Students in Pakistan’s Sindh province have been hit with yet another case of academic malpractice, as the Class IX chemistry paper was leaked in Larkana on Friday. According to a report by the 24NewsHD TV channel, the question paper was circulated in several WhatsApp groups, although the cheating mafia failed to successfully help students with answers due to the suspension of internet services across the province.
This is not the first time that the province has witnessed such an incident. Reports of exam leaks and cheating are a common occurrence during exam season. Such incidents not only put a question mark on the credibility of the examination system but also create anxiety and uncertainty among students.
In addition to the leaked paper, an attempted theft at a public school in Dakhan, Shikarpur, has sparked outrage among students and teachers. The thieves attempted to remove iron installed on the school’s roof, but the watchman resisted the theft, resulting in his injury. The injured watchman was shifted to Larkana in critical condition.
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The incident has sparked protests, with students and teachers demanding the immediate arrest of the thieves. The police have since arrested a suspect, and a case against them will be registered on the complaint of the school management.
This is a serious concern as such incidents can demoralize and dishearten students who work hard to prepare for their exams. Students deserve to be assessed on their merit, and incidents such as these undermine the integrity of the education system. It is vital that the authorities take strict measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future and ensure that students’ academic pursuits are not compromised.