The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) has granted private students the opportunity to take Matriculation examinations in Science courses in the same way that Cambridge students do.
Private applicants have previously been permitted to matriculate in the Commerce and Humanities subject groups, but the latest decision has expanded their subject group options.
IBCC Secretary Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah confirmed the decision, telling the Express Tribune that private students can now enroll in Matriculation Science with any board in Pakistan.
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“As soon as the minutes of this meeting are finalized, we will release a notification of the decision,” he said, adding that the decision was made on the first day of a two-day IBCC meeting on Thursday.
The decision is presently only applicable to Matriculation students but will be gradually extended to Intermediate students, according to the IBCC Secretary.
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“A committee has been constituted, and its suggestions will be presented at the next meeting,” he explained.
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The minimum age limit for enrolment in Grade 9 has been dropped from 14 to 12 years, according to Dr. Mallah.
Furthermore, the IBCC has given examination boards the authority to offer writers to blind students for their exams.