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Cheating in Board of Secondary Education exam centre

Girls school staff asks exam centre to facilitate cheating
Karachi, Apr 13: Representatives of Maria Public School (MPS) urged the centre superintendent of Government Girls Secondary School, Green Town, to let their girls sit in special rooms, or to let them use cheating material, officials of the Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK) said on Monday.

Earlier, MPS candidates refused to appear in the exam, with not only the students but also the MPS administration alleging that the examination centre was running special rooms for "favourite candidates." Interestingly, the BSEK officials said, the centre superintendent had recovered cheating material from the female candidates.

The Board officials said that MPS representatives, a man named Manzoor Ahmed and a female peon named Nusrat, alleged that a male office boy conducted the body search of female candidates. This unconfirmed report created panic among parents and guardians, but the female centre superintendent asserted to Board officials that Ahmed had slapped her across the face, and was now levelling "baseless allegations."

BSEK officials further said that the parents beat up the office boy, and threatened to boycott the exams. However, things came under control when the BSEK team reached the examination centre, and allowed the candidates some extra time.

Meanwhile, different CSVT and other vigilance teams reported around 40 cases of use of unfair means and recovered at least 47 cellular phones on Monday from different examination centres. Moreover, vigilance teams and media personnel were attacked for a second time during their visit to Jamia Millia Pilot Boys Secondary School, located in Malir City. The news

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Bias against candidate case: Court allows doctor to appear in viva exam
Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Monday allowed a doctor who was declared fail in FCPS (theory) examination to appear in the viva-voce as a candidate of the examination being held in the field of nuclear medicines.

A division bench comprising Justices Maqbool Baqar and Salman Hamid was seized with the petition of Dr Nosheen Fatima, who challenged her results in the FCPS examination conducted by the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP).

The petitioner, represented by Advocate Ms Raana Khan, impleaded the federal health ministry, the CPSP president, the department of examination, acting controller of examination, the dean of nuclear medicine at the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital, Lahore, and the director of Atomic Energy Medical Centre (AEMC) at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, as respondents.

The petitioner, presently working as a senior medical officer at a private hospital, submitted that she held an MBBS degree, MS (nuclear medicine) degree and was also a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

She stated that she had an outstanding career in her field and she got first position and a gold medal in MS (nuclear medicine).

Besides, she said, there were 12 publications on her research published in different national and international journals.

She said that she started her work for specialisation in the field of nuclear medicine and got registration as an FCPS student in 2005. She was enrolled under the supervision of Dr Shahid Kamal for the preparation of the said examination.

The petitioner said that the her supervisor was transferred from the hospital she worked at and she started her training in the AEMC at the JPMC and later joined the Shaukat Khanum hospital to continue her studies due to some "unavoidable circumstances".

She said that her decision caused great annoyance to Dr Shahid Kamal who did not want her to work in the cancer hospital. In the meanwhile, she stated, Dr Maseeh-uz-Zaman became supervisor at the private hospital she worked at and she, therefore, started her remaining training under his supervision.

She alleged that Dr Kamal adopted a bad behaviour with her after the change of the supervisor.

The petitioner submitted that she was not allowed to appear in the 2009 exams by Dr Kamal.

Her counsel maintained that the CPSP violated the fundamental principles for the nomination of paper-setters and gave the examination paper for setting to Dr Khalid Nawaz and Dr Kamal.

She submitted that there was a pattern for the paper-setters to follow that some questions related to the nuclear cardiology should also be asked, as adopted previously, but as not even a single question from nuclear cardiology (40 per cent of nuclear medicine) was included because paper-setters knew that the petitioner was an American Board certified candidate in nuclear cardiology.

She informed the court that the oral/clinical viva was fixed for April 15 in Islamabad, and prayed to the court to declare the previous exam as void and restrain the respondent from taking oral viva till the final disposal of the petition.

The bench put off the hearing till April 24. Dawn

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Third batch of artistes graduates from NAPA
Karachi: The National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) held its third convocation on Monday. Intezar Hussain, a well-known Urdu short story writer and novelist, was the Chief Guest of the occasion. A total of 27 students graduated in three different disciplines, with 14 graduating in music, 10 in acting, and three in script writing.

The event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a welcome speech by the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NAPA, Zia Mohiyeddin, an eloquent speaker who, in his impeccable Urdu, shed light on the role of theatre in the intellectual development of a society and the achievements made by NAPA so far.

"Although I don't like to blow my academy's trumpet, yet as part of the tradition, I would have to mention that for the display of the students' creativity, we formed the NAPA Repertory Theatre Company and have so far produced 14 plays in two years. The first music production company of NAPA is also about to be formed which will stage its first performance in November, titled Iqbal", he informed the gathering.

He spoke about the hard training that actors were made to undergo at NAPA and said,"NAPA is a like tannery wear the students are heated and tested to become what a real artiste is".

Zia Mohiyeddin thanked Intezar Hussain for gracing the occasion with his presence and also thanked him for the brilliant contributions to Urdu literature. He exhorted the corporate sector and social work organisations to invest in academies like NAPA as investment in healthy environment was social work.

His speech was followed by the distribution of diplomas among the graduates and then Intezar Hussain shared his views with the gathering. He said, "I never thought that my short stories and essays were anywhere even close to performing arts but since Zia Mohiyeddin and his NAPA students staged my play, "Khuabon ke Musafir", I consider myself a part of the fraternity".

Commenting on the role of an academy like NAPA, he said that many such academies were formed earlier but could not last due to frequent changes in governments. However, NAPA seemed to be one of those institutions which had not only survived for so many years but also gained the trust of the people which was very difficult to get for an academy of this nature.

His speech was followed by a number of musical performances by NAPA music students and the programme concluded with a dinner.

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FAPUASA observes black day at KU
Karachi: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) observed a black day at the University of Karachi (KU) and other public sector universities throughout the country on Monday.

The Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) distributed hand bills at KU that condemned the humiliation of university teachers in various higher education institutions across Pakistan. KUTS also asked the government to take action against the student organisations and administrative staff that had caused physical and mental torture to the teachers.

KUTS Secretary Dr Fayyaz Vaid said, "The FAPUASA had not given any time frame to the government to punish the persons responsible for humiliating the teachers but would do so if the government drags its feet on the matter." The news

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