BISE chairman removed
RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government on Tuesday removed Chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez after the board saw cases of cheating and stealing of solved answer sheets in the ongoing secondary school certificate (SSC) examination.
According to a notification issued by the secretary higher education, Mr Hafeez has been transferred to Lahore and the additional charge assigned to Dr Mohammad Ashraf, the director of colleges, Rawalpindi.
When contacted, Dr Ashraf confirmed that he had been given the additional duty, adding he would take charge on Wednesday.
Mr Hafeez was appointed chairman of the board about two years ago. He drew flaks for issuing faulty roll number slips to the candidates, reports of cheating involving children of influential people and unsafe keeping of solved answer sheets.
The higher education department also deputed Chaudhry Mohammad Akram, an additional secretary, to conduct an inquiry into alleged involvement of the board officials in the theft of over 500 answer sheets from Rawat on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the board suspended supervisor Mohammad Rafaqat and clerk Ismail Khan of its secrecy branch. Another clerk, Mohammad Arif, who was responsible for bringing the stolen answer sheets from a bank branch near Chowk Pindori near Rawat, and two more officials have already been suspended, said Abdul Sattar Ramay, the controller, BISE.
On the other hand, the Rawat police arrested Israr Ahmed and Sajjid Ali, the bank guard and sweeper, respectively, for their alleged hand in the theft of the answer sheets. Police obtained three days` physical custody of the two already arrested accused, Waqar Satti and Jehangir Khan, from the area magistrate.
Six bundles carrying 522 solved answer sheets were recovered from Waqar, a private school teacher, and Jehangir, a driver, on Sunday night by the Rawat police. During interrogation, Waqar told the police that the sheets had been given to him by one Zahir Shah, the owner of a private school in Kahuta, to make improvement in their contents in exchange for money.