BIEK vigilance team denied entry to exam Centre

Karachi:May 14:A two-member super vigilance team of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) was not allowed to enter the Government College of Commerce and Economics near PIDC on Saturday to observe arrangements for the ongoing annul part-I and II examinations for the higher secondary school certificate (XI and XII classes).
Professor Dr Muhammad Tahir and Professor Ziauddin went to the Government College of Commerce and Economics, but the watchman asked them to wait outside the main entrance until he got the permission from the college principal, Razia Khokhar. But after a while, the watchman returned and informed the team members that the principal would not allow them to enter the building.
The visiting members were shocked and called up BIEK Chairman Professor Inam Ahmed to brief him about the situation. Surprisingly, the board’s chairman asked them to visit SM Arts and Commerce College, instead.

Both Professor Tahir and Professor Ziauddin then went to the SM Arts and Commerce College.

Talking to The News, Professor Tahir confirmed reports of the cold shoulder given to them by the principal of the Government College of Commerce and Economics.

He said the BIEK chairman told them to visit another principal and avoid the Government College of Commerce and Economics as its principal was very harsh and aggressive in nature.

Sindh Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon had on April 17, 2017, issued a transfer order, according to which, Razia Sultana Khokhar was posted with immediate effect and until further orders as principal of the Government College for Women, Shahrah-e-Liaquat, against the existing vacancy.

Although she took charge as per the orders, she did not relinquish her previous office. A few days ago, one of the blank answer booklets was taken away from the Government College of Commerce and Economics, but the principal failed to report the incident on the same day.

The controversies that began well before the first exam paper are still damaging the image of the BIEK. Now the examination board is facing criticism over reports that like question papers, blank answer copies are also available against reasonable prices.

On the other hand, some members of super vigilance teams, while talking to The News, said arrangements were much better if compared to those made over the past several years. But they also admitted that the use of WhatsAapp, a mobile-based application, was used for the first time in BIEK exams.

They observed that those who had money and power were using mobile phones in examination rooms. They claimed that they had received reports regarding special rooms in some examination centres where candidates who could pay handsome amounts could solve their question papers. However, they clarified that they have not seen these special rooms or favourite candidates.

According to senior professors, not all examination centres were available for cheating, which meant arrangements were satisfactory; otherwise, there would be no need to use WhatsApp for solving papers in separate rooms or somewhere else.

They suggested that only authorised employees of the education department should be allowed to perform duty at the examination centres so as to check use of unfair means.
Nine UFM cases

According to a BIEK statement, five candidates were caught using mobile phones and four students were found using other unfair means during their exams on Saturday.

All nine cases of use of unfair means were handed over to the UFM Committee for further action.The news.