Cambridge international examination Islamiyat paper issue
CIE system loses Islamiyat paper of 'O' Level students
Islamabad, Sept 22: The parents of 67 'O' Level students of a local school are
contemplating to move the court against the Cambridge International
Examination System for allegedly misplacing the Islamiyat paper of their
children and awarding marks to them on mere assumption.
thinking about taking up the case with the court of law if either the
lost paper is not produced or forecast grade is not awarded to my son,"
Dr. Anwar Butt, father of Imad Butt, a student of Global System of
Integrated Studies (GSIS) said.
He said that the trust of
parents and children in the CIE system has been shattered due to poor
handling of the Islamiyat paper and its marking.
He said that his
son, along with 66 other students, appeared in the 'O' Level examination
session June 2010, the result of which was announced on August 12,
2010. The result of Islamiyat paper was shown as delayed without
mentioning any reason.
He said on protest from the GSIS
administration and parents, a result was sent again showing no less than
29 students getting U grade, 10 E grade, 11 D grade, 6 B grade and only
one student securing A+ grade.
He said when the school
administration again protested, the CIE sent another result showing 9 U
grades, 5 E grades, 12 D grades, 9 C grades, 19 B grades, 6 A grades and
9 A+ grades. "By doing so, the CIE system admitted that it lost the
answer sheets of Islamiyat (Paper A)," Dr. Anwar Butt said. He said that
they produced three different statements of result within a week, which
is highly objectionable.
According to him, whenever such situation
arises in which papers are lost, there is a rule to award marks to
students close to the forecast numbers which are provided to the CIE
system by the concerned school from where students appear in the
examination. "The marks awarded to students in this case are not close
to the forecast numbers," he said.
GSIS Principal Quratulain Ali
Rizvi told said that the first explanation from the British
Council, Islamabad, was that the papers got delayed with the paper
checker and the second information came from William Bickerelikes,
regional manager of the CIE Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan based
in Dubai, on August 18 that some of the scripts have been lost and the
forecast grades are being considered. "It is highly regretful that the
forecast grades system was not followed," she regretted.
said the students are in a state of shock for not getting fair grading
from the CIE system. She said that the CIE system and British Council
are responsible for conducting examination and handling of question and
answer papers then why the school administration and students should
William Bickerelikes, when approached for his comments, said
their first priority is fair outcomes for all students who took the
examination. The examination has two papers, and we received one but not
the other. "We dealt with this thoroughly following the usual
procedures that are employed for in rare circumstances such as this,
taking into account the student work that we have and our examiners'
professional judgement, to ensure each student receives a fair and
accurate grade," he said.
The GSIS principal said the confidence of
students would be restored only when justice is done with them. She said
the CIE system had also offered the school that the students would not
be charged any fee if they appear in the paper A of Islamiyat but there
was no reason as to why the students should reappear.
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Education amid the floods
Islamabad: The devastating floods, besides displacing some 20 million people and
killing around 2000 human souls, have also badly shaken our already
crumbling education sector. The relief organisations are focusing on
providing food, shelter, clothing and medication to the flood victims
but no one has bothered to include education in their priority list.
News reports suggest that almost 5,674 schools have been damaged across
the country due to the floods while 4,932 schools are being used as
shelter for the flood affectees. It's almost impossible to conduct
classes in the damaged school buildings unless they are renovated. It
also seems difficult to evacuate the school buildings currently being
used as shelter for the flood victims until an alternate arrangement is
made for them. When authorities in Nowshera recently made such an
attempt for evacuation, the affectees resorted to vociferous protests.
It would definitely take a long time to provide a permanent shelter for
these victims. Therefore, the only immediate option for the authorities
is to revamp the ruined school buildings.
Now when the floodwater
has receded, the condition of the damaged schools could be assessed.
Renovation of the damaged schools should begin without further delay.
UNICEF is doing its best to prioritise the educational needs of the
flood victims and has taken concrete steps in this regard. Similarly,
Turkey has provided makeshift schools. We have seen our government's
inability and mismanagement during the floods and therefore have no high
expectations from it. Nevertheless, we still urge upon the government
to realise the crisis and take steps towards restoring suspended
educational activities in many parts of the country. The news
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SSC supple exam from 28
Peshawar: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education,
Peshawar announced schedule for the supplementary examination on
According to a press release the supplementary
examination of SSC (9th and 10th class) for the year 2010 will commence
from Sept 28.
Practical of the said examination would start
from Oct 19. A control room has been established in the board office to
facilitate the candidates and the supervisory staff.
The control room will operate from 8am to 5pm during the examination with contact number 091-9216264.
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Hoti assures safe recovery of VC
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haidar Khan
Hoti has said efforts are underway for safe recovery of abducted
Vice-Chancellor Islamia College University Professor Ajmal Khan and the
government will fulfill all its responsibilities in this connection.
He stated this while talking to a delegation of Islamia College
University Teaching Staff Association at the CM House here on Wednesday,
says a handout.
Provincial Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad
Bilour, Provincial Minister for Higher Education Qazi Asad, Provincial
Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain and senior professors
Islamia College University were also present during the meeting. Dawn
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