High examination dues halt literacy growth
Karachi, Sep 19: Apart from public or private schools in Karachi, students have to pay huge money to Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Karachi until they pass their matriculation examinations, sources privy to BSE revenue policy said on Friday.
Although students have to reach BSE through their respective schools but they still have to pay these dues. External students who cannot afford schooling expenses and want to do matric as private candidates are facing severe financial burden because of different fee accounts, which BSE has levied.
BSE had introduced enrolment form policy in 1997 which was free of cost. BSE had in past fixed price of enrolment form price as Rs15 in 2005 but today it is sold at Rs35 each. These forms could only be had from approved branches of bank, which receives Rs5 as bank service charges once for selling the form and once for receiving it from the students.
Examination form price is Rs35 excluding Rs10 for bank charges. Each student has to get a pay order from bank after paying Rs102. This additional amount of money could be saved if BSE would have opened a facilitation counter.
Each student, whether from a government school or private institution has to pay Rs10 for scouts fund and Rs30 for sports. Each student has to pay Rs100 in advance for certificate but those students who fail to pass their examinations in first attempt would have to pay this amount every time they file their examination papers.
The concerned schools arrange practical examinations for their students but BSE receives Rs100 per student. Parent institutions normally issue provisional certificates to their students but BSE charges Rs175 for ordinary duration of 15 days, Rs325 for urgent duration of 7 days and Rs525 for same day duration.
Migration certificate and duplicate mark sheet fees are also same. Duplicate certificate fee along with form is Rs635 for ordinary duration of 15 days, Rs1,035 for urgent duration of 7 days and Rs2,035 for same day duration. Scrutiny fee per subject is Rs175 along with scrutiny form while duplicate admit card fee is Rs125 along with form, which was just Rs10 in recent past.
There are approximately 300,000 students that appear in annual examinations. Thus the board earns Rs10,500,000 from sell of enrollment forms while students pay bank charges up to Rs3,000,000. The amount paid for bank order comes to Rs30,600,000. BSE collects Rs3,000,000 from students for scouts fund and Rs9,000,000 for sports fund. Students pay to BSE Rs for examinations forms Rs10,500,000 and Rs3,000,000 for bank charges.
BSE also charges Rs10,000 per private institutions for recognition followed by Rs4,000 for renewal per year. Cyclostyled syllabus is sold for Rs80. There are around 4,000 private institutions in city that have so far paid Rs40,000,000 for recognition while they pay Rs16,000,000 for renewal each year. Private institutions recover this amount of money from students or from their parents.
Government should take serious notice of BSE's revenue policy so that education can become affordable to all the students. It should be understood that only lower and middle class schools get them recognised with the BSE while those in high profile areas have jumped over to other examination boards. The nation
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Merit supreme in hiring of teachers
Karachi: Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has said that all appointments of teachers will be made on merit without any political interference, as education is the government's top priority.
Outlining salient features of the new appointments policy at a press conference held at the Committee Room No 1 of the Sindh Assembly on Friday, the provincial minister said that appointments would be made on contract for three years and on a non-transferable basis. He explained that once hired teachers would not be transferred to institutions other than their place of appointment.
He said that 187,000 candidates appeared in the tests conducted for 13,500 posts of schoolteachers. He said 55,000 candidates, who obtained 60 per cent marks in the tests, were declared successful. Those appeared in and passed the recruitment tests included MBBS degree holders, he added.
The senior minister said that appointments of successful candidates would be made on a fixed number of vacancies at the union council level. In case seats were left in a union council, top scorers of the neighbouring union council would be appointed, he said, adding that no teacher from other district would be entitled to get the job. This method would be replicated at the tehsil and district levels to ensure transparency in the recruitment process.
He said these conditions set by the World Bank caused a delay in the issuance of appointment letters to the successful candidates, though he was confident that the process of recruitment would be transparent and jobs would be given to meritorious candidates only. Dawn
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