The College is open 5 days a week, 185 days a year, for all classes except for classesIX & X for whom it is open 6 days a week, 235 days a year (including 25 days of special classesduring the summer vacation). Winter timings are 8.00 – 2.00 and Summer 7.00 – 1.00. Nurserychildren leave 1½ hours earlier, Prep Class children leave an hour earlier. Each working day has10 periods, including one for the mid–day break. There is one period less on Fridays, which is ashorter day by one hour.There is an extensive co–curricular activities programme as a part of the regular timetable within College hours. This includes singing, art, computers, debates and library periods.Sporting facilities include gymnastics, foot ball, basket ball, volley ball, hand ball, table tennisand athletics. There are four full time Sports Teachers, including a female for the older girls.
THE IBNE SINA COLLEGE WAYIbne Sina College
as a policy believes that no child is uneducable or “na–laiq”. It is theduty of the educationist to take each child up to the highest level of her/his potential. Whereas itmay be unreasonable for parents to expect all children to produce equally brilliant results, it isunfair for Teachers to give up “weak” students as failures, at any level. With the aforesaid inmind the college aims to provide “equal opportunity” education to all students in all the threeaspects – intellect, character and physique, that make up a complete individual.It is recognized that as a part of the fast progressing world, Pakistan cannot becomeisolationist in its education policy. At the same time, Pakistani nationalism and the country’sneeds as an ideological state are of paramount importance in formulating any educational plan.The College’s mission is to provide the best academic and co–curricular inputs possible, in anenvironment that nurtures these requirements, to produce good human beings who are leaders intheir chosen fields of endeavour in life.
Over the past 20 years, through experience, we have developed a way of work whichdistinguishes us from other schools. The following describes some of our practices whichcollectively make up what may be called the “Ibne Sina College Way”.
We believe that in normal circumstances a 3 to 4 years old child is best educated at home, inits “mother’s lap”, instead of going to a Play Group Class at a school. At Ibne Sina we startwith children, around 4 years old and fresh from home, who are admitted to the NurseryClass for a year. Their next year is in the Prep Class, after which they enter Class I. Skippingthe Play Group our students go up to Class I after 2 years of pre school instead of 3 years.This saves a year of school time, and costs, prior to Class I.
We believe that students are capable of completing the O Level syllabus in 10 years after pre school, as is done worldwide, instead of in 11 years, as is the common practice inPakistan. The extra year causes students to loose interest and concentration with repeatedrevision and mock examination in the period before the O Level Examinations, thus getting poor results. We therefore prepare our students to take the O Level examination at the end of Class X, and not at the end of Class XI. Skipping Class XI saves them another year of school time before going on to college for Intermediate / A Levels.
Completing education upto O Level in 12 (2+10) years instead of in 14 (3+11) years,without compromising the high quality of final results, is possible at Ibne Sina through theimplementation of sensible time utilization practices including: comparatively longer schoolhours, fewer days off and no time lost for social distractions. The O Level Examinationsyllabus books are taught from the Second Term of Class VIII, and in the following twoyears (Classes IX & X). Classes IX & X students come to College on Saturdays as well asfor one month of the Summer Vacation. The Saturday and vacation classes add up to 100additional school days, equivalent to half an academic year, in these two years.
From Class I onwards there are specialist Teachers for each class and subject. With a veryfew exceptions a Teacher only teaches one subject to all 3 sections of a Class. This reducesthe burden on the Teachers and enables them to concentrate better on their subject and levelof teaching.
In Classes VI, VII and VIII Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught, and examined, asseparate subjects, instead of together as General Science (which is done up to Class V). Inthe Term examinations for these classes 75 marks are awarded for each one of these threesciences, instead of 100 marks for all 3 together, thus giving more weightage to science inthe curriculum at this lower level.2/4