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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. In 2017-18 Government of the Punjab School Education Department formally constituted school councils in all high & high-Secondary schools of the Punjab and also re-constitute all the school councils of primary and elementary schools (other than the 50% highest enrollment) according to Revised school council policy 2007 (edition 2017), on April 12th 2017, for effective utilization of NSB funds.