Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BIEK to show answer sheets to parents of protesting students

Karachi: A group of youngsters staged a demonstration against the management of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) on Wednesday in front of the Sindh Assembly, alleging that results issued by the Board were inaccurate.

The protesters initially gathered at the Karachi Press Club to protest against the results of the Science Group Part-I (Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering).

Later, the protesting students attempted to stage a sit-in in front of the Sindh Assembly with the intent of drawing the attention of provincial lawmakers. However, law enforcement personnel did not allow them to stage the sit-in.

�The BIEK authorities are not cooperating with us and are not interested in listening to us�, said one of the protesters. �On Saturday, December 3, a group of students went to the Board office to lodge a protest against the inaccurate results. Instead of listening to our problems, some of the Board�s employees started beating us up. The chairman BIEK was not present at his office and no other senior officer came out of their offices to look into the matter,� he said.

The protesters asked the BIEK chief to investigate the matter and take departmental action against the people who were involved in beating the students.

They also demanded that the Board announced error-free results. In reaction, BIEK�s Controller of Examinations Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti said that the students should focus on their studies and prepare for the annual examinations instead of staging protests.

�The result is accurate and authentic. The Board is ready to show the answer scripts to the parents of the students who have reservations regarding their results,� he told The News. �Although releasing answer scripts is against the BIEK�s policy, the Board would provide answer scripts to the parents so that they can see their children�s performance in the exams,� he said.

Chishti said the BIEK would not facilitate the people protesting on the streets. �This approach might work in Punjab but it would not help the students of Karachi. Those who solve their papers properly get good marks.�

He added that �the BIEK has recently introduced a new question paper pattern, in which, multiple choice questions (MCQs) and short question sections have a greater proportion than descriptive questions.� He claimed students could achieve cent percent marks by correctly solving the MCQs.

Courtesy : The News International

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