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Matric examination : Students face nightmare

Students face nightmare on first day of exams
Karachi, April 19: The fears of many parents and students came true on Monday as mass mismanagement was witnessed during the first paper of the Secondary School Certificate examinations. Not only did the question papers arrive between 30 to 45 minutes late, but some centres also lacked adequate furniture to seat the candidates, It was learnt during a visit to various venues.

At the APWA Government Girls Secondary School in Korangi, the students had to wait for an hour-and-a-half to receive their examination papers. At the Hussani Government Boys Secondary School in Nazimabad, the questions papers which were supposed to arrive at 9:30am, did not reach the students until 11:15am.

Lack of seating space was another major concern for students taking these exams and the state of affairs at the Waseem Government Secondary Girls School in North Nazimabad was a glaring example. Some of the students were forced to take their examinations while sitting on the floor.

The Royal Public School on Sharea Liaquat, Pakistan Chowk, had to erect makeshift tents on the institute's rooftop to accommodate the candidates. It was also learnt that there was no electricity and a lack of clean drinking water and proper furniture for young students. In addition to this vast array of problems, students complained about the poor quality of furniture at many examination centres.

The failure of the Board of Secondary Education (BSEK) to deliver the question papers to both the morning and the evening shifts on time caused a great deal of anguish for the students. The morning paper was set to begin from 9:30am, while the afternoon shift would start at 2:30pm. However, due to the late arrival of question papers, the morning shift students sat longer than their fixed time, making the students of evening shift wait in uncertainty.

The subjective part of the paper was given to the students after the multiple choice questions (MCQ). The students only had an additional 10 to 15 minutes to complete their MCQs as the superintendent and other officials were trying to compensate for lost time. Many believed that these students should have been allotted more time to complete their papers.

The BSEK then finally established an Examination Complaint Cell to monitor the process in the afternoon. However, those parents and school managements who wished to register their complaints in the first shift were unable to do so. Five people were chosen to man the desks of the cell.

NJV Government Boys Higher Secondary School on MA Jinnah Road, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, PIA Model Secondary School, EAB Government Boys Secondary School and Ali Ali Boys and Girls Secondary School were few prominent schools which could not start the exams on time due to late arrival of question papers. Several other schools in Balida, Orangi, Landhi, Korangi and New Karachi Town also faced the same problem.

According to the acting chairman of BSEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai, there was a fault in the Board Office's generator, which disrupted the printing process of the question papers.

"The Board managed to deliver question papers to at least 215 examination centres on time. It was decided to bring two printing machines from the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi to speed up the process. After the arrival of these machines, a total of 14 printing machines will start working at same time so there will no be issue of late printing in future," Zai said.

Replying to another question, he said that centre co-ordinator officers of 225 examination centres had reported to the Board Office at 3:10pm that all answer scripts of the first shift had been collected from the examination centres and deposited at the concerned sections of the BSEK.

He added that centre superintendents were directed to give extra time to the candidates where the question papers arrived late to compensate for the delay.

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has taken serious notice of cheating during examinations of Class X all over Sindh, including Karachi.

He directed the secondary education boards to take immediate action against those involved in allowing the use of unfair means in the examinations.

Meanwhile, the minister for education issued instructions that the directive of the governor should be implemented in letter and spirit. He directed that action should be taken against staff helping students to use unfair means.

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"Along with such problems also some created by BSEK as it happens to with me here in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Karachi.Aim High Public School, when BSEK teams forces our invigilators to collect Exam Answer Script before an hour , ive fiven just two hours to complete my paper instead of three in my first paper of SSC II - Pakistan Studies. Member of board commitee never allow any of our student to complete there paper . The Actual time to give paper to students is 0900 to take is 1200 but today they ve belated it to 1030 and to 1230. Its real unfair with us, ive make my self to complete my paper in one year but they never given me a time to fulfill my sheet. Ive requested them too much but there was no one to listen an honest and real hardworking student."
Name: Khalid
City, Country: karachi

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Candidates suffer loadshedding during exams
Karachi: As the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations-2011 got under way in the city on Monday, candidates appearing in their first paper suffered frequent power outages at various examination centres, and were forced to take the exams in the midst of hot and humid weather.

The candidates of matriculation examinations endured long periods of loadshedding during the late night in the days before their paper, which also affected their preparations and did not allow them to take the adequate amount of rest.

The students suffered through the agony of electricity loadshedding at their respective exam centres and as a result had to take their papers under excruciating conditions in dimly lit classrooms. On Monday, the maximum temperature in the city was 35 degrees Centigrade with 54 percent humidity, making life difficult for the candidates of the SSC exams.

An official of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) said that since centres were spread all over the city, it was difficult to exempt all areas from loadshedding during the three-hour period of each examination shift, considering the grim power supply situation.

The KESC spokesman claimed that a normal amount of loadshedding was observed in the city on Monday, with areas experiencing a maximum of four-and-half-hours of loadshedding. However, in certain areas, the duration of power failure was extended due to faults in the electricity transmission and distribution systems.

The residents of Block-10 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal near Alladin Park experienced a power breakdown from 12 noon till 4:00 pm and again the lights went out in the locality at 5:30 pm for inexplicable reasons. Similarly, several other areas of the city experienced breakdowns which lasted for hours.

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SHC allows 26 students to appear
Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Monday directed the chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi to allow 26 students of Class-IX, who were not issued admits cards, to appear in exams.

Petitioner Shahbaz and others submitted that they were denied admits cards for Class-IX by the BSEK on the ground that their school was not affiliated with the board, while the students of their school appearing in Matriculation exams have been issued admits cards. Petitioners' counsel submitted that the students would suffer irreparable loss if they were not allowed to appear in exams. Issuing notices to AG, BSEK and others, the court directed the Secondary Board to allow the petitioners to appear in exams.

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PhD students urged to share research
Karachi: Several senior administrative members of the Federal Urdu University of Arts Science and Technology (FUUAST) spoke about the increasing trends of research in the field of Computer Science during a seminar at the university on Monday.

Vice-Chancellor FUUAST Dr Muhammad Qaiser highlighted the need for the university's PhD students to share their research with faculty and fellow students so that the Department of Computer Science would keep pace with the modern trends in technology.

Dr Qaiser acknowledged the efforts and achievements of the department thus far and he assured the faculty and students that the university would increase its funding to this academic field.

Registrar Dr Qamarul Haque suggested that the department would be kept up to date with the help of PhD students, who have immense knowledge in the field due to their extensive research. Dean Faculty Of Science and Technology Dr Jamal Haider and Chairperson of the Department Dr Asema Nisar also spoke. The news

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