Langland School and College to reopen on 16 Oct

Published on: 15/10/2019 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL: The Langland School and College senior section at Dolomuts will reopen on 16 October, according to a notification by the school administration. The School had been closed for more than a week due to protests and turmoil in the school. Teachers involved in the agitation have been suspended for one week as a disciplinary measure.

TLSC junior section to reopen on Monday

Published on: 13/10/2019 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL: The junior section of the Langland School and College Chitral would reopen on Monday 14 October, while the other sections located at Singoor and Dolomuts would reopen in a few days. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner while talking to news men. He said the principal of the school has decided to open the complete school in stages. It may be pointed out that the principal had ordered the school to be closed after strikes and protests.

Govt urged to save school from flash floods in upper Chitral.?

Published on: 27/05/2019 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: A government middle school in Dizg village is at the verge of being washed away by flash floods. Local people have called upon the education department Chitral to take immediate steps to save the public property from destruction.? Govt Middle School Dizg, upper Chitral. Besides Dizg, the Government Middle School for Boys also caters to the villages of Istach, Khruzg and Mahting which have no other schools for the students of middle classes.
The school building was constructed about 20 years ago and is located in the foothills near the corner of Khotan Lasht in Dizg. For the last two years, the nullahs in the mountains have seen frequent flash floods after torrential rains. Due to the climate change phenomenon, this area is experiencing heavy and torrential rains causing flooding in all small and big nullahs in the mountains.
This year, two flash floods have already hit the school and accumulated debris and mud on its outer wall towards the mountain. Besides the school, about seven houses and private properties are also threatened by the flash floods.? The locals said if the school building built at a cost of millions of rupees was damaged, children of the four villages would be deprived of continuing education.
They said by using heavy machinery the paths of the floods could easily be diverted towards the desert of Khotan Lasht. They urged the education department as well as the elected representatives to take notice of the issue and save the school from being washed away by floods.? .. GH Farooqi, 27 May 2019

Singapore abolishes school exam rankings, says learning is no competition

Published on: 08/10/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

Singapore abolishes school exam rankings, says learning is not competition
Whether a child finishes first or last?will no longer be indicated?in primary and secondary school report books from next year in Singapore, ? a move which Education Minister Ong Ye Kung hopes will show students that ?learning is not a competition?.

Report books will not just stop showing a student?s position in relation to class or cohort. The information to be dropped?includes:

  • Class and level mean
  • Minimum and maximum marks
  • Underlining and/or colouring of failing marks
  • Pass/fail for end-of-year result
  • Mean subject grades
  • Overall total marks
  • L1R5 (English plus five relevant subjects), L1R4 , EMB3 (English, maths, best three subjects) and EMB1?for lower secondary levels

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (Sept 28) that the change is to allow each student to?focus on his or her learning progress?and discourage them from being overly concerned about comparisons.

From next year all examinations for Primary 1 and 2 pupils will also be removed, and whatever forms of assessment they have will not count towards an overall grade.

The MOE said that teachers will continue to gather information about pupils? learning through discussions, homework and quizzes. Schools will use other ways like ?qualitative descriptors?, in place of marks and grades, to evaluate pupils? progress at these two levels.

For older students in primary schools and secondary schools, marks for each subject will be rounded off and presented as a whole number, without decimal points ? to reduce the focus on academic scores. Parents will continue to receive information about their child?s progress in school during parent-teacher meetings.

In an address to some 1,700 school leaders earlier this week, Mr Ong said: ?I know that ?coming in first or second?, in class or level, has traditionally been a proud recognition of a student?s achievement. But removing these indicators is for a good reason, so that the child understands from young that learning is not a competition, but a self-discipline they need to master for life.

?Notwithstanding, the report book should still contain some form of yardstick and information to allow students to judge their relative performance, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.? .. Source

CM KPK announces to admit his children in govt schools

Published on: 15/09/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

PESHAWAR -UNS : Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mehmood Khan on Friday announced to admit his children to government-run schools in the province.

Addressing a ceremony marking the start of ?Basta Uthao, School Aao? campaign, the CM vowed to better the conditions and education standards of government-run schools in the province in line with PM Imran Khan?s vision and said that soon his children too will be admitted in government schools.

The ?Basta Uthao, School Aao? campaign is aimed at promoting education by urging parents to admit their children to schools and targets 0.8million children this year.

?We can proudly say that our province was well ahead of other provinces in education sector in past five years as Atif Khan (PTI leader former KP education minister) performed really well as education minister,? said Mehmood Khan.

He also urged the audience at Government Shaheed Hasnain Higher Secondary School to take his message to other people in the province so government can ensure more and more young children join schools. .. Source

The practice of giving free text books to students

Published on: 08/12/2017 | Comments: No comments 

During the MMA government in KPK an idea was practically implemented by introducing free text books to the students of all govt. schools on free transportation to the headquarters of each district. This was a new idea and a great help to the poor government schools children and their parents but it brought with it the flaws of the bureaucracy and lower officials that the supply of the text books did not reach the quarters concerned in time and precious time was lost waiting for the arrival of the consignments. Delays were noticed as well as short supply of many books that were not supplied later. From the distribution point to the schools the burden was to be handled by the schools concerned, bringing unnecessary burden on the schools head specially in the case of far flung hilly areas over precarious road in harsh weather conditions.

This was an ill-conceived idea to create problem in the smooth operation of teaching activities. This also deprived the book sellers from earning meager income on text books and threw them into confusion which they countered by supply of Notes and pocket size books which developed enormously. The book sellers were rendered stranded and were no more book sellers but stationery sellers only. Their skill was lost whereas the government got a few hands in the business. All was the handiwork of a few well connected tycoons of this field who controlled the whole business by excluding the small books sellers. The government got no profit from this change not there were thanks from the community for this step. It was also detected that those text books were also recovered from many stockists much against the expectations. There were better options to provide this facility to the public such as:

The text book supply system could have been executed by giving away the prices of the set of books of each students who could buy them from the market at their own convenience instead of waiting for supply by the education department and instead of paying the a few tycoons as gesture of nepotism the sale price and small commission would go to the small book seller and spread the many to many stake holders instead of few capitalists who got monopoly of this business.

That the payment on the head of transport charges would have been saved by the provincial exchequer. This would have saved time, energy and mishandling of the provision system. The control on the books and feed back by the book selling community would have improved as their problems and the issues of misprints, missing pages, chapters and many other related faults could have been identified and discussed. It would have been helpful to give correct info to the students or their parents as a feedback which is now lacking and none can pinpoint any such mistake that are reported only by an honest teacher which is a rare case. I would suggest to change the system and pay cash to the students the amount of the price of the set of books and hand over the transportation to the books sellers as in the past, and save the transport charges as the exchequer is already facing deficit and no new sources of income have been created by the provincial governments in the last fifteen years except raising taxes. .. Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 07 Dec 2017