Zardari as MCQ answer costs teacher lifetime disqualification

Published: March 29, 2012

Subject specialist says inclusion of Zardari, Gilani as options not intentional, only gauging knowledge of students.

DERA GHAZI KHAN: The subject specialist who prepared the multiple choice questions for the grade ninth Urdu examination of Punjab board was disqualified for life, while the exam coordinator was disqualified for a period of five years.

The move – taken by the chairperson of Punjab Board – came after the exam paper included two bizarre questions with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani as options to choose from.

One question asked: Who is responsible for Pakistan’s security?

Options were God, [President] Zardari, [Prime Minister] Gilani and the people.

Another, trickier question asked what the system of life is based on.

Options included: Deen (religion), dunya (the world), doulat (wealth) and [President] Zardari.

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Dera Ghazi Khan Chairperson Dr Zafar Aalam Zafri had constituted a committee under the supervision of Principal Government College Layyah, Professor Maher Muhammad Akhtar, to investigate and was given a 24-hour deadline to submit a report.

Today (Thursday), the report which was submitted by the commission entailed the statement given by Hafiz Ajmal – the subject specialist – that the inclusion of Zardari and Gilani as options was not an “intentional move” but only to gauge the knowledge of the students regarding current affairs.

While the exam coordinator, Ijaz Hussain, was disqualified for five years.

Further recommendations were also forwarded to the Executive District Officer to put the two officials on trial for “creating confusion” in the minds of the students and also for “insulting” the president and prime minister of the current government.

The paper was designed by officials from the education board in Dera Ghazi Khan. A total of eight boards make question papers for each subject. The papers are then shuffled in coordination with the secrecy department. The question paper from Dera Ghazi Khan therefore ended up in Lahore.

Reader Comments (31)

  • Mar 29, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Why wasn’t there any panel to review question papers before finalizing them for exam?

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  • Mar 29, 2012 - 5:26PM

    this teacher seemed to be so much overwhelmed by Zardari phobia LOL

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  • Copper
    Mar 29, 2012 - 6:01PM

    Life time disqualification! totally unfair, it was not such a major crime and he could be penalized only- Zardari, himself involved in much bigger corruption and is never disqualified

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  • Mar 29, 2012 - 6:06PM

    So what if we can’t arrest people who throw acid on women, or execute terrorists who kill governors? At least this country is safe from serial comedians who mess up am exam question or two.

    Cheers! No? Don’t feel like celebrating? I understand.

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  • Zulu Khosa
    Mar 29, 2012 - 6:13PM

    WHOA!

    This won’t happen in west..
    why is zardari above any criticism?

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  • KB
    Mar 29, 2012 - 6:29PM

    That’s unfair – It’s not wrong to have a wrong option in Multiple Choices. It was rather to make the question easier by eliminating the choices they can easily pick.

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  • Haris Farooq
    Mar 29, 2012 - 6:40PM

    Strict punishment to teacher is unfair, such a question may sound “unusual”, but I believe it is not illegal. I think if the teacher goes to court challenging this one sided decision he can get justice.

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  • Moosa Khan
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:04PM

    I would take them as bonus questions by choosing the President or PM in both. The President and PM deemed insulted or that the truth in those questions were shown that actually the nation is facing now. A liar always finds it odd when he is accused of being a liar.
    The punishment of banning the educators is non-sense. If every single thing is considered like this one in media and elsewhere against P or PM then I believe every single Pakistani must be banned for life.

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  • THE
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:08PM

    This is the most bizzare punishment I have seen in a long time. This kind of questions have appeared all over the world in exams, I have seen these even in the US. There is nothing wrong in them, it gives a chance for the student to use their imagination and brains instead of just spewing whatever they memorized from their book. This kind of punishment only happens in a depressed society like Pakistan, we are following the ways of the dictators, always have.

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  • Seema
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @Copper: Teacher should not be bias when framing a question. That particular teacher sowing the seeds of hatred, teachers obsession and phobia should not be passed to student. Teacher should not be partial when imparting education. Punjab is producing Punjabi taliban because of bias teachers.

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  • Imran
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Zulu Khosa:
    Trust me kid! this will happen in the West. You are not allowed to play with the education system and the minds of the children. There is absolutely no tolerance.

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  • Zulu Khosa
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @Imran:
    you dont know nothing.

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  • Seema
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:03PM

    I why ppl are defending a bias teacher who wants to politicize the education, beware if this teacher will not be punished being bias next time in Balochistan and Sindh, teacher will frame question about atrocities of Army and agencies, and punjabi leadership. Though judiciary spared them always with clean chit, it doesn’t mean that they can fool ppl.

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  • amadha
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:25PM

    A middle class mind is obsessed in its hatred against Zardari and other liberal politicians,i don’t blame them,they have been trained to think in a certain way only

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:30PM

    There are no legitimate reasons to put a life time ban on subject specialist and 5 years ban on exam coordinator, as both of them tried to please the President and Prime Minister by putting their names as one of the options.

    This is one of the traditions out of many which is followed by all federal and provincial government servants for which they are awarded “Pride of Performance” by President of Pakistan.

    I am amazed as why their names were not on the list of the recipients of Pride of Performance Awards of 2012?

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  • Noor Muhammad
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:48PM

    I disagree with inclusion of the names of PM and President in a question paper, that too in a dubious manner, for God know what purpose. It is also obvious that the teacher was not completely “nai’ve” about the repercussions of such a move. The “unintentional” move is ludicrous.

    Despite of all the above, I believe the lifetime ban is ridiculous.

    The decision should be challenged in a court and the punishment should be just. A severe reprimand, along with disqualification for this particular exams, seems to be a fair punishment.

    A great move by President and Prime MInister would be to forgive the teacher and advise him about the negative outcomes of such mistakes.

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  • Khalid Faiz
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Our education system, courses and teaching staff all are full of hate. Hate Hindu; hate Jews; hate Christians; hate West; hate this and that, Zardari is also among this and that.

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  • Mar 29, 2012 - 9:40PM

    lifetime disqualification is too harsh. Not fair.

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  • Mar 29, 2012 - 9:41PM

    @Khalid Faiz:
    finally everybody hates our country.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 29, 2012 - 10:48PM

    Should have put PM and President as options rather than actual names. But then again, this is stupid. Murderers and rapists go free, but a teacher with a sense of irony is banned for life.

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  • adeel759
    Mar 29, 2012 - 11:10PM

    To turn the sizable opinion in favor of President, President should personally take Notice of this and order reinstatement of the Teacher.

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  • Kashif
    Mar 30, 2012 - 12:16AM

    I endorse the decision. Being a teacher he should have certain ethics and level of maturity.

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  • Raza
    Mar 30, 2012 - 12:44AM

    I personally thought that the option in the system of life question was a very relevant one. After all, Zardari is also a way of life (loot, plunder, murder, politics, horse-raising, and the list goes on). And if Zardari doesnt get disqualified from anything for all of it, then why should the poor examiner and subject specialist be banned? For those talking about the exam spreading hate…umm, lets see, the killings in Karachi are being done in the name of love?

    Anyways, I’m sure that the PTI/PML governments will undisqualify the examiner and specialist when they come to power.

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  • MarkH
    Mar 30, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @Imran:
    Very incorrect. Even exams like the SATs that are involved in college admission have joke questions like that in the West. I promise you. I have taken my fair share of them and I’ve never heard even the most anal person complain about it.

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  • sindhi
    Mar 30, 2012 - 1:19AM

    this teacher should be banned. i dont know of he hated zardari or wanted to please him, either way playing like this with education system of our country should be intolerable.
    we already have a education system which preaches religious hatred, dont add political issues in it as well.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 30, 2012 - 2:40AM

    This is not a joke or innocent mistake. How can comparing God and religion with ordinary people be a joke? The kids are already confused and hate everything that is not fundamentalist and religious and we should not promote that. Only an idiot can put religion and ordinary people in the same question. The punishment is not for insulting humans but religion and the presidency and PM of the country. How about giving the choice between Jinnah, Liaquat Ali and religion? It is not surprising that we are producing more jihadists than any other country in the world. The world does not recognize the education system and Pakistani degrees and they are going to be stricter after these facts coming out.

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 30, 2012 - 9:10AM

    Lifetime disqualification is not fair. Need to review the decision. But this issue show us that our education system has no any standard.

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  • Asad
    Mar 30, 2012 - 9:57AM

    There is no doubt that these two questions were rediculous but I think the life time disqualification is also a weird and unfair decision.

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  • Irtiza
    Mar 30, 2012 - 9:58AM

    Doesn’t this teacher enjoys immunity?

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  • Mar 31, 2012 - 10:48AM

    this is unfair about senior teacher.Recommend

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