CDGK Model Schools

Five CDGK model schools to be ready in next two months

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

THE work to develop 40 schools into model schools has been accelerated as the provincial government has started releasing the funds, allowing the CDGK to initiate work on 38 schools, five of which are expected to be ready in the next two months.
Committee for Monitoring and Improvement of Schools (CMIS) Chairperson Farhana Iqbal said this Tuesday, adding that the project was launched two years ago in collaboration with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI), to develop schools under the city government and provide them with all the necessities to improve the standard of education.
There are 3,757 schools under the CDGK in the 18 towns of Karachi, where 29,487 teachers cater to approximately 660,313 students. “The model schools project was initiated by the city government after Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal announced that the CDGK will develop two schools in each town, one for boys and one for girls, on its own funding. But now the Sindh government’s Annual Development Programme (ADP) is funding this project,” she said.
In the first phase, 36 schools were selected as model schools with consent from locally elected representation, and this number was later increased to 40.
Iqbal told Daily Times that progress on all 38 schemes is going smooth, and five schools, one in each of Orangi, Bin Qasim, Malir, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Shah Faisal, are nearing completion. She added that those schools that have been the most neglected have been put highest on the priority list.
The CMIS comprises a board of advisers, including chairman Brigadier Muzaffar-ul-Hassan, vice-chairman Sardar Muhammad Yasin Malir, general secretary Prof. Abdul Ghani Saeed and members Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Dr Muhammad Memon, Ghulam Ahmed Bumbal, Mrs Stella Jaffery, Muhammad Siddiq Sheikh and Mrs Muneezeh Ali. Members of the CMIS are vice-chairman Ahmed Chenoy, general secretary Capt. (Retd) Anwar-ul-Haq and nine others.
The committee has been supervising the whole project, in which all model schools are being developed to provide potable water, neat and clean washrooms, first-aid facilities, computer and science laboratories, a playground for students, well-ventilated classrooms, appropriate furniture and other facilities.
“Besides such facilities, model schools will have medical facilities for students and teachers, summer camps, well-equipped libraries, trained teachers and other facilities,” she mentioned.
Iqbal mentioned that they are also working on 18 schools as pilot projects, one in each town, for which full funding is being provided by the FPCCI. So far, the private sector has spent Rs 80 million on the improvement of schools.
“During the last two years, we have completed two schools as pilot projects, a town educational development center (TEDC) in Landhi and Liaquatabad, where students are being provided all facilities free of cost. Besides this, work on another TEDC in SITE Town will be started soon as a private firm is ready to provide all facilities and funding,” she mentioned.
Responding to a question, she said that private funding is not the same as adopting schools, as adoption is being avoided at all costs. “During the last couple of years, more than 200 schools and colleges were adopted by private bodies, of which hardly 60 institutions are working properly,” she said.
However, the CMIS has also chosen 356 schools (two in each of the 178 union councils) to provide electric fans, water dispensers, furniture and tiles for washrooms. “So far, 36 schools in three major towns, Landhi, Jamshed and Liaquatabad, have been provided these facilities and it will be continued on a regular basis,” she stated.
She said that the committee chooses schools to receive these facilities after consultation with the UC nazims concerned, and ensures the school management committees take active ownership of these facilities.
“We are not only strengthening and improving infrastructure, but are also creating a sense of ownership among the students as well as the communities where these schools are being set up,” she said.
-Published in Daily Times | April 12, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on June 21, 2008.

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