Karachi schools security, emergency response plan
Karachi schools security, emergency response plan ready
Karachi, Oct 30: A comprehensive security and emergency response plan has been
chalked out for private schools in view of the threat of terrorist attacks on
Under the plan, which has been prepared by the
education department's directorate of private educational institutions with the
consultation of the home department, schools have been advised to stagger
opening and closing time of different classes/ sections to reduce congestion.
The heads of private educational institutions have also been asked to
ensure deployment of armed guards at an elevated place on the school premises
for a safe and effective monitoring of all entry/exit points and installation of
CCTV cameras on gates. Also, schools watchmen should be kept free from all extra
Besides, schools have been directed to arrange emergency drills
for students during different times of the day to prepare them to deal with any
untoward situation. Schools will also invite the area superintendent of police
and station house officers to address schoolchildren and brief security guards.
According to Sindh director for private institutions Mansoob Hussain
Siddiqui, the heads of private schools have been asked to ensure that boundary
walls of their schools are properly raised and a sufficient number of fire
extinguishers are available on each floor of multi-storey schools.
plan suggests strict restrictions on parking of vehicles on school premises and
vendor or stallholders in close vicinity of schools.
The school heads
have also been advised to ensure that students, teaching and non-teaching
staffers are not allowed to enter into schools if their identity cards are not
properly displayed on their dress.
The parents of schoolchildren and
visitors must seek prior appointment to visit the schools during the specified
hours and days. Besides, visitors must be properly identified and thoroughly
frisked before being allowed to enter. The directorate has asked them to
intimate parents about such a protocol through circulars in view of the
prevailing security situation.
The plan further suggests appropriate
arrangement for handicapped persons and lamination of window-panes preferably
with PVC film to prevent splinters in case of a blast. Besides, a separate exit
gate at the rear side of schools for emergency has also been advised.
The schools' administrations have been asked to get a floor-wise map of
school buildings prepared and ensure availability of its copies at different
locations within and outside the institutions.
A number of measures
described as 'pre-requisites' include the installation of an emergency alarm
bell and telephone sets with caller identity facility, pasting of emergency exit
plan on each floor of the building, availability of first aid kits, marking of
emergency assembly points for each section and setting up of a chain of command
for proper coordination.The comprehensive security plan is an outcome of the Oct
22 meeting organised by the Sindh home department and attended by
representatives of private schools, law-enforcement agencies and senior
officials of education department.
president of All-Pakistan Private Schools Management Association's Sindh
chapter, Khalid Shah, met Sindh Home Secretary Syed Arif Shah and showed
reservations regarding the survey forms sent to different private schools by the
capital city police.
The police had sent the survey forms to
various schools in order to get appropriate and detailed information about these
In his meeting with the home secretary, Mr
Shah assured him of full cooperation to the police for the security of schools.
However, he said that some unnecessary/ irrelevant details were being
sought through the survey forms.
The APPSMA provincial chief also showed
a specimen of the survey form to the home secretary, saying that the details of
teachers' salaries and school budgets were irrelevant as far as security of the
schools was concerned.
The home secretary asked school administrations
to put a cross mark on all such columns having these questions.
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Policy of plagiarism at Karachi university
Karachi: In the age of the Internet, photocopier and offset printing, when book piracy
and plagiarism have gained ascendancy, it is intriguing that the Karachi
University has not deemed it necessary to formulate a policy on the subject.
This is a case of oversight that is difficult to condone given that the Higher
Education Commission drew up a policy on plagiarism in 2007 and universities
were expected to make their own rules within its framework. Not surprisingly,
the KU does not know how to handle the cases of some teachers accused of
plagiarism. It appointed two retired judges of sound reputation to look into the
charges, which were found to be true. Meanwhile, the Sindh ombudsman has
directed the university administration to draw up a policy on plagiarism and
frame rules for a procedure to deal with cases relating to it. Now the
university syndicate has decided to seek legal advice on disciplinary
The only positive dimension of this episode is that it has left
no doubt in one's mind that the university recognises the gravity of plagiarism.
This in itself is something to be thankful about. Many people are not even aware
that plagiarism constitutes intellectual theft. Others do not consider it a
crime - legally or morally. But simply recognising plagiarism as a crime is not
enough. One has to have rules and procedures to address any wrongdoing if
justice is to be done, both to the accused and the victim, and the law is not to
be misused to hurt an innocent person. While a plagiarism policy is being
prepared - hopefully it will soon see the light of day - the university would do
well to instruct the students in the virtues of honesty in intellectual
pursuits. As for the academics, it would help if the final policy is publicised
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MBBS supplementary results announced
Karachi: The Controller of Examinations, University of Karachi has
announced the results of MBBS Third Professional, Supplementary Examination
As per the result statistics, 95 candidates registered for the
examination while 82 candidates appeared in the examination. Overall 61
candidates were declared successful with the passing out percentage being 74.39
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FUUAST announced various results
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) on Thursday announced the results of BS
(Chemistry) sixth semester 2006, 1st batch (morning) and BS (Zoology) first
semester, 2nd batch (morning).
According to a press release issued on
Thursday, a total of 25 students appeared in the chemistry paper and all the
students cleared the exam with a pass percentage of 100. In the zoology paper,
56 students out of 57 registered students appeared and 40 were declared pass in
the exam with a pass percentage of 71.43. The news
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Govt working to promote education
Karachi: Sindh Senior Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir
Mazhar-ul-Haq, on Thursday has said that enrolment of students in public sector
schools has increased owing to the release of funds by the government.
said this while responding to public complaints being received at his office. He
said that the positive outcomes were being received from the education sector
after revolutionary steps being taken by the government for education. He said
that the government was providing better education facilities in the public
sector schools with the cooperation of the World Bank.
Mazhar said that
the government intended to raise the literacy rate by promoting women's
education, primary and informal education. "Such initiatives would encourage
parents to enrol their children in schools. Also, schools are also being opened
in many areas in collaboration with the communities," he said while further
apprising that the Montessori government schools would also be opened in rural
The minister took strict notice of the reports published in
sections of the press about the fragile condition of furniture and equipment at
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A newly formed troupe
Karachi: Improvisation is the new addition to the scant theatre
performances in Karachi. A newly-formed troupe, known as "Aisa Karoge To Kaun
Aayega", plans to underscore this new trend. The group comprises five students
from arts schools - Ali Gul Pir, Saqib Sameer, Imraan, Afraaz and Rameez - and
their coach, Zeeshan Haider.
Unlike traditional theatre, rehearsal and
preparation are not necessary in "improve". Spontaneity is the chief ingredient,
and performances generally lean towards the comedic side of the
The troupe has performed at popular venues, including Head Lion
Cafe, Base Rock Café and a few others, and has already started to build its
following in the city. Haider said: "Making people laugh in
a depressed environment such as Karachi's, where everyone is insecure about the
coming few seconds of their lives, is a very difficult job". He added that they
avoid slapstick humour, and present a style that a person could watch while
sitting with their family members.
Haider explained that improvisational
theatre is very different from traditional theatre: this form is not just done
for performing to amuse people, but it is used across the world for engineering
solutions and public speaking training.
"When we performed the first
time, the audience was surprised to see humour being so easily accessible. Apart
from that, Urdu humour is what every Pakistani could relate to, and that is why
it is more entertaining," said Pir.
Pir believed that their team is not
concentrating to one specific location of Karachi, adding that their work has
been appreciated because they are students who are studying film and video, and
know their job. Some are NAPA graduates, while others are just students of
bachelors in different parts of Karachi, he said.
Haider meanwhile argued
that improvisation theatre should perhaps only be pursued as an alternative
career. "Pursuing a carrier in improvisation theatre will not give you enough
money to earn bread and butter, but it will definitely provide a financial
cushion. Those who have the passion for theatre and comedy should pursue it, if
not as a main stream carrier, but as an alternative carrier"
plans to take this form of theatre to different schools and colleges of Karachi,
and once they have a certain element acceptability in society, then they plan to
train those interested in this form of theatre. The news
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