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A level equivalence formula for 2011

A level equivalence Efforts under way to revise formula
Karachi, Dec 14: The conversion formula for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) A level is likely to be revised from the next academic year, ie 2011, in the light of marathon sessions held during the past couple of years between the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) and the Cambridge University, it was learnt.

A three-member delegation of the IBCC - a body of the federal ministry of education and whose certificates are binding and applicable throughout Pakistan - left for London on Saturday to discuss a number of proposals concerning the revision formula for GCE O level and A level with senior officials of British examining bodies, in general, and the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) system, in particular, at meetings scheduled for Dec 13 and 14.

The IBCC delegation comprising Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore chairman Prof Ahmed Kashmiri and IBCC secretary Mohammad Ramzan Achakzai has been tasked by the ministry of education to have a detailed discussion with the British examining bodies and the CIE for different proposals aimed at taking a final decision concerning the IBCC conversion formula for GCE O level and A level exams.

These proposals formulated by the IBCC Equivalence Committee are as follows: IBCC may equate both Grade A* and Grade A to 85 numbers as considered in the IGCSE (before 2010) and Grade F and Grade G might be treated as fail; it may apply 7.5 per cent deduction of each subject on percentage uniform marks. For stance, if a student gets 88 uniform marks in English, the IBCC should equate it to 81 and the same pattern may apply on all subjects; it may equate the uniform marks envisaging the CIE Letter grade A*, A, B, C, D and E will be at par with IBCC equivalent marks of 90, 80, 70, 60, 50 and 40, respectively; IBCC may continue the Equivalency on the prescribed formula approved in the 115th Equivalence Committee meeting and in future the IBCC restrict the CIE to award A* to limited the number of students, who get 90 and above marks.

According to IBCC sources, the revision of the conversion formula for GCE O and A levels had earlier been discussed in various meetings of the IBCC and in the follow-up meetings the CIE in its reply had insisted that A*/A1 grade shall be equated to 90 marks.

However, it was during the 10th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) the matter was discussed on the request of the Sindh education department and it was agreed that if the United Kingdom examination bodies were ready to print actual marks instead of standardised percentage on the certificate, the IBCC/ministry of education might consider the same for conversion.

Later on the IBCC forum discussed a proposal with British examining bodies to use A-1/A* in GCE O level whereby for high achievers (1-2 per cent) of Pakistani students and A* would be equated to 90 marks and A to 85 marks, the sources said, adding that this was, however, subject to agreement between the education ministry (IBCC) and the UK exams bodies on specific percentage of A-1/A*.

Moreover, printing of percentages with O/A level grades being irrelevant and used in Pakistan only will have to be stopped for uniformity of their certificates while a limit in terms of a specific percentages of straight A-1/A* achievers would be required to determine so as to ensure equal opportunities for both the streams particularly in professional institutions of Pakistan, the sources added.It was further resolved at a meeting of the IBCC, British Council, CIE and Edexcel that CIE will introduce an A* for O level and A level in 2010. Edexcel will also introduce A-1/A* grade for O/A levels in 2010 and the IBCC on its part was to ensure that the overall number of candidates receiving these higher grades remains proportionate.

They said that though a consensus had already been reached among all the concerned examining bodies about the IBCC

conversion formula for GCE O and A levels, some observations which have come to light while going through the results of GCE O and A levels announced by CIE on Aug 12, 2010, will be raised by the IBCC delegation at their meetings with the CIE and other British examining bodies during their visit to the Cambridge University.

Listing the observations which had come to light in the wake of above-mentioned results of the CIE, the sources said these

include a) a large number of students got A* although CIE had agreed that A* would be awarded to limited students, b) CIE also print uniform marks on the statement of results of GCE O/A level in Pakistan, c) Edexel has also announced GCE O and A levels on Aug 20, 2010 but it did not introduce A* grade in GCE 'O' and 'A' level for June 2010.

It is, however, worth mentioning that all those students who passed their GCE O level in June 2010 had been admitted to first-year classes in the public sector colleges on the basis of grades they had obtained following the introduction of A* grade although issues concerning revision of the IBCC conversion formula in the light of the observations made by the IBCC following announcement of GCE O/A level results of 2010 by the CIE are yet to be sorted out and for which the IBCC delegation had gone to the Cambridge University. Dawn

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Eyebrows raised as CM's daughter made education secy
Karachi: In a bureaucratic reshuffle which raised eyebrows, the Sindh government transferred on Monday Naheed S Durrani, secretary planning and development and daughter of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and posted her as secretary education and literacy.

The decision has not gone down well with Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, who is also the parliamentary party leader of the PPP in the Sindh Assembly.

Haq said that he had not been consulted on the transfer of Ilam Din Billo as education secretary and his replacement by Naheed Durrani.

He said it was the fourth time that the secretary of his department had been transferred. He hoped that there would be no further changes because the transfer of a secretary affected the working and planning of the department. Billo had been the minister's won pick.

The sources said the posting of Naheed Durrani as secretary education was ordered three days ago when the education minister was in his hometown Dadu. He rushed back to Karachi when he came to know about this. According to the sources, a meeting was arranged at CM House between the chief minister and the education minister, wherein the CM made it clear the decision was no his.

Also on Monday, Ahmed Bux Narejo, an officer of DMG (BS-20) was made secretary to the chief minister against an existing vacancy.

Officials confirmed that Billo and Secretary Labour Naseer Jamali had been made OSDs and directed to report to the Service General Administrative and Coordination Department (S&GAD). Secretary

Investment Department Muhammad Younis Dagha has also been transferred and directed to report to the S&GAD. The news

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Fourth education secretary in two years
Karachi: Sindh planning and development secretary Naheed Shah on Monday took over as provincial education secretary after her predecessor Alam Din Bullo was relieved of the charge and asked to report to the services & general administration department (S&GAD).

Ms Shah, daughter of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, is the fourth education secretary given the charge of education department in a short span of two years. Before Mr Bullo, the office had been held by Shafiq Khoso and Rizwan Memon.

Mr Memon remained the education secretary for about 14 months but Mr Khoso and Mr Bullo held the post for just six months

and three months, respectively.

Describing the transfer and posting of secretaries in such a quick succession 'uncalled for', senior officials of the department said that it not only caused disruption in the delivery of services and uncertainty among the subordinate staff, but also affected the routine working of the department.

"It has often been observed that almost all important and complex issues remain unsolved until a new secretary is fully apprised of the status of the department's business. Normally, the process of such briefings takes around six months," some of them said.

Two of the education secretaries had been transferred to some other department even before they were able to start their work

after getting the briefings, they added.

One official said that a number of important matters had been pending decisions for many months and with the posting of a new secretary, they would remain pending for another six months or so.

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Activists disrupt varsity exam
Hyderabad: Semester examinations in Sindh University remained disturbed on Monday because activists of the Jeay Sindh Students Federation (Arisar group) went on the rampage, locking up the main gates of hostels, holding students hostages and stopping point buses which were on their way to the campus.

They were protesting against the new admission policy under which, according to them, 'Sindhi-speaking students were not granted admission' and against the occupation of some hostels by the law enforcement agencies.

Stick-wielding activists locked up the main gates of the hostels and stopped the point buses at Naseem Nagar, Bhittai Nagar, Wahdat colony and Qasimabad to prevent students from reaching the campus.

Semester examinations could not be held in many institutes and departments.

The university administration in a press release said that a group of students who belonged to a political nationalist group forcibly stopped the point buses of students at different routes of Hyderabad and created disturbance in the ongoing semester examinations in the university.

The administration immediately contacted the police administration in Hyderabad and Jamshoro and brought the matter to their notice.

The administration said that due to disturbances, some point buses of various routes from Hyderabad could not reach the campus, therefore some institutes and departments could not conduct papers scheduled on Monday.

It has, however, announced that the papers scheduled for Tuesday would be conducted as per plan and the university had taken measures in this regard.

Latest reports said that a meeting was held between the university administration and leaders of different students' organisations. The university authorities have assured student leaders that their grievances would be addressed. The student organisations called off protest and opened the locks of the gates and assured that would take part in the examination.

SU plans more evening courses

Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University Prof Dr Nazir A. Mughal has said that the evening programme will be expanded and number of students will be increased up to 50,000 in the university.

He was addressing a ceremony at Allama I.I. Qazi campus in Jamshoro on Monday.

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SALU budget approved
Khairpur: The Shah Abdul Latif University's senate on Thursday approved a budget of Rs835.301 million for session 2010-11 with a deficit of Rs144.124 million.

The senate, which met here with SALU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nilofer Shaikh in the chair, resolved to cover deficit by controlling expenses and enhancing income generation.

It announced opening new campuses of education, law and management sciences and recommended appointment of a committee to revise rates of remuneration of semester and annual examinations.

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Black day in colleges
Karachi: Teachers of government colleges across Sindh observed a black day on Thursday in protest against a baton charge and arrest of college teachers in Lahore on Wednesday.

The teachers wore black armbands and organised protest meetings in their respective colleges on the call of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA).

A protest meeting of the SPLA held here on Thursday with its president Prof Ather Hussain Mirza in the chair demanded that the Punjab governor emulate the example of the Sindh government in resolving problems being faced by college teachers of Punjab, or else the teaching community would be forced to launch a country-wide movement in support of college teachers of Punjab.

The meeting which was attended, among others, by Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Shafquat Jokhio, Prof Muzaffar Rizvi and Prof Iftikhar Azmi, also decided to convene another meeting of the SPLA in the third week of December to work out future line of action concerning its proposed country-wide movement.

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Fulbright scholarships
Hyderabad: Zafar Ali Baig, the educational adviser of Fulbright Outreach Specialist of the United Nations Educational Foundation in Pakistan, delivered here on Tuesday a presentation on Fulbright scholarships announced from time to time by the US Educational Foundation.

Mr Baig highlighted schedule as well as system for submission of application forms for scholarships.

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Educationist passes away
Karachi: A former director-general (colleges), Sindh, Prof (Dr) Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui, died of a heart attack early on Wednesday morning. He was about 61.

The deceased, who had retired as the DG early this year, has left three sons, a daughter and a wife.

Prof Siddiqui had also served as director (colleges), Sukkur, and principal of the S. M. Science and Adamjee government colleges.

His funeral procession will be taken out from his residence - 48, Hussain D'Silva Apartments, Garden West - and funeral prayers will be held at Masjid Siddiq-i-Akbar after Zuhar prayers on Thursday.

Sindh education minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association have condoled Prof Siddiqui's death. Dawn

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