HSC (Humanities) exams from June 30

Karachi, June 29(The News): The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part I and II annual exams for the year 2007 (Humanities group) will commence from June 30, in which 52,304 candidates, both regular and private, will appear in the examination, the Assistant Controller, Board of Intermediate Examination, Ishaque Mamji, informed this correspondent. The number of examination centres has been reduced to make the system less prone to cheating, the official added.

About 22,466 candidates are appearing in part I and 29,835 in part II, in which 14,061 are males and 38,240 are females. In all, 65 centres have been established; 21 and 43 for male and female students respectively, and a special examination centre in the Karachi Central Jail. Last year, about 90 centres were established out of which 35 were declared 'blacklisted'.

He also disclosed that 65 vigilance teams are formed to combat the menace of cheating, which is rampant in the city. Each team consists of two persons, in addition to the 10-member special vigilance team that will monitor the entire examination process. One super vigilance team has also been constituted, which along with the officials of the board, will undertake surprise raids of the examination centres. Nobody will be allowed to carry mobile phones; students found violating these rules will be taken to task in accordance with the Board laws. The exams will be completed by July 20.

Special vigilance squads and law-enforcement personnel have been requested to be deployed at most centres in order to check cheating and malpractices, officials added. The Assistant Controller of Examinations (COE) said that a letter has been sent requesting deployment of Rangers and law-enforcement agencies in sensitive colleges. The letter asked for permanent deployment of Rangers at sensitive centres such as Government Islamia College, Adamjee Science College Nishtar College and Gulzar-e-Habib College.

It has been learnt through reliable sources that 17 to 18 centres have been declared sensitive. Furthermore, external pressures were exerted on these centres by student organisations and mafias, who claimed that they controlled the examination centres. Assistant COE, however, said that all arrangements have been finalised and admit cards with revised date sheets have been dispatched to the educational institutes. He said that to prevent leakage, examination papers will be printed late in the night.

The Humanities group exams will be held under the newly-appointed Chairman, Anwaar Admed Zai, as the outgoing Chairman Iftiqkhar Zaidi's term expired on June 15. Those who have changed homes must collect admit cards from their old address. Furthermore, the admit cards and date sheets of regular students have already been sent to their colleges and they have been requested to collect them from their respective colleges. Private students who do not receive their cards by June 28 have been asked to contact the office of BIEK (Board of Intermediate Education), room number eight during office hours. Duplicate admit cards will be provided on the production of the registration card, the receipt for depositing examination form and fee and SSC mark sheet, according to the information contained in the handout. It also said that no withheld or duplicate card shall however, be issued from the Board to a regular/ex-student, until the application is duly forwarded by the principal concerned, along with two passport sized photographs attested by the principal concerned.

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