Norma Fernandes

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Norma Fernandes
Known forHeadmistress (Junior Section) of the Karachi Grammar School

Norma Fernandes is a teacher from Karachi, Pakistan.


Fernandes started off her career teaching at St Patrick's High School, Karachi. She also was a sportswoman, a dramatist, and musician.[1]

From 1966 to 2009, she worked first as a teacher and then as Headmistress (Kindergarten/Junior Section) of the Karachi Grammar School.[2]

In January 2006, Norma Fernandes moved to a new area of responsibility within the Karachi Grammar School, as Advisor, working with the Board, the Principal and the Internal Management Team and also giving confidential advice to parents.[3]

In 2009, she retired from the Karachi Grammar School after more than 50 years in education.[1]

In 2013 The Citizens Archive of Pakistan interviewed Fernandes to obtain the story of her service. In a podcast, Fernandes talks about her memories of growing up in Karachi and when her entire family migrated to Canada, but she stayed behind to continue working in education.[4]

On 14 August 2013, the Government of Pakistan announced that it would honour Fernandes on 23 March 2014 with the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for her services to education. (It is the fourth-highest decoration given to any civilian in Pakistan based on their achievements).[5]


  1. ^ a b The Christian Voice, Karachi, 2 August 2009
  2. ^ "Daily Times, January 26 2006".
  3. ^ "Daily Times, January 29, 2006".
  4. ^ Citizens Archive of Pakistan
  5. ^ Tribune 14 August 2013