Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) halted academic activities in 20 public sector universities throughout Sindh. Irked by an advertisement for 3 major posts including registrar for these universities teachers went on strike on Tuesday 20th May until their demands were accepted by Sindh Government on Thursday 29th May.
In Karachi University alone more than thirty thousand students are in limbo, waiting to appear in their exams and go on vacation before they have to start preparing for Ramadan but to no resolve. The official schedule was stretched as far up to 10th of June but after a week-long strike, they are now likely to stretch up to 25th.
An official notice No. A.F. 8(1), 170/2014 issued on 22 April announced the Semester break to start from 5th June to 21st July for Morning shift in University of Karachi. However, that was later adjusted in the exams schedules yet families of many if not thousands of students have already planned their vacations and other events according to these dates and with Ramadan likely to start on 30th of June and the semester to begin on 21st there is no room for relief during the semester break.
This was the situation in just one university the intensity was far severe when we calculate it keeping families and students 20 universities in mind. Throughout the province, students and their families went under limbo for 9 days. Worst part of this whole fiasco, that came to an end on Thursday, is that Ministry of Education has no say in the matter since Sindh Assembly through a resolution gave CM Secretariat the power to appoint university registrar, controller and finance director.
Between political and professional, struggle both our teachers and Sindh Government failed to see that these fiascos and conflicts put through thousands of students and their families under stress and they face mental trauma. Thus, the question remains; who is going to compensate these students and/or their families and how would they do it?