HSC commerce, arts exams | Summer vacation
Inter commerce, arts exams
Karachi, May 22: The second phase of the Higher Secondary
School Certificate annual examination-2012 will be held between June 8
and July 3, an official has announced.
Board of Intermediate Education Karachi chairman Anwar A. Zai said on
Monday that about 67,000 candidates would appear in the examinations.
He said that 30 centres would be set up in the morning shift for private
candidates of the commerce group and 37 centres for regular and private
candidates of the arts group in the evening shift.
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Uneven enforcement of summer vacation schedule feared
Karachi: According to educational circles, the
managements of private schools on Monday said they feared an uneven
implementation of the Sindh government's order about this year's summer
vacation in the city.
The Sindh education department on Monday released a formal
notification to the media about summer vacation in line with its summary
approved by the Sindh chief minister last Friday. The summary sought a
departure from previous practices of observing summer vacation in June
The notification said: "With the approval of the competent authority
[Chief Minister, Sindh] it is notified that the summer vacation 2012 for
all public and private educational institutions of Sindh shall be
observed from July 1 to August 31, 2012."
A source in the education department said some of the private school
managements had been requesting or approaching high-ups in the
government for summer vacation from June 1 to July 31 and it was likely
that they would either be allowed to observe the vacation in relaxation
to the official order or the whole schedule will be reviewed again.
According to the Karachi Grammar School website, its new academic
session would begin in August. A group of "big schools" conducting O'
and A' Level classes at a meeting on Monday resolved to observe summer
vacation in June and July and not in July and August, said media
Representatives of the schools run under the Cambridge system of
education or by the big chains had clearly told the education secretary
at a meeting about three weeks back that they would not close their
schools in August, said another source.
Last year, too, a good number of schools had pleaded that "the very
late decision taken at the Sindh education department level had left no
choice for them other than to defy the government's decision, if any
made, to observe vacations in July and August," the source said, adding
that Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, too, had admitted in a
press statement that the education department had once again acted late
"This year, too, the authorities had failed to act well in advance on
the issue of summer vacation," said a private school management leader
on the condition of anonymity. It is a failure of the relevant
bureaucracy that they ordered the change only 10 days before the
commencement of the traditional summer vacation, i.e., June and
July.When contacted, the director of private schools, Dr Mansoob
Siddiqui, said he had received the education department's notification
on Monday only, and he would ensure a strict implementation of the order
without any discrimination. "A couple of private school managements
also contacted me today and I have told them that there was no option
but to follow the government's order," he said, adding that still there
was time for his directorate to try and motivate them for the
implementation of summer vacation in July and August.
Syed Khalid Shah Shah, chairman of the All Private School Management
Association, Sindh, said the observance of the new summer vacation
schedule should not be a problem for the schools run under the Matric
system. "We start our academic session in April and the Cambridge
schools' session begins in August," he said, adding that chances of a
split in school managements on the issue of vacation could not be ruled
Replying to a question, however, he said private schools following
his association had already collected fees for June and July and now
they would appeal to the parents to deposit the fees for August in
advance during the month of June, otherwise it would become rather
difficult for them to pay the teachers' salaries, building rents and
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Varsity to launch FM radio
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh will set up an FM
radio station in the department of Mass Communication to broadcast
educational programmes and train students of the department. The project
was discussed at a meting at the Jamshoro campus on Monday.
It was presided over by acting vice-chancellor Professor Dr Parveen
Shah and attended by the department chairperson Dr Rizwana Chang and FM
105 manager Dr Mehmoodul Hassan Mughal.
The meeting decided to approach the National Public Radio of the US
and USAID education programme to seek assistance for the project.
The meeting discussed a proposal to seek financial support from the
provincial and federal governments and contact philanthropists in this
Approximately Rs5 million was required for the project, it was told. Dawn
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