Lahore Board to conduct 2012 examinations manually
* 2.5 million answer sheets being published to take exam of over 0.4 million candidates
* Roll number slips will be issued manually to avoid previous mistakes
LAHORE The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) ordered the preparation of 2.5 million answer sheets for the 2012 exams, which will be conducted manually, for more than 0.4 million candidates, following the failure of its online system. BISE has also decided to send roll number slips to candidates through postal services under the previous practice.
Last year, due to massive errors in exam results and a delay in issuance of roll number slips due to problems in the online system, candidates and their parents held widespread protests. On the request of the Punjab government, a judicial commission submitted an inquiry report, fixing the responsibility on 27 officers, including heads of all education boards.
In order to avoid past mistakes, BISE has ordered the preparation of 2.5 million answer sheets and the issuance of manual roll number slips. Candidates are being directed to obtain forms from the website and send them to the Board Secretariat by post after filling them. The last date for the registration of private candidates is December 28 and for regular students is January 3. In the month of October, there were again reports that the online registration system of BISE had failed yet again, causing problems for private colleges registering intermediate Part I students for the 2012 annual examination through the Lahore Board website. The last date for online registration was extended till September 26, but the website link for registration did not work in the last few days. This failure left many regular students of private colleges unregistered. A number of faults have already been exposed in the online system of the Lahore Board since its inception in 2010. The system caused problems for students and the college administration every time registration began, roll number slips were issued and results announced. Recently, further problems were exposed when the matriculation result was announced and more than 10,000 students were placed in the Result Late (RL) category. Besides the RL case, a number of students also received result cards full of errors.