- Solely college students with legitimate admit playing cards and examination employees to be allowed in examination centres, says Sindh govt.
- Sindh govt bans use of cellphones at examination centres.
- SHOs will register complaints and take actions in opposition to those that violate the legislation.
KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Wednesday imposed Section 144 outdoors examination centres, giving energy to Station Home Officers (SHOs) to register complaints and take actions in opposition to those that violate the legislation.
The step was taken after physics and arithmetic matric papers have been leaked in Karachi on Tuesday and Wednesday, triggering an outcry and placing the mechanism to maintain dishonest in test, beneath extra scrutiny.
Further Chief Secretary (House) Qazi Shahid Pervez mentioned, in a notification, that universities and board departments of the Authorities of Sindh have conveyed that numerous academic boards have approached them to hunt assist in peaceable conduct of the SSC half I and II and the HSSC half I and II annual exams.
Pervez mentioned the schools and board departments requested imposition of Section 144 outdoors examination centres to deliver the state of affairs beneath management.
“The Government of Sindh is satisfied that in order to conduct examinations in a fair and peaceful manner, and maintain the sanctity of examination premises during the examination, it is expedient to take necessary measures,” reads the notification.
“Now, due to this fact, the Authorities of Sindh, in train of the powers conferred beneath Section 144(6) of the CrPC, hereby declares all of the premises of examination centres for the above-mentioned examinations beneath their respective academic boards, restricted areas for most of the people,” stated the notification.
It added that only “candidates bearing legitimate admit playing cards in addition to the employees on responsibility” will be allowed at the examination centres, adding that opening photostat machines around exam centres has been prohibited. The notification has also banned the use of mobile phones in exam centres till the exams are being held.
Mathematics paper leaked
Despite assurances from education authorities to enhance the security and distribution mechanism of question papers, the mathematics questionnaire leaked too before the start of the paper on Wednesday.
The exam was scheduled to start at 9:30am but the question paper was available 30 mins earlier.
Tuesday, eyebrows were raised when the physics paper was leaked on social media.
Following the mismanagement and chaos during the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2021, the Sindh government had taken strong notice and summoned the controller examination of Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) who assured Adviser Nisar Khoro of taking corrective measures.
BSEK chief suspects CCOs had a role in paper leaks
Earlier on Monday, BESK Chairman Syed Sharaf Ali Shah suspected that the central control officers (CCOs) had a hand in the controversy surrounding the paper leak and delay in the delivery of the questionnaire.
Speaking to Geo News anchor Shahzeb Khanzada on his programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath, Shah had said it was the primary responsibility of CCOs to distribute the papers to the exam centres.
“The CCOs didn’t arrive (on the hub) to gather examination papers,” said the matric board chairperson. “The delay was brought about when the board’s employees, as a result of CCOs absence, delivered the papers to the examination centres,” he had told the anchor.
Shah had said it seemed as if the CCOs were involved in the conspiracy, adding that they will no longer be performing this duty.
“The CCOs orders have been cancelled. Now, the superintendents will gather papers from the hubs and ship them to the examination centres,” he had mentioned.
Shah had mentioned the board has additionally elevated the variety of hubs from 11 to 18 to make sure well timed supply of the papers any longer.