LARKANA: Copy culture, cheating practices in annual examinations, is one the rise in Sindh but due to bad governance so strict steps are being taken to stop it. Despite wider use of computers in Pakistan including Sindh, still old examination method of writing with hand on script copies is in vogue, which provides chances of cheating. However, using computer-based objective and multi-choice exam method if introduced could eliminate the copy culture on one hand and ensure instant exam results on the other.
Sources said that Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Larkana and BISE Hyderabad are being headed by an influential officer who is said to be a junior officer of the education department, albeit he enjoys backing and support of a local MNA. It may be recalled that the seat of Chairman of BISE Hyderabad Board is a BPS-20 post. BISE Hyderabad covers 10 districts and BISE Larkana five districts.
Districts covered by Hyderabad Board include Matiari, Dadu, Hyderabad, Tando Allahyar, Jamshoro, Tando Mohammad Khan, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal and Nawabshah.
The posting of junior officer on a senior post shows the dearth of senior officers in Sindh education department, or its unwillingness to shun the notorious own pay scale system, say the sources, adding it is very difficult for one officer to look after 15 districts and stop copy culture in them. They claimed that the chairman is originally an associated professor of Physics working in BPS-19. They said more than 50 officers are working in BPS-20 but they are sidelined due to want of strong political backing.
The sources said likewise BISE Larkana examination controller and secretary are junior officers of BPS-18 but working on senior BPS-19 posts.
Another factor affecting the examination system is posting of ‘externals’ who are appointed to supervise these examinations and are paid Rs 12000 whereas invigilators are paid about Rs 170 per day/paper. The externals are often seen sitting in their offices while the invigilators are seen standing in the examination rooms or halls for three continuous hours supervising the students. Most of the externals are appointed on the recommendation of teachers’ associations, ignoring the merit.
Copy culture is the direct outcome of bad governance and it could not checked unless the rulers improve their style of governance and take serious steps against bribery and political favouritism.