State board Class XII passouts ‘denied’ Oz visa, govt alerts Centre



After media reports claiming that students who have passed 10+2 examination from the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) would not be issued visas to study in Australia, Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the government had already sent a communication to Ministries of External Affairs and Human Resource Development requesting them to take up the matter with the Australian High Commission on a priority.

Cheema today convened a meeting of senior functionaries of the Education Department to discuss the matter. PSEB chairperson Tajinder Kaur Dhaliwal and Director General School Education Pardeep Aggarwal were present.
He said no complaint had ever been received from any country in this regard. “There could be multiple reasons for the rejection of visa, but the department has taken up this issue at the highest level,” he said.

PSEB Chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said: “Some cases wherein some vocational students had applied for a scheme were not in line with the Australian visa norms. Our school education is extensive than in most countries. We are investigating the matter.”

Source: Tribune India