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ISLAMABAD: Degree classes in federal capital are on the verge of commencement but so far students and teachers do not have any idea what will be the course because degree awarding institutions have been affiliated with Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) and will not use the course of Punjab University.

On the other hand experience of most of the members of the board of studies is based on intermediate level coaching and only 4 out of 22 members have experience in graduation work, Dawn has learnt.

According to sources, 14 Colleges (10 ex-FG and 4 Model) of Islamabad under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have been granted affiliation by QAU Islamabad at graduate and postgraduate levels and they have been detached from University of the Punjab, Lahore. It is indeed, a huge switch over of affiliation in the history of FDE. Being the first experience, so many issues have taken birth with big question marks regarding their solutions.

A faculty member of a college said that BA/BSc and B.Com part-I classes are going to start in current month but little homework seems to have been done regarding courses of teaching, the detailed instructions to the colleges for teaching, purchase of relevant books and even the paper pattern which students need to follow right from the beginning.

“The teachers in different colleges feel confused regarding courses at graduate and postgraduate levels. The board of studies notified for various disciplines have reportedly started holding their meetings but their snail’s pace progress will definitely fail to cope with demand of the students taking admission in BA/BSc part-I,” he said.

“Most particularly syllabi for teaching are the first and the basic step which is still in the air. Therefore, both teachers as well as students feel the chaotic situation and none of the two know anything about it. This is the situation when students are preparing to wear uniforms and sit in the classrooms,” he said.

An officer of FDE said that most of the members in the board of studies do not have experience of teaching graduate and postgraduate level subjects.

“Many of the senior professors working under FDE who are competent and qualified like Dr Salauddin Darwesh in the subject of Urdu, Dr Rashid Azeem in the subject of Botany, Dr Muhammad Sajid Khan Khakwani in Islamic Studies and many more PhD’s with more than 20 years experience of teaching to degree classes, were ignored,” he said.

“Making of curricula and syllabi is extraordinary task and involves many things. Those concerned must be well aware and skilled in selection of subjects keeping in view demand of the job market, mental level of the students. Moreover the courses being taught at Intermediate, Degree and Postgraduate levels must be chained up to avoid repetitions of the similar topics in the course outlines or syllabi,” he said.

A Faculty member of a college said: “Even the amendments proposed must be based on objective approach, keeping in view the available resources, capacity of institutions and the books available in the market.”

“In the past, many experiments have already been made in the syllabus from schools to the university levels and many of them have failed because they were not according to the need of the society and available facilities,” he said.

“The best examples are English language (compulsory) courses being taught at metric (SSC) and intermediate (HSSC) levels. The books recommended and being taught at present, are actually meeting mental level of 7th and 8th grade students. It should be remembered, these books replaced ‘Interactive English’ which was the first course meeting the mental levels of 9th and 10th grade students,” he said.

Similarly, English language (compulsory) at HSSC-I level passed through many experiments and trials in the past few years.

The old Punjab Text Book Board course was replaced with a book by National Book Foundation which remained in the limelight in the National Assembly due to controversial poems,” he said.

Maqbool Ahmed, father of a student said that he does not know that what is going on in educational institutions of federal capital.

“No one is willing to tell me which books will be included in the course,” he said.

Spokesman for Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA), Professor Tahir Mahmood said, “Unluckily the task of affiliation with QAU was assigned to education wing of CAD which had neither experience nor competency to meet it effectively. “If the matter was directly dealt with by the respective colleges through FDE, as the previous routine with Punjab University, it would have been completed. Experienced, qualified and competent professors who had more than 25 years experience of teaching to degree classes were not recommended by CAD in the board of studies,” he said.

“If senior professors are kept away in policy making, one cannot give assurance of a prosperous Pakistan. So their names should be added”.

However, FGCTA, the elected body of federal government college teachers, fully endorses and appreciates this affiliation of ICT colleges with QAU Islamabad,” he said.

Joint Secretary CAD, Rafique Tahir while talking to Dawn said that process was in transitional period so teachers and students seem confused but all the issues will be resolved and board of studies will look into all issues.

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Comments (7) Closed

Rao Sep 10, 2012 12:52pm
Oh. Come'on Yar! Don't be so pessimistic. It is better to start a new world language like English than not start at all along with a national and regional language. It is good for the society.
Kashuk Sep 11, 2012 03:45am
Tragically, this article is written in terrible prose. It's fascinating how every country that has risen from poverty to prosperity in the last 50 years has done it by recognizing English as the language of international trade. Yet we in our hubris manage to think that this act is somehow a show of weakness. My prayers are with the ppl of Pakistan. May their "hosh come to tHikanay". -K
Farhat Khan Sep 10, 2012 04:18pm
Thank you Islamization of Pakistan. The calibar of educators, and standard of education gone down the drain. Now we have the madrassa ,where we read the same book all day long.
ChangaManga Sep 11, 2012 05:13am
Teaching basic written English is not that difficult. First, teach students how to write simple sentences. Then, teach them how to write complex sentences. Later, teach them how to write compound sentences. At last, teach them how to write complex compound sentences.
Mr.T Sep 10, 2012 09:12am
What is the standard of 7th Grade English ? Even the 7th Grade English is not for 7th grade, it's for 2nd graders, What is going right in Pakistan... ?
Agha Ata Sep 10, 2012 02:25pm
Are you sure it is that good for 2nd graders?
rehan Sep 11, 2012 07:58am
Interesting.... can a 2nd Grader read a chapter from "Kidnapped" ? My niece is in 2nd grade and her books don't look like what I read in 7th grade at all... Let's not paint such a bleak picture of Pakistan ,OK?