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School Councils

Objective:

Strengthening the capacity of and empowering communities to support; monitor, and promote school performance.

Overview:

In order to formally promote local community and parental engagements in the affairs of public schools, Government of Punjab had introduced school councils in 1990s. Under PERSP, school councils were activated across the province and offered annual flat grants for meeting basic school support/development needs. The school councils are governed under the School council policy 2007.
The School council policy 2007 was revised in 2013 and then notified in 50% schools with highest enrollment in 05 districts i.e. (Attock, Jehlum, Sargodha, Lodhran & Chiniot). Along with the new ICT based capacity building program (capacity building through calls and SMS, Feedback Management system, conference calls to female members) which is more effective as a review by Cambridge Education shows that the 67% of the council members said that this capacity building model is effective and convenient. On the basis of the review the same revised school council policy 2013 was implemented in 50% schools of next 10 districts along with the same capacity building model in 2013-14 and then in financial year 2014-15 the revised policy was implemented in 50 % schools with highest enrollment of all 36 Districts in Punjab and the same ICT based capacity building model was also been implemented.

Achievements:

  • UAN 111-11-8777 line was established the connection with council member’s.  And SMS is send through Masked No. i.e. 8777
  • About 23000 school councils in primary and elementary schools were reconstituted and mobilised during three years of PESP-II from 2012-13 to 2014-15.
  • More than 80,000 school council members provided direct training through Telephone calls and mobile sms by using ICT based SC Capacity Building Program.
  • During PESP-II, More than 23000 booklets of school council policy 2007 and more than 46,000 booklets of financial and procurement guidelines provided to the school councils.

During first two years 2012-14 and 2014-15, Rs. 40 million was earmarked for ICT capacity building of SC members. In FY 2015-16 and for the phase-III of the ICT capacity building in 36 districts more than Rs. 42 million were earmarked.