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Colleges admissions: Delay in issuance of mark-sheets

Delay in issuance of mark-sheets hits college admissions
Karachi, Aug 05: Most students who have obtained the placement forms for college admissions are unable to submit the completed forms because they have not received their mark-sheets of school exams so far while the admissions will close on Aug 8, it has been reliably learnt.

Sources in the Centralised Admission Policy committee said that more than 51,000 brochures containing application forms for admissions to 123 government colleges in the city have been sold so far. However, they said, most students who have passed the secondary school certificate exams or O' Levels examinations despite obtaining and filling in the placement forms could not submit them as they had not received mark-sheets of their respective examinations so far.

The process of admissions to first year classes had begun on July 28 with the sale of brochures/placement forms and the last date fixed for the submission of forms is Aug 8.

The sources said that the CAP committee might extend the deadline for forms' submission in case the candidates who passed their matric and O' Levels exams this year failed to submit their admission forms due to the delay in the issuance of mark-sheets by Aug 8.

They said that though the committee had allowed the sale of brochures/placement forms to the candidates seeking college admissions in the absence of mark-sheets on showing admit cards to the designated bank branches the annexation of mark-sheets along with relevant documents was made mandatory at the time of forms' submission.

An admission committee member said that the candidates have been advised to furnish their placement forms and mark-sheets along with two copies of each document. Besides, each candidate must fill in all eight choices for colleges and avoid leaving the spaces for choices blank while completing their placement forms."It has been observed that a number of candidates have only filled in two blank spaces while mentioning the names of the colleges of their choice," the committee member said while referring to the forms already received by the admission committee.

He said such candidates might face difficulties in case the marks obtained by them in their secondary school certificate examinations were below the cut-off marks of the two colleges of their choice.

The sources said that this year 17,800 more students, mostly in the faculty of commerce, would be accommodated in the government colleges in the metropolis. The total number of seats available in the colleges for the new academic session had been increased to 99,800 whereas in all 82,000 admissions were given during the last academic session, they said. However, they regretted that the students of commerce might face trouble because there was an acute shortage of teachers in the faculty in several government colleges in the city. Dawn

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YMSS staff protest, express no-confidence in probe team
Karachi, Aug 05: Enraged employees of the Yaqeen Model School System (YMSS) lodged a protest outside Yaqeen Model School System (YMSS) Head Office on Tuesday, and expressed no-confidence in the four-member probe committee that had to investigate the fraud committed by the school system's chairman, Syed Muhammad Hussain.

Most of the protesting employees demanded that a retired or serving judge of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and a Grade-19 officer of the administration cadre should be inducted into the probe committee. Meanwhile, Metropolitan School Administrator Faisal Rizwan, who was named as a member of the probe committee, did not appear on Tuesday when other committee members reached the Head Office to meet with the demonstrators.

The demonstrating YMSS staff slammed the Directorate of Private Institutions, Sindh (DPIS), claiming that it was almost ridiculous that the YMSS administration was running nine braches, and only two of them were registered. They alleged that DPIS officials did not conduct physical visits to these schools, and therefore ground realities were not ascertained. They also questioned who allowed renaming of Yaqeen campuses, and further, permitted them to run under their new name.

"Almost 80 people were working at the YMSS Head Office, and collectively, they collected Rs1.4 million in salaries every month," they said. However, they claimed that since April, the salaries of these employees were not paid on time. On the other hand, favourites at the office of the YMSS Chairman Secretariat did not have to worry about late disbursal of their salaries.

The protestors reiterated that individuals such as Geaty Aamir, commonly known as Aisha Aamir, Naheed Ansari, Ahmed Obadullah, Ali, and Sohail Arshad at YMSS Chairman Secretariat continue to draw handsome amounts in lieu of their salaries. They further alleged that despite the announced downsizing in YMSS offices, five brand-new cars were also given to the favourites on YMSS expenses.

According to the protestors, the YMSS Head Office building was owned by the chairman's wife, while the chairman "rented" the premises out to her on paper so as to save income tax. They further alleged that the administration was paying Rs0.55 million per month for this house, but failed to shell out the rent of the campus situated on Main Shaheed-e-Millat Road, thereby accumulating a default of Rs4 million.

The protestors revealed that one of the landlords, Muhammad Imran, had contacted YMSS staff and asked them to bring their documents and applications on Monday. "He was willing to pay our dues, but how much he pays us remains unclear," they said.

Female teachers of YMSS meanwhile revealed that they have decided to launch another protest at the Head Office, most probably on Thursday. According to these teachers, the new management had transferred some female teachers from Campus II to Campus III, which they claimed was 'needless', as teachers of those specific subjects were already available at Campus III.

It is worth noting that the grievances of YMSS employees are not new: they held their first demonstration in July against the alleged injustices of the chairman and administration, but back then, the management had sought the help of the local police to control the situation.

In the most recent case, teaching and non teaching staffs present during the demonstration were called to the office of the Gulshan-e-Iqbal deputy district officer (DDO). However, when the employees appeared at the office on Saturday, they found that neither DDO Muhammad Khan nor did the complainant were present. The news

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School turned into 'poultry farm'
Larkana: The condition of schools, instead of improving is deteriorating fast, as a portion of a middle school in Mahar Wada village is turned into a poultry farm.

The situation came to the fore when the District Coordination Officer, Larkana, Muhammad Jaffer Abbasi and the EDO, Education, Syed Rasool Bakhsh Shah paid a surprise visit to the school.

It was further dawned that two rooms were converted into poultry farm, one into Autaq and three in shabby condition.

Besides, the Government Girls and the Boys primary schools were closed but staff of all three schools was drawing their salaries, regularly, said some sources.

The DCO was informed that these schools were not functioning since long. He asked the villagers to immediately vacate the school building or FIR would be lodged against them. Dawn

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