Inter exam cheating, Teachers manhandled
College principal, teacher beaten for refusing to allow cheating
Karachi, May 10: Yet more education officials were subjected to fists of fury as a principal
and a teacher were beaten after refusing to allow students to cheat in
the Urdu paper for Pre-Medical.
A student present in the
classroom at the time said that there were two invigilators for the
exam classroom and while one of them tolerated the cheating, the other
was having none of it. Subsequently, a group, who the witness claimed
belonged to the Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF), started threatening
the teacher and chanting political slogans. "The Rangers intervened and
the rest of the paper was completed in a peaceful environment," he said.
But when the paper ended, the students who were stopped
from cheating caught hold of the invigilator and beat him up. "The
Rangers and police were unable to control the situation as they had
stepped out for lunch," revealed Imran K Chishti, the controller of
Inter Board Examination Karachi.
student mob entered the college and not only vandalised property, but
also beat up the principal. Enraged and terrified at the same time, the
teachers refused to hold the afternoon paper as they felt their lives
were in danger.
"I reached the centre and tried to
convince them to hold the exam," the controller said. However, when the
teachers refused, he went to address the students that had collected at
the gate as they were refused entry.
"I suggested that
the exam be held on another day as the teachers were not ready to
invigilate, however, the students refused and demanded that the paper be
held on the same day." The controller said that arrangements were then
made to hold the exams at the Inter Board Office. However, since the
arrangements took a long time, "mob mentality" took over the students
and they started pelting stones at the college. The result of this was
the postponement of the Commercial Geography exam for second year
students at the centre.
Meanwhile, PSF President Painda
Khan denied the involvement of his political party. "The student in
question, Junaid, was expelled from the party for criminal charges last
year." He claimed the other students who protected him and chanted
political slogans were trying to "defame the party".
SPLA ends boycott
the assurance of the city's commissioner that the its grievances would
be addressed, the Sindh Professors and Lectures Association (SPLA) ended
its boycott of the annual examinations of the Higher Secondary School
Certificate from May 10 onwards.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister
Sindh Qaim Ali Shah talked to SPLA representatives, and assured them of
his administration's full support for them in the matter, said his
Shah took notice of the issue and directed
the police to register an FIR against the suspects and take stern
action. Police also arrested some students allegedly involved in the
manhandling of the principal and a professor of a college, added the
spokesman. The news
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Job fair at University of Karachi
Karachi: Mass Communication Department of the University of Karachi is
going to organise a job fair on Thursday (today) at its premises. Job
Fair 2012 is going to be a dynamic and professional event in which
various media organisations will offer job opportunities and guidelines
related to professional requirements. The aim of this fair is to bring
students and organisations to a platform where they can communicate
amongst each other besides providing the students with a chance to show
their competence and skills. The event will start at 10:00am. Daily times
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Two private schools clarify national anthem reports
Karachi: Two private schools have clarified that they have not given up singing the
national anthem in their morning assemblies, saying that this important
tradition is being followed at these institutions every day.
Bay View High School and the Rhodene Academy in separate statements
challenged reports published in its May 3 and May 5 issues,
which highlighted that several elite schools have stopped following the
tradition of the singing of the national anthem or follow it only once a
The initial report stirred debate in the Sindh
Assembly and prompted Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul Haq to
order an inquiry. Key political parties and educationists also slammed
the managements of these private schools and asked them to restore the
But in a statement, the board, management and
teachers of Bay View High School clarified the national anthem remained
"an important school tradition and it is sung every single day
throughout the entire school and regularly at the college."
never barred the national anthem and we did not say 'it is a waste of
time and energy'," the statement said. The News report quoted Bay View
High School's Vice Principal Nadeem Islam, who had said that the
national anthem was being sung there only once a week on Monday.
the statement said that the Bay View High School inculcates "national
pride and good citizenship in many ways and have carefully planned this
objective school-wide throughout our curriculum."
well as singing the National Anthem with pride, we encourage our
students to put strong moral values such as honesty, decency and
compassion for others above selfish motivations." "We at Bay View High
are very conscious of our responsibility of building the character of
our students in a manner that reflects the firm belief that national
pride and good citizenship are crucially important values in an
individual. This is a critical focus of our educational programme
throughout the entire school and a part of our school mission
encouraging students to be responsible members of society."
statement, however, said that it agreed with the "esteemed
educationists" quoted in The News, including Chairman Board of Education
and Director Institute of Education, who underlined the importance of
the singing of the national anthem at schools. The statement reiterated
that at Bay View High School students sing the national anthem which
remains an important tradition.
The principal of Rhodene
Academy also denied the report that the tradition of the national anthem
had been abandoned, saying it was contrary to the facts. A couple of
teachers of the Academy said on the condition of anonymity
that the management did not follow this tradition.
the principal said that the management of this school was never
contacted for its version. "A simple telephone call to the school would
have been sufficient for us to confirm that we, as a school, are proud
to uphold the recitation of the National Anthem every morning at the
beginning of assembly," the principal said. "We have received emails
from angry Pakistanis around the world and it is clear to us that
substantial damage has been caused to our good reputation."
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Sindh considering forming its own HEC
Karachi: Senior Minister Sindh for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has said the
education department is considering establishing a Higher Education
Commission of Sindh and a Bureau of Curriculum to improve the quality of
education and improve the monitoring system in the province.
commission would examine different sectors of education and also
conduct audits to ensure transparency, he said, while addressing a press
briefing at his camp office on Tuesday. The Standardized Achievement
Test would be conducted to evaluate the capabilities of students, Haq
said, adding that the tests would be conducted by the IBA Sukkur of
students who passed Class V.
He congratulated all
stakeholders on the passing of the Sindh Teachers Education Development
Authority (STEDA) Bill 2012 in the Sindh Assembly, and said it would
help in improving teaching standards in the province. He added that all
stakeholders were taken on board in this regard. "It was a difficult
task; however, we did it."
In view of the floods and
rains in July, August and September in the last two years, a summary had
been moved to the chief minister for the summer vacations in July and
August, he added.
The minister education directed all
officials of the education department to work honestly and diligently to
improve the quality of education. Two wings had been made in schools
and new posts sanctioned to manage the workload, he said.He said that it
was the basic right of every child from age five to 16 to acquire
education and no one should deprive them of their fundamental right.
are 3.2 million students in primary schools, 900,000 in middle schools
and more than 300,000 in higher secondary schools and the Sindh
education department is trying its best to reduce the dropout rate of
children from these schools.
Sindh Minister for Education
Pir Mazhar-ul-haq said this while talking to Tanzanian Education
Minister Dr Shokum J Kawambna in his office on Wednesday. Both ministers
discussed bilateral relations and education systems, amongst other
"We are recruiting more than 19,000 teachers in a
bid to overcome a shortage of teachers in different schools," he
stated.Haq also stressed that efforts and reforms were underway in the
education sector for the upgradation of schools and the provision of
quality education in the province.
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SU faculty urged to make students capable of serving society
Hyderabad: Acting Vice-Chancellor (VC), University of Sindh (SU), Prof Dr Perveen
Shah urged the Deans and heads of the teaching institutes of the SU to
fulfil their role and responsibilities with the changing time for
educating and training of youth so that they become model citizens,
capable for serving the society.
Shah was addressing a
joint session of Deans and heads of the departments of the faculties of
arts and education. She had held with them to know their problems and
to take decisions to solve them.
The meeting was attended
by Dean Dr Noor Afroze Khwaja and Dean Faculty of Education Dr Perveen
Munshi, all concerned officers, including Registrar Prof Ghaffar Shah,
Director Finance Mushtaq Ahmad Memon, Controllers of Examinations
Muhammad Nawaz Narejo, Muhammad Ali Pathan and others.
the VC had held a meeting with the faculties of natural sciences and
social sciences.On the occasion, Dr Shah highlighted steps she had taken
for maintaining law and order and improvement in the academic
environment. She said the purpose of the meetings with the faculties was
to take decisions in the light of the needs so that the departments can
work in problem-free environment.She said: "There is dire need that we
must work in collective manner to improve the quality of education and
maintain law and order at the Campus." The news
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