prolonged power outages affected BISE Exams

Karachi:11 April:The prolonged power outages that have been hitting the city this past week have also affected the ongoing Secondary School Certificate exams.

Even though the candidates and examiners have reported a number of complaints to officials of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi, no tangible actions have thus far been taken by the authorities. With no relief in sight, students are forced to sit for their exams in the hot weather without basic facilities.

“There isn’t even a single fan in the entire examination centre,” said Noman Idress, a student of tenth grade, whose examination centre is at Government Boys Secondary School, Five-E New Karachi.

Idress told The News that when students go to complain about the lack of facilities at the centre to the examiners, they become angry instead of being helpful. The examiners say that candidates only have to be at the centre for three hours, while the examination superintendent claims that students are not allowed to disturb the exam process, he said. According to Idress, proper furniture has not been provided in his centre by the board officials, even though it was their responsibility to do so.

Shah Jahan, the senior examination superintendent at the centre, said that he has already informed the education department about the lack of facilities at the school. He claimed that the examiners could arrange fans for the students sitting for the exams but that would be of no advantage since there have been prolonged electricity outages in the locality even during exam time.

On the other hand, following reports of power outages, Khalid Ehsan, the deputy controller of examinations, and Syed Muhammad Ali Shaiq, the acting secretary of BSEK, visited the said centre on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters, Ehsan said the board officials have requested K-Electric to exempt the centre from excessive load-shedding during the exams. Meanwhile, students of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology organised a protest at Abdulhaq campus over the non-availability of drinking water at the varsity. The protesting students chanted slogans against the administration and demanded that water – a basic necessity – be made available on campus.The news.