Rawalpindi SSC annual examination problems

SSC students continue to suffer
Rawalpindi, March 08: Scores of students had to appear in the English paper of secondary school certificate (SSC) annual examination without roll number slips on Monday due to the faulty online registration system, it has been learnt.

As an emergency measure, the authorities of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education allowed all candidates having no roll number slips to take the compulsory paper after checking their certified photos and names in the candidates' list.

However, this created further problems as examination centres received more students than the prescribed strength and the candidates had to solve the paper sitting in the open.

A visit to different examination centres by this correspondent revealed that a good number of candidates, both males and females, had reached the centres either without roll number slips or with faulty ones.

Many candidates having faulty roll number slips did not know where to go when the paper started at 8:30am.

A good number of candidates with their parents started reaching the offices of BISE early in the morning to get the mistakes corrected and the BISE controller directed all centre superintendents to accommodate the candidates.

Shabnam Bibi while accompanying her daughter reached the board office and told the officials that her daughter had not received the roll number slip and she did not know where to go to appear in the exam. The controller directed the superintendent of the examination centre near her residence to allow her sit in the exam.

Boys appearing in the exam at Government Khan Public High School, National Market, were forced to sit on the ground to solve the paper.

An official of the board blamed the online registration system for creating problems for both the students and the BISE. Desiring not to be named, the official said the online data was controlled by the project director, Dr Mahid Naeem, in Lahore and the board could not verify the information forwarded by the students on time.

The candidates could not understand the system as in many far-off areas internet facility was not available.

He said majority of candidates did not contact the board till late as they expected their roll number slips would reach their school or home.

Talking to media persons, BISE Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez said they had also issued printed roll number slips but the candidates failed to collect them. He said the board officials had corrected the errors as soon as they received them but majority of candidates contacted the BISE offices late. Still all efforts were made to accommodate the students, he added. Dawn

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Mismanagement makes exams doubtful
Rawalpindi: Mismanagement and failure on the part of the concerned authorities in issuance of roll number slips to students appearing in annual examinations of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) made the process doubtful. Moreover, on Monday the Punjab government had to allow all students to appear in the examinations without any roll number slips making the affair free for all.

However, many students still claim that they could not appear in their English paper on Monday due to having no roll number slip.

Exchange of harsh words witnessed at all examination centres because superintendents of concerned examination centres were not allowing candidates because of lesser number of seats in halls. The students on the other hand were wandering here and there to appear in examination without roll number slips.

The helpless students were seen running from one centre to another to find out space for sitting but failed. Upon approaching the board office they were advised to approach centres.

Students carrying telephone sets in their hands were witnessed contacting superintendents and the board officials. The board authorities had issued notification that all students could freely appear in examinations without roll number slips.

It is learnt that dozens of students missed their English paper on Monday while many of them could not appear just because of the change of the timing of the paper from morning to evening at the eleventh hour.

It is also learnt that taking advantage of the panic situation, many unauthorised persons appeared in English paper in place of candidates. In the state of tension hundreds of students blocked Benazir Bhutto Road and strongly protested against the board management. Some of the students threatened to commit suicide if their time is wasted. They said that how it is possible for them to appear in examination without any proof (roll number slips)?

When contacted Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) Controller Examinations Professor Abdul Sattar Ramay, he said that students could appear in English paper without roll number slips. He said that they had issued manual roll number slips to 99 per cent candidates. The candidates would appear in other papers after showing their manual roll number slips from Tuesday, he said.

He admitted that they changed timing of the paper at the eleventh hour. He said that all students would appear in English paper if candidates faced any difficulty they should call him and the superintendents of examination centres would be directed accordingly. "The chairman and I myself are continuously visiting all centres to address problems of candidates," he said.

The superintendent of an examination centre on the condition of anonymity said that 'online' system has destroyed the whole education structure. Punjab government should cancel examination and restart papers after completing the process of sending roll number slips to candidates, he said.

"How I could check persons who are appearing in place of actual candidates and handle hundreds of students at a time? How teachers would check papers without proper roll numbers?" he said.

Students accompanied by their parents complained that the board officials had promised to provide roll number slips till Sunday night "but we are wandering in the centres to appear in the English paper." Nazish Hussain, a girl student, said that the superintendent of the examination centre informed us about the change in timings of the paper at the eleventh hour. How we could go back home alone in this situation, she asked. Muhammad Imran, a student, said, "I could not get roll number slip while the superintendent is not allowing me to appear in the English paper. The telephone number of controller of examination is continuously busy," he said. The news

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AIOU to receive admission forms till March 18
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has extended admission deadline with late fee charges from Matric to Ph.D level programmes for the Semester Spring till March 18.

The admission forms are available at the main campus of the university in Sector H-8, Islamabad as well as from its 36 regional campuses and coordinating offices around the country.

The students who are interested in getting admission are advised to affix photocopies of all documents, result cards and complete certificate of the university with admission forms and submit it alongwith the late fee charges upto March 18 in any nominated bank branch of the university across the country.

HEC scholar completes post-doctoral studies from Australia: Higher Education Commission scholar Dr. Aijaz Hussain Soomro, Associate Professor, Institute of Food Sciences and Technology, Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam has completed his Post-Doctoral studies from University of Queensland, Australia. app

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Education department playing due role
Rawalpindi: District Health Department launched a three-day anti-polio campaign from Monday without hiring volunteers instead the district education department has provided over 500 employees to the health department to run the campaign.

The three-day anti-polio campaign would be followed by two-day catch-up activity on March 10 and 11. Because of some resentment among officials of the education department, there were doubts among health officials that all the employees deputed by the education department for the drive might not report on the first day of the campaign however it did not happen.

"Almost all the employees deputed by the education department reported on Monday and have started playing active role in administration of anti-polio drops to children below five years of age across district," said District Health Officer Dr Khalid Randhawa.

The health department claimed that the five-day activity would be monitored strictly and no negligence on the part of health employees as well as provided from other district, allied departments would be tolerated.

It is important that the anti-polio drive this time is being launched under a new strategy as the provincial government has directed the health department not to hire volunteers for the campaign. The health department is being assisted by manpower from district allied departments including allied hospitals, Rawalpindi Medical College, Education Department, Agriculture and Livestock Department, Civil Defence and Social Welfare Department.

To a query, Dr Randhawa said that in case of any complaint, the residents may call to the control room at the health department on phone number 051-4831965.

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Inter-school Naat contest held
Islamabad: The inter-school Naat competition was held at The City School's Prep Boys Section here in which students from different schools took part. Students from The City School, Islamabad, Satellite Town, Cantonment Branch, Beaconhouse School System, Head Start, GSIS, paid tributes to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Amongst the winners were Hassan Malik and Zaima Azeem from The City School and Arooj Zafar from Beaconhouse. In the 10th grade Rida Maheen from The City School, Muneeb Javed and Anwer Qazim from GSIS stood victorious. Yusra Riaz from Beaconhouse, Riza Gardezi from Head Start, Usama Bhatti and Rabia Khan from The City School won the prizes. The audience appreciated the efforts of the organisers of the event. The news

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