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Basic facilities in 10,000 Sindh schools

Basic facilities being provided to 10,000 schools in Sindh
Karachi, Oct 7: All basic facilities are being made available to some 10,000 schools in the interior of the province. This was stated by Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq on Tuesday.

He pointed out that around 10,000 schools in the interior were without basic facilities and the provision of facilities to these would help create better conditions for the students to acquire knowledge.

He said that the process was continuing for the hiring of 13,000 teachers in Sindh. This task, he added, was being performed with the assistance of the World Bank.

He said that in the province of Sindh 1,400 shut schools had been re-opened and made functional.

Pir Mazhar said that in Sindh 74 per cent girls did not attend school and in view of this, the government was providing incentives to these girls so as to encourage them to acquire education.

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Attack on DUHS pro-vice chancellor slated
Karachi: A protest meeting was held at the Dow Medical College, Karachi, to condemn the murderous attack on Prof. Salahuddin Afsar, Principal of Dow Medical College (DMC) & Pro-Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by the delegates from different institutions/ universities including the Vice-Chancellor of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) and the Director, JPMC, and other notable personalities from the profession. Students and doctors holding placards condemning the incident, protested peacefully in front of the main gate of Dow Medical College.

Speakers expressed solidarity with the Dow University Administration in particular and the medical profession in general. They accused the investigation authorities of indifference towards tackling issues of such great importance.

Recalling the incident, the committee said that the incident took place in the late hours of September 28, 2009, when the doctor was returning from his clinic. He sustained bullet injuries to his lower abdomen and pelvis, whereby he was shifted to hospital, where his condition is now stable.

A resolution was passed unanimously requesting a judicial inquiry into the incident and formation of a joint investigation team that should look into the attack. In the end, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) also addressed the meeting and reiterated the above points.

Special Core Committee of Senior Faculty Members of Dow University of Health Sciences held a protest meeting in the premises of the Dow University against the events leading to and following the assassination attempt on Prof. Salahuddin Afsar.

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BSEK essay competition
Karachi: The 19th essay writing competition in Urdu, Sindhi and English, organised by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), will kick off on November 16, according to a press release issued on Tuesday.

The three-day inter-board competition will compete in different categories, and will take place at BSEK's conference hall. BSEK secretary said that interested candidates should contact Abdul Rauf at the board's research section, and submit their forms until October 31.

The BSEK also announced that forms for the science poster competition under the theme, 'Fuel resources in the 21st century' can be submitted until November 14, and students can send up to three posters for the competition.

The secretary also announced that a students' week will be organised from January 18, 2010 to January 23, adding that students can participates in Hasan-e-Qiraat, Naat Khwani as well as speeches in Urdu and English. The last date of form submission for this competition will be December 31, 2009.

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BSEK policies torturing students
Karachi: The Majlis Samaji Karkunan-e-Pakistan (MSKP) and the Private Schools Management Associations (PSMA), along with some parents of schoolgoing children, staged a demonstration on Tuesday at the Karachi Press Club against the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK).

BSEK policies are "torturing students both mentally and financially," MSKP Secretary General Sohaib Nasir said, adding that the delay in announcing the Class IX result is one example of the poor policies of the BSEK. The Board is collecting huge amounts of money in lieu of late fees and increase in examination fees, he said.

PSMA Senior Vice Chairman Sharaf Uz Zaman demanded that the governor take measures similar to those taken by the Punjab government and demanded an increase in the date of enrolment for Class IX, exemptions from late fees. The news

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