Stories about school

It is about more than just getting straight As

Bachoon ki parhai is a very strict maamla for most Pakistani parents. It’s a matter that parents don’t like to compromise on. Or so I have heard from most of them. The affluent send their kids to top-notch schools and institutes, and the middle class is determined to send their offspring to to the best schools they can afford. It’s only natural for a father and a mother to want their child to receive the best education. However, the concept of education is misunderstood by one too many. The best definition that I could find of the word was – a ...

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Children died in Karachi today

Today’s bomb blast at SSP CID Chaudary Aslam’s house was a rude awakening. Suicide bomb blasts are common place in Karachi now and have made us all dangerously thick-skinned.  In the aftermath of such news, I for one am usually thankful that I don’t live near the area under attack and am glad to see my family safe, but beyond the immediate effect it has on my life, I am completely undeterred from and do not let it affect my day’s activities. This is to some extent a necessary approach to take, for if we ...

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On World Literacy day, I made a child smile

On September 8, the world celebrated International Literacy Day. This day stressed the importance of learning, education and literacy to an individual, society and countries. While many countries like France, Germany, Finland celebrated this day with joy and counting their achievements, Pakistan is still in darkness and ignorance. Pakistan gained its independence from India in 1947. Sadly, today India’s literacy rate is much higher than that of Pakistan. This is due to many factors including political stability, child labour, extreme poverty, high unemployment, rural urban migration, high birth rate and low or no standard of government schools. The government in Pakistan is so ...

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Putting 28 O level As into perspective

Pakistani youth are unfortunately stuck in a conundrum. Call it a rat race for grades and/or pseudo-intellectual ideals. I posted a link on facebook about Syed Zohaib Asad a young Pakistani boy who recently passed 28 O Level subjects with As. To be honest, I didn’t read the article just then. I was just so happy to see that a young boy from Wah Cantt managed an amazing world record that I wanted to share the news with my friends from Pakistan, US, UK, Sri Lanka and India. I did read the article later in the day and was very ...

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Karachi violence: What teenagers think

Amidst the violence and turmoil Karachi has witnessed recently, the youth of our nation has not remained silent. Below are the opinions of three teenagers on how they feel about the current situation in Karachi. Natasha Faisal “Four killed as a wave of violence haunts Karachi” read a headline of the nine o’clock news bulletin. I felt terror as the newscaster went on in a monotonous tone. We have formed a shield around ourselves and no matter how many bullets shower over this shield, we stay unscathed, thanking god for the protection he has provided us with. “All the shops will remain closed ...

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10 reasons why Karachi University is better than LUMS

A bit of university rivalry is always on display at any workplace, with those belonging to one institution drawn together in an alumni-brotherhood, whose sole purpose at times is to make fun of the inferiority of the the other institutions duly represented among their colleagues. Suffice to say, the old our-frat-party-was-cooler-than-theirs-ever-could-be always makes for idle chit chat at the water dispenser or smoke room. So, what happens when you try to pit one of the top business schools with the largest university in the country? 1.The real estate: Karachi University has a main campus which sprawls over 1,800 acres, a small town in ...

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What’s the worst thing that can happen in an examination hall?

What is the worst thing that can happen to you in an examination hall? That you are caught cheating? Or, that you prepared for the wrong exam? No. Of course those things are pretty bad, but the worst thing that can happen to you in an examination hall is to be sexually harassed by the invigilator. Picture this: you are busy thinking about some weird biology term or phenomenon that could ruin your grade if you jumble it up. You are drenched in sweat because the fans are out of order. The windows are broken so the sunlight pierces through and hits your ...

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Rural education: Eight reforms we need now

Educational institutions are the breeding ground for any civilization. Illiteracy is the mother of all evil and ignorance leads to exploitation of the weak, and injustice in the society. The pertinent question: Why is the current breed of politicians so ignorant about the pitiful state of government-run schools? The simple answer: They know that their presence in the assemblies and their luxurious lifestyle is only possible because of the illiterate masses who vote for them. Education, especially in state-run institutions, has deteriorated. I belong to a very remote part of Sindh and have had the opportunity to observe the devastation of society personally. I have ...

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Choices to make: Is cheating ever okay?

A friend spoke with me recently about a dilemma. His brother had gotten in touch and asked for a favour, or rather, had given him a directive. Do this or else… The issue was that my friend’s nephew will soon be sitting the Intermediate exams. My friend’s brother wanted my friend to pull some strings and speak to the teacher who would be taking his viva in the sciences to allow his son to be evaluated ‘fairly’. Apparently, this is the ‘only’ way to get better marks. According to my friend’s brother, regardless of their answers most students are given mediocre ...

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“Firing in Saddar! Turn on the TV!”

I live near Saddar, and every single act of violence that affects Saddar affects me too. I was waiting for my mom to come pick me up, obliviously laughing with my friends over some lame joke, unaware of what I was going to go through in the next ten minutes. I was at my school, waiting for my mom to come pick me up – and for a second, I thought I’d lost her forever. A guy came rushing up to us and said: “Firing in Saddar! Turn on the TV!” Normally, being a helpless Karachiite, I would have watched the news and ...

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