Poor career counselling at colleges
Rawalpindi, March 08, 2008: All the four government
colleges for boys in Rawalpindi city have student affairs departments except one
but the services of these departments are very poor.
These colleges not
only cater to the educational needs of students from the city but also bear the
burden of students from other areas.
The main function of student affairs
department is to keep the record of students and take action as per law if any
of the students fail or misbehave in class.
A student affairs department
of a college has no phone facility and in charge of the department keeps moving
to principal's office to attend calls. Nauman Butt, a student of Gordon College,
said that there was no proper career counselling to the students.
Butt, a student of Government College Asghar Mall said there was no one to guide
even at the time of admission.
Government College Hashmat Ali Principal
Noor Ahmed Noor said that though there was no students' affairs department in
the college, he personally tried to guide the students at the time of
He said that it was not necessary that a student who had
obtained good marks in matric could do well in pre-medical or pre-engineering.
"There are other combinations and if students were informed it would help them
in career building," he added.
Noor said teachers should guide their
students honestly in career counselling.
Asghar Ali Bhatti, in charge
student affairs department at Asghar Mall College admitted that there was no
proper counselling system at government colleges like private colleges and
He said in the government colleges students usually
belonged to middle class and their parents were least bothered about their
performance due to their other commitments.
Prof Syed Muhammad Hussain
Taqi of Gordon College said they ensured students attendance and if anybody
continuously bunks off his class they sent notices at his residence to inform
Schools not learning-friendly
Rawalpindi: Congested and noisy
surroundings of several government schools are hindering learning process and
the Education Department was unable to cope with this problem.
about 50 government schools for boys and 42 for girls in the city. Some schools
are packed between industrial units and commercial centres while others face
heavy traffic and noise pollution.
Teachers, students and parents said on Friday that they were unhappy with this situation. Aysha Noor, a
student of Government Higher Secondary School No II for Girls, Murree Road, said
not even a single room was saved from traffic noise at her school. Constant
noise, she said, distracted the attention from lectures.
difficulty in concentrating on subject due to noisy atmosphere," said student of
Government Higher Secondary School No I for Boys, Murree Road. He said learning
process became difficult because noise.
Mother of a student said
industrial units had been set up around Federal Government Girls High School
Daryabad, Gawalmandi. She said the government should not have allowed the
industry to set up around schools as it had an adverse impact on students.
"Teachers are committed to their professions and students want to learn
but surroundings of at the government schools are problematic," said Sehrish, a
Class 8 student at Government High School for Girls, Bagh
Principle of a government high school, requesting anonymity,
said poor environment of government schools forced parents to send their
children to private educational institutions. She said there had to be proper
plan to create a learning-friendly environment at schools.
District Officer (Education) Chaudhary Muhammad Yousaf said the provincial
government had no plan to overcome this problem. "It is natural that a student
cannot concentrate on study in noise," he said, adding building new schools was
not being considered. Daily Times
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