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Karachi schools and colleges opened

Schools and colleges reopen
Karachi, Aug 02: Both the public and private sectors schools and colleges in the city are reopening on Monday after two months of summer vacation.

Although teaching in second year classes for the new academic session in the city's public sector colleges would begin on Monday, classes for the first year students would begin sometime in September with the completion of the admissions process currently ongoing in the city's government colleges under the Centralised Admissions Policy (CAP).

Meanwhile, a number of fresh candidates seeking admission to first year classes in the government colleges complained that although they had acquired the placement forms from banks, they were unable to submit them as the Board of Secondary Education Karachi had not yet issued their matric mark-sheets.

The admissions process would continue till Aug 13. Dawn

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BA private exams by FUUAST
Karachi: The BA Private Examinations to be conducted by the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) from August 2 to August 4 will be conducted from 2.30pm instead of 10am. This was announced by the spokesperson of the institution here on Sunday.

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No decision to enhance exam fee: BIEK chief
Karachi: No decision has been taken by the educational boards in the province for 20 per cent increase in examination fee.

This was stated by the Chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Prof. Anwar Ahmed Zai, here on Saturday.

Prof. Zai, who is also the head of the province's educational boards' committee, said that Friday's emergent meeting was about consultation for arrangements regarding the summer camp for the position holders of the educational boards.

He stated that the matter pertaining to fees increase by the Board of Technical Education also came up for discussion. However, it was decided that every board has its board of governors which is empowered to take a decision regarding enhancement in fee.

Prof. Zai said that the matter of increasing the fee was beyond the jurisdiction of the chairmen's committee.

He said that every board would look into its financial position in the wake of 50 per cent increase in salaries announced by the government.

He said that in spite of 50 per cent increase in salaries, the meeting did not agree with the uniform enhancement of 20 per cent fees.

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Ebad seeks report on fee increase
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Saturday while taking a notice on fee increase by the educational boards of the province sought a report from the relevant officials. Ebad directed the board officials to devise a comprehensive strategy for increasing the financial resources of the boards, rather than raising fees, so that the poor students would not be affected.

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Education dept fails to ascertain ownership of school
Karachi: The Education department of the defunct City District Government Karachi (CDGK) is not taking any serious measures to protect a school building from being occupied by a person, a 'fake owner', who has claimed that the schools is his property and thus be handed over to him, it is learnt.

The building in fact hosts a couple of schools, Dastagir Public Government Boys Primary School (GBPS) and Muslim GBPS, located in Federal B. Area, Gulberg Town, which are running in the said building in morning and evening shifts respectively.

Sources said that a person, Misbah Mehmood Kidwae, has claimed the ownership of the said building, showing "photo-copied" documents to prove his claim. The documents, which are not readable due to their poor quality, are not genuine, the sources disclosed. It is also interesting to note here that according to the records available with the Education department, Dastagir Public GBPS, which was nationalised under Martial Law Regulation 118, on October 01, 1972, Hajra Begum, wife of Syed Manzoor Hussain (Late), was the owner of the school building.

Kidwae had written a letter to the department in the recent past, claiming the ownership of the building and demanded its possession. On which, Assistant District Officer, Education, Elementary (Male), Gulberg Town, Syed Taj Muhammad Shah was assigned the task by the department submit a report to the department in this regard after verifying the records and documents.

In his initial report submitted to the department, Shah said that Kidwae was continuously pressurising him to sign the Denationalisation Performa I and II, the sources further said. Kidwae had provided a pre-written Performa, which contains his (Kidwae's) name and particulars in the column of owner, and asked Shah to approve it, the sources added. They further said that the 'filled' Performa was not authentic and Shah simply refused to verify it. Owing to the absence of the lawful verification the Performa has no legal value and Kidwae could not claim the ownership in this regard, the sources added.

Shah in his report told the department that Kidwae is not the original owner of the said school because he had never been listed as the owner of the building as per the office records. Shah said that Kidwae does not have lawful ownership documents. The photocopies of the sale and purchase papers, which dated 2007, presented by Kidwae did not hold any legally recognised grounds to declare him the owner, the report added. Meanwhile, Shah said that he had asked Kidwae to come up with original and genuine papers of ownership to prove his claims, but he did not turn up with the required documents to back his statement. Shah categorically said that this was an attempt to occupy the building, given that Kidwae failed to produce the papers that could prove his ownership.

But despite this the education department has not taken any action in this regard. The report was submitted last month and the Education department has done nothing positive to protect the school building.

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Pir Mazhar blames CDGK for dilapidated school buildings
Karachi: Sindh Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has said that a fund of Rs100million was released to the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) under the donor project

The SERR Phase-II for repairs of dilapidated schools buildings, but even after a passage of 18 months not a penny has been spent on school repairs.

Taking notice of a news items published in a section of the press about the dilapidated condition of some Karachi schools, he said that the Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan had also been informed about the dilapidated condition of some schools buildings, and he summoned coalition ministers, Karachi administrator and EDO finance and instructed them to spend Rs10million provided under SERR Phase-II on repair of schools.

He regretted that despite the orders of Sindh governor, the city government was yet to spend these funds on repairs of old and dilapidated schools buildings. He said government schools remained under the control of local governments for nine years, and they caused damage to both education and schools. The news

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