Fact check: Co-education in BS (Honours) in private colleges is prohibited in the whole province of Punjab.

The Punjab Higher Education Commission has not released any statement on banning co-education in BS (Honours) in the province.

On 2 February 2022, media outlet City 42 reported that provincial education authorities in Punjab had banned co-education in BS (Honours) degrees in private Pakistani universities. It was also claimed that for the BS degree, colleges would have separate classes for male and female students and that violation of the ban would result in litigation and suspension of a college’s registration. Punjab’s education minister denied the news and said it was fake.

The official website of the Punjab Higher Education Commission had no notification of a ban on co-education in BS (honours) degree programs. Moreover, no credible news agency reported such a story.

In response to allegations of banning co-education, Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz, Minister of Higher Education of Punjab, claimed on 3 February 2022 that there had been no such decision. “Department of Higher Education has not issued any notice regarding co-education in colleges,” Yasir wrote on Twitter, advising people not to spread false information. In a Facebook post, the Punjab Higher Education Commission also acknowledged that no notification regarding the coeducation restriction in colleges had been issued.

Azhar Mashwani, Focal Point (Digital Media) of Punjab’s Chief Minister, also refuted the co-education ban claims by posting images of fake reports. Therefore, we categorize the claim as false.


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