All students at Nowshera school fail FSc exam

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Not a single student from the pre-medical group in Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) Akbarpura Nowshera passed their intermediate examination.

The provincial government upgraded GGHSS Akbarpura to a higher secondary school in May 2014. However, so far not a single science teacher has been appointed at the institute. Currently, GGHSS Akbarpura has 46 students in first year of FSc and all of them have failed in the FA/FSs exams.

According to an official in district education office, the district has 350 primary schools, 40 middle schools, 34 high and higher-secondary schools for girls.

“However, a majority of them have a shortage of teachers,” he added.

The official requested anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Disparities in performance

However, the provincial government has repeatedly claimed that positive changes have been witnessed in the education sector.

According to the result of FA/FSc issued by BISE Mardan, a total of 31,551 students appeared in the intermediate examination. Of these, 24,018 passed the exams and the overall result was 76.12%. However, the overall results of government colleges and higher secondary schools reflect poor performance.

According to the results, students from Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College Swabi received 14 top positions, the Quaid-e-Azam School and College System in both Mardan and Swabi district earned eight positions while the Peace School and College System secured seven positions.

On the other hand, none of the students from government colleges and higher-secondary schools in Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi have achieved a position in the top 20 list at the pre-medical and pre-engineering colleges.

The other view

Speaking to The Express Tribune, GGHSS Akbarpura Nowshera acting incharge Nighat Khan said the school has no science teachers since 2014. She said the principal retired in January 2016 and so far the post is lying vacant. She said they have repeatedly sent letters to K-P education directorate and district education officers but have not received a favourable response.

She said, “We have hired science teachers on our own, using canteen and schools repair funds but they do have not fulfilled the students’ needs.” She admitted to the poor results of pre-medical students, saying students could hardly be expected to pass the exams without teachers.

When contacted, Nowshera DEO Atia Azeem said, “Several schools have been upgraded from middle to high and from high to higher secondary in the district due to which a number of posts have become vacant.”

She said her office has informed the directorate about these vacant posts and they will be filled soon.

About the poor result of GGHSS Akbarpura, she admitted the schools incharge had sent letters to the relevant department.

“We are not responsible for the poor results, it is not our job to appoint teachers,” she said. “High-ranking officials of the concerned departments are to be blamed for not hiring teachers for schools.”

Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan, Additional Secretary Qaiser Alam and Director for Education Rafiq Khattak and Deputy Director Muhammad Arif were not available to comment on the matter despite repeated attempts to contact them.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2016.