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Academic session controversy

Karachi, June 15(The News): The new academic session for school goers in the province will now begin from August 16 as announced by the Sindh Education department. This means that the summer vacations for educational institutions will span a period of over two and a half months. However, this decision is in sharp contrast to the stand taken by the private educational institutes, which ordered the schools to open on August 1.

In many of the private schools, examinations were completed in the first week of May and the results were announced in the first week of June, which meant that students had the entire month of May to themselves. Now, with the schools opening in the mid of August, students would be enjoying what will be close to a four month break.

The provincial education department has strictly announced that any private school defying the orders would face repercussions. Last year, too, the department issued the same notification, which was violated by the private schools. In fact, the concerned authorities are least bothered about the implementation of the governmental orders, thus making a mockery of the rules, said one disgruntled parent.

The matter is not one of defiance, but of the mental torture arising from the tug-of-war between the private school management association and officials of the education department, which makes planning vactions forstudents' parents an agonising affair.

This is not the end of the story. Interestingly, students of HSC Part II and I are scheduled to take exams in the month of June that will end by the end of the current month; while exams for HSC General group (HSC I & II) will start at the end of this month and end in July. This haphazard schedule of the educational institutions creates mental distress both for the parents and students.

It must be mentioned here that the Sindh Minister for Education, Hamida Khuro solely took the decision regarding the summer break, starting from June 1 and ending on August 16 without taking into confidence the steering committee and other stakeholders.

Regardless of that, the private schools association has categorically said that all schools that run under their umbrella will open on August 1, so as to prepare the students for August 14 Independence Day celebrations.
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