Exam fee for Punjab govt schools abolished
Inter & secondary government schools for regular students
Lahore, July 17: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has finally ordered
abolition of registration and examination fees being charged by all the
eight boards of intermediate and secondary education from regular
students of only government schools in the province.
At a follow-up meeting on Thursday, regarding implementation of
decisions taken in the previous meetings, Mr Sharif asked his secretary
to immediately approve the summary forwarded by the higher education
Acting higher education secretary Ahad Khan
Cheema said the department would notify the fee abolition as soon as it
would receive the approved summary.
As the chief minister had
announced stern action against the colleges showing zero per cent
results in the Punjab University BA, BSc examinations on Wednesday, the
higher education department has decided to issue show-cause notices to
principals of all such colleges.
Mr Cheema said the
department would also determine a benchmark for colleges' pass
percentage and issue show-cause notices to those principals of the
institutions as well that had shown less than the target pass
At the meeting, the chief minister said it was
shocking to know that some colleges in BA/BSc exams had shown zero per
cent results. He also called for a separate briefing on the pathetic
performance of these institutions.
The CM also asked the higher education department and boards' officials to keep a vigilant eye on activities of 'booti' mafia.
"In case of any irregularity in the affairs of boards, not only
chairman, secretary and controller of examinations concerned will be
removed from their posts, the higher education secretary will also be
held accountable for the lapse."
"It is great achievement of Education. I appreciate a Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and othe team member. Regards! Ramzan, Golra Sharif ."
Name: Muhammad Ramzan
City, Country: Islamabad/Pakistan
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UAF exam dept throws caution to the wind
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF)
controller of examination office has adopted a novel way of dispatching
question papers to examination centres in remote areas by handing over
the papers to the superintendents instead of putting them in bank
The issue surfaced when the Chief Minister's Inspection Team, led by
Salahuddin Niazi, had visited the university on Monday last to probe
the out-of-course question papers' controversy.
B.Com students of private colleges affiliated with the university
raised the issue when they found their question paper of "Business Stat
and Math" out of course. The students tore the answer-sheets and the
question papers and protested against the university administration.
The students alleged that the examiner had set out-of-course question
papers of "Business Stat and Math" and "Business Taxation" held on
Saturday and Monday.
The inspection team held talks with UAF
Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad, asking him about the issue and
frustration of nearly 160 students. Sources said that the team
members had asked Controller of Examination Dr Tanvir Malik how they
ensured security of question papers. They quoted the official as saying
that the university had been following a tradition of handing over the
question papers to the superintendents prior to the examination. He
said the university did not put the papers in any public bank.
The controller had no answer, they said, when a member of the team
questioned why National Bank of Pakistan lockers were not being used to
keep question papers. Asked how the university would handle the
situation if any question paper was snatched or any corrupt official
sold papers, the sources quoted the controller as saying that "no such
incident has taken place in the past".
The team also learnt
that no special training was being imparted to the invigilators being
deputed by the university and most of them had been conducting
examinations depending upon the experience of their seniors. A few of
the invigilators also performed their duties at the Laboratory High
School centres without proper training.
Sources said the
inquiry committee also held the university administration responsible
for not making arrangements for proper security, a lack of imposition
of section 144 and failure of the examiner to stop chaos erupted at the
examination hall set up at the Laboratory High School. The team also
blamed the students for disrupting the papers.
They said the
VC had given 10 days to a three-member committee he constituted to
submit a report, but withdrew his order soon afterwards. The CM's
inspection team directed the VC to wind up the issue within 24 hours in
view of the nature of the case. The administration closed the chapter
by informing the students that the papers in question had been
Sources said the committee also quizzed the
security head who admitted having failed to control the mob (students)
despite best efforts.
The spokesman for the university said
the administration had taken all measures suggested by the inspection
team and now the students were taking their examination peacefully. He
said section 144 had been imposed by the district administration and
the university also had improved security even inside the examination
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Students await stipend for a year
Gujranwala: As many as 132 students, who had been declared
position holders in class-V and VIII annual examinations by the Punjab
Examination Commission and eligible for stipend in 2008, are still
deprived of it for the last one year and four months owing to
non-availability of funds, it is learnt.
The Punjab Examination Commission had announced stipend for 132 boys
and girls in 2008, but they were still deprived of it as the city
district government had no funds for the purpose.
students have expressed disappointment over the government policy and
appealed to the Punjab chief minister to get the funds released for
When contacted education officer Mirza
Siddique said a detailed list of these students had already been sent
to the respective authorities.
BISE EMPLOYEES: Gujranwala
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Employees Welfare
Association on Thursday presented a charter of demand to the board
Setting July 22 deadline, association president
Bashir Ahmad Cheema and secretary-general Rana Muhammad Sharif demanded
regularisation of all contract employees like Punjab University's.
Cheema demanded 15 per cent medical allowance and said board employees
be allowed medical facilities from private hospitals besides public
infirmaries. He said the Lahore board had already approved 15 per cent
medical allowance for its employees.
The demands include
promotion of class-IV employees to junior clerk under 20 per cent
reserved quota and award of scale-11 to data entry operators. Dawn
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