Exams begin in Punjab, KP as Section 144 imposed, phones banned
Contrary to Sindh where the exams have almost become a futile exercise due to the leakage of papers every day, authorities in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have turned out to be more vigilant as they have installed CCTV cameras inside the examination halls, banned the entry of cellphones and other electronic gadgets and in the case of Punjab even imposed section 144 as matriculation and intermediate exams got underway in both the provinces on Saturday despite students’ protests to postpone them, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Around 14,15,360 students are appearing in both the matriculation and intermediate exams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
However, due to the situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, the exams have been restricted to compulsory subjects only; matriculation students will appear in four papers while those in the intermediate in three papers.
Talking to the media, Deputy Control Exams Alam Zeb that arrangements had been made to prevent cheating in exams. “CCTV cameras have been installed inside around 2, 000 examination halls situated across the province for the purpose,” he informed.
Out of these 2,000 halls, 957 are located only in five districts covered by the Peshawar Board, while there are 545 halls in Peshawar city, 196 in Charsadda, 86 in district Khyber, 26 in Mohmand and 104 in district Chitral.
Prior to the start of exams, the authorities had made it mandatory for the invigilators and other members of the examination staff to get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus pandemic.
Only in Lahore, 294 examination centers have been set up.
The superintendent has been tasked with ensuring compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
In Punjab, education authorities made foolproof arrangements for 12th class examination papers in which 189,529 candidates appeared in the examination including 92,001 boys and 97,528 girls.
Lahore Intermediate Board of Examinations (BISE) Chairman said that Section 144 was enacted as part of a crackdown against cheating mafia. He also said that the LESCO chief has also been requested not to carry out load shedding during the examination hours and instructions have been given to all inspection teams to submit reports on a daily basis. The authorities completed all arrangements where 462 examination centers were set up for the candidates appearing in the annual examinations.
In Lahore district 132 examination centers were set up for girls and 118 centers for boys. As many as 37 examination centres have been set up for girls in Kasur district while in Sheikhupura district 32 centres for girls and 33 centres for boys were set up. In Nankana 18 examination centres were set up for girls candidates while 14 for boys.
It is pertinent to note that for the students of Danish schools one examination center each has been set up in Hasilpur, Chishtian, Rahim Yar Khan, Harnolipur, DG Khan, Fazilpur and Jund.