SWABI: Speakers in various gatherings in public sector schools on Saturday said that they recognized the past glory of government-run educational institutions where the incumbent distinguished officials had acquired quality education which helped them to reach into the climax of their exceptional career.
The functions were organized on the directive of Mutasimbillah, Swabi Deputy Commission who directed the public sector schools in the district to run ‘Back to School’ campaign to rejuvenate the past glory and remind the students and people major contribution of the public sector institutions. A main function was held in Government Higher Secondary School Topi which was founded by Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan, known as Sir Syed of Sarhad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, founder of famous Islamia College Peshawar.
Sir Sahibzada belonged to Topi city and the 52-kanal land for the school donated by him while establishing this institution during the British colonial period. Saifur Rehman, former district education officer was chief guest on the occasion. The function was attended by alumni of the school and students. It was interesting the old students narrated the past events, linking the same with the present and advising the students to concentrate on their study which was considered by them the only panacea of all our ills. All the speakers paid rich tributes to Sir Sahibzada and said that o one could match him in the province when the question of education came.
Addressing the students Mr. Rehman said that various factors contribute to the education of the students. The teacher role, environment in the society, discipline, his/her financial position and inclination towards education acquiring, government adopted policy, society and encouragement by both parents and teachers are the factors which contribute to the education of the children.
“Lack in any one of these factors might cause derailing of the students and depriving him/her from receiving quality education,” he said. Mutasimbillah said that the government had introduced result-oriented reforms in education sectors and much more were expected to be followed.
Dr Liaqat Ali, who passed metric examination from Topi school four decades back said character building was quite vital for moulding the life of the students. Once they were on track of good character then no one could stop them to reach the peak of their life and achieve economic prosperity, he said. Dr Muhammad Jamshid who teaches at Gajju Medical College Swabi said that the best thing for the students was to utilize time and don’t waste it. He recalled that when he was student their teachers and headmaster told them in their farewell party: “If you (students) even going to fail in SCC examination please don’t try to cheat. Cheating is a curse.”
Dr Mukamil Khan said that if students really concentrate on their study they could achieve their objectives even in difficult situation. He recalled that when they stayed at hostel 40 years back, they could only use electricity for lighting purpose and no one could play the fan but despite that they had excelled.
Muhammad Jamil advocate said that the parents, teachers, parents and the society should coordinate their efforts; only then the contemporary education could be imparted to the youngsters.
Earlier, principal of the Topi school Hanifullah welcomed the guests and vowed that the programme initiated by government to invite the old students would be maintained by them in future. “I pledged that this precedence would be kept alive,” he said.