WHAT CAN YOU DO?
IMPROVING YOUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION PUNJAB
Everyone has a part to play when it comes to improving education in Pakistan’s government schools. You, as a parent, have the opportunity and the ability to improve your child’s learning experience. Here are some ways to help: 1 Talk to your children
Talking to your children is an essential step in improving their learning experience. If you are unable to read and write to the level your child needs, ask neighbours, friends or family members to help out , or speak to other parents to help you come up with ways to get your child the extra help they need.
1 Encourage your children to discuss any problems that they are facing in school with you 2 Help your children with these problems (classwork, homework, distress, teachers, etc.) 3 Make sure that your children finish their homework every day 4 Encourage your children to read books 5 Find your closest library and visit it with your children as often as possible 6 Form a study group with other parents and children (getting together with other students to study in a group) 7 Encourage your children to help each other with their homework
2 Talk to your children’s teachers
Teachers make an enormous difference to the quality of education your children receive. Described below are some ways to engage with teachers in government schools:
Attend all Parent-Teacher meetings
Recognize and appreciate the teachers’ efforts in school and their contribution to your children’s education
Offer to volunteer (for example art activities, student weeks, field trips) at your children’s schools
4 Encourage teachers to improve their knowledge and teaching skills and ask how you can help them do so 5 Discuss your children’s progress in schools and their weaknesses and ask how you can help improve them 6 Ask teachers how you can help your children perform better in school 7 Communicate the problems your child faces in the class with her/his teacher
3 Join School Management Committees
School Management Committees (SMCs) are a way for you to get involved in the management of your children’s schools and help improve the education that they receive at a more formal level. In order to encourage parents to help in the education management of schools the Government of the Punjab has created the platform of SMCs, allowing parents to improve administration and learning in government schools. Members include parents, local male/female councilors, teachers and community volunteers. School principals serve as the Chairpersons of SMCs, each of which will have two co-signatories, a representative from parents and another from teachers of the school. SMCs in Punjab serve at the Primary, Middle and High school levels. Any parent who has a child enrolled into the school can become a member of the SMC by submitting an application to the school principal. Any complaints regarding the functionality of the SMC can be reported to the concerned District Monitoring Officer (DMO).
SMCs assist school authorities in the following areas: A Financial affairs
The School Education Department, Government of the Punjab allocates non-Salary Budget (NSB) to schools. The NSB is a need-based fund, which is allocated according to the number of students enrolled in a school. The NSB fund is in addition to the salaries or development funds for schools. It is transferred on a quarterly basis into school accounts after approvals from the EDOs Education and Finance & Planning have been obtained. School Management Committees monitor the progress of all development and repair work in the school and utilise these NSB funds to improve learning experiences – they can even hire temporary teachers. SMCs are encouraged to utilise these funds to cover for the missing facilities in their schools; unutilised funds will not be returned to the government.