Private schools in Thatta, Makli closed
Private schools in Thatta, Makli closed since June
Thatta, Sept 17: Some 8,000 students of private schools of twin towns of
Thatta and Makli have been deprived of education due to continuous
closure of their institutions since June.
The schools were
closed for two months on June 1 on account of summer vacation, but could
not reopen on Aug 2 as the district administration directs to keep the
schools closed due to floods.
According to a survey conducted
by this correspondent, about 36 private schools in the two towns were
imparting education to around 8,000 students, right from pre-primary to
These schools were to reopen on Aug 2, but the
DCO of Thatta through a notification directed administrations to keep
schools closed for one week further due to flood situation, and these
consecutive notifications for the closure of further one week continue
However, none of these private school buildings were
used as shelter for IDPs, and the twin towns were not inundated under
When contacted, vice-president of the Private
Schools Association Ms Almas Khatri said that office-bearers of the
association had a meeting with DCO on Sept 14 and briefed him, but he
did not withdraw the notification. He promised to allow functioning of
the schools soon, she said.
Nasreen Awan, principle of a
private school, said: "No doubt, we are braving national disaster, but
obstruction to academic activities is creating another disaster."She
said that the administration was asking them to set up makeshift schools
in IDPs tent settlements while on the other hand it did not allow the
established schools to run, damaging future of the generation.
number of parents Samiullah Qureshi, Asadullah Shah, Usman Khushk,
Sarfaraz Qazi, Yar Mohammad Shaikh, Abdul Karim Memon, Shahbaz Bhatti,
Jamil Ahmed Qureshi and others said that private schools were imparting
education under term-wise syllabus system and due to extension of about
one-and-a-half-month in holidays, exams for the first semester which was
due in October could not be conducted.
Some school head
mistresses said that some parents phoned them and threatened not to
pay fees to schools, saying that "go and ask the DCO for the fees"!
Situation in other towns of the district, which were not directly hit, was similar.
Towns of Gujjo, Gharo, Dhabeji, Mirpur Sakro, Var, Ghulamullah and
Jangshahi also have private schools and administrations of these schools
were awaiting the DCO's directives to allow them function their school.
Temporary Schooling: The Strengthening Participatory
Organization (SPO) has established 58 girls and boys primary schools in
the tent settlement for flood survivors in Makli and other parts of the
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Varsities extend deadline for admissions
Larkana: Managements of three professional universities told
Larkana circuit bench of the Sindh High Court on Thursday that they were
ready to extend the dates of purchasing and submitting admission forms
for the forthcoming academic session, in the wake of massive floods.
The bench, comprising Mr Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai and Mr Justice
Imam Bakhsh Baloch, was hearing three identical petitions filed by
advocate Asif Abdul Razzak Soomro.
He sought extension in dates
for submission of application forms in the NED University of
Engineering and Technology of Karachi, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical
University of Larkana and the Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering,
Science and Technology (QUEST) Nawabsah.
He said that floods
had ruined the right bank of the Indus, displaced and disturbed
candidates intending to get admission in professional colleges and
universities. Currently, the revenue staff was engaged in emergency
duties while schools and colleges were lying closed.
seeking admissions would undergo a long process for collecting duplicate
academic documents, permanent residence certificates, and domiciles,
besides fulfilling various formalities.
But the staff concerned
is busy in emergency flood duties which could delay issuance of
documents required by affected students and they might miss the dates
fixed for admissions.
The petitioner said that education was
the fundamental right of every citizen as per the Constitution of
Pakistan, praying for two-month extension in dates for submitting
application forms and entry tests.
He said the rescheduled dates should be published in newspapers to avoid ambiguity.
In response to the petitions, the QUEST of Nawabshah has extended the
date for selling admission forms for the 11-batch from Sept 14 to Sept
24 and the last date of submission has been fixed as Sept 30. The entry
test will be held on Oct 17.
Missing documents could be submitted up to Oct 30.
The chairman of the academic committee of NED University, in a written
statement, prayed to the court to allow conducting the entry test on
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SU to hold 'open house' to guide admission seekers
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh will hold an open house at
the Institute of Sindhology to guide candidates who wish to seek
admission to the university under the academic session of 2011.
The university's director of admissions Akhtar Ahmed Memon said on
Thursday that the open house would function from Sept 18 to 22 from 9 am
to 5 pm.
Staff members of the Directorate of Admissions as
well as faculty members of various teaching institutes and department
would be present at the house to provide guidance to candidates about
admission, courses, co-curricular activities and importance of various
disciplines, he said.
He said the university had invited the
candidates who had submitted their admission forms or those who wished
to apply for admission to attend the open house.
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20pc students attend schools in flood-hit areas
Muzaffargarh: Only 20 per cent of students attended schools in
flood-hit areas of Muzaffargarh district after Eidul Fitr, said EDO
(revenue) Muzaffar Sial.
On Tuesday, the district government asked the displaced families to vacate the government schools.
Executive District Officer (education) Masood Nadeem told this
correspondent that 1,180 schools were affected by devastating flood. As
many as 685 schools were being used as relief camps for affected
families, accommodating nearly 120,000 people there.
said about 98 percent of schools had opened after the summer vacation
and the rest located in kaccha area of Alipur were still being used by
the flood-ridden families. He said with the help of Unicef, those
schools would be functional by next week through makeshift arrangements.
This correspondent visited Government Primary School, Station
Budh, and observed that out of 153 children, only 34 were present.
According to school headmaster Malik Sajjad Husain, most of the families
were still living in other cities because water had not receded in
low-lying areas. He said some parents informed them that their children
were absent because of eye infection and other diseases. Others said
their children were helping them in reconstruction.
The school teachers were busy discussing flood and their personal experiences with students who were showing excitement.
Another visit to Government High School, Pir Burkhurdar, Government
Model School, Fareedabad and Government Girls Middle School, Nawan Budh,
showed thin attendance. In these schools, 100 per cent teachers were
Education officials said despite floods schools would
be functional. Classes were being held at alternative places where
school buildings had damaged or were inaccessible because of water.
Muhammad Ismail, a class-I student at primary school of Station Budh,
said the flood swept away his books and his father had bought a new
school bag and shoes for him on Eid. District Coordination Officer Tahir
Khursheed said he had sent teams to get the schools vacated. "The
Unicef will set up tent camp schools shortly."
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Voluntary educators to teach Fata youth
Peshawar: The government has approved a new initiative of
opening learning centres for promoting literacy with the help of
educated youths in the tribal region.
Governor Owais Ahmad
Ghani, being chairman of Fata Education Foundation (FaEF), has approved
the plan -- Support of Voluntary Educators' Community Schools -- in a
recent meeting, an official said.
Under the programme, the
official said, local educated youths in various communities would be
supported to open learning centres and work as 'educators' there to
provide basic education to their respective community.
programme will only be applicable to willing persons and communities and
the government will provide support in shape of teaching aids including
books, furniture and other fixtures," he said.
has directed the authorities to work out an implementation plan for the
initiative and submit it for the approval of Board of Directors of FaEF.
Capt (retired) Sikandar Qayyum, Secretary to Governor Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, Mohammad Abid Majeed, Secretary Administration and
Coordination Fata, Fazle Manan, Director Education Fata, and others
attended the meeting.
The meeting also approved a roadmap for
realigning the objectives of the FaEF, giving priority to sponsorship of
public private partnership initiatives in education sector in Fata,
regulation, monitoring and support of existing model schools in public
sector and private schools, training of teachers, headmasters and other
stakeholders and special measures for promotion of literacy with
particular focus on female education.
It was agreed that the
cornerstone of the public private partnership initiative would be 11
Model Schools, being run by the political agents under local
administrative arrangements and nine under construction as of now, the
The FaEF would work on linking them and propose a
uniform administrative structure for them besides improving standards
through provision of teaching aid, wherever was required.
Furthermore, it will work on framing by-laws and regulations to
standardise the administrative working of these schools besides
providing them a platform for proper monitoring and evaluation against
benchmarked baselines. Dawn
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