The government has decided to integrate education boards in order to standardise education imparted at secondary and higher secondary school levels.
An amount of Rs50 million for the purpose has been allocated for the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) tasked to help accomplish the process.
Federal Education and Professional Training Minister Balighur Rehman told The Express Tribune the decision was made in order to better integrate all education boards of the country.
Currently there are around 30 education boards in four provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) excluding the FBISE. Provincial education boards primarily function to conduct matriculation and intermediate examinations.
At present, Punjab has nine education boards; Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) eight; Sindh six including the education board set up by the Agha Khan Foundation and Balochistan has three education boards.
Besides, there are three technical boards functioning in Sindh, KP and Punjab.
Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal stated at a conference in November last year that the government was making efforts for standardisation of education boards.
He said the education boards of various cities should be aligned so as to help students when they begin higher education.
Rehman further remarked that FBISE was tasked to conduct meetings of heads of all the boards including the ones that of technical education to discuss modalities and find a way forward.
A FBISE official involved in the process commented that next month they were planning to invite all the heads of various boards to a meeting that would include the education minister to brainstorm on how to move forward.
University of Gujrat Professor Samiullah Niazi said the step should have been taken decades ago, adding it was never too late. “It is vital for the all boards to reach some basic points so that after a few years all students [from various parts of the country] stood on the same pedestal,” he remarked.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2015.