I recently joined the Rawalpindi board’s marking centre for intermediate papers. I was disappointed to see the state of affairs there. There is no system for keeping packets of examination papers; thousands of bags of papers are just dumped in a room from where the professors have to search their allotted packet number. It is a difficult process, which can take one or two days. If the required packet is not in that room, the professors are asked to search other rooms as somebody may have put them somewhere. The clerk on duty, meanwhile, remains seated calmly.
The staff concerned should provide the paper packet to the professors. All boards send their papers to different boards. Regretfully, most of them do not attach the question paper, and the examiners have to mark the papers without the question paper.
One paper is marked by four people, dividing questions and their addition. The person who is assigned the addition has to wait for the evaluation of all questions. This method has quadrupled the miseries of marking. All efforts and energies are being wasted to organise the system rather than correct and keen evaluation, which demands peace of mind and basic facilities.Different packets have different number of papers. Examiners are confused about the number of their marked papers and their bill because one packet has 125 papers, another has 75 papers, etc.
Another aspect is that a professor has to mark papers from different boards. Due to this, his own understanding and flow of marking are adversely disturbed, especially in the absence of question papers. The head examiners and their assistants come for a short duration. Their presence at all times should be made compulsory. They are making money without doing any work.
There is no cold water, proper seats, electricity and no judicious and responsible clerical staff for the professors. The authorities concerned are requested to take prompt action to reconsider the entire system of evaluation. Keeping the Federal Board marking system as a model, the evaluators should be facilitated. Therefore, 25-paper bundle should be made; the evaluator should mark all questions and he should make the list. Travel and daily allowances should be specified. A scientific system should be introduced, otherwise all talk of the enhancement of standard of education will be futile and the career of would-be doctors, engineers, etc., will be at stake.
Rawalpindi, August 10.