Abolishing registration & exam fee in Punjab
CM may waive exam fee 'gradually'
Lahore, July 07: Financial implication to the tune of Rs3 billion a year involved
in abolishing the examination and other fees being charged by all education
boards is apparently compelling Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to abolish
examination fee for matriculation exams only and not all the fees as
'enthusiastically' desired by the provincial chief executive at no less than two
occasions in last couple of months.
"Abolishing registration and
examination fee for matriculation examination for both public and private sector
students will fulfill Punjab government's slogan of free education up to
matriculation level," said sources in the education department.
said the higher education department had moved a summary separately explaining
financial implication for abolishing registration and examination fee for both
matriculation and intermediate annual examinations as well as other
When contacted, education minister Mujtaba
Shuja-ur-Rehman confirmed that it would not be rational to abolish all
registration, examination and miscellaneous fees with just one stroke of pen. He
said the chief minister would probably abolish registration and examination fee
being charged for matriculation examination only.
It may be mentioned
here that the chief minister had hinted abolishing boards' fees in a meeting at
the Chief Minister's Secretariat on May 16 and later directed the higher
education authorities at another meeting at the same venue on June 18 to
implement his decision "within a day".
Terming fees charged by all the
eight education boards as "fleecing the masses", Sharif had said that "a few
millions of rupees to be generated from students, can be generated by the
government itself". Prospecting students as well as their parents, however, are
yet to see the realisation of the chief minister's 'dream' so far.
afterwards, the higher education department worked out financial implication by
colleting revenue details from all the eight education boards and calculated it
to the tune of Rs3 billion a year.
As the department moved the summary
to the chief ministers, the officials concerned also briefed the chief minister
that it would not be rational to abolish all fees with one stroke of pen. They
said the abolition of registration and examination fee for matriculation
examination could be rational, recommending that the miscellaneous fees, which
also run in millions, should not be abolished.
They also said that there
was no point in abolishing symbolic FA/FSc registration and examination fee at
individual level, when students were paying regular tuition fee for their
studies in both public and private sectors.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that
the chief minister has constituted a large committee headed by columnist and MNA
Ayaz Amir to finalise recommendations on developing a uniform education policy. Dawn
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Board officials oppose abolition of exam fees
Lahore: Senior officials of Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(BI&SE) of the Punjab have opposed the Chief Minister Punjab's proposal
wherein he had recommended to abolish the Examination and Registration fee
from the students appearing in the various exams of BI&SE in Punjab.
senior officer of the BI&SE Lahore seeking anonymity said that
implementation of this order or proposal would paralysed the working of the
boards as 80 per cent of the revenue of the Lahore Board was being generated
from the head of the fee being abolished. He said that Board was earning
more than Rs 70 crores annually in this regard.
He was of the view that
government should facilitate students in their classrooms by giving them
exemptions in fees and other heads. Some other officers were of the view
that if govt was intended to facilitate students it should abolish the fee
from govt schools so that good number of students could be facilitated and
literacy rate could be improved.
It is worth mentioning here that CM had
issued instructions to the education department to abolish the examination
and registration fee to facilitate the students.
Education department has
sought proposal from the various boards of the province in this regard and
sources claimed the all the boards have opposed the idea.
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CM for ensuring modern tech edu
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said skilled manpower can
bring revolution in industry, agriculture and other sectors and institutions
of technical education will have to play their effective role in this
"If we have to put the country on the road to progress and
prosperity, then not only we will have to prepare skilled manpower according
to the needs of the industry but besides ensuring high standard training of
master trainers, the syllabus of technical education will have to harmonise
with modern demands," said the CM, while addressing a high level meeting
held in connection with adopting future course of action for promotion of
technical education in the province and reviewing the performance of Punjab
Vocational Training Council (PVTC) and the Technical Education and
Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) at Chief Minister's Secretariat, here on
Monday. MNA Shirin Arshad Khan, President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and
Industry Mian Muzaffar Ali, Chairman Planning & Development Board,
Secretary Finance, Chairman PVTC, Chairman TEVTA, Chairman Board of
Technical Education besides concerned senior officers, members of TEVTA and
PVTC and other concerned persons belonging to private sector attended the
Shahbaz Sharif also directed to set up vocational training
institutes in such 47 tehsils of the province, which did not have such
institutions. The Chief Minister directed the Chairman TEVTA to formulate a
comprehensive roadmap within three days with regard to promotion of
technical education throughout the province.
Shahbaz Sharif said the government was determined for promotion of technical
education and all available resources were being utilised for this purpose
so that maximum number of skilled force could be prepared which could not
only play important role for the development and prosperity of the country but
could become the source of earning foreign exchange by going abroad.
present vocational training institutes are working in 85 out of 132 tehsils of
the province whereas these institutes will soon be set up in the remaining
47 tehsils so that the youth of these areas could be made skilful in various
fields. Quality training should be ensured in all institutions of technical
education and skilled manpower should be prepared according to demand driven
skills of market and industries with the consultation of chambers of
commerce and industries and other concerned departments," he said, while adding
that besides re-examining of syllabus of institutions of technical
education, quality training of instructors posted in these technical
institutions should also be ensured and services of experts should be hired from
abroad in this regard.
Earlier, Chairman Punjab Vocational Training Council,
Yousuf Kamal gave a comprehensive briefing with regard to promotion of
technical education in future and performance of the institution. Chairman TEVTA
also informed in detail about performance of the institution. The Nation
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