LAHORE - Instead of bowing down to the unjustified demands of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) employees, the government has taken firm stand to undo the conspiracy to withdraw the remission of registration and admission fee for secondary school certificate (Matric) examination candidates. The gesture is being applauded by the students, parents and teachers at large with great appreciation. The Board employees were observing pen-down strike two weeks ahead of the commencement of the examination to press their demands. They have started issuing roll number slips to the candidates for the SSC examination commencing from March 13. The government not only launched a crackdown on the illegal strikers, but made alternate arrangements to deploy 400 teachers and 200 employees of the Punjab University examination branch to conduct Matric examination according to the schedule. A spokesman of the Higher Education wing of the Punjab Education Department said that the government would not allow to waste efforts to promote the education. Instead it would help the students, majority of whom poor, not to abandon their education due to financial reasons. Facility to appear in the examination free of cost was a major single step to check the unabated dropout of students from the secondary school level, the percentage of which is not less than 35 per cent. A student had to pay Rs 400 for registration and the same amount for admission fee while the boards had levied another Rs 50 for application form which was previously free. Almost fifty per cent fail or placed in the one or two supplementary chances for which fresh fee of Rs 400 had to be paid. The Matric certificate was issued free of cost after the results but now Rs 100 was being charged. The spokesman said what to speak of withdrawal of facility of free examination and registration, the government was actively considering giving more concessions to the students for the promotion of education. The government was providing text books free of cost but now it had been contemplating to provide note books and copies free of cost to the students. An average student of class I had to incur Rs 400 for note books and copies while a student of middle and secondary school classes had to spend Rs 1000 to 1200 for the same. How a student who cannot afford books, could afford the stationery. Due to lack of power of purchase, the students often did not do their home work given by the teachers and thus quality of studies suffered.