Uncertainty after controller of exams resigns

Karachi, May 29(The News): The smooth execution of the HSC Annual Examination-2007, commencing from Tuesday (today), seems to be an uphill task owing to the uncertainty over the incumbency of the Controller of Examinations of the board concerned after resignation of the incumbent controller of examinations.

In the backdrop of the May 12 mayhem, extraordinary security measures and arrangements would be needed for conducting the intermediate annual examinations in a peaceful and conducive environment.

Utter confusion and uncertainty prevails in the examination section of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), as the Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Syed Aziz had tendered his resignation to the controlling authority, the Sindh Governor apparently due to his personal reasons.

However, a highly reliable source disclosed that serious differences between the chairman of the BIEK and the Controller of Examinations led the latter to tender resignation. Though the resignation was yet to be accepted but Dr Aziz said that Saturday (the day of resignation) was his last working day and till that day he duly discharged his duties and from Monday he would no more be the Controller of Examinations and declared himself as 'non-functional'.

He said that he had completed all the necessary arrangements for the examination and was waiting for handing over the charge to the authorities concerned. On Monday too, he waited for handing over the charge the quarter concerned but could not the same and left the office in the afternoon.

He said that he has given a proposal to the board authorities for handing over the charge to the Deputy Controller of Examination Syed Mohammed Ali. However, the source in BIEK said that as no notification was issued yet and Dr Aziz still holds the controller's portfolio.

When this scribe contacted the officials in the BIEK, they said that the Deputy Controller of Examinations would officiate the charge to avoid any disturbances. The source said the pre-examination process was completed, the main hurdle was the outside mafia that had to be deal by the controller would go out of control.

The controller of examinations of the board and other officials usually liaison with the city administration to ensure proper safety and security arrangements and provision of other facilities for smooth and unhindered conducting of the exams, but under the prevailing circumstances it would be an uphill task for the board authorities to properly coordinate with the local administration to diligently dispose their activities.

The outside lobbies especially the politically motivated students' groups have always been involved in promoting the culture of resorting to the use of unfair means among their 'favourite' candidates during the exams. The government-run colleges which are largely used for setting up centres have been publicly known as the breeding grounds for non-bona-fide activities of various students groups.



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