Abolishing examination fee for Class 9, 10 students
Only public sector students to get exam fee exemption
Lahore, July 04: Huge financial implications involved in abolishing the examination
fee being charged by the education boards, has forced the government to weigh
different options, like extending the favour only to Class 9th and 10th students
of the public sector schools.
According to a study conducted by the
Punjab Higher Education Department, at least Rs 3 billion would be required
annually by all the eight Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs)
of the province if the government exempts the examination and registration fee
of matric and intermediate students of public and private institutions.
The announcement regarding waiving the examination fee was made by
Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif a couple of months ago. However a
final decision in this regard is yet to be made.
Following a detailed
study, the Punjab Higher Education Department on Friday moved a summary to the
chief minister, giving the government different option how to bear minimum
financial burden in this regard.
Sources in the department said if the
favour was extended only to students of public schools (Class IX & X) it
would cost the government less than Rs 1 billion.
They said it had been
identified that the BISEs are charging fees in different heads including
examination fees, registration fees and other heads like re-checking
answer-sheets, correction of name and date of birth etc. A Lahore board official
said the boards had to make arrangements for exams including setting up of
centres, transportation, paper marking and remuneration of exam staff etc by the
fee collected by the students. He added if the same was to be abolished the
government would have to provide financial assistance to the boards.
official of the department, seeking anonymity, said the department was not clear
whether the chief minister's announcement was related to examination fees only
or all kinds of fees being charged by the boards.
The sources said it
was likely that the CM might approve fee-waiver for Class IX and X students of
government schools only, as the government was already offering free education
including free textbooks upto matriculation in the public sector
They added those studying in schools working under Punjab
Education Foundation's Financial Assisted Schools (FAS) programme might also be
offered the fee waiver as under the said programme the government was bearing
tuition fee of the students.
The chief minister had taken a strict
notice with regard to abolishing examination boards' fees at a meeting on June
18 and categorically announced "abolition of examination fees being charged from
regular and private students by all the eight education boards in the
A senior official of the department said the summary had been
moved to the chief minister, adding a final decision about elimination of the
fee being charged by the boards would be taken in a couple of days.
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Students of Froebel's set the stage alight
Islamabad: The students of Froebel's International School set the stage
alight on Thursday evening enthralling a packed house through their play
'Dracula' on the school premises.
The extraordinary performance of all
actors, fine classical costumes, intelligently made sets, a perfect sound system
and smoke effects by a team of 'A' level students impressed everyone. The ups
and downs of the story along with tastefully selected tracks kept the audience,
mainly students and their parents, captivated.
The play had a bit of
everything - romance, comedy, sad scenes and dance sequences choreographed by
drama supervisor Shama Nawaz. No one among the audience could stop appreciating
the talents of the 15-member team of young boys and girls who managed to do
every challenging task on their own, ranging from story writing, production and
direction to set designing, makeup and costumes.
The biggest hit
remained the flawless action sequences that made everyone literally jump from
there seats. There was sword fight, cowboy shooting scenes and a fight between
vampires and the saviour Dr. Van Helsing, enacted by Daniel Ali.
drama started with a wonderfully choreographed dance of vampires performed by
Alizeh Malick, Mahnoor Shah and Zeinab Khan. The smoke, lights, makeup, dresses
and sets added to the effect created by the flowing movement and expressions of
vampires, giving the play a perfect start.
With just the right
expressions and impressive dialogue delivery, Saad Gul in the role of Dracula
received tremendous applause from a lively audience. His smart use of stage
space and accurate body language went to show the great talent he possesses.
To get his true love Meena back, the Dracula travels a long distance and
finally succeeds in trapping her but Meena's fiancÈ Jonathan, the role performed
by Shayan Mahmood, rescues her in the end after stabbing the Holy Cross into
It will be unjust not to mention the finely designed
gowns of Meena (Anique Ansari) and her friend Lucy (Nida Ejaz). Both girls
looked and acted as if they had stepped right out of the actual centuries old
story of Dracula.
Although Quincy (Umair Abbasi), another of Lucy's
friends, had a comparatively shorter appearance yet he was the heartthrob with
his cowboy appearance and arrogant style.
The action-packed drama was
given a lighter tone by the extraordinary comedy sequences of Philippe (Adil
Habib) and Jack (Daniyal Faisal). Philippe, the nosy French butler of Lucy and
Jack, the under confident fiancÈ of Lucy, made everyone laugh with their
gestures and dialogues.
The boy behind the
extraordinary play, Director Shayan Mahmood said that they had worked on the
play for the last six months. "First we booked the Pakistan National Council of
the Arts (PNCA)'s hall for the play but they cancelled our booking at the last
moment due to some official event they had to hold," he said.
said that they did day and night rehearsals for 20 days and enjoyed every moment
of it. "It was a learning experience for all of us," he said while appreciating
the work of backstage players especially Talha Zareef on light, Abu Baker on
sounds, passionate work of stage manager Minal Tariq and assistant producer
Commenting on the wonderful performance of the young
team, drama supervisor Shama Nawaz said that the youth were full of talent and
there was a need to direct their talents and energy in the right direction. "The
only thing they need is the guiding force which can engage them in creative
activities," she added. The News
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