461,856 candidates to appear in Matric exams

Matric examinations started
Lahore, March 05: Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) Annual Examination 2011 will start from Saturday (today).

Matriculation (Class- 9th) Annual Examination 2011 will commence from March 21. Over two million candidates will appear in the matric exam from all the eight Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) of Punjab, with 461,856 candidates appearing in the exam only from Lahore.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, BISE Lahoreís chairman Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri, who was flanked by Controller of Examinations Prof Manzur ul Hassan Niazi, claimed that the board had successfully completed all arrangements for the exam.

Prof Kashmiri strongly defended the newly introduced online system of registration saying it was a great facility but there were some problems resulting out of lack of awareness about the system.

He said it was because of general tendency of reluctance towards adopting new things that the system was being resented. It is but natural for people to be reluctant to shift from one system to another; but we have to make a beginning,î he added. He said dozens of hub centres were established in different areas within jurisdiction of the Lahore board where the candidates were issued roll number slips while the same were also dispatched at the residential addresses of the candidates.

Those who could not get roll number slips were provided the same from the board office.

Kashmiri also linked the new system with the boardsí efforts to eliminate the culture of ëBooti Mafiaí, saying it was in line with Examination Reforms Agenda being followed on special directions of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

He said the board had also introduced bar-coded answer sheets from the Matriculation Annual Examination 2011 with an aim to reduce ratio of error and to ensure more transparency in the exam.

According to him, the candidates appearing from a particular school have been allotted different centres in a particular zone unlike the practice followed in the past. ìThis is another effort to ensure maximum transparency in the examî, he added.

It is pertinent to mention that the BISE Lahore has established 624 examination centers in five districts within its jurisdiction for the said exam while special squads and monitoring teams have also been announced.

The board has also set up a control room besides an information desk in order to facilitate the candidates who can contact the BISE Lahore officials on these numbers 99200033-34, 99200142 and 99200192-97 (Ext 217, 251).

The board office will also remain open on Sunday in order to facilitate the candidates. It is also merits to be mentioned that the online system has been under strong criticism from the stakeholders, especially the candidates, since its introduction.

There have been reports of blatant errors in roll number slips of the candidates while a number of cases of non-issuance of the same have also surfaced in the recent days.

Meanwhile, during a visit to the BISE Lahore on Friday, it was learnt that a number of candidates were yet to be issued roll number slips for examination starting from Saturday (today).

It is feared that a good number of students might miss the chance to sit in the exam this year. However the BISE authorities are determined to help out the candidates in the best possible manner and ensure participation of all the registered candidates. The news

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Rawalpindi: Hundreds of students on Friday staged a protest demonstration against the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) for not receiving the roll number slips to appear in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 scheduled to commence from today (Saturday).

The students held the demonstration at the Transformer Chowk and blocked the city's busiest road. They also damaged some shops in the area. They were chanting slogans against the RBISE authorities for their failure to issue them the roll number slips and creating multiple problems for them by disturbing their studies at this critical time. They said new online system introduced by the Punjab government had created problems for them. The RBISE website has not been updated and many who downloaded the roll number slips from the site found them full of error, they added. According to some students, thousands of students have not yet received their roll number slips and the authorities are least bothered about their problems.

The RBISE administration has made arrangements to prepare the printed roll number slips, as the parents and the students complained that downloading process of the documents was very slow and the online roll number slip had many errors.

The board officials said they had dispatched the roll number slips of the regular candidates to the schools and of the external candidates to the examination centers in all 19 tehsils of the four districts of Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jehlum. Daily times

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Bureaucratic mess worsens exam fever for SSC candidates
Rawalpindi: The candidates appearing in the Secondary School Certificates (SSC-II) examination had to face a lot of problems on Friday as examination superintendents of many centers could not reach in time to give briefings on the use of new answer sheets, it has been learnt.

Meanwhile, majority of the candidates received their roll number slips with errors making it difficult for them to reach their centers for the exams on Saturday (today).

About 150 students who came to the Government Comprehensive School for Boys to attend the briefing blocked the busy Sadiqabad Road as the superintendent could not reach the centre.

The traffic remained suspended on the road for an hour and the students ended the blockade after the intervention of MPA Raja Muhammad Hanif who contacted the board officials and assured the candidates that their problem would be resolved at the earliest.

Controller Examination BISE Abdul Sattar Ramay reached the spot and informed the students that the superintendent of the examination center had been suspended and new superintendent would brief the candidates about the use of the new answer sheets on Saturday.

Earlier, the board had directed the candidates to reach their designated examination centers one day before the start of the examination. The BISE introduced computerised answer sheets and objective question papers for the exam this year.

"We reached the center early in the morning a day before the exam but we found no examination officials at the center," said Imran Ali, one of the protesting students.

The female candidates were the worst sufferers in this regard as they came with their parents to the examination centers.

Meanwhile, many candidates received erroneous roll number slips as the most serious error noticed was that one candidate received two roll number slips with two different examination centers.

Imran Mushtaq, school teacher at Government Boys High School Loco Shed Rawalpindi said he knew more than 10 students who received two slips and were confused about the center where they would appear for the examination.Some students received slips without their photographs and some female candidates with the photographs of the boys. Other students got date-sheets containing the subjects they had not studied.

When contacted BISE Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez said the absent superintendent had been removed and new staff would perform examination duties on Saturday at the Comprehensive School.

He said the briefings were necessary for the understanding of the students. Where the briefings could not take place, the staff would guide the candidates on Saturday.

About the errors in roll number slips, Chairman Hafeez said the board had directed the students to appear in the center and the mistakes would be removed or they should contact the board office for the correction.

About the cause of the errors, he said the online registration system was introduced first time and it was not easy for the candidates to understand and follow the requirements of the new system.

Moreover, the online system was operated from Lahore and the boards had no control over the registration of their students. "We will discuss the issue in the meeting of the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) next week. Dawn

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Students fail to get roll number slips
Bahawalpur: Thousands of students who are appearing in the Matriculation examination are facing severe problems as they have failed to get their roll number slips.

The students and their parents said that newly introduced centralised online admission system had caused several problems for them instead of decreasing their difficulties regarding examination admissions and registration of the candidates. They complained that bio-data of thousands of candidates were wrongly feed in the online computerised admission forms by the centralised online admission system working exclusively in Lahore. They said that it was asked to other education boards of the province to download roll number slips and admission cards from computers and dispatch them to the candidates and educational institutions just three days before the commencement of the exam. When contacted, Bahawalpur Board of Education Secretary Muhammad Rauf said that all the admission forms, roll number slips and admit cards were collected and issued online by the centralised office in Lahore. He admitted that these forms were slipshod on account of wrongly proceeded bio-data however yet his office was doing its best to correct the wrong things. He added that in every tehsil our focal persons were working hard to facilitate rural areas candidates. The news

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PU research budget increased from Rs 4m to Rs 70 million
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that to promote research culture in the varsity budget has been increased from Rs 4 million to Rs 70 million. The efforts of administration has resulted an improved PU's position in HEC ranking of the universities and it got 4th position by publishing 352 research papers in the impact factor journals in the year 2010, whereas it was placed at 6th position in 2009.

The Vice-Chancellor said PU faculty members had talented faculty members, and if the policies of the present administration continued in the coming 3-4 years, the varsity would not only get first place among the Pakistani universities but also make its room among 200 top universities of the world. He said the administration was also focusing on increasing the number of PhD faculty members because a good strength of PhD teachers would help in publication of more research findings. He said 80 teachers are doing their PhDs in foreign and 30-40 of them would join the varsity this year. He express the hope that after their joining, the university would witness another improve in the ranking next year. The nation

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BCom (External) Annual Exams commence today
Karachi: The BCom (External) Part I and II and both parts will commence from March 5 (today). Controller of Examinations University of Karachi (KU) announced on Friday. He said that all the examinations would be held from 2pm to 5pm and from 3pm to 5pm on Fridays. A total 16,928 candidates will appear in the examinations that include 10,969 male candidates and 5,959 female candidates (Part I, II and both parts). The KU has set up 24 centres for the male candidates in various departments of the university whereas 12 centres have been established for female candidates in the colleges of the city. app

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SPLA announces movement for promotions
Karachi: The central leaders of Sindh Professors' and Lecturers' Association (SPLA) on Friday announced movement for the notification of promotion, timescale and transfers.

According to a press release issued here on Friday, SPLA would stage a demonstration in front of the President House located in Naudero, Larkana on Saturday. Meanwhile, the association has decided to hold a general body meeting at Government Muslim Science College, Hyderabad on March 10 and then a rally would be carried out till the Hyderabad Press Club.

Furthermore, SPLA would conduct a Karachi region general body meeting at DJ Sindh Government Science College on March 15. The association has also decided to stage a sit-in in front of the CM House till the provincial government approved all of their demands. SPLA would organise a rally towards the CM House.

General Secretary, SPLA, Karachi Region, Professor Iftekhar M. Azami said that the association had conducted a meeting in a government girls college in New Karachi Sector 5F to discuss the issue.

"There is a shortage of teaching staff in the public sector colleges which have made it quite difficult for the present teachers. Unfortunately, the concerned department is not serious in solving the matter and teachers are transferred on regular basis," Azami said.

The officials of the education department have no idea about the problems of teaching staff. The teachers are forced to pay bribe otherwise they have to face difficulties, he said. The policy adopted by the ministry of education and its department would destroy the education sector in this province, he added.

In the past, the teachers received five increments as well as the ad hoc teachers got permanent jobs and formula for promotion was approved by ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto during their tenures. But, the police resorted to baton charge and mishandled the teachers on November 10, 2010, Azami said.

The Chief Secretary Sindh had called a meeting on November 11, 2010 and approved the demands of timescale but since then nothing practical has been done to issue the notification in this regard, he said.

Since last three months the SPLA has made several attempts to meet the authorities concerned and discuss the matter but, all efforts remain fruitless, he added. The news

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