OMR system to help conduct transparent paper checking

Peshawar—Peshawar Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (PBISE) on Tuesday inaugurated Optical Marks Recognizers (OMR) system for transparent conduct of examinations and error free checking of 100,000 papers in 24 hours. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Atif Khan inaugurated the system in a ceremony held here.
Briefing on the occasion, Chairman PBISE Pro-fessor Dr. Muhammad Shafi Afridi said that the system has been introduced as part of measures to ensure the examination system more transparent, adding that system has feature of international standards. Speaking on the occasion, Atif Khan said that the system would be extended to other boards of the provinces for trans-parent examination system across the province.
He said that the provincial government has in-troduced a policy in the province for better education system, adding that under the policy 7,500 teachers were penalized over poor perform-ance while the others with good output were awarded with cash prizes of Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 50,000.
He further said that the education department has chalked out a training program for 83,000 teachers in collaboration with British Council so that to make English as medium of instruction in all government schools. Meanwhile, it is reported that Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with Agriculture University Peshawar (AUP) arranged a three-day training workshop regarding semester based examination system.
A total of 23 teachers from different educational institutions affiliated with AUP participated in the training workshop. The workshop was coordinated for Assistant Director (Academic) Abid Wahab while Professor Dr. Mahad Masroor of the Sargodha University and Professor Dr. Tahira Mughal of La-hore University for Women performed as resource persons of the workshop. In the concluding session, Vice Chancellor, AUP, Professor Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Swati distributed certificates among the participants.—APP

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