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Matric paper postponed; private schools closed
Karachi, April 10: Due to strike call of the transporters, the paper of English-II scheduled for Tuesday (today) has been postponed, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced on Monday. According to BSEK officials, the paper of Class-X (Science Group) will now be held on May 8. Meanwhile, the associations of the private schools also decided to close the schools today due to the unavailability of transport owing to the transporters' strike.

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Answers to all questions
Karachi: In Urdu bazaar, one can buy the banned 'micro' for just Rs25. The palm-sized, 40-page book claims to have answers for every single question that could possibly be asked of a tenth-grader sitting for his matriculation exams.

The 'micro' comes with an index on its first page; the index contains all the questions expected in a particular subject's exam, along with a relevant page number. "What lesson does King Bruce get from the spider? … page 21," says the index of an English 'micro'.

Though the book has been banned by the board of secondary education, all it took was little coaxing for a shopkeeper at Urdu Bazaar to spill the beans.

The shopkeeper, who was in his fifties, explained how the book works. "It is compact and easy to slip in to the exam room. The index gives you a list of questions, you check the relevant page number, flip to the instructed page, and there's your answer! Begin copying!" he exclaims, while enacting the scene with the excitement of a tenth grader.

However, judging by its contents, it seems as if those who claim that they can get tenth graders through their exams with flying colours have a lot to learn also. According to the 'micro', King Faisal was "socked" at the separation of East Pakistan, the nights in Karachi are "shining" and cricket is "the most liking game".

For those who do not use illegal means, there are guess papers.Bundles of white papers sealed in an envelope, for Rs 35 to Rs 50. "Shaheen Guess Papers- sure success in the SSC, Part II exams 2012," is printed across a particular brand.

These guess papers sell like hot cakes during exam time. "After the exam, their prices will drop to half," says a shopkeeper.Yet another part of the matriculation exams are the solved past papers that are distributed by coaching centres. Some come with long lists of the positions received by their students.

"Continuous Positions from 1994-2010," boasts one such centre.Unfortunately, reinforcing rote-learning through the advertisement of a 'grade success rate' undermines the idea behind analytical assessment. Year after year, critical thinking is discouraged and rote-learning is made tantamount. Rote-learning is given so much importance that that even open ended questions, ones that are supposed to strengthen a student's ability to think for themselves, are answered in a formulaic and calculated manner.

"Do you think Casabianca was courageous?" is one of the questions in the index."Yes, he was brave, because he listened to his father's orders. Even though the ship burnt he did not save himself," answers the solved paper book.

Unlike the formulaic solution given by the 'micro', the answers to such questions are, of course, interpretive or subjective in nature. One could as easily argue that it wasn't courage that made Casabianca stay on the boat, but stupidity and laziness. It seems that the authors of these answer-manuals, by giving authoritative answers to questions that are rooted in interpretation, have completely missed the point of such questions. The news

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KU degree exams from 14th
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that BSc, BS and home economics (first and second year) annual examinations will commence on April 14.

A KU official said on Monday that the exams would be conducted at the zoology department and would continue till April 23. app

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Practical exams dates for leftover candidates announced
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) announced the practical examinations date of leftover candidates of BSc (Pass) Zoology part-I and II, here on Monday. According to a notification issued by the KU controller of examinations, the examinations will be held between April 16 to 19 at KU Zoology Department. The candidates are advised to deposit Rs 250 per practical at the bank branches at the KU Silver Jubilee Gate.

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KU seminar on 'advertisement effects' tomorrow
Karachi: Mass Communication Department (MCD) of the University of Karachi (KU) will hold a seminar titled 'advertisement effects' on April 11 (tomorrow) at its premises. KU Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaisar will preside over the seminar, said a statement on Monday. MCD chairperson Prof Dr Rafiya Taj, Tahir A Khan, Arsalan Hashimi, Ali Rizvi, Irfan Seyani will deliver their lectures. Daily times

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Candidates for teacher's job seek appointment
Sukkur: Monday was the 34th consecutive day of the protest by the candidates who passed a written test for the post of primary school teachers but deprived of appointment letters, till date.

Scores of candidates from Jacobabad protesting the non-issuance of appointment letters took out a rally from Tikundi Bagh and after marching on different roads reached the local press club where a demonstration was held.

Candidates staged a two-hour token hunger strike while raising slogans.

Protesters blocked the DC Office Road disrupting flow of vehicular for some time.

Leaders of Candidates Action Committee Haji Akbar Ali Golo, Abdul Razzak Sial and Nadir Ali Magsi said that many candidates from Jacobabad district appeared in written test for the post of Primary School Teacher conducted by the Sindh University in March 2011 and obtained the required 60 per cent marks.

However, authorities did not issue them appointment letters despite the passage of over a year.They demanded of the concerned authorities to issue letters without further delay. Dawn

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