BSEK enrolment form | Teachers protest

Enrolment form date extended
Karachi, Sep 10: Secretary, Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), Hoor Mazhar on Friday said that the board office had extended the last date of submission of enrolment form of Class-IX Science and General Groups till September 24.

According to the notification issued, many students have failed to deposit their enrolment forms due to uncertain conditions of the city in the past. The students could submit their enrolment forms with late fee of Rs150 from September 26 to 30, she said.

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BIEK notification
Karachi: The controller of examinations, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti, on Thursday said that the marks sheets of Science (Pre-Medical) Group, Part-II for the annual examinations-2011 were being delivered to the colleges.

The students concerned are advised to contact their respective colleges for the collections of their mark sheets. The college representatives should collect mark sheets after the submission of an authority letter in Room No15 of Pre-Medical Section, BIEK, he further said.

The scrutiny forms for the examinations would be accepted from September 12 to October 11, 2011. The fee and form should be deposited after due verification and endorsement by the section concerned at the Booth of UBL in the BIEK, he added.

Meanwhile, the controller of examinations, BIEK notified that no form would be accepted after the due date.

Meanwhile, president of PEAK Private Schools Management Association, Haider Ali on Thursday demanded of the Chairman, Board of Secondary School (BSEK), Anzar Hussain Zaidi to extend the deadline of the enrolment of Class-IX.

The city had witnessed the worst law and order situation during August and due to the recent rains and Eid vacations the educational process at a number of schools could not take place properly, he said.

Owing to these reasons a number of students have failed to submit their enrolment forms till date. The BSEK should extend the deadline till October 15, he said. The annual exams would take place after seven months so the extension would not create any problem for the officials at the board office, he added.

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Teachers block road to protest non-payment of salaries
Karachi: A human chain consisting of teachers, schoolchildren and young boys staged a sit-in protest on the main road across the Civic Centre on Thursday, blocking traffic for 20 minutes until the police finally dispersed them.

The protesters, who belonged to Taiser Town, demanded the payment of their salaries, and reopening of schools which they claimed had been dysfunctional for 15 months.

Around 11 schools of the Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project (LERP) have closed down. Protesters claimed that around 7,000 students were affected.

Residents, who lived near the Lyari riverbed, were shifted to Taiser Town when the Lyari Expressway was constructed. The stakeholders were promised several facilities, including quality education.

One veiled teacher said that schools opened temporarily but then closed in March again due to a shortage of funds.

"We have been teaching without salaries for 15 months. We are doing the government a favour by working without our pay. It is high time," said one teacher who was worried about her household bills.

A boy said that since children had been without schools for almost a year, drug abuse in the locality had increased manifold.

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MBBS third professional exam results
Karachi: The controller of examinations, University of Karachi, on Thursday declared the result of MBBS Third Professional Annual Examination 2011.According to the gazette issued, 349 candidates registered for the exams while 348 students appeared. Meanwhile, 250 candidates passed their exams and the overall pass percentage was 71.84.

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Govt endeavouring to reopen 400 schools: secy
Karachi: The education department is endeavouring to increase enrolment of girl students by reopening 400 schools for girls through the Rural Support Programme in which 12,000 female students will continue their education.

This was stated by Secretary Education Muhammad Siddique Memon at a walk at the Quaid-e-Azam's mausoleum organised by the education department on the occasion of International Literacy Day on Thursday.

The theme of International Literacy Day is "Literacy and Peace" which make people independent, ensure their participation in social system and restore peace as well as the role of literacy in the process of development because literacy makes people confident.

Literacy is essential for eradication of poverty, curbing population growth, achieving gender equity and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. The literate people were better geared to meet pressing development challenges, he further said.

The 1973 Constitution also had clearly described the importance of education and responsibilities of the state as it said that "free and compulsory education up to the secondary level is the constitutional obligation of the state (Article-37/B)," he said.

The Provincial Plan of Action 2003 on Education for All (EFA) had been prepared in the wake of challenges being faced by the Sindh government in achieving the goals set by the Jometin Conference of 1990 and subsequently revised in the Dakkar conference of 2000, Memon said.

Since the people's government came to power, some serious efforts were made by the education and literacy department to achieve the targets before the specified time, he said.

Meanwhile, the EFA units were established in all the 23 districts in the years 2008-09 as the first step towards achieving progress, he said.

According to the education secretary, an awareness campaign was initiated to educate the people about the dangers of illiteracy. The news

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