Pakistan's Leading Education Website & Teacher's Provider
English language
Home | Forum | Teacher | Student | Institution | Jobs | Admission guide | Tests | Study abroad | Notices | classified | Study partner

A complete archive of Pakistan's Education news releases since 2007

New: Karachi Colleges admissions   |   SSUET entrance test schedule   |   IIUI admission exams

FJWU admissions schedule   |   KU master's & diploma admissions   |   AIMC entrance test schedule

UET application forms date   |   BISE Pindi SSC supple exams

Find Pak classmates
Pakistani classmatesDirectory since 1947. Find Now >>

Admission controversies

Lahore, Sep 3: Entry tests for admission to Punjab's public sector colleges and universities are an annual topic of discussion around this time of the year. And almost every season of debate, since the introduction of these tests in 1997-1999, has involved the courts. This time round, the Lahore High Court has restrained the Punjab University from conducting an entry test for 18 students aspiring to obtain admission in the MSc programme in the botany and zoology departments. These students had passed their BSc Honours examination from the same departments and were being asked to take the entry tests for admission to the higher level. The court declared that this practice was discriminatory as some other departments falling under the same faculty of the university were allowing admissions to their internal students without the tests.

The case raises two important points. First, the absence of a uniform admission policy and, secondly, the lack of trust in the examination system. Even within Punjab University, each department devises its own admission criteria which, as the case above shows, sometimes vary for internal and external students. Not only that, out of 64 departments of the university, six require an entry test conducted by the National Testing Service while the rest hold their own tests. Given the variety of subjects being taught at the university, devising a uniform test for all of them may be difficult. But the same principle should govern the admission policy of all departments.Testing students' abilities and aptitudes before admissions is certainly required but this is what examinations are conducted for. If they don't allow colleges and universities to select the most suitable students, what are they there for? True, our examination system encourages rote learning and leaves a lot of room for the employment of foul means for getting through. Introducing entry tests rather than correcting the flaws in the examination system is like treating the symptoms and allowing the disease to continue wreaking havoc. Before a comprehensive reform of the education system is undertaken, such anomalies will remain open to challenge and will have to be addressed as best as the university can. Dawn
spacer
Do you agree with the author of this article. Post your Comments/ Views.
*Your name
*Your Email
*City &Country(i.e. Karachi, Pakistan)
*Type your Comments here:

*Type the code shown

UST17WED




The Interface may edit your comments and not all comments will be published.
Education Rss FeedEducation RSS Feed*New
Education News
Updated: 09 Aug, 2014
arrow Karachi Colleges admission worry
arrow IIUI admission exams
arrow FJWU admissions schedule
arrow Students guide for UK visas
arrow Punjab inter admissions
arrow KU master's & diploma admissions
arrow AIOU BEd result announced
arrow Aitchison College admissions
arrow Lahore matric exam result
arrow AIOU SSC, HSSC results
arrow Bannu Board announced HSSC results
arrow Urdu University Rs150m scam
arrow AIMC entrance test schedule
arrow UET application forms date
arrow SSUET entrance test on Sept
arrow Matric exam result, girls top
arrow Agriculture university media ban
arrow SZAB Medical Uni convocation
arrow BISE Pindi SSC supple exams
arrow HEC degree verification process
arrow PMDC unrecongnised medical colleges
arrow Kohat board announced HSSC results

More Edu. News>>

Tuition
Personalize Resume
Contact |  Feedback |  About |  Advertise |  copyright 2000-2013 Interface, Pakistan's Leading Education Website & Teacher's Provider