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BISE chief admits matric papers leak | British edu boards' conference

BISE chief admits matric papers leak
Bahawalpur, May 19, 2008: Irregularities and lapses in maintaining secrecy of question papers have been reported in the annual matriculation examinations, 2008.

This was admitted by Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Bahawalpur, chairperson Begum Bilqees Akram at a press conference here.

Though she evaded most of the questions on reported question paper leaks, she confirmed a Dawn report that a BISE employee, Hafiz Irfan, was sacked for his involvement in the scandal.

The BISE chairperson replied in the negative when asked whether Irfan's case was handed over to the police for further investigation.

She said that Irfan was working on a contract in the secrecy branch under the supervision of Shabbir Lodhi, an officer confidential press (OCP).

Meanwhile, a pamphlet on behalf of the teachers' union, Bahawalpur, and professors' union, Punjab, circulated here alleged malpractices in the board and sought action against corrupt officials.

The pamphlet demanded handing over of Hafiz Irfan Shaheen to police and holding of an impartial inquiry into the allegations. Dawn

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British educational boards' conference from June 16 to June 20
Lahore: The British educational boards are to organise a conference to update students, parents, teachers and institutes regarding changes to curriculum programmes. The conference will be held between June 16 - 20.

Edexcel International Development Manager David Davis will hold meetings with the principals of all invited schools including Aitchison College, the City School System, Lahore Grammar School (LGS), Beaconhouse School System and Bloomfield Hall School. He will discuss the features of the newly introduced International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the updated A-Level courses, which will be taught from the next term, with foreign and local experts.

"The conference is aimed to update and make people aware of changes in the British education system and its impact on their international stakeholders. The British education policy makers also want them to participate in the debate about how to make it cutting edge as well as flexible for the students," Edexcel International's representative in Pakistan Suhail Zafar said.

He added that IGCSE was designed keeping in mind the needs of international students, especially those whose first language is not English. The course would be innovative and would involve more use of information technology, he said. "We believe that new IGCSE will be replacing O-Level, as it is placed in a localized context, which would make it easier for institutions with less expertise to conduct, compared to O-Level," Zafar added. He said that experts would hold one-to-one meetings, give presentations and deliver lectures to teachers and students during the event. He added that British educators would also discuss the changes in the A-Level examination system. "The British officials would also take suggestion from all participants and listen to their problems regarding the British education system so that they would fix them in future," he explained. He said that this conference would focus on the 'partially neglected stakeholders,' parents.

The conference would take place from June 16 - 17 in Karachi, June 18 in Islamabad and from June 19 - 20 in Lahore. The venues will be announced at a later date. Daily Times

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