CIE exams 2014 | Burdening children syllabus
81,000 students of 145 schools taking CIE exams this session
Karachi, May 10: No one knows for sure the number of students who take the exams
administered by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in
Karachi every year. But it is safe to assume that the numbers are
One hundred and sixty four schools are registered
with the CIE in Karachi. Eighty one thousand students from 145 of these
schools are taking the exams this year, according to Adele Williams, the
international communications officer of the CIE.
have started taking this year's O- and A-level exams. Armed with their
statements of entry and a transparent stationery case, they enter the
Invigilators match their school
identity cards with other documents to check for impersonation. Once
inside, the students have only their pre-exam preparation to save them,
for cheating is out of the question.
This transparency of
the CIE is the very reason of its rising popularity even in the middle
classes. Last year 16,000 students took the O- and A-level exams in
Pakistan during the May-June session.
Each year the CIE conducts examinations in two sessions: the first in May-June and the second in November.
estimates suggest that last year in the May-June session alone
Pakistani students paid Rs720million in exam fee to the British
An O-level paper costs about Rs4,000 while the
price of an A-level paper can range between Rs7,000 and Rs10,000: an
astronomical cost when compared with the fee of matriculation
(equivalent to O-level) exams for which students pay no more than
Rs1,500 for the five papers they take.
The Board of
Intermediate Education Karachi, which administers the inter exams
(equivalent to A-level), charges Rs1,100 each year for the six papers
students take in their first and second years.
local education system failing to train students for top positions in
the job market, parents are left with no other choice but to opt for the
much more expensive British education system.
Institute of Business Administration (IBA), a top-notch business school
of the country, 3,200 students took the admission test this year.
300 students managed to pass and 80 percent of them were those who had
completed A-level, according to Ishrat Husain, the dean and director of
During a conference in Islamabad, former Engro
Foods CEO Asad Umer said that when he had made it to the board of
directors, 10 of the 11 members, including him, had studied at a
When he became the CEO, he asked for
the educational background of the new recruits. "Eighty percent of them
had completed A-level."
It is exactly for this reason that
even the middle-class parents are curtailing all other expenses to pay
for their children's hefty examination fees.
a single mother and a schoolteacher, claimed that education of her only
daughter was her biggest monthly expense, which exceeded fuel costs and
ration. "Education is an investment. If you give your child quality
education, he can survive in the competitive world waiting for him."
is the UK's seventh largest export industry, which was worth over 14
billion pounds in 2008-09 and is growing at a rate of four percent a
year, according to a September 2012 publication in the leading journal
For the Pakistani government, it is
important to know the rising number of students opting for the CIE every
year. It will give them a direction, food for thought and may even
motivate them to pull their socks up. The news
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Matriculation examinations of deaf from 15th
Karachi: Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Tuesday
announced annual examination 2014 of deaf students of class 9th and 10th
would begin from May 15, 2014. Controller of Examination BSEK Noman
Ahsan has directed heads of relevant schools to collect admit cards of
their students from May 8 by showing of authority letter in the Board.
Board has announced practical examination of class 9thand 10th postponed
on May 2 due to strike in the city would now be held on May 17.
Examination time and centres would remain the same.
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Experts assail govt for burdening children with heavy syllabus
Karachi: Experts on Sunday flayed government for putting heavy syllabus
burden on children studying from class one to 10th and called for
immediate reduction in courses by 30% so as to rid students of mental
torture and heavy bags full of copies and text books.
educational system faces many issues, one of which is lengthy syllabus,
which needs to be resolved for good future of children. It is irony that
Pakistans educational system is also not uniform, while the government
institutes are not preparing students to perform well in their
examinations. The heavy syllabus is over burdening students. They cannot
prepare such a tormenting heavy syllabus because of the fact that their
memory capacity is low as compared to their ages," said education
expert and researcher Syeda Khushbakht while talking to PPI on the issue
of heavy syllabus and bad governance in education system of Pakistan.
is need to exclude unnecessary stuff from heavy syllabus which is not
matching todays life. This syllabus must be reduced by 25-30 % for good
of children. Pakistan has two types of entirely independent educational
systems. One is private and other is government sector. There is need
to have uniform education system," she said.
Khushbakht said as
private sector is very much concerned with their result, so teachers
have to finish the courses in schools before time, but contrary to it,
the government school teachers rarely finish courses or finish it on the
nick of the hour, which is not fruitful for students.
"First of all,
teaching methodology should be changed to interactive and direct
method. Secondly, technology should be introduced to teaching tools even
in government schools. Education is the only way through which a nation
can flourish. The sincerity of teachers and good syllabus can make
educational system more effective in the society," she concluded.
Pakistan executive director and education researcher, Waheed Jamali,
said that private and government schools have put heavy burden of
courses on students of primary, middle and matriculation classes, which
is totally unjustified. The syllabus of private schools should be
reduced by at least 30 percent so as to provide relief to children from
He asked the government to raise education budget up
to 8 percent of GDP so that this vital sector could be developed. There
is need to improve governance in education system besides introducing
practical based education syllabus. He said that heavy bags on shoulders
of students could create health problems for kids, Jamali added.
Teachers Association Sindh leader Ali Gul said that it is fact that
courses being taught from one to 10th class are very heavy and students
are not capable to remind all those. The long questioning system in
examinations should also be abolished while short questioning system be
He suggested 30 % to 50 % reduction in these courses for
making education system stable and progressive. He said: "It is
unfortunate that our country has double standard in education system.
Poor could not have money to get higher education, while rich ones are
receiving education in higher education institutes and get jobs in
multinational companies with ease.
He said a study revealed that 30%
of school-going kids complain of back pain. Heavy bags can cause
permanent disability, so why isn't anything being done to counter this
The teachers association leader said that there was high rate
of corruption in education sector which must be brought to an end for
progress of the nation and the country. Daily times
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