Cheating in matriculation exams | SSC postponed exams
'Cheating on the rise in matriculation exams'
April 18, Mirpurkhas: Chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE),
Mirpurkhas, said on Tuesday that cheating and use of unfair means in
examinations was on the rapid rise as more and more girls were also
adopting this practice.
Chairman BISE Shafiq Ahmad
Khan said that in the ongoing
matriculation examinations under his board, over 55,000 candidates are
taking part in Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Sanghar and Umerkot districts.
said that over 13,000 girls are also among the candidates participating
in the exams.He further said that all the eight vigilance teams of the
BISE had been conducting raids at different examination centres and each
one had recovered two to three bag-full of cheating materials in just
"Until and unless students, teachers and
parents decide to stop this menace, nothing can be done," he said,
adding that he feels none of these stakeholders would ever be on the
same page on this issue due to their own dishonesty and greed for easy
grades either for themselves or for their sons and daughters.He
suggested that if the invigilators search every single student and take
away cheating material and cell phones at the time of entering exams
hall, it will make a huge difference.
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Closure of 30 schools in Kati Pahari deprives 25,000 students of education
Karachi: At least 25,000 children have been deprived of their right to education in Kati
Pahari and its adjoining areas as 30 government schools have been closed
and some 400 teachers have stopped coming to work after the area was
hit by a wave of targeted killing and violence in July 2011.
closure of schools has only exacerbated the already appalling
educational standards in the area. The education rate in Kati Pahari is a
paltry 17 percent, drug use among youngsters is rampant and the poverty
so excruciating that half of all households eat the same stale bread
for dinner as they do for breakfast, according to an Education Sector
Reform Assistant Programme (ESRAP) report by the USAID.
road which cuts between the two hills of Kati Pahari is filled with
signs of the area's troubled past. On one side lies a drug den where
teenagers flock to buy heroine or charas. The wall of a nearby school is
punctured with bullets; three other schools lie in ruins, with one of
them being used as a garbage dump.
The lack of schools is
felt most in the areas that surround Kati Pahari, such as De Silva Town,
Qasba Colony, Bhutto Colony, UC-13 Orangi Town and Manghopir Road
The education department was taken by surprise
when contacted about the shutdown issue. Unfortunately, Secretary
Education Siddiq Memom could not comment on the issue because of a
Niaz Leghari, Director Schools, after
asking for a day to give his comments on the issue, informed that "the schools were closed due to prolonged violence in the area; the
teachers were being harassed, and the students felt insecure".
the education department could not come up with a list of affected
schools, Leghari maintained that notifications to inquire into the
matter had been sent after he had been informed about the
However, there is a glimmer of hope for the people
of Kati Pahari. This hope comes in the form of a 23-room co-educational
school run by the Bright Education Society. The school imparts education
to some 700 students from all backgrounds in an area torn by ethnic
violence. The Muslims, Christians, Punjabis, Pakhtuns and Urdu-speaking
eat together in the school's dining hall during the lunch, and once a
month they gather to watch a movie.
Waheed Khan says that the school follows the principles laid down by
Socrates for his own schools. "No one is allowed to fight and everybody
has to wait for his turn," he says.
Khan was born in the
locality. Though his fair sun-burnt skin and accented Urdu gives him the
air of a Pakhtun, he says that he is actually a "mixed-breed". "My
mother was Urdu-speaking and my father was a Pathan," he says proudly.
the school first came into existence back in 1997, it was nothing more
than a collection of straw huts. Now, 14 years later, the school
features a spacious building, boasts a 90 percent A1 result in the last
matriculation exam, and has teachers trained by the Aga Khan
University-Institute of Education.
Khan recalls how the
students were affected by the wave of violence last year. "They would
come with toy guns in their bags, and play "kill the other ethnicity.
The teachers had a tough time getting them to mend these habits."
the school has not been completely spared by the violence in which it
finds itself. "From August 1, our funds will be exhausted," he shares.
Khan does not take foreign funds, as he is scared that the community may
brand him as an American agent. Instead, he relies on philanthropists
and businessmen from the locality. But the violence has had its toll on
the finances of philanthropists and businessmen too.
this school is unable to cater to the needs of all the students in the
area. Given the dearth of local education facilities, youngsters have
drifted to drug abuse and political vandalism in the area. The few
private schools that are still functioning have seen a marked drop in
"Students who once went to school now roam
around on the streets, waiting for a law and order situation to erupt,
for this is when they can pick pockets and indulge in petty crimes,"
says Sajid Hussain, a private schoolteacher from the area.
maintains that during strikes, political parties use these children for
arson, stone pelting and blocking roads. "They say criminals are born
here: how can they not be? What has the government and society done to
provide them with a good life? They will react by burning the factories
of the rich." Over 7,000 of Sindh's schools are closed; however, the
education minister recently claimed to have made about 3,000 closed
schools functional. The news
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Vice principal of college killed
Karachi: In what appeared to be part of the ongoing targeted
killings on sectarian grounds, the vice principal of a government
technical college was shot dead in the Nazimabad area on Tuesday, police
and leaders of a religious organisation said.
Imran Zaidi, the vice principal of Jinnah Polytechnic College, in his
late 40s, was attacked while he was driving home in his car (T-8473)
from work in the evening.
The police said two assailants riding a motorbike fired multiple
shots at his 1000-CC car when it was passing the Board of Secondary
Education Karachi (BSEK) building.
"As told by witnesses, both attackers were wearing helmets," said SP
Tanveer Alam Odho of North Nazimabad. "The victim sustained serious
injuries and was being taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital when he
died. The killers used 9mm pistol in the attack."
He said the police cordoned off the crime-scene to collect evidence
and more details about the incident. He, however, sounded convinced that
the victim was killed on sectarian grounds.
Officials at the hospital said the victim, shot at close range,
sustained four bullet wounds mostly in the upper torso. The official in
the medico-legal section, further stated that one of the bullets pierced
the victim's forehead.
A resident of North Karachi, Imran Zaidi was father of two and had been associated with the profession for more than 20 years.
The killing attracted strong reaction from religious circles and the
teacher fraternity. Condemning the incident, they said that the
provincial government and the city administration had failed to provide
security to the life and property of the citizens.
"In district central alone, some 22 members of our community have
been gunned down on sectarian grounds within the last three months or
so," said Allama Ali Anwar of the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM), which
had organised a sit-in outside parliament in Islamabad last week to
register its protest against the ongoing wave of violence against the
He said the authorities concerned had assured the protesters of
concrete measures to check the trend that had affected many parts of the
country, the situation was aggravating with each passing day.
"We believe that the government is not serious in tackling the
situation as it has not even removed the police officers concerned in
Karachi's central district despite so many such incidents having taken
place within their remit. The people of Karachi have been left at the
mercy of armed groups, who strike their targets with impunity."
The teacher fraternity also condemned the killing and described it as
a direct threat to the people associated with the noble profession.
Meanwhile, the Anjuman-i-Islamia Trust, which manages the affairs of
the Jinnah Polytechnic College, has announced suspension of all
activities at the institution till Thursday to mourn the death.
"We condemn the killing," said a college spokesman, adding that Mr
Zaidi had been associated with the college for many years and commanded
great respect among his colleagues and students. He urged the government
to investigate the murder and punish the culprits at the earliest.
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Dates for postponed SSC exams
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi
(BSEK) has released its new schedule for the SSC examinations that could
not be held on April 10, 11 and 14 due to the poor law and order
situation in the city.
According to a BSEK handout issued on Monday, the April 10 English
(compulsory) paper-II of Science Group will now be held on May 8 in the
morning session at all centres.
The English (compulsory) paper-II of General Group, which could not
be held at the Government Boys Secondary School, Jinnah Square Malir, on
April 11, will now be held on May 8 in the afternoon session (2pm to
The SSC Science Group's Mathematics for Class X, which could not be
held at a total of six different examination centres in Lyari Town on
April 14, will now be held on May 27 in the morning session.
The examination centres will remain unchanged, said the BSEK communication.
In the meantime various vigilance teams detected three cases of
impersonation at a centre in Orangi Town and 13 cases of cheating at
three different centres located in Shah Faisal and Landhi towns on
The BSEK controller of examinations, Rafia Mallah, paid a visit to
the examination centre located at the Civic Public Secondary School,
Nazimabad, and warned the centre superintendent of changing the centre
if he failed to reign in the "rampant mismanagement". Dawn
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'Recruitment of 19,000 teachers soon'
Karachi: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has said that
recruitment of 19,000 teachers in Sindh would be carried out soon on
merit basis and he has already taken notice of delay in placing such
advertisements in newspapers.
Talking to staff during his visit
to Management Operation Office of Sindh Education Foundation on Tuesday,
he said provincial education department is ensuring merit in
recruitment of teachers and in this regard tests for previous
recruitment were conducted by IBA and Sindh University. ppi
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Cheating saga continues at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University examination staff nabbed two candidates attempting English
paper-B in the ongoing BA/BSc annual examination 2012 at home in
connivance with officials on Tuesday.
According to a
Punjab University spokesperson, the examination centre for Sana Sabir
(Roll No 125304) and Mehak Saba (Roll No 125189) was set up at
Government College for Women, Band Road, but both attempted their papers
at home in connivance with superintendent Ruhi and additional
superintendent Humaira Younas.
He said unfair means cases
(UMCs) had been registered against the candidates and an inquiry
initiated against the examination officials while staff was also been
A couple of days ago, PU examination staff had
nabbed a BSc candidate, Shanzay Sadiq, attempting papers at her home in
connivance with superintendent Alia Anwar in the ongoing BA/BSc annual
'Literacy rate increases by 4pc': The
56th convocation of Government Postgraduate Islamia College for Women,
Cooper Road, was held on Tuesday in which degrees were awarded to 378
Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba
Shuja-ur-Rehman was the chief guest who awarded degrees to graduating
students and distributed medals and certificates among students who
performed excellently in various examinations.
address, the minister said education was top priority of the Punjab
government which had taken many new initiatives in the field. Mujtaba
said the Punjab government aimed to set up women universities in
Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad, so that new opportunities of
higher education for women could be enhanced. He also said Rs 1 billion
stipend was being distributed among girl students who belonged to
remote and deprived areas to encourage female education.
said the government was implementing a comprehensive programme for
providing modern education facilities to children, adding the Daanish
School project was a revolutionary step of the Punjab government which
would minimise the divide between rich and poor students to play their
role in national development and prosperity.
said the Punjab government had provided a sum of Rs 10 billion to
promote school education in the marginalised strata. He also claimed
that as a result of education-friendly policies of the present
government, the literacy rate had been raised from 58 percent to 62
percent in four years.
PU seats for Baloch students:
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran has announced
allocating one seat from each department of the varsity for students of
Balochistan, saying that the university will bear all their expenses.
a seminar on "Balochistan – Problems and Solutions" organised by the PU
and Academic Staff Association (PUASA) here on Tuesday, he said the
lack of education was the cause of all the problems of the country.
Mir Hasil Bizenjo, ex-senator Abdul Hayee Baloch, ex-DG Military
Training Centre General (r) Javed Iqbal, Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) President Kaleem
Baloch, ex-chief secretary Hakeemullah Baloch, Syed Mowahid Hussain,
Asadur Rehman and Dr Mujahid Mansoor, Chaudhry Akram, President Academic
Staff Association Prof Dr Amir Sarwar, Dr Shaukat Ali, Javed Sami and
senior faculty members attended the seminar. The news
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PU to finance Baloch students
Lahore: The Punjab University will allocate one
seat in its all departments for students from Balochistan and bear all
This was announced by PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran at a
seminar on 'Balochistan – Problems and Solutions' organised by varsity
in collaboration with its Academic Staff Association on Tuesday.
He was all praise for the Baloch youth studying at PU's College of
Art and Design. "They have the best creative skills. We should
collectively work for removing misconceptions and endeavour to solve
problems of Balochistan," he said and urged all the segments of life to
be united for allocation of four percent of GDP towards education.
Senator Mir Hasil Bazenjo said for the last 60 years or so, the
people of Punjab were being wrongly propagated about the Baloch that
they were traitors and the same propaganda was in Balochistan against
Punjabis that they were consuming major chunk of the resources of the
"The establishment has been causing harm to Pakistan but
unfortunately the responsibility has wrongly been shifted towards
Punjabis through propaganda. None of the five movements launched for the
rights of Baloch people were for the freedom of Balochistan. Punjab is
the province that faced maximum discriminations in the last 60 years.
"After the assassination of Nawab Akber Bugti, some young Balochis
started killing Punjabis which we condemn. A large number of Punjabis
has been residing in Quetta," said the senator while stressing the need
for cultural unity among provinces for the development of Pakistan.
Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association
President Kaleem Baloch said that the problems of Balochistan were not
created by the people of the province. The local leadership was not
taken into confidence while taking major decisions regarding
Political analyst Prof Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori said people belonging
to middle class did not consider Balochis as traitors. Ghaus Bakhsh
Bazenjo was a great politician who always practiced politics as ritual
and the new generation should be aware of his lifestyle and honesty.
He said the first public representative government in Balochistan was
formed in 1973 but unfortunately it was dismissed by a civilian
government after nine months. Balochistan was the first province which
declared Urdu as official language.
Former senator Abdul Hayee Baloch said Balochis would not comprise
over their sovereignty and would prefer sacrificing their lives rather
than becoming a slave. He said now Balochi women had taken to streets
and established camps outside Islamabad and Karachi Press Clubs to raise
voice for the missing persons.
Military Training Centre former director-general Javed Iqbal said the
civil government of Balochistan should use Rs14 billion allocated for
'Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan' and if the government did not consume it,
then the people should ask their Balochi rulers about it.
He said Balochis should join Balochistan police and Levies to improve law and order situation there.
LUMS: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) will be
launching 'Technology for the People Initiative (TPI)' on its campus
with the collaboration of Google on Wednesday (today).
Representative of Google public policy and government affairs team
William Fitzgerald would also be present on the occasion, said a LUMS
spokesperson on Tuesday. Dawn
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