Paying for a result card – LHC CJ summons report from Punjab CS


LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif has ordered the Punjab chief secretary to submit a detailed report on Nov 15 on the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore’s revenue generation strategy and the government’s declared policy of offering free education to students.
BISE Lahore recently started collecting Rs 450 from each student for issuing Matric and Intermediate result cards. During the suo motu proceedings, BISE Chairman Dr Akram Kashmiri submitted a report stating that the result card issuance fee is charged to cover the cost of printing result cards. He claimed the cost of paper had increased and the fee was necessary for BISE to make ends meet.
Justice Sharif expressed his displeasure over the BISE’s decision to charge a separate fee to issue report cards. He observed that the decision came against government policy. The chief justice said, “I am completely dissatisfied with the report submitted by the BISE chairman. Generating funds should not be job of BISE because the government is providing funds to the board.”
The CJ remarked that it was strange that on the one hand Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has exempted students from submitting registration and examination fees and on the other, the BISE was receiving a result card fee of Rs 450.
The CJ asked the chairman if the board had charged such a fee in the past. The BISE chairman replied in the negative. To this the CJ said, “If the fee is not a precedent then why did BISE decide to charge it now?” The CJ said it should not be the board’s duty to generate fund – rather it was the government’s duty to provide funds to the board.
The LHC CJ directed Punjab Additional Advocate General Hanif Khatana to ask the Punjab chief secretary to submit a detailed report with respect to the Punjab government’s official policy on the matter. The CJ also asked senior advocate Zafarullah Khan to assist the court in the matter on the next hearing.
The LHC CJ had taken a suo motu notice against BISE on a press appeal published in a local newspaper by the Allama Iqbal Public High School Kasur principal who had sought the CJ’s intervention to look into the matter in the interest of students.