Teachers strike against colleges handover to NGO

Teachers give strike call for Monday: Handover of colleges to NGO
Karachi, Sept 29: There will be a complete strike in all colleges of the city on Monday to put pressure on the government to take back the notification of handing over of two colleges to an non-governmental organisation, Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association President Professor Athar Hussain Mirza said on Saturday.

Teachers observed a strike in Khatoon-i-Pakistan Government College and Rana Liaquat Ali Khan Government College of Home Economics on Saturday in protest against the government's decision of handing over the colleges' management to a private owner.

In 2001, the government had come up with a plan of handing over 40 colleges to private owners with certain terms and conditions, he said.

However, he added, the teachers did not accept the programme and started resisting it. They were locked up for their resistance and were beaten on streets, he recalled.

He said the programme would ultimately affect middle-class students who were not in a position to bear the expenditures of privatised education institutions.

For privatisation, the government had cited the reason that it did not have enough funds to run colleges and that was why it was handing over the colleges, he said. However, the decision was taken back due to our resistance and efforts, he said.

Later the government privatised three colleges, namely St Joseph's, St Patrick's (morning) and St Patrick's (evening), he said.

He said the teachers filed a petition against the privatisation of those three colleges in the high court but no hearing took place and the case was still pending in the court.

On Sept 23, the issued a notification of handing over the management of two colleges to Zindagi Trust.

Those two colleges are Khatoon-i-Pakistan Govern-ment College and Rana Liaquat Ali Khan Government College of Home Economics.

He said the government had already given the management of SMB Government Girls College Karachi to Zindagi Trust this year when the interim government was in power.

"Today they are handing over the management and gradually the management will remove all teachers and ultimately after three to four years Zindagi Trust will be the owner of the colleges," he alleged.

Rana Liaqat Ali Khan Government College is the college which offers education in the subject of home economics and even Karachi University did not offer this facility, he said.

He said the college was in a position to achieve the status of university and if it was handed over to a private management the middle class would be affected severely.

He said now they were only protesting in Karachi but after Eid, teachers of entire Sindh would join the resistance movement.

The government must take its decision back, he demanded. PPI

Colleges will not be handed over to NGO: Ebad
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has announced that the Government College of Home Economics and the Khatoon-e-Pakistan College would not be handed over to an NGO.

Khan took notice of a notification for handing over the two colleges to an NGO, and contacted Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. After mutual consultation it was decided that the colleges would not be handed over to the NGO.

The governor directed the authorities concerned to issue a proper notification in this regard in order to remove concern among teachers, parents and students.

The chief minister and the governor were of the view that by doing so it did not mean to let down that the position of the said NGO, adding, the only aim was that the NGO and the Education Department run with a clear cut message and in an effective manner.

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"My comment is in regard to the newz related to Rlak govt college of home economics and khatoone Pakistan.The teachers are protesting .What is the reason before that? Is it only the question of middle class students that concerns them?Absolutely not...The setup of our beloved colleges is anyways weak and simply unable to cope with the growing educational needs .Yes the govt does not have enough funds to run these colleges and these consequences affect the quality of education adversely.Everyone knows the standard of education that is provided by our dear govt colleges.Our college is great but the management does not use its maximum efforts for students betterment that they deserve.Quality education should be our prime concern; whatever the way be and whenever there is a will, a way is also there.So if some girl wants quality education, she can manage her finances in the way that makes it easier for her to affod it. Irequest the concerned authorities through this comment that please , do something to provide for our edutcational needs though it be through privatisation or some other way.Teachers are respectable, they are Holy people.The should let ,if any doors for betterment are being opened! Thank you."
Name: Khursheed Saba
Email: Capricorn_faith@yahoo.com
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"All people know about Shehzad roys organization Zindagi trust. They are doing wonderful works for our country. The teachers and staff of this govt university is against this action because they know, if these colleges would be handed over to the NGO Zindagi trust, it would end there lifespan of corruption and lethargic attitude of the staff and they will have to do work to earn money. It is the only reason otherwise there is no such reason as this trust would be offering free education with a wonderful educational offerings........ So please dont support these stupid hypocrites in there protest."
Name: AMIN
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

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BIEK examination Forms announcement
Karachi: Examination Forms of Science (Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering and Science General) including Improvement of Division (Last Chance), additional subjects and Home Economics Groups are invited. The blank examination forms are available from the sale counter of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi. According to a press release on Saturday the BIEK required the aforesaid forms along with pay order for Supplementary Examinations and subsequent submission as per given schedule: The forms can be submitted at BIEK from October 7 to October 20 with a pay order dated 21-10-2008. The same can be submitted from October 21 to October 30 with a late fee of Rs100 and pay order dated 31-10-2008. Those submitting even after that will be charged a late fee of Rs300 and Rs1000 depending upon the date. The News

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