Stories of Exceptional Performance by Students
Two interesting motivational stories were reported in last week’s press. Firstly, The Nation reported about outstanding result shown by Abdul Museeb of Peshawar. He used to be a scavenger before getting enroled in school. He gives the credit to Al Khidmat Foundation for arranging educational opportunity for him as his financial position was not good enough for getting education on his own. His inability to get education had forced him to quit education after grade VI. He got 832 marks in matriculation exam and stood first in his school.
Secondly, Sandya Karamat Barlaas also come up as a source of motivation for self-schooled students. She scored the highest marks in A-levels and O-levels English examination in Pakistan despite being self-schooled. She attributes her success to her inclination towards freedom and exploration.
Now it is important to ponder that in first case the boy performed better when he was given formal educational opportunity. He excelled in the traditional matriculation system. In the second case the girl performed better inspite of being self schooled and she attributed her success to freedom and exploration.She excelled in the Cambridge system. What seems to be common between both of them is their personal motivation for and interest in education. What needs to be investigated is that what contributes more towards students' learning? Is it teachers or school infrastructure or socioeconomic endowment or self-motivation of student? The graph below can give some insights as it shows that child's own unwillingness is the most frequent reason for school dropouts. But there lack of evidence which implies relation between child unwillingness and his performance.
Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) on Wednesday announced the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) results 2016, where girls clinched most positions. In pre-medical group Attiqa Hashmi got the first positon by getting 1049 marks. Anas Ali got the first position in pre-engineering group.
Corruption in Education Sector
While referring to an audit report, Daily Time reported massive corruptions in Higher Education Commission matters. According to the report, Higher Education Commission doled out billions of rupees illegally to their blue-eyed private contractors without observing the prevailing procedures and concerning laws. The report also reveals that Environment Science Department, University of Peshawar, paid more than Rs.920 million to private construction firms without observing certain laws and procedures.
The strife between BIEK and ACE took another official twist on Saturday (13 August 2016). The chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi submitted an application against the Anti-Corruption Establishment officials at the Sharea Noor Jehan police station on the grounds of interfering in government work, harassment at work, detaining the board’s employees and taking away its office’s property without providing anything in writing about the action. This state of affairs calls for revamping of the outdated examination system to minimize the chances of corruption.
With the introduction of new syllabus, teachers training is important to gear them up for teaching the new course to students. Recently, 2,075 PST teachers were trained in Kasur. The final session of training was held in the presence of DEO, DTSC head and monitoring officers.
1,237 teachers employed in Federal Govt. Institutions of Rawalpindi Garrison Cantt have not been paid their salaries for past three months. They have demanded the concerned authorities to pay their salaries lest they would go for public strike.
To enhance educational standards, and in compliance with the law, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has finally repatriated the teaching staff to their respective educational institutions. According to the FDE notification obtained by Daily Times, in the body it has been notified that eight teaching/non-teaching officials were being sent back to their respective colleges/schools. The staff was working on various administrative positions against rules and regulations.
Punjab government has decided to include the arrangement of “Bazme Adab” in government and private schools for extracurricular activities for students. For this purpose weekly programs will be organized which will develop patriotism in students and their skills will also get exposed. The decision has been taken in light of quality education recommendations given by senior teachers to the government.
A study has called for removing of twisted narratives from textbooks to stop students from falling into radical ideas. This was the crux of the study based on findings of a two-day workshop conducted by The Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). The study calls for sensitizing teachers about inclusive education and religious diversity in a classroom.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly has referred a resolution about inclusion of local languages in the syllabus of educational institutions to education committee. The resolution was tabled by woman lawmaker Rehana Ibadi during session of the assembly held on Thursday with Speaker Fida Mohammad Nashaad in the chair.
Quality of Education
Summer camp is underway in Government High school Babra. Students are taking part in different activities in summer camp under the supervision of Principal Khamid Khan.
Chairman Federal Board Dr. Ikram Malik has said that Federal Government has allocated 2000 million rupees funds for Higher Education Commission. Students will be given interest free loan for higher education from this fund and the loan will be recovered after they start of practical life.
Despite KPK Government’s continuous efforts to increase the quality of government schools. The quality of these schools are going down in comparison with private schools due to which students of government school fail to make a place in Pre-Medical or Pre-Engineering and also Matric. Only 291 out of 28,382 students of govt. schools appearing in Matric exam got A-I grade. In contrast, 5,901 out of 31,798 private school candidates got A-I grade in the Matric exam.