A private educational institution on Tuesday played a trick with the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) to get itself registered with it.
But it did not do it on its own rather it had the support of a government college in this regard, Dawn has learnt.
For registration, it is mandatory for a school to have all facilities, including well-equipped laboratories for experiments in chemistry and other science subjects and a library.
An official of Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB) F-8/4, on condition of anonymity, said the private school wanted to get registered with the FBISE and inspection was due on Tuesday, but it did not have all the paraphernalia required for registration.
The F-8/4 college principal, however, came to its rescue and shifted laboratory equipment from its four labs and books from library to the private school prior to the team’s visit.
It is pertinent to mention that most of the private schools are not registered with the FBISE due to which their students have to appear in matriculation exams at the examination centres of government schools.
If a private school gets registration of the FBISE it will be allowed to hold exams and practical in its own building.
The registration increases the worth of the institution hence it gets more admissions which enhances its revenue.
“As the FBISE team during inspection ensures that every thing should be available so principal of the college Farrukh Sabir Masoomi instructed his staff to shift equipment from the four laboratories (chemistry, biology, physics and computer labs) to the private school. Moreover, he also instructed to shift books form the library to the school,” he said.
“The staff started shifting the equipment on Monday which continued on Tuesday. The equipment included microscopes, vernier calipers, micrometer screw gauge, apparatus for the experiments, test tubes, different sorts of chemicals, etc,” he said.
“A large number of books were also shifted to the private school to give an impression to the inspection team of the board that the school was up to the required standard,” he said.
President of the Model Colleges Central Academic Staff Association (CASA) Rasheed Khan while talking to Dawn said when he came to know about the whole story he sent the vice-president of the CASA, Mehboob Ahmed Khan, to the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to inform it about the ‘misappropriation’.
“I also called Model Colleges Director Rao Zulfiqar and told him about the story. He assured me that strict action will be taken,” he said.
“According to my point of view it was not only unethical but the principal was also unkind with the students of the private school because if is registered without having equipment, ultimately the students will suffer,” he said.
When contacted Principal IMCB F-8/4 Farrukh Sabir Masoomi, he said just a few things were given to the private institute, which the school had returned.
“I don’t see anything wrong in it because equipment was for education of the students and students of private schools are also Pakistanis so they should benefited from the equipment,” he said.
“Teachers of the college also demand equipment for a day or two and I never refuse them. Even residents of the area come to college to borrow different things and I lend them for a day or two,” he said.
“A list was made before lending the equipment to the private institution,” Mr Masoomi said.
Vice Principal of the F-8/4 school, Shahid Haseeb, said that he was not aware if anything has been given to the private school.
The FBISE chairperson, Shaheen Khan, while talking to Dawn said that she had learnt that the management of the private school had tried to deceive the inspection committee on Tuesday.
“It is mandatory that school should have all sorts of facilities for the registration with the FBISE. I have been waiting for the report which was yet to be submitted. After that I will take appropriate action,” she said.
Secretary, Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Faridullah Khan while talking to Dawn said it was a seriously issue and I will take notice of it. The FDE will be asked to give a detailed report regarding what happened,” he said.Dawn.