Gilgit, October 5: Only 20 percent students of Intermediate Part One exams have passed in Gilgit-Baltistan. This is 9 percent lesser than the abysmal passing ratio of 9th class students.
According to results announced by the Karakoram International University Examination Board, 7040 students took the HSSC-I exams. Only 1447 students out of them were able to pass.
The poor performance of two classes across the Gilgit-Baltistan region has raised serious questions about the state of educational development. Despite of exponential increase in salaries, improved training opportunities and relatively better exposure, the teachers seem to have failed to teach and the students seem to have failed to learn.
Stories of corruption are rampant in the education department, where political appointments are being made on the behest of Chief Minister, Minister for Education and other actors.
It is pertinent to note that majority of the schools and colleges affiliated with the KIU Examination Board are owned by the government. Many private and community based schools are also affiliated with the board.
Currently schools in Gilgit-Baltistan are affiliated with three boards, namely AKU – Examination Board, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and the Karakoram International University Examination Board. The performance of students in the AKUEB and FBISE is relatively better.
It appears that the public schools and the private and community based schools are lower at the priority of policy makers and the political leaders of the region.