KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to replace separate examination boards in the province with a single board. For this purpose, the government plans to form the Sindh Education Board Authority, under which all the existing boards in Sindh will operate.
It has been reported that the decision to establish the education authority has been made to bring uniformity in the examination system throughout the province. With the establishment of the centralised board authority, the autonomy of the examination boards in Sindh will come to an end.
The board authority will work on curriculum development, examination format, conducting examinations, allotting marks and other related matters. In this regard, the department of universities and boards has written a letter to all the educational boards, seeking suggestions regarding the procedure of exams, setting question papers and enhancing the quality of education in Sindh.
The secondary and higher secondary education boards in Karachi, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Larkana will report to the board authority.
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According to sources, the reason behind the formation of the board authority is the sorry state of affairs at the education boards. The new authority will control the boards in order to improve the quality of education in the province. The authority will also conduct centralised matriculation and intermediate examinations in the province.
It has also, however, been reported that the government has still not finalised the hierarchy and structure of the authority.
When contacted, Sindh Higher Education Commission Chairperson Dr Asim Hussain said that the government wanted an education board authority in Sindh that would serve as a regulatory body of all education boards. The current system of multiple examination boards is riddled with problems, he said, adding that the new authority would include all stakeholders. He claimed that the formation of the regulatory authority would help resolve various issues related to examinations. The board authority would include representatives of both the government and private sectors, Dr Asim said.
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Meanwhile, talking to Express News, Board of Secondary Education Karachi Chairperson Professor Saeeduddin denied receiving any letter regarding the new board authority. He also claimed that no information related to the authority had been shared with the Karachi matric board. We will forward our recommendations if the concerned officers consult us regarding the board, he said.
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