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Summer camps opposed | Balochistan university professor

Parents, teachers oppose summer camps
Rawalpindi, June 02: Parents and teachers here on Tuesday opposed Punjab government's decision to allow summer camps during vacations in public and private schools.

Unlike previous years, the provincial government issued a notification allowing private and government schools to hold compulsory summer camps from 7:30am to 10:30am for class 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th from June 1 to August 14.

The summer vacations in private schools will be observed from June 15 to September 5. However, the provincial education department ordered them to follow the summer vacation schedule issued by it.

But parents were of the view that the summer camps had been allowed just to enable private schools to earn more money by charging extra fees. "The concept of summer vacation is to provide relief to children from the hot weather and if that relief is not there the government should abolish the summer vacations," said Mohammad Tahir, a resident of Satellite Town.

He said how parents could send their children to school in the sweltering heat of June and July. "The holding of compulsory summer camps for class 5th and 8th is unfair as mostly families planned trips to their native towns or hilly areas," he said.

Irfan Siddiqui, a resident of Westridge, said during the hot weather children would suffer from heatstroke and other seasonal diseases.

The teachers of government schools also expressed resentment over the decision, saying summer camps in government educational institutes for class 5th and 8th was unjustifiable.

"The provincial government issued the compulsory summer camps directives just to please private school owners which can bring them extra money," said Saghir Alam, the president of Punjab Teachers Union's Rawalpindi chapter, while talking to this reporter .

He said teachers had no problem in performing duties during the summer vacations but it would be difficult for the students. He said government schools also lacked basic facilities like fans and water.

Teachers and parents, he added, were planning to protest against the government decision.

On the other hand, private school owners said the decision to hold the summer camps was in the best interest of the students. "The students of class 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th have suffered a lot during the last few days as textbooks were not available in the market and classes started late," said Ibrar Ahmed Khan, the president of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, Rawalpindi.

He said government schoolteachers remained busy in house census and anti-polio drives during the last few months. "The summer camps will also provide an opportunity to government schools to complete their study plans before examinations," he said.

The district education officials said the department would enforce the government directives regarding summer camps.

They said a conveyance allowance of Rs2,000 each would be provided to the teachers during the summer camps.

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Summer vacation began
Karachi: Students of most public and private schools and colleges in Sindh attended their last day at their institutions.

The summer vacation begins from June 1 and will continue till July 31. The summer vacation in some private schools in the city began last week while some other institutions have set the starting date of their own choice. Dawn

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Balochistan varsity professor killed in Quetta
Quetta: Professor Dr Saba Dashtiyari, a senior member of the faculty of University of Balochistan, was gunned down by some unidentified armed men on the Sariab Road in the provincial capital on Wednesday afternoon.

The police said that Prof Dashtiyari of the Islamic Studies department of UoB was out for an evening walk on the main Sariab Road when two unidentified armed men, riding a motorcycle, appeared and opened fire on him. Dr Dashtiyari sustained multiple bullet wounds and succumbed to his injuries on the spot. The police reached the spot and shifted the body to the Civil Hospital.

A large number of teachers and students of the UoB reached the Civil Hospital and mourned the killing of Dr Dashtiari. Later, the body was dispatched to Karachi for burial.

Dr Dashtiyari was associated with the UoB for the last three decades. He was born in 1953 in Lyari area of Karachi. After completing his primary and higher education from Karachi, he joined the UoB and his association with the varsity lasted till his death.

The friends of Dr Dashtiyari remember him as a humble, sociable and down to earth human being, who had a good circle of friends in the university and outside. He had authored several books and laid the foundation of a premier Balochi language academy in Karachi.

Meanwhile, the UoB has been closed for three days from today (Thursday) to mourn the killing of Professor Dashtiyari. Balochistan and Pashtoon nationalists parties strongly condemned the killing. Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) in a press statement strongly condemned the killing.

Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of Dr Dashtiyari. In a statement, the governor prayed that may Allah almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear the tragic loss. The news

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