Schools Ashura holidays | KU teachers
Many schools to observe holiday today
Karachi, Dec 15: Indecisiveness on the part of the Sindh government whether schools of the city will
remain closed or not on Wednesday has not only created confusion among
parents but also forced the management of a number of private schools to
keep their institutions closed on Wednesday in view of strict security
measures taken by the law-enforcement agencies all around the route of
main Ashura procession.
A large number of parents made frantic calls to newspaper offices to
know whether the government had announced holiday for schools and
colleges on Wednesday. However, when they were informed that no such
announcement had been made, they asked as to how they would be able to
send their wards to schools, particularly those located on either side
of the M. A. Jinnah Road, as the law-enforcers had already started
placing heavy containers at various intersections.
However, repeated attempts to contact senior officials of
the education department, including Education Minister Pir
Mazhar-ul-Haq, to know whether the educational institutions of the city
in general and the former district South in particular, where strict
security measures had been taken to ward off any untoward incident,
would be closed did not bear fruits.
No decision about winter vacations
The Sindh government has so far failed to take any decision
concerning forthcoming winter vacations although a summary whereby the
provincial education department had recommended that the winter
vacations, which are normally observed from Dec 22 to Dec 31, be
curtailed from 10 days to three days, had been lying in the provincial
chief secretary's secretariat for the last two months for approval.
The Sindh education department had recommended to the chief minister to curtail the number of winter vacations from 10 to three.
Meanwhile, sources in the education department said that if
the summary whereby the education department had sought a cut in the
number of winter vacations was not approved by the chief minister by
Wednesday, the earlier decision of the department's steering committee,
according to which the winter vacations are to be observed from Dec 22
to 31, would prevail.
If the winter vacations in the schools and colleges of the province
are observed in the light of the steering committee's earlier decision,
the number of winter holidays, this year, would not be 10 days but 12
days as Jan 1 and 2, 2011, are falling on Saturday and Sunday.
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KU teachers to continue exam boycott
Karachi: The Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) on
Tuesday announced its decision to continue their boycott of exams until
the university administration took measures to improve security on the
Kuts executive council in a meeting held on Tuesday rejected the KU
administration's 'unilateral decision' of resuming the semester exams
from Dec 20 and demanded that the administration must take the society
into confidence over security measures.
"How could the administration decide to resume exams when it hasn't
taken any measures to improve the security situation on the campus?"
members argued at the meeting, which was presided over by Kuts president
Dr Abid Husnain.
A copy of the resolution passed by Kuts last month was produced at
the meeting when members said that the society had already expressed
their concerns over the situation before the start of the semester
The resolution said: "Teachers on the campus are extremely concerned
over their safety and dignity as the semester exams commence. The past
incidents of harassment and exertion of political influence have made it
amply clear that the university lacks a security system. Therefore,
teachers have decided that they will not start any examination work till
the administration ensures that they will not have to face any pressure
from any quarters and that it will protect them from criminal
activities. Teachers will stop working if any untoward incident occurred
during the exams. It's the administration's responsibility to
effectively warn students regarding the repercussions - which include
expulsion from the university - of violating the campus discipline. The
general body meeting also expresses its concern over the increasing
incidents of thefts, robberies and hooliganism on the campus and urges
the vice-chancellor to take personal interest in the matter and help
improve the situation in the university."
It is worth-mentioning here that Kuts had announced an indefinite
boycott of exams after violence involving student groups on the campus
last week. Six students were injured and a teacher was slightly hurt
during a clash between members of the People's Student Federation (PSF)
and the Imamia Student Organisation (ISO).
The KU administration postponed the semester exams till Dec 19.
Currently, external exams are going on with the cooperation of college
Student groups meet
According to a KU press release issued on Tuesday, PSF and ISO have
regretted the last week's violent episode on the campus and promised not
to become part of any conflict in the university in future.
It said that representatives of the two groups expressed the resolve
at a meeting organised by the KU student adviser and members of the
students' advisory council.
They held out the assurance that they would not let any 'personal
dispute' to lead to a conflict between parties next time, and also
pledged that they would submit their complaints, if any, in writing in
the student adviser office and accept the decision taken by the student
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Lecturers' list sought to detect fake appointments
Karachi: Sindh Director-General (Colleges) Prof Nasir Ansar
has sought a complete list of lecturers appointed during the last three
years from all the five regional directorate of colleges so as to detect
A spokesman for the provincial directorate-general (colleges), M
Afzal said that the need for undertaking such an exercise was felt
following the recent detection of 11 fake lecturers' appointments
belonging to all the five regional directorates.
He said that all the regional directors (colleges) had been asked to
send within a week a complete list of all those college teachers
appointed in their respective regions to the office of the
directorate-general so as to ascertain whether all these recruitments
were made in the light of the Sindh Public Service Commission's
recommendations or not.
About the 11 fake college teachers who were posted at different
colleges and drawing salaries since September this year, he said that
the department concerned had been asked to stop their salaries.
The issue was also brought into the notice of the Sindh education
minister and the education secretary for initiating a legal action
against all those who had managed to get themselves appointed as
lecturers through fraudulent means but also against those officials
responsible for such illegal induction.
According to him, the cases of 11 fake lecturers were detected when
their names were not found among those recommended by the SPSC.
Of the 11 fake lecturers, five were posted in the colleges of Karachi
region, two each in the colleges of Larkana and Sukkur regions and one
each in the colleges of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas regions.
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Disruption of SU semester exam slated
Hyderabad: The Sindh University authorities have expressed their concern over disruption of
scheduled examinations, a few days ago, due to stopping of point buses
by student wings of different political parties
A statement issued by the university on Tuesday revealed that some
student wings of political parties disrupted the scheduled semester
examinations by forcibly stopping point buses of different routes and
held back students living in hostels, from appearing in the
examinations. These students, it further stated, were demanding
admissions on merit seats which university authorities are unable to
fulfil as it was illegal.
It further clarified that the university can consider admissions on
merit basis which has already been communicated to student wings. A
transparent system for admissions is in vogue and result of pre-entry
test were posted on the website the same day and also displayed on
notice boards at the Main Campus and Old Campus.
The University authorities have appealed to friends of education,
representatives of civil society, scholars, intellectuals and media to
intervene and avoid loss to students.
Meanwhile, the ongoing semester examinations of the university were held in a peaceful manner on Tuesday. Dawn
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