SSC Islamiat paper leaked through SMS
Controversy surrounding SSC exams deepens as Islamiat paper leaked
Karachi, March 29: The ongoing controversy surrounding the Secondary
School Certificate examinations took a nasty turn on Saturday when
angry students attacked the office of the Board of Secondary Education
Karachi (BSEK) after the Islamiat paper was postponed. The decision
came after the board received information that the paper was leaked
just hours before the exam.
Controller of Examination BSEK Kalim
Asghar Kirmani postponed the Islamiat and Ethics paper of the SSC
exams, Science Group, hours before the paper was supposed to start.
Kirmani said that the postponed paper will now be held on April 16.
first Matric paper was scheduled for March, 27 (Saturday), but a few
hours before the examination, the BSEK received information that the
Islamiat paper had been leaked and was being circulated through SMS. On
this, the BSEK decided to postpone the paper which was due in the
The BSEK had received information regarding the
availability of the paper at around 12:30pm but it did not inform the
teachers and examination centre superintends, who were present at the
board office to collect the papers, till 1:20pm.
after a brief meeting between Chairman BSEK Anzar Hussain Zaidi,
Secretary, Hoor Bi Mazhar and Kirmani, the board announced the
postponement of the paper at 1:20pm.
youngsters and students gathered outside the BSEK building between 1:45
and 2pm and chanted slogans against the management, slating the poor
performance of the board. A group of the students present at the BSEK
compound turned violent and vented their frustration by damaging the
property on the site.
The rampaging students smashed the tube
lights, ceiling fans, windows and furniture of the Accounts Section.
During this, Tariq, a junior clerk of the Accounts Section, received a
Meanwhile, a police van deployed at a petrol pump,
situated next to the board office, left the place as soon as the
students started pelting stones at the BSEK building and passers-by.
The students also forced nearby shops as well as the pump to shutdown
Later, the protesters left the BSEK premises
and staged a sit-in at the main gate. They started pelting stones at
the building again and ended up injuring several students who were
standing outside the building.
Despite several calls to the
local police and Rangers, the law enforcers arrived at around 2:30pm at
the Board Office. Police arrested 18 youngsters for attacking and
damaging public property. However, Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad
directed the police to release them.
Apart from protesting at
the Board Office, the students took to the streets in various areas
after receiving information regarding the postponement of the paper.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal including NIPA and Hasan Square, as well as MA Jinnah
Road, Karimabad, Jahangirabad, Jahangir Road, Korangi Roads were
blocked by the protestors, which led to massive traffic jams.
is worth noting that the BSEK had already cancelled the first two
papers of Class IX and X each (Science and General Group) scheduled on
March 24 and 25 after the Sindh governor intervened in the matter when
thousands of students protested against the Board for not issuing their
Regular and private candidates could not take
advantage of the deadline given by the BSEK and also failed to submit
their examination forms during March 16 to 18, after special permission
was given by the Board on Dr Ebad's directives. During this extension,
at least 4, 652 candidates submitted their examination forms along with
the late fees. However, hundreds of private and regular students staged
a sit-in on M.A. Jinnah Road on the night between 22 and 23 March to
protest against the non-issuance of their admit cards.
prevent any untoward situation, the governor, who is also the
controlling authority, had postponed the annual examinations for two
days and directed the Board Office to allow the regular candidates to
submit the examination forms. As many as 2, 000 students took advantage
of the relaxation and collected their admit cards from the BSEK to
appear in the exams. Many private candidates enrolled themselves as
regular students of public and private education sector to participate
in the annual exams. Even then, things went out of control when
law-enforcers, including Rangers and police baton-charged hundreds of
students and their parents who gathered outside the BSEK office to
collect their admit cards.
On Saturday, the students' lashed
out at the Board Office and termed the postponement an injustice. The
parents said that the Board Office should take serious action against
the people involved in corruption and conduct papers without further
interruption. They added that the mistake occurred at the Board's end
but it is the students who are suffering and paying for no fault of
their own. Police disperse a crowd of protesting students on the University Road. A sms showing the leaked paper.
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The exam mess
Karachi: Almost daily reports over the past week of corruption and mismanagement
marring the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in Karachi
show how deep we have sunk into mire. Violence broke out on Saturday,
when a group of students who had gathered outside the Board of
Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) to protest the postponement of the
Islamiat paper after the board learnt that the paper had been leaked,
stormed the board office. Angry students also protested in other parts
of the city. About 150,000 candidates and their parents were confused
and panicked, wondering whether the paper had been cancelled at all
centres and when it would be held again. The BSEK was quick to accuse
the 'mafia' and called for an inquiry. A day earlier, on Friday, SSC
General Group candidates had complained of receiving the question paper
late and the authorities blamed it on traffic jams! Earlier in the
week, the board had cancelled the first two papers of classes IX and X
on the directives of the Sindh governor after thousands of students
protested at not getting admit cards.
Who is responsible for
this mess? Students blame schools, which in turn blame the BSEK; and
the board suspects involvement of the mafia. The provincial education
minister says his hands are tied and he is helpless; that 'political
compulsions' not only stymie improvement in the affairs of the
education department but also impede efforts to eliminate the use of
unfair means during examinations. In a meeting on Saturday, with the
governor, who is the controlling authority, three top BSEK officials
admitted failure to properly manage the examinations. But the governor
ruled out any action against them and contented himself with ordering
an inquiry into the matter. Stringent action is needed urgently if we
want our children to get a proper education. Heads must roll as a
warning to any officials involved in the business of selling the future
of our children.
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BSEK forms team to counter cheating
Karachi: The Controller of Examinations, Board of Secondary
Education, Karachi(BSEK), Kalim Asghar Kirmani, has said that the
Chairman's Special Vigilance Committee, consisting of the officers of
the BSEK, headed by Abdul Rehman, Director, Education and Research, has
been formed to address the cheating issues during the ongoing Secondary
School Certificate (SSC) at the examination centres.
to a press release issued on Sunday, the committee will pay immediate
visits to the examination centres on receipt of information regarding
use of unfair means or involvement in malpractices by the examinees
during the conduct of SSC annual examination, 2010. The news
"ya toh ye buht baray faroud ya kch or hi game kar rahay hy jo students in may involve nai un ko b pis rahay hy ye kahan ka insaf hy.jo paper na modelpaper mai na five year mai wo paer bana rahay hy takay zayda se zayada student rokay or in ka karcha chalaa aise logon ko garibon ki haye lagti hy kbi kamyab nai hotay itna taff aper banaya jo unexpected chezain ti jo fiveyear mai nai ti wo di.or raha blacklist ka number toh cuttay hy pr checker khosis kue nai krta k student ne cheting ki ya nai bus number cutnay se matlb kbi in k child b paray gay allah b dekh raha hy mera sabar khali nai jaye ga per na aj tak maine cheating ki na karogi hmre parents ne ye nai shikaya"
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BSEK's disregard of conventions caused exam debacle
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) went
against the established practice of replacing a leaked paper with an
alternative paper and postponed the Class X paper of Islamiat at the
eleventh hour on Saturday after it had been leaked, triggering a
widespread violent protest by candidates across the city, it emerged on
It became quite clear that the BSEK had not adopted the
standard procedure when its controller of examinations Kalim Asghar
Kirmani in a press release described the practice of replacing a leaked
paper with an alternative one as a "misunderstanding".
examination paper which is prepared by three different senior teachers
is turned into 'one paper' after its moderation and it takes more or
less 10 hours to print the same. And once the paper is printed, packets
containing papers for each examination centres are prepared which are
dispatched to the examination centres through group leaders," he said.
background interviews with a number of educationists who had either
remained associated with some examining bodies or had conducted
examinations at different educational boards and universities said that
it was beyond their comprehension that why the BSEK officials chose to
postpone Saturday's paper instead of replacing the leaked paper with an
alternative paper on the pattern of other examining bodies in the
Lashing out at the BSEK officials for the postponement
of the paper, the educational experts Dawn spoke with said that it was
an established practice that an examining body usually got set at least
three to five sets of papers with the help of moderators and kept all
these papers ready.
"All of these alternative papers are printed
and packed so that if the examining authorities come to know about
leaking of a paper, they could replace the same with the alternative
papers generally marked as A, B, C, D and E papers and are kept locked
in the secrecy branch of a board or university," one of them said.
on the Saturday's incident in which the candidates reacted angrily,
they said that since the act of postponing the examination amounted to
playing with the nerves of the candidates and their parents, the BSEK
officials should ensure that such an incident should not occur again
and that could only by done by following the standardised procedures
being followed by other examining bodies in the country.
to the procedures practiced in other educational boards and
universities, including the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi
(BIEK), the education experts said that these measures included a
thorough checking of all the personnel working in their secrecy branch
of examinations, keeping at least three sets of each paper ready and no
one should be allowed to leave the branch at least until an hour after
the commencement of the examination, whether he is a head examiner,
moderator or a junior clerk or a peon.
Mentioning that some
senior officials of the BSEK had been replaced in the wake of a
high-level inquiry which the Sindh governor had ordered following a
rampant use of unfair means and irregularities which had been reported
in the SSC annual examinations-2009, they said that such measures
proved cosmetic measures only as incompetent officials remained in
their places.Moreover, they also alleged that affairs of the BSEK were
being mismanaged because the Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education Act, 1973, was not being followed in the letter and spirit.
this regard, they pointed out the former chairman was a retired army
official while the incumbent chairman is a retired civil servant,
though the Act clearly states that the chairman of educational boards
must have an educational background.
Besides, they add that the incumbent controller of examinations of the BSEK was the head of the BSEK enrolment section.
addition to this, a former additional secretary of finance at the
Governor's House, upon his retirement, has recently been appointed as
the director educational research in the BSEK, though five years of
research experience is mandatory for the post, they add.
Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has directed that high-powered teams,
including ministers, should carry out surprise visits from Monday of
the examinations centres of the ongoing 9th and 10th class annual
examinations of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK).
This was pointed out in an official statement issued here on Sunday.
governor, who is also the controlling authority of the examinations
boards in the province, emphasised that the examinations system should
be made transparent and credible.
He said that the machinations of a certain mafia in this connection were being frustrated.
'mafia' was trying to sabotage the steps that had been taken for
improving the examinations system and that this had become obvious from
the recent incidents, he said.
The governor also assured the higher officials of the board of his assistance for its action against this mafia.
He said that criminal cases would be initiated against those found involved in unlawful activities.
Ibad said that for better coordination and dispatch of the question
papers it was being considered that the number of examination centres
be reduced from 450 to 50.
Some other measures in this
connection were also under consideration and that latest and
computerised approach would be adopted, the governor added. Dawn
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Karachi: Without education one's survival is very hard. But the education system in
Pakistan is literally weakening day by day, apparently our Government
doesn't even bother to improve such standards or try to get rid of such
In spite of this they keep on blaming us the "youth" that we are not
being serious with our lives. How exactly do they expect us to be
serious and devoted when they being the leaders could not even try to
fix such small problems related to education. On the very day of Board
examination they called off the paper, since 1000 or so students could
not be issued admit cards. What so ever was the reason behind this
mismanagement, it cannot undo the mistakes that have been happening or
the ones which are going on or even the ones which will continue to be
This is my humble request on behalf of the entire Nation and especially
youth, to stop blaming us for these mishaps and start eradicating such
factors which lead to such problems, due to which young people start
losing their patriotism and stop being serious with anything around
them and worst of this all is that they are misled by all of this
injustice. Sabah Saeed (F.P Report)
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