Rawalpindi, Dec 23: The Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi bench, here on Tuesday directed the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) to receive the application forms by private students who wanted to appear in the science subjects in the annual examination of secondary school certificate (SSC).
Justice Asad Munir in his interim order in the petition of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association Rawalpindi chapter said all private students should be allowed to submit their forms till the final outcome of the petition.
Making secretary education Punjab and chairman, secretary and controller examination of the board as respondents, association divisional president Abrar Ahmed through his lawyer Malik Asif Toufiq challenged the notification issued on November 11 by the BISE secretary that had barred the private candidates from appearing in practical examination of science subjects.
The petitioner said the association had about 66,000 private schools as its members in Punjab where about 600,000 students were getting education and it would be discrimination on the part of the board if they were not allowed to sit in the examination.
The petition also questioned the policy of the education department what it called suppressing the science education. They said the ban on private candidates was deferred every year in the past but this year it was not done, forcing the students to approach the court.
It may be motioned here that in an identical petition on December 17, the court had granted relief to 20 petitioner students and the BISE Rawalpindi was receiving their application forms.