LAHORE - A seminar on ‘Achievement of Students in National Assessments: Contextual Variables and Implications for Policy and Planning’ was organised by the Punjab University Faculty of Education on Friday.
Punjab Education Assessment System’s Dr Nasir Mahmood, and Punjab Examination Commission’s Iqbal Awan and Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal presented the summary of results from PEC examination 2009-2012, PEAS District Wise Achievement Study 2011 and NEAS Assessment Studies.
Dr Iqbal pointed out that all these studies were conducted by government organisations and their results lead one to conclude that the children whose mother tongue is Saraiki have performed significantly better than others.
“The empirical evidence collected by different organisations has proved beyond any doubt that the children belonging to South Punjab, whose mother tongue is Saraiki, have more learning potential than their counterparts in other parts of the country. These results have long term implications for the policymakers,” he suggested.
Dr Iqbal added that to develop the learning potential of children of these areas, teachers and the management needed to create an environment conducive to learning.