The National Testing Service (NTS) and other testing services that conduct written tests for recruitments in different government departments have been dubbed as “hubs of loot and plunder” by the sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology.
The committee met under the chair of its Convenor Kalsoom Perveen and according to her:
These testing services like NTS are hubs of loot and plunder. They take hefty fees from candidates, most of whom belong to poor families, and take recruitment tests of different government departments. But the deserving candidates never qualify. These candidates appear again and again in the tests with a hope of getting government jobs which they never get. They pay heavy fees to the testing services that exploit the candidates as much as they can.
Elaborating on her point, she further added:
The lust of the testing services like NTS knows no bounds and there is no transparency at all. The NTS has been the centre-stage of serious controversies and scandals. It’s high time for the federal government to take these testing services to task and shut them down immediately, once and forever.
The committee recommended that a comprehensive mechanism should be established for recruitments in the federal and provincial government departments, with the active involvement of relevant ministries at the federal and provincial levels.
Most of the public and private sector recruitment is done through the testing and assessment services which are rampant in Pakistan.