Sindh High Court Halts Examination Fees for Matric and Intermediate Students

Sindh High Court Halts Examination Fees for Matric and Intermediate Students – In a significant development, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has delivered a crucial verdict, putting a halt to the collection of examination and certificate fees from matriculation and intermediate students across the province. This decision comes as a welcome relief for students and parents grappling with financial burdens amidst the ongoing challenges in the education sector.

Sindh High Court Halts Examination Fees for Matric and Intermediate Students

Sindh High Court Halts Examination Fees for Matric and Intermediate Students

The review plea filed by the educational boards was recently dismissed by the SHC Sukkur bench, presided over by Justice Iqbal Kalhoro and Justice Arbab Ali. Despite appeals for reconsideration, the court upheld its previous ruling, reinforcing the exemption of matriculation and intermediate students from these fees.

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A report presented to the court highlighted that the Sindh government had declared free education up to the intermediate level in the province back in 2017. Educational boards, entrusted with conducting examinations and issuing certificates, receive funding from the provincial government for these purposes.

Assurances were provided to the court by the Assistant Advocate General, affirming that the necessary funds would be released by the provincial government to support the educational boards in their operations.

Meanwhile, in Karachi, intermediate students have taken to the streets in protest against what they perceive as unfair marking. A surge in the submission of scrutiny forms at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) underscores the discontent among students regarding their examination results.

Parents, too, have voiced their frustrations, citing financial strain as they invest their savings in their children’s education. The additional cost of Rs 400 for each subject’s scrutiny, imposed by the BIEK, further exacerbates their concerns.

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On a positive note, the education department has initiated an investigation into the matter, forming a committee to address the issues raised by students and parents alike. The window for the submission of scrutiny forms will remain open until February 12, offering students an opportunity to seek recourse and ensure fairness in the examination process.

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