BISC Hyderabad Officials Accused of Selling A-grade

DADU, Aug 29: A large number of students took out a procession here on Sunday in protest against irregularities in intermediate examination results announced by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad, and accused board officials of `selling` A grade to the highest bidders.

They said they would not accept the results and appealed to the authorities concerned to order an inquiry against board officials who were openly selling marks and grades, depriving hard working and meritorious students of the success they deserved.

College students Farhan, Shiraz Leghari, Shan Jamali and Sagar who led the procession alleged that officials received large amounts of money as bribe for A-1 and A grades. The board was scheduled to announce results on Aug 10 but it deferred it to Aug 28 in order to give time to the officials to collect bribe, alleged Farhan.

He said that 42 students of pre-engineering group in Dadu got A-1 grade after greasing the palm of the officials because their selection in the Mehran University of Engineering, Jamshoro, and Quaid-e-Awam University, Nawabshah, depended on marks.

Sagar claimed that they could prove the allegation that board officials had taken money from wealthy students to increase their grades and marks.

He demanded that answer sheets of the students who had secured A-1 grade by illegal means should be rechecked. If action was not taken against the board officials and the answer sheets were not rechecked they would move the court, he warned.

The secretary of the Hyderabad board, Mr Amir Shafiq, expressed ignorance about the allegations and said the issue did not concern him.

He said that the officer concerned should be approached for information. But he did not name the officer concerned and abruptly disconnected the call.

The chairman of the board did not attend several calls made on his number.Dawn.