Class X physics paper leaked out before exam
Some unscrupulous elements were seen distributing the Class X Physics paper
Karachi, April 03: The SSC Part-II (Class X) Science group annual examination's
Physics (Theory) paper was reportedly leaked out around 15 to 20 minutes ahead
of its starting time at some examination centres, particularly those located in
the far-flung areas of the city.
According to sources, some unscrupulous
elements were seen distributing the Class X Physics paper among candidates
outside some examination centres at about 8.40am, whereas the paper was
scheduled to start at 9am.
Claiming that the matter has already been
brought to the notice of officials of the examination department of the Board of
Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK), the sources did not rule out the
possibilities of the board's group leaders' involvement in the distribution of
the paper much before the examination's starting time.However, when an official
of the BSEK was asked whether the Physics paper was leaked out ahead of the
examination's starting time, he replied in the negative, saying that the
question of the board's papers being leaked out did not arise at all owing to
"foolproof measures" taken by the board's examination department.
however, conceded that the board had received just one complaint regarding the
distribution of Thursday's Class X Physics paper from an invigilator of an
examination centre set up in Baldia Town.
According to him, the board's
examination department was informed by the invigilator at around 8.50am that
some people were distributing the Physics paper outside an examination centre of
Baldia Town. "The matter has been referred to the board's unfair means committee
for investigation", he added.
He said it was possible that a paper might
be leaked out five to 10 minutes before the start of the exam from an
examination centre because group leaders, who are assigned the task of providing
papers at the examination centres of far-flung areas of the city, try their best
to ensure the availability of papers at the centres a few minutes before the
examination's starting time to avoid delays.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for
the BSEK said that in all, 62 cases of unfair means were detected in the Physics
paper on Thursday.
About the Class IX examinations being conducted in
the afternoon shift i.e. from 2pm to 5pm, the spokesman said that the board's
vigilance teams booked 57 candidates on charges of unfair means. Dawn
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'Immediate action should be taken to regulate exam system'
Karachi: The standards of education throughout the province of
Sindh require immediate attention and urgent steps have to be taken to save our
youth from problems in the future and, in this regard, we need to bring about
vital changes in our examination system, said PPP MPA Humera Alwani on Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference, she added that it has been observed that
during the exams, no stone is left unturned by the students to use unfair means
in their respective papers. The bookstore owners that sell material, including
guide books, solved papers and photocopies, during examination hours even with
the knowledge that they will be used for cheating purposes are never held
accountable and question paper contents are now also routinely leaked, Alwani
She went to say that the practice of changing seating
arrangements, accommodating candidates in special halls to facilitate them, use
of electronic devices and other material and allowing extra time to selected
candidates have also come to notice many times. As no law exists to regulate the
examination system and to stop cheating, a law must be extended to include the
regulation of all examination centres throughout the province, she added. Daily Times
Power outages hit students harder
Karachi: The metropolitan is facing acute shortage of power supply. This
situation has largely affected the lives of citizens, especially that of
students appearing in examination.
These days Matric examinations are being
held in Karachi and the students are busy in preparing for them and condition of
electricity has irked their patience.
An annoyed student from Gulshan-e-Iqbal
asked: "We have tried and worked very hard throughout the year. During exams, no
matter how much we have prepared, we still need revision. But thanks to the
KESC, we cannot do so as loadshedding occurs after every 2 hours for one hour.
My simple question to the respected authorities is that who would be responsible
for the bad results?
"My daughter has worked with great dedication for her
studies. But I fear just because of these power outages, my daughter would
I just pray to God to help us all and our children. Perhaps a common
citizen of this country can only pray for betterment in the organisations
related to civil rights. As, I feel government is also helpless in front of
KESC," said a mother of a metric student from Malir.
On the other hand, such
condition of power supply has also a worse impact on the hospitals. Patients and
their attendees have to go through intense emotional and physical pain because
of this condition. Operations in the hospitals have been delayed due to these
"Precisely it is right to blame the KESC for its malpractice. The company has
failed at large to provide any relief to the citizens even in winter. From last
two decades, nothing has been done in the power generation sector. No investment
has been made in this sector by its private buyers," said energy expert and
"But then again, it is somewhat our own problem as well. We
need to change our life style and especially our attitude towards electricity
If the government and company have failed in their duties, we
as citizens of this metropolitan should steadfastly perform our duties. It is
ironical that no awareness has been given to the citizens by the power utility
regarding power consumption and its safety," he added.
consumption and our attitude towards it, he explained that the city has the
total population of around 170 million.
The average of 10 people in a family
lives here. If one family starts saving electricity by using energy saver bulb
and turning off lights during daytime, it could save 3,24,8000 watts.
reduce our dependence on the electrical appliances, for 1 hour only, such as
iron, microwave, refrigerators and water pumps we could save 2,67,5000KW per
day. By this exercise we can 0.539748MWs daily and 197.00802MWs per year.
The marriage lawns should be closed at 11pm or all the celebrations should
be held in the day time. It is much better to save electricity than to suffer in
the dark for long spells. This is the only way to get rid of
"Perhaps, we need to counter the power shortage ourselves. In
saving electricity company is also helping by doing unscheduled loadshedding,"
he further added.
Meanwhile, the city has been facing loadshedding of around
300MWs. The demand of electricity for the day remains 2,200MWs. Multiple spells
of loadshedding being observed in all parts of the metropolitan. The Nation
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Only 5% women in city have access to higher edu'
Karachi: Only five percent of females of Karachi, can access
higher education and, out of these, only two percent successfully enter the job
market, said Iqra University Head of Phil, PhD Program Dr Zaira Wahab, during a
session, 'Women Inc', organised by the Aga Khan University's Working Group for
Through her research, Dr Zaira highlighted the lack of
opportunities for female graduates in the city. "Pakistan has the second largest
number of school dropouts in the world and in Sindh, alone, 50 percent of
children have never been to school," said Sindh Education and Literacy
Department Chief Program Manager Alia Shahid, adding that in some areas this
figure goes up to 72 percent.
She stated that higher education is
essential for good employment opportunities, therefore, the options for women of
Karachi, who are by and large uneducated, automatically diminish. Shahid added
that the struggle is much harder for women from poorer socio-economic
backgrounds, especially rural areas, where education is the lowest on the
priority list. Daily Times
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Discredited professor's reappointment
Karachi: Senior Professors at the University of Karachi (KU) Faculty of Islamic Studies have drawn battle lines against the
reappointment of Prof. Jalaluddin Noori as the Dean of the Faculty, citing the
cases of plagiarism and manipulation of his birth date and educational documents
that have been proved.
The professors say that the decision,
clandestinely taken at the Governor House, has usurped the rights of four senior
professors who will retire during the second term of Prof. Noori without giving
them the chance of reaching the post of dean. "This is a gross human rights
violation and negation of all the rules and regulation and general norms of the
university," claimed Dr Hissamuddin Mansoori, Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Usool–Al-Deen at the faculty.
"Noori's reappointment as the
Dean is an affront to the honour and sanctity of the university and its
teachers. We are embarrassed and taken aback by the decision. It has been proved
beyond any doubt that Prof. Noori is not a person who should be teaching in a
university, leave alone being Dean of Islamic Studies, and that too not once but
twice! What has happened to the moral standards of the university," lamented Dr
Rehana Firdous, one of the senior professors of the faculty.
professors who will be affected by the reappointment of Noori include: Dr Akhtar
Saeed Siddiqui, the senior-most Professor in the faculty who retires in October,
2009, Prof Ghulam Mehdi who retires in August 2010, Dr Hissamuddin Mansoori who
retires in December 2011 and Dr Rehana Firdous who will retire in February
Dr Akhtar Saeed Siddiqui is the senior-most professor (Grade-22) in
Pakistan but according to another senior professor who requested anonymity, he
had been cornered. Noori had "powerful friends and supporters" in the corridors
of power. "We have many cases, at faculties of Arts and science where the deans
had much shorter stints, a couple of months. Dr Nazrul Hasnain, Dr Altaf, Dr
Imtiaz, Dr Iqbal Mohsin, Dr Iftikhar Imam Naqvi, Dr Aijaz Rasool, Dr Nikhat
Yasmeen, Dr Darkhshan Haleem (acting Dean), and Dr Faheemuddin (all from the
Science Faculty) became deans for a few months. They were the senior-most in the
faculty and had the chance to become dean," Dr Firdous said.
the administration said that KU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. Pirzada Qasim had
sent the names of three aspirants for the post of dean with adverse remarks for
Noori. The VC had made it clear that he did not want Noori to assume any
administrative post in the future. The other two names were that of Dr Akhtar
Saeed Siddiqui and Prof. Ghulam Mehdi.
A delegation of the Professors of
the Faculty comprising Prof Ghulam Mehdi, Dr Hissamuddin Mansoori, Dr Rehana
Firdous, Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, Dr Zahid Ali Zahidi and Dr Arif Khan Saqi met
Special Secretary to Governor Major Aftab Lodhi, Principal Secretary Mumtazur
Rehman and Fazilat Mehdi to apprise them of the unrest caused by Noori's
reappointment. According to the professors, the officials at the governor house
first claimed that it was the VC who should have given adverse remarks about
Noori if he did not want him to be Dean for the second time. It implied that VC
had favoured Noori. The Professors denied this premise and later Major Lodhi
conceded that the VC did try to stop the reappointment.
professor confirmed that Tehreek Nizam-e-Mustafa President Haji Hanif Tayyab was
the person who had recommended the name of Noori to the Governor for Deanship.
"I met Haji Tayyab and implored him not to do it because Noori was a disgrace to
the Faculty and KU and had become a laughing stock. Haji Tayyab expressed his
inability to do anything because he had already talked to the Governor for
Noori's reappointment," the professor lamented.
The professors have met
Muzaffar Ali Shajrah, Advisor to the Chief Minister for jails who is also a
member of KU Syndicate. They intend to meet all the Syndicate members starting
with Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan. "We are not doing it for ourselves; we want to
preserve the honour of the sacred profession. We are on the right path. We
challenge Prof Noori to deny what we are saying. He would not. Never," they
Sindh Varsity to strictly deal with boycott of classes
Hyderabad: The authorities of Sindh University have decided to take strict
measures to discourage boycott of classes and hooliganism by certain student
wings and hold a meeting with all concerned stakeholders including parents and
students for promotion of a healthy educational environment in the campus.
This was decided in a high level meeting which was presided over by the
Vice-chancellor of the university Mazharul Haq Siddiqui and attended by Pro
Vice- chancellor, deans of the faculties, and heads of the teaching and
The meeting discussed the issues regarding
boycott of classes forcibly by different political groups and expressed great
concern over the wastage of precious teaching time during boycott and to take
possible measures to avoid and control such incidents.
at the teaching departments, hostels and residential colony and entrances were
also reviewed. It was also decided to hold meetings with the parents on frequent
basis to bring in their notice about academic progress of their children.
Admission schedule for diploma in education
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has announced schedule
of admissions for Diploma in Education (evening) under the Faculty of Education,
Hyderabad. The candidates having Intermediate qualification will be eligible to
apply for the admissions. The last date for the submission of admission forms
has been fixed as April, 19 while last date for payment of admission fee has
been fixed as April, 30, 2009. The Dean Faculty of Education Dr. Parveen Munshi
has announced that the diploma in education will be supportive for working
teachers. The News
Incomplete results worry students
Okara: Hundreds of students of class five and eight with their parents
held a rally on Thursday outside the Okara Press Club in protest against
The results declared by the Punjab Examination
Commission hold a number of incomplete information to be declared later on. An
education official said the parents should submit applications for results.
PROTEST: Dozens of the sacked officials of the Vocational Training
Council Punjab (VTCP) protested against the department.
The VTCP has
terminated the services of 800 employees from 150 institutes in the province.
They said the department had terminated the services of officials
without any justification. The employees had been working for more than six
years and had regular status. They demanded that the government reinstate them. Dawn
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