SIALKOT/GUJRANWALA/MULTAN-/FAISALABAD-Thousands of Intermediate students of local private and government colleges marched roads and staged sit-ins against poor and flawed papers checking and marking by various boards of intermediate and secondary education in different cities of Punjab on Saturday.

In Sialkot, hundreds of students marched on various main inter-city roads to lodge their protest against the, what they said, poor and flawed papers marking by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Gujranwala. The protesting students were carrying banners and placards, chanting slogans against the board officials. They alleged that there are several flaws in BISE Gujranwala papers marking and checking system, which has been damaging future of the students.

They also staged a sit-in in front of the offices of the Sialkot DCO and kept traffic blocked on various inter-city intercity roads for an hour.

The protesting students said that the officials of BISE Gujranwala are not addressing their grievances. The BISE officials are not ready to entertain their applications for rechecking of their papers. They urged the government to look into the matter.

In Gujranwala, a large number of intermediate part-1 students staged a demonstration in front of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education office against flawed and substandard marking of their papers. The protesting students including girls of various colleges, carrying placards against the board administration said that they had been given marks particularly in far below than their expectations. They demanded that their answer sheets must be re-checked and the government take a policy decision of re-assessing students’ scripts and save them from becoming victim of incompetence of the examiners.

They said the existing laws did not permit re-evaluation of their scripts and they would continue suffering the inefficiency of the examiners throughout their lives. The father of a student said that the board charges Rs1,100 for re-checking of each paper and the cost keeps many poor parents away from even availing the opportunity of re-checking. “The government must waive off this fee or bring it to minimum level so that many parents could help their children verify their concerns,” he added. Later after getting assurance of an favourable action from the board officers, protesters dispersed peacefully.

Similar protests took place in Faisalabad and Multan wherein students accused the respective boards officials of incompetence and inefficiency.

The students vent off their angry by chanting slogans and blocking roads. Parents of the affected students have demanded the Punjab government to address grievance of the students.