Education boards face dearth of funds; exams in jeopardy

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The chairpersons of the education boards in Sindh have written a letter to the government, informing it a dearth of funds that may interfere with how matric and intermediate exams are held this year.

The Sindh government has to give a grant of more than Rs3 billion to the boards, reads the letter.

The chairpersons lamented that the Sindh government is not paying the grants, which is why salaries of employees are pending.It is difficult to conduct examinations if the grant is not given immediately, the letter read.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Sukkur board said that if the grant is not received, the boards “will have to conduct examinations by begging”.

The Hyderabad board’s head said teachers are not ready to work with the board due to non-payment.

The board heads said the government did not revert back to them despite several attempts made for contact.

It is to note that the Sindh Education Department’s sub-committee had mulled and proposed the dates to conduct matriculation and intermediate examinations in a meeting in January, sources said.

During the meeting, chaired by the secretary schools, it was proposed to start the examinations from the end of June or the beginning of July, sources informed Geo News.

However, before Sindh finalises the exams’ dates, it will consider the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen’s suggestions regarding the exams, sources added.

Earlier, Sindh Education and Literacy Department proposed that the matriculation and intermediate exams should take place from May 20 and June 10, respectively.

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