31 C
Lahore
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
EditorialBad conditions at CSS exam centre

Bad conditions at CSS exam centre

The CSS examinations are one of the largest and most sought after examinations that candidates take. Aspirants study long and hard for months to prepare for the exams in hopes of securing their future with one of the most prestigious jobs in the country. The road towards the exams is rocky and full of obstacles, some are able to get to the end point while others give up in between. The real test, however, starts when the examinations start. The exams are usually taken in various government schools, colleges and examination halls. The chairs used for the candidates are extremely uncomfortable and many end up with back pain during and after the exams. Most centres also do not have clean bathrooms or separate glasses to drink water. Hygiene is an issue and it must be addressed as soon as possible, especially at a time when viruses like Covid-19 are gaining momentum. Moreover, there is no facility of a generator, in case there is loadshedding. This problem especially bothered the candidates this time around because the exams were held in scorching heat.

In previous years, FPSC scheduled the CSS exams for mid to late February, that was an ideal season. In a country like Pakistan that faces extremely hot summers, these dates were appropriate as the centres lack air conditioning and generator facilities. In the winter season, even if load shedding occurred the candidates do not have to face many problems.

This time around the exams took place in mid-May, the temperatures had started rising since March and a heatwave was predicted. The maximum temperatures in which candidates appeared for exams were 47 degrees centigrade. There were reports of candidates fainting due to excessive heat and suffocation in the examination halls. In one of the centres of Lahore, it was reported that in the first two days, the candidates had to take exams without any electricity. Such conditions hamper one’s ability to perform at their full capacity and gives others who had the facility of an air conditioning an edge. Such is the system of Pakistan. Nothing is fair and one has to be prepared for all kinds of conditions. However, the dates chosen by the FPSC were irrational. Knowing the conditions of the centres and the situation of load-shedding they should not have put candidates through such torture. However, the CSS is known as a game of nerves and certainly, this time around they were tested more than ever before. But this does not mean that the government should only be mindful of CSS exam timings. Exams of matriculation and other levels are equally important. Every exam is a matter of candidates’ future and career. They should not lose marks only because of bad conditions at examination centres.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Subscribe Today

GET EXCLUSIVE FULL ACCESS TO PREMIUM CONTENT

SUPPORT NONPROFIT JOURNALISM

EXPERT ANALYSIS OF AND EMERGING TRENDS IN CHILD WELFARE AND JUVENILE JUSTICE

TOPICAL VIDEO WEBINARS

Get unlimited access to our EXCLUSIVE Content and our archive of subscriber stories.

Top News

More articles