HEC increases Law Admission Test fee by 44%
HEC Fee increase draws criticism from students and lawmakers
- Law Admission Test (LAT) is a mandatory test for admission to five-year undergraduate LLB degree programs
- HEC is responsible for conducting and regulating LAT in Pakistan
- LAT is designed to assess the candidate’s aptitude for the study of law
- Details of Fee Increase
HEC raised the fee for LAT from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,440, a 44% increase:
- The new fee structure was not announced publicly, and candidates only found out about it when they went to deposit the fee
- Students and lawmakers have criticized the fee increase, calling it unfair and unjustified
- Many students come from low-income backgrounds and cannot afford the increased fee
- HEC has not issued a formal statement on the fee increase
- However, officials have defended the fee hike, stating that it is necessary to cover the rising costs of conducting the test
- Officials have also stated that the fee for LAT is still lower than other admission tests, such as the National Aptitude Test (NAT)
Impact on Students:
- The fee increase has created financial difficulties for many students who were already struggling to pay for their education
- Some students have started a social media campaign to protest the fee hike and demand that the HEC reconsider its decision
- Lawmakers have also taken notice of the issue and are expected to raise it in the National Assembly
- The fee increase for LAT has drawn widespread criticism from students and lawmakers
- The HEC has not issued a formal statement on the matter but has defended the fee hike as necessary to cover rising costs
- The impact of the fee increase on students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, remains a concern
HEC’s decision :
to silently increase the LAT fee has drawn criticism from various quarters.
Many people have taken to social media to express their frustration with the sudden hike in the fee, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic difficulties.
Some have accused the HEC of exploiting students and making education inaccessible to those who cannot afford it.
- Several student organizations have also voiced their concerns and have demanded that the HEC reverse its decision to increase the fee.
- They argue that education is a basic right and that the HEC’s decision to increase the LAT fee will disproportionately affect students from lower-income families.
- Moreover, they claim that the HEC did not provide adequate notice of the fee increase, which has caused unnecessary stress and financial burden for students who were planning to take the test.
Hec defend Decision:
In response to the criticism, the HEC has defended its decision to increase the fee, stating that it was necessary due to rising costs of conducting the test.
The HEC claims that the fee increase will allow it to maintain the quality and integrity of the test, which is necessary to ensure that only qualified candidates are admitted to law schools.
Hec communicate with student:
- However, critics argue that the HEC could have communicated the fee increase to students in a more transparent manner.
- Many have criticized the HEC for not issuing a public announcement regarding the fee hike and for not providing students with adequate notice.
- Some have also pointed out that the HEC did not consult with stakeholders, including students and their families, before making the decision to increase the fee.
This is not the first time that the HEC has faced criticism for its policies regarding higher education in Pakistan.
In recent years, the commission has been criticized for its handling of university rankings, for its alleged bias towards certain institutions, and for its failure to address issues related to academic quality and research standards.
Covid -19 impact:
- the HEC’s decision to increase the LAT fee has sparked controversy and criticism from various stakeholders.
- While the HEC claims that the fee hike is necessary to maintain the quality and integrity of the test, critics argue that the commission could have communicated the decision more transparently .
- The fee hike will make education inaccessible to students from lower-income families. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges for education systems around the world.
- it is important for policymakers and regulators to prioritize the needs of students and ensure that education remains accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status.
- The new fee is applicable to all candidates seeking enrollment in five-year undergraduate LLB degree programs.
- The test will be conducted on April 9 at designated test centers across Pakistan.
The last date to apply for the test is March 27.
- The test will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions with a duration of two hours.
- The test will cover four subjects: English Essay, Urdu Essay, General Knowledge, and Law.
- The test will be conducted in both English and Urdu languages.
- The LAT score will be valid for two years from the date of the test.
- The scorecard will be available on the HEC website within 10 working days of the test.
- The LAT is mandatory for admission to five-year undergraduate LLB degree programs in all public and private universities in Pakistan.
- The HEC has not given any justification for the fee hike.
- The fee hike has been criticized by students and education experts as it will create an additional financial burden on students from low-income families.
- The increase in the LAT fee is also inconsistent with the government’s efforts to promote higher education in the country.
- The HEC should reconsider its decision and revise the fee structure to make it affordable for all students.