Private schools have taken the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, to court over the poor and slow working of the mandatory online registration of students for the next year’s annual examination.
The students of the 9th and 10th classes have been facing problems in accessing the admission forms and registration process after the Punjab’s Higher Education Department made it mandatory for candidates to get online registration for the 2011 examinations.
Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh of the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench on Monday directed the secretary Higher Education Department and chairman BISE to file their comments on December 22, and also ordered them to be present in the court on the next date of hearing.
Hearing the petition of All Pakistan Private Schools Association, Justice Sheikh observed that the decision of using only internet for the registration of students was not feasible.
Though the assistant controller of BISE Rawalpindi appeared in the court, he failed to satisfy it about steps taken to address the problems faced by students in getting registered online.
The official said the system was not launched by the BISE in Rawalpindi, adding that it was initiated by the Higher Education Department. He said only the department could take steps for removing problems in the online registration.
Representing the association, Advocate Raila Saleem Suboohi told the court that the problem was severe for the students of rural areas where there was no internet facility, adding that they had to come to urban areas for using internet.
On December 13, the board has asked for registration with normal fee but the petition maintained that the candidates have been unable to download the admission forms. The petition said if the situation did not improve, many students would fail to get register for the next year’s examination.
The association said literacy rate in the country was not more than 46 per cent, questioning how many of them could be computer literate at school level, and added that internet was not available everywhere.
The petition said regular students were also facing problems as their previous data could not be retrieved for further registration.
Meanwhile, the BISE in a press release reiterated the condition of using downloaded admission forms and online registration for candidates appearing for examinations of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) starting on March 5 2011 and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) on May 7.
Announcing schedule for the admission, the statement said last date with normal fee for 9th class was December 31, for 10th class January 8 and for HSSC-I February 19 and for HSSC-II February 28.