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SSC-II examinations conclude amid prolonged power cuts
Karachi, April 23: The Secondary School Certificate Part-II (Class X) Science
and General groups annual examination concluded on Wednesday amid power cuts and
reports of cheating at various exam centres.
Frequent power outages with
each spell lasting 60-90 minutes during the three-hour paper time caused
disturbance and affected the performance of candidates at different centres in
the persisting hot and sultry weather.
The Class IX General group
examinations ended on Tuesday while the last paper of the Class IX Science group
is scheduled for Thursday.
An official of the Board of Secondary
Education Karachi (BSEK) said that vigilance teams of the board detected 24
cases of use of unfair means in the exams on Wednesday.
sources in the BSEK said that at some centres, invigilators not only
allowed candidates to use unfair means but also gave some extra time to certain
candidates in violation of the board's rules.
They said that most such
complaints had been received from the centres set up in the densely populated
localities and on the outskirts of the city.
A big reshuffling is expected to take place in the Board of Secondary Education
Karachi (BSEK) in a few days in the light of a report submitted to Sindh
Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad by a two-member committee set up by him to inquire
into the affairs of the board.
The committee was formed by the governor,
who heads the public sector educational boards of Sindh, following incidents of
rampant cheating in examinations and discovery of an illegal exam centre
Services of the three top BSEK officials – the secretary,
controller of examinations and deputy controller of examinations – have already
been terminated while action under the Removal of Services Act is currently
under way against two assistant controllers of examinations and one system
The inquiry committee comprised the governor's adviser, Yousuf
Jamal and Sindh Board of Technical Education Chairman Prof Saeed Siddiqui.
Sources said that the Governor's House secretariat had delayed
appointment of permanent officials on the positions that had fallen vacant after
sacking of the three officials to avoid any administrative problems in the midst
of the SSC examinations. The arrangement to ensure smooth holding of the
examination were made on an ad hoc basis.
The sources said that the
governor had already ordered formation of a task force to make the examination
system transparent. Besides a "monitoring cell" and "reform cell" had been set
up in the Governor's House to exclusively deal with the affairs of the
educational boards in the province, the sources added. Dawn
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Exam monitoring cell to be set up at Governor House
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has approved a 'Monitoring,
Implementation and Reform (MIR) Cell' at the Governor House to ensure
transparent functioning of examination boards across the
Decisions about examination centres will be approved by the
Governor's Education Secretariat. Websites will be made effective, displaying
all the relevant data, and public complaints will be facilitated by the MIR
Cell, it has been learnt.
Sources at the Governor's Education
Secretariat said that several proposals were conveyed to the governor for his
consideration at a meeting recently. Through a detailed presentation, the
governor was informed about the mass irregularities committed in secondary and
intermediate education boards. He was also briefed about the changing of
examination centres and use of unfair means during the exams.
At the end
of the presentation he was given several proposals for consideration, including
the MIR Cell. The governor approved the establishment of Cell while all other
proposals and Terms of Reference (ToRs) are under consideration and are expected
to be approved soon, sources said.
They further said that Khan had taken
serious notice of media reports regarding cheating in the SSC examination this
year and the irregularities committed in examination boards especially at the
Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK).
It was proposed at the
meeting that relevant committees should be activated and should start
functioning as per rules. In the past, the Governor House was not directly
involved as far as vigilance was concerned due to which it was difficult to
monitor the performance of vigilance officers. It was decided that for the
constitution of vigilance committees, a final list should be presented for
approval to the controlling authority or monitoring unit.
procedure should be adopted for change of examination centres and no change of
examination centres should be allowed without routing through the Governor's
Sources further said that MIR Cell will also act as a
complaint centre for students, parents, teachers and the media for registering
complaints regarding the boards and examination centres.
irregularities were reported in scrutiny process and incompetent students were
getting high scores through scrutiny by paying bribes. To avoid this in the
future, it was proposed that complete results along with subject details should
be available on the website of the examination board concerned. Additionally,
scrutiny forms should also be available on the webpage and requests for scrutiny
should be entertained only through the educational institutions
Moreover, Scrutiny results, enrolment numbers, examination
centre and final subject-wise results should be available on the website.
The Governor House did not have any manual records thus it was easier
for corrupt officials to manipulate results directly on computers. For that
matter it was proposed that besides computer tabulation, manual tabulations
should also be done and the records should be available at the Governor House.
Cases of impersonation were also reported to have increased manifold and
fake candidates were said to have taken exams instead of the originally enrolled
candidates. In order to stop cases of impersonation, it was suggested that
computerized admit cards should be issued to prevent duplication of photographs
being pasted on different admit cards. For this purpose services of NADRA can be
utilized, it was suggested.
It was also proposed that since students
face problems in getting their forms verified, their schools should be
authorized to verify these forms. Sources said that the MIR Cell will work
towards ensuring systems of transparency and for liaising with stakeholders such
as students, schools and teachers' associations. They further said that it will
take new initiatives to improve the functioning of the boards and ensure
financial and administrative controls.
It will oversee the change of
examination centres, the composition of vigilance teams and will develop a
framework for quality improvements through interaction with other examination
boards such as the Aga Khan University Education Board and the Oxbridge Board.
They also said that MIR Cell will act as a neutral sounding board for
student complaints and concerns and submit regular reports to the Sindh
governor, the controlling authority. All these ToRs are under consideration of
the governor and final ToRs are expected to be decided soon.
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Teachers appointed without appearing for test
Karachi: An inquiry team of the Education Department visited a secondary
school to investigate a case whereby nine teachers were illegally appointed
prior to the test that would start from April 24.
It has been learnt
through reliable sources that a four-member inquiry team, headed by the
Deputy-District Officer, Education (Secondary), Arshad Khan, visited The
Government Boys Secondary School, Keamari, on Wednesday to probe the case of
fake appointments of nine teachers.
The team has been constituted to
probe the case of illegal appointments on the directives of the Board of
Secondary Education after the publishing of a story relating to fake
appointments of teachers.
The team inquired into the fake
appointments. It is learnt through reliable sources that some teachers admitted
before the committee that there were two muster rolls in the school, one was
meant for the attendance of old teachers and the second one for the
newly-appointed ones. However, they refused to give their comments in writing in
this regard. This has been revealed that only one teacher gave his statement in
writing to the inquiry team.
The former headmaster (HM) of the school,
G.M Memon, who handed over charge to another HM some days ago, refused to accept
the presence of the two muster rolls. When inquired as to who were those
teachers who had been given classes, he said they were voluntarily teaching the
He also informed the team that a few teachers came to his
school for joining. He said those teachers had only offer letters in their
possession. Offer letter is issued for the confirmation of medical fitness
before the appointment against some posts.
However, in this case, the
sources informed this scribe, even the offer letters were also bogus as last
recruitment for teachers were made some eight months ago.
inquired from the headmaster as to why the names of some new teachers were
enrolled on the board of the school and why they were given classes. He was
reportedly of the view that they were only volunteers and nothing
The team further inquired how volunteers could be given classes in
a government school, it has been further learnt.
Interestingly the HM failed
to manage a meeting with the teachers who were voluntarily teaching for about a
month-and-a-half month when the team asked him to do so. According to sources
the HM told the team that he had no addresses with him. The team also inquired
from the students about the teachers who were illegally appointed. It is learnt
that the management of the school has started using its influence to stop this
inquiry. When we tried its level best to contact EDO Education to get his views
on the story but he could not be contacted despite several attempts.
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7,700 schools closed in Sindh
Islamabad: Around 7,700 government schools are closed in province Sindh and 12,138 do not have a roof. This means roughly
five million children are not going to school even though school staff and
teachers are being paid salaries, a private tele-vision channel reported on
Wednesday. Tharparkar is the district where 1,555 schools are close. Local
landlords have taken over some schools as their personal gathering place. In
Badin, 1,149 schools are closed and in Karachi only 84 schools are closed in the
city. Sindh has 42,000 educatio-nal institutions out of which 3,700 are in
Karachi alone. The News
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Teachers seek funds for KU
Karachi: Teachers at the University of Karachi have demanded of the
Sindh government to provide funds to the university, which has been facing a
financial crisis after the Higher Education Commission introduced cuts in its
The Karachi University Teachers' Society (Kuts), a
representative body of KU teachers, in a statement has said that every year an
amount was shown in the university budget as 'expected grant' from the Sindh
government, but that grant was never actually paid.
financial crisis which the university has been facing for over a year, it is
time the Sindh government make a contribution of at least Rs5 million every
month to help continue research activities," the statement said.
Prof Dr Shakeel Farooqi, secretary Kuts and member KU finance
committee, said that the Sindh government should also take a cue from the Punjab
government, which had increased the PhD allowance from Rs5,000 to Rs10,000 per
"Teachers receive an amount of Rs5,000 monthly as PhD allowance
from the HEC and not from the Sindh government. In fact, the university never
received any financial help from the provincial government," he said, adding
that the present unrest among students was also related to lack of facilities on
"Well-equipped labs, modern libraries, efficient transport
system and better sports facilities are essentials to create a conducive
academic environment at any university. The government should also pay attention
to public safety issues on the campus and provide funds for that."
Responding to a call by the Federation of All Pakistan Universities
Academic Staff Associations to observe a black day, teachers wore black
arm-bands at KU to protest against the HEC's failure in providing sufficient
grants to universities on time across Pakistan, thus hampering their progress.
Task force set up
KU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim
announced on Wednesday the setting up of a task force to address the chronic
transport problem. He was talking to a group of journalists.
He said the
university administration would contact the provincial and city governments, the
KU alumni and expatriates to resolve the transport problem.
"At least 80
buses are required to meet the needs of 24,000 students. The university has
already given orders for the purchase of new buses to two companies which have
been asked to provide buses on discount rates. The university would seek the
help of well-to-do people in this regard," he said.
attendance continued to remain thin at KU and few classes were held. Dawn
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Publishers bemoan rampant book
Karachi: As countries around the world celebrate World Book and Copyright
Day today, the representatives of booksellers and publishers say that the people
associated with the book publishing industry in Pakistan are as badly affected
by intellectual piracy as their international counterparts.
Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) advocates
celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 among UN member
states to promote reading and publishing practices among their people, and
protection of intellectual property in the shape of printed material through
University of Karachi (KU) Library and Information
Science department is organising a seminar to commemorate the World Book and
Copy Right Day at the university in collaboration with Pakistan Library
Association and Applied Economics Research Centre.
and Booksellers Association Sindh and Balochistan Zone Chairman Khawar Iftikhar
called book piracy a major economic and trade scandal for the country, and said
that it is discouraging books' authors, printers and publishers from undertaking
new projects related to their respective trades. He asserted that those involved
in book piracy do exploit every opportunity, and brazenly publish pirated
versions of those books that are in great demand. He added that the application
of copyright-related laws has always been a complicated and troublesome affair
for publishers, and there are is a lack of existing laws that can serve as
deterrence against those engaged in piracy.
Pakistan Publishers and
Booksellers Association Convenor of Publishers' Standing Committee Aziz Khalid
pointed out that the non-implementation of laws related to the protection of
copyrights of published material is having a strongly negative affect on the
business of local publishers, and added that another consequence of this
non-observance is that writers and publishers do not enjoy lawful rights over
their intellectual material. He further said that the books published for
educational and academic purposes, especially those related to school education
including books prescribed for the Cambridge education system, are largely
pirated. He suggested that piracy of educational books is thriving as it is
extremely lucrative due to their high demand.
Khalid also pointed out
that local publishers, when faced with pirated version of their publications,
lack the resources to take legal and judicial recourse against those involved.
He stressed that the police authorities are under obligation to provide due
legal and law-enforcement assistance to book publishers and sellers who want to
bring a stop to the publishing and trade of pirated versions of their
KU Library Science and Information Science department
Chairperson Prof. Malahat Kaleem Sherwani said that piracy would not be
controlled unless higher education students are provided easy access to books of
their particular area of interest through public and academic libraries. She
further said that international book publishing houses should award contracts to
Pakistani book publishers for publication of foreign books in the country on
relatively cheaper prices, particularly those related to specialised fields of
higher education. She added that similar arrangements had been extremely
successful in India due to which local publishers are also thriving whereas
there are lesser instances of piracy of foreign books due to their availability
at cheaper prices in the local market without any compromise on printing and
Prof. Sherwani opined that Pakistani book
publishers also have the requisite technical expertise and capabilities to get
franchise rights for lawful printing and publication of foreign books. She
stated that from the publication point of view there should be no piracy of
books, but until foreign publications are not available at affordable prices,
the authorities and other concerned quarters would have no other option but to
tolerate rampant instances of piracy. The News
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ki administration bhi mujh sai june-july ki fees mangti hai or jo school mai
stop ker raha ho wo bhi to kiya ya Karachi Academy walai right per hai or mai
kiya dono jaga june-july ki fees paid karo mujh final exam ki report card nahi
di gai or mujh sai kaha giya hai kay aap jo ker saktai hai ker lai jis adalat
mai jana hai chalai jai hamarai pass bhi lawyer ki kami nahi hum bhi aap ko dekh
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application submitt karo? mera childrens ka saal zaya ho raha hai mai kisi or
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ker rehai thai meri residence bhi wahiper hai but aab mai nai examinations say 3
month pehlay school ko inform ker dia tha kai mai ghar shift ker raha hon final
exam kay bad or is lia bacho ka last year hai jab January ki fees paid ki to
card per june ki fees show ki gai or kaha giya kay january ki fees aap ada kerai
gai isi tarha february ki fees paid ki to july ki fees cut ki gai mai nai bat ki
kay jab mai school chor raha ho or Session bhi April 2009 ko khatam ho raha hai
to phir june-july ki fees kyo li ja rahi hai jis per mujh sai kaha giya kay ya
to rules hai hamarai bari mushkilo sai childrens kai exam lia giya magar result
day ko result rok lia gia or kaha giya kai ya govt.ka rules hai kay june-july ki
fees isi school mai aap ko paid kerni para gi or kafi badtamzi ki
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