Reforming the National Curriculum in Pakistan

According to the latest available statistics, Pakistan’s literacy rate is still at a grim 58%. And yet as a whole, the products of this quoted percentage (educated students) also do not have any notable achievements to bring forth, with the obvious exception of a very few men and women. Like many other countries, Pakistan’s education system comprises of the Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary, Intermediate, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate levels. The

Educate your girl child. Period.

In 2014, a report by Alif Ailaan ‘25 million broken promises’ released that 13.7 million (55%) girls are out-of-school in Pakistan. According the report, the reasons were: · Parents do not allow · Child not willing · Education is expensive · School is too far · Had to work at home · Too young/old to attend · Ill/Handicapped · Had to work for a living Now that it is 2015,

This is the last straw, or is it?

16th December, 2014 – Truly a black day for Pakistan. A day where even the remotest possibility of these terrorists being humans was eliminated; day where humanity was at its lowest and barbarism was at its height; a day where Pakistan lost some of its most valuable treasures. But if you think about it, it was also a black day when a few years ago there was a huge blast

Namira Salim: Pakistan’s First Astronaut and Much More!

Just recently I was reading an article on India’s Mars mission when I noticed this article on the side stating that Pakistan’s first woman in space congratulates India on its successful mission. I was amazed that a Pakistani had made it to space. I was also confused because I had not heard about such an important event. So being the part-time Sherlock Holmes that I am, I clicked on the

Merit Denied by Preachers of Integrity

How often do we find ourselves complaining and detesting state run institutions for their malpractice? The on-going ‘Inquilab’ and ‘Azadi’ march is a recent example of the frequently evolving dissent the people of this nation hold against the status quo. Be affirmed the tradition of taking to the streets is nothing out of the ordinary, history validates this is not the first time- and probably not the last. We keep

Karachi University and its Lost Grandeur

In today’s world of commercialized hubs including educational institutes, the culture of the society we live in is majorly a sum of borrowed culture’s be it from the West or our neighbour’s in the East. Lets say a decade or two previously, the idea of water carnivals, beach parties, rang, festivals such as the Spanish ‘la tomatina’ and the like could not have been fathomed of being conducted by educational

Research is on a Roll in Pakistan

As per research done by Scimago, an independent research organization and an international evaluation and ranking platform, it was forecasted that by 2018 Pakistan will stand at number 27 in terms of research output. China will be number one but the biggest jump is expected to be that of Pakistan, which is expected to move from 43 to 27. This sounds odd when you look around you and see the

Pakistan and its World Records – Episode I

Pakistan holds many records in the world. Some man made, some achieved via great feats and some natural. To acquaint my readers with these, I have compiled a list of some of the interesting world records that Pakistan holds. World’s Largest Mosque After the two holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah the largest mosque in the world is the Shah Faisal Mosque. Situated in the capital city of Islamabad, the

Baby’s Diet – Difference between Success and Failure in Life

A new study has concluded that there is a very important correlation between healthy eating and a child’s success in school. The study concludes that if you want your child to be successful in school and give a high-level performance he/she needs to be on a healthy diet. Doing well in school is not an option these days. Everyone wants their children to pass with flying colors as this is

What does 14th August Symbolize Today?

It’s almost that time of year. The day Pakistan gained independence 67 years ago. The 14th of August. The day that reminds us that we are free. The day that we vaguely remember as the day our forefathers sacrificed everything so that we could live freely! Today however, the meaning of freedom is very different than what was envisioned 67 years ago. Today freedom is not synonymous with the right