CHITRAL: Under the ‘Take a child to school’ project launched by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme and financed by the British Council as many as 1,441 students have been enrolled in government schools during the current academic session.

This was disclosed by Zubair Anwar, the project’s provincial coordinator, while speaking at a community event held here on Friday to disburse remuneration cheques to the volunteers.

He said initially seven union councils had been taken where parents of out-of-school children were pursued to enroll them in schools.

He said mohalla committees were also formed in the targeted villages to enlist the support of active members of civil society and they acted as bridge between the organisation and the people.

They said in most of households, the out-of-school children were helping their parents with farming and earning livelihood.

QUESTION PAPERS: The Standard Testing Service (STS) used same set of question papers for three different shifts of test conducted for recruitment of computer operators, junior clerks and muharirs in the office of deputy commissioner.

The candidates appearing in the first shift complained that the questions were out for the subsequent two shifts. They said the candidates appearing in the later shift would get higher marks.

They said using the same question papers for more than one shift was a gross irregularity and notice should be taken of it.

An invigilation staffer confirmed to Dawn that the same set of question paper was used in all the three shifts of the test.

Deputy Commissioner, Upper Chitral, Shah Saud told Dawn that he had sought explanation from the management of the testing agency after which the allegation of using the same set of papers in all the three shifts would be thoroughly examined and action would be taken accordingly.

The Islamabad-based director of STS, Ms Sana, denied the allegation and said it was the machination of some other testing agencies.

Published in Dawn, November 9th, 2019