Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Unless a huge number of school dropout is checked and enrolment of poor and working or vulnerable children is ensured, the nation's goal of education for all by 2014 would remain a far cry, educationists said yesterday at a roundtable.
To ensure education for all, the government should utilise the local government bodies by making them accountable for the job.
In addition, the government should introduce target-oriented programmes to prevent dropouts and increase enrollment of vulnerable children, they added.
Discussants at the roundtable titled "A National Priority for Education for All (EFA): Reaching Vulnerable Children" quoted the School Survey Report 2007 ... (read more)
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Amnesty International yesterday urged Malaysia to end appalling treatment of migrant workers, saying many were raped, abused and unpaid and endured conditions "close to bonded labour".
In a damning report, the human rights group accused the Malaysian government of "facilitating" human trafficking after it found cases of immigration officials delivering Myanmar detainees to gangs on the Thai border.
Malaysia is one of Asia's largest importers of labour, with a workforce of 2.2 million, but Amnesty said they were too often "lured" to Malaysia and "used in forced labour or exploited in other ways".
"Migrants, many from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, are forced to ... (read more)
Friday, August 29th, 2008
THE drive from the airport to the Santika Hotel takes about 45 minutes, and, as with all other drives to the heart of a capital city, is a decent introduction to a new country. Jakarta, I could not help but note, certainly seems closer to Dhaka in terms of development and third world chaos than, say, a city like Bangkok.
It is more developed, but has the same slightly dilapidated (sorry) air that Dhaka also has, and despite the stretches of prosperity and a general air of sufficiency, we passed by a number of pretty down-at-heel shanty-towns, clusters of tin-sheet huts ... (read more)