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KP schools: Carrot, stick policy still on paper

January 13, 2013

PESHAWAR, Jan 12: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education department has failed to implement the provincial government’s decision taken two years ago to introduce the carrot and stick policy for the administrative heads and teachers of government schools for the secondary school certificate examination results.

According to the relevant officials, the carrot and stick approach was to be introduced to push government schoolteachers to perform duty diligently.

They said all boards of intermediate and secondary education in the province had declared SSC examination results in June 2012 but the relevant teachers of government schools had yet to be rewarded or punished.

The officials said according to the criteria set by the education department, if less than 40 per cent students of a government school passed SSC examination, the results were poor.

They said 71 high and higher secondary schools for boys and girls in the province had shown poor SSC examination results in June 2012.

According to them, Peshawar had three schools with poor results, Nowshera and Swabi 14 each, Mardan and Abbottabad 11 each, Bannu and Lakki Marwat eight each, Haripur and Lower Dir seven each, Mansehra and Kohat five each, Karak and Charsadda four each, and Upper Dir and Chitral three each.

The officials said the education department had yet to receive SSC examination results from schools in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Battagram, Torghar, Swat and Malakand.

They said of the 71 schools showing poor results, less than 10 per cent of the students of seven schools passed SSC examination, while not a single student of three schools in Kohat, Lakki Marwat and Haripur passed the SSC examination.

The officials said the punishment of headmasters and teachers of the schools for poor results was denial of annual increment, while the reward for teachers performing well was issuance of appreciation letters and certificates.

An educationist blamed poor SSC examination results on the ineffective administrations of the schools and said many schools in the province had unmotivated teachers, faced teacher shortage and suffered from lawlessness.

A senior official at the E&SE Directorate told Dawn that names of the schools showing poor SSC examination results had been sent to the E&SE Secretariat for disciplinary action.

However, sources in the E&SE Secretariat said there was confusion about the data of school with poor results as the directorate had given names of the schools and their headmasters and teachers without mentioning when they assumed the charge.

They said if a headmaster or teachers were transferred from a school one or two months before the start of SSC examination, then the newcomers couldn’t be held responsible for poor results.