PESHAWAR, April 24: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is yet to implement the evaluation system of teachers and students in public sector schools.
The elementary and secondary education (E&SE) department had planned to introduce `School Report Card System` in the government-run schools more than a year ago but it hasn`t implemented the same so far. The evaluation system was planned to bring drastic improvement in the standard of the public schools, officials said.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was also briefed about the evaluation system in schools during his visit to Peshawar. The prime minister had lauded the education department for planning such an effective system, officials said.
They said that Mr Gilani had also suggested that such system should be implemented across the country.
Under the SRCS, officials said, schools would be divided into different categories according to their performance. Currently there is no classification of the schools.
“Once the SRCS is implemented, it will help the department to determine factors, which causes good or bad results,” officials said. In the existing system no one knows why students of some schools are brilliant or weak in studies.
The SRCS suggests designing of a framework to evaluate the performance of students, teachers and headmasters. In the implementation process, officials said, first schools would be divided in three categories on the bases of results of examinations.
Those schools showing best results in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and intermediate examinations would be placed in category `A` following by category `B` and `C`.
The administrations of category `A` schools will be given special incentives to encourage them and maintain the status. The incentives could be enhancement in the annual budget of the Parent Teacher Council (PTC), which oversees utilisation of funds in the respective schools.
Similarly efforts will also be made to improve the academic level of category `B` and `C` schools and these would be under focus to push them to higher categories.
The regulatory authority will be also tasked to find out reasons as to why some schools are not showing good results. It will also work on how to improve the education standard in the province. There will also be a mechanism of reward and punishment for the teachers, whose students stand good or bad in the examinations.
Presently there is no evaluation criterion for low standard of schools owing to leniency of teachers, headmasters and principals. “People have lost trust in government-run schools as most of them don`t show good results. Those, who can afford, admit their children to private schools. Even teachers of government schools are reluctant to admit their children to the schools where they themselves teach,” sources said.
Under the plan, in the first phase, SRCS would be implemented in the primary schools followed by middle, high and higher secondary schools consecutively, officials said. The selection of schools would be made according to infrastructure, number of classrooms, students and teachers.
This correspondent made several attempts to contact E&SE secretary Mohammad Arifeen but his phone was switched off.Dawn