The Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) has revoked the affiliation of four private colleges with the announcement of the Intermediate results on Monday. Not a single student from the four colleges has managed to pass the exams in the last four years.
These include the Allama Iqbal Intermediate Girls College in Steel Town, Al Hadeed College for Science, Commerce and Arts in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Askary Intermediate College in Gulshan-e-Hadeed and The Paradise College in North Nazimabad.
"It should be taken as the final decision for their permanent disaffiliation with the board," Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, the BIEK chairperson, told The Express Tribune. "I request parents not to get their children admitted to these institutions for the next academic session, or else it will be their responsibility."
He added that the education board had issued successive warning letters to the now-disaffiliated institutions, but it appeared that nobody was ready to take up the responsibility for improvement.
Apart from these, at least 10 other colleges and higher secondary schools have shown zero per cent results in this year's intermediate exams. These include the Shahzaib College in North Karachi, Jauhar College of Information Technology and Management Sciences in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jamia Millia Government College (Morning) in Malir, Ashrafi Intermediate College in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Government Girls' Higher Secondary School in Murad Memon Goth, and MW Inter College in Nazimabad.
Meanwhile, of the 216 public and private colleges affiliated with the education board, around 61 attained a pass percentage below 20 per cent this year. The BIEK, as per the rules, issues show-cause notices to the colleges that fall in this category, warning them to show improvement by the next year or their affiliation 'may' be revoked.
In the past four years, notices have been sent to the colleges but their affiliations have never been called off, said the board's chairperson Anwar Ahmed Zai.
The education board, added Prof Zai, will continue to take action against such colleges.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2014.