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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 Gate.

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.

Given the 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 Azmeena.

But students did feel unsafe on the campus. "It was some unguarded civilian on the street today; it could be me tomorrow," says Zeeshan Ahmed.

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 media persons.

"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 usual.

"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 people.

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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.

Controller of 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, he said.

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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