Yaqoob Ali

  • Learning at school is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. A teacher’s job seems plain and simple: help students understand and apply a given linguistic, motor, or numeric concept. It is, however, in the details that the devil resides. Here are some: A typical government school teacher who enters a ...

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  • The learning crisis at schools in our country is an open secret. Studies done in the pre-covid period concluded that children learn either ‘too little or too slow’ at schools: half the children in grade 5 were below grade two level of learning. As children transition to higher grades without ...

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  • Learning outcomes in schools in Pakistan continue to lag despite significant strides made in access to schooling, improvement in availability of resources, and widespread recognition among people that education is potentially transformative. This lag is not for the lack of effort, though; the ...

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  • Education sector reforms, because of the change in attitudes, beliefs, and repertoire that they require, are by necessity a series of gradual reforms rather than one grand reform. There is simply no silver bullet. While it is difficult to assess the gains from each individual effort, we had seen ...

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  • The public-school educational landscape of Pakistan has been buzzing with reform efforts for nearly a quarter of a century now. From education voucher schemes to outsourcing schools; from rigorous testing to regular school monitoring; from overhauling hiring processes to creating model schools; ...

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  • Earlier this week, the government announced reopening educational institutions cautiously in different phases, starting with resumption of high schools and above on September 15. The resumption of middle schools and primary sections, the announcement said, will be phased-in by the end of September ...

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