Due to the passing percentage of historic matriculation students who have been promoted to the next class without exams due to the coronavirus lockdown regime, it is hoped that many of them will not be able to secure admission to state-run colleges as the number of student seats in colleges is far less than students who have graduated matriculation.
Since admission to public universities is based on merit, it is estimated that 60,000 city students with D and E grades will not be able to gain admission to public universities in the Karachi region.
Based on the results of the matriculation announced by the Karachi District Secondary Education Agency (BSEK), as many as 168,880 students from the Science group have passed the matriculation, of whom 37,309 and 8,230 have obtained D and E.
These numbers pertain only to the science group. There are still many other groups in matriculation such as humanities, arts, physical education, household economics and others, the results of which have not been announced.
BSEK officials hope that the graduation ratio of candidates for the humanities and arts groups is not much different from that of the science group. They believe that because the humanities and arts groups always get poor results, more than 20,000 students from this group will pass the matriculation in grades D and E.
Therefore, it is expected that after the matriculation results for all groups are announced, the number of students with D and E scores will be around 60,000.
Earlier this year, the education department’s steering committee decided not to hold annual exams in connection with the coronavirus pandemic and approved a promotional policy which was later adopted by the Sindh government.
Under the policy, students are given an additional three percent grade from their last exam. With BSEK announcing the matriculation results of the various groups under the promotion policy, the college education department announced last month its admission procedure to 150 state-run universities.
However, representatives from the admissions cell working under the college education department said that Karachi colleges did not have sufficient enrollment capacity to offer admission to a large number of students in the first year of Intermediate level.
With success ratios ranging from 99.1 percent to 99.8 percent in the results of the matriculation of various groups, it will be difficult for students with lower grades to gain admission to public universities. According to officials, it is almost impossible for students who score D and E in their matriculation to be able to get Intermediate education from public universities.
An official statement issued by the Sindh Karachi Higher Education Directorate General last month said the education department would grant admissions to 116,340 students, including 54,810 male students and 61,530 female students, at state-run colleges in the Karachi region. The capacity of 116,340 students is even smaller than 168,880 which is the number of students who have successfully completed the matriculation in the science group alone.
Commenting on the issue, the Director General of Sindh Higher Education Prof. Dr. Abdul Hameed Channer said students would get admissions according to the centralized admission policy. He added that his party had also announced direct admissions to universities after the completion of the centralized admission process. However, he did not specify how all students would be accommodated if the number far exceeds the total capacity of the university.
Meanwhile, the lead person from the admissions cell told The News that the directorate had received more than 100,000 online applications for admissions. The deadline for submitting online applications that ends Wednesday will not be extended, he said, adding that if other students who have not applied online wish to obtain college entry permits, they can be accommodated after a centralized process. acceptance is complete.
He said last year, around 135,000 students passed the matriculation exam and 85,000 of them applied to enter college. However, this year around 200,000 students will pass the matriculation and it is hoped that those with D and E grades will not enter college, he added.