HSC I and II exams start: cheating fears
Karachi, May 29(The News): The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Annual Examination 2007 for candidates of
class XI and XII Science, Commerce and Home Economics group will commence in the
metropolis on May 29. The number of exam centres have been curtailed to make the
system less prone to cheating, officials have said.
squads have been set up and law enforcement personnel have been requested for
deployment at most centres so that cheating and other malpractices are checked,
officials have added.
Earlier, the exams were to be held on May 22, but
were postponed due to the incidents of May 12 following which the city situation
was unpredictable. The Board of Intermediate Examination Karachi has set up 90
centres for conducting the exams. The exams will be held in both the morning and
afternoon shift. Out of the total, 50 centres have been established for male
candidates and 40 for female candidates.
In comparison, last year 105
examination centers were set up. The reason for the lesser number of exam
centres is that some such centers were removed as they had been blacklisted.
These include BYJ School, Qureshi School, Government Degree College, Liaquatabad
and Government Boys School, Liaquatabad.
The exams for Pre-Engineering,
Pre-Medical will be held in the morning while Commerce group will be held in the
afternoon session from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. The exams conclude on June 23,
while General Group (Humanities) would possibly start from June 28, told
Assistant Controller of Examination Ishaque Mamji.
In all, 75,448
candidates have registered themselves for the annual examination in Pre-medical,
Pre-engineering and Home Economics group while 62,725 candidates are registered
in the Commerce group.
About 15,710 male candidates are registered in
the Part I Pre-engineering group along with 5,685 female candidates. In the
Pre-medical group, 3,376 male students and 11,879 female students have
registered themselves for Part I exams and as many as 449 girl students are
registered in the Home Economics group
In Part II, Pre-medical group,
3,725 male candidates will appear in the exams, while 11,976 girls candidates
have registered for the medical group and 489 for Home Economics. In the
Commerce group, 15,307 regular male students will appear in Part I with 6,185
private candidates, while 9,124 girl students are registered as regular
candidates for this group and 1,933 girls candidates are appearing privately in
In Part II Commerce Group, 13,878 regular male candidates and
6,377 private male candidates will appear for the exams. While 8,417 girls
candidates (regular) and 1,544 (private) female candidates are registered to
appear. In all, 32,549 candidates will sit in Part I and about 30,176 sitting in
Part II exams.
On Tuesday, the Islamic Education paper will be held for
Pre-engineering and Pre-medical and Home Economics while Accounting I for the
Commerce Group will be held in the afternoon.
About 45 Vigilance teams,
comprising two persons each have been formulated. Each would monitor two
examination centres and 18 "Super Vigilance Teams" have also been formed
comprising retired and serving Principals colleges.
Controller of Examinations said that a letter has been sent requesting
deployment of Rangers and law-enforcement agencies in sensitive colleges. The
letter has also asked for permanent deployment of Rangers at senstive centres
such as Government Islamia College, Adamjee Science College, Nishter College and
About 17 to 18 centres have been declared
sensitive, it was learnt through reliable sources. It was learnt that
external pressures were exerted on these centers by student organizations and
mafias who claimed that they controlled the examination centres.
past, irregularities that occurred in these examinations centers include leaking
of paper and use of unfair means during exams. The Assistant COE, however, said
that all arrangements were finalised and the admit cards with revived date
sheets were dispatched to the educational institutions.
He said that to
prevent leakage, the papers will be printed in the night. He also said that
mobile phones are not allowed in the examination centres. Another controversy
that bogs the BIE is that the Controller of Examinations, Professor Dr Syed
Abdul Aziz, had handed in his resignation to the controlling authority, the
Sindh Governor, but his resignation was not accepted till the filing of this