No Uniform Policy

No uniform policy for promotion of students in govt schools

No uniform policy for promotion of students

PESHAWAR: The government schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have no uniform benchmark for promotion of students in the annual home examinations rather the administration of each school decides the passing marks that could be as low as 20 per cent of the total marks, according to sources. Strapback Caps

They said that the passing marks varied from school to school as there was no uniform policy for promotion of students from grade-1 to grade-8.

The administration of each school tries to promote the maximum number of students to discourage dropouts as the failed students often quit education, they said. Promotion Cap

Several headmasters of the primary and high schools told Dawn that they had set no benchmark for promotion of students like the education boards had set for the secondary school certificate and higher secondary school certificate examinations.

The education boards promote the students getting a minimum of 33 per cent marks, they said.

“If we started promoting the students following the 33 per cent marks formula in the annual home examinations, the students’ failure ratio would be more than 60 per cent,” said a headmaster of a government high school. Badminton Jogging Visor

Each school has its own arrangement for promotion of students from grade-1 to grade-8
He said that according to the instructions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Department, a maximum of only 10 per cent of the students could be declared failed.

“I have promoted students of grade-V for getting only 100 aggregate marks out of total 700 in seven subjects,” said the headmaster who recently conducted the examinations.

He said that the students had to be promoted to next class even if they had zero marks in some important subjects such as mathematics, English and science, but managed to get aggregate 100 marks in the comparatively easy subjects like Urdu, Islamiyat, Pashto and Social Studies. Football

A headmaster of another government high school said that he had promoted students of grade-6 to grade-8 obtaining only 20 per cent marks in the home examinations.

He said that the students of the government schools belonged to very poor families and their parents were mostly uneducated. Only those parents enrol their children in the government schools who couldn’t afford fee of the private schools, he said.

“Around 70 per cent of the students enrolled in the government schools are engaged in child labour after the school timing,” he claimed. Polo shirt

Such students return home from job places at night and go to bed without doing homework given by their teachers, he said.

The students of government schools neither get attention of their parents nor of the teachers. “About 80 to 100 students are accommodated in one classroom of the government school, so it is physically impossible for a teacher to give proper attention to each of them,” he said.

“We cannot expect from students engaged in child labour after school hours to study at home. Similarly, we also cannot expect from teachers to properly teach to overcrowded classes,” the headmaster said.

In such a situation, the students couldn’t get required marks in the examinations and subsequently the teachers have no option, but to promote them with lesser marks, he said. High School Uniform

When contacted, a senior official said that the education department had not issued any criteria for the promotion of students in the home examinations. “Each school has its own arrangement,” he said.

Published in Dawn, April 11th, 2016