Cash-starved Punjab Boards
The cash-starved Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education is making all out efforts to generate resources.
Lahore, Aug 17: Recently, the board imposed a fee of Rs450 on each student declared
successful in matriculation annual examination for getting the
matriculation certificate. This decision taken in the Punjab Boards
Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) has empowered the Lahore board to generate
some Rs57 million on the basis of matriculation examination results
alone. The board will generate more revenue when it will declare FA/FSc
annual examination results on September 4.
In order to find out
more opportunities, the Lahore board last week told the Government
Central Model School, Lower Mall, to submit examination fee of their
students, who appeared for Class-IX or X or both examinations. The board
took the plea that the school was an autonomous body and not a public
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
had directed the boards not to charge registration and examination fee
from public school students.
Central Model School Principal
Chaudhry Muhammad Yousaf said the board had not charged the examination
fee when the school submitted admission forms of its students in January
this year. However, the board wrote a letter to the school management
to pay all students' examination fee, which amounted to around
The board threatened that the school's result would
be stopped if it would not pay the fee. However, on the intervention of
the school education department secretary, the board provisionally
declared the results.
Consequently, Mr Yousaf said, the school
collected Rs850 per head from the students who appeared in matriculation
annual examination and Rs1,200 from those who appeared in both Class-IX
and X examinations. This fee included Rs450 for the matriculation
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BISE restrained from taking action against private schools
Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court here on Friday stopped Board
of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) from taking any adverse
action against the private schools candidates till next date of hearing.
Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed of the LHC's Rawalpindi bench
issued restraining orders on the petition filed by All Pakistan Private
School Management Association (APPSMA) challenging the increase in
students registration fee by the BISE.
The court directed the
Pindi board secretary and its controller examination, chairman of Punjab
Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) to submit their written response by
August 18, the next date of hearing.
The APPSMA divisional
president Abrar Ahmed Khan through his lawyer Mohammad Ilyas Mian
contended before the court that the private school candidates for
Secondary School Certificate part-I examinations had already deposited
Rs400 as registration fee. Now they were asked to pay Rs300 more
otherwise they would not be allowed to sit in the exam.
the hike as discriminatory as the registration fee for regular students
had been abolished, the petitioner said. He expressed apprehension that
if they did not deposit the difference, the BISE would not allow the
students to sit in the examination and might cancel their registration.
He alleged that after the provincial government abolished the
registration fee for regular students the examination boards across
Punjab decided to increase the fee for private students to make up for
their financial loss.
He said the boards had also directed the
private schools to deposit Rs5,000 every year as inspection fee as
earlier the inspection charges were Rs3,000 that were taken once at the
time of giving affiliation to private school.
The boards had
directed the private schools to deposit the inspection fee every June
and in case of delay Rs1,000 would be collected every month.
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A sombre Independence Day at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A function in connection with Independence Day was
held here on Saturday at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in a
sombre manner, showing solidarity with the people affected by floods.
The ceremony started in the morning with hoisting of the flag by FJWU
Vice-Chancellor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, says a press release.
Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said as a nation efforts should be made to make Pakistan prosperous and safe.
The day was important for all especially for the Fatima Jinnah Women
University as the varsity had been named after Fatima Jinnah who played a
significant role in the freedom movement for the Muslims of the
Dr Khan urged the students to exhibit the same
unity that was shown by the forefathers 63 years ago and cope with the
devastation caused by floods and mobilise all resources to help the
displaced people in their rehabilitation.
Students from different departments of the university paid tribute to the homeland by singing national songs.
The university also celebrated the fourth anniversary of its radio station Radio Vow FM96.6.
To mark the event coinciding with the Independence Day a number of competitions were also held.
In the end the vice-chancellor awarded prizes to the winning students
and applauded their efforts. Certificates of appreciation were also
awarded to the volunteers and participants.
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World Youth Day celebrated
Islamabad: Rahnuma – Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) celebrated International Youth Day at a
local hotel the other day.
Rahnuma regional office-bearers, youth
volunteers, journalists and FPAP staff attended the function aimed at
celebrating the young people's energy, imagination and initiatives and
recognise their contributions to peace and development.
Region FPAP Vice President Kamal Akhtar Abbasi apprised the
participants of FPAP efforts to guide young people towards skill-based
education and coping with pressure regarding youth issues.
said FPAP's youth programme started in 1973 to provide conducive and
enabling environment to youth to exercise their health rights. He said
the role of NGOs in creating awareness had always been significant in
Pakistan youth, about 63 percent of the total
population faced the issues like literacy and unemployment and lacked of
information about health, he said, adding, the environmental factors
especially in slum areas intensified their problems leading to
frustration and driving them to crime, extremism and use of drugs. Dawn
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