debate ranges from whether literacy is just the ability to read and write or whether it should be defined widely. Pakistan opted for the lowest possible denominator i.e. the ability to read and write. But now, in 2017, …

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Editorial: Blind Spots

IT has been reported that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has issued a list of illegal higher education institutions (HEIs) and sub-campus across the country and a similar action has been taken by the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC). The issue of private universities and HEIs minting money …

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Editorial: LHC decision and fate of PHECs

The implications of the recent Lahore High Court judgment regarding the appointment of vice chancellors in 4 universities have more far- reaching consequences than the appointments at these universities. The judgment also puts to question the powers of the provincial Higher Education Commissions, in Punjab and Sindh. The question to …

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Language barriers

United Nations Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 says that 40 per cent of the world’s children are being taught in a language which is not their mother tongue. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pakistan does not fare well in education keeping in view that we have been overlooking …

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Editorial: Education beyond money

After the announcement of the current budget, a lot of attention has been given to the amount being allocated by the federal and provincial governments for education and calls to increase the size of the budget are being constantly made. However, another very important aspect is being overlooked in the …

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