'O'/'A' Level exams held peacefully
KARACHI, May 15(Daily Times): A-level Urdu and O-level
geography examinations were held as per schedule Monday despite the calls for a
Fortunately, the examinations were conducted without any
unpleasant occurrences and furthermore high attendance levels were noticed. "We
were successful in our attempt to hold the exams. Candidates' attendance was
almost 100 percent in both the morning and evening sessions," said the director
examinations of the British Council Karachi, Asim Khan. "Furthermore, we have
not received a single complaint saying that problems were faced in reaching the
According to Khan, numerous measures had been taken
to ensure the safety and security of parents and candidates at the examination
centers. "Armed security guards had already been on duty but after violence, we
had increased their number greatly," said Khan.
Earlier, the British
Council had decided to stick to its examination schedule despite the strike
calls for Monday and Tuesday. It had also announced that alternative
examinations would be held for candidate facing commuting problems.
"Most of us drove our own cars to the examination centers. The strike in
the city didn't really affect us," said a parent waiting outside one of the
examination centers. "In fact, it took us less time to reach, as the roads were
Even the students seemed cheerful. "The exam was relatively
easy and went far better than my expectations," said a candidate walking out
after giving his Urdu exam.