DERA GHAZI KHAN/SAHIWAL-Hundreds of students held protests here against the education boards here and demanded remarking of their intermediate papers.

They blocked Dera-Multan National Highway. MNA Jamshed Ahmed Khan Dasti also joined the students as a mark of solidarity and announced that he would plead their case. The traffic remained blocked for hours while heavy contingent of police also rushed to handle the candidates.

The results of the intermediate Part I had shocked a large number of the male and the female candidates who claimed that they received low marks.

The candidates blocked the National Highway at Mustafa Chowk in front of the building of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) and shouted slogans against the authorities of the board. They alleged that irregularities have been conducted in the paper marking and they are now facing the consequences. However, the examiners have not been penalised for their ineptness, they said.

During the protest, the MNA said that the board administration was not serious in taking up the issue. He added that he would file a case with the High Court if the valid demands of the candidates were not admitted.

Later, PTI MPA Sardar Ahmed Ali Khan Dareshak also joined the students and demanded remarking of the answers sheets free of cost. Later, the students dispersed while long queues of the traffic were observed on both the sides of the highway.

Board Chairman Dr Shafique said that all the institutions have been directed to submit the applications of their candidates who have complained till October 22 for rechecking while their papers would be rechecked as early as possible by the rechecking committee.

Likewise, Sahiwal-based students also protested against the unfair marking. Hundreds of students protested in front of Commissioner Office. They alleged that the board officials had engaged untrained staff for the marking of papers thus the marking was very substandard and full of mistakes.

Led by students’ leader Hamid Fatyana, hundreds of male and female students gathered in front of Commissioner Office where they protested against BISE officials.

Another gathering of students of private colleges were arranged at Jahaz Chowk under the leadership of student leader Muneebur Rehman. Later, they reached Commissioner Office and joined their fellows.

Police tried to disperse them and resorted to baton charge as a result student Habibullah was injured. Then, the students came to the board office and protested. Sahiwal Board Chairman Dr Anwar Ahmad negotiated with the protesters and assured them of fair investigation into the matter and redressal of their complaints.