Karachi schools, colleges reopen amid tightened security
Karachi, Oct 27: Schools and colleges across Sindh re-opened on Monday after remaining closed since Oct 21.
Stringent security measures were taken to meet any eventuality amid fears of an act of terrorism that had prompted the authorities to announce an abrupt closure of all educational institutions in the province.
Rangers and police contingents staged joint and separate marches on the streets of Karachi to ensure peace and safety of students. Pickets were set up at various sensitive installations across the city and those educational institutions believed to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.
The public and private universities in the city reopened last week after vice-chancellors of these educational institutions assured the authorities that they had made elaborate arrangements for the safety and security of their respective institutions, students and visitors.
A delegation of All-Private Schools Management Association, Sindh, is scheduled to meet the provincial education minister on Tuesday to discuss security arrangements at the member schools.Your Comments
Schedule, pattern of HSC general group papers
Karachi: The schedule and pattern of papers for the regular and private candidates of Higher Secondary School Certificate (general group) annual examinations-2010 will be the same, according to the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK).
Under the new pattern, each theory paper will not only have five different sections but the sequence of questions in every section will also differ from each other, according to BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai.
Expressing the hope that the new pattern will help eradicate the menace of cheating in examinations, he said the board had decided not to accept the examination forms after due date at any cost.
He said that the setting up of examination centres would be based on a report to be furnished by the Board's inspection committee. No centre would be set up in a college already black-listed by the board, he added.
Prof Zai said that the inspection committee would comprise senior teachers and start visiting colleges from mid-November to see if all the required facilities were available at the institutions proposed to hold the BIEK examinations.
Regarding HSC (general group) examinations, he said that the traditional system of conducting the examinations for regular and private candidates separately was being done away with from the next year. He said the papers for both the categories of candidates would be similar.
The board has already made arrangements for posting results of all examinations on its website, Prof Zai pointed out, adding that it would soon make all exams-related forms available at its website.
With the provision of such a facility, the candidates would be able to obtain the required documents from the board after submitting their forms through banks. The board would also ensure one-window operation in this regard, he said.
The BIEK chairman said the board had also decided awarding of scholarships to the first 20 students on the merit lists of all examinations. The scholarship, he added, would be of Rs500 per month for a period of two years.
Karachi intermediate HSC Class-XI exam results
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi has announced that the results of HSC part-I (Class-XI) annual examinations-2009 will be declared from the first week of November. Dawn
Security steps in place at educational institutions
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq on Monday said that the security of teachers and students was among the top priorities of the government. He said that all educational institutions in Sindh have started functioning after they were closed owing to security threats. The minister said that the Sindh Home Department has also issued a security plan which was being strictly implemented and added that the private schools had already been asked to make security arrangements. The news
Group show at Indus Valley
Karachi: An exhibition of works by 18 artists opened on Monday at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. The participating artists are Sana Burney, Madiha Suboor, Sausan Saulat, Akbar Ali, Sahar Jawaid, Adeel Zafar, Abeer Asim, Sajjad Agha, Syed Ammad Tahir, Sarah Bakhtiyar, Mithra Birdie, Fareeha Nadir, Samar Zaidi, Sumera Tazeen, Riaz Mehmood, Muzzamil Ruheel, Manizhe Ali and Hajra Haider.
The group show will continue till Nov 7, daily from 10.30am to 7pm (except Sunday). Dawn
Schools, colleges reopened in Nawabshah
Nawabshah: All the educational institutions of Shaheed Benazirabad district reopened on Monday on the orders of the Sindh government. The People's Medical College for Girls and the Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering Science and Technology also started their academic activities after a week-long closure. Attendance at the institutions remained normal. Strict security was witnessed at the Pakistan Rangers' Public School while security remained low at most of the government schools. The news
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