Students brave power cuts at centres: HSC exams

KARACHI, May 30(Dawn): Despite a request to the higher authorities by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) for giving preferential treatment to some 90 examination centres across the city frequent power cuts continued to haunt over 75,000 boys and girls during the HSC examinations that kicked off on Tuesday.

The chairman of the BIEK in a letter to the principal secretary to the Sindh governor, the controlling authority of the educational boards, had requested him to direct the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) to ensure that no load-shedding be done during the time when the HSC examinations were being conducted at the 90 examination centers.

According to informed sources, a list of all the examination centers and the timings for examinations of all the groups had also been attached with the request sent to the controlling authority on Monday, a day before the examinations for Science (pre-medical, pre-engineering and science general) and Home Economics groups. The examinations for the commerce group will begin on June 2.

Reports, however, gathered from various examination centers showed that the candidates braved sweltering heat and frequent power breakdowns during the examinations.

Survey of a number of examination centers at different parts of the city showed that most of them miserably lacked basic facilities like fans etc. Besides, at most of the places students suffered due to inadequate arrangements for drinking water while iced water proved to be a rarity at most of the places.

A senior BIEK official admitted that they had received a number of complaints from various examination centers about paucity of cold water and had immediately released funds for its arrangement for the coming days.

"Cheques have been released for the purchase of ice at all the examination centers," he said.

The BIEK officials said their 25-member super vigilance cell and 45 vigilance teams each given two centers in an area had reported no untoward incident or use of unfair means on the first day of the exams.

As many as 75,448 candidates appeared in the HSC annual examinations for Science and Home Economics on Tuesday.

For the Science and Home Economics groups' examinations a total of 21,395 candidates have enrolled themselves for pre-engineering group part-I while some 22,159 are appearing for the pre-engineering part-II. As many as 15,255 candidates appear in pre-medical part-I examinations while some 15,701 candidates have enrolled themselves for the pre-medical examinations part-II.

For the Commerce Group examination, 62,726 candidates have been enrolled for whom 78 examination centers (53 for boys and 25 for girls) have been established.

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