IBCC Conversion formula for O & A level revised
IBCC agrees on formula for A and O level marking
Karachi, March 03: The 131st conference of the Inter-Board Committee
of Chairmen (IBCC) on Wednesday revised the conversion formula for the General
Certificate of Education (GCE) O and A Level with effect from academic year
2010, besides agreeing in principal to give two more chances or a year to
unsuccessful students at the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) and
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) level to clear their failed
The IBCC - a body of the federal ministry of education whose certificates are
binding and applicable across the country - in its two-day moot, which concluded
on Wednesday, also deliberated upon the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's
(PMDC) eligibility criteria of admission to medical institutions for overseas
students particularly with reference to the 45 students who had been admitted to
a medical university of Sindh after passing the A Level examination with
mathematics, biology and chemistry in violation of the criteria set by the
federal ministry of education under its scheme of studies.
The IBCC moot was presided over by its chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai and
attended by its secretary, Ramzan Achakzai, the chairmen of all educational
boards, including technical and textbook boards of the country, representatives
of the federal ministry of education, the Bureau of Curriculum and the
controller of examinations of Allama Iqbal Open University and Gilgit
Briefing newsmen about the outcome of the meeting, the IBCC chairman said
that though the IBCC decided to revise the conversion formula for the GCE 'O'
and 'A' level with effect from 2010, it did not agree to use the Percentage
Uniform Marks (PUM) by the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) for
equivalence as this will be disadvantage to the lower limits of the A and E
Under the revised conversion formula for the GCE O and A level, he said that
after the introduction of an A* for O and A level by the CIE & Edexcel, the
CIE Letter grade A*, A, B, C, D and E would be equated to the IBCC equivalent
marks of 90, 85, 75, 65, 55 and 45, respectively, as against the IBCC's existing
equivalent marks of 90, 80, 70, 60, 50 and 40, respectively.
In this regard, the IBCC pointed out that the CIE would be asked to
communicate raw marks in each case concerning the grades awarded to candidates,
be rational in awarding grades in relation to their raw marks and stick to the
number as agreed to awarding A* to candidates.
Moreover, 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.
Scheme of studies
Without mentioning the name of a
medical university of Karachi which had given admission to some 45 students who
had passed their A Level with mathematics, chemistry and biology, the IBCC chief
said that the meeting while expressing inability to issue them equivalence
certificate for their A level qualification was of the view that they were
admitted to the medical university in violation of the federal education
ministry's scheme of studies which inter alia states that "only those who will
pass their Intermediate or A level examination with physics, biology and
chemistry are eligible to get admission to a medial college or university of the
The IBCC forum, he added, noted that the PMDC or any allied medical
college/university shall not determine the equivalence criteria for HSC level in
the presence of the IBCC which is authorised by the government of Pakistan.
Therefore, the IBCC agreed to impress upon all concerned (federal ministry of
education, federal ministry of health, Higher Education Commission, PMDC and
chancellor of public sector universities of Sindh) to ensure that such an
encroachment by the PMDC, etc, should be discouraged as it was allowing overseas
students to get admission in medical institutions of the country without passing
the subject of Physics, he added.
The IBCC also expressed its concern that if it issued equivalence
certificates to the A level students, it would open a Pandora's Box as local
students who had passed intermediate exams with mathematics, biology and
chemistry would also seek similar concessions.Library
The IBCC forum in the light of the Board of Intermediate
Education recent successful experience of getting celebrated the Library Day in
its affiliated colleges resolved that all other educational board of the country
would be asked to ensure that the colleges affiliated to them also observe the
Library Day on Feb 21 each year as such an event would help increase the habit
of reading among students.
The IBCC also resolved that the territorial jurisdiction of the respective
examining boards should be respected and the Federal Board and other should
secure a no-objection certificate from the board concerned prior to affiliating
any institution with it as the territorial jurisdiction had also been defined
and given in the ordinances of the respective boards.
It also agreed in principle to consider the proposal of according an
additional chance or a year to the unsuccessful students at the HSC and SSC
level to clear their failed papers in seven attempts, including annual and
supplementary examinations as compared to five attempts.
Board of Secondary Education Karachi chairman Anzar Hussain Zaidi and the
IBCC Secretary Ramzan Achakzai were also present. Dawn
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Grading system for BS students at Karachi University
Karachi: The Registrar, University of Karachi (KU), has announced that at a meeting of the
Deans of the faculties, it has been decided that the B.S. students of Batch
2007, admitted in 2006, will be assessed according to examination and assessment
rules, 2002, Booklet (Page 6-7).
The overall grading for declaration of
final results of Division System for the students of 2006-7 batch would be
according to the following criteria: first division, 60 percent and above;
second division, 45 percent and less than 60 percent; less than 45 percent would
lead to the failure in the aggregate.
Over all grading for declaration
of final results of students admitted in 2007-8 batches would be according to
the Grading System approved for B.S. 2008 Batch. The news
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Syndicate membership valid: registrar KU teachers launch protest drive
Karachi: Karachi University teachers wearing black armbands will participate in the voting of the academic
council elections being held on the campus on Thursday.
The Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) announced on Wednesday that a
protest campaign was being launched against the university administration over
what they termed the last two 'controversial' syndicate meetings.
The vice chancellor failed to honour his promise of declaring the two
meetings null and void, teachers said.
In recent days, Kuts representatives held meetings with the vice chancellor
and apprised him of their concerns relating to the last two syndicate
The meetings, they argued, had no legal status as six members with expired
memberships had participated in the meeting. They alleged that the two decisions
taken in the meeting were against the university code.
Kuts president Dr Abid Hasnain accused the vice chancellor
of becoming 'hostage' to a few individuals and taking decisions according to
their wishes. "The vice chancellor had earlier promised the society
representatives that the decisions would be withdrawn and reviewed in the next
syndicate meeting. But now he has a different opinion," he said.
Dr Hasnain also sought the resignation of the registrar, saying that he had
failed to ensure the sanctity of the university code on the statute bodies.
"The registrar is not a member of the syndicate. He is the custodian of the
KU code. But the present registrar has failed to perform his prime
responsibilities," he said.
He said the protest drive would be launched on Thursday and the agitation
would gradually be taken to a higher level, if the teachers' demands were
remained unmet. He said a letter highlighting the society's concerns had been
written to the chancellor, with a request for a meeting with the teachers'
The KU registrar, meanwhile,
issued a clarification in response to media reports on a Kuts protest. According
to the press release, the actual position (on the matter) is contrary to what is
being projected in some newspapers.
"It has always been a practice that the membership tenure begins with the
first meeting of the syndicate body as per the university code. According to
this, the membership of the syndicate's members is valid till March 28. A letter
in this regard has been sent to the governor Sindh/chancellor for further
guidance in the matter." Dawn
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Women's Day celebration at KU
Karachi: In order to celebrate the Women's Day, University of
Karachi (KU) is organising a seminar titled 'The Young Working Children of
Karachi: An Analysis' on March 8 from 10:30am to 4:30pm at the Arts Auditorium.
The event is organised under the supervision of Prof Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah,
Director, Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies, in collaboration with the
Department of Social Work, KU, HEC, Women Development Department, Social Welfare
Department, Government of Sindh and Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan. Ex-City Nazim Syed
Mustufa Kamal will be the chief guest whereas Sindh Social Welfare Minister
Nargis ND Khan will be the guest of honour. ppi
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Missionary schools, colleges closed
Karachi: All missionary educational institutions in the city will remain closed for three days, starting
from Thursday, in protest against the assassination of Federal Minister for
Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti in Islamabad on Wednesday.
According to the principal of the St Joseph's College, Dr Dean, the decision
to keep all missionary schools of the city closed for three days has been taken
by the Catholic Board of Education to mourn the death of the minister in the
Around 45 schools are run under the aegis of the Catholic Board of Education.
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Varsity employees refuse to call off strike
Hyderabad: Employees of the public sector universities of Sindh in Jamshoro, Tandojam, Khairpur and
Nawabshah continued their strike and resorted to lock-out on the second
consecutive day on Wednesday.
No point bus was allowed to leave the university campus at Jamshoro. The
administration of Sindh University hired private buses, but the protesting
employees stopped them on the Super Highway.
In view of the prevailing situation, drivers of Sindh, Mehran and Liaquat
Medical universities refused to operate buses.
Reports said that at the LUMHS campus, police resorted to baton charge to
disperse the protesting employees and also took into custody more than 12
Leaders of the employees Mohammad Ali Ghanghro of Sindh University, Nazeer
Qureshi of LUMHS and Ghulam Mustafa Khokhar of Mehran University have made it
clear that the protest would not be called off unless their problems were
Employees of Sindh Agriculture University of Tandojam also observed a strike
and locked up the offices.
Meanwhile, the Shagird Action Committee of Sindh Agriculture University has
threatened to stage a long march up to Hyderabad on Monday if the academic
activities are not resumed and the point buses were not run.
KHAIRPUR: Shah Abdul Latif University Employees Welfare Association (SALUEWA)
locked the offices to protest against inattentive behaviour of the
administration regarding their demands.
Later, they staged a sit-in outside the science faculty building. The Model
School of SALU also remained closed.
Students could not reach university because point-buses did not ply on the
routes due to the protest whereas the hostellers left for homes.
President of SALUEWA Sheharyar Rajput, general secretary Mohammad Aslam
Ghumro, Ali Gohar Narejo, Bagh Ali Jalbani and Aslam Baloch said in their
speeches that vice-chancellors had powers to resolve their problems, but they
were neglecting workers.
They alleged that the Sindh governor, who is also chancellor of the
universities, had no interest in any of the universities of Sindh and his
practices showed that he was the governor of Karachi only. They appealed to the
saner elements of Sindh to raise their voice and support university employees in
Some officers of SALU, Khairpur, met the protesting employees, who were
briefed by leaders of employees.
The employees complained that after lapse of 35 days, the officers concerned
did not give any response to their protest.
Members of the Welfare Association of
Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology of Nawabshah
continued their boycott of duties and held a demonstration.
Carrying placards, they were chanting slogans for acceptance of their
Protesters, led by president of the association Pir Bux Keerio, said that
they had been demanding removal of retired staff, a residential colony for lower
staff and some financial incentives. Dawn
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Mardan college blast suspects held
Mardan: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Abdullah Khan said on Wednesday that several suspects
had been arrested in a search operation in the areas near the Government Girls
Degree College, Lundkhwar where Tuesday's grenade attack injured scores of girl
Talking to media here, the DIG said 35 students were injured
in the attack and 17 of them were shifted to the Mardan Medical Complex, 16 were
brought to the District Headquarters Hospital, Mardan and a student and a
passer-by were referred to Peshawar.
Abdullah Khan said 12 students had
been discharged from the Mardan Medical Complex and 11 from DHQ Hospital, Mardan
after administering them first aid. Local police registered a case against
unknown accused on the complaint of Ms Nasreen, the vice-principal of the
Meanwhile, the college administration closed the institution
till an indefinite period. The local people will stage protest today (Thursday)
against the attack. The attack had caused outrage in the area as attacking women
was termed against both Islamic and Pakhtun traditions.
Inspector General of Police Fiaz Toru visited the college in Lundkhwar and went
to the hospitals in Mardan to inquire about the students injured in the
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Free uniform for students from next year: minister
Peshawar: Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Sardar Hussain Babak on
Wednesday said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would provide free uniform
to the students of public sector schools from the coming academic
He was presiding over a meeting of the newly appointed executive
district officers (education) under the management cadre in the province. "The
provision of free uniform will benefit 4.5 million students studying in the
government schools," he said.
Around 1897 schools were damaged due to
militancy and recent devastating floods, he said, adding that reconstruction of
these schools was underway. The minister claimed that despite several problems
enrolment in the government schools had increased. To introduce administrative
reforms in the Education Department, he said the government separated the
management and teaching cadres.
"Of 1,600 closed schools, now only 200
are shut and the rest have been made functional for which the Education
Department has made tremendous efforts," he said.
He said that with the
empowerment of the executive district officers regarding posting and transfer of
teachers, political interference in the education department would be stopped.
He said that if the bureaucrats didn't enrol their children in the government
schools, then they have no right to intervene in the affairs of the schools. The news
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