Distine­tive cur­ricu­lums caus­ing dis­ap­point­ment among stu­dents

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The ‘dis­tin­tive’ cur­ricu­lums at dif­fer­ent ed­cu­a­tional in­sti­tu­ta­tions, are even­tu­ally caus­ing a sense of de­spon­dency and de­pri­va­tion for ‘spe­cific’ groups of stu­dents. The ‘ex­clu­sive’ cur­ricu­lums are not only cre­at­ing dis­ap­point­ment among stu­dents but also lead­ing to a di­vi­sion of so­ci­ety on class ba­sis, in line with their ed­u­ca­tional back­grounds.

Ad­di­tion­ally, some stu­dents are rated ‘su­pe­rior’ due to ef­fi­cient, ad­vanced syl­labus while oth­ers are given less im­por­tance due to ‘gen­eral and old’ cur­ricu­lums. At any rate, quality ed­u­ca­tion is the fun­da­men­tal right of ev­ery cit­i­zen which lays ba­sis for other rights in a so­ci­ety. Cur­rently, pub­lic sec­tor schools are over­loaded and over-bur­doned, while pri­vate schools are han­dling ‘limited’ stu­dents but earn­ing big mar­gins.

Usman Za­far, a stu­dents of Gor­den Col­lege Rawalpindi said that he was taught Pun­jab Text­book as cur­ricu­lums, out of which papers were set for an­nual ex­am­i­na­tion. And for ap­pear­ing in exam of Na­tional Test­ing Ser­vice (NTS) or other ex­ams at a later stgae, he had to solve pa­per, based on modern tech­in­ques and con­cepts. He said it seems stu­dents of pri­vate schools or col­leges do have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing due to modern and up­dated cur­ric­u­lams. “In any case, we do not have uni­form cur­ricu­lums in ed­u­ca­tional in­stis­tu­tions, then why stu­dents go for a ‘com­bined’ com­pet­i­tive ex­am­i­na­tion,” he ques­tioned. Hina Sheraz, a stu­dents of Is­lam­abad Model Col­lege for Girls said that it be­comes em­barass­ing for them when­ever they face stu­dents of pri­vate schools due to their proac­tive and dy­namic per­son­al­ity.

She said stu­dents are groomed in pri­vate schools by pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent and up­dated modern cur­ricu­lums and trained skil­ll­fuly by tec­ahing staffs. Ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties is an­other im­por­tant fea­ture of pri­vate school sys­tem which is ig­nored in pub­lic sec­tor schools at the mo­ment, she re­marked. She was of the view that gov­ern­ment schools would per­fom more ef­fi­ciently if modern and up­dated cur­ricu­lums, are adopted at these in­sti­tu­tions, be­sides in­duct­ing trained and skilled teach­ing staff.

This will ul­ti­mately abol­ish mono­ploy of pri­vate schools, she added. Amina As­lam, a par­ent of school-go­ing child said that “for a bet­ter fu­ture of childern, we are un­will­ingly send­ing our chil­dren to pri­vate schools, bes­dies pay­ing hefty amount as school fees.” She com­plained pri­vate schools in­crease fees ev­ery year and called for en­sur­ing proper check in this re­gard.

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Is­lam­abad Model Col­lege for boys H-9 Syed Agha Has­san said that deal­ing with over- bur­dened and in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents, is the main cause for poor per­for­mance of pub­lic sec­tor schools. He said pub­lic schools have limited re­sources and short­age of skilled teach­ing staff. He said that pub­lic sec­tor have more po­ten­tial and fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing sports grounds, ca­pa­cious build­ings which is nec­es­sary to groom stu­dents at these in­sti­tu­tions.

Nazish Rehman, Psy­chol­o­gist at Pak­istan In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences (PIMS) told APP that first 5 to 10 years of the child life is very im­por­tant for ul­ti­mate groom­ing and pro­mot­ing nat­u­ral skills. It has been ob­served that the chil­dren, given more at­ten­tion and care in first ten years, would be more ac­tive, in­tel­lec­tu­ally sharp than other chil­dren who were in­gored at any stage, she added. An of­fi­cial of ed­u­ca­tion min­istry said steps are un­der­way to in­tro­duce uni­form cur­ric­u­lams in the coun­try. He said the gov­ern­ment is also work­ing to check the mon­ploy of pri­vate schools and in­tro­duc­ing proper mech­a­nism for in­creas­ing school fees.—APP

Chair­man Na­tional Vo­ca­tional and Tech­ni­cal Train­ing Com­mis­sion Zul­fiqar Ahmed Cheema is dis­tribut­ing cer­tifi­cates among girls who have com­pleted their train­ing course un­der the aegis of Gosha-e-Mashal.

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