THE Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Public Service Commission (KPPSC) announced the Provincial Management Service (PMS) exams in February 2021 and conducted the screening test on June 18 this year.
Earlier, the commission had announced 70 per cent marks as the qualifying criterion, but majority of the candidates failed to cross that threshold. Resultantly, they held demonstrations, and filed a petition in Peshawar High Court (PHC) in order to have the benchmark set at 40pc.
The PHC declared the entire screening test invalid which tarnished the reputation of KPPSC and discouraged those who had cleared the first hurdle.
The commission rescheduled the test for Sept 22, but the protesting candidates are trying to have it postponed till November.
Ironically, the KP cabinet has approved the delay for political point-scoring.
The authorities concerned should review the decision and should let the KPPSC make its decisions independently.
Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2022