Exam centre shifted over security threat – Board of Secondary Education Karachi BSEK
Karachi – Were it not for the 17 guards The Metropolitan Academy had hired at its own expense, the lives of 2,100 students taking their English and Science exams inside would have been in serious danger.
The nightmare of Faisal Rizwan, the owner of the private school situated in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, proved true when several armed men barged into the school to help some students cheat in their exam.
Despite repeated assurances by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi, no Rangers mobile was deployed outside the school for a second day in a row.
In a similar incident at the school last year, a staff member had lost his life. This is why Rizwan did not want his school to be declared an examination centre this year.
It was only when he was repeatedly assured of adequate security that he reluctantly agreed, “but that too for a female centre, since boys are harder to handle”. But a day before the exam, he was told that 2,100 boys would be taking their exams at his school.
Following the incident, the school management refused to continue holding the exams because “the board provided the school with no security”.
“The BSEK secretary has threatened to cancel my school’s registration if I do not hold examinations tomorrow (Wednesday),” Rizwan said during a press conference, which was not attended by any representative from the BSEK. “Instead of providing security to the school, this is the response I am receiving.”
Anxious parents crowded outside the school gate wanting to know further details regarding the uncertain situation.
They were told to go back following a hurried decision by the board officials, school owner and school association of shifting the exam centre to the Shaheen Public School, Campus-III, Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
Talking to Kamran Khan on Geo News’ programme Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Saath, BSEK Secretary Hoor Mazhar appealed to the law enforcement agencies to assist the board in providing adequate security for conducting the examinations in a peaceful manner.
Meanwhile, some educationists disclosed to The News that the 12 armed men who barged into the school were affiliated with a political party.
He said: “It’s not easy being an educationist these days. When the police and Rangers are being shot dead despite being equipped with modern weapons, we only carry a pen with us.”
Something needs to be done for the security of this city, or the future of our generations will be pushed into darkness, he added.
According to reports, members of the board’s vigilance teams were absent from certain conflict areas due to threats to life.
Geo News reported that a government school in Chanesar Goth was also barged into by armed men who helped a student cheat in the exam.
The BSEK had declared 50 centres across the city sensitive, and Rangers were to be deployed at every centre.
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