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Cambridge O, A-Level exams start under fear
Karachi, May 13: The 'O' and 'A - Level' examinations started on Tuesday in the metropolis under the immense fear and tension as May 12 was observed by political parties as 'black day'.

No untoward incident was reported in the city, while thousands of students appeared in the papers conducted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Hundreds of students and their parents suffered enormous problems in term of reaching examination centres due to the disappearance of public transport from the city's streets. At the same time, the roads and streets of the city were presenting deserted look.

Despite strong reluctance keeping in view the expected ethnic violence in the city, the majority of the students were forced to use private vehicles. The papers were held at Karachi Grammar School, Jinnah University College.

Director British Council, Mashood Rizvi said that papers were held under very peaceful environment and any unpleasant incident was not reported in any examination centre.

An O Level Student, Wajahat, who appeared in the exam on Tuesday said, "The uncertain situation of the city always affects the mindset of the student. I was mentally disturbed thinking about the security condition of the metropolis throughout the examination."

Some parents of the candidates, at an examination centre, expressed their serious concerns over the selection of the day for the exam as the whole nation was worried about the predictable ethnic violence.

"I was so worried about my son who left home for the paper 2 hours prior to the examination time, keeping in mind the unpredictable situation of the city", said a mother of a student. I was also worried about my car, to an extent, as we have seen in the past angry mob burning private vehicles, she added. A man, waiting outside the examination centre, said that he had to take leave from his office to accompany his daughter. "I was frightened of any unpleasant incident that could have happened. Thank God, things are normal until now."

The students, who could not arrange private vehicle, were travelling with their classmates. The Nation

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Intermediate practical exams rescheduled
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has announced that the physics practical, annual examinations 2009, postponed on April 30 will now be held on May 30.

Moreover, the practical exams of science and general groups postponed on May 12 due to the public holiday will be held as per the following schedule.

Physics, chemistry, biology and computer science practical exams of science group will be held on June 1; while food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, Braille and computer of the general group will be held on May 18.

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NED exams on 17th
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering and Technology has announced that the post graduate spring semester 2009 examinations earlier scheduled for May 12 will now be held on May 17.

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Fuuast extends registration date
Karachi: The controller of examinations of the Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has extended the registration form and fee submission date for special examinations, and improvement of division exams for seminaries students till May 30, 2009, agencies add. Dawn

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DCW convocation on 22nd
Karachi: The Defence Authority College for Women (DCW), DHA Phase-VIII is holding its 10th convocation for graduates of BA/BSc/B Com/MA programmes on May 22. Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi (KU) Prof Pirzada Qasim will preside over the convocation.

College Principal Prof. Nasreen Nasir has advised the students concerned of sessions 2005, 2006, and 2007, to contact the college administration for getting themselves registered for the event latest by May 15. The News

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Students told to vacate 'dangerous' buildings
Karachi: Boys and girls of two government secondary schools have been asked to vacate their respective school buildings after the engineering wing of the education department declared both structures dangerous, officials said on Monday.

Sources said arrangements for holding classes for the students of Government Girls Secondary School and Government Boys Secondary School, located in PECHS Block 6, had been made at an adjacent building that housed Govt Nabi Bagh School.

This school already ran morning and evening shifts for its own students and after the new arrangement it would accommodate around 400 girls and 150 boys, the sources added.

Govt Nabi Bagh School has not stopped holding classes for its students, they said, expressing the hope that academic programme will also resume very soon for all those who are being shifted to this place.

However, the students of both secondary schools complained that the authorities concerned had not made proper arrangements for them, saying that the school where they were being shifted lacked adequate furniture. Besides, they said, its doors and windows were also broken.

Expressing their concern over their safety, a number of students of the government girls' secondary school said a major portion of the boundary wall of Nabi Bagh School was broken.

When District Officer (Secondary Schools for Boys) Shabbir Ahmed Jokhio was contacted to find out the reasons for getting the school buildings vacated, he said that the education department's engineering wing declared both structures dangerous.

He said the old, dilapidated structures would be demolished to be replaced by a new building.

However, parents and teachers of the schools suspect some foul play in getting the buildings vacated and apprehended that once the buildings were demolished their prized land would either be disposed of or used for some other purposes. Dawn

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