The condition of B-form contradicts students’ constitutional right to get free and compulsory education either directly or indirectly. Moreover, this act of government can cause serious obstructions in the way of students who aspire to get an education in public sector schools.
The government has conditioned the student’s entry into the schools with the availability of B-form(Children Registration Certificate).
About 17 percent of students in Government sector schools of Faisalabad alone couldn’t submit their B-form to date. Students of other areas are also confronting the same registration issues in the days of coronavirus.
All students in Government schools will now be required to submit Form-B in schools at the time of admission.
The incumbent government has also made it mandatory for the on-campus students to submit their B-form within the stipulated time period.
The step is taken to maintain an error-free computerized record of all children admitted in Government schools in Punjab.
Many among the students are living without their parents due to some domestic and socio-economic issues. Students living with extended family members can’t produce their B-form because the exact percentage is a necessity for getting it from NADRA.
The age factor of students is also a considerable hurdle because students can’t move out alone to accomplish such a hefty task without the involvement of parents. Those who are living as orphans either due to separation, death or any other serious health condition of parents are at the receiving end of getting removed from the school register.
This is a sheer injustice and a strict disciplinary action on the part of students if they fail to produce B-form before school administration.
Moreover, this act of government can cause serious obstructions in the way of students who aspire to get an education in public sector schools. Article 25A of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan upholds the responsibility of the state to give free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 5 to 16.
The condition of B-form also contradicts students’ constitutional right to get free and compulsory education either directly or indirectly.
Government sector schools are an easy and convenient source of getting the education for the students of unprivileged social class. Teachers are compelled to remove those students from school records who fail to produce their B-form well in time. Also, teachers, as well as clerical staff, do bogus things for record-keeping.
This policy resembles the National Register of Citizens in which citizens were required to provide the evidence to support their claim of being the Indian national. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens.
It is high time that government should undertake the problems of students and take necessary steps to ensure the uninterrupted and non-discriminatory learning process in schools. It is far better to rethink the policy guidelines and to encourage the students to get enrolled in educational institutions.