Four years to clear SSC, HSC exams
IBCC extends passing period for students to four years
Karachi, Dec 12: In a major policy shift, the Inter-Board Committee of
Chairmen (IBCC), a representative body of chairmen of all the 27 educational
boards of the country and Azad Kashmir, has extended the period of passing the
secondary school certificate (SSC) and higher secondary school certificate (HSC)
examinations from three to a maximum four years.
It means that the educational boards of the country, which earlier used to
enrol regular and register private students for either the SSC or the HSC
examinations for three years, would now enrol/register students for any of the
examinations for four years, thus providing one more year to the students of
Class IX/X and XI/XII to clear all their failed papers of their respective
examinations scheduled to be held in 2012.
According to Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) chairman Prof
Anwar Ahmed Zai, who is also the chairman of the IBCC, the IBCC decision would
benefit over 5,000 candidates enrolled/registered for the HSC examinations with
the BIEK alone while the number of such candidates belonging to other
educational boards of the country could be around 200,000.
He said that the notification of the IBCC decision concerning extension in
the period of enrolment/registration had been issued and all the educational
boards of the country had not only been intimated about it but they had also
been requested to furnish a report about its implementation in the next meeting
of the IBCC scheduled to be held in the current month.
Explaining further about the IBCC decision, Prof Zai said that prior to the
decision all those who used to be declared failed during their three year period
of enrolment/registration because of non-clearance of any of their papers were
required to appear in all the papers after getting themselves
enrolled/registered afresh with the concerned boards.
However, following the IBCC decision, all such candidates would now be
required to appear only in their failed papers for which they would have one
more year to pass their respective examinations.
"In all, there used to be five attempts at the disposal of a student to clear
his/her SSC or HSC examinations in the three-year period of their enrolment or
registration but with the extension of one more year in the period of
enrolment/registration, students of both the SSC and HSC examinations across the
country would be required to pass their respective examinations in a maximum
seven attempts," he said, adding that the students of both the SSC and HSC
examinations who were enrolled with the educational boards of the country for
three years but could not pass their respective examinations would get two more
chances i.e. one in the annual examinations of 2012 and the supplementary exams
of the same year to clear their failed papers only. Dawn
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Life remains undisturbed on KU campus
Karachi: As students of Karachi University sat taking their final exams, their phones with the invigilator or
tucked inside their bags, which were placed at a safe distance, the news of a
bomb blast spread. Given the huge area of the campus, most departments did not
even hear the sound of the blast, which occurred near the Sheikh Zayed
The examinations went as scheduled, because creating panic was the
least wise of all options. Once exams were over, students came out and checked
their mobile phones, which had numerous text messages and phone calls from
worried relatives and friends.
"I got to know about the blast after my
mother called up to inquire about my safety," says Sidra Rizvi, who was there to
give her last exam of the semester. "But I am glad it occurred after my exam;
there will be no postponements."
For students who have spent a couple of
years on the campus, the exam time is an alarm bell for trouble. "All the law
and order disruption has to happen during exams, whether they are political
clashes or blasts," says Fahadullah, a third-year student at the university, "I
was expecting something of this sort to happen."
There was commotion, as
students wondered if the afternoon exam would be held or not. The disappointed
students were told that the exam would proceed as usual.
security conditions in the city, such incidents have become a student joke. "As
I left for my exam this afternoon, I told my mom I am going in a single piece,
[but] I might return in bits, only to be admonished by my elders," says
But students did feel unsafe on the campus. "It was some
unguarded civilian on the street today; it could be me tomorrow," says Zeeshan
The curious few made their way to the blast site, only to be
shooed away by the heavy security in the area, which was off-limits even for
"I just wanted to see how big the crater was," says Abrar
Ahmed, who was returning from the blast site.
However, the violence-prone
campus remained undisturbed, the food areas remained as cluttered as before, the
points ran on time, and students chatted under the shady trees as
"Life resumed. We had our exams. I am satisfied," says Sudrish
Ahmed, another student in the Arts Faculty.
On Friday, a bomb blast
occurred at Safoora Chowk on University Road. On December 28 last year, another
bomb blast occurred inside the university premises, injuring at least three
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Date for submission of HSC supple exam forms extended
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has extended the dates for the acceptance of
examination forms for the Higher School Certificate Supplementary
Examinations-2011, a board official said on Thursday.
Examinations BIEK Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti said that the decision to postpone
the examinations was taken in the interest of the students to lessen the
hardships being faced by them. The Board would accept examination forms along
with a late fee of Rs1,500 from Monday, December 12, to Wednesday, December 14,
KU notification: The candidates of all private medical colleges
affiliated with the University of Karachi (KU) could submit their examination
forms and fee of MBBS Second Professional Exams from December 8 to 17, the
controller of examinations KU announced on Thursday. The students are directed
to submit Rs5, 350 for examination and marks certificate, Rs50 as sport charges
and a late fee of Rs500 per week till the examinations, he said. Meanwhile, the
examination centre for BA (Pass) at the Department of Bio-Chemistry has been
shifted to the Department of Geology, he added.
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HSSC-I mark sheets sent to colleges
Karachi: The mark sheets of Pre-Engineering and Science General Groups for the Higher Secondary
School Certificate (HSSC) Part-I Examinations-2011 have been sent to colleges,
an official said on Friday. The Controller of Examinations of the Board of
Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti, said the
scrutiny forms for the examinations would be accepted from Monday, December 12,
to Wednesday, January 11, 2012. The forms would be accepted after due
verification and endorsement from the concerned section, he added. Chishti
warned that no forms would be accepted after this deadline. The news
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