Hundreds of students who could not qualify Class-5 and Class-8 Annual Examination 2012, conducted by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC), will have to wait for one whole year to re-sit in the exams and qualify the same as the commission does not offer supplementary examination.
The examination commission does not offer any chance to the candidates to improve their results if they want to repeat the exam to raise their grades and they have to wait for the next annual examination.
It is pertinent to mention here that the PEC, established few years back, is mandated by the Punjab government to conduct Grade-V and Grade-VIII examination on a uniform basis across the province.
Apart from the examination commission, eight Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) across the province conduct matriculation (Class-IX & X) and Intermediate (Class-XI & XII) examinations. The BISEs offer a chance to students to pass the exam or improve their grades, if they need so, in supplementary exams.
It is also important to mention here that unlike the BISEs, the Punjab Examination Commission examines over 2 million students almost every year. It has been facing criticism for poor conduct of exams ever since its inception. Its performance can also be gauged from the fact that some years back, the Punjab government had to promote all the candidates who appeared in Class-V and Class-VIII exams regardless of their results when the commission failed to ensure transparency in conducting exams.
Almost every year, the examination commission qualifies thousands of students with grace marks who are promoted to next classes. This year too hundreds of students, if not thousands, have been passed with a star (*).
This year, the results of Grade-V and Grade-VIII examinations 2012 were announced on March 31 but owing to sheer mismanagement on part of the commission as well as the EDOs Education across the province thousands of students had failed to know their result the same day.
The stakeholders, especially parents of the students, have demanded the Punjab chief minister take notice of mismanagement on the part of the provincial examination commission and direct it to hold supplementary exams for the students so that their time might not be wasted.
The purpose of education in the 21st century has been changed which is different from the past.
Punjab University Faculty of Education’s Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal stated this while addressing the annual prize distribution ceremony of a private sector school last week.
Dr Iqbal further said the purpose of schooling and education was not to pass on information to the younger generation rather its purpose was to achieve intellectual growth and thinking ability of children. “If a teacher and a school do not aim at achieving this purpose, they are serving no cause at all,” he added. The veteran educationist, Prof Iqbal, further said that in Islam where it was obligatory for every Muslim, man and woman, it was also duty of the state and the society to make provisions for educational facilities.
“When the government is not fulfilling its obligation, the private sector has to fill the gap. However, the proliferation of the private sector has resulted in the lack of accountability of the public sector,” he said, adding that he also stressed the need of development of mechanism by the government to ensure the quality of education both in public as well as in the private sector.