Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced that exams will be held in two phases amidst confusion .
The confusion was a result of teachers being asked to perform duties in the upcoming census exercise .
A meeting was conducted and a solution was announced which was the conducting of exams in two phases. In the first phase, examinations of general and private groups will be held between March 28 and April 15 while those of the science group will be conducted between April 15 and May 3.
“The decision of taking exams in two phases was taken due to shortage of teachers,” he said, explaining that many of their teaching staffers are busy in the national census and performing duties. According to him, the private sector did not help much in this scenario.
He also announced that they have completed all the necessary arrangements for the examinations to kick off from the scheduled dates that were finalised by the steering committee. “For the first time, the board has set up five centres for the timely distribution of admits cards and date sheets,” Dr Saeeduddin said, adding that around 353,466 students will be appearing in the class nine and Matric examinations this year, which is a 5% increase as compared to previous years.
During the press briefing, he also said that 82 examination centres have been set up for the 45,186 students of general group, of which 49 centres are for girls and 33 for boys. For science group, a total of 308,280 candidates have registered, of whom 150,801 are male and 157,479 are female. According to the chairperson, 318 examination centres have been set up for science examinations with 173 for boys and 145 for girls. He added that there are 122 centres that have been set up in private schools.
Talking about the board teams, Dr Saeeduddin said that they have also formed a special vigilance team at the board office with the reporting team, which will visit the exam centres and submit reports on daily basis. Teams comprising the Karachi commissioner, deputy commissioners, inspector-generals and assistant commissioners will also pay surprise visits in different districts. Meanwhile, he said, teams comprising senior teachers have also been devised to visit the centres to keep a control on cheating culture.
On the request of Dr Saeeduddin, the district administration has also applied Section 144 in all the exam centres. Nearby photocopy shops will be closed during exam hours.
He added the board has also written a letter to K-Electric to exempt the examination centres from load-shedding during exam hours.