Pending inquiry into BIEK cheating
No progress has been made in the case: a cover-up in the works?
Karachi, Jan 03: Five months after an expose was published about the
sale of answers sheets by some staffers of the Board of Intermediate Education
(BIEK) and the subsequent ordering of an inquiry by the Sindh Governor, no
progress has been made in the case and the guilty persons remain at large,
unpunished and unhindered.
What makes this case more interesting is that
there is a clear conflict of interest when it comes to the one man inquiry
committee appointed to look into the case by the Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat Ul
Ibad, who is understood to have been most distressed by the contents of the
However, it was learnt that there are many powerful quarters
who have pushed to have the case closed and that is why the fate of the inquiry
findings into the matter remain up in the air. On July 21, 2008, we published as story about the sale of already-submitted examination booklets to
candidates by a chain of corrupt officials of BIEK.
The report contained
irrefutable evidence in the form of images of the examination booklets and
disclosed that a chain of corrupt employees, including higher officials of the
BIEK, were involved in this serious irregulairity. The report said BIEK
officials were found involved in selling the candidates their original and
already-submitted examination booklets as well as blank ones for rewriting their
As the copies were being sold for Rs20,000 to Rs30,000 each,
candidates with deep pockets grabbed the opportunity and purchased the copies
for their desired subjects. In some cases, a whole set of copies were purchased
by candidates to make sure they could re-write their entire examination and
secure their seats in top graduate colleges by getting high scores.
the publication of this news item, an inquiry was constituted by the Sindh
Governor. The fate of this inquiry despite the passage of several months remains
When contacted, Yusuf Jamal, Advisor to Governor
Sindh and the head of that one-member inquiry committee said that a detailed
report has been sent to the Governor "who will issue directives in this regard
thus the matter has not been finalized as yet."
But inside sources who
requested not to be named said that the Governor has been told that the story was false. What makes the inquiry report highly controversial is the fact
that despite the fact that the story carried images of already-submitted
examination booklets, the story was termed incorrect.
This week, when
Jamal was asked about the fate of the committee, he refused to comment on its
findings. But there are many who question this one member committee and also ask
whether a conflict of interest has taken place. While the matter is yet to be
decided, Yusuf Jamal attended a workshop on "Evaluation of examination system at
secondary and intermediate levels" held at the Board of Intermediate Education
Karachi (BIEK) on November 15, 2008.
Jamal is said to have been treated
as the Chief Guest at BIEK program at the time when he was heading the inquiry
committee to look into the matters of the BIEK. Asked if he could justify why he
attended the program of BIEK at the time when an inquiry about the functioning
of BIEK was underway, he said, "I was not the Chief Guest of that program and it
was an interactive workshop."
Jamal said he had proposed to hold such
workshops and more of such workshops would be held in the future with the
Hyderabad and Sukkur Boards as well. But while the workshop in Karachi was
arranged in almost no time at all, the ones that are to be held elsewhere have
not been held to date. The News
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Rangers, students scuffle at Karachi University
Karachi: A minor clash occurred between the Rangers and members of
a student organization outside the University of Karachi (KU), when members of
the organization were entering the university to offer Friday prayers. A member
of Imamia Students Organization (ISO), Qasim Raza, was entering KU to offer
Friday prayers when Rangers personnel stopped him and asked him to show his
identity card, which he did not have on him. Discovering that Qasim did not have
his ID card, the Rangers personnel ordered him to go back.
This caused other ISO
activists to protest, insisting upon taking Qasim for prayers. On this, Rangers
baton-charged the students and refused to allow Qasim to enter the university.
ISO Divisional Information Secretary Muhammad Ali told Daily Times that four ISO
members, including Qasim Raza, M Shafi and Zahid Hussain, were injured in the
incident. However, the Sindh Rangers spokesman denied the allegations made
against the Rangers personnel and stated that two people who were outsiders and
not KU students wanted to enter the premises without any valid reason. Since
they did not have any identity or university cards on them, the Rangers
personnel stopped them from entering. Daily Times
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Uniform curriculum for Montessori teachers
Karachi: The Sindh education department has formed a four-member
committee to recommend and formulate a uniform curriculum for institutes
imparting training to Montessori schoolteachers.
The committee has also
been asked to suggest names of examining bodies which will be made responsible
for conducting exams of candidates receiving Montessori schoolteachers' training
from different Montessori teachers training institutes.
comprising the provincial additional secretary (academic and training); the
director of bureau of curriculum and extension wing, Jamshoro; the provincial
director of private educational institutions; and the director-general of
provincial institute of teachers training, Nawabshah; is expected to complete
its task within two months.
Sources in the education department said that
the decision to devise a uniform curriculum for the institutes providing
training to Montessori teachers and to make it mandatory for such institutes to
get their students examined from some educational boards were aimed at ensuring
the credibility of the certificates of Montessori teachers.
them, Montessori teachers training institutes have adopted different curriculums
for teachers training.
They said that neither was there uniformity in
their curriculums nor those passing out from over a dozen Montessori teachers
training institutes get proper jobs in schools. And it was, they said, despite
that fact that Montessori schools were everywhere in the city, charging
exorbitant fee from parents.
Sources said that major a flaw which had
come to light regarding the affairs of Montessori teachers training institutes
was that though they got their curriculum approved from the Sindh Board of
Technical Education, they themselves were conducting exams for issuing
Montessori schoolteacher certificates.
"Isn't it a joke that the
institute that is providing training to its students is also giving them exams,"
remarked an official of the education department.
Asked what measures
were being taken to check the mushroom growth of Montessori schools in the city,
sources said that all such schools which were providing Montessori system of
education had already been directed to get themselves registered with the
provincial directorate of private educational institutes and once they were
registered their affairs would be monitored in a much better way. Dawn
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