KARACHI - Political workers of the different parties Wednesday helped SSC exam candidates using unfair means at several examination centers setup in the City, The Nation learnt on Wednesday. Despite the Board of Secondary Education Karachi request to the KESC for exempting examination centers from load-shedding, the students continued to suffer power outages on the second day of the examinations too. More than 50 students participating in the papers of SSC Part-I general group and Part-II science group were caught red-handed while cheating in the papers by the more than 50 vigilance committees, formed by of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK). Some of the candidates who shared their grievances with The Nation said that some political workers kept helping their kith and kin in using unfair means at NJV School and some other exam centers of North Karachi town, Lyari town, Shah Faisal town, Korangi town, Landhi town and Jamshed town to assist. Around 500 students, who could not appear in the paper of English (SSC Part-II General Group) due to none availability of admit cards, however, appeared on Wednesday to take the exam they missed, according to BSEK Assistant controller Examination Bizzaatullah Khan. Around 312,000 candidates have been registered into the SSC examination, out of which 110,000 candidates (65,000 boys and 45,000 girls) have been registered in the Science Group Class-X, while for Class-IX, the students numbers stand at 118,000 (70,000 boys and 48,000 girls). A total of 9,000 boys and 24,000 girls have been enrolled in Class-X General Group, while 4,000 boys and 3,000 girls have been registered in the private group. For class-IX exams, 5,000 boys and 4,000 girls have been enrolled. "To control over the unfair means activities in the examination, the BSEK has formed nearly 160 vigilance teams to inspect the examination centers in the City. On the other hand, City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has also setup vigilance teams at town levels to hold the exam transparent. The papers of class X will be conducted in the morning session, while the papers of the class IX will be taken in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm, as the board decided to conduct these examinations simultaneously. The board has constituted over 460 examination centres across the city. The vigilance team of City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has cancelled the copies of around 15 students in Shah Faisal town, Korangi town and Landhi town on account of unfair means. Executive District Officer Education Fakhar Karim on the second day of the examination has visited Govt Boys and Girls Secondary School, Gulshan Iqbal Block-6 and Site Model School, according to her both the papers were held under normal circumstances.