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Karachi University : Students taking classes on concrete floor

Students taking classes on concrete floor
Karachi, Apr 10: There was a time when many thousand years ago, students studied under the shade of trees, sitting on the ground while teachers delivered lectures in Taxila and Nalanda universities. Today, it seems that the wheels have been turned back at the University of Karachi (KU).

Students of one KU class can be found sitting on the concrete floor at the Department of Sociology listening to their English teacher's lecture because classrooms are not opened till 9 am. This is despite the scheduled time for the first class of the morning being 8.30 am.

They do not suffer alone. There was also the case of the Institute of Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Science, where students had no other option but to attend their classes on the stairs at the main entrance of the Institute, because the classrooms were locked.

The practice has been going on unchecked at the universities, much to the detriment of the students.

Meanwhile, the chairperson and senior teachers of the Sociology Department seldom come before 10 am despite living in the university's Staff Town, located within the campus. They have conveniently scheduled their classes after 10 am while the cooperative teachers take the first and second periods of the day. The news

BL/LLM programmes enrolment
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Friday announced that enrolment forms for BL/LLM programmes for the academic session 2009-10 will be accepted with a late fee of Rs1,000 from April 14 to 30. Ppi

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Lots of exam cheating cases go unreported
Karachi: Nineteen cheating cases were detected during the secondary school certificate annual examinations in morning shift on Friday. Earlier, two cases of impersonation during the exams in evening shift were registered on Thursday.

Interestingly, none of the 21 cases was reported to the Board of Secondary Education Karachi by the superintendents of examination centres and 100 vigilance teams set up to monitor the exams, and detect and register the cases of use of unfair means by candidates.

All these cases and most of those previously detected were unearthed during surprise raids at various exam centres by special vigilance teams constituted by the governor and the board's chairman.

A BSEK official said that the superintendents at various exam centres and 100 vigilance teams were not extending their cooperation to the board and the cases were being underreported.

He said the board had been receiving complaints of rampant cheating since the beginning of the exams being conducted at more than 400 centres across the city. Strangely enough, neither the vigilance teams nor the centre superintendents reported as many cheating cases as were detected by the special teams. He said over 300,000 candidates were taking the SSC annual exams, while the invigilators and exam centre superintendents reported only a few cases during the last many days.

A board official requesting anonymity said that the authorities were concerned about the attitude of the invigilators.

The official said that the 100 vigilance teams, comprising senior teachers and headmasters, during their visits to examination centres were supposed to monitor the exams, detect and report the cases of use of unfair means to the superintendent of the exam centre concerned. It was mandatory upon centre superintendents to send the cases along with the cheating material to the board the day they were detected, he added.

However, the few cases reported by the vigilance teams and the centre superintendents amounted to encouraging the menace of cheating in exams, he added. Dawn

New vigilance committee member
Karachi: Press Secretary to Sindh Governor, Wajahat has been appointed as the member of the vigilance committee to monitor the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) exams. It was learnt on Friday that Wajahat has replaced Public Relations Officer, Syed Irshad Ahmed Jilani, who has been posted at the governor's secretariat. The replacement has taken place through a notification issued from the Governor House.

19 students caught 'cheating' in exam
Karachi: The Chairman's Special Vigilance Team (CSVT) of the Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK) booked 19 candidates for allegedly using unfair means during the Sindhi paper on Friday. Spokesman of the BSEK said in a press release that these 16 cases of cheating were reported during the team's visit to the Government Boys Secondary School-No2, Gul Muhammad Lane, Lyari Quarters. He said three other students were booked for cheating from different examination centres. The spokesman said that the team visited different examination centres on the directive of Chairman BSEK Anzar Hussain Zaidi.

Ebad calls for streamlining BSEK affairs
Karachi: There should be least external contact at the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) to discourage the cheating mafia, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan said on Friday.

He was speaking to journalists at the Governor House to discuss the incidents that occurred during the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations. Chairman BSEK Anzar Hussain Zaidi was also present on the occasion.

The governor asked the BSEK chairman to highlight the problems faced by the board office during the SSC examinations. The governor directed the board authorities to reduce the number of examination centres to 40 from 50 across the city from the next year in order to help maintain proper vigilance.

Dr Ebad said that he had already floated the idea of constituting Sindh Education Commission to the Chief Minister Sindh and Senior Education Minister.

The proposed commission would be meant to bring both primary and higher education under one umbrella, which would also help reduce the gap between different standards of education in Sindh, he added.

The governor directed the BSEK chairman to implement the ISO Standard at the board office and also seek ISO certification to enhance the BSEK standard. The governor directed BSEK chairman to take suggestions from reputable boards and experienced educationists to streamline board affairs and devise a suitable system.

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Shortage of textbooks vexes students, parents
Karachi: Shortage of new textbooks has left the parents and students in a strife as the new academic session began earlier this month. As a result, second-hand book vendors at Urdu Bazaar, the largest book market in Karachi, are having a roaring business.

Rehmat Ameen, a parent, said he has visited the whole Urdu Bazaar but could not find class VI textbooks for his son. A private publisher, who prints Sindh Text Book Board books as outsourcing printer, said on condition of anonymity that electricity loadshedding was behind the inordinate delay in publishing of textbooks. He said the printing process was under way and hopefully all textbooks would be available in the market within the next few days.

A wholesaler, Muhammad Yousaf, said the Sindh Text Book Board granted allocation of books after March 15 this year, four months late than the usual practice. This is the main reason why books were not printed in time and there is acute shortage of textbooks in market, he added. Another publisher said the prices of textbooks had risen due to price hike in paper, electricity and printing material.

Bajwa a retailer of textbooks said that retailers also have to face difficulties in selling books on controlled rate because prices printed on textbooks and mentioned on the price list provided by wholesalers were different. Citing an example, he said the price printed on a textbook was Rs 36 but the retailers had to pay Rs40 for it. In some cases, retail prices are not printed on textbooks.

Prices of textbooks published by private publishers have also been raised substantially. The net losers are parents and students who are studying in private schools, as they have to purchase the expensive curriculum printed by private publishers. Some private schools even force their students to purchase these books directly from schools that charge 20-30 per cent more than the prices printed on books.

President of All Private Schools Management Association, Sindh chapter, Khalid Shah, when contacted, said that the government is responsible for the shortage of textbooks in the market. To a question, he said it is immoral and illegal to compel students to purchase course books from schools on higher rates. He said if he gets such complaints against any private school, he would take stern action against them.

Kashif, a hawker of second-hand textbooks at Urdu Bazaar, revealed that the sale of used books has increased by 70 per cent as compared to last year, mainly due to sharp rise in the rates of new textbooks. He said many white-collar families come here to purchase second-hand books for their children. He said that he not only sells used books but also purchases them from students, who sell or barter them for books of their next higher class after passing the exam.

General Secretary Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Professor Iftikhar Azmi, when contacted, said that it was a responsibility of the Education Department to provide textbooks in market in time and at prescribed rates. He regretted that the Education Department has only focused on 'political issues' instead of discharging its actual responsibilities regarding betterment of education. The Sindh education minister could not be contacted for comments despite several attempts.

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FUUAST declared MA Mass Com final year result
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) announced the result of MA Mass Communication final year 2009 on Friday. As per varsity announcement, Ayesha Rasheed daughter of Abdul Rasheed and Rasheed Majeed son of Majeed Khan secured first positions, Muhammad Haris son of Muhammad Hanif stood second while Shehla Kanwal daughter of Saleem Shah secured third position. The pass percentage remained 90.90. The news

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