Organised scam under the nose of BSEK
Scam artistes operating under the nose of BSEK
|Karachi, Nov 03: Hundreds of students have been swindled by an organised scam
operating right under the nose of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi
(BSEK). Stalls set up in front of the BSEK's gate, manned by people
impersonating as board officials, took money from students and their families
telling them that they could submit their forms right there instead of standing
in the long queues inside.
No one from the board office or local police
station took notice of the situation even though the scam was operating openly
and in broad daylight.
Hundreds of students had to repay their fee while
a majority of them could not sit in the exam since they were not issued their
admit cards for not submitting their fees. These students were, needless to say,
caught off guard.
Those who did realise that they had been cheated in
time, resubmitted their fee at the bank counters to make sure they get the admit
cards. Yet, even among these candidates, some could give only one paper as the
payment due dates of other exams had already lapsed.
It was reliably
learnt that, during the period for the submission of the examination
forms for SSC Science and General Group Supplementary Examination 2008, both
regular and private, this scam was being operated right next to the main
entrance of the BSEK. Stalls had been set up next to the main gate with
stationary and stamps placed on the tables. Young men from the stalls told the
students that they were board employees and, due to long queues of candidates,
late comers could submit their examination fee there. As a result, hundreds of
students were deceived and submitted their fees and forms at these stalls. The
people operating the scam did not mark the receipt where the bank's stamp is
supposed to be.
The BSEK has refused to take responsibility for this
incident saying that they are not accountable for any fraud taking place outside
the premises of the board.
The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi
(BIEK) also rubbished allegations regarding the involvement of board employees
in the scam.
However, inside sources from the BSEK said that it is
impossible to cheat candidates in this manner without the board being aware. And
this is not the first time. Whenever there is a rush of people at BSEK, the same
rogues take full advantage. People in the board office receive several
complaints but fail to take any action against them.
Controller of Examination, BSEK, Syed Javed Iftikhar disagreed with the notion
that board employees were involved. He also said that BSEK is not responsible
for frauds taking place outside its premises.
Explaining, he said, "It
has been clearly published in all newspapers that the examination fee will be
submitted in the board of office branch of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP),
Askari Commercial Bank and Habib Bank. The students should not have paid
unidentified men." He further said that if the candidates were cheated inside
the building, the board would be responsible for that. Regarding, the candidates
who have been cheated he said, "We cannot exempt their examination fee but if
they submit their requests with the chairman of the board, they can be given the
exemption of late fee."
While the BSEK refuses to take responsibility of
the frauds frequently committed outside their premises, the candidates continue
to face problems. Given that the BSEK admits that they receive frequent
complaints regarding scams outside the premises, one wonders why no action is
taken against these con artistes.
A reliable source from BSEK said that
it is not possible to take action against these rogues since they have strong
political backing. "Those committing the fraud are often armed and can go after
you if you try to stop them," he maintained. He further said that this is the
responsibility of the local police but they do not perform their
Asked why the BSEK officials don't take any action against them, he
said, "Some senior level officers including a former chairman were murdered
while on duty. Therefore, it is risky for them to take the matter into their own
hands and they rely upon the higher authorities for this purpose.
The ones cheated
Karachi: While the BSEK has turned a blind eye to the fraud operating
outside their premises, less privileged students have suffered to the extent
that some of them may not even be able to sit in the exams this
Muhammad Muzamil, son of Muhammad Saleem, is one of the victims of
the fraud. Muzamil's father is an electrician and earns Rs7,000 a month. Saleem
visited us with his complaint and asked if the lost amount could be
recovered. When he was told that the biggest favour he could get from the board
is the exemption of late fee he decided that his son would sit in the exam next
year. When asked why, Saleem replied, "I already borrowed Rs4,000 this month
from which I gave Rs1,000 to Muzamil for his fee but that could not be submitted
to the board." He lamented that he could not afford more loans since he has to
meet other expenses as well.
By the time Muzamil was sure he had been
cheated it was too late for him since one of the due dates for his supplementary
exam (Mathematics) had already passed. Suffering mental trauma, he could not
prepare for his other exam (Physics).
Muzamil said that four of his class
fellows were also cheated by the same mafia and there were hundreds of students
who made the same mistake and would pay their fee again if the exam date had not
"I admit my child's mistake, but he was not the only one,
hundreds of students did the same," said Saleem. "Why are the BSEK not taking
any action against this particular mafia, despite being aware of them? And why
don't they suspend the staff that is involved and collaborating with this
fraud?" he questioned.
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HSC Part I examination forms schedule
Karachi: The examination forms for private candidates of HSC Part I Annual
Examinations 2009 for Humanities and Commerce groups are available at Board of
Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) at Rs35 per form, a press release stated
on Saturday. The forms can be submitted at UBL, BIEK branch after the due
verification and endorsement fee from the concerned sections. The forms can be
submitted from Nov 5 to Nov 29 and from December 1 to December 16 with a late
fee of Rs100 while for the submissions up to December 27 a late fee of Rs300
would be charged. Similarly forms submitted in between December 30 to January 9,
2009 will be charged a late fee of Rs1,000. The News
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558 unregistered seminaries in Karachi
Karachi: Only 375 seminaries out of 933 in the city have so far been registered,
while the government has been unable to regulate the remaining 558, it was learnt.
According to the data complied by the Additional Inspector
General of Police Special Branch Sindh, Karachi for the Prime Minister's Data
Book, 1,090 seminaries out of 1,813 across Sindh remain unregistered.
many as 249 seminaries out of 488 in Hyderabad and 283 out of 392 in Sukkur
The report has revealed said that many seminaries
have been found involved in terrorist activities and sending a large number of
students for military training either to Afghanistan or other
Some seminaries have also been found involved in sectarianism,
but currently their activities in this regard were stalled.
also mentioned that a number of seminaries were affiliated with defunct
religious organisations including Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP),
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JM), Harkatul-ul-Mujahideen (HM),
Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LT), Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP) and others including the
Another report of the Special Branch Karachi has disclosed that
seminaries were being run under the supervision of outlawed organisations and
still sending recruits for military training to take part in the 'jihad' in
The report also mentioned the locations of such seminaries
in the city and the different names they have adopted after being
The data has been complied after the initiative taken by the
prime minister during his address to the 3rd session of the National Assembly,
during which he announced the Action Plan for 100 days and directed the Ministry
of Interior to establish the "Madrassah Welfare Authority' with the task of
introducing uniform syllabus, ensure registration of foreign students and audit
Following the instruction, a meeting was held on May 22, 2008
at the Ministry of Interior in Islamabad to draw up the future and road map on
the subject and also share the experiences and difficulties faced by the
The registration of seminaries has been underway since
January 26 2002, but the goal has so far remained unachieved. Daily Times
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