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Matric exams Physics paper leaked out in Karachi
Karachi, April 02: The Physics paper of matriculation examination in Karachi has been leaked out
an hour before reaching the examination centres. According to a private TV,
large number of students witnessed at photocopier shops busy in getting copy of
leaked Physics paper. One hundred thousand students are appearing in matric
examinations. The Nation
BSEK to replace internal superintendents at two centres
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has decided to
send external centre superintendents to the Pakistan Steel Shah Latif Boys
Secondary School and to the Pakistan Steel Cadet College, both which have been
declared examination centres for their own students. This development took place
as a result of an immediate action by the BSEK, to avoid irregularities in the
remaining papers of the ongoing SSC examination, it was learnt.
Following media reports about these examination centres, the BSEK
has replaced the internal centre superintendents of these schools with external
centre superintendents. Sources said that this was the best the BSEK could do at
this stage. However, a detailed report has been sought in this regard. Changing
examination centres in the middle of exams will result in chaos, they said,
adding that as a stopgap measure, external centre superintendents will be sent
to these schools to ensure transparent exams.
They also said that these
two schools had served as examination centres for their own students for the
past 25 years. Sources agreed that this was a clear conflict of interest and
against the norms of examinations, but said that these schools had to be made
examination centres because there ware no other schools in the locality in the
One agrees with the fact that when these schools were made
examination centres there were no other schools in the locality which lies in
city's outskirt. However, both Shah Latif School and Cadet College are located
in Steel Town, Bin Qasim.
It may not be easy for students of these
schools to travel distances for taking exams in other centres, say observers,
but the BSEK could make Shah Latif School Examination Centre for Cadet College
and vice versa. Things would have been different had they done it, they
It may be added here that as per media reports, these schools were
turned into examination centres for their own students and had internal Centre
Superintendents. Students were allowed to use unfair means during the first
three exams since their own teachers were invigilators. The News
'Cheating in matric exams to end next year'
Karachi: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has said that
the use of unfair means during the matriculation exams will eliminated by next
year with mutual coordination of the department and the Governor's
He was talking to media personnel after inaugurating a primary
school in the employees' residential colony, Race Course Ground Karachi and a
girls' secondary school in Bin Qasim Town on Wednesday. He claimed that the
provincial government would raise the education standards in Sindh by 2015 to
those recommended by the United Nations 'Education for All Programme'. Daily Times
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Over 12,000 apply for SPSC exams
Hyderabad: Over 12,000 candidates have applied for Combined Competitive
Examinations-2008 to be conducted by the Sindh Public Service Commission (here)
on April 6 to 21.
This was announced by the SPSC secretary in a press
release issued on Wednesday.
He said that candidates had been informed
through letters to contact Commission's head-office in Hyderabad in case they
did not receive admission letters.
The information was also available on
the official website: www.spsc.gov.pk. and through e-mail address:
email@example.com, said the secretary.
He said there was no veracity in
press reports of March 31 that a large number of candidates had not received
admission letters, as yet. The Commission had not received any such complaint,
A few hundred applications had been rejected for want of
required documents such as matriculation certificate showing date of birth,
domicile/PRC on Form-D, graduation pass certificate or incomplete information in
the application form and eligibility of age, he said.
whose applications were rejected were given a chance through another letter
asking them to complete their applications and its requirements. A notice to
this effect had been sent as the final reminder, he said.
He said that a
large number of candidates whose applications were initially rejected approached
the Commission's head-office fulfilling the required documents and their
grievances were redressed. Dawn
KU publishes book on IR
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) Department of International Relations (IR) has
published a book titled 'International Relations Today: Theories, Methods and
Areas of Research'. The book, which is the first extensive publication on IR in
Pakistan, is edited by KU Department of IR Chairman Prof. Moonis Ahmar. The book
is composed of the proceedings of the First IR Conference. The News
FUUAST announced MBA result
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has declared MBA
(Evening) programme admission lists. It said the last date for the submission of
semester fees is April 10, 2009. Ppi
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Load-shedding continues to disturb SSC candidates
Karachi: The Secondary School Certificate part-I (Class IX) general
group annual examinations-2009 began on Wednesday with thousands of students
facing the dual problem of intense heat and power load-shedding.
the timings for the Class IX papers have been set at 2pm to 5pm, thousands of
candidates had to endure the peak hours of heat and the humid weather conditions
as the temperature continued go up. After traveling to their centres, most of
them found their centres experiencing load-shedding. Spanning usually one to two
hours, the load-shedding disturbed most of the candidates and undermined their
performance in the paper.
The candidates at the exam centres set up in
Liaquatabad, Gulshan, Orangi, Jamshed, Bin Qasim and North Nazimabad towns
stated that they experienced power suspension from 3pm to
Officials of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK),
when contacted on Wednesday evening, said that load-shedding was carried out at
most of the centres during paper timings both in the morning and afternoon. The
candidates of Class X endured the trouble for one to two hours during 9am to 12
noon and those of Class IX during 2pm to 5pm.
Meanwhile, the BSEK
vigilance teams on Wednesday booked 19 students of Class X (general group) and
37 students of Class IX (general group) for using unfair means. Dawn
What are the teachers doing now?
Karachi: The head master of Gulzar-e-Madina school has invented some ways
to pass the time and to earn some extra money in existing "relaxed days". The
school has been shifted due to the building being declared dangerous and he has
nothing to do with teaching these days.
It is learnt that the teacher in
question is getting Rs14,782 per month from the government. He is generally seen
at Lyari Railway Station at different times of the day where he issues
certificates of a varying nature.
He has possession of stamps of
different schools and can issue school certificates to needy persons against a
nominal fee which may be around Rs500. A certificate of eighth class can also be
collected from this point, pocket allowing.
School certificates issued by
him can be marked forged but the birth certificates issued by him are cent
percent "original". The News
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Private schools ignore order for new academic year
Karachi: Many private schools on Wednesday openly violated Sindh
education department steering committee's decision to begin new academic year on
The steering committee of the provincial education department
had earlier decided that the new academic year in schools of the province would
begin on April 1 rather than on Aug 1.
To ensure that the decision of the
steering committee was implemented in letter and spirit, the provincial
directorate of private educational institutions had repeatedly asked private
'Unregistered' school asked to explain position
Karachi: The provincial directorate of registration and inspection of
private institutions has issued a notice to the management of a private school
to explain its position vis-à-vis an unauthorised examination centre which was
found being run on its premises recently.
The management of Shah Faisal
Colony's Al-Umer Foundation Public School had allegedly set up an unauthorised
examination centre on its premises for its students of Class X and it was
recently detected by a special vigilance team of the Board of Secondary
Education Karachi (BSEK).
The school's principal, through a notice served
on him by the director of the provincial directorate of private institutions,
has been asked to explain his position with regard to the unauthorised
examination centre, use of unfair means by the students of the school in the
BSEK examination and other irregularities latest by April 4, or else action will
be initiated against the school and its management under Clause 11 of the Sindh
Private Educational Institutions (Regulation and Control) Ordinance
The director of the provincial directorate of private institutions
said that under the said clause the school's management could be fined Rs500
daily and sentenced to a term in jail between six months and one year or
Children's Book Day to be observed today
Karachi: The International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is being observed
today in the commemoration of the birthday of famous children's writers Hans
Christian Andersen. This chain was started in 1925.
Hans Christian Andersen
was born in Denmark in 1805 and died in 1875. He was an author and poet who was
best known for his fairy tales, loved by children all around the world. Among
his best-known stories are The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and
The Ugly Duckling. His fairy tales have been translated into over 150 languages,
whose millions of copies are still sold every year, which has become a part of
the reading culture of most countries.
Gul Afshan, Manager for Karachi
Section, Ferozsons, said that their organisation had
been publishing books for children for 115 years. It is worthy of mention that
the sale of such books is increasing day by day. She further told that the
supplementary reading books for children was mostly published in Urdu as it is
still the language of majority of the population, however the books in English
also have major contribution in developing reading habits in children.
bit disappointing that parents are not heeding on this issue much, and their
focus is only on children's homework, adding that the West has much better ratio
of publishing of storybooks for children, he added.
On the contrary note, the marketing manager of Liberty Books Imran told the
Nation the publishing ratio of story books for children was much higher in
English than Urdu, as we are not receiving healthy response for Urdu story
books. He further elaborated that Liberty Books was publishing such books for 15
years and most of their authors are from the West.
Nazar Ahmed, the owner of
Faridi Book Centre, said that increase in the sale
of children literature is witness that the children are no more interested in
violent video games. He said that he himself has bought many storybooks for his
children, and it is quite satisfying that such compiled books are still much
cheaper than other items.
The International Board on Books sponsors the day
for Young People, a non-profit organisation, which aims at encouraging children
to read more books. ICBD celebrations are held across the world and include
guest appearances by famous authors and illustrators, writing competitions, and
book awards. ICBD also aims to promote international understanding through
children's books, to increase children's access to books, and to encourage the
publication of better quality children's books.
Every other year IBBY
presents the Hans Christian Andersen Awards to a living author and illustrator
whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.
The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given
to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Queen Margrethe II of
Denmark is the Patron of the Andersen Awards. The nominations are made by the
National Sections of IBBY and a distinguished international jury of children's
literature specialists selects the recipients Jnrg Schubiger (Switzerland)
was the winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award and Roberto
Innocenti (Italy) was the winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Award for
Illustration. The Author's Award has been given since 1956 and the Illustrator's
Award since 1966. The Award consists of a gold medal and a diploma, presented at
a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress. The Nation
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