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79% parents do not like co-education in Pakistan

Gilani Research Foundation survey claim
Peshawar, Apr 03: Majority of people prefer girls-schools for their daughters to study. According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, majority of all Pakistanis (79%) claim they prefer all-girls schooling for their daughters whereas 16% say that if the standard of education and cost were the same they would prefer to send their girls to co-educational institutions. The remaining 5% were either unsure or gave no response.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked "Suppose the standard of education and the fee structure are the same, would you then prefer to educate your girls in a co-educational or an all girls institute?" Seventy nine percent parents said they would prefer all-girls- schools for their girls whereas 16% claimed they would send their daughter to co-educational institutes. The remaining 5% of the respondents were either unsure or gave no response.

The findings of the survey reveal that preference for co-education is higher amongst urbanites (24%) as compared to their rural counterparts (12%).

The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2989 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. F.P. report

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Sindh VCs agree to enhance cooperation
Karachi: The vice chancellors of various public universities of Sindh have agreed to enhance mutual cooperation to enhance the educational standards and allow talented students to receive higher education even if they are faced with financial issues.

The vice chancellors reached the consensus at a meeting at the University of Karachi (KU) on Friday. The meeting, presided over by KU Vice Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim, also decided that the collaboration should include administrative cooperation as well. It was also decided that the future meetings will be arranged via Video Conferencing.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr Nazeer A. Mughal, VC, Sindh University Jamshoro; Prof. Dr Masood Hameed, VC, Dow University of Health Sciences, (DUHS); Eng. Abdul Kalam, VC, NED University; Prof. Dr A. Q. Mughal, VC, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam; Prof. Dr Nilofar Sheikh, VC, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur; Prof. Dr Nishat A. Siddiqui, VC, Liaquat University of Medical Science, Jamshoro; Prof. Dr Wahid Buksh Soomro, VC, Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Nawabshah and Prof. Sikandar Ali Sheikh, VC, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University, Larkana.

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KUTS condemns hooliganism incident
Karachi: Dr Abid Hasnain and Dr Fayyaz Vaid, President and Secretary respectively of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) have condemned the incident of hooliganism by a student organisation against the Vice Chancellor and other teachers of The University of Punjab (PU) at Lahore. The expressed their solidarity with the teachers of PU and have asked the authorities to take stern action against such unruly elements. Meanwhile, Registrar, KU, has announced that polling to the Senate and Academic Council of University of Karachi (KU), under the University of Karachi Act 1972, from the Constituency of College Teachers will be held on April 22.

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Environment clubs to be set up at 5,000 Sindh schools
Karachi: School Environment Clubs will be established in 5,000 schools in the province. This was disclosed by Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternative Energy Shaikh Mohammed Afzal while talking to a delegation of teachers and students of various schools.

He pointed out that both implementation of environmental laws without discrimination and creating awareness about the environment among the new generation are equally important.

For this purpose, he said, a comprehensive project titled "My natural Sindh" is being prepared for creation of environmental awareness with special focus on educational institutions.

The project will be launched from next year after its approval, the minister said.

Under the project, he explained, environment clubs will be established in 5,000 schools throughout the province which will function under the supervision of in charge teacher for co-curricular activities of the school.

The school environment clubs will organise a programme every month with reference to creation of environment awareness and environment protection and submit a regular report thereof to their district coordinator and all the district coordinators will provide monthly report to scheme director and overall report issued to the media. The minister advised the teachers and students to ensure protection of environment.

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Students observe German Day at C.A.S. School
'German Day' was observed at the C.A.S. School to pay tribute to great German personalities. The event was organised by the Foreign Language Department (FLP) of the C.A.S. School. Students of classes 7, 8 and 9 who have taken up German as a foreign language, presented little skits in German on famous German personalities such as Goethe, Beethoven, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (who discovered the x-ray), Carl Benz and Angela Merkel. The students researched on the personalities themselves and then converted their finding into little skits into German. A student of class 9 played the German and Pakistani national anthem. At the end of the presentation, one instrumental music piece by German pop singer Nena and a German song by the same artist was performed by students of classes 7 and 9.

Dr. Christian Brecht, German Consul General, attended the event as guest of honour. Among the other distinguished guests was the Director of the Goethe Institut, Dr Markus Litz along with some of his staff, the representative from the Swiss Consulate, members of the German Speaking Womens Club -who organized the refreshments- and the parents and students of the C.A.S. School.

German as a foreign language is being taught at the C.A.S. School from August 2009 and more than 50 students have enrolled for the classes. The news

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