No summer vacations... just exams for some students
KARACHI, May 21(Daily Times): The recent political unrest in the city has stripped many students of
their summer vacations. In particular, Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and
Higher School Certificate (HSC) students will be sitting exams during the
June-July session, which is normally a time for vacations.
don't have board-level examinations are in the same boat and will have to give
up their summer vacations due to the semester examinations in May being
postponed. This has put a wrench in schools' time management plans and also
caused financial loss.
"My family and I were planning to visit Kashmir to
see my grand parents during the summer, but, as an HSC part I candidate, my
exams will start in June and could continue till mid-July. It is clear that my
desire to go on a vacation has turned to ash," said Saad Kamal, an intermediate
According to the rescheduled board
examinations for the secondary and higher secondary level, the intermediate
examinations for pre-medical, pre-engineering and home economics have been
rescheduled to start from May 29. These exams were originally supposed to start
Similarly, the intermediate commerce group examinations for the
private and regular candidates have been rescheduled to start from June 2. Both
these theoretical examinations will end by mid-July and the practical exams for
the science groups are likely to finish by the end of July.
that there will be nothing like a summer vacation for HSC level students this
year," said Syed Khalid Shah, a school teacher and chairman of the All Private
School Management Association Sindh. "The recent political turmoil in the city
is one of the main reasons behind this."
Rescheduled board examinations
are going to completely ruin the vacations for SSC part-I candidates and
partially ruin the SSC part-II candidate vacations.
According to a recent
schedule announcement by the Board of Secondary Examination Karachi regarding
the SSC part-I exams, the exams have been rescheduled to start from May 22. They
were originally supposed to start on May 15 but had to be postponed because of
the recent political unrest. According to the announcement, this date may be
further extended to avoid any possible political conflicts in the
Besides that, the SSC part-II practical examinations have been
rescheduled to take place between June 5 and June 7.
Management Association Chairman Sharaf-uz-Zaman blamed this on the behavior of
political parties and also on the rescheduled academic session which was
introduced this year.
According to him, setting the board examinations to
May was a very unwise decision. Previously, he said, the academic session
started April 1 and ended March 31. March was the normal time for board
examinations and if there were any problems, the authorities would have two
months to rescheduled postponed papers to before the vacations, he
Students have never missed their summer vacations in the past, and
it's happening know partly because of the change in academic timings, he
The political turmoil has also disrupted the internal examinations
of classes one to eight. According to Syed Ibne Hasan Shah, the owner of a
school and also a teacher, since the schedules are in the hands of the schools
themselves, they can plan to set more convenient schedules.
arranged two different schedules - A and B. Students who have no plans of moving
out of the city for vacations will be given schedule A, the routine schedule.
And the students that plan to move out of the city will be give schedule B,
which will end their terms earlier so that they can leave," he
The changes in schedule have also disrupted pre-planned
activities related to administrative set ups. "Summer vacation is a time for
major renovation and development work necessary for the schools. But as there is
no (or a shorter) summer vacation session this time it will be difficult to
carry out that work," said Khalid Shah.
Also, students are already
facing troubles studying because of the humidity, heat, and power outages, said
Khalid. The new board examinations are further down the line where there'll be
even more of these problems, he added.
Students, parents, and teachers
all issued a combined appeal to the political parties to keep the political
situation calm. "We believe that politics are for the betterment of common
people. Political chaos puts even more pressure on the young candidates," they
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