RAWALPINDI  - To keep check on unregistered private schools and improve quality of education, Punjab Education Department (PED) has sought detailed record of registered and unregistered schools.

Executive district education officers have been directed to start survey to get the record of unregistered private schools in their respective districts so as to identify exact number of primary, middle and high schools operating in the province.

The detailed report would include strength of male and female teachers in these schools, fee, syllabus and other related matters as hundreds of private schools are established in the cities.  Sources said that Punjab Education Department has formed a body which would monitor fees, syllabus and other related matters. It should be mentioned here that around 1,700 unregistered schools are operational in Rawalpindi district while the number of registered schools are twice more than unregistered schools.

On the other hand, Private Schools Association Rawalpindi chapter president Ibrar Ahmad Khan said that survey would bring good results if conducted for the betterment of quality of education, adding that the association would resist the survey in case it was carried out for other objectives.

Meanwhile, the collaborative effort of Bahria University Alumni, Green Volunteers and Lettucebeekids “Lettuce Learn” has finally come to life.

“Lettuceebee Literate” is a programme that has now completed one month with almost forty street kids enrolled in the programme. Three weekly sessions are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. All these sessions are held at Bahria University. Bahria University is one of the leading higher education institutions in Pakistan. It plays a major role in grooming future leaders who can make a positive difference to the world around them.

Bahria University has been involved with numerous community support programs since 2008. It has been working with different NGOs, government, semi-government/ non-profit organisations.

The programme went into full swing for which volunteers from Bahria University were taken on board. Each volunteer has been assigned a specific number of students which he/she will work throughout the length of the program. Bahria University Alumni is also taking a major part in this programme. A system of monitoring and evaluation has also been designed on Google documents to keep track of every child’s individual progress. The street children have been using state of the art computer labs and the environment Bahria provides to its own students.

With the efforts of Bahria University Alumni and management this program is taking the shape of a much needed gap in the society where institutions play their part more responsibly; to instill civic responsibility, love for humanity and concept of social entrepreneurship amongst its students.