Karachi: 21 fake admit cards detected on first day
KARACHI: As the sun shines down on a barren school court–yard from its mid-day peak, a group of mothers cluster under the shade of some thin bushes; some chat, others are carrying prayer beads in their hands. All of them are accompanying their daughters, who are in the middle of giving a three–hour paper.
According to the Board of Secondary Education (BSEK), 312,000 candidates appeared for the exam, which began on Thursday. Mobile phones are prohibited, generators have been arranged in case of power failures, and any unfair means will result in the registration of an FIR, the board claims. In Karachi, 250 examination centres have been set up, out of which 70 are considered to be ‘sensitive’. These include Lyari, Orangi, Landhi, Korangi, Baldia, Shah Faisal, Gadap and Bin Qasim.
All the mothers come with their own set of worries, owing to the examination system and the social status quo. “I hope my bachi does well, she studied so hard all year round,” says one anxious mother. “My son told my daughter to stop studying so hard, because a student with a better source would take her position,” says another.
“It is important for girls to study, they need to become independent too,” comments a surprisingly optimistic mother.
Three men walk in to the principal’s office. They are here to offer money for a particular student. “Come back later, when there are more important subjects, today is just Islamiat – a not so important exam,” says the principal.
According to the BSEK, a surprise visit was paid by Professor Mohommad Saeed and Razia Mallah, who are the chairman and controller of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), respectively. They visited Pak Turk School Shireen Jinnah Colony and Government Boys Secondary School Jet Line, where they found 21 fake admit–cards.
Chairman BIEK Prof Mohammad Saeed has sent a letter to Director Private Schools Sindh and Director School Education Karachi to take action against the negligence of the two schools.
According to an initial inquiry, it was found that two roll numbers from the Government Girls Qamr–ul–Islam School and another two roll numbers from the American Secondary School in Delhi Colony had been forged.
Incidents of violence were reported from Government Boys Secondary School Lyari, where teacher Muneer Ahmed Baloch informed that police had to be called to maintain law and order.
The exam ends — the students come out. Though it is a government school, there were not many reports of the use of unfair means. Yet, candidates who came out complain of poor lighting and power outages.