Inter exams 2012 began amid security
Strict security at HSC exam centres
Karachi, May 08: The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC)
annual examination 2012 began amid security at almost all the
examination centres on Monday, while the candidates and examination
staffs largely complained of the absence of electricity for a
substantial period of time.
According to Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) sources,
about 43,000 candidates of the faculties of Science and Home Economics
peacefully appeared for and took the first year papers of Islamic
Education/Civics/Akhlaqiat from 9.30am to 11.30am on Monday, the first
day of the first phase of the HSC annual examination.
However, there were reports of interference from outsiders at Adamjee Government Science College, Business Recorder Road.
When contacted, a senior teacher said that over 20 outsiders
had managed to enter the examination centre in the morning before the
deployment of police there. The Police, however, reached as soon as the
issue was brought to its knowledge and helped the examination staff in
getting rid of the outsiders during the early hours of the examination.
Police was moved at once in the case of Adamjee College, the BIEK
examination controller, M. Imran Khan Chisti, said, adding that the
incident was not related to the conducting of the examination.
Centre superintendents of Sirajuddaula Government College, Liaquat
Government College, Malir, Government Superior Science College, Shah
Faisal Colony, Government Degree Science/Commerce College,
Landhi/Korangi, mentioned that there was adequate deployment of police
at the centres.
However, they complained about the scarcity of electricity due to
load shedding and feared that the situation might get even more out of
control in the absence of KESC supply or generators in the days to come.
The duration of papers held on Monday was of two hours, but the
remaining papers will be of three-hour duration and as such students
could protest over the non-availability of electricity and other
amenities at the examination centres in the wake of hot and humid
In the meantime, a handout from the Karachi commissioner's office
stated that the KESC had been asked to ensure uninterrupted supply of
electricity at both the morning and evening shifts for all the
examination centres in the city.
Commissioner Roshan Ali Shaikh, who personally paid a visit to a
couple of the HSC examination centres, told the chairman of the BIEK
that he should make sure that potable water and fans were provided at
all the examination centres so that the students could solve their
According to a BIEK press release, in all 11 candidates were found
resorting to unfair means during the examination on Monday. Their cases
had been sent to the unfair means committee of BIEK for action in line
with the board's rules.
Load shedding was also a concern of the board, as according to it,
the students had to face enormous trouble in taking their examination
due to interruption in the power supply.
In the meantime, the BIEK placed the key of the objective questions
given in the Monday's examination on its website one hour after the
conclusion of the examinations so that the candidates could assess their
standings in the objective portions of the examination the same day.
BIEK will hold the examinations in two shifts from Tuesday onwards
and as such the candidates would have to bear the brunt of power
failure. Moreover, KESC should do away with load shedding during the
night hours in order to enable the candidates to concentrate and make
full preparations for their examinations in the hours preceding the exam
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Students adopt unfair means in exams
Hyderabad: Use of unfair means in ongoing Higher
Secondary School examinations have reached a point where invigilators
and teachers are too scared to stop it because of looming life threats.
The final examinations of Class XI and XII began on Monday amid
cheating and copying and taking help through cell phones despite
imposition of Section 144 around the centres.
This bellied the oft repeated claims of divisional commissioner and
Hyderabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education authorities.
Terrified invigilating staffers were could not take action because of
a backlash from students, and police unable to keep photocopier shops
closed during examination hours.
This correspondent found two students solving their papers while
sitting on a single bench due to shortage of furniture while youths in
possession of solved papers and answer sheets of Urdu paper-I were
roaming freely inside the Government Degree College Latifabad Unit-II.
A young boy on confrontation bravely said that he was taking the
solved paper to give it to his brother who was appearing in the
examinations. The paper was solved by a coaching centre teacher and
neither police nor the centre's staff stopped him from entering the
The two policemen posted at there were least bothered to check the
entry of unconcerned people rather one of them from A-Section Police
Station Latifabad said their duty was to intervene if the situation
becomes of law and order.
Students were solving the papers in sweltering heat amid
load-shedding and invigilators not at all bothered to stop them from
using unfair means. Students were found brazenly cheating, copying and
taking help through cell phones and guides.
Asst Prof Naeem appointed by the BISE expressed his inability to
enforce strict discipline because of safety and security concerns of
self and other invigilators.
He admitted to this correspondent that forceful recovery of mobile
phones from students would cost invigilators a hell lot once they were
out of the examination centres since majority of students were unruly.
Principal, Government College Kohsar, Prof Adil Hayat complained of
acute shortage of benches. The BISE authorities were informed of the
shortage of benches and were even told that the college staff would be
forced to share one bench with two students thus helping in copy culture
but of no use, he said.
An invigilator Shahida Parveen Abro posted at the Government Zubeda
Girls College embarrassed girl candidates by conducting their body
search in the presence of male colleagues. However, she recovered
cheating material from some of the girls.
Chairman BISE, Abdul Aleem Khanzada said the team can search any girl on suspicion but not in the presence of males.
He said 46 cases of cheating were caught and three invigilators disqualified for failing to check unfair means.
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PA passes teachers development authority bill
Karachi: The Sindh Assembly on Monday passed into law
the Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority Bill, 2012 for
training, educational development and enhancement of the professional
capacities of teachers.
Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, who piloted the bill out
of turn after dispensing with Rule 84, 85 and 86, said that in future
only professional teachers having registration licences could be
recruited as teachers in public and private institutions and would be
given grade 16 instead of the present grade 9.
He said Sindh University and Shah Latif University were authorised to give affiliation to teachers' training institutes.
He said in the absence of any apex authority private sector
institutes were awarding certificates for amounts ranging from Rs2,000
He said the USAID with its $75 million grant to the government had
initiated a pilot project to provide training to trainers of teachers.
Under the pilot project, 50 teachers each were being trained in two
shifts in the women teaching training college in Karachi and Hyderabad
by education experts from Michigan University.
Pir Mazhar said it was for the first time that the government instead
of preparing the law itself had involved eminent educationists such as
Dr Prof Abdul Wahab, Dr R. A. Shah, Dr Mazhar Siddiqui, Prof Usman Ali
Essani, Anwar Ahmad Zai, Murad Ahmad Nizamani, Dr Suleman Shaikh and
He said the bill was the outcome of their efforts and hoped that with
the enactment of the law, a sound foundation would be laid to produce
professional and committed teachers.
He said the government had appointed schoolteachers on merit with the
funding of the World Bank and 19,000 more teachers would be appointed
He also informed the house that out of the 7,000 closed schools,
3,000 institutions had been made functional and the remaining would soon
Parliamentary party leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Syed
Sardar Ahmad said that deterioration in the education sector was not
because of politics but flaws of politicians for ignoring the competence
and merit culture.
Information Minister Shazia Marri recalled reasons for the falling
standard in the education sector and held responsible the "boots and
courts" for ruining the country's education system.
Muhammad Anwar Mahar said that despite drawing high salary of up to
Rs60,000 per month the BEd and MEd qualified teachers did not attend
schools or take the classes to teach their students.Humera Alwani said
that new methods were being applied across the globe to train teachers
but in Pakistan it appeared that teachers were stuck to old traditions
teaching. She was also critical of inducting subject teachers into the administrative side.
Dr Ahmad Ali Shah said that the condition in the education sector was
extremely poor and if the bill was introduced earlier, the situation
could have improved.
Sherjeel Memon said that it was a good step for laying a strong base of education for coming generations.
Khalid Ahmad said the bill would be a leap forward to bring about a revolution in the education sector.
Khwaja Izharul Hasan, Rafique Engineer, Sassui Palejo, Dr Sikander
Shoro, Kulsoom Chandio and Syed Bachal Shah also supported the bill.
During the clause-by-clause reading, two amendments, suggested by the MQM's Khalid Ahmed, were incorporated in the bill.
Through the first amendment, the speaker would nominate three
lawmakers, including the chairman of the assembly's standing committee
on education, on the managing board of the authority, while through the
second amendment the secretary of the education department would be one
of the official members and not its vice chairman as mentioned in the
After the bill was passed into law, Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro stressed the need for changing mindset.
Before Speaker Khuhro called it a day at 3.20pm, PPP lawmaker Taimour
Talpur stood on a point of order and informed the house that although
the water situation was normal, in his constituency there was an acute
water shortage due to mismanagement in water distribution.
Mr Talpur said he had no other demand from the government than water supply for cultivation before the sowing season was over.
He said he did not like to move any privilege motion as he had become
tired of raising the issue with no outcome. He suggested an inquiry
into his complaint and said its report should be submitted to the
Sassui Palejo also drew the attention of the house towards the water shortage in Umerkot, Badin and Thatta.
Speaker Khuhro said the irrigation minister had promised to give a
briefing to the house but he somehow could not do so. He said he would
again ask the minister to hear members complaints about water.
The speaker also announced that the governor had given assent to the Indus University Bill, 2011.
Earlier, when Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza wanted to discuss the law
and order situation, Shoaib Bokhari suggested that in the absence of the
chief minister, who holds the portfolio of home ministry, and the law
minister it was not appropriate to start general discussion on law and
order as no one was there to respond to questions to be raised during
The chair after consultation with Pir Mazhad deferred the discussion
for Tuesday, which would be taken up after the adjournment motion. Dawn
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