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Education department staff salaries issue

AG stopped salaries of education department staff
Karachi, Jan 23: The Sindh Accountant General (AG) has stopped the salaries of more than 1,000 lower-cadre employees of the Education Department, City District Government Karachi (CDGK), as the job contracts of these employees have been terminated on January 20, 2010.

The officials of the Sindh AG office have demanded the regularisation letters or job continuation letters from these employees, belonging to grade 1 to 4, to release their salaries, a well-placed source informed on Friday.

The source said that the employees were appointed by previous Executive District Officer (EDO) Fakhar Karim in 2007, while their job orders were issued on January 20, 2007.

These lower-cadre employees included Peons, Gardeners, Watchmen, Lab Attendants, Guards and Sweepers, he said.

The decision of suspending salaries has created panic among the employees. The source said that the affected staffers were looking towards the Sindh Education Ministry and City Nazim Mustafa Kamal for the regularisation of their jobs.

However, a simple extension in their contact will also help pave way for the release of their salaries, he said. These employees of the Education Department are worried over the government decision. "Our families are dependent on our salaries; who will provide our children bread and butter," a worried employee said, adding that Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq and the City Nazim could solve the problem through regularising the jobs of these staffers.

Additional Secretary Education (Schools) Riaz Memon that he was not aware about the issue while he would consider the issue on Saturday (today). Another concerned staffer alleged, "EDO Education Ibrahim Kumbher, as per past practice, is indifferent towards the problems of the employees. All the higher-ups of the Education Department, City District Government Karachi are well aware about the workers worries, but they are not interested to take our issue to higher authorities."

The employees demanded the government to take immediate notice of their problems and issue instructions to resolve it.

On the other hand, newly appointed Sindh Secretary Education Siddiqu Memon when was contacted did not attend the call. The nation

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Education department cases pending in courts
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq said Friday that around 9,000 cases related to his department are pending in different courts, and a legal cell would be established in the department soon for expediting the legal process.

Addressing a press conference at the PPP Sindh Media Cell along with officers of the education department, the minister said Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has approved the establishment of the legal cell.

He said he has also issued directives for filing of cases against those involved in occupation of government school buildings in different areas of the province.

He said the education department has not yet lifted the ban on setting up new schools in the province, and the department has pointed out 1,700 ghost schools operating in different districts of Sindh.

He said the number of ghost schools in the province during the previous regime stood at 7,000. He said his ministry has reopened some 1,400 schools through hectic efforts during two years.

Responding to a question, the minister said he has held marathon meetings with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan for transferring control of educational boards to the chief minister on the pattern of other provinces.

He hoped that the issue would be resolved soon. He disclosed that a separate directorate would be established for private schools at the divisions level.

He defended the nationalisation policy of PPP founder and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the education sector, and said time has proved that the policy opened the door for poor students to receive standard education.

On the occasion, the education secretary told media personnel that the education department would recruit 13,500 more teachers and 3,200 non-teaching staff. He said the education department has already launched a programme for distribution of free textbooks among around 4,030,000 students studying in different government schools.

He said the department has sent a request to the Sindh Public Service Commission for holding competitive exams to appoint 1,918 lecturers in the province. He said the department has also given approval for the establishment of seven new cadet colleges in different districts of the province. Daily times

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KU BCom exam centres
Karachi: The controller of examinations, University of Karachi, has announced that the examination centre for the female candidates of BCom (external) annual examinations-2009 bearing seat numbers 155199 to 155345 and 173801 to 173969 (as notified at serial number 25 of the original programme) has been shifted to the Govt Degree College for Women, Saudabad, Malir, from the Govt Liaquat College, Malir.

On Thursday, the KU official had announced that the examination centre for the female candidates of BSc annual examinations-2009 had been shifted from the Khatoon-i-Pakistan Govt Degree College for Women to the Shaheed-i-Millat Govt Girls College, Azizabad, F B Area for the remaining papers (from February 11 to 24). PPI

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Arabic courses at KU
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) has announced to offer a Certificate Course in Arabic, and diploma courses in Quranic and contemporary Arabic, revealed a press release issued on Friday.

The press release said that duration of each course is two semesters, and admission forms are available till January 25, 2010 at UBL, Silver Jubilee Gate-1.

Filled forms could be submitted at the Department of Arabic and classes for the said courses and diplomas would commence from February 1, 2010.

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SU fine arts degree
Dadu: The University of Sindh awarded the degree of bachelors of fine arts to three students of the design department in its recent convocation.

Ms Sabeen Naeem, Ms Samreen Khilji and Ms Huma Gul said that they had been visiting the university offices for correction of nomenclature of their degrees, but to no avail.

Sabeen said that she got admission to the Institute of Art and Design, University of Sindh, in 2005, in the four-year degree programme of communication design. But at the end of her studies, the university had awarded her the degree in fine arts, she said.

Ms Samreen Khilji of the department of communication design said that National College of Arts Lahore, Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture Karachi, University of Karachi and some 40 other degree-awarding intuitions recognised by HEC were awarding the degrees of bachelor of design to their students.

She said: "This is our time to go in the market and find a job, but we are trying to resolve the problem."

She said that they had met the vice-chancellor who agreed with their point of view and issued directives to the authorities concerned, but the issue remained unresolved.

She said that at the institute, four different departments had been merged.

Ms Huma Gul, a graduate of textile design, alleged that students of design were advised to get the degree of fine arts which would not be accepted in the design market.

She said that bachelors of design degree was an approved nomenclature of the University of Sindh and it had awarded the degree with this nomenclature to student of Federal College of Arts and Design, Jamshoro, in 2006-07.

When contacted, institute's director Dr Mohammad Ali Bhatti said that this was a mistake of the examination branch and the matter would be resolved in two days. Dawn

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Computer literacy projects
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Information and Technology, Muhammad Raza Haroon has stated that the provincial IT Ministry is working on different projects on computer literacy.

He said this while talking US Aid delegation at his office on Friday. He said that record 15,000 employees of the Sindh government was being computerised, adding that all districts of the province were also being linked up with video conferencing system.

Haroon said that funds were also being spent on E-police projects, under which 200 surveillance cameras for being installed for command and control system. He said that 7,000 youths had also been provided advance computer education under Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP).

He also informed that project of E-government Sukkur is about to be completed, which will be inaugurated soon. The news

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