Schools summer holidays confusion in Sindh
Two summer vacation schedules planned
Karachi, May 12: Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq,
allowing schools being run under the Cambridge system of education to continue
with their previous schedule of the summer vacation, informed their
representatives on Wednesday that Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah would take a
final decision in this regard.
According to a recent decision of the provincial education department's
steering committee, all public and private schools in the province will observe
the summer vacation in July and August to avoid loss of studies due to reduced
timings of the institutions in Ramazan.
If implemented, the decision means there would be two summer vacation
schedules in the province.
The education minister made the statement while acceding to a request of the
representatives of Cambridge schools at a meeting after they expressed their
inability to implement the steering committee's decision because their
examination schedule and syllabus were linked with the Cambridge University and
it was not possible for them to make such drastic changes in such a short span
However, he made it clear that a summary in this regard would be sent to the
chief minister for his approval and a final decision concerning the summer
vacation would be made public in the light of CM's decision.
Others who attended the meeting were the secretary in charge of the
provincial education department, Waseem Ursani, Boards of Intermediate and
Secondary Education Karachi chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Sindh Private
Educational Institutions Director Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui and representatives
of private schools management associations.
The minister explained that the summer vacation in Cambridge schools this
year would be observed in June and July though the vacation in government and
privately-managed schools having the matriculation system would be observed in
July and August.
He informed the participants of the meeting that the education department's
steering committee had taken the decision of observing the summer vacation in
July and August instead of June and July merely to avoid loss of studies due to
a short duration of classes in Ramazan.
He added that schools and colleges running single shifts reduced their
timings by an hour and those with double shifts by two hours in Ramazan.
Pir Mazhar asked the representatives of Cambridge schools that they should
make arrangements for teaching Sindhi along with Urdu Salees at their
institutions, assuring them of government cooperation in this regard.
Reiterating that he was against unnecessary holidays in educational
institutions, the minister urged the representatives of private schools
management associations to refrain from announcing holidays on their own.
Earlier, Pir Mazhar responding to a point of order in the Sindh Assembly had
informed the house that the steering committee of the department having
representation of civil society, parents and educationists in view of the
Ramazan in August had decided to declare the summer vacation in schools in July
and August instead of June and July.This decision, linked with the chief
minister's approval, would remain effective for three years.
Last year, he recalled, the duration of classes reduced by 25 hours during
Ramazan. He said that there were 11 holidays in August and the floods also
stalled academic activities in the province.
Responding to a point raised by legislator Humera Alwani, the minister said
that he would direct the private schools to charge only two-month fee instead of
three months before the summer vacation. Dawn
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'Mass Communication students also acquire practical training'
Karachi: The students of Mass Communication besides pursuing
course work should also pay attention towards practical training. This was
stressed by Chairperson of Mass Communication Department, University of Karachi,
Prof Dr Rafia Taj. She was speaking at a training workshop arranged for the
students at the department on Wednesday. Dr Taj was of the view that
job-oriented degrees were important need of the students. She said that the
workshop was aimed at providing practical training to the students. The
chairperson also called for a closer liaison with the media industry. She said
that more such training workshops would also be organised in future. app
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'Fake foreign education consultants misguiding students'
Karachi: Majority of the local education consultancy firms are
misguiding the students seeking admission overseas, a survey conducted by an NGO
and interviews with several of those engaged in consultancy to the students,
revealed. "We are very much concerned and the issue has been taken with the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) to help us in this regard," said a senior
chief executive officer of a leading Karachi-based firm on condition of
Associated with the consultancy business since the year 2000, she
said that fake consultancy firms have not only affected the business of
registered firms but also damaged the image of the country. "HEC has given us
good response but we need to create awareness among the students and parents who
seek assistance of unregistered consultancy firms due to offer of cheap
consultancy fee without going into details and genuineness," she added. "It is
not possible without the collaboration of European, Australian and America-based
private colleges and universities," she further pointed out. "The consultancy
fees ranges from $200 to $500 depending on the reputation of the college,
besides, in rupee terms all expenses range from Rs 0.5 million to Rs 1.5 million
as per the subjects of the studies in private sector," said Faisal Amin, head of
an NGO working on various projects about the education system in the country.
According to the survey conducted by the NGO, at least 6,000 registered and
unregistered consultancy firms were providing guidance service to the students
to lure them to other countries for studies and lucrative part-time job offers.
"There is need to create awareness among the students and parents as they
consider it also a long-term investment," Faisal added. app
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Sindh governor for setting up of quality academic institutions
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has emphasised the need for strengthening
the role of Higher Education Commission (HEC) at provincial level under the
supervision of its head office in Islamabad.
He also underlined
establishment of reputable academic institutions in the province.
to Dr SM Qureshi, Chairman of the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee
(CIEC), Dr Khan also stressed for participation of private sector for the
promotion of higher education in the country.
Dr Qureshi, here on
Wednesday, presented the Fourth Biennial Report of the Committee for the period
2008-2010 to Sindh governor. The members of the committee were also present on
Dr Qureshi mentioned that all the institutions in general
had improved their overall performance, quality of education and their
infrastructure, including students' facilities.
He specially mentioned
the significant increase in the research activity with increasing number of
MPhil and PhD students and cooperation among institutions, industry and
Chairman CIEC thanked the Sindh governor for his guidance and
support in achieving these objectives. He also acknowledged the support of the
Department of Education and Literacy and Governor's Secretariat.
Qureshi mentioned that 21-chartered institutions in the private sector in Sindh
were inspected, evaluated and graded. The grading was as under:
Stars: Iqra University, SZABIST and Institute of Business Management (IoBM).
Iqra was rated No 01, SZABIST and IoBM both were rated No 02.
Stars: Textile Institute of Pakistan, Sir Syed University, Greenwich University,
Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology, Institute of Business and
Technology, Hamdard University, ISRA University, Ziauddin University, Jinnah
University for Women, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari
Institute of Technology, Baqai Medical University, lndus Valley School and
Newports Institute of Communications and Economics.
(iii) 04 Stars:
Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Preston University and Preston Institute
of Management Sciences and Technology.
(iv) 03 Stars: Indus Institute of
The committee observed that the number of institutions
had grown from 18 to 25. The number of students had increased from 28,000 to
46,000 with MPhil and PhD students from 245 to 1010, Faculty had increased from
2,300 to 4,000 and PhD degree holding teachers from 150 to 300.
governor was informed that due to liberal and supportive policy in the province
40 percent of institutions of higher education are located in
Sindh governor appreciated the efforts made by the CIEC and
desired that it be strengthened to play its role even better. app
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'State must ensure provision of free education to all'
Karachi: The right to education to all children from the age of five to 16 is guaranteed under the
Constitution, and the State has to ensure provision of free and compulsory
education to all the children, observes the Sindh High Court.
directed the provincial law officer to submit a report within a month on the
measures taken to provide such guaranteed education to the children of the
The court was hearing a petition of Islam Hussain, who had
filed a pro bono publico litigation in the SHC seeking equal educational
opportunities for all the citizens and a uniform education system in all the
schools, colleges and universities.
The petitioner submitted that
education had become a thriving industry in the country as a large number of
private schools and educational institutions had been established while the
government institutions were in dilapidated conditions.
that the syllabus of each school was different and books published overseas were
compulsorily supplied to the students by the private institutions.
was submitted that there were rich and powerful people whose children were
getting quality education and the best employment while the children of the poor
could hardly compete with them due to lack of quality education in the public
sector education institutions.
Hussain said that the private schools
were being run like an industry and they were not only creating a distinguished
class, but also a sense of deprivation and feeling of inferiority among students
belonging to the poor and the middle-class families, which amounted to
discrimination and exploitation not permissible under Articles 2A, 3 and 25 of
The petitioner submitted that Article 37 A, B and C
guaranteed that the government shall promote, with special care, the educational
and economic interests of the backward classes and areas, remove illiteracy and
provide compulsory secondary and higher education equally.
The court was
prayed to issue direction to the education ministry to introduce a uniform
syllabus for all the educational institutions and make swift arrangements for
appointment of well-educated teachers in all schools and colleges of the
province and provide all the required facilities to the teachers and students.
Education officer Ghafoor Daudpota produced a list of annual development
program and new schemes in the education sector.
He submitted that the
education department was only concerned with preparation of a scheme and had
nothing to do with its approval.
The SHC's division bench, headed by
Chief Justice Mushir Alam, observed that out of 32 schemes, only five were
approved whereas in some schemes date of approval was not mentioned while some
approved in 2009 without mentioning what progress had been made in these
The court directed the Secretary of Education to submit the
progress report on these schemes.
Referring to the new amendment in
Article 25-A through the 18th amendment, the court observed that the right to
education to children from the age of five to 16 was guaranteed and the State
had to provide free and compulsory education to these children.
regard, the court directed the provincial law officer to submit a report on what
measures had been taken to provide such guaranteed education to the children of
The court directed that the report be submitted within a
month. The news
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SU alumni fund planned
Hyderabad: The consultative committee - constituted in the light of recommendations of an all-parties
conference recently organised by the University of Sindh - has decided to set up
the university alumni fund and utilise its funds for the welfare of the
The decision was made at a meeting of the committee which was presided over
by Vice-Chancellor of the university Professor Dr Nazir Mughal and attended by
representatives of different political parties, intellectuals and civil society
The meeting appealed to the university alumni and philanthropists to
contribute donations for the fund.
It decided to fix a date for removal of posters and banners from the campus
and invite leaders of political parties or their nominees to join hands in this
The vice-chancellor informed the meeting that the process for the
establishment of the university students' welfare association was underway to
promote co-curricular activities. Two students from each department would be
nominated on the association on the basis of their excellent academic record.
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Teachers put off protest after assurance
Quetta: The Balochistan Government Teachers Association ended its protest on Wednesday after Chief
Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani assured them that all their demands would be met.
The teachers took out a procession from the education directorate and tried
to go to the Governor's House and the Chief Minister Secretariat but police
stopped them near the Officers' Club on the Civil Hospital road.
Ministers Mir Zafar Zehri and Zamarak Khan Piralizai and Quetta Commissioner
Naseem Lehri held talks with the teachers and took their representatives, Haji
Ghaffar Khan Gadazai, Mujibullah Khan, Khadam Ali Bugti and Dad Jan Baloch, to
the chief minister.
The teachers held successful talks with Mr Raisani and they put off the
strike. They presented a 27-point charter of demands to the chief minister. Dawn
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