Karachi: The government has decided to boost its effort to promote basic education community schools in Sindh and other regions of the country.
The project: “Establishment and Operation of Basic Education Community Schools in the Country” (BECS), Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, was started in 2006 and supposed to be closed 2012, but the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its ruling on 25th November 2011 ordered for continuation of these schools. The Directorate had aimed to set up 20000 schools. Earlier these schools were monitored by the directorate itself but recently the idea of involving NGOs to oversee the progress of these schools has been implemented.
Regional Director Sindh Ghulam Nabi Sial told this to the participants at an orientation meeting of BECS teachers, organized by the children and women rights NGO Roshni Helpline in collaboration with Regional Directorate (Sindh) of BECS. Appreciative certificates distributed among the participating teachers.
The director said all these schools are recognized and the students who pass out the 5th grade are given certificates so that they could continue their education further. He said the idea of involving Roshni Helpline was successful. “Since the organization works on the issues of children, working on the education as a cross-cutting theme proved a tremendous help in our work. We look forward to continuous working with them in the future,” Sial said.
Roshni Helpline President Mohammad Ali said that the organization has reached an understanding with the directorate that it will monitor 50 schools in Karachi and report their performance and process of documentation at these schools. “We check attendance register, GR register and student forms etc and submit a comparative report based on the previous performance remarks in the register to note if there was an improvement, whether the teacher was on any notice etc, and what steps are planned for further improvement in the future,” Ali said.
The Basic Education Community Schools Programme (BECS) is a successor of earlier Non-Formal Basic Education project that had been launched originally in 1995. The establishment and operation of BECS schools was started in 2006. The schools offer free-of-cost education (including books and stationary) from KG to class V. The basic facilities including room for these schools are offered by the community without any charge, while teachers are paid a monthly stipend against the maintenance and teaching expense. They have to maintain a 25-30 students group without major dropouts.