Academic session starts amid heavy rain
KARACHI, Aug 10: The academic session started here amid heavy rain, as all public and private
educational institutions of the city, including colleges, were opened on
Thursday after the summer vacation.
Following the directives of Sindh Chief
Minister Dr Ghulam Arbab Rahim, the educational institutions were opened one
week earlier, from August 16 to August 9. This decision was taken on request of
the private schools managements to prepare their students for the celebrations
of the Independence Day.
Despite the declaration of emergency in the city in
the view of the met office forecast for heavy rains, the education department
did not take any step to relieve students by enhancing vacation for two or three
The turn up of teachers and students remain thin. The rains
caused difficulties for students and their parents, as the rain water
accumulated in the main streets of the city, causing worse traffic jam and
shortage of public transport.
In this regard, an official told The Nation
that principals of all colleges had been directed to ensure the presence of the
teaching and non-teaching staff.
However the Meteorological Department has
already said that coastal areas of Sindh were receiving heavy rains with
thunderstorm under the influence of a strong monsoon weather system, the rainy
spell in Karachi would be continued for next 24 hours.
President of All
Private Schools Management Association Sindh (APSMAS) Syed Khalid confirmed that
the only 50 percent students were present on the first day of the academic
session. SYED JAFAR ASKARI (The nation)