Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) is an autonomous body set up by the Government of the Punjab to assess and examine students’ learning achievements particularly of grade 5 and 8. PEC started functioning in 2005 and in 2006 conducted 5th grade population examination for the first time in the Province. Now PEC is a statutory body working under Punjab Examination Commission Act XI of 2010.

Under the Assessment Policy Framework (APF), new roll of PEC is facilitator and guide, to provide technical support to District Education Authorities in Punjab. The APF 2019 is the first framework of its nature being presented in the province, under which all assessments shall henceforth be administered in the Punjab in a coherent and meaningful manner. This policy replaces and repeals previous policy covering earlier primary/ elementary level assessments/examinations in the province, including the annual examinations of Classes 5 and 8 by the PEC. The School Education Department (SED) shall hold the overall custodianship of this policy, whereas the PEC shall supervise technical input on the revision, improvement, and the implementation of the APF by coordinating with Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) and the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB).

APF is based on a key principle of reform efforts for educational achievement in the Punjab: a shift from assessment as an end in itself towards assessments that support and encourage learning at all levels of the system. This framework is, therefore, aligned with the underlying principles behind the Government of the Punjab’s vision for school education as outlined in the New Deal 2018-2023.