The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) is considering the promotion of ninth and first-year students to the next grades without examinations.
The matter was discussed during an online meeting of the IBCC’s Steering Committee on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Nazim Jiva, Chairman of Aga Khan Board and Head of the Steering Committee.
It was attended by Secretary IBCC, Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah, Chairman Intermediate Board Karachi, Dr. Saeeduddin, Chairperson of Sargodha Board of Education, Dr. Kausar Raees, Chairman of Kohat Board, Dr. Shaukat Hayat, and Chairman of Federal Board, Dr. Qaiser Alam.
The meeting also discussed shortening exam duration by conducting only optional exams instead of compulsory ones. However, it was conveyed that taking optional exams could be possible for the science category as it has fewer optional exams, but will be difficult in the arts category as there are many optional subjects. Hence, the idea was floated to take exams for classes X and XII, and promote students of IX and XI grades without examinations.
It was told that if the IBCC develops a consensus on the proposal, then the matter would be sent to the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference for final approval before implementation.
The IBCC meeting was informed that Sindh has completed its preparations for the examinations in the context of the decision of the Provincial Steering Committee, under which the breakdown would be 50 percent objectives, 30 percent short questions, and 20 percent long questions.