Rawalpindi - Hundreds of HSSC part-1 candidates yesterday staged protest demonstrations in different parts of the city against, what they believed, flawed marking by examiners of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi.

The violent students also blocked several roads including the main artery Benazir Bhutto Road, triggering a massive traffic jam.

According to details, several candidates, both male and female, from private and public educational institutions gathered at Liaquat Bagh Square on Benazir Bhutto Road and blocked it for vehicular movement.

They chanted slogans against the chairman, secretary and controller examination of BISER and demanded chief minister Punjab and education minister to take action against the highs-ups of boards for awarding them low marks. Some of the protesting students were carrying placards mentioning,

Police rushed to the scene and negotiated with the protestors. However, the students refused to disperse.

Later a protest demonstration was also held outside the main building of BISE in Morgah.

Talking to The Nation, many students said computer error had failed them in even in Urdu paper. Some of them were of the views that they prepared their lessons very well and solved all the questions in accurate manner but the examiners failed them or awarded them very low marks.

They demanded their papers should be re-checked or they would widen their protest demonstration.

A professor of Government Gordon College, when contacted, said RBISE is facing shortage of professional paper checkers while the papers are being checked either by non-professional people or less educated teachers of private schools. He said this trend is affecting the positions of brilliant students.