ISLAMABAD - The candidates of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examination, part I & II, staged a protest on Monday outside Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) against ‘poor marking.

The students of different colleges gathered outside the FBISE building and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.

Ali Husnain, a student of Indus College Islamabad, argued that marking was not justified as they were expecting over 70 per cent marks but they had been awarded with 60 per cent or less marks.

Another Higher Secondary School Certificate-II student alleged that several question papers were leaked before the start of actual time.

"We have the proof how the question papers were being shared on smart phones," he added.

Later, the protesting students reached the secretary office and apprised him of their grievances.

 The secretary assured them of full support and agreed that an independent inquiry will be conducted to verify their claims.

The FBISE ex-controller examinations, while commenting on the issue, stated that papers' leakage was not possible since the system developed for circulation of question papers was complex and secret.

On August 18, 2014 the result of Higher Secondary School Certificate part-I was declared countrywide. Only 357 out of the total 2,603 private candidates managed to pass the examination.

About 86.24 per cent of private students failed to pass the examination. The overall pass percentage, however, remained 50.90.

While the result of Higher Secondary School Certificate part-II was declared on August 11. A total of 31,930 out of 41,967 regular students passed the examination with a pass percentage of 76.08.

The overall success rate, including 11,539 private candidates, stood at 71 per cent.