Filling of BSEK posts ordered | Historic Islamia College status
Ibad orders filling of BSEK posts: SSC exams scam
Karachi, April 11: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan on Friday instructed the
officials concerned to hire competent officials on the posts that fell vacant
upon the termination of services of three top officials of the Board of
Secondary Education Karachi.
The directive was issued to ensure that the
ongoing Class IX and X annual examinations were smoothly conducted and their
results were not delayed.
Sources in the Governor's House Secretariat said that suitable and experienced officials were being interviewed to fill
the posts of BSEK secretary, controller of examinations and deputy controller of
examinations and a final decision in this regard was expected on Saturday or
Asked what action under the Removal from Service Ordinance, 2001
had been taken against some other officials of the board and city government's
education department for their involvement in the malpractices in the exams, an
official of the Governor's House Secretariat said that suspension orders along
with charge-sheets were being sent to all of them and the process would be
completed by Saturday.
The official confirmed that letters of
termination from service had already been served on the BSEK secretary, the
controller of examinations and the deputy controller of examinations, who were
working on a contractual basis.
Action against chairman expected
Sources in the Sindh government said that action against the BSEK
chairman, retired Brig Shafiullah Qureshi, was also expected as he could not
manage both the administrative and examination affairs of the board.
Referring to the inquiry report about the alleged malpractices in the
ongoing secondary school examinations and functioning of an authorised
examination centre in the city, the sources said that it discussed the overall
performance of the BSEK and accused the chairman of being 'inefficient' and
having no experience, whatsoever, of conducting exams.
When asked about
the reasons behind not taking any action against the BSEK chairman, the sources
said that the officials concerned of the Governor's House might have
deliberately delayed their action against the chairman till the three vacancies
A number of administrative complications would have arisen
if a drastic action had been taken against the BSEK chairman, the sources said. Dawn
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Teachers out to protect status of Islamia College
Peshawar: The teachers and other staff members of historic Islamia College
Peshawar are out to protect the real status of the great seat of learning and
adjacent Islamia Collegiate School.
The upgrading of Islamia College
Peshawar to a university has put the future of the college in the doldrums,
creating serious concerns for the teachers of the institution and parents of
hundreds of students studying there.
Islamia College is nowhere after the
establishment of Islamia College University. The NWFP Assembly Act for
establishment of Islamia College University clearly shows in its chapter II,
Para-2 "Islamia College for Girls and Islamia Collegiate School shall be the
constituent college and school of the university."
There is no mention of
Islamia College for boys in the act. "Here comes a technical problem. When the
Islamia College is no more, what will the hundreds of higher secondary classes
students do. Where would they be affiliated," said a senior academician of the
He said the inter college must be affiliated with a board
of intermediate and secondary education. "And a university that is a superior
body cannot be affiliated with a board. So the future of the first year
and second year students is at stake," he added.
In order to save the
identity of Islamia College and protect the future of the students, the teaching
staff of the institution formed a joint action committee that held its maiden
meeting on Friday.
The meeting decided to hold peaceful marches and
walks to press the NWFP governor, who is also the chancellor of the university
to restore the old status of Islamia College. "The government should better set
up a university. But Islamia College should not be disturbed and its assets
should be retransferred to it," said a senior professor.
decided that meetings with authorities concerned would be held to apprise them
about the repercussion of the upgrading of the college to a university and
convince them of reviewing the decision of establishing a university at the cost
of Islamia College. "We will also hold protest demonstrations outside the
Governor's House and NWFP Assembly to get our genuine demand accepted," the
action committee declared.
Meanwhile, the administration of the Islamia
College University issued a notification asking all the employees from BPS-2 to
BPS-21 to submit their option with the university by April 30, 2009
whether they want to join University of Peshawar or stay in the Islamia College
The teachers were of the opinion that majority of them had
already opted for the University of Peshawar. It merits a mention here the more
than a dozen of the around 20 PhD doctors and majority of the regular employees
of the college have opted for the UoP.
The joint action committee also
discussed the notification issued by the university, which it was earlier
reluctant to issue. They said that they would submit their option once again in
response of the notification. But they would focus more attention on the
restoration of the old status of Islamia College and get it affiliated with the
University of Peshawar.
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Eighteen CDGK schools functioning without proper buildings
Karachi: About 18 government schools in various towns of the City District
Government Karachi (CDGK) are functioning without shelter, it has been learnt.
Eleven of these schools are located in Gadap Town, three are located in Bin
Qasim Town and four in Keamari Town. Given the lack of buildings, classes are
conducted either under the open sky or under a tree.
It was also learnt that the authorities concerned have proposed a two-room building for each
one of these schools, a plan that has yet to be implemented. As many as 1,726
government boys' primary school (GBPS), and 183 lower secondary schools (boys)
in the 18 towns of CDGK are providing education to a total of 251,237 enrolled
Meanwhile, Lyari Town is one of the worst areas when it comes
to the provision of basic school necessities. About 90 per cent of girls'
primary schools in Lyari are functioning without toilets and potable water
facilities. Students go to nearby houses when they want to obey the call of
nature. The same is the case with several schools in Gadap and Bin Qasim
There are also issues with seepage and other maintenance problems,
so much so that a number of school buildings that have been declared dangerous
because the leakage has made the overall structure weak and may collapse any
time. Furthermore, no sanitation staff have been appointed. In some cases, even
if this is done on paper, the staff are hardly ever found performing their
The lack of sanitation staff can be gauged from the fact that
only 32 sanitary workers are working in the 135 schools of Bin Qasim Town, while
the sanctioned number of posts for sanitation staff in schools is
Schools without buildings - Location/Name No. of students;
Gadap Town, GBPS Raza Muhammad Backak - 46
Gabol - 58
GBPS Usmania - 74
GBPS Sukhio Siddiqui Goth - 287
Ahmed Bandicha - 84
GBPS H. Jarrak Birohio - 86
GBPS Pir Buksh Birohio - 80
GBPS Ghoram Borohio - 80
GBPS Ghanwar Jokhio - 64
Ghulam Muhammad Borohio - 85
GBPS Nazar Muhammad - 83
Essa Baloch - 29
Jan Muhammad - 45
Sajawal Jokhio - 27
Shahi No. 1 - 215
Shahi No. 2
Kaka Chapra - 120
Mulladad Latti - 172.
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Budding film makers on show at SZABIST
Karachi: A number of thought-provoking short films and documentaries were
screened on the final day of the All Pakistan Inter-University Student Film
Festival organized by the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and
Technology (SZABIST) Media Sciences faculty.
Students from across the
country eagerly participated in this competition, with 27 short films and
documentaries making it to the final round. The winner of the competition will
be announced on Sunday evening.
The talent of the emerging film makers
was on show, as 'Gilgit Express' ñ directed by Ali Hameed, a student of the
National College of Arts (NCA) - was screened twice on public demand. The short
film is about a shoe shiner boy who dreams of visiting Gilgit. The shoe shiner
meets another boy, who becomes his companion after being abandoned by his uncle
at the station. The film was shot entirely at the Lahore Railway
Next to follow was 'Blind love', a documentary based on love
stories of blind people. This touching and heartrending documentary was made by
a Greenwich student. The gruesome act of rooster fighting was brought to the
screen in the form of 'Kallu', a short film made by another NCA student, Naveed
Anjum. On the other hand, SZABIST student Hamad Khan presented
'Tiflaan-e-Zindaan' which reflected the lives of inmates living in the juvenile
jails of Karachi.
A panel discussion on the 'Future of film making in
various fields' was also held, which was hosted by Abdul Rafay Mahmood, a
student of SZABIST. Amina Khan the famous music director, Mansoor Khalid, the
head of Content and Communication Department of Evernew Studios, and Salman
Abedin the Executive Director of Contract Advertising took part in the
Students and the guests actively participated in the
discussion, where important points were raised about the futures of young film
makers. The guests apprised students that the market is remarkably different
from what is being taught to them, and that they needed to put in a lot of hard
work and effort in film making.
Khan also mentioned the importance of
meeting deadlines, and said that she wanted students to prepare themselves for
physical and mental challenges. The News
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