Students of SSC-Part I and SSC Part II are appearing in board exams across the country. Many private TV channels are showing footages of how our children are cheating. Invigilators are either corrupt or are under tremendous pressures from political quarters and I would like to know why. Raids are conducted on examination centers but students caught cheating are not punished nor the invigilators facilitating them. Question papers have been leaked out before exams have this seems to be something common. No inquiries are conducted and no one seems to take responsibility for the action.

In the 80’s, when I appeared for my SSC examination, as a private student, the invigilator demanded an expensive wrist watch as a bribe from the students and had offered them the freedom to cheat in all papers throughout the exams. I refused to become a part to this dirty deal because I was the only student who was appearing in English. By not taking stern actions against these students and invigilators we are producing criminals in schools and colleges. How can a student become an honest and law abiding citizen when he starts his life by cheating in his exams?

What should I tell my children, who often ask me, what is the use of studying in expensive schools in coaching centers, and at times in candle light, when other students copy answers directly from text books and guides during the examination? We are churning quack professionals in big numbers every year. If ministry of education fails to take timely action, our educational degrees will soon become unacceptable abroad. Let us all agree to do something before it is too late.

M. RAFIQUE ZAKARIA,

Karachi, April 6.