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Teachers' recruitment tests mismanagement | HSC postponed exams

Education department reluctant to take action
Karachi, May 21: Sindh Education Department has apparently failed to identify the responsible for corruption and mismanagement reported in the teachers' recruitment tests being held in the last month.

About 25 days have lapsed but the authorities concerned did not show their attention to probe reports of corruption and mismanagement in the recruitment tests. It seems that the government is not interested to disclose the facts regarding the reports of deterioration in the tests; rather, it is showing leniency towards the accountable for corruption and mismanagement. Additional Secretary Education, Riaz Memon, who was appointed head of the enquiry committee, could not furnish the enquiry report so far. On the other hand, Sindh University Jamshoro has announced the new date for the recruitment test of High School Teachers (HST) that was deferred by Vice Chancellor Sindh University Jamshoro Prof Dr Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, having come to know about corrupt and malpractice of the related people.

The recruitment tests for vacant posts of HST, JST (Junior School Teacher) and PST (Primary School Teacher) were scheduled to be held from 24 to 26 April, 2009. Out of which only two tests, including HST and JST, were held while PST test was postponed due to leak out paper. Later on, the Sindh University Jamshoro had deferred the HST tests.

On the contrary, a three-member enquiry committee, formed by EDO Education Ibrahim Kumbher, has failed to furnish the enquiry report on the issuance of illegal admit cards' receipts for the recruitment tests of the vacant posts of teachers from Karimabad DO Office. The committee, comprising on DO Secondary Male Shabir Jokhio, DO Secondary Female Khurshid Fatima and DO Academic Training Siddiqu Baloch, was directed to furnish the report during three days but several weeks have been passed although the report is still in process. When Additional Secretary Education Riaz Memon was contacted to enquire about the enquiry report, he refused to comment on the issue and said that Secretary Education Rizwan Memon should be contacted for comments. Conversely, several calls have been made on the mobile phone of the secretary education, but he did not attend. The Nation

Teachers' test for Karachi region
Karachi: A written test for the recruitment of teachers for government high schools in the Karachi region will be conducted at the Expo Centre on May 26 at 10am.

About 5,000 candidates have been registered for the test. It was earlier held on April 24 at the National Stadium. But the Sindh University's testing service cancelled it on account of mismanagement and cheating.

The written test for the appointment of teachers in government primary schools of the Karachi region and 11 other districts of Sindh will be held on May 24. In Karachi alone, more than 17,500 candidates have applied for the post of primary school teacher. Dawn


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New dates of HSC postponed exams
Karachi: New dates of HSC postponed exams: The Controller Examination, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Professor Agha Akber Mirza, on Wednesday has announced the new dates for postponed papers of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) annual examinations, 2009. According to an official handout, papers originally scheduled on Thursday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 12, 2009 will now be held on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, 2009, respectively at the same time and venue. The News


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KU students suffer during exams due to outages
Karachi: Unannounced and frequent power outages have dealt a severe blow to the academic activities at the University of Karachi, as the Karachi Electric Supply Company has failed to meet the KU's demand of 3.5 megawatts.

The worst sufferers are thousands of students who are taking exams in the absence of electricity these days.

Since most of the university departments do not have a power backup facility, students are finding it extremely difficult to perform well in the exams in the current hot weather.

"It is not that we are having power outages only during the exams, we also face this problem while attending regular lectures," a student told PPI, adding that sometimes students get dehydrated in classrooms.

Invigilators and teachers are also the victims of power outages. "We suffer all the day whether giving lectures in classes or doing academic work in our rooms," said a teacher at the sociology department of Karachi University.

He said invigilators have to stand alert for three hours during the examination, which becomes almost unbearable in the absence of electricity.

When Karachi University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Ikhlaq Ahmed was asked about the outages on Wednesday, he said: "The electricity requirement at the university is greater than the amount of power being provided by the KESC to the institution."

He explained that the total requirement of the campus was 3.5 megawatts, while the power utility was hardly providing 2.5 megawatts.

"Students are certainly suffering as we don't get enough electricity to meet the university's demand," he said, adding that engineers at the campus were managing the shortfall of one megawatt by carrying out internal load-shedding on a rotational basis.

"We keep distributing electricity to different parts of Karachi University and that is why power goes off in different departments on and off."

However, he said that the crisis deepened when the KESC carried out unannounced load-shedding for a couple of hours.

He said that power outages from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5pm certainly troubled the candidates who were taking the exams during these hours. Ppi


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BIEK's incompetence jeopardises
Karachi: The career of a promising candidate is likely to be spoiled by the unprofessional attitude of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK).

The student, Rakshan Zafar, was unable to complete her mathematics exam due to the delay in the distribution of question papers by the BIEK.

Zafar, a pre-engineering student at Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Degree College for Women, appeared in her mathematics paper at Government College for Girls Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Block 7 on May 2.

Rakshan and many other girls were not given the English version of the objective paper that was supposed to be attempted in first 20 minutes of the exam.

Due to the shortage of the English version of the question papers, the Urdu version remained with the students for nearly 40 minutes and then they were given English version for another twenty minutes.

In clear violation of examination conducts, the English medium candidates, were given one hour for the objective paper. Afterwards, they were allowed only two hours to complete the descriptive section of the examination.

Rakhshan, who obtained an overall 85 per cent marks and 95/100 in Math in her SSC aimed to score 90 plus in mathematics paper of XI to make sure she could maintain a percentage of above 80 percent.

She could not prepare well for other papers since she was depressed and disappointed. "I did not cancel my paper and I know I would pass it," she said, "If I try for an improvement paper I will have to appear in all papers once again," she elaborated. "May they fail me in this paper," she prayed, adding, "So that I can do well next year to secure a good percentage."

It is worth mentioning here that Chairman BIEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai had admitted that there was a shortage of question papers and explained that the shortage was caused by eleventh hour submission of examination forms of thousands of candidates that continued till late night. He said that due to late registration of several candidates the question papers that were dispatched to the examination centres proved insufficient as more candidates turned out than were expected.

Zai contradicted the allegations of students that the additional papers were delayed by an hour. He said that extra question papers were available at all examination centres within 15 to 20 minutes of the exam. He also said that candidates were given extra time equal to the time candidates waited for question papers. Zai also said that he did not receive any complaints regarding injustice to students and said he would respond to the complaints if any.

However, when Rakhshan's father Zafar ul Islam made several visits to BIEK, he did not receive any response from either Chairman or Controller of Examination. He had submitted a written application at the offices of Chairman and Controller and made follow up calls but none of the BIEK officials have so far responded.

"I request authorities concerned to take notice of what has happened to my daughter and take necessary action in this regard," Zafar appealed. The News


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Teachers call for rise in salary
Hyderabad: On the call of the All Sindh Primary Teachers Association, primary school teachers took out protest rallies across the province on Wednesday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

The association has submitted a 12 point-charter of demands to the Sindh government, which includes an increase in salaries and allowances commensurate with price hike, introduction of pay scales and grant of teaching allowance as in other provinces and implementation of job quota for the sons of deceased teachers.

Rafique Jarwar, Surayya Jatoi, Jani Shah and other leaders of the association told a demonstration outside the Hyderabad press club that they would continue protest throughout the province in phases till the acceptance of their demands.

In Khairpur, a large number of teachers took out a rally from Phool Bagh to the local press club press.

They said that the government had announced teaching allowance but that was not paid to them. They said that the anti-corruption police and monitoring cells were creating problems for the teachers in the name of checking their attendance.

In Shikarpur, primary school teachers took out a rally followed by a demonstration. In Mithi, a large number of primary school teacher, including women, took out a rally. They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans.

In Dadu, primary school teachers boycotted the classes and took out a rally. Similar demonstrations were held in Naushahro Feroze, Umerkot and other cities of Sindh. Dawn

LUMHS students threaten hunger strike unto death
Hyderabad: The final year students of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) on Wednesday threatened to observe hunger strike unto death in case their demand of ending overlapping house jobs was not accepted in three days.

Addressing a news conference at the Hyderabad Press Club, the students, including Subhash Chandr, Asghar Umrani, Khadim Khwaja and others, said the LUMHS was the only university which was offering late house jobs for the passing out medical students in Sindh.

They argued that usually an MBBS graduate was entitled to house job practice after one month of his passing the final year exams but at the LUMHS these students were made to wait for up to nine months, which is an injustice with them.

They said the LUMHS administration officially as well as unofficially conveyed the concern to the concerned authorities in this regard but no action had been taken so far. They demanded that the house job facility should be allowed to the final year students soon after they passed the exams so as to save their future.' The News


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