The Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) was set up at Federal Level in 1972 with the responsibilities to exchange information among the members Boards on all aspects of Intermediate and Secondary Education in order to achieve a fair measure of uniformity of academic evaluation and curricular standards and to promote curricular and extra-curricular activities on Inter Board basis including to serve as a forum of discussion and consultation for the chief executives of the Boards on all matters relating to the development and promotion of Intermediate and Secondary Education, and to make suitable recommendations to the Government. It is also obligatory for IBCC to advise on and facilitate the exchange of teachers and students including perform such other functions as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objectives, besides authentication of Educational documents issued by the recognized examining bodies and equivalence of foreign qualification up-to Higher Secondary level.
Consequent upon its consideration in 167th meeting of Equivalence Committee (EC) of IBCC held on 30th August, 2021 at Karachi, following decisions have been made:
i. For the Year 2021, the equivalence for grade A* and 9 would be equivalent to the mean value of each subject marks obtained between 90 to 100 by the candidates in the local Pakistani Examination Boards during the last two years i.e. 2018 & 19. The equivalence for grades A to E would remain the same.
ii. The mean value of all four subjects’ marks obtained between 90 to 100 in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics would be treated as equivalent to grade A* against the subjects not available in local examination boards.
iii. The highest grade of other external foreign exams, such as, IB and AP etc. will also be treated on the same analogy/pattern.
Equivalence Committee further resolved that IBCC Secretariat shall also collect data both from local and foreign examination boards, operating in Pakistan and will place the subject matter in the same forum for consideration and revision of conversion formula, if any deviation, so that, no injustice may occur to any segment of candidates during admission in professional institutions and universities of Pakistan.
Consequent upon its consideration in 167th meeting of Equivalence Committee (EC) of IBCC held on 30th August, 2021, following decisions have been made:
i. As a policy decision under COVID-19 pandemic situation, all the BISEs of the country conducted SSC/HSSC examinations 2021 for elective subjects only (list of elective subjects have been notified by the Examining Boards individually). A uniform policy is also decided to be adopted for the International Examining bodies operating in Pakistan for GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level subject to indication/notification of their elective subjects.
ii. Accordingly identical benefit shall also be available to other foreign qualifications such as MYP, Grade 10 of High School Diploma issued by accredited US institutions etc. Whereas, compulsory subjects, Urdu, Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies are exempted for academic session May/June, 2021 only for GCE ‘O’ level etc.
Equivalence Committee further resolved that if the candidates have passed compulsory subjects in previous years and electives in May/June 2021 and having highest grades in compulsory subjects would be eligible to get equivalence certificate on eight subjects as per in vogue policy.
Consequent upon its consideration in 167th meeting of Equivalence Committee (EC) of IBCC held on 30th August, 2021 at Karachi, the following decisions have been made:
i. Candidates having SSC or equivalent qualification shall be eligible for admission in Level 3 Diploma in Pre U Foundation Studies offered by Leaning Resource Network (LRN).
ii. LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre U Foundation Studies offered by Leaning Resource Network in Pakistan or abroad after SSC of equivalent qualification will be treated as equivalent to HSSC (Humanities Group) of Pakistan.
Equivalence Committee further resolved that in view of the internal assessment, the LRN will regularly send the list of all registered students and affiliated institutions to IBCC Secretariat. In addition LRN shall regularly notify its exams schedule to IBCC for inspection/monitoring to maintain standards of examinations. It was further decided that cost incurred for such monitoring will be borne out by LRN. While equating the diploma with HSSC (Humanities Group) the policy of equivalence on internal assessment will be applied.
IBCC TO ENSURE EXPEDITED EQUIVALENCE FOR A LEVEL STUDENTS
IBCC, has announced an expedited special policy on the directions of the Federal Minister for Education, endorsed by Steering Committee of IBCC, to collect application from students appeared in ‘O’ & ‘A’ Level examination from 31st December, 2020. Such students are required to submit their application through TCS or they will also be accommodated through walk-in mode by observing the SOPs adopted to cope with COVID-19 pandemic.
The candidates will require to submit original and attested copies of ‘O’ & ‘A’ Level certificates passed before November 2020 and Statement of Entry of November, 2020 Examination. The candidates will also require to submit an affidavit that in case of any alteration with the results or documents IBCC reserves the right to take action in the light of IBCC regulations.
After receipt of online results, IBCC will prepare provisional equivalence within three days which can be collected from IBCC (Head Office) Islamabad or its regional offices of Bahawalpur, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. IBCC will also send the provisional equivalence by e-mail to the candidates to facilitate in timely admission process.
TCS Courier to facilitate the domestic attestation/equivalence
IBCC has officially designated the TCS Courier to facilitate the domestic attestation/equivalence seekers for getting attestation/equivalence of educational documents from all over Pakistan. In this regard, the applicants will hand over the application form, required documents and attestation/equivalence fee along with courier service charges at respective centres of Courier Service for the purpose of attestation/equivalence.
The courier company would be responsible for returning the submitted documents back to the applicants at their specified/given addresses.
Fake News about SSC & HSSC Examinations
It is circulated for general information of all concerned and general public that a fake news about rescheduling of examinations has been uploaded on social media. This is absolutely wrong having even no base and it has officially been denied by IBCC that the said news item was neither issued by the IBCC, nor it is the obligation of IBCC to treat the matters in such a way. Besides, no officer as shown the signatory of this fake communication exists as Secretary IBCC. The entire news item appeared in social media has no worth at all. All the BISEs across the country work according to their domain and schedule. All are therefore requested not to pay any attention to fake information about rescheduling of examination. The conduct of examination is the domain of respective boards in accordance with their schedules. Any further information may be obtained from respective boards about conduct and allied matters of examinations.
Zain Ul Abdin You Are the Real Face of Pakistani Society
Human life is a combination of continuous struggle and only those who mark them on the everlasting pages of history put their heart and soul to achieve their goals. When comes to the field of education, its importance can’t be denied. Education for a normal person in society is not a big deal… But today we are talking about a courageous boy, Zain-ul-Abdin who is a symbol of great determination. A child of high resolution who did not take his disability as a hurdle in the way of his education. Physically he may be disabled, but his mind is as sharp as all of us, maybe sharper than all of us. His wit is well complimented by his courage and determination to prove a point that disability is abstract, his will to excel in life is concrete.
IBCC appreciates the Gemstone of our society. IBCC salutes all those efforts done by the child to attain knowledge and a prominent position in society… IBCC wholeheartedly lauds the efforts of the Muzaffarabad Board also in helping Zain-ul-Abdin to make his dream come true and showing the fact to society that disability is not a hurdle in leading a graceful and honourable life…