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KU Teachers often found playing truant

Karachi, Oct 5: There is a new breed of teachers at the University of Karachi (KU) that finds much more convenient to shirk from their duties, that is, teaching. More often than not, these teachers are found relaxing in their rooms or running one errand or the other instead of being in class.

It's sad but true. KU is assuming the character of a government department where things are done at a painfully slow pace. Most teachers of the university have failed to inspire their students because of the sub-standard and archaic teaching methods.

The News conducted a survey of the capabilities of teachers at KU as well as their ability to inspire students. In this regard, the students of the department of Mass Communication felt that only one or two teachers managed to inspire them with their teaching and character. They said that most teachers were coming to class with outdated notes. "I am surprised at the apathy of such teachers. They are not interested in teaching and grooming students," says a student of the department. Saad Ahmed (not his real name) of the department of Political Science said that "it is frustrating to come to university to attend one class only to find that the teacher is absent. Nobody cares about their absence. Only the students are penalised for not achieving 75 per cent attendance in classrooms."

The teachers' indifference towards duties was apparent during the suspension of classes on the orders of a student organisation. Many students braved uncertain conditions to come to the university but the teachers were absent in various departments. "I came to the university a couple of times but the teachers and the non-teaching staff was absent," complained Hina Mansoor from the department of Chemistry.

The non-serious and self-centred attitude of teachers was exposed when the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), in its recently meeting, demanded that student organisations should not be recognised by KU.

On the other hand, the teachers have four different forums which they can use to voice their concerns: the Sindh Teachers Forum (STF) - affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Tanzeem Asatza Pakistan (TAP) that has teachers from the right-wing parties like Jamaat-e-Islami, a liberal group (Barkati Group) and the United Teachers Forum that have teachers with leftist leanings. The News

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