Survey finds most schools in dire need of improvement (Daily Times, 19 March 2015)

LAHORE: The School Assessment for School Improvement (SASI) has conducted a six-dimensional evaluation of over 130 medium to low-cost private schools (LCPS) across the country and found that most schools are in dire need of improvement for better operational and institutional governance.


The SASI report, an initiative of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) supported by Ilm Ideas, DFID, was launched at a local hotel on Wednesday. The launch was participated in by the representatives of SASI partner schools, research think tanks and private schools associations from across the country. The survey recommended improvements in terms of governance & strategy, teachers performance, students performance, classroom observation, parents engagement and financial performance.


On the occasion speakers stressed that the Punjab government should encourage medium and low-cost private schools to increase enrolment to achieve the cause of Right To Education Act. He stressed that the SASI evaluation findings should be brought in the public discourse to improve the quality of education being imparted in private sector schools. Speakers referred that almost 77 percent private sector schools were charging fee from Rs500 to Rs1,000 and Punjab government should replicate this model through the Punjab Education Foundation instead of continuing spending around Rs1,400 per child in middle and secondary public sector schools – without producing substantive results.