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