Improving Karachi’s education, one institution at a time

IJT launches campaign to improve city’s education system


Our Correspondent November 30, 2016
IJT student leaders addressing the media on November 30, 2016. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AZEEM/ EXPRESS

KARACHI: To save education in the city and bring about reforms in the education system, Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT), Karachi has launched a campaign 'Karachi Ko Taleem Do (Educate Karachi)'.

Stakeholders such as educationists, students and teachers will join hands during the campaign to help make improvements in the current education system, announced IJT Karachi's nazim Hashim Yusuf Abdali at a press conference on Wednesday.

"We have met the secretaries of the education department and minister but they are not clear about what should be done to solve the situation in the education sector," he said.

He said that the biggest issue in universities is the appointment of vice-chancellors, which has been in limbo for a while, as most of the public sector universities have temporary or acting VCs. Every year, 100,000 students sit for their Intermediate examinations but there is no general university other than KU, he lamented. There should be more general universities established so students do not have to pay hefty fee to private universities, he suggested.

Abdali said that colleges also have issues of no permanent principals, which leads to administrative issues.

According to the IJT leader, schools are no less than colleges, but the issue of fee raises has not been resolved yet. "Even after the court's decision that schools cannot raise fee by more than 5% annually, many schools are not following it," he said, adding that some universities even increase their fee in the middle of the semester.

He also raised the point that there has been no chairperson of the provincial Higher Education Commission since Dr Asim Hussain was arrested last year.

IJT's campaign will involve political leaders, civil society, industrialists and other stakeholders to create model classrooms and will provide basic facilities to students. IJT executive council member Muneebur Rehman told the media that they have started the campaign in four colleges and two universities and will expand it to all public sector education institutes.

The University of Karachi, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, DJ Sindh Government Science College, Islamia Government Science College, Islamia Government Arts and Commerce College and Government Degree College Gulshan-e-Iqbal will be focused on in the first phase of the 'Karachi Ko Taleem Do' campaign.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2016.

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