ISLAMABAD:Around 350 students of Pakistan Railway Schools secured A+ grades in ‘O level’ examination during the last four years which is showing the improved standard of education through untiring efforts of the organization.
The results are improving every year as 109 students got A grade this year followed by 89 in 2016, and 76 each in 2015 and 2014, an official in the Ministry of Railways told reporter.
Likewise, 113 students bagged A grade this year followed by 104 in 2016, 81 in 2015 and 95 in 2014 due to the effective policies of the present government.
“The focus of our institutions is to provide conducive teaching and learning environment for education on modern scientific footing and provide opportunities for creative activities under the guidance of competent professionals,” he added.
He said that Pakistan Railways’ educational institutions are laying equal emphasis on physical fitness, cultural activities, character building, development of leadership qualities, discipline and sportsman spirit among the students.
The Ministry of Railways has taken several steps for further improving the standard of education including a special teachers training workshop which is arranged every year during summer vacations for capacity building of the faculty, he said.
He said that security arrangements have been beefed up in railway schools through installation of CCTV cameras, raising of boundary walls upto 10 feet and fixing of razor wire on the boundary wall to provide a safe and secure environment for education.
“Sports camps are arranged for both boys and girls in Palistan Railways colleges, deploying professional coaches of various games,” the official added.
He said that scouting has been introduced in Pakistan Rrailways Schools and colleges, allocating a regular period in the timetable. A special period for Quran teachings has been introduced in all schools and colleges.
The official said that special computer classes for teachers have been arranged during summer vacation to improve their teaching skills. Monthly test system has been introduced for board classes.
Meetings between parents and teachers are convened thrice in an academic year. A new library has been established in Pakistan Railways Saint Andrew’s Girls High School and College with wifi facility, he added.
“The ministry has initiated the process of outsourcing the management of railway schools to reputed entities having experience in successfully running such schools,” he said.
He said that in this context Pakistan Railways Boys High School, Karachi has been handed over to the citizen foundation as a pilot project which is a success story.
The official said that on similar lines other schools will also be handed over in due course of time.