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Buck stops with education department

While the blame game has begun on safety and security in school, the government has a huge role to play.

The Karnataka Education Act clearly specifies that it’s the duty of government officials like the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) and Block Education Officer (BEO) to ensure all is well. The recently implemented Right to Education Act reinforces the role of these officers in the smooth functioning of a private institution. The buck clearly stops with them.

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Parents open doors to education

This Sunday marks Parents Day – the much quieter cousin to Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June. In years past, I have to admit that the day has meant little to me. But this year, my very first as a middle-school teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools, I can imagine no occasion more worthy of celebration.

My mother and father made my own path to college and the career I now love possible. It’s an education path they never experienced – working and putting food on our family’s table took precedence. But they knew it was important and they did whatever they could to open the doors of opportunity for me.

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Depoliticise education, learning environment: Mugabe

Mugabe made the remarks when he officially launched the $3 million Capacity Development Programme jointly sponsored by Unicef and government.

“Let me take this opportunity to tell teachers’ unions here present that we should depoliticise learning. Even to political parties – Zanu PF, MDC and other smaller parties — that there are areas we should agree we should work together. We all have children,” Mugabe said.

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DAP good for education, says CHEd chair

Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chair Patricia Licuanan is the latest government functionary to bear out the supposed goodness of Malacañang’s unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

According to Licuanan, P4.28 billion from the DAP boosted the capacity of state universities and colleges to give quality higher education.

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Optimal use of education budget demanded

The seminar on ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education budget’ was organised by the Alif Ailaan at the Peshawar Press Club.

Noted among panelists were Sajjad Changaizi of Alif Ailaan, Umar Orakzai of Network, Fakhar Alam of Mohmand Community for Education and Development, lawyer Ijaz Mohmand and Mohsin Khan.

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Mixing the modern and the traditional

RAG-CLAD boys, proffering plastic bowls and calling out for cash, line the streets of most big cities in Nigeria’s Muslim north. But they are not street kids. These are almajiri children, students of Islamic schools who have been sent from their homes to learn their religion.Almajiri means “immigrant”, signifying that the children come from far and wide to imbibe Islamic values.

In Yola, capital of the north-eastern state of Adamawa, a 12-year-old called Abdul says he was sent by his parents to one such school two years ago and has not seen them since. Early in the morning and at night, he joins more than 100 other students in a shabby hut to recite verses of the Koran. The rest of the day he spends on the street begging for scraps, which he takes back to his mallam, the teacher now responsible for him.

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