PESHAWAR: According to a media report, students of public-sector colleges in Mardan could not clinch top positions in the 2016 intermediate examination conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Mardan, despite the provincial government’s tall claims about bringing about change in the education sector. The majority of parents whose children are enrolled in state-run colleges are dissatisfied with the performance of these colleges. It merits mention that only one female student of a government college topped in the Arts group in the region. None of the government college students succeeded in gaining positions in the top-20 list in the premedical and pre-engineering groups. The provincial minister of education claims that the government has improved the standard of education at government-run colleges by imposing an emergency in the education sector. However, according to the exam results of the Mardan Board, students showed poor performance, similar to that of the secondary school certificate exam results. This should be a matter of serious concern for the provincial education minister, who incidentally hails from Mardan District.
In view of the above, there is a strong need for revisiting the education policy of the provincial government, especially with respect to government colleges, to improve their performance.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2016.
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