The Ibne Sina College way of Education
The College’s “Way of Education” based on the above and the belief that ‘Tarbiat’ is as important a part of education as ‘Taaleem’ gives due attention to both aspects. Some of its features and the methodology applied to implement it are described below:
· The College’s Motto is “Learn, Understand, Implement” which speaks for itself. All students are made aware of the meanings of these words.
· Students are taught the Namaz, as well as its meanings in Class III. To ensure that it is not forgotten in the future years, students in Classes VI and VII have a 5 marks question on the meanings of the Namaz in the Islamiat paper in each Term Examinations. These students are also taught the meanings of selected Quranic verses which give guidance on various facets of practical human life including morality, social behaviour, individual rights and responsibilities etc. For this purpose, a book ‘Taleemaat-e-Quran’ has been produced by the College and is the basic book used in the weekly “character building” period for students in classes VI and VII. Students in Classes VI and above are required to have a copy of the Holy Quran at home, with meanings explained in simple English. They are encouraged to read and understand its contents, and hopefully implement them in their future.
· All College functions, events and occasions including assemblies, debates, sports, competitions etc, start with Tilawat from the Holy Quran. The Arabic verses are always followed by a detailed explanation of their meanings.
· The College has a 2 day “Islam and Pakistan” celebration each year. On these days all students wear the national dress (shalwar qameez) instead of College uniforms and participate in functions comprising speeches, songs, quiz competitions etc. on the theme of Pakistan and Islam, the reason for its existence as an independent Islamic country. On these 2 days, apart from participating in these functions, students attend classes, as on normal school days. The College does not celebrate Basant, Valentine or Thanks Giving days.
· To inculcate the essential quality of philanthropy in the students the College has a “Food and Fun Festival for Charity” each year. On this day students are allowed to wear clothes other than their uniforms to College, to buy food and other eatables for themselves and play games. Girls, boys and Preschool children, enjoy this activity which is held separately for each group. Food and games are contributed by the students and staff. The money collected is donated for charitable purposes. Students are also encouraged to donate as much as they can for the relief of the suffering at times of need caused by calamities of any type in Pakistan and overseas.
· The emphasis on character building is further evidenced by the Medals given each year to students in Classes IV to X, separately for boys and girls, as the “Khursheed Inam Award for Excellence in Human Qualities.”Ibne Sina College is probably the only institution that gives such awards. These medals are honoured more than the medals given for academic excellence. They were started on the advice of the great Pakistani writer and intellectual Mr. Ashfaq Ahmad Khan.
· During the middle and the end of each Term, four times a year, the College reports of students’ results of examinations and class tests also contain graded (A to F) assessments of the quality of their application to study, attitudes and discipline during the reporting period. This enables parents to monitor their children’s progress in the ‘Tarbiat’ part of education in the College.
· Cursive hand writing in English is introduced in the Prep Class. Children do not have to learn to write English in two steps. Alphabets of both languages are taught phonetically enabling children to read at an early stage.
· From Class I onwards, there are specialist teachers for each class and subject. With a very few exceptions a teacher only teaches one subject to all 3 sections of a class. This reduces the burden on the teachers and enables them to concentrate better on their subject at the level of the class they teach.
· Science is taught as a single subject up to Class V, and not upto Class VIII as is done in other schools. From Class VI onwards Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught as separate subjects. Teachers specializing in each one of these 3 subjects are assigned to the class; the total teaching time per week and the marks allocated for science in the examinations are increased from Class V instead of from Class IX. This enables students to take science more seriously at an earlier stage of education.
· Equal emphasis is placed on the teaching of Urdu and English. English is not promoted at the cost of Urdu. The purpose is to prepare students who are equally proficient in correctly speaking and writing both languages when they leave school. Students need encouragement to take Urdu seriously; for this purpose, Islamiyat is taught in Urdu up to Class V. In the O’ Level examinations, students are taught the course for the First Language Urdu paper and not the easier Second Language Urdu, which though meant for foreign nationals, is taught in most schools in Pakistan in order to get better grades for equivalence purposes in Urdu.
· Two teachers are engaged full time in conducting remedial sessions for students who are weak in Urdu, particularly those coming from overseas. This enables the students to come up to the required standard without having to resort to private tuition at home.
· No home work is given to students in the Playgroup and Nursery Classes. Students in Classes Prep-III are given very limited home work. Home work is assigned every other week (Home Work Week).
· Students in Classes I and above have a Test for each subject every other week (Test Week). Home work is not given during the Test Weeks, and no Tests are conducted during the Home Work Weeks. Fortnightly testing enables the students’ progress to be assessed earlier, and corrective measures can be implemented in time and more frequently.
· No choice is given in the question papers in tests and examinations for all classes except for the two senior most classes where the O’ Level examination rules are applied.
· The Term Examination Reports show the percentages of marks gained in each subject as well as the average result of the Class and the result of the student standing first in each subject. This enables a better understanding of the students’ performances.
· There is only one morning assembly each week for students in Classes VI and above, separately for boys and girls. It is in the form of an oral magazine with individual presentations by students through their Houses. This full period assembly includes a short lecture on Quranic instructions regarding the practical aspects of life, a short explanation of relevant verses of Allama Iqbal’s poetry, student’s presentations and College announcements. Classes I to V students have weekly assembly periods on the same pattern in their class rooms.
· To develop communication skills, each year, there are 2 Urdu and 2 English elocutions for students in Classes I–III and 3 debates in each language for students in Class IV to X. Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Prep Class children have an annual show of performing arts. Students in Classes IV to X have Creative Writing Contests in both languages in each Term.
· Students are not allowed to bring more than Rs 40 to College on any day, and the Tuck Shop does not sell goods worth more than this sum to any student. Students are not allowed to bring cell phones to College and the teachers are not allowed to use their phones in the class rooms. College employees are not allowed to give private tuition to any student on College rolls, or to receive gifts of any value or kind from any student, or a family member of any student.
· Apart from the monthly tuition fee the students are not required to pay for any College facility or service, including the co-curricular programs. Non-curricular activities, that may require students to bring money from home, except for the collection of donations for charitable purposes, are not organized by the College.