City Report and Action Plan
Mr. Asghar Pervaiz Cheema
District Education Officer,
Faisalabad District Government
Faisalabad is famous for its educational
institutions, comprising three universities, thirty one colleges, 2,836
schools in the government sector. Whereas, there is one university, 21
colleges and 2,019 schools operating in the private sector. The most
important one is the University of Agriculture which is one of the
biggest agriculture universities in South Asia.
In the Formal Education-School System there are four different levels:
- Primary School Level
- Elementary School Level
- High School Level
- Higher Secondary School Level
Compulsory Education in Pakistan is only up
to primary level. Financial resources for education come from three
different sources including the Provincial Government, District
Government, and from funds/ fees in respect of schools established or
maintained by the District Government.
The aim of Primary Education, (target age and goal), is 5-9 years old children and the aim is to increase the literacy rate.
The National Standard of School Facilities follows:
- Number of teachers: one teacher per 40 students
- Size of class room: 16x24 sq.ft.
- Size of play ground: 140x235 sq.ft.
- Library: exists but no criteria
- Health care room: Nil
- Faculty room: Nil
- Toilets: one block (Three Toilets)
- Others: sports kits, health care kits, science kits
The school year and term starts from 1 April and ends on 31 March. The curriculum offered in primary school includes:
- Palistani Social Studies
- Health and Physical Education
- Islamic Studies/ Ethics
- Manual Work
Texts are assigned according to the needs of the Age Groups and the curriculum of the class.
Current States and Challenges
As for problems in Pakistan, the biggest one
is politics. Political constraints are difficult to overcome. There is
no shortage of schools but because of the continually changing
political climate, there are no long or short term policies.
In Pakistan, literacy rate is only 68
percent. The main challenge is to reduce illiteracy and the lesson
learnt is that education policies should be made on a long term and
firm basis. It should be nation oriented, not government oriented and
without political prejudices.
Enrollment rate in primary education is about 59 percent (male 61 percent, female 57 percent).
To acquire 100 percent literacy rate by the use of maximum integrated and effective resources.
- Increase enrollment to 100 percent.
- To ensure the poor get all the necessary aids provided by the government.
- To ensure effective and conducive school environment.
- Improve enrollment.
- Improve school infrastructure.
- Improve teaching technique.
Training (in-house training).
Mobilize resources like; Dy DEO, AEO, U.C. Nazim, Councilors, notable personalities, head masters, students, and NGOs etc.
Include meetings with E.D.O. Literacy, Dy
DEO, AEO, H.M., U.C. Nazim, and NGO representatives to constitute a
committee, who will facilitate and monitor all the activities, and its
meeting will be held every month.
Activities under Committee Facilitation and Monitoring
- Collection of data of unenrolled children by census through teachers and councilors.
- Collection of data of drop-out children from school.
- Collection of data of very poor children by U.C. Councilors.
- Collection of data of missing facilities in school infrastructure.
- Collection of data in education area where betterment is required.
- For 100 percent enrollment: U.C. Nazim, councillors,
notable personalities, NGO, H.M. and teachers are engaged under the
facilitation of committee.
- For improvement of infrastructure: Committee meet with Mayor/ City Nazim with data of missing facilities
- For betterment of education: Relative qualified teachers to be deputed for training other teachers
Proposed Time Frame
- For 100 percent enrollment: Dec 2005 - Nov 2006
- For improvement of infrastructure: Dec 2005 - June 2006
or may be in the next financial year, July 2006 - June 2007
- For betterment of Education: March 2006 - Aug 2006
Monitoring and Evaluation
Meeting of Committee will be held in first
week of every month and report from different sides are analyzed and
steps are taken where necessary.
Additional Considerations or Elements
- Political commitment from us.
- Visionary input from us.
- Courage from us to bring out changes
- Our willingness to apply something new.
- Our action should be also sustainable