Islamabad - The pilot programmeme pertaining to International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) ’O’ and ‘A’ level classes started in two Islamabad model colleges in 2012, have met a poor response from the parents and students due to lack of patronage from education managers.

Hardly a few people know that the federal government model educational institutions have been offering the programme, as there was no advertisement on part of the authorities to disseminate information to general public that the model colleges are offering ‘O’ and ‘A’ level classes.

It is pertinent to mention here that only six students have been enrolled in the programme in the Islamabad Model College for Girls I-10/4 Islamabad at present and it is becoming even hard for the college administration to run the programme with almost zero revenue. Only Rs 5000 are charged from each student of the programme in the name of ‘Monthly Fund, which is insufficient for paying salary to the teachers hired for the programmeme.

As far as Islamabad Model College for Boys F-8/4 Islamabad is concerned, 15 students appeared in ‘O’ level exams last year. When asked, Director Model Colleges Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Tariq Masood said that the programme is top priority of the FDE and added the directorate would be striving hard to run the programme in a more efficient manner in future.

The parents complained that it was getting difficult for them with each passing day to get admission of their children in model colleges of the federal capital. It is to mention here that there is only one model college in I-sector of the federal capital while F-sector has seven of such model colleges.

As far as Islamabad Model College for Girls I-10/4 is concerned, it has 33 rooms only to accommodate over 2500 students. Number of sections is greater than the number of rooms in the college, which also has to accommodate the students of bordering areas of Rawalpindi. Per section strength of students is around 60, which negates the spirit of model set up of colleges.