Second Shift Secondary Schools Of Hyderabad District Education Essay

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Around the world education is recognized, as an important institution for the development of political and social progress of a nation. The role played by it is an important element in the system of education. The world we live in is changing rapidly with an unimaginable acceleration and through recent technical and technological advances in travel and communications, it is thought of as shrinking and becoming a village. In this process, education places an important part. It is a powerful force in molding the individual and society itself, so education of a nation is no doubt closely linked with cultural and social needs and issues. But it cannot be detached from international scenario having specific trends and demands.

"With the advances made in the third world in the last three decades, education has been offset by population explosion, uneven economic growth, crises in world trade and monetary systems and international or regional political instability. Given these constrains and limited resources, greater emphasis is thought to be needed to improve the quality and quantity of education." (Adeeb, Shagufta and Sarwar, 1998, p.1.).

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Through its contribution to life long learning, competitiveness and the pursuit of excellence education has to play a significant role in a society. "The fate of a nation is neither decided in any political arena nor on any battlefield; it is decided in the education imparting institutions." (Mughal, 1999,pp.1-2.). That is why when Pakistan came into being, 'the father of the nation, Quaid e Azem Muhammad Ali Jinnah, stressed for the development of the system of education that could lead the nation to the higher avenues of the knowledge and the system of examining the potentialities of the learners." (Frontier Education Foundation, 2006, p.1.).

Secondary education plays a very crucial role in the present educational structure. It is both a terminal stage for a bulk of students and is also a significant indicator of quality of higher and professional education. The old four tier system of education namely primary, secondary, college and university has been replaced by a three tier system of elementary, secondary and university.

"In most education systems, second shift schools are a marginal phase of the system and seen as of mediocre quality to teachers and parents" (Batra, 1998). It is sometimes argued that second shift schools are affordable to some parents, generally those who are poor, because these schools enable their children, particularly those of secondary school age, to take on employment during some portion of the day and in that way reduce the opportunity cost of schooling

This is usually on the grounds that second shift schools provide a substandard education. "What is often true is that second shift schools enroll mostly poorer students and, as a result, are seen as substandard schools." (Nhundu, 2000 and World Bank and IDB, 2000).

Purpose of the study

The main purpose of 2nd shift school is to increase the supply of school places while limiting strain on budget. Introduction of 2nd shift schools allows a single set of buildings and facilities to server more pupils. This may be especially important in urban areas, where land is scarce and buildings are expensive. The 2nd shift schooling may also have subsidiary functions.

Expansion of the number of 2nd shift schools broadens access. This helps government to achieve goals of social equity. In many societies, the children are too poor to spend the whole day in the school. They cannot afford the School fees, and they cannot afford to lose the incomes they could get from the working.

One of the principal reasons for moving to a second shift arrangement is the potential savings from not having to build more schools to accommodate increased numbers of pupils.

Some of these schools are money-making machines whereby the school runs a double-shift and then it turns in to a tuition-centre in the late evening. While it becomes a goldmine for the owner, it is like subverting the mission of education to promote business. As such schools enroll children of the 'influential' and, as the owners roll in wealth, the Government departments are obliged to look the other way at all kinds of violations of law/ rules.

Statement of the Problem

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This study is intended to find out the role of second shift schools in education. The standard of education of the students and the teachers of 2nd shift schools.

Objectives of the Study

To find out whether the arrangement of Second Shift Schools has absorbed the influx of students.

Did the absorption of teachers in Second Shift Schools have reduced unemployment?

To find out teachers-students ratio in Second Shift Schools.

To compare the results of students of Morning Shift and Evening Shift classes of the same school.

To suggest measures for the improvement of secondary school in general and that of Second Shift Schools in particular

Review of Literature

Double-shift schooling is often presented as a short-term measure to increase school provision (Linden 2001, 1). Yet, what is frequently seen as short term can all too readily be institutionalized and become the standard by which educational policy is measured, thereby neglecting issues of cost and quality. One of the main policy approaches supported by international agencies and development organizations, for reducing child labour calls for an increase in school attendance by expanding school places and building more schools (Todaro and Smith 2003, 375). "Compulsory education policies and the legal elimination of child labour are also emphasized to compel governments to work towards children's rights" (Subrahmanian 2002, 402).

In second-shift schools morning group leaves the school before the next group arrives. In second-shift schools first group comes early in the morning and leaves at just after mid-day; and second group arrives at mid-day and leaves in the late afternoon. Generally in Pakistan and Specifically in Sindh, following timing is scheduled.

First Shift - 7:30 to 1:15

Second Shift - 1:30 to 5:30

Timing of 1st shift and 2nd shift varies in winter and summer seasons.

"Double-shift schools seek to maximize the use of available resources and to provide education to a greater number of pupils without multiplying investment. By making more intensive use of building and other facilities, planners can expand access to larger number of children." (Mark Bray, 2008, P.1).

There is less cognitive achievement in second shift schooling. There is a significant lack of good evidence about the cognitive achievement in double-shift schools. So far available evidence and pre-research findings shoes that there is no consistent significant cognitive disadvantage to pupils in double-shift schools.

Economical Factor

Mark Bray, (2008, p.25) defined the economic costs of double shift system as "Double-shift systems can provide major economic benefits." They are:

More efficient use of building and other facilities

More efficient use of scarce teacher (if staff are allowed to teacher in more than one session)

Saving in teacher training and teacher housing (if the shift system allows reduction in the total number of teachers)

Release of teacher for other work in the economy( if the system reduce the number of classroom hours in each shift and if the teachers decide to take on other work)

Release of pupils for productive work in the economy.

The beneficial aspects of double shift schooling are couched in terms of the increases in the numbers who can attend school and in terms of its impact on the increased labour contributions of both children and teachers, all of which can be achieved at minimal cost. Yet, nothing is said of the "physical costs for children who do both" (Subrahmanian 2002, 403).

Double shift schooling resolves some of the tensions experienced by children and parents between attending school, and the need to perform domestic and farm Labour (Pamela Kea. 2007,P-27). "The magic word efficiency that is causing such a revolution in industry is beginning to work in education. As in industry, so in education, efficiency is based on complete knowledge. Those administrative officers have not yet demanded and obtained knowledge sufficient to enable their school systems." (J. Howard Hutchinson, 2009, P.4).

Nowadays there is a greater importance attached to educating the grandchild. All see that importance. Children should go to school. Children should also know how their school fees are paid. It is important to take children to the farm, so they know about the work parents do to sponsor their education. In the past it was during the rainy season holiday that children would help their parents on the farm. Now, with double shift, they can help during the week when they are not at school. If a child knows how his / her parent struggles to pay for his or her education this is how a child becomes responsible. She / he must do and see to feel for the parents. (Pamela Kea. 2007, P-23)

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One of the main reasons for moving to a second shift arrangement is the possible savings from not having to build more schools to accommodate increased numbers of pupils. Therefore second shift schools are often also seen as a provisional measure where financial resources parents are constrained.

Research Methodology

Methodology of the Study

This study was conducted on the 2nd Shift School at secondary level from (class IX to class X) in District Hyderabad for the five years -2003 to 2008. For the research there are various methods but here we have used primary and secondary sources and after selecting suitable sources data was classified and tabulated and finally used statistical methods and made graph to represent the data in the shape of figures.

Population

The population comprised of the 2nd shift school teachers, students and the parents of the students in District Hyderabad.

Sample

A random sample of this study was 28 school teachers 200 students from 15 random selected school (both morning and evening shift schools) and 100 parents in Hyderabad District.

Instruments

Three close ended Questionnaires were designed for teacher, parents and students respectively. Each questionnaire was consisted of 15 items.

Data Collection

Statement showing the Detail of Teaching Staff and Enrolment Class-Wise Students of 2ND Shift Schools of District Hyderabad from Academic year 2003-2008.

Government Girls High School No.1. Society Hyderabad City.

TABLE No.1

Detail of Teaching Staff

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

Total Staff

01

13

08

01

02

25

Class-Wise Enrollment of Students

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

37

58

60

67

61

283

2004-2005

36

40

51

60

61

248

2005-2006

38

42

58

62

62

262

2006-2007

40

41

55

62

62

260

2007-2008

47

66

73

75

72

333

Grand Total

198

247

297

326

318

1386

Government Girls High School Noor Muhammad .1 Tilak Chari Hyderabad City.

TABLE No.2

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

No. of Physical Teachers

No. of Sindhi Language Teachers

Total Staff

01

68

47

01

01

01

01

120

Class-Wise Enrollment of Students

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

38

40

42

42

42

204

2004-2005

40

40

44

43

43

210

2005-2006

48

50

50

50

50

248

2006-2007

39

51

55

55

55

255

2007-2008

51

53

56

56

56

272

Grand Total

216

234

247

246

246

1189

Government Girls High School Noor Muhammad .2 Tilak Chari Hyderabad City.

TABLE No.3

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

No. of Physical Teachers

Total Staff

01

28

21

01

02

01

54

Class-Wise Enrollment of Students

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

32

38

36

36

36

178

2004-2005

25

28

31

32

32

148

2005-2006

24

29

28

24

24

129

2006-2007

30

41

46

46

46

209

2007-2008

21

28

31

29

29

138

Grand Total

132

164

172

167

167

802

Government Girls High School Rooh-e-Islam Latifabad Hyderabad.

TABLE No.4

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

Total Staff

01

08

12

01

01

23

Detail of Teaching Staff

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

40

42

42

40

40

204

2004-2005

38

34

39

39

39

189

2005-2006

30

37

40

38

38

183

2006-2007

43

40

39

41

41

204

2007-2008

40

42

45

40

40

207

Grand Total

191

195

205

198

198

987

5. Government Girls High School Muhammad Jinnah Latifabad Hyderabad

Detail of Teaching Staff

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

Total Staff

01

11

13

01

01

27

Class-Wise Enrollment of Students

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

38

40

44

39

39

200

2004-2005

40

42

42

49

49

222

2005-2006

49

51

52

52

52

256

2006-2007

48

48

42

40

40

218

2007-2008

38

40

41

42

42

203

Grand Total

213

221

221

222

222

1099

6. Government Boys High School Islamiya Modren Hussainabad Taluka Qasimabad

Detail of Teaching Staff

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

No. of Physical Teachers

Total Staff

01

08

10

01

01

01

22

Class-Wise Enrollment of Students

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

40

38

44

44

44

210

2004-2005

30

32

38

38

38

176

2005-2006

39

39

42

42

42

204

2006-2007

44

44

43

45

45

221

2007-2008

35

35

40

40

40

190

Grand Total

188

188

207

209

209

1001

7. Government Boys High School Qasimabad Taluka Qasimabad

Detail of Teaching Staff

No. of Head Masters

No. of High School Teachers

No. of Junior School Teachers

No. of Oriental Teachers

No. of Drawing Teachers

No. of Physical Teachers

Total Staff

01

10

07

02

02

01

23

Class-Wise Enrollment of Students

Year

Class VI

Class VII

Class VIII

Class IX

Class X

Total No. of Students

2003-2004

69

82

82

89

89

411

2004-2005

78

80

80

80

80

398

2005-2006

82

84

88

89

89

432

2006-2007

92

96

99

99

99

485

2007-2008

80

104

106

88

88

466

Grand Total

401

446

455

445

445

2192