Punjab Boards increase 33% in admission fee
BISEs approve 33 per cent increase in admission fee
Lahore, Aug 29, 2008: The Punjab Board Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) has approved 33 per
cent increase in admission fee being charged by all the eight education boards
of the province. It also approved 45 to 50 per cent increase in remuneration of
supervisory and evaluation staff of the education boards. A summary will soon be
sent to the Punjab government for formal approval in this regard.
meeting of the PBCC was held at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (BISE), Lahore, on Thursday in which chairmen of all the eight BISEs
of the province and BISE Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K)
A participant of the meeting, seeking anonymity, said most
of the BISEs had been expressing concerns over lack of availability of
supervisory as well as evaluation staff during the exams, adding that the boards
had to face problems because of meagre remuneration being paid to such staff. He
said unlike the education boards, the universities were paying a handsome
remuneration to examination staff owing to which they were not facing such
"A consensus was developed among the participating boards that
admission fee should be increased to raise the remuneration of examination staff
in order to attract the required staffers such as superintendent, deputy
superintendent, invigilators, mobile inspectors, distributing inspectors,
resident inspectors, paper evaluators and paper setters," he said, adding that a
subcommittee was formed during the previous meeting of the PBCC on 21 June to
submit its recommendations regarding increase in admission fee and remuneration.
He said (BISE) Gujranwala Chairman M Akram Chaudhry was appointed convener of
the committee while BISE Dera Ghazi Khan Chairman Mehr Bashir Ahmed and BISE
Multan Chairman Nawaz Javed were appointed as the committee members.
said the subcommittee presented its recommendations on Thursday which were
unanimously approved by the meeting, adding that the committee had recommended
increase in remuneration of paper checking from Rs 16 per copy to Rs 20 per copy
for matriculation while for intermediate it recommended Rs 22 per copy from Rs
The meeting of BISEs chairmen agreed to implement the government
decision regarding the start and end of the academic session and it was decided
that the session would be observed from April 1 to March 31 each year. It was
also decided that the matter regarding conduct of examinations as per the new
academic session would be taken up in next meeting of the PBCC.
meeting also took up the issue regarding complaint of BISE AJ&K against the
BISE Lahore and asked the member boards to complete the marking of answer sheets
within the stipulated period of time in future.
According to details, the
BISE AJ&K had complained that under the exchange programme the BISE Lahore
had failed to return its answer books in time this year. It had further stated
that such a delay was never observed in the history of the boards owing to which
it had to face a lot of problems. The BISE Lahore maintained, in its defence,
that the delay was partly because of the BISE AJ&K itself and partly because
of lack of evaluation staff. The Lahore board observed that the packets,
comprising answer books, were not sent in order by the AJ&K board which had
caused some delay in sorting out the material.
However, BISE Lahore
Secretary Haji Muhammad Dogar, when contacted, said his board had not delayed
the return of the answer books to the AJ&K board, adding that the latter was
demanding answer books much before the time limit set by the PBCC.
returned the answer books before the time limit," he said, adding that the BISE
AJ&K announced the results of Intermediate Part-I Annual Examination on
August 20 while the rest of boards under the PBCC had already agreed to announce
the same result on September 15.
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Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Students furnish the media with 'evidence': Sexual harassment
Multan: Rejecting the verdict of a two-member committee of the
Bahauddin Zakariya University's syndicate, two alleged sexual harassment victims
on Thursday showed up at a press conference and produced "evidence corroborating
The CDs the two psychology department students distributed
among the journalists had the recorded statement of a female teacher having
admitted that the girls were forced to take off their clothes.
two-member inquiry team had dismissed the application on Aug 23 with the
observation that the allegations levelled by the students were false and lacked
"The biased and unfair decision has made us hold a press
conference and make public the recorded material proving the allegations," the
They alleged that the university administration was trying to
absolve the five teachers of the crime they (the academics) had
They also accused the inquiry committee members of using
derogatory language against them.
The students said they had produced the
recorded material before the inquiry committee, but it still claimed that they
(the victims) had failed to give substantive material to prove their
They declined committee's offer to appear again in the paper
during which they were 'caught cheating'. They demanded constitution of a
committee that could impartially probe the matter.
The two students had
submitted a complaint to the BZU vice-chancellor on June 13, claiming that they
were attempting their psychotherapy paper (on May 23) when invigilators, on the
pretext of cheating, stopped them from continuing with the examination and
sexually harassed them in a private room. The News
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Students packed like sardines in school vans
Lahore: Overloaded school vans plying the city streets have become a dangerous
nuisance for the students concerned, parents said on Tuesday.
The parents claimed that they were paying huge transportation charges to
the vehicle owners, while drivers claimed that they had to overload their
vehicles or suffer losses.
Most van owners do not let others provide
services to their areas and students are forced to travel in overcrowded vans.
The Education Department has no check on the van owners in this
Khaleeda Anjum, mother of a schoolgirl, said, "My daughter goes
to school in a van. Last week, she got her leg fractured in a traffic accident,
because a rickshaw hit the overcrowded van from behind."
Rana Aslam, a
father, said, "Due to overloading, my son was forced to stand in the van. When
the van applied brakes at full speed, he suffered a head injury."
Yasmeen Kausar, a teacher, said, "Students have no other option but to
travel in the vans, which add to their misery."
Raheela, a college
student, said, "When we complain about overcrowded vans, the drivers misbehave
Lahore College for Women University spokeswoman Anjum Zia
said, "Hundreds of girls travel in private vans, but we have no control over the
pick-and-drop service providers."
Muhammad Jamil, a van driver, said,
"Due to the skyrocketing fuel prices, we have no option but to overload our
vans. However, it is the van's owner who decides how many students will travel
in any given van."
Responsibility: Education Department Additional
Secretary (Schools) Khalid Abbass said, "If any student suffers an accident
while travelling in a private van, the responsibility lies with the parents and
the van owners, not the government."
Action: District Co-ordination
Officer Sajjad Bhutta said that the Traffic Department should take action
against those van owners who overload their vehicles.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Hussain Habib Imtiaz also said that they
could take action against the school vans on the charges of overloading. Daily Times
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