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BSEK chairman for conceptualization, critical thinking in students.

KARACHI -- Board of Secondary Education Karachi's (BSEK) Chairman Prof. Dr. Saeeduddin has emphasised on creating critical thinking, developing capacity of conceptualization, creativity and research among students instead of adopting rote learning approach.

He also asked students to make the best use of their time and concentrate on their studies, especially in classes.

The BSEK Chairman was speaking at the awards distribution ceremony hosted on Sunday by the board for Science Group's top three position holders in SSC Part II annual examination 2018.

Besides the position holders and their parents, the chairmen from all boards of examinations attended the event.

Professor Dr. Saeeduddin stressed that it was also the duty of teachers to ensure their students learn what they wanted to teach them by giving them good time to raise maximum questions after listening to their lectures.

Developing habit of conceptual study and critical thinking is vital for students to make them fit for university education, which is based on concepts and research instead of rote learning.

As a step forward, the BSEK was working on objective type and MCQs based question papers. Also, the assessment of answer copies would be made through electronic scanning machines which would soon be purchased by the board.

Change of approach among teachers and students was must to make the best use of the great talent Pakistani nation is blessed with. The country had no option but to improve quality of education for grabbing modern technologies of the world.

Otherwise, he cautioned, the nation would remain dependent on Europe and other advanced countries.

'Our students are more talented than those of the United States and Europe. Only they need modern education in right manner; with use of innovative methods, ' he said.

Commenting on big lead of girls in the matric examination-2018, he said it was very good to see girls performing the best and they were future of our country. But, he continued, it was equally important to groom and promote boys for their successful career.

Referring to upgradation of the BSEK's examination system including answer copies assessment and the result compilation, he assured now marks sheets would be dispatched to the schools within next three or four days.

He also informed that BSEK had earlier introduced service/app 8583 for quick learning about the results after these were uploaded on DSEK's website.

This time, he added, another service 'EDMC' had been launched. Hence, students could get details of their marks within ten minutes through easypaisa facility by paying Rs 60 to the shopkeeper.

He said the board had already issued pass certificates of 2016 examination. Soon, the certificates of the exam-2017 would be issued.

Chairman, Board of Secondary Education Hyderabad, Dr. Mohammad Memon also spoke of the efforts of examinations boards in Sindh for transformation of the exam system for enhancing the capacity of students to successfully continue their education at the university level, where there was no room for rote learning.

'All the boards are on the same page. We are working on examination transformation strategy paper, which will be finalized soon, ' he reassured.

Chairman, Board of Secondary Education Benazirabad, Dr. Arshad Saleem suggested that a committee of experts be formed to assess the reasons behind the poor performance of boy students in exams and the decline in education in general.

'Experts are available. We should make their best use for this very important task, ' he asserted.

He said the boards of examination should also be ready to conduct re-assessment of answer copies on the demand of students, if they were not satisfied. In absence of clear benchmark or formula, every person assessing the same answer sheet might give different marks.

'Technically, this is called inconsistency in checking of copies, ' he remarked adding that there must be well-defined marking scheme to ensure fair marking /assessment of copies.

The boards in Sindh were working on reforms including automation to eliminate human interaction in the assessment process. There would be visible change within next two years, he reaffirmed.

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