Philanthropist sets example by building four class rooms at a govt school

Shahid Hussain Yousafzai

TIMERGARA:  The Lower Dir District Education Officer Ghulam Nabi Khan on Tuesday said the government should sincerely work on the enforcement of a single integrated syllabus and a uniform medium of instruction English or Urdu in all public and private schools throughout the country.

He was addressing a function after inaugurating four additional class rooms at Government High School Osakai as a chief guest. The additional rooms were built by a well-known philanthropist and businessman Haji Ameer Naushad with a cost of Rs.4.2 million. The schools’ heads, teachers, students and area elders attended the function. The philanthropist Haji Ameer Naushad, Principal Bahadar Zeb, Principal Aftab Alam, retired principal Hafizullah Khan and others addressed the function.

Haji Ameer Naushad announced to construct more class rooms at the school without government’s support on need basis. He said that he got his preliminary education at this school when it was made up of mud and stones. The philanthropist asked the educationists to provide quality education to children. He also asked the participants to plant at least 10 saplings each during the next winter season. Haji Ameer Naushad also planted six million saplings in the nearby hill with the support of local population and started work on building houses for homeless people of the area with a cost of Rs.30 million.  The speakers lauded the effort of Haji Ameer Naushad and said the rest of well-to-do should also follow this example.

The DEO Ghulam Nabi Khan said that students were overburdened because of unnecessary course books. He said the government should enforce a single integrated syllabus and a uniform medium of instruction if it was sincere to raise standard of education in schools. He said the government has to end once for all the decades’ old controversy of English Urdu language as medium of instruction in schools.

He said that all other experiments in the field of education would never succeed despite spending of a huge amount. The education officer asked the schools’ heads to concentrate on quality education. He said the students too should focus on specialization in a particular field rather on generalization. He added that Pakhtun students had great potential in every field but they needed proper attention, counseling and guidance. He asked teachers to guide their students as per their hidden capabilities as there had been no such institutions in the country.

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