By Umer Nangiana
In a colourful ceremony featuring impressive performances and tableau from the junior students of the school, Pakistan Education Centre (PEC) felicitated the outstanding performance of its meritorious students who came off with flying colours in the annual examination of academic year 2015-16.
Medals and certificates were conferred on students securing top positions in the Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony which is a regular feature instituted to acknowledge the outstanding talent and diligence of the students. Rashid Nizam, Community Welfare Attache of Pakistan Embassy, was the chief guest at the occasion and awarded the medals.
PEC Principal Nargis Raza was the guest of honour. Muhammad Humaid al-Mansouri from Jassim Charity, Dr Abdul Shakoor and Liaqat Amin Satti, members of Board of Governors, parents and a large number of students attended the event.
The ceremony was a joint effort of all four wings of the school. The presentation made by little angels of the KG Wing earned the loudest applause by the audience. It was followed by an entertaining presentation by the students of Junior Wing.
“We had a really good result ratio for this year as well. We exclude the ‘E’ grade from our results so the average that we get is students scoring more than 85% marks. We also select the overall outstanding performers from each of our four wings. The wing toppers are the ones who have the highest marks,” Nargis Raza Otho tells Community.
“We are very soon going to introduce interactive smart boards technology in our classrooms. It saves time as the teacher can just upload the lecture instead of writing them there. It opens endless possibilities for students to understand concepts,” she reveals.
Otho says normally the students who perform well in the 8th grade go on to do well in the matriculation as well, however, some of them take a little bit of time to understand the new format and the subjects. Most of the teachers at PEC are from Pakistan and they do not have to leave so the school does not face the problem of shortage of teachers which mostly happens when you hire local teachers and they have to leave for good.
“We continuously train our teachers and with the installation of smart boards, we will once again train our teachers on how to use them. We also have an English language laboratory where we train students in phonetics and spoken English,” says the principal.
Select teachers are trained in the use and execution of the laboratory so that they can teach others. The project to install the smart boards will roll out very soon, most likely this summer, she adds. “We have more than 170 classrooms, so we cannot update them all at once. The process will be gradual starting with the senior classes,” says Otho.
The principal says they are expecting good results from their college students in the upcoming board examination especially from the grade 12 students. “I have been continuously topping my classes from grade 5 to 8 and I have been a topper of my wing. And it has all been possible because of the way we are taught here at the PEC. We get ample opportunities to participate in extra-curricular as well,” says Salman Khan, a Grade 8 student, who intends to become an electrical engineer.
“I secured 98% marks. I love science and mathematics because these subjects involve exploring new things and problem-solving. Our teachers here are really good and they make us understand the concepts really well. I want to thank my teachers who have been really great. I also want to thank our principal who is always active in getting us opportunities to participate in extra-curricular,” says Minahil Saeed, the overall topper.
The stars of Junior Wing, Girls’ Wing and Boys’ Wing were feted with certificates and medals. The trained choir of Girls’ Wing Music Club presented a beautiful song of inspiration, motivation and championship. The students of Girls’ Wing also performed a short skit conveying a message “save the planet earth” .In a mime based on the theme “save water”, the presenters of the Boys’ Wing inspired the audience with their enactment.
The live Qawali by the students of Boys’ Wing entertained the audience. Later, the overall top three position holders of their respective wings were awarded with medals and certificate by the principal and the chief guest.
The recipients of Junior Wing included overall 3rd position holders Kazim Haider and Shanza Fatima, overall 2nd position holders Maheen Zahid ,Ahmad Hasham and Isra Rashid, overall 1st position holder Noor Sajid. The recipients of Girls’ Wing included overall 3rd position holder Dania Imshad, overall 2nd position holder Maira Naeem and overall 1st position holder Manahil Saeed.
The recipients of Boys’ Wing included overall 3rd position holder Ahmad Khalid, overall 2nd position holder Adnan Tasswar, overall 1st position holder Salman Khan.
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