Punjab Education Committee Implements Anti-Cheating Measures

 Punjab Education Committee Implements Anti-Cheating Measures

Punjab Education Authorities Take Action Against Examination Malpractices

An emergency meeting convened by the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) in Lahore addressed concerns over examination malpractices in the province and formulated strategies to combat such illegal practices in the education sector.

Chaired jointly by the secretary of higher education and the chairman of PBCC, the session brought together chairpersons from all nine boards in Punjab. The primary agenda was to establish a uniform policy aimed at enhancing transparency in examination processes across the province.

This initiative follows recent revelations of malpractice during the Matric (Class-9) Annual Examinations 2024. Surprise inspections conducted by Punjab School Education Minister Rana Sikandar Hayat and BISE Lahore Chairman Muhammad Ali Randhawa uncovered irregularities, including the appointment of unauthorized individuals as exam staff at certain centers. Additionally, reports of widespread cheating surfaced from various examination centers within BISE Lahore’s jurisdiction.

Prompted by these findings, the provincial government formed a cabinet committee, led by Provincial Minister Bilal Yasin, to investigate the matter further. Expressing deep concern over reports of cheating emerging from multiple districts, the committee directed the PBCC to devise a comprehensive policy for future examinations.

During the meeting, several measures were approved to address the issue. Private invigilators will no longer be hired for exam-related duties, and examination centers will be selected from schools, colleges, and appropriate venues, avoiding narrow alleys or unauthorized locations. To mitigate leaks, question papers will be watermarked, and stringent action will be taken against those found engaged in cheating practices. Furthermore, a system will be established to identify and hold accountable individuals neglecting their duties.

In a significant development, the inclusion of the secretary of school education as a permanent member of the PBCC was proposed, aiming to strengthen coordination and oversight in examination affairs.

As Punjab’s education authorities mobilize to tackle examination malpractices, the emphasis remains on ensuring fairness, integrity, and accountability within the education system.

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