Classes to begin at Malala school in December

Published: November 28, 2012
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Contruction of Malala Yousafzai Danish School Jand nears completion. PHOTO: RASHID ALI/EXPRESS

Contruction of Malala Yousafzai Danish School Jand nears completion. PHOTO: RASHID ALI/EXPRESS

ATTOCK: The construction of Malala Yousafzai Danish School (MYDS) in Jand is nearing completion and it is hoped that classes can commence as soon as next week.

According to sources, the school, which is being built on a plot of 200 acres, would have two different campuses for girls and boys where initially 220 students would be admitted to sixth grade.

Underprivileged students will be given preference for admission. These students will be provided all facilities free of cost, including tuition, boarding, books and uniforms.

A ten percent quota for admission has been reserved for students aiming to cover the tuition fees themselves.

The MYDS project was launched by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif amongst many reservations about its future from the locals, who demanded that government schools should also be fully facilitated.

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  • just_someone
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:59PM

    we need hundreds of thousands of such schools if we are to survive as a nation in the long run.

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  • burner
    Nov 28, 2012 - 10:46PM

    Can i also have a school with my name written on it?

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  • Ali S
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:08AM

    Building schools is a noble thing to do, but it’s practically not very useful until classes are held there regularly, the local population is convinced to attend these schools regularly, adequate security is provided (it’s a big issue in areas where education is most needed) and teachers show up and teach regularly.

    I’m sure people who fund such schools have all noble intentions, but for the sake of practicality I’d much rather prefer that this kind of money go towards educating villagers or housewives to be primary-level teachers through grassroots programs so they can pass on that knowledge to their neighbours and children by holding classes in their own homes – it’s much safer and risk-free, less costly and will produce much-needed results more effectively.

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  • Something Clever
    Nov 29, 2012 - 7:46AM

    I do hope significant security is planned. It’s a school teaching girls named after a girl they tried and failed to kill. I’m not saying it should be abandoned as that would amount to living fear of TTP and that’s hard to respect. I personally find it to be a positive thing with all of messages it sends to groups like TTP.
    But, it is a mistake to not acknowledge how attractive it is as a target.

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  • karim
    Dec 9, 2012 - 12:53PM

    good move by the CM.

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  • shayan
    Dec 12, 2012 - 1:59AM

    Instead of building these big and expensive schools, why don’t you repair the schools which are already built. Schools in many places are in a bad condition, fixing them and providing proper teachers there would be much better and would cost less too. How many students would you fit in these schools anyway? Its only wastage of money.

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  • shayan
    Dec 12, 2012 - 2:01AM

    Directed towards Shahbaz Sharif…
    Instead of building these big and expensive schools, why don’t you repair the schools which are already built. Schools in many places are in a bad condition, fixing them and providing proper teachers there would be much better and would cost less too. How many students would you fit in these schools anyway? Its only wastage of money.

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