150,000 to appear in HSC exam beginning today

Karachi: Around 150,000 candidates are appearing in the Higher Secondary Certificate, Part I and II (Class XI and XII), Science and Commerce (regular) group annual examinations commencing on Monday at 157 centres.

The examination for science (pre-medical and pre-engineering), science general (computer science), home economics groups and recently introduced medical technology group would be conducted in the morning shift (from 9.30am to 12.30pm) and that of commerce (regular) group in the afternoon shift (from 2.30pm to 5.30pm).

The Sindh home department with a view to discouraging outside interference in the examination imposed Section 144 of the criminal procedure code in and around the examination centres while policemen would be deployed at the centres to prevent any law and order situation.

Board of Intermediate Education Karachi chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai also requested the Rangers' director-general to ensure patrolling by Rangers mobiles in the vicinity of the examination centres.

Giving details of the examinations, the BIEK chief said that the examination centres set up at both the government and private colleges include 90 for the candidates appearing in the morning shift examinations and 67 centres for the afternoon shift candidates.

All arrangements to ensure the peaceful and transparent conduct of the examinations have been finalised and the BIEK chairman set up several vigilance teams comprising senior professors of colleges for making surprise visits.

Plea to exempt centres from loadshedding
The BIEK chief has written a letter to senior officials of the Karachi Electricity Supply Company requesting them to exempt the examination centres from loadshedding so that they could solve their papers with ease and comfort in the current hot and humid weather.

Prof Zai said that with a view to ensuring transparency in the examination the covering letters of all the question papers would be signed not only by the centre coordination officers (CCOs) but the centre superintendent concerned as well the board's vigilance officers who, this year, would remain deputed at the centres to check incidents of unfair means.

He said that another change had been made beginning this year and, as such, the task of providing the question papers at the examination centres would be of the CCOs while vigilance officials would be responsible for binging back all answer scripts to the board.

Besides, a super vigilance committee has been formed to carry out surprise visits to various examination centres and it would be empowered to take on-the-spot decisions against those found indulging in unfair means.

The committee is headed by the BIEK chairman and its members include provincial director-general (colleges), director (colleges), Karachi region, and the city district government's executive district officer (education).

The HSC (Class XI and XII) annual examinations for Humanities (regular and private) candidates are scheduled to begin on May 21. Dawn