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December 20, 2011

Exam boards decide against accepting external influence

National

December 20, 2011

Representatives of the examination boards in Sindh have unanimously decided that they would not allow any external influence to affect the process and results of examinations.
This decision was made public in an announcement by the Chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Anwar Ahmed Zai, at a conference held by the BIEK on Monday.
The conference was held to review the examination system and was attended by the representatives of all educational boards, including chairmen, controllers of examinations, the director general colleges, and the director of the Directorate of Private Institutions Sindh, as well as representatives of school and college teachers’ associations.
Zai, who is also the chairman of the Committee of Chairmen (CoC) of the Sindh Educational Board, said that the examination boards would not change the final result, no matter how much students demonstrated or protested.
“An objective analysis of the current examination system was made at the conference and the participants discussed several important issues. Emphasis was put on the need to re-evaluate the examination system and to facilitate measures that would ensure transparency, validity and authenticity of the results,” he said.
“During the conference, all the participants accepted the proposal that examination boards should not accept any external pressure and that they should get media support to remove the misconception among parents about the examination boards.”
Zai further said: “It should be noted that the results of thousands of candidates were changed after a series of demonstrations were launched by the students against the board’s office. But such a thing would not happen in Sindh, where there is a far better policy and examination system than in other parts of the country.”
“Copy assessment is carried out by senior teachers while the staff of the examination board has command over administrative matters. This is done

to reduce the chance of the error during the checking process,” he mentioned.
The students of classes IX, X, XI and XII will be briefed about the new examination pattern at the time of their admissions. Meanwhile, the examination boards will conduct workshops for teachers, paper-setters, invigilators and other concerned persons to implement a uniform standard during the exams.
The examination boards have decided not to accept the examination forms of candidates who fail to get a score of less than 75 percent. The participants also agreed that the examination boards would impose fines on examiners or copy checkers who committed mistakes during answer-sheet checking and that such persons would be blacklisted if found guilty of committing recurring mistakes.
“If a student has a legitimate reason to call for a review of their exam, then they should approach the concerned board office and apply for a review rather than staging a protest against the examination board. Students will be entertained according to the established procedure and board offices will not change any result because of demonstration or protest,” Zai declared.

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