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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 reliably learnt.

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 scripts.

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 persons.

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.

Confusion 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.

Sindh 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.

During 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 centre.

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," Asghar said.

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 cases.

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).

Another 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.

The 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 Oct 24.

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 incident.

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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