Inter papers schedule | Education at Kati Pahari

HSC papers postponed papers
Karachi, May 21: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi has once again rescheduled the HSC papers which were originally to be held on Saturdays, i.e. May 12, 19 and May 26.

Earlier this month it had announced to hold the postponed papers on May 29, 30 and 31.

However, a BIEK communication lately said that now the papers scheduled for May 12 would be held on May 29, papers of May 19 would be held on May 31 and those of May 26 will be held on June 4. Dawn

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Date extended
Karachi: The Sindh Education Department (SED) extended the last date for submission of application for the jobs of primary, junior and high school teachers up to June 20. This was announced by an official of SED here on Saturday.

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6th Engineering and IT Fair held at AIT
Karachi: Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) Z A Nizami on Sunday said that technical education provided a boost to economic advancement and played a significant role in the national human resource development creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life.

He was speaking at the Sixth Engineering and IT Fair organised by the Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT). Appreciating the exhibits on display at the event, he highly complemented the efforts of the students who, he observed, were producing best results in their respective fields of studies and applying practical use of their knowledge.

Speaking on the occasion, Convener AIT Engineer Muhammad Adil Usman asked the students to continuously keep themselves updated with the latest information and knowledge in the area of learning to enable themselves to compete in the market and industry.

He described the projects on display as innovative and motivational and said that these did enhance the employability skill of the students. He announced that AIT would soon introduce a new technology - bio-informative technology.

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'Maqamat-e-Dil' launched at SSUET
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) hosted the launch of a book "Maqamat-e-Dil" at the Bashir A Malik Auditorium.

Chancellor SSUET Z A Nizami presided over the ceremony, which was attended by noted writers, scholars and other literary personalities.

Inaugurating the ceremony, he said that the SSUET supported the cause of promotion of Urdu language and literature. Despite the fact that the university was an engineering institution, the SSUET had published around 200 books on general subjects that showed dedication and commitment to the Urdu language, he said.

"I personally feel that it is too difficult to present events and memories with complete truth and accuracy, yet Shah Hassan Atta wrote a book that is a valuable addition to the work of literature," he added.

Nizami paid rich tributes to the skills of Atta, and announced his biography would be brought out soon, and his unpublished work would also be printed.

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Who will teach the children of Kati Pahari?
Karachi: There was a time when one would see scores of students from different ethnic backgrounds attending schools and coaching centres in Kati Pahari. Those times have now been reduced to mere memories, as frequent incidents of ethnic tension - and the wave of killings that inevitably follow - have dealt a major blow to education in this area.

A story published on April 18 reported that due to the closure of 30 schools in Kati Pahari and its surrounding areas, at least 25,000 students were being deprived of education, whereas 400 teachers could not come to work.

Then, on April 19, Senior Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq directed Education Secretary Siddiq Memon to personally visit the area and submit an inquiry into the schools' closure.

Now, almost a month later, the situation remains as bleak as ever, mainly because the education department refuses to take ownership of the problem. Director Schools Niaz Leghari was not available to comment, whereas his personal assistant, Hafiz Ali, denied that any schools in areas surrounding Kati Pahari came under the Education Department. "They all belong to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)," he added.

When contacted, KMC Senior Education Secretary Shamim Khan maintained that they have only two schools in the area, the Baldia Girls Primary School and the Baldia Girls Secondary School, "both of which are functional". "The KMC only plays a contributory role in education; this is the education department's job," he asserted.

The violence that has plagued Kati Pahari over the last few years has been a major setback for teachers and educationists. One such person, Mohammad Adil, who ran a coaching centre in Qasba Colony, speaks fondly of times when he would teach a class of up to 25 boys. "The number of students kept whittling down until, three months ago, I realised that there were only three students left all of whom were Mohajirs," he said. "It was because I live in a Mohajir area, and it was safe for these boys to come. Those from other ethnicities were too scared to step foot here, hence I had to close down the centre because I couldn't bear the expenses."

With their schools closed, children are left with few options; they can either join a private school that requires a monthly fee that few of them can afford, or they can just roam around aimlessly in the markets looking for trouble.

The residents of the area claim that after the schools shut down, drug-use among children had shot up. "Out-of-school teenage boys often sit with political activists, who use them to stage rallies and create vandalism during strikes," says a local teacher.

Tayyaba, a teacher at the Naunehal Secondary School, the only school in the area that is still functional despite the ethnic clashes, shared that Kati Pahari has seen an increase in private schools ever since the government schools closed down.

In cases such as these, pictures tend to speak louder than words. One such picture shows the wall of a building that could easily be mistaken for a garbage dump. Written on the wall - in paint that has faded and peeled away - is "Government Boys Primary School Iqbal Nagar". This picture is just one of many. The news

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Appointment of VC urged
Hyderabad: The Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA) has regtretted that the university has been without a permanent vice-chancellor for three months.

It said that if Governor and Chancellor of the university Dr Ishratul Ibad did not resolve the issue through negotiation, the Sindh chapter of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association would hold its next meeting in Karachi to chalk out its plan of action which might include a demonstration outside the Governor House.

The SUTA said in a statement that it was considering to call a general body meeting to decide if teachers could boycott semester examinations scheduled from June 11.

It expressed the fear that if the issue was left unresolved, Nazir Mughal might resume the charge of the VC during vacation.

He was sent on forced leave on Feb 21 because of teachers' protests which included boycott of classes, after the murder of Professor Basheer Ahmed Channar, director of students' affair. Since then the university is being run by an acting vice-chancellor.

The SUTA said that findings of the disciplinary committee indicated that the VC had violated rules and regulations. The association accused him of taking wrong decisions and creating conditions which led to the murder of Prof Channar. Dawn

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