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Cell phone use by invigilators | Int. Kangaroo Olympiad

Cell phone use by invigilators perturbs students
Islamabad, April 29, 2008: Students appearing in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations have complained that the biggest disturbance they faced was from mobile phones of invigilators that tend to ring a great deal in examination halls.

Students say that most of the time invigilators kept talking on their cell phones giving instructions to someone at home or talking to their friends. "They do not realise what disturbance it creates as it completely spoils our concentration," said one of the affected students.

She said that if students were not allowed to take their phones into examination halls for they could create disturbance why were the examiners allowed to carry them in. "We have only three hours and we cannot afford to waste a good part of it listening to useless gossips of examiners," she said.

Complaining about the 'who cares' attitude of these invigilators, a student of Islamabad College for Girls, F-6/2, said that sometimes they felt that those on duty were only there to have a good time instead of ensuring a conducive atmosphere to students so that they could do their best.

"One day our examiners brought 'halwa puri' and 'cholay' during the examination paper and seemed to have a good time together but they never realised what wrong they were doing," she pointed out.

She said that the scent of food was all around the hall. The students, especially those in the front row, were not able to concentrate on their paper for about an hour. "We were not able to decide whether to laugh or cry," she said.

When contacted, Nancy Naseem, vice principal of the same college, said that it was unethical to disturb students in any way. "Mobile phones are a disturbance more than a facility and we would take serious notice of that," she assured.

Muzaffarul Hassan, controller examination of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, said that such cases were exceptions and generally teachers were quite careful. "Our inspector is on the move all the time and pays surprise visits to different schools to keep a check on students and examiners," he said.

He said that no rules on mobile phones existed for invigilators. "If they were checking students for mobile phones then naturally they should also follow the same rule," he said. Muzaffar said that they only appointed teachers as examiners who were recommended by the school or college on the basis of their credibility. He was of the opinion that it was unethical to affect the future of children in any way. "It is not possible to keep a check all the time and it is also up to the examiners to ensure good environment for the students," he added.

Beaconhouse School System Distinction in Int. Kangaroo Olympiad
Islamabad: Wasiq Ahmed Tarar, a student of the Beaconhouse School System, Islamabad Campus, secured top position in the third International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest - Pakistan 2007 (17th International Kangaroo Olympiad) held under the auspices of the School of Mathematical Sciences, GC University, Lahore, says a press release. Wasiq Ahmed Tarar, 13 year old, son of engineer Nasrullah Khan Tarar, not only secured the top slot while competing 7,387 contestants from all over the country, but also stood first in the capital as well as in his own school. He bagged, at a time, all the three medals i.e. gold, silver & bronze.

IIU, University of Wales sign MoU for cooperation
Islamabad: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and University of Wales, Newport, UK, Monday agreed for the faculty as well as student exchange under the auspices of the Higher Education Commission and the British Council.

In this regard, the signatories, represented by the Vice Chancellor of Wales University, Dr Peter Noyes, and the IIUI president, signed an MoU between the University of Wales and IIUI at latter's Faisal Mosque Campus

Under this programme, the students and faculty members of English language and literature, business management, engineering and law would be able to benefit by studying a proportionate number of courses at the foreign university.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Noyes highlighted the significance of the exchange programme "which would help bridge the gap between cultures and diminish the Western misconceptions about Pakistan, Islam and the Muslims". He expressed his gratitude over the warm reception that he received from the university authorities and the academia. President IIUI Dr Anwar H Siddiqui underlined the fact that the IIUI was playing an aggressive role towards bringing about harmony and multicultural coexistence among the youth by cultivating the values of tolerance and pluralism. He pointed out that the IIUI had already been linked with some Austrian, Italian and Bosnian universities in this regard.Addressing the audience, the Director British Council Nasir Kazmi said that the Council was eager to extend its cooperation for the promotion of education at all levels. The News
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