SSC online system & students problems
Online system costs students dearly
Rawalpindi, Mar 07: Hundreds of students faced hardships on Saturday in the first paper of the Secondary
School Certificate (SSC) held under the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education (RBISE) thanks to the inefficiency of the board in
maintaining its website for timely delivery of roll numbers to the students via
Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(RBISE) Controller Examinations Professor Abdul Sattar Ramay admitted that
students and parents faced great tension after not getting the roll number
slips. He said "We have issued a fresh notification and asked all
superintendents of examination centres to allow students to appear in exams and
we have issued manual roll number slips to them. All staff would remain in the
board office even on Sunday to distribute manual roll number slips to the
students so that they can easily appear in the next papers," he added. He held
out the assurance that students would not miss their papers.
on the other hand were wandering as how could they will be able to appear in the
examination without roll number slips.
Students accompanied by their parents complained that the paper had already started in
the examination centre and they had not even got the roll number slip. And some
of the students even claimed that they had already got their roll numbers, but
they don't have their pictures on them.
Muhammad Shafiq, a student said:
"I did not get my roll number slip therefore I cannot appear in the exam. I am
here at the board office to collect my manual roll number slip, but I am not
sure whether I will be allowed to sit in the exam or not."
another student said: "I could not appear in examination, as I did not have my
roll number slip. She questioned as why Punjab government introduced online
system, which has failed and spoiled the future of students like her.
merits mentioning here that around three weeks ago published a story
that students could face problems due to online system introduced by the Punjab
At that time Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez Chairman Rawalpindi Board
agreed that students were facing hardships with the online system introduced for
the first time. He said that he had received several complaints that net cafes
were looting students and poor parents. Secondly some heads of institutions were
charging hefty amounts for attestation of documents, he said. He assured that he
would take strict action against such persons. He said that online form was a
new system, which was introduced for the first time, therefore, majority of
students were not aware of it.
A key post officer in Rawalpindi Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) on condition of anonymity said on Saturday that software system used by the board was outdated and
website had been blocked for several weeks.
It has been learnt that the link for obtaining roll number slips is not available on the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education website
Instead a separate website
(www.bisephase1.com) was launched, where students could fill a form by proving
their basic data and get their roll number slips, which is far complicated and
on this website there are numerous links along with roll number slips obtaining
link, which is quite inconvenient. It also merits mentioning here that the
website (www.bisephase1.com) does not seem to be a government run
The question arises as whether the delay in receiving roll
number slips was because of these two different websites and whether the
students were aware of the fact that they could obtain their roll number slips
from www.bisephase1.com or they continued their hectic search at
(http://www.biserwp.edu.pk/) without any success.
Normally general public
puts a query in search engine by giving some information about the respective
department. But when one puts a query regarding Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education Rawalpindi, the search engine takes the search to the
address (http://www.biserwp.edu.pk/) where one can only find old results and no
other data is available on the site and there is no mention of roll number slips
of admission forms on this website. The news
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Roll number slips keep students confused
Rawalpindi: Worried students and
parents spent Saturday to get corrected their faulty roll number slips issued
under the new online registration system of the Punjab government.
Though the Secondary School Certificate exams started on Saturday, errors in
roll number slips forced the candidates to visit the offices of the Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, for correcting
Examination centres in far off areas, students receiving more than one roll
number slip, different photos, and some even not getting the document to appear
in the exams were some of the glitches that the online system produced.
A board official termed the weekend a 'breathing space' for the authorities
to correct many 'wrongs'. On Saturday papers for elective subjects â€" Arabic
and Persian â€" were held. But on Monday over 122,000 students will sit for the
compulsory paper of English.
Anila Bibi received two roll number slips, with one saying that her exams
will be held in the morning and the other wanted her to appear in the evening
shift. "I visited the board's office to know in which shift I have to appear for
the English paper. It's in the morning."
Mohammad Usman Khan, another candidate, said he spent Rs200 at an internet
café first for filling the online form and then for downloading the roll number
slip. "But it did not contain my photo. I have to be at the board's office to
get the new roll number slip."
Discussions with BISE officials revealed the project's control under one man
in Lahore causing confusion and trouble for the students and parents, most of
them caught unawares about the online registration. "It is difficult for a
matriculation student to understand the online system. The higher officials were
requested not to impose the system in one go," an official, requesting
Many students registered themselves online more than once. There are about
125,000 candidates but the board had received over 200,000 applications for the
SSC exams. Many students did not send the hard copies of their forms with bank
receipts after getting themselves registered online.
As the online data is controlled by Dr Majid Naeem in Lahore and the nine
examination boards having no control on the data of their respective candidates,
errors could not be fixed timely, the official said.
In an effort to control the situation, BISE Controller Examination Abdul
Sattar Ramay said the board chairman had issued a notification to all
supervisors not to stop any candidate from taking the exams.
The hardcopies of roll number slips have been sent to the examination
centres. "Students with faulty roll number slips can sit in the exams. All they
have to do is to confirm their candidature at the examination centre."
He said the chairman had also issued directions that the candidates would not
take exams out of their towns and tehsils. But he added that the inter-city
centres would not be changed. "Even if a candidate does not have a slip or it is
unreadable, he will be allowed to take exams after the superintendent checks his
identity from the board," Ramay said. About risk of impersonation, the
controller said roll number slips with actual photos were available with the
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Students bunk classes for spending time in net cafes
Rawalpindi: Vulgarity and obscenity is being promoted at net cafes, which is spoiling the young
generation, especially school and college boys, who frequently visit these
outlets instead of going to their academic institutions to get
The youngsters not only watch obscene websites, but are also
found smoking cigarettes at these cafes. They leave their homes for schools and
colleges, but instead they throng the net cafes to watch vulgar and obscene
material and also chat for hours daily.
A number of parents have
expressed concern over the mushroom growth of net cafes, which are spoiling
their children. They urged the government to take immediate action against net
cafes engaged in immoral activities.
When contacted Rawalpindi
Division Teachers Welfare Association President Saghir Alam, he admitted that
the majority of students instead of going to schools and colleges visit net
cafes to spend their time and money in fruitless activities. He said that they
have told parents a number of times about the absence of their children from the
school. "Unfortunately some parents took the matter very lightly and as a result
their kids failed in the annual examinations," he said. "We need full
cooperation of parents to tackle this serious problem, as it is a matter of
their children's future," he added.
It is learnt that more than
5,000 net cafes are operating in the Rawalpindi city and the majority of them
provide full cover to youngsters. Most of the time these cafes remain packed
Some parents admitted that net
cafes are spoiling the young generation. Mushtaq Ahmed, a father, said that his
son Niaz Ahmed performed poorly in the class 9 examinations. "When I visited his
school, his teacher told me that my son was not attending classes regularly.
After investigation, I found my son in a net cafe where he was watching vulgar
websites instead of attending classes. Now I am trying to control him," he
A net cafe owner, on condition of anonymity said that
they are not insisting students to come over rather they visit on their own free
will. He admitted that they provide 'shesha' facility to visitors by charging
some extra money.
When contacted Additional District
Coordination Officer Muhammad Zubair Khan, he said that the administration would
take strict action against owners of net cafes involved in immoral activities.
He said that teachers should keep a check on the activities of their students
and inform their parents time and again. "It is a serious matter and we will
take immediate action," he assured.
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150 FDE's sacked employees reinstated
Islamabad: As many as 150 sacked employees including teaching and non-teaching staff of Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) from grade 1 to grade 16 had been reinstated on
Saturday with one scale upgradation.
According to the information, the
letters of reinstatement of 91 non-teaching staff and 59 teaching staff have
been distributed to the employees who allegedly became target of political
victimisation during the Nawaz Sharif regime in 1999.
As many as 8,000
employees were fired during the regime (1996 to 1999) on political grounds and
after the Presidential Ordinance 2009, these employees now are getting their
jobs back. The employees have been reinstated under the 'Sacked Employees
During the first phase of reinstatement, 523
sacked employees were reinstated out of which only 100 were genuine while the
rest of 423 reinstated employees were allegedly fake. According to a copy of
letter, only 100 employees had been termed as the actually genuine. Letter No
F.1-2/2010 (COORD) FDE dated 22nd October 2010 has been sent to Deputy
Accountant General by FDE. However reinstatement letters have finally been
issued to 206 employees.
According to the information, there were 650
sacked employees that were to be reinstated out of which 206 were reinstated
after scrutiny during the first phase, 150 have been reinstated during the
second phase while 294 will be reinstated during the third phase.
officials said it is the second phase of reinstatement after which there would
also be the thirds phase of reinstatement. "We will invite more applications
during the third phase and these sacked employees will also be reinstated after
verification," he said.
While answering to a question regarding the fake
hiring during the first phase he said, it was not the fault on the part of FDE
but of those who duly verified the fake documents were responsible. "It is not
only the job of FDE to verify but it is the responsibility of other ministries
and organisations," he added.
Pointing out a serious problems being faced
by FDE in reinstatement of employees, he said, those contractual employees of
FDE whose contacts were expired in 1999 also claimed for the reinstatement of
job. "The employees whose job was by virtue ended in 1999 also claiming for
reinstatement by preparing fake documents," he added.
FDE spokesperson Shakeel Arshad said that this time they have adopted a
sticker procedure for the verification of the employees. "We have verified from
each education institution as if the employee who is seeking reinstatement was
genuinely its employee, what was his status and nature of job," he
He said that the process of verification for the third phase has
also been started and they are seeking applications from the employees. The news
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School labs without equipment
Rawalpindi: Science laboratories in most of the government
secondary schools in Rawalpindi are not fully functional as they lack basic
The district has over 300 secondary schools, but most
are without labs that have basic equipment, necessary for the students opting
for the subjects of chemistry, physics and biology.
Though the secondary schools get basic equipment at the time of establishing
them, "for the last 20 years no special grants have been made to
modern equipment for the labs," said a teacher, requesting anonymity.
With 24 years of experience in teaching science subjects, the teacher said
without a lab, students fail to understand the 'concepts' as they do not carry
out the experiments themselves. It leaves them unprepared for the compulsory
practical examination, the teacher said. "In the absence of practical studies,
students face difficulty in passing the examination and mainly depend on the
efforts of their teachers," he said.
The teacher said basic components of a lab – acids, chemicals, sprit lamps,
gas burners, model skeletons, microscopes and vernier caliper (measuring
instrument) – were not available in sufficient quantities.
The government has to spend Rs100,000 to Rs150,000 to establish a
well-quipped lab, with additional Rs10,000 to Rs15,000 every year to run them,
the teacher said. But he regretted that though posts have been sanctioned, there
were not lab attendants in the schools. Only
attendants can ensure proper
upkeep of the laboratories, he said.
Mohammad Ramazan, whose son studies in the Government Muslim High School,
believes that in the public schools no effort is made to improve the teaching of
science studies. "In private schools, basic facilities for science students help
produce better results."
Hadayat Ali, a 9th class student, said it was obvious that students who get
the chance of carrying out experiments in the labs excel in exams.
A secondary school principal, who also requested anonymity, said till 1988
schools were provided with basic lab components every year. "But since then
there were no items and funds for the laboratories." He added that secondary
schools in remote areas are working without labs.
"Principals who take interest in lab activities arrange basic equipment and
encourage students and teachers to carry out experiments," he said.
The principal said at present the schools are getting funds only under the
Faroogh-i-Taleem Fund and collecting Rs five from every student monthly. "This
money is used for different purposes after getting approval from the school
council. No other money is available to provide
basic equipment or to
modernise the existing facilities," he added.
Executive District Officer Qazi Zahoorul Haq said it was the duty of the
school principals to look after the laboratories as no funds were specified for
the facility in the annual budget. He said facilities for labs are provided when
a secondary school is established.
He said the education department had decided to establish vocational centres
at 15 higher secondary schools in every district to provide skilled education to
students. The EDO said Rs70,000 would be paid to every school for the vocational
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ICAP celebrates Golden Jubilee
Islamabad: In order to celebrate the Golden Jubilee
Celebrations the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) organised
a ceremony at Serena Hotel, Islamabad, says a press release issued here
Saturday. The event was part of a series of events that ICAP has planned over
the course of the current year in lieu of the celebrations of their Golden
Jubilee, as ICAP will be completing 50 years of its establishment in July 2011.
The Council of the Institute has planned to celebrate this milestone with
grandeur and has declared the Year 2011 as ICAP's Golden Jubilee Year. Federal
Minister for Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh was the chief guest on the
occasion. The news
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AIOU starts mailing books to students
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) started mailing
books to its students across the country on Sunday.
AIOU Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi inaugurated the process of mailing books for the
Semester Spring, 2011 and addressing on the occasion, he said that books were
being mailed to 27, 000 students of PTC programme while books those to 40,000
students of Matriculation Programme enrolled at first stage would be sent within
a few days.
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MoE awards PTB to publish textbooks for Federal Board
Islamabad: Ministry of Education, in an unprecedented move, has assigned Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) to
publish textbooks for the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondry Education.
National Book Foundation (NBF), a sub organization of the ministry, has been
printing the books for the last ten years.
According to the sources,
contention between former education minister Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali and Chairman
NBF over purchase of paper caused the move. The minister wanted to purchase
paper from a particular person while the chairman was to contract someone else.
The Education Ministry recently notified that NBF would not publish the
books for the year 2011. The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Private
Schools Regulatory Authority (PSRA) had demanded 52 million books of the
ministry for the federal capital in December 2010 and NBF had ordered 36
printing presses of twin cities to publish the books. Moreover, the foundation
already has books worth RS 200 million left from the past year, which would
ultimately go wasted if the ministry awards the publishing to PTB.
education year 2011 is going to start in April but PTB is in no position to
provide the books till April, claimed sources. Talking to this scribe, an
FG-school-student's parents claimed that the students would had been provided
books at the outset of March each year but this year the administration had told
them that the books were not even yet published.
School Net work Dr, Muhammad Afzal Babar condemned the step taken by MoE. "The
students and teachers of educational institutions have been studying books
published by NBF for the last ten years, but with the revised curriculum,
teachers and students will have to suffer because of delay in the process as we
all know that Punjab Textbook Board will delay the printing, he said. Babar told
that the printing press association (PPA) had filed an application in Islamabad
High Court (IHC) and the court had issued the stay order in favour of
"The court summoned representative of MoE on March 4 and adjourned
the proceedings till March 23, he added.
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MoE has no comments
Islamabad: Ministry Of Education's Spokesman Saqib Mumtaz said
the ministry had no official stance over the matter owing to the
'un-availability' of the minister but hoped that the matter would be resolved
soon. Daily times
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Beaconhouse team wins debate competition
Rawalpindi: Beaconhouse Educational Complex (BEC) hosted the three-day Annual BEC
Parliamentary Style Debating Championship 2011 in Rawalpindi, says a press
release issued here Saturday.
O and A Level teams from schools across
the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the event to compete
for the winner's trophy, which was lifted by the BEC O Level Girls
The participating teams from Lahore Grammar School, International
Grammar School and College, Westminster College, The City School, Saint Mary's
Academy, Roots College International, Beaconhouse Margalla Campus and
Beaconhouse Educational Complex displayed impressive debating skills.
opening session on Day 1 saw teams from City School, Lahore Grammar School and
Beaconhouse emerged victorious and moved on to the quarterfinals, semi finals
and final debate. The final debate was an interesting collection of arguments
from both proposition and opposition teams on title 'This house believes that
there is in this age, a dearth of heroes.'
The judges and guests
including, Ikram Ghauri, Member of Customs Tribunal, Shehryar Ahmed, Media
Co-ordinator, Hamdard University, and Qasim Qureshi, a practicing lawyer and
teacher of Law were appreciative of the student organisers' effort at having
successfully provided a platform to students for healthy
Beaconhouse Educational Complex Principal, Mehr Asad, former Head
of the Beaconhouse Margalla Campus Boys Branch, said that she was proud of the
fact the event had been conceived, planned and implemented by the BEC student
body with careful guidance and supervision of teachers.
She said that
public speaking skills are a crucial aspect of education, confidence building
and grooming students to help prepare them to meet the challenges that higher
education and life will bring their way. The news
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