Lack of magisterial powers & exam's cheating
Lack of magisterial powers encourages cheating in exams
Karachi, Mar 28: The languid attitude of authorities concerned to provide
magisterial powers and protection to vigilance teams has minimised the
opportunity to expose mass irregularities being committed in several examination
centres during the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual exams
across the city. Restrictions on media access to examination centres has also
created hurdles in catching the corrupt mafias red-handed, it has been reliably
Sources in the City District Government
Karachi (CDGK) Education Department have said that the vigilance teams cannot
deliver results unless provided with personal protection.
Even in their
recent raid on an illegal examination centre on Thursday, they endangered their
lives to expose the malpractices of the so-called educationists who have been
playing with the careers of thousands, they said.
"As far as school
management and students are concerned, there is no threat in conducting a raid
on any examination centre which is reported for allowing students to use unfair
means", sources said. "In such centres, there always lies a great danger since
unknown and strange characters are found guarding the place, and more often than
not they are armed"." Sources further said that if vigilance teams are given
magisterial powers during exams, they can reduce irregularities committed at
examination centres to a great extent.
While the efficiency of vigilance
teams has been severely affected due to a lack of security, the media too could
not access several examination centres despite reports of cheating. Firstly they
were not permitted by the competent authority to visit examination centres
randomly and then the danger of a clash with the Mafia at the examination centre
further blocked their access.
Despite reports of mass irregularities and
use of unfair means at dozens of examination centres, if not hundreds, no
strategy has been chalked out to tackle this affliction. The ill-planned
policies of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), coupled with
excuses from the Education Secretariat of the Governor's House, have restricted
both vigilance teams and media personnel from accessing the examination centers
and grabbing the evidence of irregularities.
Incompetence or political pressures?
Karachi: In an informal meeting with senior secretaries of Sindh Governor
Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan earlier this year, a group of journalists conveyed to the
Governor's Education Secretariat that there would be mass irregularities in
examination centres with the help of some corrupt officials at the BSEK during
It was also conveyed that bids would be invited by the
BSEK from principals and owners of different schools and ones paying higher
amounts would be rewarded as their schools would be made examination
In the same meeting, it was also conveyed that those succeeding
in making their schools 'examination centres' would be exempted from all kind of
vigilance by BSEK and could do whatever they wanted.
It was also proposed
in the meeting that the vigilance team would also have representatives of the
media. However, the media was not facilitated by the competent authority for
accessing the examination centres.
What puts the very credibility of the
authority in question is the fact that despite advance reports of what is
happening today, they could neither stop the sell-off examination centres by the
BSEK nor ensure vigilance to stop irregularities during exams. The News
School rejects Board allegations
Karachi: The administration of Al-Umar Foundation has nullified the
allegations of Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) against their school
that the said institution has been used as an illegal examination centre during
the English paper of matric science group, held on March 26, 2009, and said that
the school administration will move to court against the BSEK.
Press conference at Karachi Press Club on Friday, School Assistant Administrator
Syed Jahangir and Principal Asfa Asad told that BSEK had staged a drama in
association with a private TV channel to defame the school, which is situated in
Shah Faisal Colony.
They pointed out that the board never declared our
school as exam centre, so this was not happened only this year, while the
allegations were baseless and unreasonable.
Members of the school management
have demanded the authorities concerned to take action against the officials of
the BSEK who are involved in this conspiracy. Dozens of students, belonging to
Al-Umar Foundation, have gathered outside the Press club and chanted slogans
against the private TV channel and BSEK. The Nation
School's 'recognition' still a mystery
Karachi: How an unregistered private school in Shah Faisal Colony
where an unauthorised examination centre was detected on Thursday managed to get
its students enrolled with the Board of Secondary Education Karachi for the
on-going Class X annual examinations is still a mystery.
It is also
surprising to learn from board officials that Al-Umer Foundation School's
recognition certificate has been cancelled on charges of setting up an
unauthorised examination centre on its premises, particularly when such a
certificate is issued only to those schools which are registered with the
provincial directorate of private educational institutions.
what action had been taken against the foundation school after the detection of
the unauthorised centre on its premises, director of Sindh directorate of
private educational institutions Mansub Hussain Siddiqui said the school was not
registered with the directorate although it was mandatory for a school to get
registered before obtaining a recognition certificate from educational
"Our record shows that the school is not registered with the
directorate," he said.
The official said the school was initially
registered with the city government's executive district officer for education,
but its registration expired on completion of a five-year term a long time
"In fact, we had issued a notice to the school management about two
months back, asking it to get its registration certificate renewed from the
directorate. But we have not received any response from it so far," he
He explained that the management of all unregistered schools were
asked through notices to provide details about the enrolment of students, number
of teachers and their qualification, academic performance reports, fee
structures, number of free scholarships being provided to students if any and
salaries being paid to teachers.
When asked how he would describe the
status of Al-Umer Foundation School when it was not registered with the
directorate, Mr Siddiqui said: "It's just like a tuition centre and nothing
He claimed that the directorate through official circulars had
repeatedly requested the board not to issue a recognition certificate to
It has been learnt that the BSEK after cancellation
of the school's recognition certificate has allowed its students to appear in
their next papers at the examination centre set up at Govt Agro-Technical High
School in Shah Faisal Colony.
An official of the BSEK said that the
entire invigilation staff, including the centre superintendent, of the
Agro-Technical High School had been suspended on charges of conniving with the
management of Al-Umer Foundation School in running an unauthorised examination
centre on its premises for 35 students. Dawn
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BA, BSc, BCom admission date extended
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Friday announced that last the
date for submitting admission forms and fee for the BA, BSc and BCom (pass)
first and second year with a late fee of Rs1,000 had been extended till April
Principals of all KU-affiliated degree colleges have been asked to
forward the forms and fee along with the respective list of admissions to the KU
registrar latest by April 18.
KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will preside over a ceremony on Saturday for the
inauguration of a digital library at the department of computer science. This
was announced by a KU official on Friday.
PAF graduation ceremony
The graduation ceremony of Aircraft Accident Investigation Course was held at
the Institute of Air Safety, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Masroor on Friday.
Commandant Air War College Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Tubrez Asif was the
chief guest at the occasion.
In his address, Asif emphasised the
importance of professional investigations in accident prevention programme of
the PAF. Stressing upon the role of investigators, he said that only through
dispassionate analysis of the accidents, could true causes be found and
addressed in order to improve the safety standards. He appreciated efforts put
in by the institution in imparting quality education. He awarded certificates to
successful participants and awarded the Chief of Air Staff trophy to Squadron
Leader, Faisal Bashir Bhura for best performance in the course.
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FCPS students to be trained in Saudi Arabia
Karachi: Twenty-two doctors registered with the College of Physicians
and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) will receive four-year specialised training in
different medical fields in Saudi Arabia.
This was stated by CPSP
president Zafar Ullah Chaudhry at a reception held here on Thursday night to
mark the departure of the first batch of doctors to the King Fahd Medical City
(KFMC), Riyadh, for a residency programme.
Prof Chaudhry informed the
audience that this was for the first time in the history of the country and the
entire Saarc region that Saudi Arabia had accepted to train CPSP trainees at
their institution while adhering to the curriculum and residency programmes of
"You will be supervised by specialist doctors from Canada,
America and other countries and also from Saudi Arabia, who have already been
accredited by the CPSP to administer the residency programmes and curricula of
the college," he told the trainee doctors.
He said that after completing
the training, the doctors would be eligible to appear in Fellowship of College
of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) examinations and would be in a position to
receive KFMC certificates in their specialised fields.
STB prepares textbooks
Hyderabad: The Sindh Textbook Board has created a record by
distributing textbooks in 23 districts before the commencement of new academic
session, says a press release issued by the Board on Friday.
said that some 2.721 million sets of textbooks from Class I to Class X had been
distributed free of cost to students of these 23 districts of Sindh along with
ensured availability of all books in the market, said the statement.
This was made possible after day and night labour of the administration
and its workers it said and added that a centre for education and training had
also been established at the Sindh Textbook Board with the cooperation of a
German organisation, the press release said.
Teachers continue fast unto death
Dadu: Three school teachers continued hunger strike unto death outside
the press club here on Friday for the ninth consecutive day, seeking their
The condition of hunger strikers Qurban Ali Panhwar,
Ghulam Hussain Panhwar and Ghulam Shabbir Zour deteriorated as they lost their
weight by two kilogramme. Medical officer of Civil Hospital treated them at camp
and advised hospitalisation of Urban Ali.
Ghulam Shabbir told
journalists that they would continue hunger strike till release of their four
years salaries. He alleged that education officials and the DCO were responsible
for denial of salary to them, though Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, had
issued directives to pay their salaries.
EDO Education Dadu, Sajan
Mallah, said that to open closed schools, these teachers were appointed under a
special arrangement and were to be paid salaries from the funds of the school
management committees (SMCs).
On the directives of Secretary Education,
he had verified the names of SMC teachers and sent him a list. He added that
after his report the secretary had directed to pay salaries but funds were not
made available. He hoped that the SMC funds would l be available soon and the
salaries would be released to these teachers.
He said that total 600 SMC
teachers were appointed from then SMC funds, which were basically provided by
the Asian Development Bank for purchase of furniture and repair of schools.
Meanwhile, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz Chairman Basheer Qureshi visited the
hunger strike camp and warned of joining the protest if salaries were not paid
to teachers within three days. PML-N ladies wing Sindh President Sorath Thebo
also visited hunger strikers' camp and assured support her party's support.
Social activists led by Dr Jabbar Babar and Inayat Jamali of Citizen
Action Committee and SUP activists took out rallies in support of the teachers. Dawn
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Dress show at IIU ends in chaos
Islamabad: The dress show as a part of cultural week celebrations at the
International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad was cancelled following a
protest by the students of Usul-ud-Din Department, terming the show as
The three-day cultural week celebrations started on Thursday
at women's campus of the university where the students participated in different
items and dress show was one of the major attractions for the visitors of the
Sources in the university revealed that the students of Islamic
studies condemned the Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) for conducting such
events and said that it was prohibited in Islam.
"Before the opening of
the show, the students of Usul-ud-Din gathered in front of auditorium and staged
their protest against the dress show," the source revealed.
girls who were to take part in the show found roaming around the university
campus in utter disappointment while cladding in colourful traditional
"It is the only colourful event in the university in the whole
year and still we are deprived to enjoy it," said a student requesting
She said that there was no point in creating so much fuss over
a non-issue. "Only girls were admitted to participate and watch the show but
even then they stopped us from doing so," she said.
According to the
sources the actual tussle was on the issue of utilising the newly built
auditorium of Usul-ud-Din as the students and faculty of the department were not
willing to allow their facility to be used for such practices.
protestors were of the opinion that other halls of the university should be
utilised for such shows rather the hall of a religious department," he
While the other students of the university also expressed
disappointment in the cancellation of the show. "It is just nonsense to cancel a
female dress show by making such lame excuses," said a student.
that the university administration should have taken stand against the students
who protested for such an entertaining activity.
"This shows that the
university administration is helpless before the handful people who are trying
to run the whole university according to their own desires and wishes," she
On the other hand another student said that such practices were
bringing bad name to the university in particular and Pakistan in
"These extremist views were portraying a negative image of our
country in front of rest of the world," she said.
On the other hand the
university administration was not available for comments while the in charge
students' affair Qaisra Naqvi was not picking up her phone despite various
attempts by this scribe.
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU)
plans to hold its seventh convocation here on April 11. Director Academic and
Planning and Chairman Convocation Management Committee, Gulzar Ahmed Khawaja
told APP here over 2200 degrees and 45 medals would be awarded to the students
who have completed their graduation during academic sessions (from Sept 2007 to
Aug 2008). He said full dress rehearsal would be held on April 10.
St Mary's Academy welcomes new term
Rawalpindi: The students of St Mary's Academy enthralled the audience with their
performances at a function organised by the administration to mark the beginning
of the new term of year 2009 here Friday.
St Mary's Academy Principal
Group Caption (r) Cicil Chaudhary was the chief guest on the
Academy teachers Tarranum Manzoor, Uzma Manzoor, Ruby Michael
and Asma Rehman helped the students in preparing the segments for the function.
The students sang national anthem, read a story and performed tableau, dance and
Speaking on the occasion St Mary's Academy Principal Cicil
Chaudhary said that the overall education standard of the country was not at par
with other countries.
All the concerned quarters particularly teachers
should join their hands together and start a campaign to lift the educational
standard of the country.
He urged the students to work hard and maintain
discipline to achieve success in life. He appreciated the teachers for arranging
such a lovely function.
Later he awarded certificates among several
Scholarships for 6 special children
Islamabad: Preston University Chancellor Dr. Abdul Basit has announced 100
per cent scholarships for six students of Al-Maktoom Special Education Centre
for Visually Handicapped Children (VHC).
The announcement was made at an
award distribution ceremony held at the university's Islamabad Campus to
acknowledge the outstanding performance of Al-Maktoom students on Iqbal Day
function jointly organised by Preston University and the Islamabad Traffic
Police (ITP) in November last, said a news release issued here Friday.
Dr. Basit said that the university has always made sincere efforts to
fulfil its corporate social responsibility in the best possible manner serving
the less privileged segments of the society. He expressed the hope that the six
special students of Al-Maktoom to whom he has offered 100 per cent scholarship
will grab this opportunity and join Preston University as soon as they pass
their Intermediate or 'O' Level exams to pursue their graduate and post graduate
studies at the university.
Dr. Firoza Ahmed, Dean Faculty of Social
Sciences and Director General (HRD), Preston University as the chief guest on
the occasion profoundly congratulated the director/principal and faculty members
of Al-Maktoom Special Education Centre for VHC for building up the centre
through their dedicated and untiring efforts.
Director/Principal of Al
Maktoom Special Education Centre for Visually Handicapped Children (VHC), Rubina
Anjum expressed profound gratitude to the Dr. Abdul Basit for the generosity
shown by him in offering 100 per cent scholarship to six of Al-Maktoom students
Rida Gul, Yasra, Maria Kanwal, Bushra Bano, Iqra Noor and Najmul Hassan. The News
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