Private schools closed
Karachi, Oct 20: All private schools in the city will be closed on Wednesday, according to the Private Schools Management Association. Karachi University postponed all exams and tests scheduled for the day.
FPSC rule on minimum marks struck down
Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday struck down a rule of the Competitive Examination Rules, 2008, framed by the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan (FPSC) requiring the candidates belonging to the rural parts of the province to obtain at least 50 per cent aggregate marks for appointment.
Ghulam Shabbir Jaskani, Shahnaz Zardari and 10 others, who were declared failed in the FPSC examination in 2008, had assailed the Rule 11 (i) which said that a candidate who failed to secure 50 per cent marks in the aggregate would be considered to have failed and would not be eligible for appointment.
The petitioners, represented by Advocate Malik Naeem Iqbal, prayed to the court to declare the FPSC rule illegal and ultra vires of Articles 4, 25, 27, and 37 of the constitution. They also prayed for their appointment if qualified in further examination.
Their counsel contended that the petitioners were poor citizens belonging to various districts of Sindh and obtained education in very difficult circumstances with very limited resources.
Advocate Naeem Iqbal submitted that the petitioners passed all subjects, yet they marginally could not meet the minimum requirement of 50 per cent marks in the aggregate, and consequently they were not called for viva-voce.
He argued that the state was under obligation to promote higher education among the people of backward areas and simultaneously to accommodate the interests of socially or economically disadvantaged sections of the people.
The counsel submitted that a number of seats allocated to Sindh remained unfilled/ vacant for three years and these were allocated to other provinces. He said that the condition of obtaining 50 per cent aggregate marks was obstructing the candidates of Sindh, who were at a disadvantageous position due to paucity of resources and facilities to compete with the candidates from developed areas with innumerable resources and facilities to educate themselves.
Resultantly, he said, the province was not getting representation in posts of the federal government in accordance with its share.
Advocate Naeem Iqbal contended that application of rule of aggregate to the candidates from less privileged areas was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to Article 37 of the constitution.
The counsel submitted that Sindh's share in the federal civil service was 19 per cent that was sub-allocated in the ratio of 60 per cent for rural areas and 40 per for urban areas. He contended that the petitioners belonged to remote areas and due to lack of proper guidance and low standards of education they might not be able to compete with the candidates of other provinces and area.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Abdul Hadi Khoso had reserved the judgment after hearing the arguments of Advocate Naeem Iqbal and Deputy Attorney General Mian Khan Malik.
The court in its order observed that the statement filed on behalf of the respondents regarding the seats allocated, filled and unfilled from 1990 to 2008 showed that the allocated quota of Sindh had been going un-availed for the last many years for want of candidates qualifying 50 per cent aggregate marks for further examination.
The court order said: "Hence it appears that Rule 11(i) of the Competitive Examination Rules, 2008 negates the quota allocated to Sindh Province and is in direct conflict with Articles 27 and 37 (a) of the Constitution, 1973."
The court also opined that Rule 11(i) of the FPSC Rules, 2008 could not override the provisions of Article 27.
The court observed: "For the foregoing reasons in our view the quota reserved for the citizens of backward and less developed areas could not be allowed to be reduced, and the allocated seats for the candidates of particular area remain unfilled, which would create a sense of deprivation among the citizens of Pakistan belonging to Sindh province."
Consequently, the court observed the rule was ultra vires of the constitution and struck it down.
The court also directed the respondent FPSC and federal government to allow the petitioners to appear in examination for their final selection. Dawn
KU announces MA (Previous) External Annual Exam 2009 results
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday notified the results of MA (Previous) External Annual Examination 2009. An official of the institution said that the results pertained to the disciplines of Islamic Studies and Islamic History. According to statistics, 1,093 candidates appeared in Islamic Studies examination and of these 584 were declared as successful with a pass percentage of 53.43. As many as 369 candidates appeared in the Islamic History examination and of these 75 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 20.89. A University statement said that marks certificates are being issued. app
Hyderabad supplementary exams
Hyderabad: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad has notified that the Secondary School Certificate Part-II (Class-X) supplementary examinations will begin from October 26.
Admission to SALU
Khairpur: The process of admission to four-year bachelor degree programme and masters degree programme (morning and evening shifts) has begun at the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU).
According to a university announcement, admission forms can be obtained from designated branches of Habib Bank Limited against payment of Rs800. The last date for submission of forms is November 15. DawnYour Comments
Teacher drawing salaries from two govt departments
Karachi: A female junior school teacher (JST), 'S', has been accused of withdrawing salaries against two government posts. Apart from her package from the education department, she is also taking salary from the family welfare population, Accountant General (AG) Sindh has accused.
She is posted as Assistant (Female) in the family welfare population department besides working as a JST in the education department, sources said.
Despite that fact that the AG Sindh labelled charges against her, no action has been taken against the accused employee till filling of this report.
The sources add that some time ago the offices of the AG Sindh tried to solve this matter and wrote letters to both the government departments for the justification of her drawing salaries from the tow two departments. However, both the departments did not show any particular response on the matter. Later on, the AG, during their correspondences with the two departments, reminded them that the matter be solved but to no avail, the sources further said.
Moreover, the AG also deputed an officer to personally visit the two departments in an effort to investigate the matter and the duty officer met with the officials of both the departments, but the matter of S's dual service remains unsolved. It was unclear, however, why the heads of family welfare population and education departments did not take any interest into the matter, the sources said.
Keeping the lukewarm responses from both the departments in mind, the offices of the AG Sindh then referred the matter to the Chief Secretary (CS), Sindh. In a letter sent to the CS, the AG offices requested that the former for an early settlement of S's dual service issue, the sources said.
The office of the Chief Secretary asked the two departments to prepare a complete report within three working days. However, despite a passage of one month, the education department has not given any feedback thus far.
According to the sources, the Executive District Officer, Education, Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar, had appointed Deputy District Officer (DO) of the Sindh Education Management Information System and Planning, Abdul Sattar, as the officer to investigate into the matter. Furthermore, a copy of the letter was also forwarded to the DO, Education, Secondary and Higher Secondary, Shabbir Jokhio, as he was a concerned official, they said.
However, Sattar failed to probe into the matter and has yet not bothered to personally meet the accused 'S'. He issued a couple of letters to the JST which were never answered by the latter, the sources also said.
This correspondent made several attempts to contact Sattar and Jokhio for information regarding their action on the dual service matter. Sattar was not present in his office, while Jokhio dropped the call when he was asked about the matter. The news