KU announces Supplementary exams schedule
Karachi, March 03: University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the Supplementary Examinations 2009 will commence from March 17, 2010.
All ex-students and outgoing students, who are eligible to appear in these exams, must submit the examination form and fee after attestation by the chairpersons/Directors/Incharges between March 3 to March 11, 2010. The news
Maths made optional for Maderessah students
Karachi: Students passing their matric examinations from seminaries have temporarily been exempted from taking the Easy Mathematics paper, a requirement that was earlier mandatory upon them to acquire an equivalence certificate from an educational board of the country.
However, the students of seminaries seeking equivalence certificates for the Higher Secondary Certificate (Intermediate) examinations would be required to take any two optional subjects, which in no way should be two languages.
This and several other decisions were announced at a two-day conference of the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) which concluded here on Tuesday. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad hosted a reception for the delegates at the Governor's House.
The 36-member IBCC has representation of all 27 secondary, intermediate and technical educational boards of the country and Azad Jammu & Kashmir, federal ministry of education and its bureau of curriculum, National Book Foundation, Allama Iqbal Open University and the Textbook Board. All educational institutions of the country are bound to implement each and every IBCC decision.
Giving details of the new decisions, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said that students passing their matric from religious seminaries earlier had to clear four subjects - Urdu, English, Islamiat and Easy Mathematics - before applying for an equivalence certificate from an educational board but the Easy Mathematics paper had now been dropped temporarily as the Federal Bureau of Curriculum had not yet published the subject's books. Such students seeking an equivalence certificate for their HSC examination would be required to clear two optional subjects. He, however, made it clear that they would have to choose only one of the optional subjects from languages; the second must be from a subject other than a language subject.
About the IBCC deliberations on the National Education Policy vis-a-vis conduct of examinations, he said that a two-member committee had finalised its recommendations for rationalising the examination system and they would be forwarded to the federal education ministry, which would give them a final shape for an action plan.
With regard to a proposal from the Armed Forces Board of Higher Education seeking permission to conduct examinations of technical courses, Prof Zai said that IBCC meeting decided that the board would be asked to first seek permission from the authorities concerned.
He said the meeting unanimously decided that all 'private cadet colleges' would be asked to seek permission from the armed forces to use the word 'cadet' in their titles. Those failing to seek or denied permission would have to lose their recognition with the educational board.
The IBCC meeting, Prof Zai said, as a goodwill gesture and keeping in view the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan had decided not to charge the equivalence certificate fee from the 1,000 Afghan students currently studying in various educational institutions of Pakistan. Dawn
Second phase of private schools project
Karachi: Senior Minister for Education and Literacy, Sindh, Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, inaugurated the second phase of 'Promoting Private Schooling in Rural Sindh Project' at a local hotel on Tuesday. The event was organised by Sindh Education Foundation (SEF).
On the occasion, Haq handed over the papers of 101 private schools to their owners. He said that the students of 50 schools will get Rs350 per head, while the female students of 51 schools will have Rs450 per month and the male students of these schools will receive Rs350 each.
Earlier, educationists and expert held a discussion on 'Quality education in Public Sector; Need for Innovative Models' where Advisor to Chief Minster, Sindh (Planning and Development) Kaiser Bengali delivered the keynote address.
Bengali maintained that education could not be promoted in the country during the past six decades because of lack of interest on the part of the ruling elite. "To move ahead as an honourable nation, we would have to invest in education and this investment should come from the government as part of its responsibility in this sector," he said.
He also called for fostering interest among the local political elite towards the promotion of education. "There should be primary level examinations of students of class five and on this very basis there should be ranking of the districts. On the performance of these there should be a criterion for the provincial finance award and those districts that perform well should be given more money", Bengali suggested.
The advisor called for the opening up of boarding schools which will help impart education to the youngsters in an effective and organized manner. He added that facilities like library, laboratory and sports should be made available.
Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister, Sharmila Farooqui said that education reforms were a gigantic task which required political commitment, bureaucratic efficiency, clarity and consistency.
She said that public private partnerships were an important strategy to strengthen and further the education and social development agenda. She emphasised the need for successful implementation of public private partnership at the national level especially for achieving Education for All (EFA).
"Our main aim is to increase opportunities through development of our youth and consequently improve the standards of living in the country. This can be achieved only through quality education," she added.
Managing Director SEF, Professor Anita Ghulam Ali, also endorsed the idea of boarding schools and said that this would help contribute towards quality education.
NED University convocation
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering & Technology will hold its Convocation 2010 on March 4. Chancellor of the university, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has consented to preside. The news
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