In a positive development for matriculation and intermediate students, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has rejected the educational boards’ request to review its decision preventing them from collecting fees from candidates.
The two-member SHC bench upheld its earlier ruling, prohibiting educational boards from charging examination and certificate fees from matriculation and intermediate students.
During the review plea hearing, the legal team representing the boards requested the court’s permission to collect fees from students, but Judges Iqbal Kalhoro and Arbab Ali affirmed their previous decision to exempt students from fees.
The court emphasized that the Sindh government had declared free education up to the intermediate level in 2017, allocating funds to the educational boards for examinations and certificates.
The Assistant Advocate General informed the court that the provincial government would release the necessary funds to the boards. Also read Sindh Unveils Long-Awaited Digital E-Payment Initiative
In a related development, a considerable number of intermediate students are protesting what they perceive as ‘unfair marking.’ The dissatisfaction with exam results has led students to submit scrutiny forms at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), which is charging Rs400 for scrutiny of each subject.
In response to the protests, a committee has been established to investigate the matter, and the submission of scrutiny forms will continue until February 12.