Cheating in Board of Secondary Education exam centre
Girls school staff asks exam centre to facilitate cheating
Karachi, Apr 13: Representatives of Maria Public School (MPS) urged the
centre superintendent of Government Girls Secondary School, Green Town,
to let their girls sit in special rooms, or to let them use cheating
material, officials of the Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK)
said on Monday.
Earlier, MPS candidates refused to
appear in the exam, with not only the students but also the MPS
administration alleging that the examination centre was running special
rooms for "favourite candidates." Interestingly, the BSEK officials
said, the centre superintendent had recovered cheating material from
the female candidates.
The Board officials said that MPS
representatives, a man named Manzoor Ahmed and a female peon named
Nusrat, alleged that a male office boy conducted the body search of
female candidates. This unconfirmed report created panic among parents
and guardians, but the female centre superintendent asserted to Board
officials that Ahmed had slapped her across the face, and was now
levelling "baseless allegations."
BSEK officials further said
that the parents beat up the office boy, and threatened to boycott the
exams. However, things came under control when the BSEK team reached
the examination centre, and allowed the candidates some extra time.
different CSVT and other vigilance teams reported around 40 cases of
use of unfair means and recovered at least 47 cellular phones on Monday
from different examination centres. Moreover, vigilance teams and media
personnel were attacked for a second time during their visit to Jamia
Millia Pilot Boys Secondary School, located in Malir City. The news
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Bias against candidate case: Court allows doctor to appear in viva exam
Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Monday allowed a doctor who
was declared fail in FCPS (theory) examination to appear in the
viva-voce as a candidate of the examination being held in the field of
A division bench comprising Justices
Maqbool Baqar and Salman Hamid was seized with the petition of Dr
Nosheen Fatima, who challenged her results in the FCPS examination
conducted by the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP).
The petitioner, represented by Advocate Ms Raana Khan, impleaded the
federal health ministry, the CPSP president, the department of
examination, acting controller of examination, the dean of nuclear
medicine at the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital, Lahore, and
the director of Atomic Energy Medical Centre (AEMC) at the Jinnah
Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, as respondents.
petitioner, presently working as a senior medical officer at a private
hospital, submitted that she held an MBBS degree, MS (nuclear medicine)
degree and was also a member of the American Society of Nuclear
She stated that she had an outstanding career in
her field and she got first position and a gold medal in MS (nuclear
Besides, she said, there were 12 publications on her research published in different national and international journals.
She said that she started her work for specialisation in the field of
nuclear medicine and got registration as an FCPS student in 2005. She
was enrolled under the supervision of Dr Shahid Kamal for the
preparation of the said examination.
The petitioner said that
the her supervisor was transferred from the hospital she worked at and
she started her training in the AEMC at the JPMC and later joined the
Shaukat Khanum hospital to continue her studies due to some
She said that her decision
caused great annoyance to Dr Shahid Kamal who did not want her to work
in the cancer hospital. In the meanwhile, she stated, Dr
Maseeh-uz-Zaman became supervisor at the private hospital she worked at
and she, therefore, started her remaining training under his
She alleged that Dr Kamal adopted a bad behaviour with her after the change of the supervisor.
The petitioner submitted that she was not allowed to appear in the 2009 exams by Dr Kamal.
Her counsel maintained that the CPSP violated the fundamental
principles for the nomination of paper-setters and gave the examination
paper for setting to Dr Khalid Nawaz and Dr Kamal.
submitted that there was a pattern for the paper-setters to follow that
some questions related to the nuclear cardiology should also be asked,
as adopted previously, but as not even a single question from nuclear
cardiology (40 per cent of nuclear medicine) was included because
paper-setters knew that the petitioner was an American Board certified
candidate in nuclear cardiology.
She informed the court that
the oral/clinical viva was fixed for April 15 in Islamabad, and prayed
to the court to declare the previous exam as void and restrain the
respondent from taking oral viva till the final disposal of the
The bench put off the hearing till April 24. Dawn
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Third batch of artistes graduates from NAPA
Karachi: The National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) held its
third convocation on Monday. Intezar Hussain, a well-known Urdu short
story writer and novelist, was the Chief Guest of the occasion. A total
of 27 students graduated in three different disciplines, with 14
graduating in music, 10 in acting, and three in script writing.
event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a
welcome speech by the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
NAPA, Zia Mohiyeddin, an eloquent speaker who, in his impeccable Urdu,
shed light on the role of theatre in the intellectual development of a
society and the achievements made by NAPA so far.
don't like to blow my academy's trumpet, yet as part of the tradition,
I would have to mention that for the display of the students'
creativity, we formed the NAPA Repertory Theatre Company and have so
far produced 14 plays in two years. The first music production company
of NAPA is also about to be formed which will stage its first
performance in November, titled Iqbal", he informed the gathering.
spoke about the hard training that actors were made to undergo at NAPA
and said,"NAPA is a like tannery wear the students are heated and
tested to become what a real artiste is".
thanked Intezar Hussain for gracing the occasion with his presence and
also thanked him for the brilliant contributions to Urdu literature. He
exhorted the corporate sector and social work organisations to invest
in academies like NAPA as investment in healthy environment was social
His speech was followed by the distribution of diplomas
among the graduates and then Intezar Hussain shared his views with the
gathering. He said, "I never thought that my short stories and essays
were anywhere even close to performing arts but since Zia Mohiyeddin
and his NAPA students staged my play, "Khuabon ke Musafir", I consider
myself a part of the fraternity".
Commenting on the role of an
academy like NAPA, he said that many such academies were formed earlier
but could not last due to frequent changes in governments. However,
NAPA seemed to be one of those institutions which had not only survived
for so many years but also gained the trust of the people which was
very difficult to get for an academy of this nature.
His speech was followed by a number of musical performances by NAPA music students and the programme concluded with a dinner.
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FAPUASA observes black day at KU
Karachi: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic
Staff Associations (FAPUASA) observed a black day at the University of
Karachi (KU) and other public sector universities throughout the
country on Monday.
The Karachi University Teachers Society
(KUTS) distributed hand bills at KU that condemned the humiliation of
university teachers in various higher education institutions across
Pakistan. KUTS also asked the government to take action against the
student organisations and administrative staff that had caused physical
and mental torture to the teachers.
Secretary Dr Fayyaz Vaid said, "The FAPUASA had not given any time
frame to the government to punish the persons responsible for
humiliating the teachers but would do so if the government drags its
feet on the matter." The news
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