Checks in place to stop tampering of mark sheets, says BSEK chairperson

KARACHI:12 November: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has implemented strong checks to prevent forgery and tampering with mark sheets of the matriculation and ninth grade examinations. This was said by BSEK Chairperson Prof Dr Saeeduddin.

The BSEK chairperson added that this year, the board had got the mark sheets for the ninth and matriculation examinations printed from the Pakistan Security Printing Press, which had secured the key documents with secret barcodes.

Another significant change that has been made in the format of the mark sheets is the insertion of the student’s birth date. While enrolling their children, many parents deliberately or unintentionally fill in the space for the birth date of their child with an incorrect date or year, which does not match with the date listed on the birth certificate and other documents. Many such students face problems in future as their dates of birth inscribed on various documents contradict each other. The new system would rectify the error instantly, claimed the BSEK chairperson.

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The BSEK chairperson also revealed that this year, the number of applications for the scrutiny of examinations has been reduced to half – from 6,000 last year to 3,000 this year. This suggests that the board examinations have gained credibility in the eyes of parents and students, he said.

Sharing the board’s future plans, Dr Saeeduddin disclosed that in the next examinations, the board will reduce the number of examination centres to ensure effective monitoring and vigilance. Moreover, he added, only those schools will be selected as examination centres which have necessary facilities and whose reputation have not been tainted with cheating during the exams.

The BSEK chairperson also informed that he had planned to arrange workshops for senior teachers to promote students’ creativity and discourage the culture of rote learning, which relies on the use of guides and solved papers in preparation for examinations. Seminars inviting prominent educationists would also be held for the guidance of the board officials and teachers, he said.

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Dr Saeeduddin claimed that the Karachi matric board had brought systematic changes in its operations, which has drastically improved its services and earned trust of the stakeholders including students, parents, schools’ administration and teachers’ associations.express turbuni.