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Nine principals told to explain poor HSC results

KARACHI, Sept 26: The education department of the City District Government of Karachi has sent show-cause notices to the principals of nine higher secondary schools to explain the reasons for the zero-per cent result their institutions showed in this year's HSC examinations.

"We have sent letters to the heads of five male and four female HSS in which they have been asked to explain the reasons behind the dismal performance of their students in the HSC exams," Fakhar Karim Siddiqui, EDO (education) of the CDGK said.

She said despite the fact that the number of HSS which gave poor results in the examination was lower than that of the colleges, yet their overall ratio was higher as 15 of the 118 colleges gave poor results whereas the total number of such schools was 35.

"We want to improve their performance and for this reason all senior educationists and subject specialists affiliated with the higher secondary schools are being consulted," said Ms Siddiqui.

Educationists said there were various reasons behind the poor performance of the HS schools. Experts said despite the fact that there were a number of subject specialists employed at the HS schools, many of the teachers had been promoted from secondary schools.

"The schoolteachers have a totally different approach to college education, which could affect the students' performance," said a senior professor.

Besides, he said, HS schoolteachers lacked in training, which, if provided, could help them improve their expertise and benefit the students at large.

Another reason behind the traditional poor result in these institutions is their standing on the lowest on the ladder of priorities set by students and parents.

Students who secure better grades in matriculation examinations prefer to get admissions to colleges and a majority of those who cannot get admission to colleges owing to poor grades get admitted to the HSS, which they put least on their priority list.

Dr Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui, chairman of the Centralised Admission Policy Committee, agreed with the notion but said the CAP could only place students according to the priorities shown in their forms.

"Better students and improved attendance record could also change the result of these institutions besides improved teaching and administrative measures," said Dr Siddiqui.

The chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi had lately warned the institutions which showed zero-per cent or less than 10 per cent results to get their performance improved or face disaffiliation for the board.

The director-general of colleges (Sindh) had already announced a plan to monitor all the colleges in Sindh on a permanent basis to improve the attendance record and teaching standards. Dawn
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