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CAP formula for Class XI admission termed unfair

CAP unfair admission formula
Karachi, Aug 25, 2008: A large number of students who have passed their matric exams from an educational board other than the Karachi boards would not be able to qualify for admission to the city colleges as the formula to determine their merit does not favour them.

The formula, mentioned in the prospectus of the Centralized Admission Policy-2008 for admission to Class-XI in the government colleges of the city, multiplies the marks obtained by a candidate with the total marks of the examination fixed by the board concerned. It has now been pointed out that total marks of the boards of Sindh and those of the other provinces are not the same and this may affect the merit for candidates' placement in a college.

The discrepancy has created a lot of confusion among the students coming from a board other than the Karachi boards.

Referring to the relevant conditions for eligibility of admission seekers, some students pointed out that as many as 16 per cent of those who had passed their matric exams from a non-Karachi board would be left out under the CAP-2008-09 policy despite having met the merit on percentage basis.

They pointed out that the condition No.8 of the eligibility column in the prospectus read: "The marks of the matriculates from other boards rather than Karachi shall be converted according to formula: (marks obtained x 850/ 1050)."

Terming the formula "unfair", they argued that their eligibility would be affected seriously if they are also bracketed with the students who had passed their matriculation examination from any board of Sindh owing to the difference in the total marks fixed by other boards of the country.

All the educational boards of Sindh have fixed 850 as the total marks for matriculation examinations while the boards of the Punjab and NWFP have fixed 1,050 as the total marks for the same examinations.

The students who have passed their matriculation examination from any of the Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Larkana boards, have also demanded that the CAP's admission committee should treat them on a par with those who have done their matriculation from the Karachi board, instead of bracketing them with those coming from a non-Sindh educational board.

They argue that their boards had the same number of total marks.

Members of the CAP's admission committee have informed students of General Science (Computer), Home Economics, O'levels, technical boards and those having passed their matriculation from a board other than the Karachi boards (including foreigners), that they must submit their placement forms only at the authorized bank's Karimabad branch or Mansfield Street branch.

However, they clarified, such candidates could get the forms from any of the bank's authorized branches. Dawn

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"CAP is doing very bad with those students who had passed their matric exam from any other board. Although some new boards are extremely strick in the cheaking of papers as they are doing computer cheaking, negative marking as well as composite exam. I think that cap should give these students some grace or if they are not willing to give some grace so atleast they should not cut there marks."
Name: oniba
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"cap should realise that the students comming from other boards are also the students of pakistan. this is very unfair with those students."
Name: muskan
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"The cap should grace the other board students."
Name: ansharah
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"students from aga khan board really suffered a lot,because those students were not having proper guidness from teachers.The AGA KHAN BOARD only guide the teachers of NASRA SCHOOL and AL MURTUZA SCHOOL.That is why al murtuza school scured highest percentage in board,this year ,so CAP should realize the problems of those students that sufferd whole year and give those students some grace."
Name: ansharah
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

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Govt jobs - IBA-conducted tests
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq has asked all those who have emerged successful in the IBA-conducted tests for government jobs to prepare themselves for employment.

In a statement issued on Saturday, he said that the World Bank had stopped employment of those who had obtained 40 per cent marks in the tests because the bank had fixed 60 per cent marks for eligibility to a government job. He said the WB had provided $100 million aid for the purpose but the previous government had violated its terms. PPI

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'Islamia Law College will get new building'
Karachi: The government would construct a new building for the Islamia Law College, Karachi, Sindh Law Minister M Ayaz Soomro has said. He was speaking as the chief guest at a ceremony held the other day at the college. Soomro regretted the present shabby condition of the college building, and asked the college principal to locate a plot to construct a building for the college. He also announced Rs0.5 million as financial assistance for the college, and said that the government had earmarked 52 acres for land in Larkana for a housing society for lawyers. The News

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