PESHAWAR: Disappointed by their exam results, BA and BSc students of Frontier College for Women staged a protest at the university campus on Thursday. They criticised the affiliated Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU) for alleged unfairness, and set alight notebooks, besides smashing windowpanes of the university building.
To disperse the angry crowd of students, police resorted to baton charge. Later, on the directives of the vice chancellor, the university was locked down.
The students were protesting after 80 per cent of the 800 total candidates failed in the compulsory English language exam. They demanded rechecking of the papers and getting the college affiliated with University of Peshawar.
An official of SBBWU dubbed the score “a conspiracy”, saying that for the last four years, a clash has been going on between the college and the university over construction of a girls’ hostel at the campus and upgrading the status of the college to a university.
While talking to The Express Tribune, SBBWU Vice Chancellor Dr Farhana Jehangir said that the overall result of the college was 86 per cent, adding that it wasn’t bad in comparison to the results of other universities. She explained that out of 1,007 students who appeared in BSc part-one exam, a total of 670 students remained successful. Similarly, she said that of the 2,258 students who appeared in BA part-one exam, 1,312 remained successful. The pass percentage for BSc and BA exams was 73 and 57 per cent respectively.
Jehangir she will hold a meeting with the controller of examinations for rechecking of the papers and asked the failed students to submit their applications. Moreover, she said that there is some misunderstanding between the college and university administration, adding that it is “not a serious issue”.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.
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