To vent anger, students take to Facebook
Karachi: Enraged by the British Council announcement on retaking two papers, the affected students poured their hearts out on the social media for the organisation’s “reckless and insensitive attitude”.
All the candidates who sat the O-level papers for Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies last month will have to go through the exams for a second time due to a “security breach”.
As soon as the announcement appeared on the British Council website, Facebook and Twitter were flooded with protesting posts with many of the students irate at the thought of going though the exam ordeal all over again.
“Look at the city’s security situation. We had waited for several hours outside the examination centres praying for our children to get through their exams. Now we will have to go through all over it once again,” said Mustafa Bilal.
On one of the pages on Facebook, a school teacher advised the schools to get together and voice their opposition to the British Council’s decision to hold every student guilty for a breach, which was not even their fault.
“Schools should get united and protest against the misconduct of British Council,” said Sharmeen Imtiaz, another school teacher.
An outraged student of Karachi Grammar School wrote on the official Facebook page of British Council: “What took [the] British Council so long to investigate the security comprise. It has been a month since we gave [the] exams.”
Some of the students had even planned holidays for the season. “I have non-refundable tickets and hotels booked for departure on June 13 from Pakistan. Will the British Council compensate for the cost?” wrote Amir Sheikh.
Soon after the decision was announced a Facebook page titled “I protest against re-examination of British Council” propped up.
“They have told us their decision, it is time we tell them our decision,” posted the administrator of the page. Students have even started an online petition at Change.org against the decision.
In the past few years, arrangements for the Cambridge International Examinations have been deteriorating fast. This year at the DHA College, students complained of lack of fans.
“Cheating during exams is not unheard anymore. If students want they can look into each others papers. The invigilators are not very vigilant,” said a candidate who took the papers at the DHA College.