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Sindh’s education department thinks having exams outdoors can curb cheating

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 9, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Feb 9, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Sindh’s education department thinks having exams outdoors can curb cheating

Students, parents unhappy with education department's decision to hold matric exams outdoors

The Sindh government’s decision to hold matric exams outdoors to control cheating has been rejected by parents and teachers.

Matric exams are scheduled to start from March 20 in Sindh, according to the dates announced by the matric board.

In a strange decision, the Sindh education minister had announced that the exams will be conducted in grounds instead of classrooms to prevent cheating. But many questioned this decision.

Would it be possible to give an exam under a tent in March’s hot temperatures? For more than 350,000 students registered to appear for the exams, would bathroom and drinking water facilities be made available in an outdoor setup?

The chairperson of the matric board said arranging furniture for more than 350,000 students would be difficult. He said students appearing for their exams in the afternoon will face extreme heat and arranging fans for everyone won’t be easy.

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Students and their parents are not too happy about this decision either.

One student was worried there won’t be enough light to give her paper while another said access to a washroom would be hard. We will sweat in the heat, a student told SAMAA TV.

“How will you arrange for fans in such a big space?” asked a furious father. Another father said the old system was better.

“We are first picking public schools which have spacious grounds. Arrangements will be finalised after this,” said the matric board chairperson.

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      nayaab  February 19, 2019 3:42 pm/ Reply

    this is such a bad idea as everyone knows about the weather in the month of march is way much hotter than others. And around 35,000 students appear in the exams how can they sit outside in the powerful heat of sun for at least 3 hours and how can somebody arrange water facilities for every single students out there? It can affect students health too, and a plus point if the decision is taken in the favor of outdoor examination, would the students give their examination or clean their sweats? i am against the idea of outdoor examination.

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