KARACHI: The annual Secondary School Certificate (matriculation) examinations begun across Sindh amid high security and checks here on Monday.
According to official sources, 312,000 students will appear for the exams while strict measures have been taken to maintain discipline. Mobile phones are prohibited in examination centres while generators have been arranged in case of loadshedding.
In Karachi, 250 examination centres have been set up out of which 70 are considered to be ‘sensitive’.
The Sindh government on Tuesday constituted special vigilance teams of the chief minister at divisional level across the province to ensure fair and transparent conduct of the annual matriculation examinations scheduled from April 5 to 16.
These vigilance teams will ensure fair and transparent conduct of examinations and deter malpractice, including the use of unfair means, by paying surprise visits to examination centres. They have also liaised with the respective boards and devised a strategy to ensure fair and transparent conduct of the examinations.
at least 48 examination centers in Karachi were declared highly sensitive during the coming examinations of matriculation. They include two centres for boys and one for girls in Keamari Town, 5 centres for boys and 3 for girls in Baldia Town, 4 centers for boys and 3 for girls in Orangi town, 2 centres for boys and 1 for girls in Lyari town, 1 centre for boys in Jamshed Town, 3 centres for boys and one for girls in Shah Faisal Town, 2 centers for boys and 2 for girls in Landhi town, 2 centres for boys and one for girls in Korangi town, one centre for boys in North Nazimabad, one centre for boys in Liaquatabad, 2 centres for boys and one for girls in Malir, one centres for boys and one for girls in Bin Qasim Town and four centres for boys and 3 for girls in Gadap Town.
The rangers were deployed around these centers, besides additional deployment of police comprising one police officer and four cops equipped with walky-talkies.
There would be section-144 in the vicinity of exam centers and all Photostat shops in the vicinity of exam centers would remain closed from night to 5:00pm in evening during the exam days. A control room would also be set up in the office of Commissioner Karachi to monitor the situation. The meeting was informed that for the examinations of 6 categories, as many as 223 exam centres have been established in Karachi.
There would be vigilance teams comprising 54 members and a 15-member super vigilance team. For every town there would be three vigilance teams.