IN many schools across the country, a number of young students are about to make an important decision about whether to go for matriculation/ FSc or O/A level system.

The decades-old debate about the pros and cons of these two major systems of education in Pakistan persists to this day. But the sad role in this regard is now being played by school teachers and administration.

In most of the well-known schools and colleges of Pakistan, the criterion set these days is that those students who secure 60 per cent or more marks in the final examinations of Grade Eight should be allowed to join O level classes while those who don’t will have to go for conventional matriculation.

Such an attitude automatically creates a sense of superiority amongst the O level students and they look down upon matriculation students.

Schoolteachers and the administration must realise their responsibility of providing proper guidance and counselling rather than being the cause of such discrimination.

Teachers should help students realise the potential benefits of both systems and should help them select the one which suits their interests. Students must be able to decide at this stage the career they want to pursue in life and select the system of education accordingly. For example, those who wish in future to study in government medical or engineering universities should opt for the matriculation/FSc system. Whereas students interested in subjects like literature, fine arts, social sciences or those who plan to study abroad should go for O and A levels.

There is a dire need for our prestigious institutions to keep these facts in mind for the welfare of our future generations.

ZOONA SIKANDER
Islamabad

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Tahir
June 8, 2013 8:14 am
Zoona Sikander, you started off your letter very well with good intentions to remove any complexes that might develop in a child's mind at the turning point of career selection age. However the example that you provided yourself as a solution is more discriminatory than what your original grievance is against.
Shahryar Shirazi
June 9, 2013 1:55 am
Zoona, O/A levels will prepare you more for the educational life ahead of you. This system is more practical. Don't make the mistake of going with the local board system ( if you have a choice). The system works on memorization and that too for the course work which is not up-to standard. Good luck!
Agha Ata
June 9, 2013 12:00 am
After a long consideration I have come to this conclusion that Matriculation examination is a botheration for all nations. :)
Syed-S
June 9, 2013 1:43 am
In reality, O/A level or Matric/FA/FSc diesel nöt make Amy difference fot an admission to à good university in any country. Most American university return SAT, GMAT results or USMLE, and oturens even don't need them. I did matriculation and FSc and went on to do Ph.D from USA.
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