Karachi secondary board controversial promotions
BSEK to sort out controversial promotions
Karachi, Nov 14: Appointment of a secretary and a controller of examination are
among the 21 issues to be discussed at a meeting of the Board of Secondary
Education Karachi (BSEK) on Saturday.The institution's board of governors will
also sort out the issue of exempting police personnel from payment of fees for
verification of the board's documents.
The senior positions of BSEK
secretary and controller of examinations had fallen vacant during the course of
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examinations-2009. The positions were
subsequently filled by promoting two officials.
The secretary and the
controller had been sacked on April 9 after Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, who
is also controlling authority of all educational boards of the province, ordered
termination of their services following an inquiry into some cases of
malpractice in the board's examinations. The inquiry report found the two
officials involved in the malpractice on a massive scale. On April 13, BSEK
director of educational research Hoor Mazhar, who was in BPS-18, was promoted to
the post of secretary (BPS-19) by an appointment committee vide resolution No.8,
dated June 22, 2009.
Her appointment was subsequently approved by the governor's
secretariat vide letter No GS/10 (1)9/07 (SOIII)/531, dated July 20,
2009.Similarly, BSEK deputy secretary Kalim Asghar Kirmani (BPS-18) was promoted
by an appointment committee to the post of controller of examinations (BPS-19)
with effect from May 26, 2009 vide its resolution No.5, dated June 18, 2009. The
appointment was approved by the BSEK board of governors vide Resolution No.8,
dated June 22, 2009 and by the governor's secretariat vide letter No.GS/10
(1)9/07 (SOIII) 532, dated July 20, 2009.
Though BSEK officials justify
the promotion of the deputy secretary to the post of controller of examinations
on the basis of his seniority and vast experience, others wonder as to how can
an official appointed as BSEK research officer in BPS-16 in 2003 has been given
so rapid promotions to grade 19 in such a short span of time.
sources said that the incumbent secretary had initially joined the BSEK as
research officer and then promoted to BPS-18 as director of educational research
in 2006 in violation of the criterion set for the post. And again, she had been
promoted to the post of secretary in grade 19.
Those on the board of
governors include chairmen of all provincial educational boards, representatives
of Karachi University and nominees of the boards' controlling authority. They
are likely to take notice of the rapid promotion, that has created resentment
among other board officials.
The meeting will also consider a request to
exempt recruits of the capital city police from the payment of verification fees
for the issuance of duplicate copies of SSC certificates, marks sheets,
provisional certificates, etc. The request, according to the board officials,
was made by the deputy superintendent (training and research) of the Capital
City Police Training School. Dawn
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Monitoring duty irked punjab teachers
Lahore: Teachers' community and other administrative staff have criticised
the government for involving them in the monitoring of sugar supply at union
They are quite apprehensive of the fresh move, saying it
can hamper teachers' performance, especially in the wake of the approaching
examinations. They say the move will also affect the ongoing exercise related to
security arrangements at the public sector schools.
They say, on the one
hand, the government wants best results from schoolteachers while, on the other
hand, it leaves no stone unturned to keep them busy in ŽfrivolousŪ
It is reliably learnt that the government had directed EDOs
Education to involve their administrative staff and some teaching staff to keep
complete record of supply and sale of sugar at shops at union council level in
order to ensure the sale of sugar at Rs 40 per kg.
In Lahore, DCO Sajjad
Ahmed Bhutta chaired a meeting of Town Municipal Officers (TMOs) and special
magistrates on Friday, assigning shops to employees of Education, Health,
Revenue, SWM and TMOs and TORs to keep record of sugar supply and sale at union
Joint Action Committee (JAC) Asataza, Punjab, has
strongly criticized the government for involving schoolteachers in the new
exercise, saying the job is against the dignity of teachers.
of JAC Asataza, Punjab, said a teacher's primary job was to teach, adding such
exercises badly affected performance of teachers. "The government has been
claiming to restore dignity and honour of schoolteachers but by such moves it is
damaging sanctity of this noble profession, he added.
He said it was
quite unfortunate that teachers had been asked by deputy DOs and AEOs to assist
them in new job related to sugar record. žHow can teachers deliver the best
results when they are engaged in such frivolous activities?Ó he said.
The Punjab Govt Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) president,
Hafiz Abdul Nasir, said even administrative staff of education department should
not be involved in the exercise. "The deputy DOs and AEOs are not supposed to
look after sugar crisis", he said, adding, žThey have lots of things to do
especially in the prevailing circumstances".
A schoolteacher, on the
condition of anonymity, said teachers were already busy in CM's Essay and Speech
Contest questioning. He asked how they could focus their prime duty of teaching
in such circumstance. Secretary Schools Aslam Kamboh said the provincial
government had neither directed not requested for the involvement of
schoolteachers in the new exercise. When contacted, Lahore EDO Education Dr
Muhammad Arshad said the new task was being carried out on experimental basis.
He said, "There is no harm if a deputy DO or AEO asks teachers to assist themÓ.
They have been told to ask for teachers assistance only after school hours, if
However, Dr Arshad further said primarily administrative staff
including Deputy Dos, AEOs and class-IV employees would be engaged in
maintaining record of supply and sale of sugar at shops at union council level
in their respective towns.
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KU VC appoints new acting Dean for arts faculty
Karachi: Dr Muhammad Abdush Shaheed Nomani has been asked to assume the
charge of acting dean of the University of Karachi (KU) Faculty of Arts by KU
Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. Pirzada Qasim.
Dr Nomani is the senior-most
professor (in Grade 22) at KU and also the chairman of the Arabic department of
the university. His appointment as the Faculty of Arts dean has to be approved
by KU Chancellor (also the Sindh Governor) Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan.
Nomani has been preferred over two other senior professors, Dr Hafiz Ehsanul
Haque and Saleem Memon, because Dr Nomani is in grade 22 while the other two are
in grade 21.
Though Prof. Saleem Memon from the Department of Sindhi is
also an aspirant for the post as he had joined KU about five months before Dr
Nomani, professors at the Faculty of Arts said that Prof. Memon is not an ideal
candidate for the deanship. The professors said that Prof. Memon does not have a
PhD and limited research credentials. Deans are generally required to have PhDs
because they are involved in research work.
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Enhancing education, technology need of hour
Karachi: Advancement in education and technology is the need of the hour, stated the
Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari.
talking to a delegation of youngsters from interior Sindh at his office on
Friday. The minister said that he would ask the government that career
counselling should be arranged at the school, college, and university levels to
help facilitate youngsters in choosing a career for themselves.
He was of
the view that there was a need for restoring the confidence among the youths as
they were an important part of society and had to assume future
Subzwari was of the view that with career counselling
and guidance, the youngsters would be able to secure their future and also
contribute their bit to the economic development as well as progress of the
Sindh Secretary Youth Affairs, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, said that
fostering awareness would help the youth make headway. The Director,
Youth Affairs, Sikandar Ali Shaikh, apprised the delegation of the future
projects of the Sindh Department of Youth Affairs.
The leader of the
delegation, Kaleem Solangi, said that such courses would help enhance the
professional capabilities of the youth.
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Establishment of law college at Hala discussed
Karachi: Establishment of law college at Hala discussed: The establishment of a law
college at Hala came up for consideration at a meeting held under the
chairmanship of Sindh Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Makhdoom
Jameel-uz-Zaman, here on Friday.
Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul
Haque, Sindh Minister for Law Muhammad, Ayaz Soomro, and other officers attended
the meeting. The Executive Officer, Works and Services, Matiari, informed the
meeting that the scheme costing Rs87.332 million was approved and included in
the current year's ADP and will be completed in three years. The news
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