The purpose of Present Times is to provide education to children of parents working abroad and coming from far flung areas of Pakistan where facilities of proper and quality education commensurate with the changing times do not exist.
The philosophy of bringing children of diverse back-grounds together and putting them through a guided and character building curriculum, effective class room situation, proper look after in the boarding house, encouraging them to do simple chores on their own, professional guidance in the play ground, an all round evening programme of hobbies, indoor games and entertainments will go a long way in directing the students’ efforts along paths on which a rapid and rewarding progress can be made. Every child has its own rate of development which can be accelerated in a planned manner. To achieve this aim of getting the best out of the students, basic principles set are:
a) The faculty of mature individuals possessing high educational and professional qualifications, enthusiasm for their subjects, skill in the art of teaching, sensitivity to the problems of the students and conscientious concern of the students’ progress. Similar qualities are also required of the administration under whose guidance such faculty functions best. Lower the class the more qualified the teacher. Present Times is an equal opportunity/affirmative action (based on merit) employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, colour, religion, age, marital status, national origin, sex (females are given preference for junior classes) or physical handicap (where it does not interfere in the overall performance of his/her duties).
b) Number of the students should be minimum in the class so that teachers can give individual attention to the students and there is a lasting relationship between the teacher and the taught.
c) Subject teachers concept should be introduced right from class one so that with repetition teachers can become well versed in their respective subjects and also master all type of problems in teaching a particular subject Thus they can make justified demands upon their students and make them learn in proportion to the stimulation to exert. The teachers should make appropriate demands on the time, the mental resources and character of the students.
d) Twenty four hour care and watch of a child’s behaviour in the class, in the boarding house, in the play ground, in the functions, in the dining room, in the T.V. room, during preparatory classes and correction then and there so as to make the child realise his mistakes and become a Civilized and honourable member of the society when he grows up.
e) Sports (outdoor as well as indoor games), co-curricular activities in the form of speeches, contests etc. to develop discipline, sense of belonging to his team, spirit of co-operation, doing away with the stage-shyness, express in clear terms one’s own ideas and adaptability in all type of situations.
f) Home, society and school play an important role in the overall development of the mental faculties of a child. Controlled environments so that home and society should have minimum influence on the children and do not affect the desired development in an adverse manner. (Day Scholars who can fit in the special environments of the School and do not bring bad influence of the society to the School should only be allowed to continue in the School.)
The policy in a nutshell is to make every effort to equip a child with initiative, drive, discipline, respectfulness, personal hygiene and cleanliness, cheerful disposition and other qualities of head and heart so that he may achieve any goal he sets for himself and “Never Gives in” when he grows up to face the facts of life.