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Ordinary girl denied solitary mark by FBISE

By Usman Manzoor

ISLAMABAD: The case of a girl, whose father had died during her exams and yet she was denied one mark by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary ducation (FBISE), clearly reveals how grave injustices are meted out to poor students and illegal favours conferred on “special daughters”. The one mark she had sought could have prevented the girl from being declared failed.

The daughter of the deceased had sought a solitary mark to qualify for appearing in the supplementary examination. But she was denied the same by the board, which had no qualms about illegally allowing a reassessment of Farah Hameed Dogar.

Amna Khan, student of FSc Physiotherapy at the College of Medical Technology (CMT),

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), appeared in the examination held in May 2008. Her father passed away during her examination, putting enormous mental pressure on the girl, as reflected in her result.

Amna appeared in 18 papers, including physiotherapy (equivalent to FSc) practicals and passed 14. She was declared unsuccessful in Applied Sciences-I, Applied Sciences-II, English and Basic Medical Science (BMS) papers.

For taking the supplementary examination, she needed to pass at least 15 subjects; otherwise, she had to reappear in all the 18 papers. She obtained 16 marks out of 50 in Applied Sciences-I and, thus, required only one mark to pass the paper.

But the board officials ruled she could not get that desperately-needed one mark. “Had my father been the chief justice of Pakistan, I would have got the required mark,” remarked Amna while speaking to The News: “If Farah Dogar’s marks could be increased by 21, why was I denied just one mark?” she asked.

The poor soul added she could not afford to bear the expenses of her education after her father’s death and appearing in all the papers would make it difficult for her to continue her studies.

Eyeing a single mark in Applied Sciences-II, she had applied for a recount. “The controller of examinations will soon give me his reply in writing that my marks could not be enhanced.” Amana said she was shell-shocked to learn that Farah Dogar’s score had been raised by 21 while her application for only one mark was rejected by the same board and in the same exam. “I have made up my mind to appear in all the papers, as I have no hope of getting that one mark. Simply put: I am no Farah Dogar,” Amna Khan concluded.
Source: The news
Date:1/21/2009

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