Under-12 allowed to take Class 9 exam

Lahore:December 01:A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday provisionally allowed the students below 12-year of age to sit in examinations for Class IX.
The bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh directed Lahore education board to entertain the forms of the students for registration for class IX examinations.

Earlier, Advocate Sheraz Zaka representing the students argued that imposing age limit of 12 years was a violation of fundamental right of securing education. He said there was no age limit restriction in the parallel O & A level education system. The lawyer argued that there was no provision in Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Act 2014, which imposed such condition. He said it was discriminatory that in order to appear in nine class exams a student had to be twelve years and this policy of board of intermediate was a violation of Article 25A of the constitution, which ensured free and compulsory primary education. He argued that on the one hand the Punjab government promoted education for everyone and on the other hand it imposed restriction of age which was harsh.The news.

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