SHC orders BSEK to issue admit cards to matric students

Seeks replies on petition against controversial universities bill

Our Correspondent March 30, 2018
Sindh High Court. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Thursday the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) controller of examinations to immediately issue admit cards to nearly 50 students so that they could appear for the exams today (Friday).

A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, also issued notices to the BSEK controller of examinations, a private school's management and others to file their comments explaining why the students had not been issued admit cards.

A group of parents of students studying in classes nine and 10 at a private school run by Genius Academy had approached the SHC against BSEK and other authorities for not issuing admit cards to their children.

The petitioners informed the judges that their children, 19 studying in class nine and 30 in class 10, were studying at the private school and the school's management had submitted forms for the enrolment of the students to the secondary education board well in time, however, the board officials were not issuing admit cards without which the students could not take exams.

The parents pleaded that an exam would be conducted today and if their children were not issued admit cards, it would waste their entire year. Therefore, the court was requested to direct the BSEK to issue their children admit forms immediately so that they could sit in the exams.

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After the initial hearing, the bench issued notices to the BSEK controller of examination, the private school's management and others to file their comments on April 2. In the meantime, it directed the BSEK controller of examinations to ensure that admit cards were issued immediately to the petitioners' children so that they could appear for the exams.


Universities law amendment bill

Meanwhile, the same bench directed a deputy attorney-general and the provincial advocate-general to submit detailed replies on behalf of the federal and provincial governments on a petition challenging the Sindh Universities and Institutions Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that allegedly gives administrative control of the varsities to the provincial government.

The bench fixed the matter for April 19, asking Advocate Arfan Aziz, who represents the petitioner, civil rights group Pasban-e-Pakistan, to argue on the maintainability of the petition.

During Thursday's proceedings, Advocate-General Barrister Zamir Ahmed Ghumro and the deputy attorney-general raised objections on the maintainability of the petition, arguing that the bill had still not been made an Act, and hence, it was a proposed bill.

However, Advocate Aziz argued that it was a drafted bill and had been passed by the assembly in violation of the rules.


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