Closing Sindh government primary schools
Karachi, Nov 02: The news that the Sindh education
department plans to shut down over 1,100 government primary schools
across the province because they are "non-viable" is cause for concern.
It needs to be ascertained what has made these schools "non-viable": is
it that successive governments have neglected education, or are other
factors responsible? The Sindh education minister claims advertisements
were published in newspapers listing the schools and seeking the
objections of stakeholders. But as report correctly pointed
out, the ad says nothing about inviting objections; it is simply a
massive, ambiguous list enumerating the details of the schools. The
minister said the ad was published so that "non-viable" schools could be
removed from the education department's record and their buildings used
for "some better purpose". The government must make it clear what this
"better purpose" is, which necessitates the closure of such a large
number of schools.
It would be understandable if the government were holding an
administrative exercise, for instance short-listing schools located in
the same compound that have been merged but that still exist as separate
entities on government rolls. But it would be inexcusable if the
government has made plans to shut down the schools without having a
coherent strategy in place to improve academic standards.
Nationalisation - though perhaps well-intentioned - has proved an
ill-judged move and the prime minister's recent comments appear to have
restarted the debate on its effects on Pakistan's system of education.
Yet that does not allow the government to abdicate its responsibility of
providing quality education to the people. The state of education
across the country is far from satisfactory. In Sindh's context,
especially with the 18th Amendment making education a provincial
subject, it must be asked whether the move to close down so many schools
will improve the situation - or make it worse. In fact, the state needs
to improve the quality of education offered in public-sector
institutions and apply innovative techniques to do so. Some NGOs have
done commendable work in bringing quality education to the
underprivileged. Perhaps the state can combine forces with such
organisations to help improve the public school system. Dawn
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FUUAST to hold international conference on 14th
Karachi: Laboratory of Dendrochronology and Plant Ecology, Department
of Botany, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
(FUUAST), Karachi is organising the 2nd International Science Conference
and workshop on Dendrochronology from Nov 14 to November 19, 2010.
Minister of Science and Technology Dr Muhammad Azam Khan Swati has
accepted to be the chief guest of this event. According to organisers,
Professor Dr Moinuddin Ahmed, the main purpose of this event is to
familiarise the students with this applied and rapidly growing branch in
addition to the researchers, general public, policy makers and
specially those organisations, NGO'S, Govt. Dept. and research
organisation that are involved in environment, forestry and water
The main focus during the event will be on the exploration
of the past (300 to 500 years) flow of Indus River. In modern days, it
is a scientific fact that no reliable water planning is possible without
using Dendrochronological techniques. Developed countries, including
India are rapidly adopting this methodology and providing scientific
water planning. Dr Ahmed said that they had offered WAPDA to provide
free transfer of technology if they assign at least two young
associates. The news
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Nine PkSF activists booked for hurting 11 IJT men
Karachi: Nine Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) activists were booked
for injuring 11 Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists in a clash at the
Gulshan Degree College, the Gulshan-e-Iqbal police said on Monday.
PkSF's Shahid, Imran, Abid, Nadeem, Rafiq, Muneer, Danish, Basheer and
Shan were booked for resorting to aerial firing and injuring IJT's Abdul
Moeed, Ramzan, Saqib, Ibrahim, Sarfaraz, Maaz, Akber, Zubair, Ismail,
Aleem and Tahir. The IJT men were taken to the nearest hospital and
first information report No 823/2010 was registered against the PkSF
men. Tension between both groups has been mounting for the past week and
they have been engaged in similar clashes in other educational
institutions as well. Daily times
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Seminar on Pakistan's quest for political stability held at KU
Karachi: A seminar on Pakistan's quest for political stability was held at the Karachi University Campus on Monday.
moot was organised by the institution's Department of International
Relations at its premises. A former Chief Justice of Sindh High Court,
Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed, was the speaker on the occasion. He
said that the people of Pakistan were the real custodians of the country
and the surest means to political stability and strength.
light upon the historical evolution of Muslim political consciousness in
South Asia as Muslims were able to form a state of their own. It was a
vindication of their devotion and sacrifices. Justice Ahmed opined that
political stability had been an elusive thing for Pakistan because
since the very establishment of Pakistan, the "seeds of instability had
He also gave an exhaustive overview of the political and constitutional history of Pakistan.
Ahmed was of the view that some autocratic mindsets managed to get into
the power corridors. The real needs and realities were disregarded. He
pointed out that mutual toleration and accommodation are quintessential
for any just and healthy society. Justice Ahmed gave the example of
Great Britain, which has four provinces, that's how the British manage
to grow through a culture of mutual recognition.
Had the Pakistani
political elite been mature it would have avoided the debacle in 1971,
he opined. Justice Ahmed was of the view that even democracy in Pakistan
had a fragile history. True democracy, he added, needed a real
environment of toleration. Dictatorship has obstructed a genuine growth
of democracy in Pakistan and hence political stability.
outlined certain factors that, "If implemented, could revolutionise the
Pakistani society: the movement for the civil rights of people should
continue, compulsory primary education is a must, efforts should be made
to lower corruption level, our exports should be more than our
He said that the sense of insecurity was largely
responsible for corruption. This insecurity could be diluted by
providing the people certain constitutional guarantees.
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AKU award ceremony
Karachi: Aga Khan University (AKU) Examination Board is organising an
award ceremony to recognise the academic efforts of its position holders
in 2010 examination session, AKU spokesperson said.
The annual high
achievers' Student Awards Ceremony would be held on November 03, 2010.
Engr Abul Kalam, Vice Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and
Technology will be attending the event as chief guest, she also said.
total of 142 candidates will be awarded for their excellent Secondary
School Certificate and Higher Secondary School Certificate results, she
further said. The programme would be held at AKU Auditorium, Stadium
Road campus at 5:00 to6:30 pm, she added. The news
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