Quetta: Volume-III of the Math and Science Education Report was launched in a program titled “A roadmap for math and science education,” on Friday.
Third volume was launched simultaneously in all four provincial capitals of Pakistan. Volume-I of the report was launched in January and Volume-II was launched in February this year. This report is published by Pakistan Alliance for Math and Science which comprises of 48 members which have joined forces to highlight the importance of Math and Science education in Pakistan.
Balochistan has a supply driven education approach and lacks proper planning and demand side approach – Aziz Jamali
Addressing the program, Aziz Jamali Additional Secretary (Development) Education Department, said that Balochistan has a supply driven education approach and lacks proper planning and demand side approach. “Appetite for education needs to be embedded into demand driven approach,” urged Jamali.
He complained that there is no appreciation for good works of education department of Balochistan.
Sajjad Hussain Changezi, Manager Community Engagement of Alif Ailan, said that nationalists in Balochistan demand that students should get education in their mother language whereas 1.8 million school-going age children in Balochistan can’t get education in any language.
Changezi told the participants during his presentation that Math and Science education is must for preparing the students for the challenges for 21st century. “According to academic studies, in developing countries the increase in math and science scores has contributed in increasing GDP.
According to academic studies, in developing countries the increase in math and science scores has contributed in increasing GDP – Sajjad Hussain Changezi
Norina Shah, a budding astronomer from Quetta narrated her success story to the people. She said “there is abundance of talent in Balochistan but lack of resources prevent that talent from emerging.”
According to the Math and Science report Pakistani schools, especially government schools are producing unacceptably low level of learning outcomes in Math and Science.
National Education Assessment System (NEAS) National mean score for Maths is 461 and for Balochistan its 422 which is only better than Sindh and FATA. NEAS National mean score in Science is 433 and for Balochistan its 402 which is lowest among all provinces.
A twitter campaign was carried out using #MathAurScience by activists all over the country.
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