Students double minded over summer camps
Islamabad, June 14: Summer vacations are alluring students but classes in the garb of summer camps are at times unsettling for them. Schools hold summer camps to help students in studies and stimulate their creativity.
Talking to APP, father of a school going boy said that children dream about summer vacations during which they have a lot of time to play games, go for outing, watch movies and sleep when they want to.
"We wonder why summer holidays are announced when we have to trudge through summer camps with all notebooks and textbooks to write, memorise and do all the burdensome math exercises and quirky science questions," a student said.
Summer vacations are inevitable as sun burns hot in months of June, July and August and for students it is difficult to continue studies in unbearably sultry rooms and travel in high temperatures.
Deputy Director Training Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Mohammad Luqman told APP that they would plan a summer camp after holding school games from June 14 to 17.
FDE holds summer camps every year while some private schools arrange online classes so that students could keep in touch with their studies while staying in the safe environment of their homes.
However, while expressing his views a student said, "Holidays are holidays and what satisfaction there is when they are told repeatedly that summer camps are for their own good as practice makes perfect and the effort will result in good marks in examinations." Teachers have best interest of students in their mind but even that sincerity is not enough and students and parents are divided over the issue.
Some think holding classes in summer camps help students to retain the knowledge gained in the past months. But the critics say summer camps are a kind of over schooling and they believe that children need two-three months of holidays to relax.
In this time students also keep away from problems they face in schools where they often have to bear teachers punishment, and stress while making effort to come up to the expectations of others in studies and examinations.
A portion of students wants to spend vacation on their own but schools have different plans. A private school teacher said the camps are organized with very specific activities in mind. The camps are mandatory for students who had to appear in board examinations of fifth, eighth and metric classes, she added. The news
Two colleges for boys approved for Pindi
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has approved two boys degree colleges for Rawalpindi and the construction of these colleges would be completed in next fiscal year.
Director Colleges Dr Muhammad Ashraf in a statement said Government Degree College Liaquat Bagh would be constructed on 25 kanals of land near Liaquat Park.
He said the second college would be constructed in Hazara Colony. New classes in these colleges would be started from September 2011, he added.
He said Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had approved the project to construct two new colleges in Rawalpindi.
The Education Department, District Rawalpindi had sought Rs 1 billion funds for the development of colleges in District Rawalpindi and for the construction of two new boys colleges.
The provincial government while approving the demand of Education Department has sought details from Director Colleges Rawalpindi Division regarding shortage of facilities in colleges in the district. Online
Parents day held at PAF school
Islamabad: The annual parents' day of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Public School, Lower Topa, Murree Hills was held on Saturday, says a press release.
Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Hifazat Ullah Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his address, the chief guest said, "The mission of PAF Public School, Lower Topa, is to groom young boys so as to make them the leaders of tomorrow. The air force would like you all to remain true to the school objective which is to develop a balanced personality with adequate physical, intellectual, moral and ethical values." He also praised the students and faculty members for exceptional results in curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities.
Earlier, the principal of the school Air Vice Marshal (r) Syed Imtiaz Hyder presented annual report highlighting the significant achievements of the institute.
Later, the chief guest awarded prizes to the winners of different events. Amongst the key award winners were the School Head Boy Ali Hassan Rana and Zohaib Hassan Khan who were awarded Topian Eagle and Topian Tiger Trophies respectively, while Ali Hanif and Muhammad Umair Awan clinched the Topian Scholar and Top Boy trophies. The Quaid-i-Azam shield for the best All Round Performance was awarded to Sir Syed House, the Champion House for the year 2010.
The event included a smartly turned out marching contingent of the pre-cadets followed by an impressive PT Display, demonstration of Gymnastics and Martial Arts Show. The ceremony concluded with the spectacular aerobatic display by a solo k-8 trainer aircraft of PAF Academy, Risalpur. The news
Overcrowded classrooms hurdle to quality education
Peshawar: Overcrowded classrooms in government schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, particularly in the urban areas, are serious hurdle to imparting quality education to the youngsters.
The problem has been created mainly by the shortage of schools and classrooms with poor facilities. In most of the schools, from grade six to eight, the number of students in the classrooms range from 50 to 100. The number decreases to between 50 and 70 in grade nine and 10, an educationist said.
The Education Code 1935 states: "The proportion of pupils in average attendance to the number of teacher on the staff shall not exceed 35 to 1. Ordinarily 40 pupils only may be enrolled in any single section of a class, and in no case is the number to exceed 45".
Owing to overcrowding classrooms, the teachers are unable to give individual attention to the students, the educationist said.
It took the entire class time to make sure every student has a textbook to look at and then explain the next assignments as well as to check their home work. It leaves no times for individual attention to explain assignments or answer questions, he said. "In the government schools, teachers are unable even to recognise the students. In such a situation, the teachers couldn't judge the students' mental level and abilities," he said, adding "You cannot imagine the concept of personnel attention in the overcrowded classrooms".
Similarly, he added, the teachers couldn't help individual students who need extra help in gaining or maintaining their reading skills during the 45-minute period.
A teacher of a government high school said overcrowding in the classrooms had resulted mismanagement. "There is no proper arrangement of seats in the classrooms due to which I have no access to the students sitting in the last row", he said.
There should be proper space between the two rows to make the students and teachers movement in the classrooms easy but it was not possible as the classrooms were very congested, he remarked.
"Sometime the students of the last row lodge complaint with the teachers for not seeing the blackboard and not listening to the lecture but we cannot satisfy such students as we have no option to resolve their problem", he said. "If we bring the same students to the front row, definitely the students of the front row would go to the last row," he said.
A science teacher said that in grade nine and 10, students' problems get doubled because neither they could effectively use the science laboratory nor the library. "How it is possible to bring 60 students to the science laboratory at one time and do experiments?" he queried. Students of the science group suffer badly due to overcrowded classrooms, he said. Dawn
Students pay homage to servicemen
Islamabad: Students of Teach A Child (TAC) School System Lahore visited Yadgar-e-Shuhada at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Sunday to pay homage to the martyrs of Army, said a press release issued here.
A group of 40 children of the TAC School System traveled from Lahore for the purpose. They laid a floral wreath there and offered Fatiha.
TAC School System is a philanthropic initiative meant exclusively for the underprivileged but intelligent students.
The students also visited ISPR where they were shown a documentary 'Life of a Soldier at Siachen'. Later they went round different sections of the ISPR. Daily times
Students portray real life problems
Islamabad: Mazmoon-e-Shauq School Islamabad presented its annual play at the PNCA, says a press release issued here Sunday.
The play was produced and directed by Indu Mitha. Ms. Kausar Khan (Principal) was driving force behind the whole endeavour.
Mazmoon-e-Shauq is the only truly bilingual school in the city. Its approach to teaching is child centred and based on the individual interests. Curriculum includes teaching folk and regional music/dance in order to inculcate respect for different indigenous traditions of South Asia, which is a step towards finding our shared culture and feeling pride in it.
The main crux of play dealt with real life problems. The plot unfolded with melodious strains of 'sitar' and 'tabla' filling the hall to provide background score to a colourful scene depicting the natural flora and fauna in their full bloom, which we used to have in abundance not so long ago. Little children donning beautiful costumes looked like real woodland creatures.
The classical moves of girls depicting trees were mesmerising. The little girls prancing in as mother and baby deer were simply adorable and when one of them is hit by the cruel hunter, the audience gasped audibly feeling anguish of mother. The scene was incredibly moving in its simplicity and innocence of delivery, made more powerful by the frantic beat of 'tabla' in the background. The next scene depicted village women gathering around the well to wash clothes and do their dishes while their small children keeping themselves amused by playing the now-forgotten simple village games, carried story forward by further showing simplicity and tranquillity of a life gone-by.
Another scene showed the arrival of Arab Sheikhs for the purpose of hunting and killing rare birds and animals found in Punjab and Sindh, solely for pleasure, and the way Pakistani hosts always welcome them with open arms thinking only of their selfish immediate needs, going blind to the irreparable damage being caused by their actions.
The stage was again transformed into a classroom, showing the conversation between friends discussing common problem of water shortage in Islamabad. The teacher enters into classroom and after a brief exchange, convinces the students that nothing is lost yet we can still change our ways and start taking care of our resources and environment. To create awareness, hence the children are shown cleaning up the littered picnic spot, planting new trees and when two men come to cut the trees the children gather around the trees to prevent them from doing so. The scene was very moving in its conception as well as execution.
In final curtain call, students appeared at stage with their class teachers and gave salaam to the audience, while in background the melodious strains of 'zameen ki gaud rang se' filled the atmosphere with hope for future.
All in all it was a commendable effort by Mazmoon-e-Shauq's students and faculty. The theme of the play made it a relevant and meaningful endeavour to highlight the problems and create awareness through cultural activities.
Judging by the enthusiastic participation of the tiniest of students, it is safe to say at least this school is concerned about what is happening in real world and is imparting these sensitivities to its students. The news