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Why are children committing suicide?


Two children have committed suicide in two different cities of Pakistan within the last two months. They were very young, not even in their teens yet.  All reports suggest that these children were led to such despair as to take their own life due to pressures within the schools. This is not just sad. It […]

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Education Week: Startups Seek to Master the Education Market


It has begun to happen big time–this flow of venture capital into education market. The private sector’s stake in public schools have always been there.  The textbook sector and school meals sectors, for example, which are also mentioned in this article. But flow of venture capital into education markets has only recently exploded. Less than […]

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Education Week: Publicly Traded Ed. Companies Are Rare


K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of online precollegiate education, was launched in 2000 and went public seven years later after raising about $140 million in revenue. Like other companies, it moved from being privately held to being publicly traded to raise more money quickly, increase brand awareness, and accelerate business goals. The company now […]

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نجی تعلیمی اداروں کے بارے میں دو سوال


 پاکستان سمیت بہت سے ترّقی پزیر ممالک میں سرکاری سکولوں کی حالت ھمیشہ سےھی خراب رھی ھے۔ اٌمرا اور  اشرافیہ نے اپنے بچوں کو تعلیم کے لیے مہنگے نجی سکولوں میں بھیجا اور یہ سلسلہ جاری ھے ۔ البتّہ پچھلی دو دہاۂوں میں کم فیس لینے والے سکول بھی منظرعام پر آئے ھیں۔  چند ماھرینِ […]

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Affordable, but at what cost?


Published today in Pakistan Today‘s Sunday Magazine.  The complete magazine may be downloaded at review+54+for+web [huge file tho 26 MB] or read online here  When an over- loaded bus carrying 102 school-children from a Faisalabad institution plunged down a deep ravine on the curving motorway near the Kallar Kahar hills, the entire nation was stunned by the tragedy. 38 […]

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The British School Wars?


Recent education reforms, proposed and undertaken by the coalition government in Britain are aimed at shifting the provision of education from state agencies to providers that are presumably part of the so-called ‘big society’ [whatever that might mean]. But its not just conservatives who would like to see the state’s role changed from being a […]

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Education Vouchers…Hither and Thither?


The decision by a Colorado District court which recently blocked the voucher program in the district is one example of public domain in action. It needs a strong sense of public interest grounded in the constitution and a general consensus on what constitutes public good to provide a constructive check on the encroachment of public […]

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Time for School ~ Interview: Amartya Sen | Wide Angle | PBS


Education is the easiest to sacrifice, said Sen, quoting MehbulHaq, in this 2004 interview with PBS: My friend from Pakistan who started the HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT — a great missionary figure who died a few years ago — used to say (he also had the experience of having been in Pakistani government) that the easiest […]

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Chipping Away of the Secular Order?


Below are some [possible] premises about the connections between secular order and mass public education followed by some questions based on them about its possible dismantling. Premises: 1. Mass education and [a secular] nation state has emerged in tandem with each other over a period of, let us say, last 200 years or so. 2. […]

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Happiness, Choice, and Low Cost Schools


About the private schools in the developing countries–especially the so-called Affordable Private Schools (APSs) or the Low Fees Private Schools (LFPS), as they are sometimes called–it is now repeatedly claimed that  consumers of educational services are ‘happy’ with this breed of schools.  They are happy with them because they seem to be high on their order […]

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