Khattak for penalty to uproot cheating in exams

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to uproot the menace of cheating in examinations and directed the officials concerned to stop the illegal practice or face stern action.

Chairing a meeting regarding prevention of unfair means in examinations here on Thursday, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that cheating in examinations was a bigger crime than theft and robbery, according to a press release.

It results in darkening the future of children, he said. He directed officials to take all effective measures to prevent cheating in examinations. He ordered installation of CCTV cameras in all examination halls.

The chief minister said severe punishment, including registration of FIR in the nearest police station, should awarded to the in-charge of the examination hall if cheating material was recovered from a candidate.

Mr Khattak warned that chairman of the board concerned would be removed if it was proved that examination halls were sold in his jurisdiction.

Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Mohammad Atif Khan, Adviser to Chief Minister Rafaqatullah Babar, Education Secretary Afzal Latif, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mohammad Ishfaq Khan, chairmen, secretaries and controllers of all boards attended the meeting.

The chief minister said that promotion of education was top priority of the government. He said that the goal of quality education could not be achieved without uprooting the trend of cheating in examinations.

Mr Khattak said that besides utilising all available resources to bring transparency in examinations, effective strategy and laws were also inevitable to punish those people, who were involved in cheating.

The meeting decided to install CCTV cameras in and around examination halls and impose Section 144 when necessary. It also decided to ban sale and purchase of pocket guides in the market, establish online complaint centres, impose ban on photocopier machines at a 200 meter distance from the examination halls and stop candidates and invigilators from using cellular phones.

Source: Dawn News.