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  • SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONCERNS IN PAKISTAN AND INDIA

    Aside from a shared history and culture, there are many contemporary political and social issues that are common to Pakistan and India the answers to which shall have an indelible impact on the future of the subcontinent. In such a landscape, it is a matter of concern that there is so little exchange of opinion on these issues leading to a widening gulf of misperceptions and misunderstandings. The essays compiled in the book aim to bridge that gap and, at the same time, provide an opportunity for critical reflection on shared aspects of our past, present and future.
    ISBN: 9789697162062
    Publisher: LIGHTSTONE PUBLISHERS
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    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

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  • CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE SINGLE NATIONAL CURRICULUM AND THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

    The Single National Curriculum has been introduced in Pakistan and will be implemented progressively up to Grade 12 by 2023. It is claimed to be the first step to ensure equal education for all children in the country and to foster national integration.

    Unfortunately, Pakistan is a graveyard of initiatives that overpromise and underdeliver. In that context, what can be expected of the Single National Curriculum? How likely is to succeed? And what will be the consequences for students taught under it if it fails? Is it the most logical first step to achieve equality in education given many other more proximate causes? Can it promote national integration or could it become the source of further divisions? The history of earlier attempts to achieve integration through uniformity urges us to be cautious of unintended consequences.

    The essays in this collection address these questions and provide a critical reflection on various aspects of the Single National Curriculum and its likely implications for the majority of children in Pakistan. The collection includes a separate discussion of the medium of instruction, an integral component of the Single National Curriculum with its own set of issues. Some alternatives for achieving the desired objectives are also offered for consideration.

    Dr. Anjum Altaf, a member of the International Coalition for Education Reform in Pakistan (ICERP), obtained MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is the author of Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2019), More Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2021), and co-author (with Amit Basole) of Thinking with Ghalib: Poetry for a New Generation (2021).
    ISBN: 9789697834433
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
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    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

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  • WHAT WE GET WRONG ABOUT EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN

    Education in Pakistan is in crisis and everyone has a list of recommendations to fix it. Few ask why there is a crisis in the first place, why it has persisted for 75 years, and why it has become worse with every passing decade.

    This set of essays explores these unasked questions by locating the economic and political functions of education in their societal context and tracing their history in the subcontinent. The analysis calls into question the assumption that the state is always and unambiguously interested in improving education.

    The realisation that education might be the terrain on which battles for the domination of society are fought can help explain many otherwise puzzling phenomena and one can begin to understand why in the 21st century, the focus of education in Pakistan is shifting from inquiry to dogma. The chasm between the education we should demand and the one we are being given is widening. This book raises the big question: How can this chasm be bridged?

    Dr. Anjum Altaf, a member of the International Coalition for Education Reform in Pakistan (ICERP), obtained MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is the author of Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2019), More Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2021), and co-author (with Amit Basole) of Thinking with Ghalib: Poetry for a New Generation (2021).
    ISBN: 9789697834457
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
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    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

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  • SINGLE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

    The Single National Curriculum (SNC) is the major recent intervention in school education in Pakistan. It has already been launched for Grades 1 to 5 and will be extended to Grades 6 to 8 and Grades 9 to 12 in two steps by 2023. This intervention will have far-reaching and irreversible implications for the lives of children who will study under it. For that reason, it needs to be subjected to critical analysis. This monograph is intended as contribution to that effort.
    ISBN: 9789697834402
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: A REVIEW OF PRE-1 MODEL TEXBOOKS
    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

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  • PLAIN TRUTHS ABOUT PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN

    Plain Truths About Primary School Education in Pakistan makes the argument that the schooling available to the majority of children in the country is highly deficient and that it is not going to be fixed by governments. Parents have to recognise the very low quality of education that their children are receiving and demand reforms that ensure good and equitable schooling for all.

    These letters take the case directly to parents, the representatives of their children who are the primary stakeholders, and explain the various dimensions of schooling in a conversational style and in the form of a dialogue.

    Good education is the key ingredient for a better future, both for children and the country, and primary school education is the foundation on which the effectiveness of higher education rests. Therefore, it is imperative to realise the severity of the crisis in primary school education and resolve to reverse the decline. Otherwise, the country will continue its slide into joblessness, despair, fundamentalism, intolerance, and social anarchy. A sinking ship will not leave any survivors behind which is why it is important for all parents, rich or poor, to join hands in the demand for better and more equitable education for all children.
    ISBN: 9789697834396
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
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    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

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