Threatened principal shuts exam centre

Nov 30, -0001
Staff Report

KARACHI: The principal of the New Karachi Government Degree Boys College shut the campus after he was threatened by students for not allowing them to cheat in the ongoing intermediate exams.

The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) started the Intermediate exams (the equivalent of the A' Levels or Grade 13) on April 28. On Wednesday, May 6, the statistics, botany, applied arts and English exams were scheduled across Karachi.

"Today is your last day," the principal, Zafar Saeed, was warned. He was chased from campus and the police had to rescue and escort him from a bank branch he had taken refuge in Wednesday. Teachers and principals from other exam centres have complained of the same problem.

Earlier on, during the matriculation exams, the Sindh education advisor caught entire exam centres cheating or using unfair means.

Some teachers who stood up to students were threatened at home.

The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) have demanded the government provide the faculty security. "They just post the paramilitary rangers outside and consider their job done," said one faculty member.

After the college was closed, the students who turned up to sit the exam were forced to leave. No announcement was made on a re-sit. Meanwhile, exams went on as usual at other centres. SAMAA

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