–Shafqat says efforts underway to convert PM House into university
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood on Monday said that all educational boards in the country would evolve a calendar to ensure announcement of FSc/FA examination results till July 31.
After attending an inter-provincial education ministers’ conference, he said that educational boards would announce exam results on time so that students could get admission to universities or other educational institutes across the country.
The minister said that students currently face difficulties in getting admission to universities or colleges as the educational boards hold examination in different months, adding that it was also decided in the conference that students should be awarded certificates for passing middle/8th class examination by the boards.
A decision would also be taken about whether the examination of 9th and 11th class should be conducted or not, he added.
Shafqat said that efforts were being made to table the charter for converting Prime Minister’s House into a university, in the current session of the National Assembly (NA).
To a question, he said that it was also decided to initiate secondary classes during daytime in primary schools to encourage out-of-school children.
To another query, he said that all provinces would submit recommendations during the next meeting, which is to be held in Quetta in July regarding steps to improve the literacy rate in the country.
The minister said that a professional group had been formed to bring a uniform education system in the country, adding that it was a need of the hour that same syllabus should be introduced in private institutes.
He also said that educational institutes in the world practice semester system in higher education, which should also be used in Pakistan.
Punjab Minister for School Education Murad Raas, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Advisor Zia Ullah Bangash besides representatives of all provinces attended the conference.