The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has barred private colleges from conducting co-education classes in all BS (Hons) programmes at the same campus, media reports claimed Wednesday.
The claims, however, have been rubbished by the PHEC and the Punjab government.
𝗣𝘂𝗻𝗷𝗮𝗯 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗼-𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲𝘀.
— PHEC (@PHEC_official) February 3, 2022
Higher Education Department hasn't issued any notification about Co-Education in Colleges. Plz stop spreading fake news on Media.
— Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz (@RajaYassirPTI) February 2, 2022
⚠️🚫 FAKE NEWS alert 🚫⚠️ pic.twitter.com/McgPJ8yf7f
— Azhar Mashwani (@MashwaniAzhar) February 2, 2022
Earlier, media reports had claimed that the commission set Feb 28 deadline for the private colleges to be affiliated with the universities in order to start the BS Hons degree programme as per the PHEC checklist.
“The PHEC also warned of cancellation of the college affiliations in case of violation of the orders. Private colleges in Punjab have been asked to submit affidavits on stamp paper about the compliance of the order.”
This had come days after media reports claimed that Punjab Education Minister Murad Ras “ordered government schools to ensure that boys wear caps and girls dupatta or scarf”.
“He also requested private schools to enforce the new dress code.”
The reports had been rubbished after Focal Person to Punjab Chief Minister (CM) on Digital Media Azhar Mashwani clarified that the provincial government only made the new school dress code mandatory for students while learning the Holy Quran.