LAHORE - Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood has claimed that best arrangements have been made during 5th and 8th class examinations being held under Punjab Examination Commission.

During a media briefing at Directorate of Staff Development here on Saturday, the minister further claimed that improvement in governmental steps was a continuous process which was aimed at providing quality education to the students and bringing the education system of Punjab at par with international standards.

Schools Education Secretary Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and Punjab Examination Commission Chief Executive Nasir Malik were also present on the occasion.

Mashhood told the media that 2.2 million students had participated in 5th and 8th class examinations this year and 12,000 examination centers had been established for the purpose. “O.125 million teachers have been deputed for supervising examinations,” he added.

Mashhood said that government had held these examinations in a professional manner, adding that the government had discouraged rote system and promoted creative approach among the students. He said that various steps had been taken for ensuring holding of examinations in a disciplined and transparent manner which included model question papers and issuing roll number slips online.

The minister said that proper packing of material and on time delivery of question papers had been introduced. He said that the printing cost of per question paper was Rs1.49 in the past which has been reduced to Rs1.3.