A consumer court issued notices to the secretary and controller exams of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Abbottabad to appear in court on August 25 and defend the organisation against charges of manipulating results.
Students of different educational institutions and their parents have accused the BISE administration of favouring certain schools by giving extra marks to weak pupils, while those who usually passed with flying colors were not given the marks they deserved.
Representing the students, Divisional Warden Civil Defence Prof GM Samsam, also an educationist, filed a petition with the consumer court after the intermediate results were announced. He accused the board’s administration of tampering with the results and destroying the future of several talented students.
He alleged some students who passed their matric exams with A-plus grades got below fifty percent marks in subjects such as chemistry, Pakistan studies and Urdu. He said the discriminatory and corrupt attitude of board officials has jeopardised futures.
Samsam requested the court to cancel the result and have the papers rechecked under its supervision. The petitioner suggested appointing District Officer Education Riaz Swati as the head of an enquiry team to determine the misdeeds and expose the corrupt officials.
Protest against results
Students of Pakistan International Public School protested against the results by taking to the streets and boycotting classes.
They marched on PMA Kakul Road, chanting slogans against the board’s administration for unfair marking and favouring certain students of select institutions.
When approached for comments, Assistant Controller Moazam Khan said the BISE had ensured transparency in the marking process. He said moderators had been introduced to the exam checking process for the first time and all of them were highly qualified and experienced. Khan said the moderators carried out random counter checking to ensure fair marking.
“I can say with confidence there was no chance of anyone altering a single mark.”
He added the board chairman paid heed to media reports of unfair marking and ordered an enquiry into the allegations despite multiple checking procedures to ensure accuracy. The assistant controller assured papers of all those in the top 20 positions will be rechecked.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2014.