BISE pen-down strike threatens matric exams

Lahore, Employees of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Wednesday observed a pen-down strike and demonstrated in front of the BISE building.

The employees shouted slogans against the government for not issuing a grant to the education department in relation to the payment of the matriculation examination fees. They demanded the government releases grants for payment of the fees immediately as promised, instead of abolishing the cost requirement altogether.

Earlier this week, the Employees Welfare Union of BISE had threatened to boycott the upcoming matriculation examinations.

In December 2009, employees of various unions, along with BISE members, observed strikes and protested against the announcement of the Punjab chief minister (CM) regarding the abolition of examinations and registration fees for students of public sector educational institutions.

They claimed that since the educational boards were autonomous bodies and generated revenue on their own, the CM’s decision would have an adverse financial impact on education boards.