Schools, colleges reopened
KARACHI, Aug 9: All public and private educational institutions,
including colleges, open on Thursday (Aug 9), officials in the provincial
education department confirmed on Wednesday.
The authorities had earlier
announced curtailment of the summer vacations in schools by one week (from Aug
16 to Aug 9) which had given the impression that the move was aimed solely at
enabling managements of schools to prepare their students for the Independence
However, a senior official pointed out that the
decision was applicable to all educational institutions and not to schools
According to an official statement, principals of all colleges
have already been directed to ensure the presence of the teaching and
non-teaching staff and attendance of students at colleges.
directors (colleges) and the director (inspection) in Sindh have also been told
to visit colleges to ensure resumption of the academic activities in all
"The earlier announcement had created some misunderstanding
among managements of the educational institutions and the general public. This
prompted us to make a clear-cut announcement about the reopening of colleges,"
Dr Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui, director-general (colleges), Sindh, said.
Official sources attributed the misunderstanding about the
reopening of colleges along with schools to the recent bifurcation of the
education department by Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim through which he
drastically curtailed the powers of the Minister for Education, Dr Hamida
Khuhro. The minister's portfolio has now been restricted to college
Though a formal notification issued immediately after Dr
Khuhro was deprived of certain powers officially confirmed the bifurcation of
her department, there was confusion about the advancement of vacations in
colleges by a week and it was expected that the education department would issue
a separate statement in this regard.
"Managements and students of
colleges were not sure about the advancement because the announcement was made
by the education department jurisdiction of which was restricted to schools.
There was no word from the department handling the college affairs," admitted a
Many people made telephone calls to media offices to
find out if colleges will also reopen on Thursday.
concerned have, meanwhile, held out the assurance that such anomalies would be
taken care of in the future, and stated that classes for the second year would
formally start on Thursday. Dawn