Provincial Assembly of the Sindh: 36th Session (Budget Session) Report

The passage of the budget 2012-13 in the Sindh Assembly was swift and unperturbed – the entire membership being on the treasury benches. In this 36th session, the legislators spent 72% of the total time debating the budget. The Finance Minister presented the budget during the third sitting in a speech that lasted an hour…

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High School Monitor: High schools lack playgrounds, PTIs

A report based on monitoring of 145 government high schools during March and April 2012 across Pakistan. Of the 145 government high schools monitored by Active Citizens Project (ACP) volunteers, 59 were found to be without playgrounds which are important for children’s development as they not only offer a place for physical activity but also serve as a platform for social interaction.

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Primary School Monitor: Primary schools lack non-teaching staff

A report based on monitoring of 450 primary schools during March and April 2012. Of the 450 primary schools monitored by the Active Citizens’ Project (ACP) volunteers, 93% were without sanitary workers, 74% had no security guards and 62% did not have peons. The availability of non-teaching staff is not only essential for a clean and secure learning environment for children but is also important to provide adequate support to teaching staff and the school management.

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FAFEN Violence Monitor: Balochistan Worst Hit by Political Violence (October – December, 2011)

In the last quarter of 2011 from October to December Pakistan witnessed 357 incidents of political violence, claiming 479 lives and injuring 515, besides damaging property. Of the lives lost, 222 were reported from Balochistan, followed by 90 in Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA), 82 in Sindh and 70 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). About 83% of the reported victims were males – 416 were killed, 416 injured and 94 kidnapped. Though in more than half of the incidents the perpetrators remained unidentified, militants were reported to be responsible for committing violence in 127 incidents (35.57%) across the country.

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Low Government Oversight of Boys High Schools

Low Government Oversight of Boys High Schools

ISLAMABAD, June 14, 2012: Government and elected officials made 58 visits to 118 government boys’ high schools during the February-April 2012 quarter, which meant 60 schools were completely ignored, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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