Papers being sold at Rs 3,500
Lahore, May 16: The shameless practice of using unfair means (Booti) goes unabated at almost all the examination centres set up for Intermediate Part-II examinations in the provincial metropolis.
Selfish people in the education system sold physics and chemistry papers of the Inter exams for Rs 3,500 while the objective paper was sold for Rs 500. The rate for short questions and long questions in the Subjective paper was fixed at Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively.
This ugly practice is the rule of the day at many high profile examination centres like the Cluster Hall, Lawrence Road, PU Cluster Halls, Wahdat Road, Crescent College Examination Centres as well as the centres at various colleges. Sohaib, a candidate appearing in the PU Cluster Halls K1, Wahdat Road, while talking to APP here on Sunday said that the invigilation staff collected money from the candidates at the start of paper. The staff provides key of the objective paper to their customer students while intelligent students are forced to swap answer sheets and in some cases answer sheets are snatched from the good students in order to help solve the papers of the clients.
He said that the superintendents had to yell at the end of the duration to locate the answer sheets of the good students and were heard yelling that "932 ka paper kahan hae" (Who has got hold of the answer sheet of Roll No 932). He said that the staff also moved seats of the students who pay them to the back so that they could solve their papers from the key-books, adding that it gets chaotic during the last hour of the examination from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in the centres.
Muaz, a candidate in Centre D1 said that only two to three centres on the ground floor were safe from the Booti mafia since these were prone to detection, adding that the intelligent students could find solace only during the period when Mobile Inspector (MI) visit the centre. Another student, Tayyab, at the PU Cluster Halls Wahdat Road said that the invigilator snatched his answer sheet during the chemistry paper-II while the staff lured the students into cooperation and giving answer sheets to others through sweet talk like "Bhaiyon wali baat karo" (behave like brethren). On the condition of anonymity, a Mobile Inspector (MI)deputed by the BISE at the PU Cluster Halls, Wahdat Road told APP that shortage of invigilation staff as well as corrupt invigilators have been the main cause behind this nefarious practice of corrupting the youth as well as depriving the talented students of their rights. He attributed poor emoluments of the invigilation staff by the board as the main cause in the rise of corrupt practices, adding college professors of impeccable character refrain from examination duty as boards offer very poor monetary benefit, adding this situation leaves room for clerks and other staff who are part of Booti mafia.
He said that the board appointed Resident Inspectors (RIs) at all examination centres to put a check on the invigilation staff but in the present case the RIs also seemed to be encouraging the Booti mafia. Booti mafia has gone unchecked despite tall claims by the Punjab government and the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore of having adopted transparent and stringent measures to defeat the Booti mafia from the examination system in the province. It is saddening to know that the Booti mafia have bamboozled the authorities despite the fact that the Lahore board deputes different teams to check unfair means cases (UFM) cases and corrupt practices including Mobile Inspectors (MIS), Resident Inspectors (RIs), a team headed by Director Education (Colleges) as well as Chairman's Squad. BISE Lahore Controller of Examination Manzoor ul Hassan Niazi while talking to APP said that no such complaint had been lodged with the board authorities by any candidate or parent so far. "Had such incident been brought to my notice, the Lahore board would have investigated and initiated action against the culprits", the Controller said. Denying occurrence of any such incidents in and around the examination centres, Manzoor ul Hassan Niazi said that stringent measures would be adopted in tomorrow's (Monday) English Part-II paper and it would be ensured that no such element spoil the atmosphere of the examination centres.
Major (Retd) Hassan, while talking to APP said that the Punjab government had badly failed to protect the rights of intelligent students against the Booti mafia. He said that the Booti mafia was a bigger threat than terrorists and the fundamentalists in the province and called upon Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to materialise his promise of purging the examination system of corrupt elements and the Booti mafia.Your Comments
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