The Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), a meeting of heads of education boards in Pakistan, permitted private students all over Pakistan to matriculate in science subjects in the same way as allowed for students of the Cambridge system.
So far, only the students studying in schools were allowed to give matric science exams while those wishing to appear as private students had restricted choice of commerce and humanities subjects.
While confirming the decision taken in the IBCC meeting, IBCC Secretary Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah told the media that from now onwards, any student can be registered in matriculation science from any board in Pakistan on a private basis.
“We will issue a notification of the decision as soon as the minutes of this meeting are approved,” he said.
IBCC Secretary added that for registration in ninth grade the minimum age has been reduced from 14 to 12 years.
The decisions were taken on the first day of a two-day IBCC conference in Abbottabad on Thursday.
Moreover, it is worth mentioning that Dr. Nasir Ansar, Chairman Ziauddin University Examination Board, had suggested that private students should also be permitted to take matriculation and intermediate examinations from science subjects like it were allowable for the Cambridge students.
Dr. Mallah, however, commented that for the moment the decision would only be applied to the students studying in matric but a commission has been made to give the same opportunity to the intermediate students.
“The committee will present its recommendations in this regard at the next meeting,” he added.
Besides, IBCC has also allowed the related educational boards will provide writers to the blind students to assist them during examinations.
Since Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar announced that 70% of the people of the country are vaccinated and the government would lift all coronavirus restrictions. Thus, the education minister Shafqat Mehmood proclaimed the annual examinations of matric and intermediate to be held simultaneously in May and June 2022.
”We should pledge to ensure such a Pakistan for our children where dreams and ambitions of every child find a favorable environment,” Mr.Shafqat said.