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Cell phone use by invigilators perturbs students
Islamabad, April 29, 2008: Students appearing in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
examinations have complained that the biggest disturbance they faced was from
mobile phones of invigilators that tend to ring a great deal in examination
Students say that most of the time invigilators kept talking on
their cell phones giving instructions to someone at home or talking to their
friends. "They do not realise what disturbance it creates as it completely
spoils our concentration," said one of the affected students.
that if students were not allowed to take their phones into examination halls
for they could create disturbance why were the examiners allowed to carry them
in. "We have only three hours and we cannot afford to waste a good part of it
listening to useless gossips of examiners," she said.
the 'who cares' attitude of these invigilators, a student of Islamabad College
for Girls, F-6/2, said that sometimes they felt that those on duty
were only there to have a good time instead of ensuring a conducive atmosphere
to students so that they could do their best.
"One day our examiners
brought 'halwa puri' and 'cholay' during the examination paper and seemed to
have a good time together but they never realised what wrong they were doing,"
she pointed out.
She said that the scent of food was all around the hall.
The students, especially those in the front row, were not able to concentrate on
their paper for about an hour. "We were not able to decide whether to laugh or
cry," she said.
When contacted, Nancy Naseem, vice principal of the same
college, said that it was unethical to disturb students in any way. "Mobile
phones are a disturbance more than a facility and we would take serious notice
of that," she assured.
Muzaffarul Hassan, controller examination of
Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, said that such cases were
exceptions and generally teachers were quite careful. "Our inspector is on the
move all the time and pays surprise visits to different schools to keep a check
on students and examiners," he said.
He said that no rules on mobile
phones existed for invigilators. "If they were checking students for mobile
phones then naturally they should also follow the same rule," he said. Muzaffar
said that they only appointed teachers as examiners who were recommended by the
school or college on the basis of their credibility. He was of the opinion that
it was unethical to affect the future of children in any way. "It is not
possible to keep a check all the time and it is also up to the examiners to
ensure good environment for the students," he added.
Beaconhouse School System Distinction in Int. Kangaroo Olympiad
Islamabad: Wasiq Ahmed Tarar, a student of the Beaconhouse School System, Islamabad Campus, secured top position in the third
International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest - Pakistan 2007 (17th International
Kangaroo Olympiad) held under the auspices of the School of Mathematical
Sciences, GC University, Lahore, says a press release. Wasiq Ahmed Tarar, 13
year old, son of engineer Nasrullah Khan Tarar, not only secured the top slot
while competing 7,387 contestants from all over the country, but also stood
first in the capital as well as in his own school. He bagged, at a time, all the
three medals i.e. gold, silver & bronze.
IIU, University of Wales sign MoU for cooperation
Islamabad: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and
University of Wales, Newport, UK, Monday agreed for the faculty as well as
student exchange under the auspices of the Higher Education Commission and the
In this regard, the signatories, represented by the Vice
Chancellor of Wales University, Dr Peter Noyes, and the IIUI president, signed
an MoU between the University of Wales and IIUI at latter's Faisal Mosque Campus
Under this programme, the students and faculty members of English
language and literature, business management, engineering and law would be able
to benefit by studying a proportionate number of courses at the foreign
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Noyes highlighted the
significance of the exchange programme "which would help bridge the gap between
cultures and diminish the Western misconceptions about Pakistan, Islam and the
Muslims". He expressed his gratitude over the warm reception that he received
from the university authorities and the academia. President IIUI Dr Anwar H
Siddiqui underlined the fact that the IIUI was playing an aggressive role
towards bringing about harmony and multicultural coexistence among the youth by
cultivating the values of tolerance and pluralism. He pointed out that the IIUI
had already been linked with some Austrian, Italian and Bosnian universities in
this regard.Addressing the audience, the Director British Council Nasir Kazmi
said that the Council was eager to extend its cooperation for the promotion of
education at all levels. The News