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New exam system to end textbook rule

LAHORE, April 30(Daily Times): To discourage rote learning, the Punjab Education Department is contemplating a proposal to introduce curriculum-based question papers for matriculation and intermediate students across the province.

An Education Department official said that the curriculum-based question papers would help check students' understanding of the curriculum.

The official said that students would be asked, for example, to translate unseen paragraphs from English to Urdu. "Students will be asked to answer questions not in the textbooks," the official added.

The official said that the Punjab Education secretary, Syed Khalid Akhlaq Gillani, the higher education commission special secretary, chairmen of Lahore and Gujranwala boards of intermediate and secondary education had met on April 26 to discuss the proposal.

The meeting observed that the examiners confine themselves to questions given in the textbooks. As a result critical thinking could not be developed in students.

Special secretary (schools) Capt (r) Zahid Saeed said that due to the textbook-based question papers, students resorted to rote-learning. Many of them did not understand basic concepts.

Akhlaq Gillani said that a sudden shift to the curriculum-based question papers system would be difficult. "A strategy will be evolved to change the examination system gradually," he added.

He said that new textbooks would contain more exercises at the end of every chapter. "Teachers will be trained before introducing the curriculum-based question papers," he added.
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