The Punjab Minister for Higher Education and Information Technology Raja Yassir Humayun said on Monday that plans were underway to reform the examination system along modern lines.
The minister was present at a swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected officials of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE).
Humayun said that instead of taking tests of a student’s memory, the examination process should check creativity, decision making and critical thinking. He said that presently, the IT industry in Punjab needed 30,000 professionals, but graduates of the field were not at the government’a disposal.
The minister said that plans were being made to reform the education and examination system. He added that no examination fee would be levied on the students of government schools. He further said that workshops would also be organised to train teachers of private educational institutions affiliated with the examination boards.
Humayun lauded the RBISE for overcoming the financial deficit by improving administrative matters.
Speaking on the occasion, RBISE Chairman Dr Ghulam Dastgir said that students’ problems were being solved on a priority basis. He added that a one window operation had been introduced for this purpose.
He said, “The Rawalpindi board was number one in Punjab from 2019, while more than 250 private educational institutions have also been affiliated with the board.” He said that tickets would be affixed for verification of credentials in the style of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Newly elected officials of the RBISE addressed the crowd, while parliamentarians Latasib Satti, Abida Raja were also present on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2021.