SPLA threatened to boycott HSC exams
SPLA threatens to boycott HSSC annual exams
Karachi, March 17: The central leadership of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has threatened
to boycott the upcoming Higher Secondary School Certificate annual examinations
as well as staging hunger strike unto death to press for the acceptance of their
Addressing a press conference at the library of DJ Sindh
Government Science College on Wednesday, the SPLA leaders condemned the police
attack on the teachers and said that the teachers' community would observe token
hunger strike from 10am to 5pm on March 17 (today) at the DJ College against the
However, they said that the final decision of boycotting
exams and observing hunger strike unto death would be taken if the government
did not meet their demands. SPLA has called a general body meeting of its Sindh
chapter on March 24 at DJ College. In case, the government did not issue the
notification by March 24, the SPLA would seek approval by its members for
boycotting exams and observing hunger strike unto death, they said.
association has also planned to take out a rally towards Chief Minister House
and stage a sit-in in front of CM House the same day. "It is possible that SPLA
may publicly announce its decisions to boycott the annual exams and observe
hunger strike unto death on March 24 if the CM did not issue the notification
regarding timescale," President SPLA Professor Mirza Ather Hussain
The SPLA took the decision to boycott teaching on Tuesday in
reaction to police attack on teachers rally the other day. However, the
association has decided to conduct extra classes to compensate the time loss of
SPLA has demanded of the government to immediately issue the
notification for promotion under timescale formula as well as cancelling all 414
transfers of college teachers, "which were based on mala fide intentions", and
formulating a proper policy in this regard.
It also demanded that the
office of the Director General Colleges should be abolished and five
directorates of College Education at Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and
Mirpurkhas be made functional as like in the past.
It further demanded
that over 3,500 vacant posts of teachers of all grades in the colleges of Sindh
should be filled immediately and salary and medical arrears should be reimbursed
with immediate effect.
The SPLA also wants Education Department to
introduce health insurance policy for the college teachers and allowing them
treatment at private hospitals.
Senior Education Minister, Pir
Mazhar-ul-Haq, on Wednesday informed the Provincial Assembly of Sindh that he
had ordered the education department to issue explanation letters to the
protesting lecturers and deduct their salaries if they did not attend classes,
and in extreme cases, sack such "rotten eggs" to pave the way for appointment of
lecturers on ad hoc basis.
He was responding to a point of order raised
by PML-F's Nusrat Abbasi against the police action on lecturers in the city on
Tuesday who protested against non-acceptance of their demands regarding
The education minister said all other demands of
the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) had been accepted, and for
their last demand of time-scale promotions, he had moved a summary to the chief
The minister said when he assumed the charge, there were only
eight professors, but now there were over 100 professors.
severely criticized the SPLA. The minister said that it was "compulsion" of the
SPLA's two groups to resort to protest when their elections were round the
He said the SPLA was not a CBA union to demonstrate outside the
chief minister's or the governor's house, and they had to follow the civil
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HSSC Science results
Karachi: Controller of Examinations, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), on Wednesday
announced that the board would declare the supplementary result of Science
(Pre-Engineering and Science General) Groups for Higher Secondary School
Certificate (HSSC), supplementary examinations 2010 on Thursday (today) at
The other day, the BIEK announced the results of supplementary
examinations of Home Economics and Pre-Medical (Science Group)
According to the gazette notification issued here, 77 candidates
registered for the Home Economics examinations and 71 appeared while 42 were
declared pass. The overall pass percentage was 59.15.
male candidates registered for Pre-Medical examinations and 1,010 appeared in
the exams whereas 441 were declared pass and the overall pass percentage was
43.66 per cent, Mirza said.
Furthermore, 3,334 female candidates
registered and 3,175 appeared in the exams. Of which 1,007 passed their
examinations and the overall pass percentage was 31.72 while one unfair mean
case was reported during the exams. The news
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Call for more SSC exam centres
Karachi: The action committee of All-Karachi Private &
Government Schools' Associations, representing different private and government
schools associations, said on Wednesday that the Board of Secondary Education
Karachi (BSEK) would not be required to conduct a mock test prior to the ensuing
secondary school certificate (class IX and X) annual examinations if the number
of examination centres was increased by 70 to 80 per
Speaking at a press conference, members of the committee
said that it was beyond their understanding as to why the BSEK had decided to
reduce the number of examination centres from 431 to 170 when two candidates
would be sitting on a single bench during examinations.
They demanded that the BSEK authorities recall the controller of examinations
who was currently on leave and if it was not possible the task of conducting the
forthcoming SSC annual examinations be assigned to some senior deputy
The action committee threatened to hold a protest demonstration on March 21
outside the Karachi Press Club if the BSEK did not take back its decision of
allowing two candidates to sit on a single bench.
Those who spoke at the press conference are Haider Ali, Sharfuzzaman, Faiz
Ahmed Faiz, Ashraf Ali Naz, Abid Hussain, Anwar Ali Bhatti and Mohammad Farooq
At another press conference, the chairman of All Private Schools Management
Associations, Sindh, Syed Khalid Shah, said that the BSEK's decision of reducing
the number of examination centres would create a number of problems, including
jams and shortage of space for parking. He said the decision could
also provide an opportunity to candidates to use unfair
Mr Shah said he was not against the BSEK's decision of holding a mock test
for Class IX science group students, adding that BSEK officials would take stock
of the situation after examining positive and negative aspects of such a test. Dawn
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Private schools threaten to boycott exams
Karachi: The private schools associations on Wednesday demanded of the Board of Secondary Education
Karachi (BSEK) to withdraw some of the changes the board had announced for this
year's SSC exams or they would boycott the exams.
In their separate press
conferences, the joint action committee of the All Karachi Private and
Government Schools' Association and the All Private Schools Management
Association claimed that the changes announced by the BSEK in the forthcoming
annual exams were unrealistic.
The board had decided to seat two
candidates on a single bench while the number of invigilators would be doubled,
The BSEK has also reduced the number of examination centres.
These decisions would create problems for the candidates, they
They also said that the invigilators would face difficulties
during distributing and collecting examination copies at the centres.
joint action committee of the All Karachi Private and Government Schools
Associations demanded of the board office to increase the number of examination
They also demanded of the board to immediately release the
withhold results and bring back the controller of examination on his post if he
was in good health. The controller of examination is on medical leave. The news
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Six injured in IJT, APMSO clash
Karachi: At least 11 students were injured in a clash
between two student groups at Karachi University on
Windowpanes of the student adviser and security
offices, located near Staff Town, were also smashed allegedly by some students
involved in the brawl.
Though university officials claimed that BCom annual examinations for
external students currently under way on the campus were not disturbed because
of the clash, independent sources said the candidates appearing in the
examination were panicked after finding out about the clash, which took place
between 1pm and 2pm.
The exams were being conducted from 2pm to 5pm.
The clash between the rival student organisations reportedly erupted over the
issue of chalking on walls of different departments by workers of a student
organisation. It continued for an hour or so, before Rangers personnel deployed
on the campus intervened.
Sources in the KU claimed that members of both groups not only freely used
iron bars and clubs in their fight but also fired guns, resulting in injuries to
According to sources, most of the students received minor injuries while the
students with serious injuries were admitted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and
the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
Confirming that the clash took place on the issue of wall-chalking, the
university's student adviser, Prof Ansar Rizvi said that he had helped
resolve the dispute between the rival groups and the removal of graffiti would
begin on Wednesday night.
Though the police belonging to the Mubina Town police station rushed to the
scene of the clash, neither any arrest was made nor any FIR registered, the
sources added. Dawn
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Scholarships given to meritorious students of MAJU
Karachi: A ceremony for the award of scholarships to 20 meritorious students of
Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) by the government of Japan was held here
Consul General of Japan in Karachi Masaharu Sato was the
chief guest on the occasion.
The total amount of the scholarships was to
the tune of Rs 6 million.
Speaking on the occasion, the Japanese consul
general congratulated the scholarship recipients and advised them to make good
use of the amount for their higher education.
He said that despite the
present catastrophe in Japan that killed over 3,700 people besides huge property
losses, the activities of Japanese government are not hindered.
stated that the people and the government of Japan have accepted the reality and
hoped to overcome the crisis soon and emerge as a stronger still nation. He
advised the students to work hard towards the acquisition of
Earlier, welcoming the consul general, MAJU President Prof Dr
Abdul Wahab, showed his appreciation for the Japanese government of fulfilling
the commitment and distributing scholarships at a time when they are hit by
worst disaster in Japan's recent history.
Associate Dean Prof Mumtaz A
Khan offered the vote of thanks. One minute silence was also observed to express
grief on the present devastation and loss of lives in Japan. app
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