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Entry tests... By Abdul Wadood

31 January, 2014

The National Testing Service (NTS) evaluates entry tests for higher education. The institution works under the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Although some educationists deem it a good practice to assess students' ability before admitting them for higher education, the system at the same time carries some key complications. For example, the questionnaire is the same for both the arts and science students. It carries questions from all the major subjects like mathematics, physics, biology, English, etc, and the fee for both the tests is also the same.

The question is, someone who has not studied physics or biology and does not want to pursue them in higher education, why are they required to prove their prowess in these subjects? This becomes problematic, especially for those living in rural areas. Those in cities could afford tuitions to acquire temporary knowledge on the subjects to pass the tests. But for those living in small towns and villages, tuitions are considered a luxury. It is because of these complications that more than 50 percent students flunk the NTS test, especially the Graduate assessment test, annually.

I request the chairman HEC and those concerned with higher education to take this problem seriously and either discontinue the evaluation system or bring improvements in it so that it evaluates students in a fair manner.

Abdul Wadood Raja
Rawalpindi

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