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HSC results postponed
Karachi, Oct 21: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has postponed the announcement of results of the HSC Part-II annual examination-2010 of humanities group for regular and private candidates.

The result was due to be notified on October 21, a board announcement on Wednesday said.

The BIEK further said that a life-time achievement award ceremony scheduled for October 21 had also been postponed.

The ceremony would now be held on October 26. The venue and the time will remain the same.

The BIEK has decided to set up a students-educationists syndicate to formulate recommendations for improving the process of examinations. app

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KU extends admission date
Karachi: Director Admissions, Professor Dr Saleem Shehzad has announced that the last date for submission of admission forms for admissions in B.E, B.S, B.S (3rd Year), M.Sc, MBA, MPA (on Aptitude Basis) has been extended till Thursday, October, 21, 2010 (today).

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Schools and colleges stay closed
Karachi: Almost all public and private sector schools and colleges of the city remained closed on Wednesday in the wake of non-availability of the public transport.

Parents having their own transport facilities, fearing more violence in the city also preferred not to take their children to their educational institutions.

Those educational institutions which were opened on Wednesday presented a deserted look because school vans also did not turn up to pick up students.

The education department of Sindh had announced that educational institutions of the metropolis would remain open on Wednesday despite knowing that an association of transporters had announced that the public transport would remain off the road on Wednesday while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had given a call for observing a mourning day on Wednesday to protest against the Tuesday's killings in the metropolis.

However, one of at least three private schools management associations which claim to be representative organisation of private schools of the city had announced that the private schools of the city would remain closed on Wednesday, though no private association was competent to take such a decision.

The defiance of the education department orders on the part of different private schools' management associations reportedly in their bid to get publicity and score over others has almost become a permanent feature whenever incidents of violence occurred in the metropolis, although a majority of private schools are not their members and as such did not come under their folds.

However, it has been observed that such a situation often take place as the provincial education department either remained silent or failed to take any decision whether educational institutions of the metropolis will remain closed or open whenever incidents of violence occurred in the city despite the fact that concerned parents continued to make frantic calls to newspaper offices to know whether the government has made any announcement in this regard.

Inquiries made in this regard revealed that confusion concerning educational institutions' closure in the event of violence continued to prevail as neither the provincial education minister nor the secretary of education was empowered to take any decision concerning educational institutions' closure in such a situation.

"In fact, only the Sindh chief secretary is authorised to make any decision concerning closure of schools in the event of violence and other circumstances and that too after seeking approval from competent authority who is none but the Sindh chief minister himself," sources said, adding that the delay on the part of the education department in making any announcement concerning educational institutions' closure or otherwise often take place as the chief minister who alone is the competent authority for taking such a decision usually remained heavily occupied in some other important works concerning law and order situation. Dawn

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Technical schools' staff await promotions
Karachi: Since 2001, most of the staffs of Sindh government technical secondary and higher secondary school have not been promoted into next grades. Moreover, the seniority list of these staff is also not updated in last nine years.

According to a representative of Sindh government technical secondary and higher secondary school teachers association, they are in touch with the officials and attended various meetings but situation has not improved a bit.

"Our association has been writing letters to the Executive District Officer (EDO), Education, Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar and others in this regard," he said. However, the demands were never entertained by the concerned authority, he also said.

Earlier this year, during the meeting with the members of the association, EDO Education, Kumbhar promised to issue seniority list within a month. The EDO Education also confirmed to conduct a departmental promotion committee after 15 days of issuances of the list to award due promotions of the deserving staff, he further said.

Ironically, the EDO Education, who agreed with the delegation of the association on June 02, failed to implement it. Later on, the office of the EDO Education, on June 11, issued a letter which stated that this process would complete in two months, he added.

It was quite disappointing for the deserving people and the staff that had been waiting for their due promotions was once again sidelined by the bureaucratic attitude, he also said. Unfortunately, the employees of Nausheroferoz and district Sukkur were enjoying such facilities but it is not available in the mega city, the representative further said.

The meeting was held among President, Sindh government technical secondary and higher secondary teachers association, Syed Hussain Shah and EDO Education Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar. Shah was supported by the members of the association while District Officer Education, Headquarters (D.O.E), Ahmed Nawaz Niazi was also present during the meeting, which focused on rehabilitation and development of technical education, issuance of seniority list and assistant workshop instructor (AWI) (BPS-9) and WI of BPS-16.

Meanwhile, the meeting also looked into the revival of dead posts in technical schools and allocation of quota for B.Tech and B.Tech (Hons) students in jobs as well as printing of new books of technical education by Sindh Text book Board.

The representative of the association said that during the meeting officials have agreed to issue a letter to concerned D. O. E's with the instruction to make efforts towards revival and rehabilitation of technical schools.

The association was asked to help the department to point out all dead posts in technical schools, he added. But, unfortunately, the official concerned had forgotten all the promises and technical staff is still waiting for their due promotions, he said.

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Army schools system awards
Karachi: Excellent Performance Award ceremony of Army Public Schools and Colleges System (APSACS) was held at Corps Auditorium here Wednesday.

Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Shahid Iqbal was chief guest on the occasion. He gave away prizes to outstanding students who got meritorious positions in SSC Annual Examinations-2010 of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE). Corps Commander while commending the efforts of APSACS and its faculty members said that students must concentrate on their studies as they are the future of Pakistan.

He further said that students must follow their seniors and work hard to get distinguished positions and prepare themselves for future challenges.

It should be mentioned here that schools in Karachi Region secured eleven positions out of the first top 60 students of FBISE SSC examination. The news

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