Pakistani students pay alot for Cambridge exams
Pakistani students paid Rs720m for Cambridge exams last session
Karachi, June 11: The crumbling state of education in Pakistan benefits the United Kingdom
immensely. A poor country like ours contributed £4.8 million to the
kingdom's seventh largest export – education – in one session alone.
the recent May/June session of this year's O- and A-level exams, rough
estimates suggest that Pakistani students paid at least Rs720 million in
exam fees to the University of Cambridge International Examinations.
year, the British Council organises two sessions of O- and A-level
examinations: one starts in May and ends in June while the second runs
About 16,000 students took the O- and
A-level exams across Pakistan in the recent session, according to a
British Council spokesperson. Around 180,000 entries for subjects were
made all over the country.
No break-up of O- and A-level
candidates is available with the British Council currently. "We are too
busy with the re-exams scheduled [for two subjects] right now," said the
The recent decision of the Cambridge
International Examinations to make Pakistani students re-sit the papers
of Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat due to a "security breach" has sparked
furious reactions from students and their parents alike. While the
authority has decided not to charge the students for the re-examination,
people are unhappy as a lot of effort goes in studying for the papers.Astronomical costs
single O-level paper costs about Rs4,000 while the price of A-level
paper can range between Rs7,000 and Rs10,000 depending on the subject:
an astronomical cost when compared to the fee of matriculation exams,
where students pay not more than Rs1,500 for the five papers they take
in one sitting. The Matric level is the equivalent of the O-level exam.
Board of Intermediate Education Karachi – which administers the
Intermediate exams equivalent to A-level – charges Rs1,100 each year for
the six papers students sit for in their first and second years.Rising popularity
this marked difference in education costs, parents are increasingly
choosing the University of Cambridge qualification for their children –
if they can afford it.
"I want my children to become
future leaders in the society. Foreign education helps create leaders
and not just cogs in the wheel or labourers who work in factories," says
Seema Kamran, who sent both her children to the UK for their university
degrees. This type of education is not just reserved for the elite or
the upper middle class. Middle class families, who care about quality
education for their children, are also turning toward the foreign
Shehnaz Kazi, a single mother and a school
teacher, claims that education of her only daughter is her biggest
monthly expense, which exceeds fuel costs and ration. "Education is an
investment. If you give your child quality education, he can survive in
the competitive world waiting for him out there."
is the UK's seventh largest export industry, which was worth over £14
billion in 2008-09, and is growing at a rate of 4 percent a year,
according to a September 2012 publication in a leading journal,
Education Investor.Why in Pakistan?
is this expensive education system booming in a poor country like
Pakistan? Experts suggest the failure of the state is one of the prime
Professor Jaffar Ahmed, the chairman of Pakistan
Study Centre at Karachi University, claimed that there wouldn't be any
question of going to the Cambridge schools had their been any good
schools which helped children compete in the job market.
such a scenario, the middle class, comprising professional doctors,
teachers, engineers, journalists, thinks investing in education of
children is better than investing in a bigger car," he said.
Mahmood, a social scientist and an assistant professor at Karachi
University, says: "The failure of our education system has encouraged
foreign education boards."
Abbas Hussain, the president of
Teachers' Development Centre, says the perception of the local
education system is so poor due to corruption at many levels that
parents feel they have no other choice but to avail the O- and A-Level
He discards the notion that state education system
cannot be made better. "It can be done. Provided we spend the money we
give to the UK government in our own country."
"Do british student have to pay for cambridge exam if they r living in pakistan?"
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Private schools defy government orders
Rawalpindi: Most private schools, defying government orders regarding summer vacation
starting from June 1, are still open and forcing students to attend
their classes in the unbearable high temperature.
urged the concerned authorities to direct all private schools to
announce summer vocation, as it's really very difficult for children to
attend school due to extremely hot weather.
Parents said that most private schools are still open and
their management are forcing students to attend classes just because
they could collect maximum fee.
They said that they had
requested the school authorities to announce summer vacation but they
were not ready to do in the garb of covering the remaining course.
Jawad said that his two sons are studying in a private school and the
school is not ready to announce summer vocation. He said that the
weather is extremely hot and amidst electricity loadshedding it has
become very difficult for children to sit in classrooms.
Rab, another father, said that children are getting ill because it's
very difficult for them to bear the heat of June but private schools are
not ready to give them summer vacation.
According to him,
he had requested the school authorities to announce summer vacation but
they were saying that they had not received any government order in
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PU board approves 26 synopses
Lahore: A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board on
Monday approved 26 synopses, 17 evaluation reports, 13 panels of
examiners, 14 cases of extension and five miscellaneous cases. According
to a press release here, the meeting was chaired by PU Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Prof Dr M Zakria
Zakar, Prof Dr Muhammad Taqi Zahid Butt, Prof Dr Hafiz Mehmood Akhtar,
Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, acting
Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir attended the meeting.
PU has announced the results of M Com (3 1/2 years programme) part-I
(first year) second annual examination 2012 and M Com (3 1/2 years
programme) part-II (second year) second annual examination 2012.
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Petrol cans underneath seats 93 school vans impounded
Rawalpindi: On the directions of Secretary Transport (Punjab), District Regional
Transport Authority (DRTA), Rawalpindi, has impounded 93 school vans
having petrol cans under their seats.
department under a special drive launched after Gujrat tragedy impounded
1,273 public service vehicles (PSV) so far including wagons, buses,
Suzuki and taxicabs for having more than two CNG cylinders, loose
fitting cylinders and having petrol cans under their seats.
the other hand, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) authorised 13
CNG stations in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to issue No Objection
Certificate (NoC) to the vehicles for six months. The vehicle owners
would get NoC after complete checking. Ogra has fixed Rs1,000 checking
fee for getting NoC. The news
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KU exams fee schedule
Karachi: Karachi University has announced the fee
submission schedule for MA, double MA and improvement of division
external examination and MBA banking programme semester examination for
fifth batch (morning) 2013.
The forms for MA, double MA and improvement of division external
examination can be submitted up to June 14 along with a late fee of
Rs300, while the semester examination fee for MBA banking program
(morning) can be deposited till June 20, says a KU release. ppi
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31 new universities in rural areas
Islamabad: Since its inception in 2002, the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) has set up a total 55 new universities and 31
of them are in rural areas.
This was stated by Dr Javaid R. Laghari, the HEC chairperson, while
talking to the vice-chancellors of public sector universities of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa in Swat on Monday.
The universities have been established in Malakand, Swat, Shangla, Kohat, Haripur, Bannu, Mansehra and other rural areas.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said, 116 development projects for the
universities, amounting to more than Rs21 billion, had been approved by
Dr Laghari said over the request of the HEC, the federal government
paid special attention to promotion of education in KP and Balochistan,
and funded indigenous and foreign scholarships for the youth of these
In addition to award of more than 1960 indigenous and 1200 foreign
scholarships under faculty development programs, 682 PhD scholarships
have been allocated for the faculty members of various higher education
institutions of KP, he added.
He said that Pakistans first ever Earthquake Engineering Centre and
Archaeological Conservation and Research Laboratory had been established
at University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and Hazara
University Mansehra respectively. Dawn
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