No colleges admission for male students

No college study in sight for male students
Rawalpindi, Nov 24: A large number of male students, who passed their matriculation this year but failed to get admission in the city's colleges at intermediate level, have lost sight of a bright future, thanks to the limited number of seats in government colleges and high fee structures at private commercial institutions.

A total of 30,194 male students passed the SSC examination this year conducted by Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education but were left with only four government colleges for boys to try their luck. According to rough estimates, around 2,500 students, who scored high marks, succeeded in getting admission in these colleges while over 8,000 students met with failure in their efforts.

The data collected from various sources revealed that last year, some 11,000 students had applied for admissions in these colleges including Government Asghar Mall College, Government College Satellite Town, Government Hashmat Ali College and Government Gordon College. Out of the mentioned number, some 2,000 students had succeeded in getting admission in these colleges and no one knows about the exact figure of the remaining students, who either had to get admission in private institutions or were altogether forced to leave their studies under such circumstances.

"I washed utensils day and night in other people's houses to educate my son. He passed his matriculation but failed to get admission in any of the government colleges," said Khursheed Begum, a mother, long aspiring to see her son studying in a college. "We cannot afford the high fees of private colleges due to which my son has to waste his academic year this time. He is now preparing to improve his division to meet the merit criterion next year," she said.

The city's population has reached to up to 2.3 million and not a single boys' college was set up in the last two decades here due to which the male students have been facing enormous difficulties in getting college admissions after their matriculation.

Former federal minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, who won six consecutive elections for National Assembly seats from his constituency in Rawalpindi and liked to be dubbed as the 'Sir Syed Ahmad Khan of Rawalpindi', put in his best efforts to set up 16 girls' colleges in the city but astonishingly no boys' college was ever established here during his tenures as an MNA.

"It seems that the government is least interested in establishing new public sector educational institutions," said Nazim Islami Jamiat Talaba (Punjab chapter) Muhammad Zubair Safdar. He demanded of the government to set up more colleges in Rawalpindi and other cities as well to meet the growing demands of the students, who could not afford studying at private institutions.

Female students with comparatively lower marks generally have the option to get admission in low-reputed colleges to save their academic year but unfortunately, this has not been the privilege in the case of male students for the last so many years.

A two-year intermediate programme at a government college costs only a few thousands rupees for the complete programme but the expenditures required to undertake studies at intermediate level in any of the private institutions comprise Rs1,000-5,000 per month.

Murtaza Satti, an owner of a local private academy, said the private sector has been contributing a lot in the education sector, otherwise, it would have been difficult for hundreds of thousands of students to enjoy educational facilities. "Private institutions have a great role in educating a large numbers of students, thus sharing the government's burden in the education sector," he said.

Former Punjab chief minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi launched the 'Parha Likha Punjab' project to enhance enrolment at school level, which was a commendable step due to some of its unique features. But if schoolchildren fail to get admission in government colleges, then one seriously ponders over the ultimate gain and result of such programmes.

The state of higher education learning also speaks volumes of the plight of male students, who mainly end up relying on a limited number of postgraduate colleges, as no new university has, so far, been set up for local students in the Rawalpindi city other than Fatima Jinnah Women University that offers courses only to the female students.

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"Is this true, a student who gives his last year of O level privately (cambridge), suffers at the hands of colleges who reject the admission application. So, will the application be really rejected? (Im considering most of the private college institutions) Additional details: I gave the first year of o level from a private school, and now im planning to give the second year privately. Any answer would be appreciated. "
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Private educational institutions overshadow govt model schools
Islamabad: Once the Islamabad model schools and colleges were regarded as prestigious institutions of the capital but now they have been overshadowed by the private educational institutions that have taken the city by storm.

The idea behind setting up of the model schools and colleges was to provide quality education to the country's young lot along with their character building, but now these objectives seem like a dream for the area residents.

Despite the fact that the manpower in government educational institutions is more qualified and better salaried, their expertise are not utilised effectively. Thus, children of a particular sector fail to compete with those of the private sector.

"Till the 1980s, Islamabad model schools and colleges (both male and female) were the best educational institutions in the country and the children of ministers and federal secretaries studied there, but after the introduction of the private education system, these institutions gradually lost their prestige due to the negligence of the authorities concerned and the parents had to send their children to private schools," observed Director Colleges Samina Nadeem.

But now the government is committed to restore the lost glory and prestige of these institutions, and in this connection, a monitoring system is being made more effective besides providing refresher courses to the teachers of the sector, she said.

The World Bank report on Pakistan's education policy says that Pakistan will have to review afresh its education policy in which regulatory framework will have to be prepared for government schools as well as private educational institutions. The report further said that the per child expense at government schools amounted to Rs2,000 while in the private schools, it was Rs1,000.

More than 90 per cent of the children go to government schools and colleges, and their registration rose by 10 per cent, but their educational quality has not been improved, the World Bank report said.

"Government schools and colleges have the best teaching staff and buildings with vast play grounds while most of the private schools and colleges have low quality teaching staff and are housed in small buildings but even then, they are producing good results, which is a matter of concern," remarked Khalid Khan Niazi, Principal Islamabad Model College for Boys, I-8/3.

"Despite the best and qualified teaching staff, the students of model schools and colleges, even in higher classes, are shy to speak English, as there is no such practice in these institutions," said Hameed Akhtar, father of a Class 10th student.

Though the contribution of the private sector could not be ignored, yet their "unbridled" operation has made people's lives miserable by charging heavy fees, Zahoor Khan, a citizen, said. "Private educational institutions in the absence of any check and balance are fleecing parents by charging huge amounts one way or the other, such as annual charges, examination fee, annual festival or sports day charges, etc," he said.

Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani is of the view that the new education policy is being reviewed to make it result oriented and that Islamabad would be declared a 'Knowledge City' to restore the lost standard of its educational institutions. He said the teachers would be given their due prestige and more incentives with training courses would be provided to them to prepare them for contemporary and future challenges in the education sector.

Bijarani said there would be an end to the class-based education now and a uniform policy would be pursued to provide quality education to all citizens of the country, irrespective of their social status. The minister said that missing facilities, one of the main factors behind low quality education, are being provided to make the learning environment more conducive in these institutions.

The continuous degradation of public sector educational institutions, particularly in rural areas, is widening the social gap, said Mukhtar Ahmed, a retired teacher.

There is no other way but to raise the quality of education of government schools and colleges to cope with the present day challenges, said Fahim Zia, a student of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The News

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