Inter exams in Punjab, students without roll no slips

Many inter students could not appear in the ongoing intermediate examinations
Lahore, June 02, 2008: A large number of students, especially from the private colleges, could not appear in the ongoing intermediate examinations after they were refused roll number slips by the administration of their respective institutes.

The reasons explained for the blatant refusal by most of the colleges are poor performances of students in send-up examinations or inability to appear in the same tests taken before the annual exams.

Non-payment of dues is also a factor in non-issuance of roll number slips.

A number of students and their parents were seen visiting the Punjab Higher Education Department last week requesting the department high ups to help them in getting roll number slips from their respective private colleges. However they got nothing except disappointment as the department officials also expressed their powerlessness in that regard.

The private colleges claim to have informed the students at the time of admission that all those students who performed badly in the send-ups would not be allowed to sit in annual exams conducted by examination board. The move is certainly aimed at avoiding embarrassment at the time of results.

"The result of the weak students affects the overall result of an institute", commented administrator of a private college adding "That's why such students are not allowed to sit in annual exams as college students".

On the other hand, students claim that admissions for annual exams are sent before send-ups adding in such case students do not take in-house exams seriously and ultimately can not do well.

"Most of them prefer to stay home and do not even go to college afterwards", said one of the "affected" adding "They go to college only to collect their roll number slips".

He said if the colleges were so concerned about result figures admissions for annual exams should be sent on the basis of students' performance in send-ups so that other students do not attach any hope and make alternative arrangements.

Explaining "alternative arrangements", he said "Those students who could not appear as regular candidates from a particular college could even appear as private candidates in annual exams". "This is not going to put their academic year at stake", he said while suggesting "The candidature of a student should be decided before the admissions for annual exams are sent".

Academic circles are also very critical of the existing controversy and urge the authorities concerned to address the issue on priority basis.

They argue that candidacy of students should be announced on the basis of send-ups so that those who could not send their admissions for annual exams as regular candidates, could exercise their right of appearing as a private candidates.

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