BSEK class IX mock test for English subject

Five marks for taking Class IX mock test
Karachi, March 25: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on the directives of the Sindh governor - who is also the controlling authority of all the public sector educational boards of the province - has decided to award additional five marks to all those Class IX students who will appear in the mock test scheduled to be held on March 25.

According to an official handout issued by BSEK secretary Hoor Mazhar, the decision to award additional five marks to the Class IX science group students who will take the mock examination has been taken on the directives of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and those students who will remain absent from the mock test will be deprived of the additional five marks.

The mock test will be of English subject and held from 9am to 12noon.

Around 139,000 candidates are enrolled for the test which will be conducted at 170 examination centres set up in all the major government and private non-controversial and reputed schools of all the 18 towns of the metropolis.

Meanwhile, the BSEK chairman's three-member team along with a Sindh governor's representative on Monday visited two major examination centres set up in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Town to see the arrangements made for the mock test.

Superintendents of the examination centres were also apprised of the importance of the test and its positive impact on the arrangements to be made for the forthcoming Secondary School Certificate (Class IX and X) annual examinations-2011 scheduled to commence on April 18.

Answering a question as to why office-bearers of a few private schools management associations were opposing the mock test, a senior official of the BSEK said that such a hue and cry was being raised by certain elements having their vested interest and those whose schools had not been made centres for the coming SSC annual examinations-2011.

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Class IX mock test
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi on Thursday put the finishing touches to the arrangements made for the first-ever mock test (of English subject only) for class-IX science group candidates being held on Friday./P>

According to board chairman Syed Anzar Hussain Zaidi, about 139,000 candidates have been enrolled for the test, to be held from 9am to 12noon at 170 examination centres. Last year, 430 examination centres were set up.

The board has already announced five additional marks for those appearing in the test.

The test would not only help class-IX candidates become acquainted with the board's exam pattern and papers but would also help the board identify and remove any shortcomings ahead of the SSC examinations-2011, scheduled to begin on April 18, he said. Dawn

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SPLA to observe black day today to press for time-scale
Karachi: Police took 31 teachers into custody on Thursday as they were marching towards the Chief Minister's House to stage a sit-in and press for the signing of a summary on a time-scale.

The general secretary of SPLA Karachi Region, Professor Iftikhar Azami, informed that the Sindh Professors Lecturers Association (SPLA) intended to observe a black day on Friday (today) at all the colleges of the province by wearing black armbands while delivering lectures to record their protest against the Education Department.

The SPLA held a general body meeting at the DJ Government Science College on Thursday. The SLPA teachers delivered speeches on the occasion demanding the immediate issuance of a time-scale. Teachers associated with the SLPA, both from urban and rural Sindh, attended the meeting and chanted slogans against the education minister and the department.

For the first time, the government dispatched a team to negotiate with the SLPA office-bearers. Additional Secretary General Rasool Bux Samejo and Deputy Secretary Higher Education Muhammad Ali Mangrio met the SPLA leadership at the DJ Science College. The brief meeting took place in the morning and officials promised the association that they would be hearing some good news by the late afternoon. "We delayed our plans and waited for the response of the education response. However, no progress had been made," said Professor Azami.

Later on, Secretary Education Naheed Shah sent a message claiming she was busy in a meeting with UN officials and would meet the delegation of SPLA at 4:15pm. The SPLA gave five names including Professor Mirza Ather Hussain, Professor Siddiq Unner, Professor Shafqat Jokio, Professor Yaqoob Chandio and Professor Muzzafar Rizvi for the meeting with the secretary education.

However after the due time, the teachers decided to come out onto the streets and marched towards CM house. The police foiled their attempts and detained a number of teachers at the main gate of the college. In a reaction, the teachers stage a sit-in near the college gate.

Well-known social worker, Abdul Sattara Edhi joined the sit-in and expressed his solidarity with the teaching community. "This is injustice towards teachers, who have a lot of respect and importance in society. The government should solve their matter or step-down if they can not play their due role in this regard," Edhi told local media.

According to SPLA, the secretary education once again sent a message to the leadership of the association and invited them to a meeting. On the other hand, general secretary Karachi region reply that central leaders are detained in the lockup and secretary education should visit them. "We can not talk to her as the leadership was not available and she should visit the police station for the meeting. We will not leave this place until we get notification of a timescale in our hands," Professor Azami also said.

Due to the sit-in vehicular traffic remain suspended for hours and detained teachers were not released till filling of this report. The news

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Inter Com suppl results
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi on Tuesday declared the results of Intermediate, commerce supplementary examination-2010. ppi

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Private schools concerned as results of 600 students withheld
Karachi: The private schools have warned of action against the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) for withholding the previous-year results of 600 candidates and not allowing them to appear in the coming examinations.

A representative of the Private Schools' Management Association (PSMA), Saraf-uz-Zaman, warned to stage a sit-in if the BSEK failed to release the results within the next 72 hours. "The students and their parents may also move the court."

According to him, the concerned students had received letters from BSEK stating that while these candidates could not appear for their annual examinations held in 2011, they will be permitted to take the exams scheduled for 2012 as fresh students.

The representative of the association added that PSMA also opposes the board's decision to allow the seating of two candidates on a single bench as well as the presence of inexperienced controllers of examinations (acting) at the Board Office.

Zaman relayed PSMA's demands which included the release of withheld results and BSEKs permission to allow the concerned candidates to appear in 2011's annual examinations as well as the increase in the number of examination centers. The news

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DUHS announces MBBS final year result
Karachi: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) has announced MBBS 2010 final year, semester 10 results on Tuesday. Results can be seen on DUHS website Daily times

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Schoolchildren celebrate Pakistan Day
Karachi: Students of the City School organised an event "Diya Jalay Rakhna Hai" to celebrate the Pakistan Day at a local auditorium.

The City School Prep Boys, North Nazimabad, was the host while students of different branches of the school participated in the event and paid homage to the national heroes.

The youngsters performed tableaus, sitcoms, folk dances and short skits.

They also participated in debates and discussions on several topics and performed on national songs. They also represented cultural aspects of the provinces of Pakistan.

The students performed a drama using a railway platform and a compartment as a backdrop. The passengers in the play represented the people of Sindh, Punjab, Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Kashmir.

Later on, they paid tribute to some well-known personalities ranging from the field of literature to sports and from music to fashion.

They also re-enacted two very popular plays, Anarkali and Alif Noon.

In a humorous skit, two students played "Alif" and "Noon" while some others parodied Anwar Maqsood and Moin Akhtar.

The schoolboys also made a presentation on the JF-17 fighter planes. They apprised the audience of the features and performances of the fighter plane which was a joint venture of Pakistan and China.

A group of six to eight students each performed folk dances.

The audience appreciated the voices and performances of Shariq Kareem and Eral Kilji, who paid tribute to Alan Faqir, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Amanat and Shafqat Ali Khan.

Television artist, Aftab Alam, along with his colleagues, shared jokes with the audience. He appreciated the performance of the youngsters and the efforts of their teachers in making the programme a success. The news

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Education a far cry for Thari children
Umerkot: At a time, when the ratio of girls acquiring education is more or less equal to boys, there still are a few underdeveloped areas where schools exist but students are not enrolled for want of secured learning environment and basic facilities, especially in case of girls.

Educational process of children in rural areas starts a bit late and thus girl students reach puberty when they are still in primary grades forcing parents to withdraw them from schools.

Parents are apprehensive in sending their daughters to school where there is no boundary wall, electricity, water, and toilet facility.

In many areas of Umerkot district children travel up to eight kilometres, carrying heavy school bags stuffed with books, lunch boxes and water bottles. They trample fast to reach their school on time. Few fill their bottles from hand pumps on way.

There are total 2,316 schools in Umerkot district where 82,750 boys and 47,000 girls are enrolled, revealed a census 2009-10 undertaken by the Sindh Education Management Information System in collaboration with the Reform Unit of Education Department.There is one elementary, 463 primary, 14 middle, 14 secondary and four higher secondary schools for boys as against one elementary, 427 primary, 12 middle, 11 secondary and two higher secondary schools for girls.

Some 2,304 schools out of total 2,316 have no science laboratory, 2,301 are without any library, 2,111 sans power supply, 2,014 lack playground, 1,193 without boundary walls and 990 bereft of any toilets.

A social worker Manzoor Hassan Bhatti attributes these factors to low literacy rate in the district. He questions as how can parents send their wards, particularly girls to schools where the concept of security and hygiene are almost non-existent.

He reminded the incident of last year when a student Haq Nawaz Rahimoon of the Government High School, Eidani village, Chhachhro village died of thirst while returning home from school.

There are many schools with a tank facility but either connection is not available or saline water, he says adding: What to say of quality when its availability has been compromised. If a toilet is accessible then water is not.

Enrolment of girls in Hajam Mohalla Primary School Bahrai has dropped from 66 to 44 as parents feel inhibited in sending them to a school which has no boundary wall, drinking water facility or power supply, says a primary teacher Allauddun Hajam. The higher authorities when approached promised of a resolution which still has not been materialised, he says.Funds released by the School Management Committee are not given on the basis of need but schools with both high and low enrolments are provided equal amounts as previously some teachers provided fake numbers to draw extra money when these were disbursed on the need base.

EDO Education, Ghulam Mustafa Soomro says the Education Department established criteria for provision of facilities which says the school should've been established three years back and it must be a main and not a branch school with more than 75 students enrolled.

Some schools provide these facilities with the help of MNAs and MPAs funds while the Education Department tries to make up for others. Dawn

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