New exam system to end textbook rule
LAHORE, April 30(Daily Times): To discourage rote learning,
the Punjab Education Department is contemplating a proposal to introduce
curriculum-based question papers for matriculation and intermediate students
across the province.
An Education Department official said that the
curriculum-based question papers would help check students' understanding of the
The official said that students would be asked, for example,
to translate unseen paragraphs from English to Urdu. "Students will be asked to
answer questions not in the textbooks," the official added.
said that the Punjab Education secretary, Syed Khalid Akhlaq Gillani, the higher
education commission special secretary, chairmen of Lahore and Gujranwala boards
of intermediate and secondary education had met on April 26 to discuss the
The meeting observed that the examiners confine themselves to
questions given in the textbooks. As a result critical thinking could not be
developed in students.
Special secretary (schools)
Capt (r) Zahid Saeed said that due to the textbook-based question papers,
students resorted to rote-learning. Many of them did not understand basic
Akhlaq Gillani said that a sudden shift to the
curriculum-based question papers system would be difficult. "A strategy will be
evolved to change the examination system gradually," he added.
that new textbooks would contain more exercises at the end of every chapter.
"Teachers will be trained before introducing the curriculum-based question
papers," he added.