Karachi schools election holidays | Teachers election duties
Schools closed for three days
Karachi, May 09: The split between private school associations
over election holidays caused much confusion and chaos on Wednesday
when attendance remained very low in the schools that were open.
The government notification regarding election holiday schedule
expected on Tuesday came rather late. And it was for schools to remain
closed from May 9 to May 11 instead of the schedule issued by All
Private Schools Management Association (APSMA), which had mentioned May 8
also as a holiday.
"We were expecting a government notification including Wednesday as a
holiday, too. It also made sense considering the city's law and order
situation. But the notification finalised by the CM came late in the
evening on Tuesday when it was next to impossible for all schools to
notify the parents," Chairman of All Private Schools Management
Association Syed Khalid Shah complained to Dawn.
"I happen to know that the summary sent to the CM was for May 8 to 11
but somehow one day was cut and it was changed to May 9," he added.
"The schools with an SMS system informed the parents about the change
but those that don't have that facility failed to do so and their
students missed school on Wednesday despite the schools being open," he
"I think the one to be blamed here is the education department for
remaining so lax on this issue. You can get an idea of the government's
attitude towards education from the fact that no education minister has
been appointed by the interim government here," he regretted.
Meanwhile, Senior Vice Chairman of Private Schools Management
Association Sharaf uz Zaman, who had earlier opposed the idea of extra
holidays, said that the association would follow the government
notification now. Dawn
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SPLA threatens to boycott election duties
Karachi: President Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Asif Zaidi on
Wednesday condemned undue pressure of the returning officers (ROs) and
the education department on teachers for the performance of general
election duties. He urged the government to end this discriminatory
attitude towards the academic staff.
He was addressing a
press conference at the DJ Science College. President SPLA Karachi Prof
Iftikhar Azmi, Yaqoob Chandio and others were also present on this
occasion. He informed that Professor of Mathematics Department DJ
Science College Hasnain Akhtar Gilani could not withstand the severe
pressure and passed away on Wednesday.
suffered a heart attack last Sunday during a meeting regarding election
duties and died early morning on Wednesday at a hospital. A delegation
of the SPLA also met with the secretary education and recorded their
protest over the discriminatory attitude towards teachers. They urged
the federal and provincial governments to decrease the burden of duties
on teachers; otherwise, they would be compelled to boycott election
He said that facilities were not being provided
by the election commission of Sindh and the government to female
teachers for performing their duties as assistant presiding officers.
Azmi said that election was the continuation of democratic process and
it should be carried on, but in such a law and order situation, it was
difficult for teachers to discharge their duties. "When election
candidates are afraid of taking out rallies in Karachi, how can teachers
not be fearful?"
He said around 20 teachers had received
show-cause notices over general election duties, which was tantamount to
hurling "threats" at teachers by the education department. He urged the
government to provide security to teachers.
teaching was a respectable job, and the professionals should be treated
with respect and honour. He said mismanagement and lack of coordination
between the election commission of Sindh and other institutions was
visible, and needed to be improved immediately.
demanded of the government to ensure transportation facility for
teachers during election day, arrange proper security and life insurance
for polling staff, exempt ill teachers from duties on medical grounds
and withdraw show-cause notices till 9th May, otherwise, the SPLA would
announce its further line of action on Thursday about the possible
boycott of election duties.
The SPLA said that federal, provincial education departments and ROs were responsible for the death of Prof Gilani.
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Teachers demand foolproof security
Karachi: With the elections just around the corner, a huge number of government
officials, particularly female teachers, have refused to perform their
duties on the day of the polls due to the volatile security situation.
an unofficial meeting on Monday at a local hotel, lecturers, teachers
and other staff of the education department have demanded that the
Election Commission of Pakistan and the caretaker Sindh government
provide foolproof security arrangements.
learnt that a large number of lady teachers have applied for leave or
asked to be excused from performing election duties. The teachers say
that there is a massive sense of insecurity among them and they are
willing to take the risk of asking for leave despite the threat of being
charged or fired.
The staff that is to be deployed at
the polling stations has asked DG Rangers and the Sindh inspector
general of police to ensure their safety in all those areas that have
been declared sensitive.
Another report also suggests
that political parties are facing an uphill task to find lady polling
agents as the male members of their families have barred them from
taking part in any election activity. Sources say that since three
parties have openly declared that they are being targeted by the
Tehreek-e-Taliban, nobody is safe.
The election staff is
not satisfied with the security measures of the government. They point
out that the lack of political rallies in the city is proof of the sense
of fear that has prevailed among locals.
Many citizens say that they will gauge the situation in the
morning and subsequently decide whether they will go the polls.
the other hand, some remain skeptical if their vote will be of any use
as it is the same old faces that are standing for elections.
the locals all agreed that if the caretaker chief minister assures that
no terror attack will take place, only then will they be ready to go
and vote. "No vote is worth risking one's life for," said one of them. The news
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Thalassaemia centre inaugurated at KU
Karachi: Karachi University vice chancellor Dr
Mohammed Qaiser on Wednesday inaugurated a thalassaemia screening centre
on the campus and announced that the university would be transformed
into a "thalassaemia-free educational institution".
The Thalassaemia Screening Centre at the KU was established by the
Omair Sana Foundation (OSF), a non-governmental organisation working for
the elimination of thalassaemia and other genetic blood disorders from
Expressing concern over the growing incidence of thalassaemia in
society, the vice chancellor said the centre would help students get
themselves screened against thalassaemia and other genetic blood
disorders and create awareness of the disease.
He announced that with the help of OSF experts, the KU would be
transformed into a thalassaemia-free zone within next four to five years
where everybody would know about the causes and preventive measures
against the disease.
Haematologist Dr Saqib Hussain Ansari, KU students' adviser Dr Ansar
Rizvi, Dr Rahat Hussain, Dr Zeeshan Ansari and Obaid Hashmi of the OSF
also spoke. ppi
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