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Cash-starved Punjab Boards

The cash-starved Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education is making all out efforts to generate resources.
Lahore, Aug 17: Recently, the board imposed a fee of Rs450 on each student declared successful in matriculation annual examination for getting the matriculation certificate. This decision taken in the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) has empowered the Lahore board to generate some Rs57 million on the basis of matriculation examination results alone. The board will generate more revenue when it will declare FA/FSc annual examination results on September 4.

In order to find out more opportunities, the Lahore board last week told the Government Central Model School, Lower Mall, to submit examination fee of their students, who appeared for Class-IX or X or both examinations. The board took the plea that the school was an autonomous body and not a public school.

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had directed the boards not to charge registration and examination fee from public school students.

Central Model School Principal Chaudhry Muhammad Yousaf said the board had not charged the examination fee when the school submitted admission forms of its students in January this year. However, the board wrote a letter to the school management to pay all students' examination fee, which amounted to around Rs500,000.

The board threatened that the school's result would be stopped if it would not pay the fee. However, on the intervention of the school education department secretary, the board provisionally declared the results.

Consequently, Mr Yousaf said, the school collected Rs850 per head from the students who appeared in matriculation annual examination and Rs1,200 from those who appeared in both Class-IX and X examinations. This fee included Rs450 for the matriculation certificate.

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BISE restrained from taking action against private schools
Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court here on Friday stopped Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) from taking any adverse action against the private schools candidates till next date of hearing.

Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed of the LHC's Rawalpindi bench issued restraining orders on the petition filed by All Pakistan Private School Management Association (APPSMA) challenging the increase in students registration fee by the BISE.

The court directed the Pindi board secretary and its controller examination, chairman of Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) to submit their written response by August 18, the next date of hearing.

The APPSMA divisional president Abrar Ahmed Khan through his lawyer Mohammad Ilyas Mian contended before the court that the private school candidates for Secondary School Certificate part-I examinations had already deposited Rs400 as registration fee. Now they were asked to pay Rs300 more otherwise they would not be allowed to sit in the exam.

Calling the hike as discriminatory as the registration fee for regular students had been abolished, the petitioner said. He expressed apprehension that if they did not deposit the difference, the BISE would not allow the students to sit in the examination and might cancel their registration. He alleged that after the provincial government abolished the registration fee for regular students the examination boards across Punjab decided to increase the fee for private students to make up for their financial loss.

He said the boards had also directed the private schools to deposit Rs5,000 every year as inspection fee as earlier the inspection charges were Rs3,000 that were taken once at the time of giving affiliation to private school.

The boards had directed the private schools to deposit the inspection fee every June and in case of delay Rs1,000 would be collected every month.

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A sombre Independence Day at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A function in connection with Independence Day was held here on Saturday at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in a sombre manner, showing solidarity with the people affected by floods.

The ceremony started in the morning with hoisting of the flag by FJWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, says a press release.

Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said as a nation efforts should be made to make Pakistan prosperous and safe.

The day was important for all especially for the Fatima Jinnah Women University as the varsity had been named after Fatima Jinnah who played a significant role in the freedom movement for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

Dr Khan urged the students to exhibit the same unity that was shown by the forefathers 63 years ago and cope with the devastation caused by floods and mobilise all resources to help the displaced people in their rehabilitation.

Students from different departments of the university paid tribute to the homeland by singing national songs.

The university also celebrated the fourth anniversary of its radio station Radio Vow FM96.6.

To mark the event coinciding with the Independence Day a number of competitions were also held.

In the end the vice-chancellor awarded prizes to the winning students and applauded their efforts. Certificates of appreciation were also awarded to the volunteers and participants.

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World Youth Day celebrated
Islamabad: Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) celebrated International Youth Day at a local hotel the other day.

Rahnuma regional office-bearers, youth volunteers, journalists and FPAP staff attended the function aimed at celebrating the young people's energy, imagination and initiatives and recognise their contributions to peace and development.

Islamabad Region FPAP Vice President Kamal Akhtar Abbasi apprised the participants of FPAP efforts to guide young people towards skill-based education and coping with pressure regarding youth issues.

He said FPAP's youth programme started in 1973 to provide conducive and enabling environment to youth to exercise their health rights. He said the role of NGOs in creating awareness had always been significant in Pakistan.

Pakistan youth, about 63 percent of the total population faced the issues like literacy and unemployment and lacked of information about health, he said, adding, the environmental factors especially in slum areas intensified their problems leading to frustration and driving them to crime, extremism and use of drugs. Dawn

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