SSC examinations: report of cheating cases
SSC examinations: Invigilators reluctant to report cheating cases
Karachi, Apr 07: Rampant use of unfair means during the ongoing
secondary school certificate annual exams at various centres is not
being reported to the board of secondary education Karachi, it has been
A board official requesting anonymity said that several exam centre superintendents and 100 vigilance teams,
each comprising four senior teachers and headmasters, of the BSEK had
reported hardly six cheating cases during the last six days of Class IX
and X exams. The underreported cases gave an impression as if the copy
culture among students had sharply declined.
In contrast, the
official added, a special vigilance team functioning under the direct
supervision of the BSEK chairman had registered 60 cases for use of
unfair means during the six days.
"In fact, 17 of these cases
were registered at the BSEK reporting cell on Tuesday. All were
received from the morning-shift exam centres, where BSEK chairman Syed
Anzar Hussain Zaidi along with other board officials had carried out
surprise raids," a BSEK spokesman said.
n one such raid, a
female candidate (Roll No 676150) who was taking her examination at
Govt Girls Secondary School, New Ranchore Line, fled with her answer
Fear of a backlash
Insiders said that
the vigilance teams and superintendents were reluctant to register
cheating cases and report the same to the BSEK for the fear of a
backlash from candidates. They described security measures made in and
around the centres as inadequate.
Referring to a BSEK
chairman directive during the Monday meeting to centre superintendents
to ensure strict monitoring of the exams, the sources said that the
superintendents had their reservations on inadequate security measures
at the examination centres.
According to them, the 'unlawful'
hiring of services of invigilators other than those of teachers was
another cause of rampant cheating during exams. They were of the view
that such invigilators were more interested in remuneration than
curbing the menace of cheating.
Meanwhile, on a request of
BSEK chairman Sindh Minister for Information Technology Raza Haroon
constituted an eight-member advisory committee of IT specialists for
accomplishing the board's proposed plan of computerising its
examination system, especially the provision of papers to the
examination centers through e-mail instead of sending them through
group leaders to curb the chance of an exam paper leak. Dawn
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SSC examination Teachers among three arrested for illegal activities
Karachi: Three persons, including two teachers and an impersonator, were taken into
custody on Tuesday by the police at an examination centre in Orangi,
while the use of illegal means was witnessed at several other testing
centres during a joint raid by the government officials and media
The accused, Ishtiaq Ahmed (a junior schoolteacher of
Government Boys Secondary School, Sector 13-G, Orangi), Ahsan Zia (a
teacher of New Progressive Green Land Secondary School) and Ali Asghar
(impersonator) were taken into custody under Section 144 (unlawful
assembly of more than five persons).
Cases can now be
registered under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code for violation
of the ban, and the three men face a maximum penalty of six months
imprisonment, or a fine of up to Rs1,000, or both.
persists, however, over whether the charges against the three men have
indeed been pressed. The police, till the filing of this report,
maintained that no FIR had been lodged against the three. On the other
hand, Geo News attributed a Governor House source claiming that cases
had been lodged.
Earlier in the day, at least seven cheating/use
of unfair means cases, and two impersonation cases were reported at
different examination centres in Orangi Town during raids carried out
jointly by the Governor House vigilance teams and the media.
Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan had constituted a committee to report
incidents witnessed during their visits to the examination centres.
Subsequently, Additional Secretary to Governor for Educational Boards,
Kamran Shamshad, Governor House Press Secretary Irshad Jilani, and CDGK
Education Department District Officer (Headquarter) Ahmed Nawaz Niazi
accompanied the media to three examination centres in Orangi, where
were busy in solving the Class-X physics exam in the afternoon shift.
a visit to Faran High School in Sector 14-B, Orangi, the committee
recovered photocopies of three candidates' admit cards from Ishtiaq
Ahmed's possession, while he was also carrying solved answers of the
exams. Although Ahmed denied that he had come to help any student, he
could not provide any valid reason for his presence at the examination
Another teacher, Ahsan Zia, was also present at the
same school, and was seen blatantly assisting students of his
institution during the exam.
Shahnawaz, an impersonator, was
also caught in action during the exam at Faran High School. "The real
candidate, Ali Asghar, approached me and asked to appear in the exams,"
Ahmed, Zia and Shahnawaz were handed
over to the Pakistan Bazaar Police by the officials concerned, and the
police were recommended to lodge an FIR against the afore-mentioned
men. Till the filling of this report, however, no FIR was lodged, but
the officials concerned have ensured the media that the police would
lodge an FIR against the accused.
Another case of impersonation
was observed at Royal Educational Grammar School, and several answer
booklets with cheating aids were confiscated by the officials. A report
has been sent to the Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK), with
members of the governor's committee recommending to the BSEK that
strict actions should be taken against those involved in unfair mean
Meanwhile, students at Aziz-e-Millat High School
revealed that solved papers were available for Rs250 only merely half
an hour after the scheduled start of the exams (2pm).
15 cases of cheating were also marked by different vigilance teams of
BSEK during the Physics examination. Moreover, during the Class-IX
Maths, General group (morning shift), 20 unfair mean cases were also
observed by BSEK teams. Interestingly, one girl managed to escape along
with her answer booklet from the examination centre, Government Girls
Secondary School, Ranchore Line.
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Advisory body formed to improve exam process
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Information Technology Raza Haroon has set up an advisory
committee to computerise the Board of Secondary Education Karachi
affairs on the request of Chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi
(BSEK) Syed Intizar Hussain Zaidi. The committee would comprise eight
experts and it would meet soon on emergency basis to discuss the ways
and means to improve the examination system. The distribution of
examination papers to the centres in a foolproof manner and limiting
the number of examination centres to 40-50 would also figure in the
meeting. The news
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Sindh University facing paucity of funds: VC
Hyderabad: Sindh University was facing an acute shortage of
funds to pay salaries to its employees, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir
A. Mughal told a meeting of the VC's Executive Council on Tuesday.
He attributed the shortage to establishment of new departments without planning.
He also shared a report submitted by the director of finance that the university was running in deficit.
The vice-chancellor said he had informed research associates that
extension in their services would be given on the recommendation of
directors, chairpersons or deans.
He said that it was very
shocking that a professor was only teaching for one hour without
engaging in research. He said that though the US was very rich, every
faculty there was bound to take four credit hours.
meeting approved admission schedule for the academic session of 2011
and decided that forms for admissions to all disciplines of bachelors
and masters degree programme as well in different discipline of MPhil
would be issued from Sept 1 to 30.
The meeting decided to
conduct entry tests for all disciplines of bachelors degree programme
on Oct 17, while pre-entry test for masters and Ms/MPhil programmes on
The meeting discussed an incident that took place
between rival groups of students in Thatta the other day and approved
that in future, students would be allowed for picnic on condition of
submission of an undertaking and girls students would be allowed only
on permission in writing from their parents for picnic tour. Senior
faculty members would accompany them for avoiding any untoward
A circular in this regard had been issued for information of students and departments, the registrar said .
A committee was also formed to examine the matter. Dawn
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Medical students hold rally in Larkana
Larkana: Hundreds of students of the Chandka Medical College (CMC) took out a
protest rally and staged a sit-in outside the main gate of the college
here on Tuesday, demanding that supplementary examinations be held at
the college for the benefit of students. The rally, comprising batches
36 and 37, was led by Fazul Ali, Talal Ali, Ghulam Mustafa among
others. They said that they were the students of second year, they sat
in the annual examinations but failed. However, the present
administration is not holding supplementary examinations according to
rules and regulations.
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Two students gunned down in Quetta
Quetta: Two Students were killed and another injured in target killings when unidentified armed
motorcyclists opened fire on them on Samungly Road here on Tuesday.
Police said unidentified armed men sprayed bullets on the students. As
a result, the two students were killed on the spot and another
sustained injuries. The deceased were identified as Tahir Ali and
Muhammad Mohsin. The police shifted the bodies and the injured to a
nearby hospital. The police termed the incident target killing. The
police have registered a case and started investigation. The news
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