Inter part-I results: Students ready to protest as committee wraps up probe

Overall marking found fair, small percentage of papers under-marked

Ammar Sheikh October 23, 2016

LAHORE: The enquiry committee of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) in Lahore has concluded that the overall marking was fairly done for the intermediate part-I examination. A four-member committee constituted by the board found that a very small percentage of the rechecked papers were under-marked.

According to an official, more than 70,000 applications were received by Lahore BISE, while some were of more than one subject. He said a sample of 10,000 papers was randomly selected for rechecking of the received applications. He added that the committee had constituted a team of assistant professors and associate professors from public universities of the city for the purpose.

“The team has concluded in its report that most of the papers are fairly marked by the checkers,” the official said. “Only for a small number of papers it can be said that the checkers strictly marked the papers. The report stated the board and checkers have fairly discharged their duties.”

The official maintained the report would soon be presented to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif after which a final decision would be taken.

The enquiry committee was constituted by Shahbaz to resolve the grievances of candidates of intermediate part-I.

However, some students remain discontent with their results. Osama Asif, a student of Punjab College, told The Express Tribune that students held a meeting on Sunday and decided that they would demand the board to re-check their papers that were marked by “junior” examiners.

They have planned another protest in front of the Lahore Press Club for October 25. The students will demand the results be nullified, papers be rechecked and then results be announced again.

The special committee probed the results under the chairmanship of Punjab Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja. It comprised Chief Minister’s Inspection Team Chairperson Irfan Ali, Higher Education Department Secretary Captain (retd) Naseem Nawaz, Higher Education Special Secretary Tahir Yousaf and Punjab Information Technology Board Director General Waqar Naeem Qureshi.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2016.



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