A level equivalence formula for 2011
A level equivalence Efforts under way to revise formula
Karachi, Dec 14: The conversion formula for the General
Certificate of Education (GCE) A level is likely to be revised from the
next academic year, ie 2011, in the light of marathon sessions held
during the past couple of years between the Inter-Board Committee of
Chairmen (IBCC) and the Cambridge University, it was learnt.
A three-member delegation of the IBCC - a body of the federal
ministry of education and whose certificates are binding and applicable
throughout Pakistan - left for London on Saturday to discuss a number of
proposals concerning the revision formula for GCE O level and A level
with senior officials of British examining bodies, in general, and the
Cambridge International Examination (CIE) system, in particular, at meetings scheduled for Dec 13 and 14.
The IBCC delegation comprising Board of Intermediate Education
Karachi (BIEK) chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore chairman Prof Ahmed Kashmiri and IBCC
secretary Mohammad Ramzan Achakzai has been tasked by the ministry of
education to have a detailed discussion with the British examining
bodies and the CIE for different proposals aimed at taking a final
decision concerning the IBCC conversion formula for GCE O level and A
These proposals formulated by the IBCC Equivalence Committee are as
follows: IBCC may equate both Grade A* and Grade A to 85 numbers as
considered in the IGCSE (before 2010) and Grade F and Grade G might be
treated as fail; it may apply 7.5 per cent deduction of each subject on
percentage uniform marks. For stance, if a student gets 88 uniform marks
in English, the IBCC should equate it to 81 and the same pattern may
apply on all subjects; it may equate the uniform marks envisaging the
CIE Letter grade A*, A, B, C, D and E will be at par with IBCC
equivalent marks of 90, 80, 70, 60, 50 and 40, respectively; IBCC may
continue the Equivalency on the prescribed formula approved in the 115th
Equivalence Committee meeting and in future the IBCC restrict the CIE
to award A* to limited the number of students, who get 90 and above
According to IBCC sources, the revision of the conversion formula for
GCE O and A levels had earlier been discussed in various meetings of
the IBCC and in the follow-up meetings the CIE in its reply had insisted
that A*/A1 grade shall be equated to 90 marks.
However, it was during the 10th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers
Conference (IPEMC) the matter was discussed on the request of the Sindh
education department and it was agreed that if the United Kingdom
examination bodies were ready to print actual marks instead of
standardised percentage on the certificate, the IBCC/ministry of
education might consider the same for conversion.
Later on the IBCC forum discussed a proposal with British examining
bodies to use A-1/A* in GCE O level whereby for high achievers (1-2 per
cent) of Pakistani students and A* would be equated to 90 marks and A to
85 marks, the sources said, adding that this was, however, subject to
agreement between the education ministry (IBCC) and the UK exams bodies
on specific percentage of A-1/A*.
Moreover, printing of percentages with O/A level grades being
irrelevant and used in Pakistan only will have to be stopped for
uniformity of their certificates while a limit in terms of a specific
percentages of straight A-1/A* achievers would be required to determine
so as to ensure equal opportunities for both the streams particularly in
professional institutions of Pakistan, the sources added.It was further
resolved at a meeting of the IBCC, British Council, CIE and Edexcel
that CIE will introduce an A* for O level and A level in 2010. Edexcel
will also introduce A-1/A* grade for O/A levels in 2010 and the IBCC on
its part was to ensure that the overall number of candidates receiving
these higher grades remains proportionate.
They said that though a consensus had already been reached among all the concerned examining bodies about the IBCC
conversion formula for GCE O and A levels, some observations which have
come to light while going through the results of GCE O and A levels
announced by CIE on Aug 12, 2010, will be raised by the IBCC delegation
at their meetings with the CIE and other British examining bodies during
their visit to the Cambridge University.
Listing the observations which had come to light in the wake of above-mentioned results of the CIE, the sources said these
include a) a large number of students got A* although CIE had agreed
that A* would be awarded to limited students, b) CIE also print uniform
marks on the statement of results of GCE O/A level in Pakistan, c)
Edexel has also announced GCE O and A levels on Aug 20, 2010 but it did
not introduce A* grade in GCE 'O' and 'A' level for June 2010.
It is, however, worth mentioning that all those students who passed
their GCE O level in June 2010 had been admitted to first-year classes
in the public sector colleges on the basis of grades they had obtained
following the introduction of A* grade although issues concerning
revision of the IBCC conversion formula in the light of the observations
made by the IBCC following announcement of GCE O/A level results of
2010 by the CIE are yet to be sorted out and for which the IBCC
delegation had gone to the Cambridge University. Dawn
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Eyebrows raised as CM's daughter made education secy
Karachi: In a bureaucratic reshuffle which raised eyebrows, the Sindh government
transferred on Monday Naheed S Durrani, secretary planning and
development and daughter of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and
posted her as secretary education and literacy.
The decision has
not gone down well with Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, who is also
the parliamentary party leader of the PPP in the Sindh Assembly.
said that he had not been consulted on the transfer of Ilam
Din Billo as education secretary and his replacement by Naheed Durrani.
said it was the fourth time that the secretary of his department had
been transferred. He hoped that there would be no further changes
because the transfer of a secretary affected the working and planning of
the department. Billo had been the minister's won pick.
sources said the posting of Naheed Durrani as secretary education was
ordered three days ago when the education minister was in his hometown
Dadu. He rushed back to Karachi when he came to know about this.
According to the sources, a meeting was arranged at CM House between the
chief minister and the education minister, wherein the CM made it clear
the decision was no his.
Also on Monday, Ahmed Bux Narejo, an
officer of DMG (BS-20) was made secretary to the chief minister against
an existing vacancy.
Officials confirmed that Billo and Secretary
Labour Naseer Jamali had been made OSDs and directed to report to the
Service General Administrative and Coordination Department (S&GAD).
Investment Department Muhammad Younis Dagha has also been transferred and directed to report to the S&GAD. The news
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Fourth education secretary in two years
Karachi: Sindh planning and development secretary
Naheed Shah on Monday took over as provincial education secretary after
her predecessor Alam Din Bullo was relieved of the charge and asked to
report to the services & general administration department
Ms Shah, daughter of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, is the
fourth education secretary given the charge of education department in a
short span of two years. Before Mr Bullo, the office had been held by
Shafiq Khoso and Rizwan Memon.
Mr Memon remained the education secretary for about 14 months but Mr Khoso and Mr Bullo held the post for just six months
and three months, respectively.
Describing the transfer and posting of secretaries in such a quick
succession 'uncalled for', senior officials of the department said that
it not only caused disruption in the delivery of services and
uncertainty among the subordinate staff, but also affected the routine
working of the department.
"It has often been observed that almost all important and complex
issues remain unsolved until a new secretary is fully apprised of the
status of the department's business. Normally, the process of such
briefings takes around six months," some of them said.
Two of the education secretaries had been transferred to some other department even before they were able to start their work
after getting the briefings, they added.
One official said that a number of important matters had been pending
decisions for many months and with the posting of a new secretary, they
would remain pending for another six months or so.
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Activists disrupt varsity exam
Hyderabad: Semester examinations in Sindh University remained
disturbed on Monday because activists of the Jeay Sindh Students
Federation (Arisar group) went on the rampage, locking up the main gates
of hostels, holding students hostages and stopping point buses which
were on their way to the campus.
They were protesting against the new admission policy under which,
according to them, 'Sindhi-speaking students were not granted admission'
and against the occupation of some hostels by the law enforcement
Stick-wielding activists locked up the main gates of the hostels and
stopped the point buses at Naseem Nagar, Bhittai Nagar, Wahdat colony
and Qasimabad to prevent students from reaching the campus.
Semester examinations could not be held in many institutes and departments.
The university administration in a press release said that a group of
students who belonged to a political nationalist group forcibly stopped
the point buses of students at different routes of Hyderabad and
created disturbance in the ongoing semester examinations in the
The administration immediately contacted the police administration in
Hyderabad and Jamshoro and brought the matter to their notice.
The administration said that due to disturbances, some point buses of
various routes from Hyderabad could not reach the campus, therefore
some institutes and departments could not conduct papers scheduled on
It has, however, announced that the papers scheduled for Tuesday
would be conducted as per plan and the university had taken measures in
Latest reports said that a meeting was held between the university
administration and leaders of different students' organisations. The
university authorities have assured student leaders that their
grievances would be addressed. The student organisations called off
protest and opened the locks of the gates and assured that would take
part in the examination.
SU plans more evening courses
Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University Prof Dr Nazir A. Mughal has said
that the evening programme will be expanded and number of students will
be increased up to 50,000 in the university.
He was addressing a ceremony at Allama I.I. Qazi campus in Jamshoro on Monday.
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SALU budget approved
Khairpur: The Shah Abdul Latif University's senate on Thursday approved a budget of Rs835.301
million for session 2010-11 with a deficit of Rs144.124 million.
The senate, which met here with SALU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr.
Nilofer Shaikh in the chair, resolved to cover deficit by controlling
expenses and enhancing income generation.
It announced opening new campuses of education, law and management
sciences and recommended appointment of a committee to revise rates of
remuneration of semester and annual examinations.
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Black day in colleges
Karachi: Teachers of government
colleges across Sindh observed a black day on Thursday in protest
against a baton charge and arrest of college teachers in Lahore on
The teachers wore black armbands and organised protest meetings in
their respective colleges on the call of the Sindh Professors and
Lecturers Association (SPLA).
A protest meeting of the SPLA held here on Thursday with its
president Prof Ather Hussain Mirza in the chair demanded that the Punjab
governor emulate the example of the Sindh government in resolving
problems being faced by college teachers of Punjab, or else the teaching
community would be forced to launch a country-wide movement in support
of college teachers of Punjab.
The meeting which was attended, among others, by Prof Yaqoob Chandio,
Prof Shafquat Jokhio, Prof Muzaffar Rizvi and Prof Iftikhar Azmi, also
decided to convene another meeting of the SPLA in the third week of
December to work out future line of action concerning its proposed
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Hyderabad: Zafar Ali Baig, the educational adviser of Fulbright Outreach Specialist of the
United Nations Educational Foundation in Pakistan, delivered here on
Tuesday a presentation on Fulbright scholarships announced from time to
time by the US Educational Foundation.
Mr Baig highlighted schedule as well as system for submission of application forms for scholarships.
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Educationist passes away
Karachi: A former director-general (colleges), Sindh, Prof (Dr) Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui,
died of a heart attack early on Wednesday morning. He was about 61.
The deceased, who had retired as the DG early this year, has left three sons, a daughter and a wife.
Prof Siddiqui had also served as director (colleges), Sukkur, and
principal of the S. M. Science and Adamjee government colleges.
His funeral procession will be taken out from his residence - 48,
Hussain D'Silva Apartments, Garden West - and funeral prayers will be
held at Masjid Siddiq-i-Akbar after Zuhar prayers on Thursday.
Sindh education minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and the Sindh Professors
and Lecturers Association have condoled Prof Siddiqui's death. Dawn
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