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Private school teacher tests mismanaged

KARACHI, July 23: Mismanagement of the private school teachers (PST) selection test has been reported throughout the province. Errors with admit cards, wrong data entry and missing admit cards were reported from all over the city as well. The responsible CDGK authority promised to solve the problem quickly.

The PST written test was scheduled for July 4 at the Steel Town Cadet College but was postponed due to unexpected rain. The new date was set for July 26 for male candidates at the same campus, and July 29 for female candidates at NED University. Ten thousand and four hundred male candidates and 6,400 female candidates registered.

The Sukkur-based institution was given a contract to publish and set up the PST examination but made frequent mistakes. Its work was supervised by the department of education through the CDGK and the district education office of other cities of Sindh.

According to an estimate, 350 objections were registered in Karachi alone, while the figure is higher in other provincial cities. "Roll number 140,437 is Muhammad Shakil, who lives in UC-3, Karachi. On record, his educational qualification is only primary school, but he received an admit card for the PST test even though it requires an intermediate pass qualification at the minimum," a source from the department of education informed.

Cases of mistakes in name entry, residence and even pictures were frequently reported. "There are a number of cases reported with a male picture and a female name on the admit cards and vise versa," the source added.

Objections were also raised in receiving admit cards, which were to be posted to residential addresses by the local department of education. "The CDGK has registered cases of about 2,000 missing admit cards out of a total of 16,400 applicants in the city. In cities other than Karachi, 20,000 cases were registered out of 123,000 applicants," the source said.

NED University did not allow the 6,400 registered female candidates to use the campus as it had promised. "Routine classes are also held on Sunday and it would have been difficult to accommodate such a large number of candidates," said an NED University official.

If the university refuses to provide a place for the PST (Female) examination, it will get postponed again. According to an official from the department of education, NED University has not responded so far. EDO Education (School) Fakhar Karim Siddiqui held the department of education responsible and promised to take serious steps. "Our office has already sent all registered cases of faulty admit cards to Sukkur for verification. They will be received in a few days," he said. Secretary of Education Sabhago Khan Jatoi was not available for comment and his phone was out of reach despite repeated attempts to contact him.

Furthermore, the students, particularly the 6,400 female candidates, reported that they are being harassed at the education office, which they had to go to almost every day to check up on errors.

Farzana Akhter, a resident of Lyari Town, said that she had gone there three times in one week in vain. "Every time I come they tell me to come the next day. As a girl without my own conveyance, it's a serious case of harassment for me. I demand this problem be solved as soon as possible," she said. Daily times
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