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Students sweat through Class X English exam

KARACHI, April 18(PPI): The first day of the Secondary Schools Certificate (SSC) Exam peacefully started Tuesday.

"Today was the examination for those students, who failed to clear their exams last year," said Center Superintendent of Government Boy's Secondary School at Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Asadullah while explaining the reason behind the low number of candidates Tuesday. According to him, the main examination will start from Wednesday for the regular students. "They are obviously the majority," he said.

In a earlier announcement, the Board of Secondary Examination announced that a total of 141,780 candidates from all over the city would sit for the exam at 415 centers.

Some of Wednesday's students said they were happy with the question paper of the English Supplementary exam. "It was easy. The questions were short and general, that helped us easily answer them," said Syed Asif Ali, a student of Block 6, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Government School.

The complaints cell formed by the Board of Secondary Examination said things went smoothly. "We have not received any calls from any part of the city. So far, there have no cases of violence related to current exam either," said in-charge Muhammad Alim. "This office will get busy from tomorrow as examinations for the regular students are beginning."

Eighty-four exam centers set up in violation of rules: PPI reported Tuesday that as many as 84 centers out of a total of 415 do not fulfill the requirements according to the rules of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi, sources said.

The sources said 13 government schools, declared examination centers, lacked facilities for drinking water and a constant supply of electricity. The buildings of these centers are also deprived of windows and doors.

According to sources, 17 examinations centers have no boundary walls and hence no check on the interference of outsiders, said the head of a vigilance committee on the condition of anonymity. Sources said that the exam centers are set up in 22 schools, which were blacklisted last year. They added that 18 examination centers were set up on different floors of high-rise buildings, where other floors are used for residential purposes.

Head of another vigilance committee said on the condition of anonymity that there are 14 schools that were declared examination centers for the first time, but they do no enough facilities.

PPI tried to contact the controller examination BSEK to no avail.
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