Shahid Khaqan Abbasi—the Prime Minister has given the instruction to the Ministry of Education and Professional Training to draft a proposal for the making of a testing service for conducting secondary and higher secondary level examinations at the same time in the nation.
The prime minister expressed the concern and need for such a centralized testing body recently at the Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting. At the meeting all the chief ministers of the four provinces were present.
One of the members who were a participant of the meeting said that the prime minister showed serious concerns over the hundreds of examination boards present throughout the nation. The prime minister was quoted saying that the extensive pattern of boards would be harming the uniformity in education in Pakistan at the secondary and the higher secondary level.
The PM said that a uniform system of examinations should be adapted as already there are dozens of boards present throughout the nation.
He further added that the presence of hundreds of examination boards is hurting the standards of the education system.
The PM then proposed that the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Trainings—Balighur Rehman to work out a proposal with the consent of all the stakeholders for the making of a national level testing service for conducting the secondary and the higher secondary level examinations at the same time across the country.
The proposal would then be shared with all the provinces and other members in the CCI on its meeting that is to be held at the 26th of March.
At present, there are twenty-nine boards functioning in four provinces which includes Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir. Other than these 29 boards there are also five technical and vocational boards in the nation.
The decision for the aforementioned level examinations has come at a time when the Higher Education Commission has recently begun its Education Testing Council for starting free of cost testing examinations for the university level admissions and scholarship programmes.
The ETC was begun when the National Testing Service (NTS) came under criticism for the leakage of question papers, lack of proper system and misappropriation of funds to manage the nationwide examination for the university students.