Schedule for Class 5, 8 scholarship exams announced
Lahore, Oct 26: Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) has issued schedule of primary (Class -V)
and middle standard (Class-VIII) scholarship examinations.
statement issued here on Thursday stated the scholarship exams for Class-V would
start from November 19 and conclude on November 21. Scholarship exams for
class-VIII would commence on November 10 and conclude on November 15, the
Candidates have been advised to reach the examination
centres half an hour before start of the exams. It is to be noted that Primary
and Middle Standard Examinations 2007 scheduled to be held in May were postponed
following press reports about leakage of question papers during the primary
In this regard, Punjab Chief Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi had
ordered an inquiry into the matter and the primary exams were immediately
postponed while middle standard exams were postponed in anticipation of the
At that time, Additional Secretary (Academics) Akram
Chaudhry of the Punjab Education department was tasked to probe the matter and
to submit a detailed report to Punjab chief secretary Salman Siddique for
initiation of a proper inquiry.
The probe report was submitted to the
chief secretary in August, however, no progress has so far been reported in this
connection. Expressing their apprehensions over the delay, academic circles and
stakeholders have urged the authorities to expedite the process of inquiry to
bring officials involved to justice.
They argue that millions of rupees
were spent to conduct the exams in which almost 1.2 million candidates had
appeared from across Punjab but the whole exercise flopped owing to negligence
of few individuals. They added accountability of such elements is must to avoid
any such incident in the future from happening again.
It is worth
mentioning here that both the exams were postponed and students were promoted to
next classes without exams. However, later it was decided that scholarship exams
would be held in all districts of the province to select eligible students to
award scholarships to them after the exams. The News
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