File Photo of Mr. Justice Kamran Malakhail

Staff Reporter, News Desk:

QUETTA: In a groundbreaking judgment, the Balochistan High Court (BHC) has nullified the tests and interviews conducted by Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University (SBK). 

A division bench, presided over by Mr. Justice Kamran Khan Malakhail and Mr. Justice Shaukat Raskhshani, declared the entire recruitment procedure undertaken by SBK null and void. The court ordered the recovery of fees from both the university and the testing service responsible for the initial assessments.

The decision came following a constitutional petition filed by Bayazeed Khan Kharoti, challenging the legitimacy of the recruitment process.

Govt Of Balochistan Directed To Forge A Fresh Agreement With HEC

In a bid to restore integrity to the recruitment process, the BHC directed the education department of the Government of Balochistan to forge a fresh agreement with the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Subsequently, the Education Testing Council of HEC has been mandated to conduct new tests and interviews for positions ranging from grade 9 to 15.

To ensure transparency and fairness, the court has assigned the supervision of this process to deputy commissioners and commissioners. The education department has been instructed to advertise the vacant positions promptly, with the entire process set to conclude by March 31st, 2024.

Candidates Fee Shall Be Refunded: Court

In a noteworthy provision, the court ruled that previously submitted fees by candidates would not be refunded, except for those individuals who fall into the category of fresh candidates. Only new candidates are required to submit fees for the upcoming assessments.

The selection process for successful candidates will include interviews conducted by the commissioner and senior education officers, further elevating the standard of scrutiny and fairness in the recruitment process.

Judgement Sets A Precedent Of Trasparency

This landmark decision by the Balochistan High Court not only upholds the principles of justice but also sets a precedent for transparent and accountable recruitment practices within the education sector.

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