SSC examination admit cards delay issue
Admit cards delay: 'Action against schools responsible'
Karachi, March 26: Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Chairman Syed
Anzar Hussain Zaidi said Thursday that action would be initiated
against the schools that did not submit the examination forms of their
students in time, resulting in delay in issuance of admit cards.
A three-member committee has been constituted in this connection under BSEK Secretary Hoor Mazhar.
said after a two days' postponement, the class IX and X annual
examinations would now commence from Friday (today) in accordance with
the original schedule.
The BSEK chairman pointed out that the
papers of March 24 and 25 had been postponed as some of the private
schools had not submitted the examination forms of their students and
the number of these candidates was up to 1,500 from 26 private and
Due to their delay in submitting the examination forms, many candidates could not be issued admit cards, he said
BSEK chairman said the schools were allowed to submit the examination
forms of the candidates on March 24 and were issued admit cards on
Fresh dates for the postponed papers of March 24 and 25 would be announced later, he said.
More than 300,000 candidates, both regular and private, would appear at 431 centres in different parts of the metropolis.
order to discourage the chances of usage of unfair means in the
examinations, more than 100 vigilance teams have been formed by the
BSEK. In addition to these, five vigilance teams have been formed for
each district of the metropolis. app
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SSC exams set to begin today; outstanding issues remain unresolved
Karachi: Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examinations-2010 are set to begin on
Friday (today), with the General Sciences assessment being the first
evaluation to take place.
Despite the postponement of SSC
exams, a number of contentious issues remain unresolved, sources said. The issuance of admit cards, re-allotment of examination
centres as well as the choice of invigilators in various vigilance
teams may blight aspirations for a transparent exam process this year
as well, sources said.
On Wednesday, Board of Secondary
Education, Karachi (BSEK) officials had told media personnel that exam
forms of over 1,000 more students had been accepted by the Board. This
number turned out to be an understated estimation, as about 2,000 admit
cards were issued on Thursday.
"We could not count the actual
quantity of forms received yesterday (Wednesday). When we started
tabulation of these forms, we realised that the number of forms was in
excess of 1,500, and went up to about 2,000," Board officials said.
Sources however maintained that Board officials continued
to accept exam forms on Thursday. Due formalities were completed the
same day, and cards handed back as soon as possible. A Board official,
when contacted around 8pm, said that only a few admit cards had to be
collected by the candidates/schools, while the rest had already been
Interestingly, while the governor's intervention on
Tuesday was meant only for regular candidates of private and some
government schools, the Board had barred private candidates on
Wednesday from applying for admit cards. Sources said that
many private candidates had submitted their forms as regular students
registered in public and private sector schools, albeit with the help
of the "mafia."
The matter of issuance of admit cards is only
half the story, sources said, claiming that the involvement of junior
teachers as members of vigilance and super vigilance teams has irked
senior teachers and other officers of the educational department.
Executive District Officer (EDO) Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar had sent
suggested names of invigilators from his department to the BSEK,
sources said, claiming that this list contains a number of
Sources cited the name of a man named
Abdul Latif Mughal, who is simply a headmaster, but claims to be
Education Deputy District Officer (Secondary and Higher Secondary,
Male). Mughal had been removed as the assistant district officer (ADO)
of Jamshed Town on charges of corruption, but he was nominated as a
member of super vigilance team for this year's exams.
while 13 subject specialists have been assigned the responsibility for
monitoring exam procedures across the city, head masters of various
private schools are also entitled to act as members of vigilance teams.
of these principals either own or run these schools, sources said. This
in turn breeds apprehensions over the transparency of the exams
conducted, especially given the conflict of interest, sources said.
a three-member committee has been constituted by BSEK Chairman Intizar
Hussain Zaidi to probe the reasons for the delay in issuance of admit
cards, a statement released by the BSEK on Thursday read. The
committee, formed on the directives of the Sindh governor, will submit
its recommendations by April 6, 2010 to the BSEK chairman. The news
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Education issues cause alarm among MPAs
Karachi: The Sindh Assembly on Thursday echoed with reports
of mismanagement in the secondary education boards and falling
standards of education as well as corruption in the department.
other issues taken up by members in the assembly session included
prolonged and frequent power outages, the plight of fishermen owing to
the unsettled border issue of Sir Creek and commuters' hardship because
of a ban on pillion-riding.
Besides administering the oath to
the two newly returned MPAs - Mir Hasan Khoso from Jacobabad and
Sidique Memon from Thatta - the house also witnessed an impassioned
call for lifting the ban on pillion-riding. Speakers said the ban had
nothing to do with the law and order problem and its prime
beneficiaries were transporters while the worst-sufferers of the ban
were poor people, who were being deprived of an easily accessible mode
The privilege motion of Saleem Khurshid Khokhar
could not be taken up as he was absent from the house. The other
business on the order of the day, including question hour, was covered
within 90 minutes and the house, which was called to order by Speaker
Nisar Ahmad Khuhro at 11.50am was adjourned at 2.10pm to reassemble on
Friday at 9.30am.
Except the duration of the points of order,
the day's proceedings lacked enthusiasm, shortly after the question
hour the other items were disposed of within 15 minutes.
Mithani of the Pakistan People's Party was the first to speak on the
agitation and a protest sit-in staged in front of the Board of
Secondary Education Karachi and on M.A. Jinnah Road against the BSEK
authorities for the inordinate delay in issuing admit cards to
candidates appearing in the SSC examinations and the governor's
intervention, postponing the examination for two days to save the
affected candidates' future.
She demanded action against those responsible for playing with the future of students.
Sohu of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement drew the attention of the house
towards closed schools in Thatta and unavailability of water coolers in
schools. She said she had tried to draw the attention of the department
to the problems by writing and sending reminders to the officials
concerned but had received no response.Marvi Rashdi of the Pakistan
Muslim League (functional), demanding the removal of all teachers
posted as officials on the basis of OPS (own pay scale), referred to
the falling education standards in Sindh termed postings of teachers on
an OPS basis and corruption responsible for it.
example, she said Grade 14 Arabic teachers were posted in the Zakat and
Ushr department. Likewise, she said, a lecturer of physics was heading
the planning department.
Ms Rashdi said she came from Khairpur, where a "corrupt official" was occupying the office of the executive district officer.
Madad Ali, the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, pointed
out the hardships being faced by lower staff of the education
department in Matiari district, who were appointed a year back but for
the last many months they were not being paid salaries, which was
adding to their miseries.
Responding to the pressing issues
raised through points of order about his department, Education Minister
Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said as far as the boards of education were
concerned, their controlling authority lay with the governor who had
taken due notice of the delay in the issuance of admit cards and
besides postponing examination papers scheduled for March 24 and 25,
had also ordered an inquiry into the matter.
He said that
according to his information, the private schools' administrations were
responsible for the situation. He said it would create a mess if
examination forms were received up to the eve of the examinations.
Teacher goes off with fee money
minister also pointed out the case of a teacher in Sobho Dero, where
the teacher after collecting examination fee from 35 students went on
leave without depositing the fee and exam forms in the board.
said that not only the money was recovered from the teacher, but he was
also suspended and an inquiry ordered into the matter. The minister
gave an assurance that steps were being taken to save the future of
He told the MPA that action would be taken against the
EDO in Thatta for his non-compliance of orders about opening all closed
schools and restoring the facility to students.
house that he had not appointed any official on an OPS basis, he also
appealed to the MPAs to refrain from pressing him for any such posting.
He said he had asked the local government administrators that there
would be no official posted on an OPS basis in the education department.
conceded that in Matiari district some employees of the education
department were not paid salaries, which he blamed on the DCO who had
misspent the funds allocated for salaries. He said even the Rs100
million granted by the World Bank had been consumed by the officer, and
the matter was under investigation.
However, he said, he had asked the finance department to arrange payment of salaries to the staff.
to the use of unfair means in examinations in Dadu, he said he had
directed the DCO, now an administrator in the local government
institution, to take action against not only the student concerned but
also against the teachers found involved in copy culture and rusticate
He urged the MPAs also not to pressurise officials for letting go the students caught for cheating in examinations.
Alwani of the PPP referred to the press report about the Indian Navy
who had taken away more than 80 Pakistani fishermen of the Shah Bunder
and Jati taukas.
She called upon the Sindh government to take up
the issue of determining the boundaries of Sir Creek from where the
Indian navy off and on seized boats and took away Pakistani fishermen.
Bhutto of the PPP asked if there was a government move to wind up the
Fishermen Cooperative Society, a representative body of the fishermen
"with whose votes four MPAs and three MNAs were returned to the
He said if there was any such move, the
government should roll it back. He demanded the restoration of the FCS
by repealing its suspension order.
Minister for Fisheries Zahid
Bhurgari said there was no move under consideration of the government
to wind up the FCS. He assured the house that his department had taken
up the issue of Sir Creek with the federal government for resolving its
boundary issue with India.
The minister for inter-provincial
coordination, Makhdoom Jamil-uz-Zaman, told the house that a committee
had been formed at the federal level, comprising ministers and
secretaries concerned of the four provinces, which would ask the
federal government to take up the issue with the Indian government at
an appropriate level to sort out the fishermen's issue.
Mehar of the PML-Q recalled the sufferings of the people, particularly
those living in small towns where power breakdowns continued for two to
three days, causing great inconvenience to them. He asked for taking
urgent measures to overcome the power crisis.
Abbasi of the PML-F asked the ministers that they must pay foreign
visits but also make it a point to tour such small cities as Khairpur,
Sukkur and Larkana, where power outages were adding to the miseries of
people as prolonged power breakdowns were affecting water supply also.
said the government had completed two years in power but the people
remained deprived of basic amenities. This sorry state made people
think that the previous government was better as people had not been
facing such power, water and sugar crises then.
Minister Pir Mazhar said had their government been in power for eight
years, it would have taken concrete measures by now, and the problems
would not have been there.
He said the coal-fired power plant
could not be implemented over the indecision of half-a-cent with a
Chinese firm. This indecision might be because of involving commission,
After the questions hour, which was regarding
agriculture and the Bureau of Supply Department, the Sindh Local
Government (second amendment) Ordinance 2010 was laid in the house
while the speaker announced that the governor had given assent to the
bills pertaining to the Commecs Institute of Business and Emerging
Sciences Bill 2009, the Agricultural Produce Markets (amendment) Bill,
2009 and the Sindh Public-Private Partnership Bill, 2010.
was followed by laying before the assembly the auditor-general's report
on the accounts of the Sindh government for 2006-07, 2007-08 and
2008-09 which were referred to the public accounts committee to examine
that the expenditures conformed to the authority which governed it and
that every re-appropriation had been made in accordance with the rules. Dawn
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Government plans 7MW power project for KU
Karachi: Keeping in view the ongoing
energy crises and frequent electricity breakdowns in the city, the
government plans a project - Establishment of Power Generation System
for University of Karachi - which would generate seven megawatts,
official sources said on Thursday.
generated under this scheme would not only meet the electricity
requirements of the university including its residential colonies, but
also surplus electricity would be provided to Karachi Electric Supply
Company (KESC), which was unable to meet its total demand of power from
its own generation, the sources maintained.
The total cost of
the project would be Rs 504.906 million and the university would
purchase six gas engines and steam turbines for power generation.
scheme would help ensure uninterrupted power supply to the university's
research centres and laboratories. The project would also reduce
tremendous monthly electricity bills of millions of rupees paid to the
KESC. The sources claimed that it would also support the external
development requirement (electricity connection) of newly and under
About the existing facility, the
sources said the university was connected with the KESC's 11 kilovolts
(KV) network. The 11KV feeder connected the university from its grid
The feeder was enough to meet the requirement of the
university, but frequent power breakdowns particularly in summer
affected the university's labs, departments and residential colonies.
government has allocated Rs 10 million in the Public Sector Development
Programme (PSDP) 2009-10 for this project, and Higher Education
Commission (HEC) is the sponsoring agency while the KU was the
executing agency. The project would be completed within 18 months.
After the completion of the project, the sources said that the KU would
save and earn Rs 71.53 million per annum in terms of bills paid to the
KESC and sale of electricity to the utility during off peak hours. The
cost of the project would be recovered in six years.
The KU is
one of the largest universities of the country, spread over an area of
approximately 1,350 acres. It was established as a federal university
in 1951 under the Act of Parliament.
Since its inception the
university has been developing at a reasonable pace. There are over
24,000 students enrolled as regular students, besides that the
university conducts graduate level examination of over 150,000 students
of its 145 affiliated colleges or institutes. The university presently
imparts education at honors, master, M Phil and PhD levels under
Faculties of Arts, Science, Pharmacy, Islamic Studies and Management
and Administrative Sciences.
Project consultants (M/S AR
Associates and M/S United Engineering Services International) have
carried out the feasibility study of the power project. The scheme has
been designed by these consultants in line with the Karachi Master Plan
with the view of catering to the current and future requirements of the
According to the capital cost summary, the total
spending of the project was Rs 254.200 million on purchase of imported
power generation machinery, Rs 153.700 million on local power
generation machinery, Rs 41.400 million would be spent on civil work,
Rs 32.332 million on service charges, Rs 4.795 million as cost of
programme management unit, Rs 13.479 million would be spent on
consultancy and Rs 5 million for contingency services. The total sum of
all these expenses was equal to Rs 504.906 million. Daily times
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Teachers continue protest
Larkana: Criticising government's 'dubious' policy about the
'time scale and teaching allowance, a large number of primary teachers
demonstrated outside the local press club on Thursday.
It was led by the central president of the association Rafique Ahmed Jarwar.
After holding a general body in a local primary school, the teachers
chanted slogans and marched on the main roads of the city.
Addressing the gathering, the PTA leaders flayed Sindh government's
indifference towards solving their problems. This has further
compounded the problems, they added.
They said while teachers
of Punjab, NWFP and Balochistan were getting 'time scale and teaching
allowance since 2007 while in Sindh, they were being denied the same.
They threatened to assemble outside the Karachi Press Club on April 14
and stage a sit-in outside the chief minister house if their demands
were not accepted by then. Dawn
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