Attendance records of colleges to be monitored
KARACHI, Sept 24, 2007: The provincial college education department has plans
to monitor all the 239 colleges across Sindh to improve students' attendance and
also the overall examination results. According to officials, Sindh will be
divided into five zones where regional directors, along with other senior
officials of the education department, will monitor colleges in their
jurisdiction on a random basis to check attendance registers.
I will also
be part of the same set-up and will visit the entire province, with emphasis on
Karachi, as we are headquartered here, Dr Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui,
Director-General Colleges (Sindh) said.
According to the plan, it
would be a part of the job of all senior officials to dedicate at least a couple
of hours or more to visiting various colleges in their jurisdiction and checking
their overall performance with particular emphasis on the students'attendance
and records of the teachers taking classes. Every teacher would be bound to
maintain a lesson diary in which he would put all the details of lectures and
which subject or portion of it he taught to the pupils.
registers, Dr Siddiqui said, would also show the time every student arrived in
class, which would make it easier for the teams to reprimand habitual
late-comers and get their behaviour corrected through various measures to
improve their interest in academic activities.
We'll also inform the
parents of students who don't turn up to classes and who turn up late, he
In the letters to the parents, the department would also warn of
action as severe as expulsion of a student guilty of
Besides, officials said action against teachers who showed
little interest in their classes and concentrate more on running paid tuition
classes would also be taken. The department was contemplating ways and means to
punish the tuition mafia.
Several higher secondary schools, which also
impart education up to the intermediate level, do not fall within the limits of
the college education department as they are controlled by the respective
district governments. However, to improve the situation there, Dr Siddiqui said,
he would also suggest similar actions to the district governments.
higher secondary schools (31) are in Karachi and their performance has been a
big question mark for decades since they were elevated to impart intermediate