Cambridge international examination Islamiyat paper issue

CIE system loses Islamiyat paper of 'O' Level students
Islamabad, Sept 22: The parents of 67 'O' Level students of a local school are contemplating to move the court against the Cambridge International Examination System for allegedly misplacing the Islamiyat paper of their children and awarding marks to them on mere assumption.

"I am thinking about taking up the case with the court of law if either the lost paper is not produced or forecast grade is not awarded to my son," Dr. Anwar Butt, father of Imad Butt, a student of Global System of Integrated Studies (GSIS) said.

He said that the trust of parents and children in the CIE system has been shattered due to poor handling of the Islamiyat paper and its marking.

He said that his son, along with 66 other students, appeared in the 'O' Level examination session June 2010, the result of which was announced on August 12, 2010. The result of Islamiyat paper was shown as delayed without mentioning any reason.

He said on protest from the GSIS administration and parents, a result was sent again showing no less than 29 students getting U grade, 10 E grade, 11 D grade, 6 B grade and only one student securing A+ grade.

He said when the school administration again protested, the CIE sent another result showing 9 U grades, 5 E grades, 12 D grades, 9 C grades, 19 B grades, 6 A grades and 9 A+ grades. "By doing so, the CIE system admitted that it lost the answer sheets of Islamiyat (Paper A)," Dr. Anwar Butt said. He said that they produced three different statements of result within a week, which is highly objectionable.

According to him, whenever such situation arises in which papers are lost, there is a rule to award marks to students close to the forecast numbers which are provided to the CIE system by the concerned school from where students appear in the examination. "The marks awarded to students in this case are not close to the forecast numbers," he said.

GSIS Principal Quratulain Ali Rizvi told said that the first explanation from the British Council, Islamabad, was that the papers got delayed with the paper checker and the second information came from William Bickerelikes, regional manager of the CIE Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan based in Dubai, on August 18 that some of the scripts have been lost and the forecast grades are being considered. "It is highly regretful that the forecast grades system was not followed," she regretted.

Ms. Rizvi said the students are in a state of shock for not getting fair grading from the CIE system. She said that the CIE system and British Council are responsible for conducting examination and handling of question and answer papers then why the school administration and students should suffer.

William Bickerelikes, when approached for his comments, said their first priority is fair outcomes for all students who took the examination. The examination has two papers, and we received one but not the other. "We dealt with this thoroughly following the usual procedures that are employed for in rare circumstances such as this, taking into account the student work that we have and our examiners' professional judgement, to ensure each student receives a fair and accurate grade," he said.

The GSIS principal said the confidence of students would be restored only when justice is done with them. She said the CIE system had also offered the school that the students would not be charged any fee if they appear in the paper A of Islamiyat but there was no reason as to why the students should reappear.

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Education amid the floods
Islamabad: The devastating floods, besides displacing some 20 million people and killing around 2000 human souls, have also badly shaken our already crumbling education sector. The relief organisations are focusing on providing food, shelter, clothing and medication to the flood victims but no one has bothered to include education in their priority list. News reports suggest that almost 5,674 schools have been damaged across the country due to the floods while 4,932 schools are being used as shelter for the flood affectees. It's almost impossible to conduct classes in the damaged school buildings unless they are renovated. It also seems difficult to evacuate the school buildings currently being used as shelter for the flood victims until an alternate arrangement is made for them. When authorities in Nowshera recently made such an attempt for evacuation, the affectees resorted to vociferous protests. It would definitely take a long time to provide a permanent shelter for these victims. Therefore, the only immediate option for the authorities is to revamp the ruined school buildings.

Now when the floodwater has receded, the condition of the damaged schools could be assessed. Renovation of the damaged schools should begin without further delay. UNICEF is doing its best to prioritise the educational needs of the flood victims and has taken concrete steps in this regard. Similarly, Turkey has provided makeshift schools. We have seen our government's inability and mismanagement during the floods and therefore have no high expectations from it. Nevertheless, we still urge upon the government to realise the crisis and take steps towards restoring suspended educational activities in many parts of the country. The news

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SSC supple exam from 28
Peshawar: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar announced schedule for the supplementary examination on Tuesday.

According to a press release the supplementary examination of SSC (9th and 10th class) for the year 2010 will commence from Sept 28.

Practical of the said examination would start from Oct 19. A control room has been established in the board office to facilitate the candidates and the supervisory staff.

The control room will operate from 8am to 5pm during the examination with contact number 091-9216264.

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Hoti assures safe recovery of VC
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti has said efforts are underway for safe recovery of abducted Vice-Chancellor Islamia College University Professor Ajmal Khan and the government will fulfill all its responsibilities in this connection.

He stated this while talking to a delegation of Islamia College University Teaching Staff Association at the CM House here on Wednesday, says a handout.

Provincial Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Provincial Minister for Higher Education Qazi Asad, Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain and senior professors Islamia College University were also present during the meeting. Dawn

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