KU BS programme mid term examinations postponed
KU BS programme victim of internal squabbling
Karachi, Mar 03: The bachelor of Studies (BS) programme that began at the
University of Karachi (KU) in 2007 with much fanfare and claims of enhancing
standards and bringing a vast array of diverse subjects to the students has
become a victim of a lack of planning and will on behalf of the administration
to implement it.
The internal squabble between the Semester Section and
the deans surfaced on Saturday, hastening the deans to announce postponement of
the 'Mid Term Examinations' on Monday (March 2). The announcement was vague and
gave no reasons for the abrupt step taken by the deans. The sources say that it
was done to avoid a direct confrontation with the Students Alliance, an umbrella
of nine student parties excluding All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation
(APMSO) on the question of raising the passing marks from 40 to 50 marks.
KU Registrar, Prof. Rais Alvi said that the postponement was an effort
on part of the university to avoid deterioration in law and order situation that
looked imminent in the background of students' agitation. "The Vice Chancellor
is not in the university and we had no other option other than delaying
examinations," he explained.
A senior professor at the university said
that "The BS programme was a non-starter as the Academic Council had accepted it
without deliberating its pros and cons. The BS Committee comprising Prof. Saleem
Memon, Dr Faheemuddin and Dr Junaid Sagheer Siddiqui were not acquainted with
the BS programme's methodology. The Committee was supported by pro-Jamaat
teachers and Barkati Group. The programme was incomplete, conflicts within (the
programme) and problems continued to emerge. The result was issuance of frequent
notifications, corrections and amendments that created confusion among the
students and the teachers."
The deans felt that their turf was taken by
the BS Committee and the latter was not authorised for issuing notifications. A
number of issues in the programme were either not defined clearly or not
communicated properly. This resulted in teachers filing results based on old
passing marks that in turn were rejected by the Semester Section. The deans'
offices pressurised the Semester Section to send them results for correction.
Chaos ensued as according to new process, students had to run after their course
in-charges to get their signature after correction of marks. The results of the
previous year are still being corrected.
Meanwhile, the Students
Alliance that is protesting against the BS programme, calling it 'Baybus'
(helpless) programme, is dominated by Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) but Peoples
Students Federation (PSF) is also a part of it. Some analysts in the KU are of
the opinion that the agitation is to embarrass Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in
ongoing tussle against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). "If the
agitation continues the PSF might leave the alliance to prevent causing any harm
to the PPP, its parent party," says a professor from Science Faculty, requesting
A KU official says that the BS programme has an intrinsic
fault. "No where in the world marks are awarded the way KU is doing. They should
be performance-based-curve filtering that means we consider the type of
questions. Whether they are easy or tough and mark the answer scripts
BS mid-term exams postponed
Karachi: A meeting held at the KU on Monday has decided to reschedule the
mid-term examinations that were to start from March 5. The concerned deans and
chairpersons will notify the new schedule. The meeting also decided that the
students admitted to BS First Year class 2007 batch presently promoted to the
fifth semester will be examined according to the old grading system. The
students admitted in 2008 and 2009 in BS First Year and in 2009 in BS Third Year
will be examined according to the new grading system. The News
"Well i am a student of B.s 2007 bedge of K.U In our admission prospectus there was nothing discussed about the mid term policy. we had given the exams of 1st year according to the semester system but suddenly in the 2nd year we were told to give mid term exams. as a consequence majority of the students were failed to score upto the mark. So i would like to bring your attention towards this major problem that we the students of K.U 2007 are suffering. The policies should be those ones which were discussed in our admission prospectus..! "
Name: Emaan Khan
City, Country: Karachi
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Ban on teachers' unions withdrawn
Karachi: The Sindh government has withdrawn the ban imposed on teachers unions
in the province during the tenure of former Sindh Chief Minister Dr Arbab Ghulam
Rahim, announced Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Karachi Press Club, Haq said
that there is a vast difference between the ideology of the present and past
governments, adding that he will do everything within his power to resolve the
issues of teachers.
He also announced that the provincial government will
also withdraw the appeal it had submitted in the Supreme Court against the
verdict of the Sindh High Court (SHC). The SHC had rejected the ban imposed by
Rahim's government and, later, the then government had challenged the verdict in
the apex court. Haq went to say that he will fight as a lawyer for the rights of
the teachers and they will be given all allowances, equal to the teachers of
Responding to a question, he claimed that his department
has opened at least 2,500 closed schools. He also said that the government was
implementing a transparent policy for the appointment of teachers, under which,
only candidates securing at least 61 marks will be selected.
said that monitoring committees are being constituted to check the performance
of schools and journalists will also be included in the committees. Haq added
that he had issued directives to the district education EDOs to ensure the
maintenance of school buildings before any tragedy transpires. Daily Times
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Education: promised by the government but fulfilled by NGOs and individuals
Karachi: Successive governments have claimed that 'education' was their
priority and they would do their best to improve the standards once they were in
power. However, quality education is still a distant dream for the poor since
most government schools, if functional, are losing enrolment every year due to
the lack of development in the sector.
As far as the existing setup is
concerned, education is one of the 5 Es (employment, education, energy,
environment and equality) included in the incumbent party's election manifesto.
However, the way things are going it appears that the dreams of poor students
may fall prey to the political interests of those in power.
fact that billions of rupees have been released for the education sector,
however, the ground situation clearly demonstrates the misuse of these funds.
Most of the functional schools do not have teachers, while largely the
government school buildings are in dilapidated conditions. Similarly, despite
the fact that there is a shortage of teachers in government schools, the
commissioned pass school teachers have not been issued posting orders.
the total, 7039 primary schools have no boundary walls. Of 49,028 schools in
Sindh – 7,572 were non-functional till June 2008. The Sindh Minister for
Education claimed to have opened 2500 schools; still more than 5000 schools are
non-functional. Additionally, out of the 41,456 working schools, 29,035 do not
have electricity and 5037 do not have furniture.
While the governments
alone have failed to carry out any substantial developments in education sector,
the role of NGO's and other non-profit organisations is worth praising. Under
the given system which is highly vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement, the
public private partnership option may work.
The Citizens Foundation
(TCF), Citizens Education Development Foundation (CEDF), Hope NGO, Zindagi
Trust, Book Group and others are playing a positive role. Similarly, NGOs,
individuals and volunteers who have adopted government schools are also
significant. Therefore, government should look forward to carrying on with pubic
private partnership to minimise the chances of corruption.
important to note that the government's role is not over by letting any NGO or
individual adopt a school. In fact the government should release funds for
necessary development in the schools being adopted. Moreover, they should also
spend money and recruit teachers on merit.
The SMB Fatima Jinnah
Government Girls School, Garden and the MAO Government Primary and Secondary
School, Sultanabad are examples that prove that if funds are utilized
transparently results are obvious.
City Nazim Mustafa Kamal, who also
supported SMB School, recently announced that around 40 similar public model
schools will become operational in the city soon. He said that the CDGK will
bear all expenses regarding books, uniforms as well as expenses incurred during
extra-curricular activities. If the city government keeps its promise and the
Sindh government follows the same we might have an improved education system.
One adopted school is educating some 2500 students in the environment that meets
international standards. If City Nazim is able to realise his dream of
replicating the model into 40 other schools, at least one million children
belonging to low income socio-economic backgrounds will be able to acquire
quality education free of cost.
If the Sindh Government is indeed
determined to provide quality education to the less privileged children, they
too should play a practical role and move one step ahead of city government. It
may not be wrong to say that if educated our new generation can do wonders in all fields thus result in progress of the country. -firstname.lastname@example.org
KGS annual sports day held amidst fanfare
Karachi: The junior section of Karachi Grammar school recently held their
annual sports day, an event that had students, the faculty as well as the
parents participating with equal enthusiasm. From the thrilling PE display and
the march past to the athletic events, Sports Day was an extremely well
disciplined affair, upholding the importance of punctuality and orderliness by
Fortunately, while there was discipline on the field, there was
energy and excitement in the stands, where students and parents alike would
break out into cheers and applause for the house of their choice.
Students at KGS are divided into four 'Houses': Streeton, Frair,
Papworth and Napier and through various athletic events (some of which are held
prior to Sports Day to prevent the event from becoming too time consuming).
While winning sportsmen are awarded medals, the winning House receives the
trophy. Papworth won this year, the light blue flag going up to honour the house
that was added several years after the other three were
Mushtaq Chhapra, Director of The Citizens Foundation, graced
the event with his presence and advised the children to "cherish this time as it
is the best part of life."
He added, "Participation is what matters most;
taking the victories with the losses." Mr Chhapra also spoke about the balance
that needs to be struck between academic strength, sportsmanship and social
work. He outlined the efforts made by The Citizens Foundation, and encouraged
the children to associate themselves with some form of philanthropic work too.
"We are all part of a citizen's foundation," he said. Mr Chhapra also
reflected on Pakistan's current affairs optimistically. He said that despite
"all the darkness we come across every day, our country is not doomed." On that
note he quoted notable Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz:
"It is better to light
a candle than curse the darkness." It must be added that while events and
programmes like this usually tend to go down as an essential academic formality,
they in fact teach invaluable lessons in terms of team spirit, leadership,
sportsmanship and the importance of discipline and a healthy lifestyle. The News
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