Matric exam cheaters, abettors caught red-handed
Mass level irregularities and use of unfair means
Karachi, April 08: A large number of students were caught using unfair means during the last paper (Maths) of Class
X. Special rooms purchased by individuals and groups of people - as reported in
detail on Tuesday - were found to be functioning in
clear violation of examination codes of conduct during an official raid of a
special team of the Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK) on Tuesday.
Following information of mass level
irregularities and use of unfair means as well as special rooms created for
cheating purposes, a two-member special team of the BSEK, a
private television channel and other print journalists, raided the Government
Boys Secondary School, Port Qasim.
Students of private schools, including
noted school systems such as Educators and Beacon House School System, were
caught red-handed while cheating in specially purchased rooms.
the joint BSEK-media team entered the aforesaid school, they found Five-Year
Solved Papers, pocket guides, course books, and other illegal stuff lying on
desks openly in the 'special rooms'. One candidate was solving his paper with
the help of his mother in a separate room that was locked on the
During the raid, the school administration tried to resist the
media people from capturing the scene. Students, on seeing the mediafolk with
cameras, made desperate efforts to hide cheating material and threw a whole lot
of books beneath their desks.
The same team also raided a private school
in Saudabad, Malir, and a Government School in Sahibdad Goth, Malir. The scenes
at the Saudabad private school were the similar to those in GBSS Port Qasim. The
special team prepared their report and sent it to the BSEK.
Professors who are appointed on a contract basis are responsible for the
existing mess in secondary and higher secondary examination boards, said
Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, adding, "Unlike serving
staff, they are not bothered about losing a job and seem to be accountable to
He further said that he called on Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad
Khan recently and both have agreed to put in collective efforts to make the
activity at examination centres and examination process transparent. Responding
to a question he said that a list of senior serving professors was being
prepared and would be sent to the Governor's House soon.
He further said
that Governor Ebad had assured cooperation and showed his seriousness on the
Sources from the Governor's House Education Secretariat also said
that a file of executive level officers at the BSEK and Board of Intermediate
Education, Karachi (BIEK) had been prepared for action by the Governor. They
also said that retired professors would likely be replaced by serving officers
of the Sindh Government. The News
Action against 20 officials imminent: SSC exam scam
Karachi: Stern action, including termination of service, is likely to
be taken against around 20 officials of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi
and the city district government's education department in a couple of days for
their reported involvement in malpractices in the on-going Secondary School
Certificate examinations, well-placed sources said on Tuesday.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, who is also the controlling
authority of the education boards of the province, had formed a two-member
committee on March 30 to inquire into the matters relating to an unauthorised
examination centre, found running at a private school of Shah Faisal Colony, and
other irregularities in the BSEK's on-going Secondary School Certificate
The sources in the Sindh governor's house secretariat said
the committee, comprising adviser to the governor Yousuf Jamal Khan and Sindh
Board of Technical Education Chairman Prof Saeed Ahmed Siddiqui, in its lengthy
report submitted to the governor on Tuesday recommended stern disciplinary
action against 20 officials of the BSEK and the education wing of the CDGK for
their alleged malpractices in the examination.
The report has also
recommended that cases of criminal nature be instituted against five or six
private persons, including members of private schools' management organisations
and teachers, for their alleged involvement in malpractices in the examinations.
The report also suggested strict action against the management of Shah
Faisal Colony's Al-Umer Foundation School, where the illegal examination centre
was found. "Al-Umer Foundation School, where an authorised examination centre
was found, was not more than a coaching centre because it was currently running
unlawfully as its previous registration with the directorate of schools had
expired in 2007," the report said.
The report is being vetted by
officials of the Sindh governor's secretariat and action against the officials
involved in the irregularities in the examinations is expected to be taken by
the governor either on Wednesday to Thursday.
Asked what action could be
taken against the officials involved in malpractices in the examinations, the
sources said the committee had suggested that an inquiry be conducted against
the BSEK officials under the educational boards' efficiency and disciplinary
rules while an inquiry against the officials of the CDGK education department
and Sindh government officials, who are on deputation either in the CDGK's
education department or the BSEK, should be conducted under the Sindh Government
Efficiency and Disciplinary Rules.
Elaborating, they said initially all
officers involved in malpractices in the examinations would be suspended and
issued show-cause notices and if their replies were found unsatisfactory, their
services would be terminated.
The sources said the committee during its
week-long inquiry interviewed around 100 persons, including the BSEK chairman,
officials of both the BSEK and the CDGK education department, invigilators and
centre superintendent of Shah Faisal Colony's Government Agro-Technical High
School. Besides, the committee visited Al-Umer Foundation School.
committee report pointed out the involvement of some members of the public in
carrying teachers and students from one place to another, besides mentioning
inter-institutional malpractices of a serious nature, the sources said. Dawn
19 schools to switch to English medium
Karachi: Nineteen schools are to switch to English as the medium of
instruction, and free books and uniforms will be provided to children, said said
Syed Asif Husnain, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA from Landhi Town. He was
on a visit to Shaheed Arif Hussain Model School on Tuesday. Five of these have
already started functioning as such. The News
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Student groups disrupt academic activities at Karachi University
Karachi: The continued use of loudspeakers on campus by one student
group after another in their respective functions has been affecting academic
activities at Karachi University (KU) for many weeks.
While classes have
been disrupted almost on a daily basis, no remedial action has been taken by the
administration so far to ensure that the students follow the disciplinary
regulations which they are bound to implement under the university code, which
also prescribes punishments and penalties for different violations.
A number of Karachi University (KU) teachers expressed
concern over the extensive use of loudspeakers by student groups, which, they
said, had made the functioning of regular classes very difficult.
use of loudspeakers started when students belonging to the Islami Jamiat Talba
organised a book fair in February which lasted for three to four days. Later,
the All Pakistan Mohajir Student Organisation (APMSO) held a 10-day cricket
tournament and played party songs throughout the event. And now, the Peoples'
Students Federation has been using the public address system for its football
tournament for over a week," said a teacher.
Though the use of
loudspeakers during class sessions is a nuisance for all and sundry, academic
activities in departments which are in close proximity to the playground had
been more affected, he said.
Student groups forcibly shut transport on
the campus on Tuesday afternoon and thousands of students had to walk all the
way from their departments and institutes to the university gate.
transport closure is a tactic to force students to participate in the event. All
student groups are in the habit of causing maximum inconvenience to teachers and
students whenever they feel like it and the administration seems helpless," said
Dr Nasiruddin Khan of the chemistry department.The teachers were also very
critical of the use of university walls and premises for promoting party slogans
and said that the administration should at least remove banners after the
conclusion of an event, if it could not educate and convince student groups to
follow university ethics.
According to these teachers, the university
code has clear guidelines for students on disciplinary matters, but the
administration appears to have no teeth to enforce them.Apart from having a
disciplinary committee and a student adviser to look into issues pertaining to
maintaining smooth functioning of academic activities, students signed an
affidavit to not indulge in political activities on the campus at the time of
their admissions, they said.
Voicing concern over the increasing
activities of student groups, Professor Farhat Hussain of the library science
department said that the academic environment had deteriorated to such an extent
that now teachers were forced to vacate their rooms on any class boycott day.
"This is becoming the norm. The administration has no guts to question
the activities of any student group, so they play it safe and keep quiet. There
is a ban on the use of loudspeakers, but they are now extensively used by all
parties in competition with each other."
Giving suggestions on how to
end unruliness on the campus, Dr Nasiruddin Khan suggested that the
administration needed to make the admission process fool-proof and also needed
to address the genuine complaints of students.
"At the moment, students
are having a number of academic problems. If these complaints are attended to on
time, genuine students would not have to depend on groups backed by political
parties to solve their problems," he said.
Physiotherapy exams at Karachi University
Karachi: The examinations department of the Karachi
University on Tuesday announced BS (physiotherapy) four-year (new course) batch
2004, annual examinations 2008 results.
As per statistics, around 77
candidates were registered for the examinations and 76 of them appeared in the
exams while 75 of them were declared pass with pass percentage of 98.68 per
Universities told to improve research journals' standard
Karachi: The chief of the Higher Education Commission's committee for
editors of science and social science journals, Dr Ishrat Hussain, has said that
universities in the country should enhance the standard and quality of their
The former governor of the State Bank and current
director of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, said this
while addressing a workshop organised at the Karachi University for edi- tors of
research journals recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on
Dr Hussain stressed that the focus of research should be on
national issues while keeping ground realities in mind.
He said that in
an agricultural country like Pakistan, for the betterment of the economy,
scientists should apprise peasants and farmers of the latest technologies and
techniques in the field of agriculture and farming.
The dean of the
faculty of arts, Karachi University, Professor (Dr) Shamsuddin, briefed the
audience about the problems generally faced by universities.
He said the
vice chancellor of the Karachi University, Professor (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza
Siddiqui, was paying due attention towards social sciences. Dawn
Students protest violence against women
Karachi: In protest against the violence and brutality towards women all
over Pakistan, students of the Dawood Public School wore black scarves on
Tuesday and demonstrated their grief, solidarity and outrage for girls and women
who have been bombed out of their schools, flogged and beaten in public and
buried alive in the name of Islam in different areas of the country.
than 1,500 students of pre-primary, primary and secondary sections of the school
took part in the demonstration in connection with the flogging of a girl in
Swat. They brandished placards and chanted slogans calling for respect and
rights for women in Pakistan.
Girls as young as five wore head bands
inscribed with slogans such as 'Save our rights' and 'We want justice' walked
with the student crowd from the secondary section to the pre-primary section of
the school. "We want peace, today, tomorrow and always," was a message on one
placard while another stated: 'Take cognizance of the teachings of
A group from Class VI said that they were very much aware of the
gender inequality in the country and that violence against women had become a
routine in the society. A day earlier, the students were given a brief lecture
on violence against women in Pakistan and how citizens' protests can play a role
in pressuring the government to take action against the non-stop injustice, the
school's principal, Mrs Waqar said.
CEO of the school, Sabrina
Dawood, acknowledged the contribution of parents.
The event was aimed to
raise awareness amongst the children about the injustice with women so that they
could become active participants of the society and play an active role if ever
any untoward incident occurs in the future, said one of the teachers. The News
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