KARACHI - Speakers of a moot here Friday said that corrupt elite class of Sindh is against the uphold of merit and these people want to conduct re-test for admissions in medical colleges so that their incompetent children who had failed in passing the NTS test could be get admitted in the medical colleges.

They were speaking at a “No to retest conference,” organised by the Pasban-e-Pakistan at Karachi Press Club (KPC) and participated by political and civil society leaders and affected students and their parents.

Justice (r) Wajeehuddin Ahmed, who also presided over the moot, said that there is no proper examination system in Pakistan. He said cheating in exams, and helping children of the elite in these exams is an open secret.

He said in rural areas the situation has further worsened. He said powerful and rich Hindu community used to get leaked papers in advance by paying heavy bribes. He said in last NTS test, 8 children of the poor Hindu scheduled caste community passed the test, while more than 100 children of rich Hindu people failed to pass it.

He claimed that some elected people of Hindu community played a main role in getting the NTS test cancelled. He said the boy who had uploaded a fake leaked paper on social media has already confessed his crime. He said if the NTS test system is continued it will deprive the rulers and their lackeys from huge bribes and with the general elections next year, the ruling corrupt elements cannot afford to lose this huge money. He said this is why the provincial government of Sindh wants to oust the NTS and give contract to the IBA Sukkur. He said the other provinces have never maligned the NTS but the provincial government of Sindh is doing so with ulterior motives.

He said the inquiry report compiled by the government was not made public but submitted before the SHC when it ordered so. He said the Pakistani nation has already rejected such one-sided reports. He hoped that the SHC may constitute a fact-finding committee so that the truth and merit prevail. He asked the government not to put the future of 2000 students of Sindh who have passed the NTS test at the stake, so as to benefit 19000 other candidates who could not pass this test. He said this is necessary to keep the doors of corruption closed.

Nazim F Haji, former chief of the CPLC said that the question of re-test of the NTS should not arise. He said the government should have presented solid proofs and facts before cancelling the NTS test. He said that the provincial government seems failed in satisfying the SHC.

Chief Guest Dr Fowzia Siddiqui said that the government should stop playing with the future of students who have passed the test. She said medical profession is a noble profession and it should be kept away from fraud and corruption. She said if high moral values are not followed in the medical profession, precious lives of patients may go to the stake.

She said children of rich and poor, urban and rural students should have equal rights to get quality education. She said Dr Aafia Siddiqui had also dreamt of a justice-based quality education system in Pakistan, but through a conspiracy her dream was turned sour. She said if we continued the murder of merit it would harm the credibility of our educational institutions.

She said when the students themselves insist that no paper was leaked why the government is bent to conduct a re-test. She suggested radical improvements in performance and standard of the Intermediate boards, so that after passing the intermediate exam the students need not to sit in any admission test. She asked if there is a guarantee that if the test is re-conducted it would be free from corruption and fraud.

Pasban President Altaf Shakoor demanded to hold elections of student unions so that the elected leadership of students resolves their own problems. He said due to ban on student unions the country is not getting alternate leadership and resultantly country has been facing immense problems including terrorism.

He said sons and daughters of the PPP rulers get education from Oxford but the Sindh government led by feudal lords is opposing admissions of the children of the poor on the basis of merit.