Islamabad - The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) for the first time announced cash awards and prizes for the students of class-V and class-X who bagged top ten positions in annual exams.

But a little mismanagement on part of the officials turned the ceremony unpleasant, disappointing many students and parents who were called for prizes. The directorate had decided to award overall top ten students of Class V and class-X and teachers from federal and model setups and private schools, but due to lack of proper communication to the schools, toppers of every school turned up to get the prize.

When overall top ten students were called at the ceremony for the prizes and many those who were sent by the schools were left unattended, they agitated and even some parents went on the stage to stage protest.

“Due to summer breaks many students along with their parents had gone to their hometowns and they had especially come to get prizes,” said father of Hamza of Class 10th. “I have also especially come along with my son from Abbottabad. But the mismanagement of the organisers has disappointed the meritorious students and teachers instead of encouraging them.”

The organisers on the event in a bid to cool down the protesters announced that all the students who are called would be awarded cash prizes later. However, according to some officials, it is not possible for the FDE to give cash prizes to top ten students of every school.

According to information, the FDE organised the prize distribution ceremony in haste following Punjab that also held the ceremony on Wednesday last.

Barrister Usman Ibrahim, State Minister for Capital Administration & Development Division, along with Secretary and senior officers of CA&DD, distributed prizes at Islamabad College for Boys G-6/3.

The minister distributed cash prizes of Rs 1,000 to Rs 25, 000 among the top 10 students of class 5th and 10th and teachers of different government and private education institutions of ICT in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements.

While addressing the audience, the minister expressed his satisfaction over the performance and said that parents and teachers also deserved appreciation along with meritorious students. He stressed upon the need to work as a team to achieve goals of high standards of education. The minister also admired girl students who clinched most of top positions. He also pointed towards the existing disparity between the federal government system and model colleges system. He mentioned that model colleges located in ICT have stretched to their limits due to better facilities. On the other hand, the federal government schools and colleges have inadequate facilities and as a result they are generally underutilised. He further said that he has formed a sub-committee, which will soon give its recommendation for bringing improvement in federal government schools.

Barrister Usman Ibrahim said the government is carrying out efforts to bring uniformity in standard of education among the educational institutions of model and federal government setup.

The CA&DD has formed a sub-committee to check out the missing facilities and condition of buildings in the FG setup to bring it at par with the model setup, he said. The sub-committee would come up with its recommendations which would be implemented in letter and spirit, Usman Ibrahim assured.