Provincial Education Minister Punjab Murad Raas has inaugurated the Item Bank System (IBS) developed by Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) at Quaid Headquarters.

While addressing on occasion, Minister Murad Raas explained the reason behind setting the online exam system and said that board exams of classes 5th and 8th were abolished due to cheating by students supported by teachers.

He said that we are introducing  PEC Item Bank System through which the learning and understanding skills of the students will improve as in the current era we don’t want to teach our future generation through the ‘rata system’ rather we want our children to learn with full understanding.

The provincial minister said that from now on 50% of MCQs and 50% of comprehension papers will be prepared automatically with the help of an online system for students of 1st to 8th standard through IBS. Murad Ras said that students can answer the MCQs only after they have read and prepared properly.

Murad Raas announced that anyone from the private school sector can get free help from this IBS developed by the government. If the system developed by us benefits students studying in the private sector, then nothing is better for us than that, he said adding, we have to work for the betterment of our children.

Murad Raas added that under this system, all the exams will be prepared according to our syllabus and we will also get help in evaluating the performance of teachers from time to time.

Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas further said that today the retirement system of teachers in the School Education Department Punjab (SEDP) has become completely online and so far more than 15 thousand teachers have received online retirement certificates.

He further explained that with the help of the AG office, a pilot project is being started from Lahore to pay the amount received by the teachers at the time of retirement into the online bank account, which will be extended to the whole of Punjab very soon.

He said that the teachers had to pay bribes to the teachers as well as make many rounds of different offices to get the money they got at the time of retirement. Thanks to the effective and comprehensive use of technology, today the education department of Punjab is successfully running the transfer of teachers, ACRs, leave, pension pay orders, retirement certificates and other matters under the online system.

“Since the system of the education department of Punjab is online, the corruption of about 10 billion rupees has been eliminated annually. All the officers of the Department of School Education Punjab have done a great job in the last few years” he added.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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