O level and IGCSE papers leaked

Two papers of O level, IGCSE leaked
Islamabad, June 04: The British Council Pakistan announced through its website on Monday that the students who sat for Cambridge O level and Cambridge IGCSE Islamiat and Pakistan Studies, will have to retake their exams.

The announcement was made following a breach in security of the subjects in discussion. The British Council has also confirmed that it has started a thorough investigation of this violation, however, it was also revealed that the violation did not initiate in Pakistan, hence it had played no part in it.

For the time being, the British Council's first priority is to make sure that a valid and fair outcome for all Cambridge students is examined. Students who sat for these exams earlier are now under pressure to take the exams again.

The British Council has set up a FAQ and has released a new schedule for students who were affected by this security breach.It is important to note that as many as 30,000 students sit for O level exams each year in Pakistan. The British Council, however, has confirmed that the students affected will not have their year wasted, nor will they have to go through any problems regarding college or university admissions.

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Exam season ain't over for some O-level students
Karachi: All O-level students in Pakistan will have to retake their Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies papers owing to a "security breach", the British Council Pakistan announced on Monday sparking a vociferous outcry from the students and their parents alike.

Due to some security violations, the council's website stated, the papers of the two subjects for GCE and IGCSE had been leaked. While the statement claimed the council had started a thorough investigation of the violation, it was also stated that the breach did not occur in Pakistan.

"Our investigation into the matter is ongoing, but at this stage we can confirm that the situation was not initiated in Pakistan and that the British Council Pakistan was not a party to this compromise in any way," the statement read.

Students who took these exams earlier are now under pressure to take the exams again. The British Council has set up a frequently asked questions section and has also released a new schedule for students affected by the security breach.

Around 30,000 sit the O-level exams each year in Pakistan. The British Council has, however, confirmed that the affected students will not have their year wasted nor will they have to go through any problems regarding college or university admissions.

As per the British Council standard operating procedure (SOP), the examination material is prepared and printed in the United Kingdom. These papers are then sealed in envelopes and are dispatched all over the world.

The papers are only opened in exam rooms in front of the students on the exam day. Once the students complete their exams, these papers are resealed in envelopes and sent back to the UK. The procedure makes it is nearly impossible to quickly determine the cause of the violation.

This is why the British Council has yet to find the origin of the breach.The British Council said the exams can now be retaken on June 13th and 14th. The students will have to retake both the papers on the same day. The results will be released according to the original schedule on September 13. The parents have been advised not to worry because most of the students give these exams before their final year in O-Levels. The British Council has also given the choice to the students to retake these exams during the second term, which starts in October. The students can retake the papers in October without paying the necessary fees. The first session of papers starts in May and ends in June while the second begins in October and ends in November. More updates will follow on June 5. The news

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HEC chief told to deposit Rs30m to avoid arrest
Islamabad: A civil court on Monday directed the chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to submit Rs30 million bank guarantee if he wanted to suspend his non-bailable arrest warrants issued on May 25.

The civil suit was based on a controversial agreement signed between the HEC and the owner of a commercial building at I-10. According to the suit, the HEC had acquired the building on rent in 2009 for the establishment of a university.

Mian Mohammad Hanif, the counsel for HEC Chairman Javed Leghari, contended before the court that the status of his client was equivalent to a federal minister. Therefore, the court cannot issue warrants for his arrest. He requested the court to withdraw the warrants.

The counsel said the building which the HEC had acquired was handed over to its owner soon after the commission realised that the establishment of the university was not possible due to lack of funds.

The owner, however, demanded Rs3.4 million as rent which the commission refused to pay.

Subsequently, the owner, Barrister Abubakar Ammar Sehri, filed a suit for the recovery of the amount in January 2013. The HEC did not follow the law suit and the court decided the matter in favour of Mr Sehri on February 28.

As the HEC did not pay the rent to Mr Sehri, he filed another suit for the execution of the court order in March.

Initially, the judge had issued bailable warrants to procure the attendance of the HEC chairman but after his repeated absence the non-bailable warrant was issued.

On Monday, civil judge Nasarullah Baloch also directed the HEC chairman to appear in the court on June 8. Dawn

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HEC's broad-bandwidth internet being expanded to 600 colleges
Islamabad: As many as 183 higher education institutions throughout the country have the facility of broad-bandwidth internet connectivity. This network is being expanded to over 600 colleges which are under provincial governments. It will make Pakistan a regional leader in the field of information and communication technology.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has ensured that the digital library and archives are available online to all students in Pakistan, which has a database of over 10,000 e-journals and 65,000 e-books.

The Campus Management Solutions have already been implemented in eight universities with more to follow. The National and Regional Data Centres, established by the HEC in Islamabad and provincial capitals, are hosting ICT services for higher education sector.

The Research Repository, containing more than 6,680 Pakistani PhD theses in digitised form, plagiarism eradication tool, has been provided to all HEIs. In addition, the Higher Education Management Information Assistance is being provided to 30 HEIs for improving their academic and administrative governance and business intelligence through the HEC-Microsoft Education Alliance.

Access to 180+ free software has been provided to over 1 million students in higher education sector of Pakistan. Universities have been provided state-of-the-art high-tech equipment and equipment sharing programmes and grants for research, holding of conferences, seminars and workshops are being offered.

Moreover, the HEC has established a computerised system of document attestation with more than 200,000 educational documents attested each year.

Commenting on these achievements, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said universities are the most important producers of knowledge, which is the driving force for prosperity and improved standard of living. He said that the video conferencing facility has been provided at 79 sites having footprints in 32 cities throughout the country. The video conferencing facility is not only being used for interactive meetings and lectures delivered under Virtual Education Programme Pakistan, but it is being exhaustively utilised in the field of telemedicine and agriculture field research. So far, more than 2,554 academic activities, including workshops, presentations, PhD defense, and lectures have been covered through this innovative and modern facility.

Dr. Laghari remarked that according to the World Economic Forum 2013, Pakistan's score on the higher education indicator of the Global Competitiveness Index surged significantly ahead, which is a clear manifestation and recognition of the fact that Pakistan's higher education sector has become a role model for the developing countries.

Recently, the HEC and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom have agreed to benefit from each other's experience in the field of information and communication technology for proliferation of ICT in Pakistan. The news

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KU extends MA exam form date
Karachi: University of Karachi here on Monday announced that the last date of submitting exam forms of MA (Regular) College side has been extended up to June 7, 2013. The students could deposit their exam forms at their respective colleges along with a late fee of Rs 500. ppi

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Students encounter faulty BISE Rawalpindi website
Rawalpindi: Students are facing troubles in opening the website of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi for online registration for the 9th grade examination.

The website was to be made fully functional on May 30 but the board authorities failed in that as it could not be opened in most localities of the division.

The students, expressing their anger, said that the board had extended the last date for registration to June 15 but did not make the website operational so far. It may again deprive many students from registration for the exams.

The students demanded of the RBISE chairman to make the web link operational for online registration for the 9th grade examination. inp

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VCs told not to initiate recruitment process
Lahore: The Punjab government has directed vice chancellors of all public sector universities in the province not to initiate any recruitment process.

The directive has caused problems for many universities, which have advertised posts or initiated recruitment process after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) lifted the ban on recruitments.

The Punjab government banned recruitment to all posts on Jan 18 this year and this was conveyed to all vice-chancellors on Jan 31 by the provincial higher education department. The department lifted another ban on recruitments, diversion of funds etc., imposed by the ECP, and conveyed this to VCs on April 26.

After receiving a letter saying that the ban has been lifted, vice-chancellors of various universities advertised various posts and initiated the recruitment process.

The provincial higher education department on May 29 issued another letter, informing the vice-chancellors that the ban imposed by the department on Jan 18 was still intact. It directed that universities should not initiate any recruitment process i.e. advertisement, short listing, test, interviews etc. until the Punjab government lifts the ban.

University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice-Chancellor Lt-Gen retired Muhammad Akram said the department created confusion by banning even advertisements to fill the vacant posts. He said the recruitment process was quite lengthy and final thing was selection. He said university's sub-campus needed faculty and officials to begin and run classes. Delay in recruitment would tantamount to delay in classes and completion of courses.

Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rehman stressed the newly-installed government must lift the ban on recruitments immediately and allow universities to continue their recruitment process.

University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar A Khan said almost 50 per cent of faculty had been on the move and the varsity was always in need of fresh appointments at all levels. He said the university was establishing its sub-campuses in Vehari and Layyah and needed faculty and support staff. "The PC-I of any new project contains creation of new posts and those posts need to be filled to run the project," he added.

Stating that provincial department officials did not know the working of universities, Prof Khan said the UAF had double amount of research funding from independent agencies than its recurring budget. "Donor agencies want results and without recruiting scientists and researchers (for which the money is available in funding), no results can be produced," he said. Dawn

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