Punjab boards matric & inter result debacle
BISEs results debacle remained in focus
Lahore, Dec 26: Mismanagement in preparation of results of matriculation and intermediate annual
exams by the examination boards of Punjab and subsequent violent
protests by students eclipsed almost everything on the education scene
during the year 2011.
The abolition of the federal education
ministry and devolution of curriculum development to provinces also
remained one of the major developments of the year at the national
It was for the first time in the history that all the
eight boards of intermediate & secondary education (BISEs) received
thousands of applications from candidates, seeking rechecking of their
papers. The resentment of students resulted in protests and the Punjab
government had to intervene following strong resentment over
intermediate results by the students. The gross errors in the results
led to cancellation of result of intermediate annual exam 2011 by all
the boards in the province following angry students took to the streets
and even torched buildings of different boards. Subsequently, a judicial
commission was formed on the request of the Punjab government to probe
the blunders committed in the preparation of computerised intermediate
results. The commission presented the report earlier this month
according which held chairmen and controllers examination of all the
eight BISEs responsible for the chaos.
Earlier this year, the
federal government abolished the federal education ministry and devolved
the subject of curriculum development to the provinces under the 18th
Constitutional Amendment. There were strong concerns by the stakeholders
over the moved but to no avail.
Those who opposed the move
argued that in order to ensure unity and integrity at the national
level, the subject should have remained with the federal government. The
issue was highlighted in various national level seminars but nothing
happened afterwards and currently provinces were in command of
developing curriculum at their own. The Sindh government recently
announced to introduce Chinese language in government schools from Class
VI onwards from the academic year 2013.
development was witnessed in connection with streamlining Madaris
education in 2011 as no concrete efforts were made to address issues
related to religious seminaries across the country. Over the years,
there had been a debate over the proposal to establish an inter-Madressa
Board, comprising members of five major madaris groups in the country,
but no development could take place in this regard. The year also
witnessed a heated debate over the future of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) with possible move of the government to wrap up the
body but the idea was dropped following strong agitation from the
The Punjab government with an aim to address the
issues related to college sector education, admission on self-finance in
universities, uniformity in the status of universities, BS (Hons) four
years programme, quality assurance and training of college teachers,
etc. had set up a body, Punjab Higher Education Council (PHEC), in 2010,
however after some meetings in the same year, the body did not hold
even serious debate over such issues during the whole year 2011,
exposing as to how the government bodies meant to facilitate people
could become redundant owing to sheer negligence of those in authority.
front which was ignored by the Punjab government during the current
year despite strong public demand was related to affairs of the private
sector schools. The government could not ensure an independent
regulatory body for private schools owing to which private sector
continued fleecing the masses in the name of education.
disappointing aspect is that the government, on directions of Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif, formed a committee to give recommendations to
streamline affairs of private educational institutions but to no avail.
The committee held a number of meetings and even presented its
recommendations for an independent body but the mafia thwarted all such
moves to protect and promote stakes of the private sector which was
evident from unbridled working of private schools.
vice-chancellors (VCs) at various public universities in Punjab,
including the Government College University (GCU) Lahore, University of
Education and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), etc. also
remained one of the major issues because of the tussle between the chief
minister and the governor, the latter claiming that the advice of the
former was not binding on him. The tussle caused a delay in the
appointments owing to which the universities suffered.
also witnessed establishment of the Academic Staff Association (ASA) at
the Government College University (GCU), highlighting the emergence of
democratic traditions at the famous institute of the country where, over
the years, teachers were deprived of the right of assembling at a
The Punjab University (PU) also remained in the
news owing to the violence related incidents among the students,
especially involving the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of
The administration took a tough stand
against the Jamiat throughout the year but all this toughness vanished
when the Punjab government allowed the IJT to hold its three-day Ijtema
(convention) at the university's New Campus grounds in October this
And quite recently, the Punjab University remained in the
news for violent clash between the IJT and the Imamia Students
Organisation (ISO) which left many students injured.
of providing laptops to 100,000 students across the province by the
Punjab government also remained a major development of the ongoing year.
free laptops have yet to be distributed among the talented students
under the scheme, it received mixed response from the stakeholders.
There are many who appreciate the move while there are also those who
see it an election campaign by the chief minister.
the Higher Education Department Punjab also remained in the news owing
to massive transfers and postings, following upgrade of teachers' posts
and their selection through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).
There were rumours of secret deals too involving some officials of the
department which resulted in removal of a number of officials from their
The Punjab government's Literacy & Non-Formal Basic
Education Department as well as Special Education Department could not
ensure any significant development. However, quite contrary to the
working of the two departments, Technical Education & Vocational
Training Authority (Tevta) emerged as a vibrant organisation. The
establishment of IT labs in collaboration with Microsoft remained a mega
initiative of Tevta. In the first phase, 50 labs were established in
different parts of the province.
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PMDC approves PGMI undergraduate medical college
Lahore: Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute/Lahore General Hospital (PGMI/LGH) Prof
Dr Tariq Salahuddin said Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has
given approval for PGMI undergraduate medical college while Punjab
Health Department has also referred PC-I of Punjab Institute of Neuro
Sciences to be set up at LGH along with recommendations.
a ceremony held in connection with birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad
Ali Jinnah and Xmas cake-cutting at LGH on Sunday, as per a press
release here on Sunday, he said the Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences
was being constructed at a cost of Rs 3.8 billion. It will consist 500
beds initially. He said that it would be an ultra modern institute of
this region catering the needs of a vast range of neuro patients.
Superintendent LGH Dr Mohammad Hassan, Nursing School Principal Ishrat
Ishaq, Superintendent Nursing Razia Bano, the administrative doctors and
office-bearers of Paramedics Association were present there.
Tariq Salahuddin said that Quaid-e-Azam dreamt of a country where all
basic amenities of life could be provided to every citizen without
discrimination. He said that all the minorities including Christians
were living in Pakistan with complete harmony and honour with other
Pakistanis and they were enjoying all kinds of social, religious and
He stressed the administration to ensure
completion of move-over cases in time so that they could not feel
deprivation. He said that all the staff members were part of his team
and he has respect for them, especially paramedics. The news
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