Primary and secondary schools timing extension
School timing extension proposal criticised
Karachi, Oct 14: The proposal by the Education Ministry's Steering Committee to
increase daily classroom timing of primary and secondary schools for
compensating educational losses due to closure of schools during flood
has been strongly criticised by teachers and parents claiming it would
create more problems.
Last Friday, a meeting of the Education
Steering Committee chaired by Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Pir
Mazharul Haq recommended the reduction of winter vacations and
cancellation of Saturday's holiday to compensate for the loss of
Moreover, it was proposed that morning shift classes
at primary schools would start from 8am and end at 2pm, while in
secondary schools classes would be held from 8am till 2:30pm.
The recommendations of the steering committee have been sent to the federal government for approval.
the proposal of enhanced classroom timings has met opposition from
teachers, who claim that increase in timings was not an appropriate way
to make up the loss of time of students and would rather increase
problems of students, parents and teachers.
Senior educationist and psychologist Rizwana Munir said that long classroom hours would not be beneficial for students.
human brain cannot concentrate on an activity for more than 45 minutes
and needs a break of 10 minutes to prepare itself for further work, she
She explained that students of primary and secondary
classes in government schools attended classes from 7:45am to 1:30pm,
meaning that a student attends a classroom for six hours daily with a
break of only half an hour. Any further increase in duration might not
be helpful for student, she claimed.
Citing the example of a
neighboring country where schools timings are longer but students are
provided food, playtime and other recreational activities, she said
proper breaks, rest and recreation for students is must to help them in
Just increasing the classroom time without proper breaks and playtime is a sure recipe to disaster, she added.
She suggested curtailing the school syllabus or prolonging the educational year by four to six months.
Saima, a local schoolteacher, said female teachers would face problems if classroom duration was lengthened.
have to prepare lunch and feed their children after their duty, she
added. Women give priority to the education sector, as they feel secure
and can take care of their household responsibilities while discharging
official duties, she said, regretting that increased classroom timings
would make all this very difficult.
headmistress Majedan Begum said if the school timings were increased,
the majority of female teachers would lose interest in teaching. The new
schedule would harm the educational process instead of bringing any
improvement, she claimed.
The students would lose concentration
and fall prey to stress and fatigue if forced to remain in classrooms
for more hours, she said, adding that it was against a child's nature to
engage continuously without extra playtime and food.
anonymity, a mother of school going children said that everyone knows
people belonging to low income families send their children to
"We cannot afford giving Parathas or heavy
breakfasts to our children on daily basis as a kilogramme of ghee costs
Rs 130," she said.
The majority of government school students can
only afford a cup of tea and a few rusk in breakfast, and go hungry
within a few hours, she said, stressing that forcing children to study
for prolonged hours with empty stomachs is an atrocity and no mother
would approve it.
Government and Nationalised School Teachers
Association (GNSTA) Karachi leader Tariq Qaisrani said the female
teachers would suffer due to the changed school timings.
the teachers serving in the second shift particularly would face many
problems because they would reach home after sunset.
The prevailing public transport system and ongoing situation of law and order in the city would create unimaginable trouble.
GNSTA Karachi demands the government to review classroom timings
particularly for Karachi and Hyderabad and the restoration of past
school timings so students and teachers can concentrate on education,"
he said. ppi
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BIEK notification on HSC enrolment forms
Karachi: The Secretary, Board of Intermediate Karachi (BIEK),
Professor Haider Ali Novien, has directed the principles of all
recognised, affiliated intermediate colleges, and higher secondary
schools that the enrolment forms for Higher Secondary School
Certificate, annual exam 2011 which will be filled by the students of
first years (Class XI), could be obtained from the Store of the Board.
These forms would be available faculty-wise, at the cost of Rs35 per
form, he also said.
Duly filled enrolment form, including powder copy
of marks sheet of Secondary School Certificate, may be deposited in the
Board Office against a payment of Rs600 per candidate as per the
described schedule. The Board would receive enrolment forms and fee for
science, commerce, home economics, humanities, diploma in physical
education and medical technology without late fee from October 15 to Nov
5, 2010. However, a late fee Rs100 will be charged from Nov 6 to 23,
2010, he added. The news
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LLM results declared
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Wednesday announced the result of LLM annual examination 2010.
According to the university, 161 candidates appeared in the exam. Of them, 107 candidates were declared successful. app
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Minister has forged certificates: BISE
Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education has officially confirmed to the University of Sindh that no
person by the name of Mukesh Kumar Chawla, who is PPP's provincial
minister for excise and taxation, has passed class X and XII
examinations held by the board.
The board said in response to
the university's queries about Mr Chawla's certificates that one Mukesh
Kumar Bansari did appear in matriculation and intermediate examinations
and Mr Chawla's particulars sent for verification matched with his.
"We've verified that Mr Chawla did not pass the two examinations and
(his certificates) are bogus and fake," said a senior board official who
requested not to be named.
The official showed this
correspondent the letter (No 89/Aug 19) for perusal sent by the board to
the university, insisting he could not share its copy.
verification was set into motion after one Jai Kumar challenged Mukesh
Kumar Chawla's election as member of provincial assembly and sent a
formal complaint to the Supreme Court, requesting it to take suo motu
Mr Jai Kumar argued that Chawla's matriculation,
intermediate and BA degree certificates were fake, forged and tampered
with. Mr Chawla was elected MPA on a reserved seat for minorities on a
According to his case whose record was made
available to Dawn, Mr Chawla, son of Bhagwan Das Chawla, was born in
1974 in Jacobabad district. His CNIC No is 42301-22854115.
submitted documents of one Mukesh Kumar Bansari, son of Bhagwan Das
Bansari, born in 1980 in Thatta and having CNIC No 44108-4608480-3.
The record shows that Mr Bansari passed his matriculation (seat number
134515) in 1996 from the Government High School, Sujawal, and
intermediate examination (seat number 103851) in 1998 from the
Government Boys College, Sujawal, held by the BISE, Hyderabad.
The record of the school and the college shows that the said
certificates belonged to Mr Bansari whose general register number was
5084. After getting fake class X and XII certificates the MPA also
managed to obtain fake degree of BA of the same Mr Bansari, said Jai
"He obtained a fake letter No:
BISE/HSC/CONDUCT/2390/3976 dated 03.09.2004 for correction of name by
the BISE that was purportedly addressed to Sindh University and got
surname Bansari replaced with Chawla in certificates of Bansari, who is a
grade-II officer in a private bank in Karachi," he said.
controller of examination of the BISE had declared in Sindh High Court
on Dec 14, 2007 in an election appeal (62/2007) case that the letter
(for surname change) was fake, forged and not issued.
commissioner appointed by the SHC on Dec 10, 2007 submitted a similar
report, he said, adding that the high court referred to the controller's
statement that he had declared the said letter as forged because the
letter's number pertained to some other correspondence.
Mr Jai Kumar alleged that Mr Chawla, in connivance with university staff, got Mr Bansari's examination form of BA-II replaced.
Mr Chawla's case about forged certificates first went to court when one
Malik Atta Mohammad and Sameul Xavier contested his nomination (before
election tribunal) after he was awarded a ticket by the PPP. But the
appellants lost interest in pursuing the case following Benazir Bhutto's
assassination on Dec 27, 2008.
When the apex court took up the
case of parliamentarians' degrees, Mr Chawla's case came into limelight
again and the process of verification was set into motion.
Higher Education Commission sent his degrees and certificates to the
Sindh University and the university sent his class X and XII
certificates to the BISE Hyderabad for verification.
did not attend calls made by this correspondent nor did he reply
messages, seeking his side of the story in response to Jai Kumar's
claims and BISE's letter.
Asked why he was interested in
getting Mr Chawla unseated, Mr Jai Kumar replied that a man with fake
degrees could not be expected to serve his community. "He never paid a
visit to Umerkot to apprise himself of our problems," he said.
To a question why he did not challenge his nomination before the
returning officer, he said that he did not know earlier that Mr Chawla
possessed fake degrees. "An educated person with valid documents should
be elected to serve us," he said. Dawn
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