KARACHI, The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has allowed all those candidates who could not clear their matriculation examinations despite exhausting all their five attempts — three annual and two supplementary exams — to clear their remaining papers in the forthcoming annual examinations-2012, it emerged on Wednesday.
It means that all those candidates who first appeared in Class IX annual exams in 2009 but could not clear their matriculation exam in the remaining four attempts made by them in two annual and two supplementary exams held in 2010 and 2011 would now have two more chances — the Secondary School Certificate annual examinations-2012 and its supplementary — to clear the remaining papers.
The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) had already given a similar relaxation to all those students of Higher Secondary Certificate examinations who had first appeared in their Class XI annual examinations in 2009 but failed to clear all papers in four more attempts made.
Sources in the BSEK and BIEK told Dawn that in all, 18,000 students — 11,000 of SSC and 7,000 of HSC examinations — would benefit from the relaxation offered to such students in compliance with the decision of the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).
The BSEK secretary, Hoor Mazhar, issued a notification on Tuesday stating that the board’s chairman in pursuance of a decision taken by the IBCC in its meeting held on June 24 and 25, 2011 and the Sindh educational boards’ committee of chairmen (COC), which met on Jan 30, 2012, allowed all those students who first got themselves registered/enrolled in the SSC Part-I (class IX) in 2009 but could not clear all papers of the SSC examinations by 2011 to clear their remaining failed papers in the SSC annual examinations-2012.
All such candidates may now submit their examination forms along with required documents after getting them checked from the board’s relevant section latest by Feb 15 without any late fee, the BSEK notification said, adding that there would be no extension for submission of examination forms for such candidates.
However, when BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai was contacted by Dawn to know whether the issue pertaining to the relaxation allowed to the students was debated in the COC’s meeting held in Hyderabad on Jan 30, he replied in the negative, saying that the decision was, in fact, taken by the IBCC in its meeting held in June 2011 and hence all the educational boards of the country were bound to implement it in letter and spirit.
Asked if such candidates were required to clear failed papers of their SSC and HSC examinations only in the annual examinations-2012 or they would get one more chance to do so in its supplementary exams to be held the same year, he said that it would be prerogative of those who would be declared failed in the annual examinations-2012, to clear their remaining papers in the supplementary examinations of the same year.
Earlier in the day, some members of the Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) had staged a protest demonstration in front of the Karachi Press Club, demanding the BSEK to comply with the IBCC decision of allowing two more chances to those who failed to clear their matriculation exams.