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August 10, 2016

Schoolteachers to be rewarded for good examination results


August 10, 2016


The teachers of government schools often complain their hard work goes unsung, but here come good news for them.

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), which oversees government educational institutions in Islamabad’s urban and rural areas through the Federal Directorate of Education, has decided that from the current academic session onward, it will reward heads and teachers of schools with good examination results handsomely.

However, under-performers will face punitive action.

The decision comes in light of the overall poor results of Islamabad schools in the recent fifth grade examination.

After Islamabad’s educational institutions didn’t do well in the exam, the upset CADD minister, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, had tasked the adviser to the Prime Minister’s Education Reforms Programme, Syed Ali Raza, with thoroughly examining the matter and recommending corrective measures.

The adviser later submitted a report to the minister, who has now eagerly given his assent to it as part of the reforms programme being executed in Islamabad.

The prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, ‘watches and directs’ the programme through a committee comprising some MNAs, including CADD minister, and handpicked officials.

According to the Ali Raza report seen by ‘The News’, the schools, whose 95 per cent students secure 80 per cent marks or above in the fifth and eighth grade annual exams, will be considered excellent and thus, getting cash prizes, Umrah tickets and foreign training for heads and relevant teachers.

The educational institutions, whose 90 per cent students get 70-79 per cent marks in these exams, will be placed in the ‘very good’ category with incentives including cash prize and foreign training, and those, whose 90 per cent students secure 60-69 per cent marks in these exams, cash prize only.

However, the heads and teachers concerned of the schools, whose 90 per cent students obtain less than 45 per cent marks in fifth and eighth grade exams, will get show cause notices to explain position about poor performance.

On the basis of explanation, they may face strict punitive action, including stoppage of one pay increment and the ‘not fit for promotion’ observation on annual confidential reports.

The report stated that all students irrespective of their pre-board and or board exams would be enrolled by their schools as regular candidates and not private candidates and that they won’t be discriminated against on the basis of their performance just to show better exam results.

An official in the know said the CADD had asked the FDE to file detailed proposals on the ‘cash incentive programme’ and details of ‘better performing’ and ‘under performing’ government schools in Islamabad in light of the 2016 annual exams.

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