The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is giving a golden opportunity to the students of classes X and XII, who could not pass their examinations, to appear in the tests again.
The decision has been taken to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
The board is giving a special chance to students who got reappear/compartment in their exams after March 2004 onwards.
“Those students who could not pass their exams and those students who cleared their exams, but now wish to improve their score can avail this golden opportunity of appearing in exams again,” it said.
Students have to pay Rs 15,000 as an exam fee for avail the opportunity.
Why Punjab Democratic Teachers Opposes the PSEB’s move
The Punjab Democratic Teachers’ Front has strongly condemned the PSEB’s move, pointing on the board that it was fund-starved and trying to raise money from people to run its functions.
Devinder Punia, secretary-general of the front, said,” It is sheer commercialization. With the state government not extending any financial aid to departments and boards, the PSEB is trying to burden people by raising a huge sum of money from poor students for allowing them to again appear in exams.”
He said the board was charging five-times more than what it used to charge for giving special chance earlier to students.
“Main question is that how can a poor student afford to pay Rs 15,000?” Punia asked. “Most of the students in government schools either belong to the lower-middle class or are economically backward. They cannot afford to pay such a huge amount.”