Distinetive curriculums causing disappointment among students
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.