A large number of matriculation students have been promoted to the next class without exams due to the Covid-19 lockdown. It is expected that many of students will not be able to get admission to state-run colleges as the number of student seats in colleges is far less than students who have graduated matriculation.
As the admissions to the government colleges are merit-based, around 60,000 students of the city with D and E grades are expected to be not able to secure admissions to the state-run colleges of the Karachi region. According to the matriculation results announced by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), a total of 168,880 students of the science group have passed matriculation, of them 37,309 and 8,230 have secured D and E grades respectively. These number are only related to science group.
There are many other groups in matriculation such as humanities, arts, physical education, household economics and others, the results of which have not been announced. At beginning of the year, the education department’s steering committee decided not to hold annual exams in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic and approved a promotional policy which was later adopted by the Sindh government. Representatives of the admission cell working under the college education department say the colleges of Karachi do not have adequate enrolment capacity to offer admissions to such a huge number of students in the Intermediate first year.
Commenting on the problem, Director General Colleges Sindh Prof Dr Abdul Hameed Channer said the students will get admissions as per the centralised admission policy. He added that the directorate has also announced direct admissions to colleges after the completion of the centralised admission process. He, however, did not declared on how all the students will be accommodated if they are far more than the total capacity of the colleges.