Admission test preparation classes at tuition centres
Money-minting season for test prep institutes
Karachi, May 19: As Higher Secondary School
Certificate Part II examinations of the Pre-Medical group ended on
Tuesday and those of Pre-Engineering students would end on Thursday
(tomorrow), it is that time of the year again when students get
enrolled in expensive admission test preparation classes at tuition
centres throughout the city to attain admission in the country's top
Students usually tend to attend test prep classes
to study medicine, engineering and business at professional colleges.
Some students start taking these classes about six months prior to the
test, while a sufficient number prefers taking crash courses right
after their examinations end.
The amount of money students
invest in taking these courses varies, depending on how well known the
prep centre is and what school is the student aiming to get into. For
instance, according to a staff member at Anees Hussain, "The cost of a
crash course for public medical schools such as Dow Medical University
and Sindh Medical College is Rs 16,000, while students attempting to
get into Army Medical College (AMC) to study medicine have to pay Rs
18,000 per head because the AMC test requires greater practice of
content." On the other hand, Students' Inn charges Rs 15,000 from
medicine and engineering tests' candidates and a relatively low Rs
12,000 from business school candidates.
The study groups that
start several months before the test date cost a candidate somewhere
between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000, as IBA Grads Operations Manager Ammar
Providing guidance to aspirants on admission
tests involves not just lectures and practicing under time limits, but
also provision of books of complete preparatory material on each
subject. Some institutes provide this material exclusively to those who
take regular classes, while others sell it to outsiders too. For
instance, IBA Grads' prep material for Lahore University Management
Sciences can be bought for Rs 5,000; whereas that for College of
Business Management, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science
and Technology, and University of Karachi costs Rs 3,500.
Rashid, a former student of Bahria University, said, "I didn't find the
need to take formal prep classes. All I did was to take prep material
from my friends who were going to institutes. To pass an admission
test, what matters the most is the amount of practice you put in and
how you manage time during the test."
Most test prep centres
have classes comprising 40 to 50 students and there usually is more
than one batch that is being prepared for the same test simultaneously.
Rafiuddin Shah, a student of IBA, said, "When I used to take
preparatory classes at Anees Hussain's, there was a total of 10 batches
Even after investing thousands of rupees, students,
parents and even test trainers are never sure if they would be able to
pass the admission tests. While test prep institutes are virtually
minting money, where does an average college student, who cannot afford
to pay the fee, stand is anyone's guess.
who are motivated usually tend to ask friends for prep materials and
study on their own. Also, most of the time, they attempt getting
admission into universities where the criteria is based more on
previous exam results instead of admission tests," Ammar explained. Daily times
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Varsity status for Jinnah's alma mater announced
Karachi: President Asif Ali Zardari has announced the grant of
university status for the Sindh Madressatul Islam, the alma mater of
Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The announcement was made
at the inauguration of a three-day national conference on "Quaid-i-Azam
Mohammad Ali Jinnah: His Life and Ideals" at the Chief Minister's House
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister
Syed Qaim Ali Shah, cabinet ministers and educationists attended the
The president also announced a grant of Rs250 million for the establishment of a university campus in Islamabad.
Addressing the inaugural session of the conference, the president
expressed concern over the declining education standards and said there
was a dire need to improve the standard of education in the country.
Speaking to the prime minister's adviser Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali and
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, he emphasised that evening
classes be held in all universities and colleges across the province to
double the rate of enrolment.
He also highlighted the need for teachers' training to raise the standard of education.
Principal of the Sindh Madressatul Islam Dr Mohammad Ali Sheikh
explained the objectives of the three-day conference, which is being
held under the auspices of the Sindh Madressatul Islam.
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Teachers to conduct classes on roads
Hyderabad: Agitating school teachers have decided to conduct
classes on roads on Tuesday next, in furtherance to the protest
campaign they had launched against the non-approval of a summary
regarding timescale and teaching allowance by the Sindh Chief Minister,
Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
Teachers boycotted classes in primary and
secondary schools and took out processions across the province on
Tuesday for second consecutive day.
Secondary Teachers Association (GSTA), Safar Memon said that around
150,000 teachers of junior, primary and high schools would benefit once
the summary was approved.
A third summary, he said, was sent
to the chief minister on May 7, who returned it back on 11th on the
plea that accurate budget should be mentioned towards salary payments,
Subsequently, a committee headed by Sindh education
minister was formed which calculated an annual payment of Rs2 billion
towards these heads - teaching allowance and timescale", he said.
The Sindh government had accepted similar demands of paramedics in the
shape of service structure and the Punjab as up-gradation of posts, he
said and added that: "We demand timescale to teachers after they have
served in a particular grade for a specific time and their promotion to
next cadre. The government is needlessly delaying this matter."
The GSTA Hyderabad chapter took out a rally from the Govt Jamai Arabia High School to Tilak Charhi.
Teachers sought the intervention of President and Prime Minister. The
SPLA supporting teachers said that their demands were not unique as
these had already been implemented in Khyber-Pukhtunkhaw, Punjab,
Balochistan and Azad Kashmir.
Dreams of teachers have been
shattered as they pinned lots of hopes on PPP government, said SPLA
spokesman. He sought President's intervention in this regard.
NAWABSHAH: President, Primary Teachers Association, Rafiq Jarwar said that though these had been implemented in rest of the three
provinces but the Sindh government was sitting on the issue since 2007.
He said that it appears that the chief minister is not
interested in resolving the issue of teachers by throwing back the
"The PTA understands that the boycott is
affecting studies but were compelled to adopting this approach as price
hike and other social issues have made their lives a real hell," he
said. How can teachers concentrate on imparting education when their
lives were full of worries and tensions due to economic conditions, he
The PTA has planned of continuing the boycott till
the 30th of this month while future strategy would be announced after
today's meeting, he added.
In Dadu and Jamshoro districts,
teachers boycotted classes in primary and secondary schools and took
out a protest rally from main school to press club.
Mirpurkhas, primary school teachers boycotted academic activities and
locked the schools. Hundreds of teachers gathered at taluka school and
took out a rally.
In Khairpur district's cities and towns, primary school teachers boycotted classes and took out rallies.
In Larkana, primary school teacher gathered in Deeni Madaresah and marched to the press club.
The boycott of classes by the secondary and primary teachers has
drastically affected the process of education in the province. The
stand-off, if not resolved, would have serious implications on
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