Rawalpindi students SSC exams candidates still without roll number slips

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Rawalpindi SSC exams roll number slips problem

20% of candidates still without roll number slips
Rawalpindi, March 22: Mismanagement continues in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) (Part-I) Annual Examinations 2011 being conducted by the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) because still 20% of candidates could not get their roll number slips.

Those who got roll number slips appeared in English paper on Monday, however, 100 per cent of candidates could not get roll number slips of practical papers. In the SSC examinations, more than 50% of candidates could not get roll number slips and they gave papers in an uncertain condition.

Students and their parents said on Monday that they have not received roll number slips. How could they appear in the examination halls to attempt English paper without roll number slips, they said. “We are like a rolling stone wandering here and there to get roll number slips,” they said.

When contacted RBISE Controller Examination Professor Abdul Sattar Ramay, he said that they tried to send roll number slips to all candidates. “We sent roll number slips to candidates through registered mail as well as through online system,” he said.

He admitted that some candidates are still without roll number slips, but assured that no one would miss his or her paper. “Those candidates who have not received roll number slips should contact the board office, he said. He also admitted that they did not send roll number slips for practical papers, all candidates would get roll number slips for practicals till April 1.

A total of 124,254 candidates are appearing in the annual examinations of class 9th. The total examination centres are 396 – 171 are for male and 151 for female candidates, while 74 centres are for both males and females. All education boards in Punjab have been asked to introduce email system thus every candidate, whether of class IX, X, XI or XII, has to email his or her admission forms.

The bureaucrats who conceived the idea perhaps were convinced that all students are well-off and have computers or at least have an access to them. They conveniently forgot that the majority of our students belong to rural areas where, let alone computer, there is no electricity.

Under the new dispensation you are required in the first place to send a hard copy of your admission form duly filled in at the computer. To whom is it to be sent is anybody’s guess. Some say that it goes in the central office located somewhere in Lahore and supervised by some consultant of high repute who is incommunicado. If you have a complaint send it through an email which they say is never replied, let alone acknowledged.

That is not all. After you have travelled from your hamlet to a city, located an internet club, paid a sizable amount to the owner to fill in your form and sent it to the concerned quarter, you have more trouble at hand. After sending the hard copy you have to go through the old rigmarole, i.e. to send a soft copy to the relevant board office. Get an admission form as usual. Fill it, attach the required documents with three photographs, get it attested from someone authorised to do so, and deposit it in the board office by hand or send it under registered cover. And in this process do not forget to deposit the prescribed fee in the nominated branch of the bank.

You need not be an expert in rocket science to figure out the trial and tribulations students and parents have to pass through this process. Have the great minds behind this scheme ever thought of the miserable plight of our villages. Most of them have yet to see the amenities of modern life. Internet and email is not for them. This is used by only a very small fraction of those in the cities. Have they realized that by launching this ‘ambitious’ project they have opened floodgates of corruption and plunder?

Students and parents said that the Punjab government is trying to close all doors of getting education by introducing complicated online form system. They said that the majority of students belonging to poor families could not get roll number slips to appear in examinations. They warned that like class IX and X, candidates appearing in class XI and XII examinations would face great difficulties in getting roll number slips because online system is a ‘shit’ system, which creates a lot of hardships for students.

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