Cheating, load shedding go hand in hand in intermediate exams

May 23, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Exams are always a problem for the students as it is a test for them to prove their ability of how well they had done throughout the year; however, when they brave 8 to 10 hours load shedding of electricity every day it make it even more difficult.

Thousands of students are giving exams of first year and second year across Karachi under the Karachi Board.

Papers are being taken from 9 am till 12 pm at exam centers in all 18 towns of the city. Reports of cheating have been received from different exam centers, where sources said that influential political groups are involved in providing cheating material to candidates.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a gate-keeper at PECHS Foundation College said that the cheating material is transferred by political activists. He said low paid employees like him witness the whole episode but could do nothing to stop the use of unfair means in exams.

Sohaib Khan on Islami-Jamiat Talba (IJT), a student wing, confirmed the widespread cheating culture in Karachi but said that his organization condemns all types of cheating and demands the Karachi Board to utilize all methods to curb this dilemma.

Indicating the colleges, he said that he had received reports of cheating in many colleges of the city including City College, Gulshan-e-Iqbal College and National College.

However, Chairman Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Anwar Ahmedzai, along with other officials is paying surprise visits to different examination centers.

Strict security measures are seen at the exam centers. Before the start of the paper, candidates including boys and girls stand in long queues, waiting for their turn to enter the examination area premises after thorough checking of their admit cards.

Parents, especially mothers, who wait outside the examination centers during the entire three-hour exams, say that there was no suitable place for them to wait for their children.

“We have been forced to wait outside the college in this extreme hot,” a woman waiting for her son outside Government National College said.

Expressing the fear of security situation, a woman named Shazia, waiting for her son outside Government Degree Science College Malir Cantt said that “With the way the security situation is in the city these days, we can’t really leave our children alone.”
At a girls’ examination centre, many mothers waiting for their daughters also had same complaints. “See, we are sitting on the grass here because the benches are all just too dirty. Someone should have thought about cleaning or dusting them as they know that many parents accompany their daughters on exam day have to wait here,” said one mother.

Another said that she and her daughter had to change three buses to reach the exam centre. “The centres are assigned keeping in view the distance from the students’ own colleges but this centre is still a long distance from our home,” she said.

Load shedding also affect the performance of students. “Well, everyday at 11:00am we experience two hours of power load shedding here and the electricity supply company is not generous enough to exempt the exam centers from load shedding during the exams,” said Khateeb Ullah Khan, a male teacher at an exam centre of Landhi-Korangi area.

“We didn’t even get to study well for our exams due to the load shedding, and now we have to take the exams, too, in this heat,” said a female candidate.