Which Education Board to choose?
Cambridge walla! Well I wished; it was that easy of a choice.
Let’s talk about education system, today; we have,
- Aga khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB)
- Cambridge system (O and A levels)
- Federal Board
- Sindh Board
These are some prominent boards in the Education system of Pakistan, well Cambridge is not a part of educational system of Pakistan, but mentioned here nonetheless, as in Karachi a decent number of student enrolls in Cambridge system every year, in order to get into top ranking universities of Pakistan, you have to issue an equivalence certificate to apply for a seat. However, there is a quota for Cambridge students but ridiculously proportioned so best of luck approaching this way.
Now let’s dissect AKU-EB, in my opinion the way they teach and the paper pattern is more similar to a strict law of rattafication. Rather than Project based learning they focus on memorization, which in turns affects the willingness of the student to learn. The very first page of AKU-EB, is all boast about their students scoring positions in SSC and HSC. Worst way to make your child learn.
Federal Board, as the name suggest not a good choice to take, if you want to enroll in any university in Sindh, very few schools actually offers this board in Karachi. However, if you are from forces than only board, they teach is federal to their child and Army Public school do support and provide a medium for the children of officials, still I have seen children suffer in education because of their drastic shifting in every couple of years.
Sindh Board, sounds a joke, course isn’t updated since the freedom of Pakistan (sarcastically), no one recognize Sindh board as an educational board except Sindh itself, system needs renovation inside out, from their ID card to their admission slip, course material to their paper pattern, teachers to their invigilator. I can mention a million more problems of this board, well if you need to listen all, contact me.
Cambridge system is one of the most updated system, where they do focus on the quality of education, project-based learning is encouraged, soft skills do develop and self-esteem eventually grows, students can dream finally and have a creative mindset as well. If you are planning to send your kid abroad for higher studies than this is the platform to go. Different cultures, religions and traditions are one of the best things your child can learn and respect in this education system. Again, which school to choose is an essential question.
AKU-EB, umm yes, they do let their students to appear for SSC and HSC, so make your child a breathing machine! Jokes apart Aga Khan hospital university is the most renown and expensive of bunch, this board increases your tiny bit chances to be a part of it, as well as, have a choice to enroll in other universities around Pakistan.
Federal board, one of the best boards in Pakistan, to be a part of any university of Punjab province, Islamabad or even Khyber Pakhtunkhwa you had to have background education from Federal board, still the system is same no focus on skills, or personality development but a little better than AKU-EB.
Now our beloved Sindh Board, the biggest benefit of it is the eligibility in any university of Sindh, just score close to an A and walla, admission confirmed.
In my opinion seats allocation should not be on the type of examination board, but the quality of the student and most part should play in an interview to assess the skills of the candidate, currently interview plays a role of a broken stick to a blind man! Yes, completely useless.
Well stay tuned for further updates, and hopefully an update to this where I can proudly announce an update to Sindh board!
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