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MA registration date extended
Karachi, Feb 20: The University of Karachi has extended the last date for registration of MA (private) candidates and has announced that forms can be submitted till March 7 with a fee of Rs2,500.

According to the university announcement, application forms for change of subject can also be submitted till March 7 with a fee of Rs500. ppi

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KU alumni launching postponed
Karachi: The launching ceremony of the first ever alumni body of University of Karachi, which was to be held on Feb 20, has been postponed due to the prevailing situation.

A University official said on Tuesday that the new date would be announced later. However, the process of alumni membership registrations continued, it was further stated. app

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In times of violence, schooling suffers too
Karachi: Violence does not spare anyone in Karachi. The process of educating the youth is also one of its casualties. Of the 51 working days so far this year, schools could open on barely 25 days – less than 50 percent. 

As violence and protests mar daily life every other day in the metropolis, school going children are also suffering.

In February alone, schools have been closed down for four days due to strikes and on the fifth of this month on account of Kashmir Day.

In January, there was a two-day holiday for Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi and another one for the Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, said Abdur Rehman, the convener of Taleem Bachao Action Committee.

Dipping standards
Learning levels in the province are already low but unannounced closures make the matters worse.

In Sindh, a grade-II level story in Urdu or Sindhi cannot be read by 84 percent students of class-III and 40 percent of class-V students, according to the Annual Survey on Education Report, 2012.

Only 66 percent of class-III students and 40 percent of class-V students can read sentences in Urdu or Sindhi. Similarly, 73 percent students of class-V cannot even solve three digit sums of grade-III level of the national curriculum.

No other choice
While school enrollment in Karachi is as high as 93 percent, 70 percent of the students attend private schools but more than half of them take tuitions.

There have been times when schools decided to stay open despite strike calls only to close down later, say parents.

Farah Naz, whose two sons study at the Springfield School, says when she called the school administration in the morning they said it was open. But when she went to the building, the gate was closed.

A guard told her that since the security situation was expected to worsen, the administration took a last minute decision, Naz said.

"It is useless to open schools on strike calls because in case the law and order deteriorates, lives of hundreds of children are put at stake," said Seema Khurram, a teacher at the Aga Khan School.

Internet to the rescue
While educationists remain powerless at the hands of frequent violence spells in Karachi, some believe it is time to adopt unconventional methods.

The internet can be used to upload lectures and assigning homework to students through the school websites, says Suhail Muhammad, a California-based Pakistani.

The entrepreneur has prepared video lectures from the mathematics books of the Sindh Textbook Board for class IX and X students. The interface, available at www.learntive.com, appears as a page out of a notebook. Each sum is solved, with a voiceover of a teacher, explaining the logic behind each step.

"A class is taken only once, [but] a video can be played again and again for better understanding," says Muhammad, who heads the free-for-all initiative.

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Int'l Preschool Curriculum expands to Pakistan
Karachi: The International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) has signed an exclusive licence agreement with AIM Middle East for Pakistan.

With plans to open IPC franchises in Pakistan, students will be taught the IPC's curriculum which includes 20 thematic units developed for 3-6-year-olds and 36 thematic units developed for infants and toddlers.

The curriculum covers the six core learning areas and follows an objective based-learning methodology.

Additional benefits include teacher training devised by an ex-teaching fellow of Harvard University that will provide educators from all academic backgrounds with a web-based professional development program. The news

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HEC awarded best teacher award 2011
Peshawar: The Higher Education Commission  has selected Prof Naeemur Rehman Khattak of University of Peshawar for the best teacher award for year 2011.

According to an HEC notification, the awards committee has approved the name of Prof Khattak for the award in its meeting in January 2013. The award would be given to him in a ceremony soon. The award was being given on the basis excellence in qualification, teaching, research and co-curricular activities. Dawn

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