Who will test the teachers? | HSSC exams under strict vigilance
Gross mismanagement by the authorities
Karachi, April 28: There is much public dismay at the messing up of the testing process for school
teachers the other day in Karachi and the rest of Sindh. By announcing the
postponement of the test paper at the eleventh hour the Sindh education
department upset thousands of candidates who had assembled for the written
paper. Gross mismanagement by the authorities showed they had learnt nothing
from their experience on Friday when the test for high school teachers was
similarly disrupted by several applicants who did not receive their admit cards
and were asked to wait. These incidents point to the decay and corruption that
has seeped into the education sector and are making the people impatient. It is
clear that those who administer the public school system in the province are not
capable - or are unwilling - to provide good state-funded education to our
children. In spite of the rapid expansion of the private sector, an overwhelming
majority of students are still enrolled in government schools. Hence the
negative impact of such incidents reaches far and wide.
There can be no
justification for the education department's failure to manage the recruitment
process of its teachers. Teachers are central to the quality of education
imparted and to that of the human resource produced as a result. Yet the
authorities failed to organise a simple test to select the best in spite of the
$100m funding provided by the World Bank for the purpose. On this occasion,
matters became serious when the number of vacancies to be filled snowballed to
13,500 in the absence of regular recruitments over the years and over 200,000
applicants had to be tested in the province. It now appears the education
department lacks the expertise and management skills to handle a job of this
size. Although the task was outsourced to the Sindh University, its performance
proved to be equally disappointing. It could not even ensure the secrecy of the
question paper that was leaked before the test began. Was that surprising? Most
of our institutions of higher education have proved themselves inept at holding
examinations transparently and cheating is rampant. One cannot be certain if the
scripts will be honestly assessed and the appointments will actually be on the
basis of merit as promised by the authorities. There is urgent need for reforms
- and the beginning must be made with the teachers who can radically upgrade the
performance of the entire sector. This is possible if teachers are appointed
because they are qualified to teach - and this can only be ensured if the
recruitment process is managed efficiently.
SU officials concerned over leak of paper
Hyderabad: The deans of faculties and the members of syndicate of the
University of Sindh on Monday voiced concern over leak of question paper for the
job test of primary schoolteachers and resolved to identify culprits and award
them deterrent punishment.
They said at a meeting presided over by
Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui that the incident was a great setback for
the credibility of the university.
They agreed to conduct test of PST
candidates and requested the vice-chancellor to ask the secretary of education
and literacy department to provide final list of candidates rather than EDOs.
The meeting was convened by the vice-chancellor to review arrangements
made for the tests of high and junior school teachers at 22 districts of the
province on April 24 and 25, respectively.
The deans, who were appointed
as chief vigilance officers at examination centres in different districts
accompanied by the syndicate members informed the meeting that university
teachers and staff performed duties in a well-organised manner and district
management cooperated with them.
They blamed incomplete data provided by
the EDOs concerned for creating a lot of problems for the university staff at
every examination centre and said that the conduct and supervision of papers was
very smooth. The candidates and their parents appreciated arrangements, they
The deans expressed determination to conduct the remaining
tests and put forward proposals in this regard.
The meeting in light of
experiences shared by the vigilance teams decided to approach the secretary of
education to ask him to provide final list of candidates, and decided that the
date for test would be notified after receiving the list.
was attended by pro-vice chancellor Dr Rafia Ahmed Shaikh, deans of faculties Dr
Anwar Ali Shah, Dr Iqbal Ahmed Panhwar, Dr M. Usman Memon, Dr M. Qasim Bughio,
Dr Sanaullah Bhutto, Dr Abdullah Dayo, members of syndicate Syed Abdul Ghaffar
Shah, Khalid Noor Panhwar, Intezar Lashari, Dr M. Saleem Chandio, Dr Lutfullah
Mangi, Registrar Mohammad Saleh Rajar and Prof Agha Riaz Hassan, i-ncharge of
Our Khairpur correspondent adds: The Jeay Sindh
Mahaz has held the education department, Sindh University and the administration
responsible for the situation sparked by cancellation of teachers' tests and
demanded that minister of education and vice-chancellor resign immediately.
JSM general secretary Mohammad Hashim Khoso said in a statement issued
on Monday that the officials' sudden disclosure that the paper had been
cancelled was painful for the thousand of jobseekers who had been waiting for
years for getting jobs.
He demanded that the next date for tests be
announced immediately to enable the candidates to prepare for the test.
Partial results of HST test announced
Hyderabad: The Sindh University Testing Centre (SUTC) has announced
the result of test for the post of high schoolteachers held in different
districts of the province on April 24.
Dr Riaz Ahmed Memon, director of
SUTC, said that the centre had announced results of only those candidates whose
data had been provided on a CD by EDOs concerned. The results of candidates from
Jamshoro, Khairpur, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze,
Tharparkar, Umerkot, Badin, Thatta and Sukkur districts had been announced and
posted on the university's official website at www.usindh.edu.pk/sutc, he said.
He said that process of announcement of results would continue and they
would be posted on the website as soon as the answer copies had been assessed
through optical marks reader machine.
"Yeh Sindh ke logon ki badkismati hai ke roz ba roz koi na koi masala create hota hai.Hamare na ahal sarbarahon ki wajah se Sindh ke log dar ba dar aur bhatak rahe hain rozgar ke peeche. Zulum to yeh he ke Sindh University ka amla jisne Na Ahliat ki had kardi hai jisne hazaron ki tadad main slips ghalat tayar ki jis se sindh ke logon ki pareshani main mazeed izafa hua Slips itini jahalat ki maharat se kam kia gya ke kissi candidate ka nam ghalat, kissi ke walid ka nam ghalat, kissi ki caste ghalat, kissi ki union council ghalat, kissi ke tehsil/taluka ka nam ghalt ,kissi ka NIC No.ghalt aur sone pe suhaga kissi ka photo change to kisi ka photo ghayab yahan tak ke mardon ki slip pe ladies ke photos, mardon ke nam ki jagah ladies ka nam hahahahahahahah, yar jahalat ki intiha hogai, nam ki spelling ghalat, kissi ki slip gum, to mere bhaiyo result kia khaak niklega, jahilon ke hawale sindh ko kia gaya to result tabahi aur barbadi ke siwa kia niklega, Khudara Khudara sindh ke logon pe reham karo, Khuda ko mano, apne rasool ko mano, parwardigar ko mano, sindh ke logon ko istarha mat barbad karo aur jo TEST PAPER HST ke candidate keliye banaya gaya tha woh to Islamabad ke commissioned passed ko bhi hal karna nahee ayega, yeh to unlogon ne bhi kabhi zindagi main nahee parha hoga, kia yeh jo paper hal nahee kar saka to kia woh na ahal hoga kia woh likhna parhna bhool jayega, kuch reham karo, Sindh University walon tum bhi, tumhari test ke doran to pani nahee diya ja raha tha aur apki University ke peons ko invigilators/officers bana ke rakha gaya apke wahan officers bhi nahee the wahan invigilators of ke peons the jinke moun se gutke ki boo aur bad boo arahee thi, yar yeh zulum hai, ziadati hai, nahaq hai, pani mangne pe kaha gaya ke hamare pas amla nahee hai aur tumhe peeeneki khud uth kar ijazat nahee, yar tum kia taraki doge bhai suna hai croron rupay zaya kiay hain tumne is test pe, Khudara awami dolat ko istarha zaya na karain bar bad na karain, Pakistani kom ko barbad karne walon hosh ke nakhon lo. apni hi kom ko aziyat main mat mubtila karo, qayamat ke din tumse iska hisab lia jayega."
City, Country: Khairpur Mirs.
"sindh walon ne bhoot mushkul paper dia tha aur abh job kab mle ge ."
City, Country: h.y.d,pakistan
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Karachi Inter exams starting today under strict vigilance
Karachi: The intermediate annual examinations of the Karachi board
will start from April 28 (today) as all necessary arrangements have been
The chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi
(BIEK), Anwar Ahmed Zai, announced this on Monday. He said that about
281,000 candidates would appear in the examinations which would be conducted at
some 229 examination centres in the city. The number of students
appearing in exams has increased by seven per cent this year.
Zai said that in the first phase the exams of the science and the home economics
groups would be held.
The papers will start at 9.30am instead of 9.00am
and will end at 12.30pm instead of 12noon. The afternoon papers of the
commerce group will start at 2.30pm and will end at 5.30pm except on Friday when
these papers will be held between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. The examinations of
the commerce group will start from May 2 and of the humanities group from May
He said that no candidate would be allowed to enter the examination
centre after 9.30am. From this year, he said, the examinations would be
held under a new scheme. He said that an objective type paper of 20 per
cent marks would be distributed among the candidates and would be taken back
after 20 minutes along with the answer sheet.
After that, the second
question paper of 80 per cent marks would be distributed which the students have
to solve in the next two and a half hours. It would have 50 per cent
short-answer questions and 30 per cent descriptive questions.
'Most sensitive' centres
The chairman of the board also announced that all arrangements had been completed to ensure smooth conduct of the exams.
He said that a meeting was held with home department officials and they
had been given a list of 27 "most sensitive examination centres" for making
extra security arrangements at these centres.
In view of Section 144 of
the criminal procedure code being in force, necessary steps would be taken at
examination centres to end any external interference at these sensitive centres,
He added that the Karachi Electric Supply Company had been
asked not to carry out load-shedding during examination hours.
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The Technical School Certificate part-I and II (Class IX and X) annual examinations-2009 begin on Tuesday under
the aegis of the Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE), our staff reporter
A total of 3,271 candidates enroled by 43 technical schools of the
city will appear in the examination. However, not a single candidate from the
interior of Sindh, except Dadu, will appear in the examination. In all, 47
candidates (37 for Class IX and 10 for Class X) from Dadu have been registered
by the board for the exams.
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SSC exams began in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Higher Secondary School certificate (intermediate)
examinations will get under way on Tuesday in Sindh amidst reservations of Sindh
Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) over formation of vigilance teams
and invigilation staff that would supervise the conduct of examinations in nine
districts, falling under the jurisdiction of the Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education, Hyderabad.
According to BISE controller Professor
Mohsin Atta, vigilance teams comprised senior professors and principals that
would visit the centres under supervision of EDO education of the concerned
district. He said that BISE forms the team after looking into seniority of every
teacher. "Association wants that all the teachers recommended by it are inducted
in the team which is not possible for us", he said.
irregularities in submission of examination forms even a day before when HSC
examinations are to commence i.e. Tuesday continued in BISE with payment of late
fee. There were reports that junior lecturers had also been made externals and
internals of the examinations. The conduct branch of BISE was opened till filing
of this report at 9.30 pm on Wednesday as slips (admit cards) were reportedly
being issued to students whose forms were either submitted late or returned from
colleges after removal of objections raised by BISE.
Students could be
seen visiting city's book stores to buy guides and solved papers ahead of their
examinations that was reflective of their studies related preparedness
According to BISE chairman Professor Fazle Haq, vigilance teams would
visit 111 centres in nine districts and civil administration of concerned
district had been approached for imposition of section 144 Cr.PC in and around
Hyderabad region SPLA president Mohammad Yaqoob
Chandio claimed that the suggestions given by SPLA regarding 50-50 formula for
formation of vigilance teams and invigilation staff had not been given any
weight. He said that professors and senior lecturers having minimum of five
years of service should be inducted in the vigilance teams and invigilation
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Begging for education
Karachi: "Allah kai wastai kitab, copieyan, bag aur jotaye khareednai ka sawal
hai," is written on the charts that they hold in their hands.
the footpath outside the Tech City building, Shaesta and Ghulam Rasool, two kids
sitting in their school uniform are begging for money. "We are here with our
father so that we can beg for money and purchase school stuff for ourselves,"
says Shaestha, who claims to be a student of KG-2, with eyes kept strictly on
No one can understand why they are looking down; it is
either because of helplessness and deprivation. They don't say a word, unlike
the traditional beggars; they don't offer any comments or cling to a person,
begging for money. Both the children are wearing a blue school dress with black
school shoes. Sagar Ali Butt, 67, their father, is sitting at a distance from
them; he comes and narrates the whole situation to the people who take even a
bit of interest in the banners his children are holding.
"I want them to
get quality education so I admitted them into a private school," says Butt. When
asked why he did not enroll them into a government school if his financial
condition was not strong, he replies that the education imparted in the
government schools is of a poor quality. Butt, a resident of Korangi-4, claims
that his children are geniuses and he wants them to continue their education. "I
am physically unfit so I cannot work," he says. He regrets that his family
cannot support him. However, he is not ashamed of bringing his children to the
roads to beg.
"If people can beg for mosques and maddrrassah, where they
train terrorists so why can't I beg in order to make my children successful
professionals," Butt says with confidence. He then offers certificates of the
children as proof; Shaestha placed second in her class whereas, Ghulam Rasool
stood first in the last school exams by scoring 91 percent. Both the children
look to their father, but their eyes are empty, as if their minds are somewhere
else. Maybe their minds are in school, sitting next to their colleagues reading
new books; maybe they are cursing their father for forcefully taking to them to
the streets to beg.
They need Rs 2,330 in order to purchase all their
school stuff. Though, Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child
(SPARC) Regional Promotion Manager Salam Darejo regards the phenomenon as forced
beggary on the part of the parents. "This may be a new style of beggary," he
says, admitting that he never saw such a case in his life. Both the students of
Cadet Public School, Korangi are sitting on the footpath with their
certificates, admit cards and mark sheets as proof of their innocence. "Abu
kehthay hai taleem kai liya mangna bura nahi," little Rasool says in a soft
voice while never looking up.
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Co-edu institutions in city receiving threats from Taliban?
Karachi: Panic has spread in the city's co-education institutions
after receiving threats, believed to be from the Taliban, in which they have
been warned to close down or face the consequences, Daily Times learnt on
Monday. Various educational institutions including schools, colleges and
universities have received threatening letters and phone calls by the Taliban. A
source privy to the matter revealed that mostly schools having affiliation with
the Cambridge Board where male and female students are studying together without
any discrimination have received threatening phone calls and also letters posted
by the militants.
The source further pointed out that the sender of the threat
posed themselves, either on the phone or in the letter, as the Taliban while
demanding the end of the co-education system or prepare for an attack. It was
also learnt that the vice chancellor of the largest university of the city had
also received phone calls by intelligence agencies inquiring about the possible
threat of the Taliban. The source revealed that the agencies suggested to the VC
of the universityto make the veil (burqa) compulsory for all girl students as a
precautionary measure. It is pertinent to mention here that a number of schools
have also received fake phone calls of there being a bomb on the school
The source further pointed out that the British Council Pakistan
delayed the schedule of the O and A level exams because of the possible threat
of terrorism. There are 22 centres that will be announced to host the
examinations by the British Council Pakistan, however, the announcement of the
centres was delayed and it has been decided by the authorities concerned that
the schedule of the examination centres will be disclosed late because of
minimum risk. Daily Times
Karachi University awarded M.Phil & PhD degrees
Karachi: Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), University of Karachi (KU) has
awarded one M.Phil and seven PhD degrees to following students: Aurang Zaib
M.Phil from Mathematics department and PhD degrees to Shazia Khan, Chemistry
(HEJ), Sobiya Perwaiz, Chemistry (HEJ, Zeba Tabassum, Islamic History Syed
Zulfiqar Ali Naqvi, Biochemistry, Uzma Perveen, Islamic History, Sobia Aftab,
Clinical Psychology and Dr. Farida Islam (MBBS), Pharmacology.degrees awarded:
Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), University of Karachi (KU) has
awarded one M.Phil and seven PhD degrees to following students:
Zaib M.Phil from Mathematics department and PhD degrees to Shazia Khan,
Chemistry (HEJ), Sobiya Perwaiz, Chemistry (HEJ, Zeba Tabassum, Islamic History
Syed Zulfiqar Ali Naqvi, Biochemistry, Uzma Perveen, Islamic History, Sobia
Aftab, Clinical Psychology and Dr. Farida Islam (MBBS), Pharmacology. The News
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