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Matric exams & load shedding | Girls' scholarships scam

Students sit Matric exams without power
Karachi, April 16, 2008: The exams for class X started Tuesday in Karachi and students were greeted with load shedding in their examination centers. Also, at least 24 students were caught cheating.

Students were upset because of the load shedding that went on during their limited-time examination. Most of the time was spent in the dark and in suffocation.

In many examination centers, the distribution of papers was delayed. Sources said that at least 24 boys and girls were caught cheating.

Rangers and police were not present outside the examination centers to maintain law and order situation.

PPI adds: There were some complaints of cheating by students using mobile phones.

As many as 312,000 candidates, including 110,000 class X Science (Boys 65,000 and Girls 45,000), 118,000 class IX Science (Boys 70,000 and Girls 48,000), 33000 class X General (Regular) (Boys 9,000 and Girls 24,000), 7000 class X General (Private) (Boys 4,000 and Girls 3,000) and 9000 class IX General (Private) candidates (Boys 5,000 and Girls 4,000) are appearing for the examinations at 478 centers, 273 for boys and 205 for girls, set up across the metropolis.

Vigilance teams constituted by the Board of Secondary Education visited different examination centers to check use of unfair means by the candidates. The vigilance teams also seized cell-phones from some candidates, an official of the Board said.

The Board has constituted 160 vigilance teams, in addition to 5 teams of the City District Government Karachi.

A senior teacher at the examination center at White House Grammar School told PPI that under the rules, a candidate found cheating, exchanging information with other candidates or importing incriminatory material from outside the examination room while the examination is in process, can be expelled from that exam hall and debarred for one to three years from appearing in the SSC exams. Daily Times

Another scam in girls' scholarships unearthed
Karachi: The education department has found another misappropriation in scholarship funds for girls.

Around 7,094 girl students of CDGK-run schools are given Rs 941 instead of Rs 1,000 through cheques during 2004-05. Thus, the deduction of Rs 59 from the total scholarship money meant for each student generated Rs 41,85,873 to the corrupt officials of the education department, The Nation learnt on Tuesday.

The scholarship fund is actually to stimulate girls getting enrolled in the elementary schools run by the City Govt. But the corrupt elements in the education department usurp the funds and sabotage CDGK efforts to educate maximum number of women at grass root level.

The EDO education secretariat has sent a report of the scam to the City Nazim, and to the secretary education and the chief secretary of Sindh.

Sources said that the education department has directed the concerned officer Mrs. Kauser Jehan, Ex DO Education for Elementary (Female) CDGK, to justify herself as she allegedly mishandled and misappropriated the amount meant for scholarship.

The initial inquiry was conducted on the complaints of the parents of girl students to the EDO secretariat, sources said. Keeping the above facts in view, it is requested that necessary action should be taken against the culprits. The EDO education Ms Fakhar Karim confirmed that a report in this regard has been sent to higher authorities.

Young leadersconference from July 1
A Young Leaders' Conference (YLC) will be held here from July 1 to 6. This was announced by the Chief Operating Officer of the School of Leadership, Ms. Saima Khan. She was briefing to media representatives at a local hotel on Tuesday. The weeklong event would be held under the auspices of the School of Leadership. Various social, public and private sector organisations are also partnering with the School of leadership in this initiative.

Saima further pointed out that the YLC was aimed at creating awareness of the immense leadership possibilities in a multi-disciplinary context and to inspire youth to discover and apply their leadership potential.

She said that this year as many as 300 youth will gather and will be engaged in diverse teaming experiences including panel discussions, hands-on workshops, field trip, debates, discussions and presentations etc.

"YLC is a highly energetic, demanding and rigorous programme to cater to personal leadership development and competency enhancement", it was further pointed out.

The School of Leadership has been organizing the YLC across Pakistan since 2002.

University of Surrey delegation visits SSUET
Karachi: A delegation from University of Surrey led by Dr Peter Marshaell visited the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology on Friday and held discussions with Prof S M Makhdoomi, Dean Faculty of Engineering while Registrar Shah Mahmood H Syed and chairmen of different disciplines were also on the occasion.

As per statement of the university, the focal point of discussions was the collaboration between the two universities and it has been agreed that facilities for research and higher education would be made available to the students of MS and PhD programmes enrolled in the university on the split education system.

The two universities agreed to formulate the modalities on this score after which Memorandum of Understanding will be signed. The Nation
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