Islamabad - National launch of Pakistan Alliance of Independent Schools (PAIS), an initiative of Idara-Taleem-O- Aagahi, was held at the Islamabad Club.
The alliance has been set up in order to resolve issues of private schools including security concerns.
Participation from various members of private school associations across the country, mostly from low-income schools attended the launch ceremony.
The stakeholders had the opportunity to interact and engage in discussions to identify optimal solutions that have the potential to be reached.
PAIS provided a national level platform for private, trust and community schools to discuss views and prioritise on educational challenges so that collective efforts with government can be put forward for achieving the nation’s over-arching objective of “Education for All”.
Rafique Tahir, Joint Educational Advisor from Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, has termed the initiative as ‘game changer’ and expressed his hope that platform would do good for improving the quality of education in the country.
“It would resolve the problems of private schools,” he said.
PAIS aims that the independent associations operating at the national, provincial and local level can tackle the problems faced by private schools.
However, there is an obvious lack of collaboration between these associations.
  In this context, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, (ITA) in collaboration with School Assessment for School Improvement (SASI), Institute of Professional Learning (IPL) had proposed the formation of a countrywide Alliance of Private School Associations.
 The PAIS website link (www.
pais.
sasi.
org.
pk) will be reflected in the ministry’s website as well.
Beela Raza Jamil, founder Idara Taleem-o-Agahi, said that we are committed to provide quality education to every citizen of Pakistan and efforts would be made to improve the standard of education in the private schools.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 03-Feb-2015 here.