All talk no cash: Community schools left without funds

Published: October 13, 2018


ISLAMABAD: Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) a controlling authority of community school system is facing numerous problems due to lack of funds which is affecting the students’ studies and teacher training.

Due to deficiency of funds, the employees were facing many issues including pending salaries, hurdle in teachers training and dropout of children in schools.

BECS Deputy Director Riaz Ahmad Jan said that in a meeting held here recently, the minister for education has assured the BECS employees their issues willbe resolved in one month.

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BECS is facing shortage of funds for its 12,304 community based schools across the country due to allocation of funds less than the demand, he added.

The previous government, he said had allocated an amount of Rs1,200 million for various development and operational projects of BECS under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), 2018-19 against the demand of Rs1,824 million by the BECS.

He said that BECS had demanded Rs1,824 million to fulfill its needs and the previous government made cut of Rs624 million on the demand.

He said to shortage of funds is affecting the process of teachers’ honorarium, utility charges, learning material, textbooks and other projects.

He said that as many as 12,304 teachers were providing education to around 454,529 boys and girls students in 12,304 community schools across the country.

Sharing the details of current students, he said that as many as 261,158 females were getting education from the community based schools working under control of BECS.

He told this scribe that around 248 community schools of BECS were working in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) in which a total of 9,369 students had been enrolled. Out of the said total number 4,466 boys and 4,903 girls were taking benefit from these community schools of ICT, he added.

Each school has one teacher who is providing education to students through multi-grading teaching system in far-flung areas of the country.

He also shared that BECS in collaboration with American Refugee Committee (ARC) had launched an initiative with an aim to educate around one million children at primary level in the country.

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An organisation “Education Above All” from Qatar was also supporting the project, he added.

In this regard, he said an agreement had also been signed between the ARC and Directorate of BECS recently to promote primary education.

According to the agreement, around 150,000 children would also be enrolled in the community schools working under BECS across the country, he said.

He said Qatar was supporting this project with an aim to educate each and every child till primary level, adding; Qatar is among one of those countries with whom Pakistan was enjoying cordial relations.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2018.

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  • Engr.Amir Sultan Rana
    Oct 13, 2018 - 3:37PM

    I think feudalism is one of the many causes of illiteracy. By and large, this is one of the main cause. Other areas of funds, absenteeism, careless attitude comes later.

    I think the government should do the following regarding the education.

    Plan 20-30 years comprehensive agenda and plan for executing what can be realistic education attaining goal for Pakistan. I think by the year 2030 the literacy level of Pakistan should touch around 95%-100%. This is possible.

    Take results from the teachers. Teachers wherever doing there duties should give measurable results. Those should be measured by the principle of the school and send to the main governing body of that district. From there it should go to the federal and consolidation of results be done accordingly. Whoever not performing, should be told to perform and give results to the highest level.

    Give incentives for the higher achievers. Make it public so that each teacher started performing to their best. On the best results, do reward them. Its very very important and also make it public.

    Initiate various ways of introducing latest and updated education to masses. At this point we have to teach new and updated curriculum which is aligned with the world. Very important factory to remain at par with all others.

    Best of luck Pakistan. Recommend

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