Protests for Roll Number Slips: Matric examinations start today

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Protests for Roll Number Slips: Matric examinations start today
March 4, 2011: Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) Annual Examination 2011 will start from Saturday (today).

Matric Candidates for Roll Number Slips at BISE Rawalpindi (pic)
Matric Candidates for Roll Number Slips at BISE Rawalpindi (pic)

Matriculation (Class- 9th) Annual Examination 2011 will commence from March 21. Over two million candidates will appear in the matric exam from all the eight Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) of Punjab, with 461,856 candidates appearing in the exam only from Lahore.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, BISE Lahoreís chairman Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri, who was flanked by Controller of Examinations Prof Manzur ul Hassan Niazi, claimed that the board had successfully completed all arrangements for the exam.

Matric Examination from Today (March 5, 2011) 2
Matric Examination from Today (March 5, 2011) 2

Prof Kashmiri strongly defended the newly introduced online system of registration saying it was a great facility but there were some problems resulting out of lack of awareness about the system.
He said it was because of general tendency of reluctance towards adopting new things that the system was being resented. It is but natural for people to be reluctant to shift from one system to another; but we have to make a beginning,î he added. He said dozens of hub centres were established in different areas within jurisdiction of the Lahore board where the candidates were issued roll number slips while the same were also dispatched at the residential addresses of the candidates.
Those who could not get roll number slips were provided the same from the board office.
Kashmiri also linked the new system with the boardsí efforts to eliminate the culture of ëBooti Mafiaí, saying it was in line with Examination Reforms Agenda being followed on special directions of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
He said the board had also introduced bar-coded answer sheets from the Matriculation Annual Examination 2011 with an aim to reduce ratio of error and to ensure more transparency in the exam.
According to him, the candidates appearing from a particular school have been allotted different centres in a particular zone unlike the practice followed in the past. ìThis is another effort to ensure maximum transparency in the examî, he added.
It is pertinent to mention that the BISE Lahore has established 624 examination centers in five districts within its jurisdiction for the said exam while special squads and monitoring teams have also been announced.
The board has also set up a control room besides an information desk in order to facilitate the candidates who can contact the BISE Lahore officials on these numbers 99200033-34, 99200142 and 99200192-97 (Ext 217, 251).
The board office will also remain open on Sunday in order to facilitate the candidates. It is also merits to be mentioned that the online system has been under strong criticism from the stakeholders, especially the candidates, since its introduction.
There have been reports of blatant errors in roll number slips of the candidates while a number of cases of non-issuance of the same have also surfaced in the recent days.
Meanwhile, during a visit to the BISE Lahore on Friday, it was learnt that a number of candidates were yet to be issued roll number slips for examination starting from Saturday (today).
It is feared that a good number of students might miss the chance to sit in the exam this year. However the BISE authorities are determined to help out the candidates in the best possible manner and ensure participation of all the registered candidates.

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