Karachi private schools low-priced education
Private schools in low-income
Karachi, Aug 12: The government should provide standard and low-priced education to all if it is
serious about improving the quality of education across the province,
particularly in Karachi, Sharaf Uz Zaman, Senior Vice Chairman, Private Schools
Management Association (PSMA) said on Tuesday.
Zaman to journalists at a
local hotel during a media briefing called to highlight recommendations by the
PSMA as well cash distribution to position holders of class 10, science group,
annual examination 2009.
The PSMA demanded the provision of quality
education in city's suburbs. All private schools operating in middle and lower
middle income areas, that are charging Rs500 or less as tuition fee, should be
declared tax free immediately.
It further demanded the imposition of
heavy taxes on schools that increase tuition fees for no good reason. The PSMA
is also against paying EOBI, Social Security and other industrial taxes. The
Board of Secondary Education (BSEK), said Zaman, should reduce its fees by 50
Zaman added that the BSEK should eliminate the trend of
collecting late fees. "Also, the federal and provincial government should
provide Rs5,000 each to students who bagged A-one grades in exams so that they
can continue with their studies," he explained.
The Governor or Chief
Minister should announce a fund programme for the position holders and send them
to foreign countries for exposure, said Zaman. The government should provide
conveyance to students going to colleges or universities as well. Furthermore,
students with financial problems should be assisted, he added.
the PSMA came under fire during the question-and-answer session, particularly
when the Chairman was asked why the association remains silent over the system
through which parents are forced to buy books, copies and uniforms from certain
places only. Also, the PSMA was accused of not taking measures to give raises to
"agar is solution pr diyanatdari sy amal ho to ye solution bohot acha hy.mera beta class 5 mai ladybird school mai parhta hy ,mai us ki fee afford nhi kr pa rhi hn,mery bety ka A.1 grade ata hy,kia us ko scoholership mil sakti hy,or is silsilay ma kis sy contact kro.?"
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Pre-Medical mark sheets available
Karachi: Assistant Secretary (Coordination), Abdul Haris Farooqi, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, announced on Tuesday
that mark sheets of Higher Secondary Schools (Class XII) Pre-Medical Group are
available now. He said that authorised representatives of the higher schools or
colleges affiliated to the board could come and take the mark sheets.
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Teachers still working in administrative positions
Karachi: As many as 13 male and two female teachers – the latter belonging to the College
and and Special Subject (SS) cadres - are working as Assistant District Officers
(ADOs), sources in the Sindh Education Department said. This is an open
violation of the Recruitment Rules, 1989, as well as the Chief Minister, Sindh,
Syed Qaim Ali Shah's orders. The latter had instructed the department not to
employ teachers on administrative posts.
According to sources,
Sadaruddin Ujjan in Orangi Town, Amer Lal (New Karachi Town), Lutfullah Khoso
(Lyari Town), Ali Nawaz Baloch (Bin Qasim Town), Ghulam Rasool Bhundh (Gadap
Town), Bashir Ahmed Abbasi (Keamari Town), Chaman Lal (Landhi Town), Qurban
Dahar (Malir Town), Azizullah Odho (Baldia Town), Zahid Abbas (Gulshan Town),
Imtiaz Bhugio (Saddar Town), Muzaffar Channa (Korangi Town) and Ahmed Buksh
Bhutto, a lecturer in Shah Faisal Town are all employed as ADOs despite the fact
that all they belong to the teaching cadre.
Similarly, Ishrat Bugum
(Liaquatabad Town) and Zahida Bhugio (Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town) are also working as
ADOs along with Sanobar Gul (Lyari Town) and Shaista Shaikh (Jamshed Town), who
belong to the College cadre. Shaista Shaikh is working on an adhoc basis and was
promoted to ADO owing to nepotism, sources claimed. Meanwhile, Farnaz Riaz,
District Officer, Education (Elementary), also belongs to the S.S. cadre. The
ADO post is that of grade 18 but most people employed in this capacity belong to
grade 17, yet another violation of the Recruitment Rules of 1989.
also been learnt that officers of the low grade are working in superior
positions but no action has been taken against them. In the past, the Sindh
Cabinet decided that the 'Own Pay-in Scale' (OPS) system that facilitates
employees of lower grade to work in other grades, should be removed immediately.
These orders were implemented and several staff members were removed. However,
there are many who are still working in higher grades.
contacted Waqar Mehdi, Special Assistant to Chief Minister, Sindh, he said the
OPS system has been banned and the CM would take serious action against those
involved in it.
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Unutilised' youth hope for participation in decision-making
Karachi: Youth in Pakistan seem to be alienated from policy and decision making matters.
In 2002, the then government took an interest in youth affairs, which resulted
in the preparation of a draft 'National Youth Policy' by the Ministry of Youth
Affairs. However, the draft was formulated without the involvement of youth, and
thus later became the target of immense criticism.
A young man, R.
Bhojwani said: "It's all about a show run by a few men, as
policy-makers are least bothered about our input. Youth in Pakistan, despite
being so well-equipped, remains unutilised."
In Pakistan, youth is
defined as the population between the age group of 15 to 29 unlike by the United
Nation which is 15 to 24 years of age. Youth covers the one sixth of the total
human population, whereas in Pakistan, youth makes up around half of its total
The major beef that most youngsters have with powers-that-be
is that their voices remain unheard. Sindh Minister for
Youth Affairs Faisal Sabzwari agreed to the notion that Pakistani youth have no
say in decision-making, but maintained that the ministry is working on this.
"The Ministry is planning to form a Youth Development Board, which will only be
comprised of experts but youth representation will be at a maximum."
When asked as what are the easily accessible channels accessible for the
youth to promote their ideas, Sabzwari replied that the Ministry is soon going
to launch a website, where youth could participate and initiate their ideas and
concern as well.
In the national consultation on the draft Youth Policy
of Pakistan presented in 2003, among the other the viable suggested strategies
by the youth, the major ones were that there should be equal chance for them to
participate in decision-making, and that youngsters should be given ample chance
to attend meetings of Senate and National Assembly as observers.
Sabzwari said that although youth-related policies and their concerns
still need proper modes of operation, today's youth at least have hope that
youth participation and empowerment are one of the most-discussed topics in
recent times. The Minister also assured that the Ministry is working on several
up-coming youth related projects which will be announced shortly.
ministry does indeed manage to achieve its stated objectives, it will inevitably
translate into a sense of empowerment for the youth. "In our society, the youth
is either too marginalized to become part of policy-making institutions, or is
not exposed to critical issues and analytical thinking. This in return, results
in making the youth one of the most vulnerable social groups, who does not even
know how policies affecting them are being planned, and who are behind them,"
said Farrukh Zaman, a university student.
While suggesting constructive
measures to overcome the dearth of youth participation, another young voice Ali
Rizvi said: "Individuals should take up activism concerning their dear issues.
Like minded youth could come together on a platform using social-networking. All
these activities should have a positive goal, thus establishing a credible
vote-bank for the youth. Besides, the government should facilitate us by
facilitating the private sector and establishing viable education institutions
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What is SS cadre?
Karachi: The SS cadre is not an administrative post. Teachers from this cadre are
supposed to teach their specialised course at schools but this is not happening
in several places so the post(s) is vacant, Founder Chairman, Pakistan
Educational Forum (PEF), Anis-ur-Rehman said. This is why Muneer Alam at the
Karachi Secondary School, North Nazimabad, and Babu Khan of Government Boys
Secondary School are working on other posts, General Secretary of PEF, Abdul
Rehman said. The news
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