In the ocean of fake news on social media, some of the mainstream channels were caught spreading bogus information about the co-education ban in Punjab.
It all started by City 42 and some of the regional and national media reported that the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has imposed a ban on co-education in BS (Hons) programs in private colleges across the Province.
However, Punjab Higher Education Minister Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz rejected the rumours that the provincial authorities had imposed a ban on co-education in private colleges.
“Higher Education Department has not issued any notification about co-education in colleges. Please stop spreading fake news on media,” the provincial minister wrote on Twitter.
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
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) (Colleges) Punjab also clarified that it had not announced any condition of submitting a “no co-education” affidavit for private colleges to launch different academic programmes.
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