Hot on the heels of Muslim Hands – an INGO that has taken over 1,150 schools in the Rawalpindi division – another non-profit organisation named Development in Literacy (DIL) has successfully acquired five major schools worth billions of rupees.
According to sources, a formal agreement has been reached between the provincial education authorities and DIL for the management of these schools.
The schools that have come under DIL’s control include the historic Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School Bagh-e-Sardaran, situated on valuable land. Additionally, DIL has taken over the Government Girls Higher Secondary School Noor Islamia Syedpur Road, which is also located on prime commercial land.
Furthermore, Girls High School Shimla Satellite Town B Block, Government Girls Higher Secondary School Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, and Government Girls Higher Secondary School Anwarul Islam have all been placed under contract with DIL.
The decision to transfer these schools to NGOs has raised concerns among the principals, teachers, non-teaching staff, students, and parents. The transition of control is expected to be completed in the first week of October, leaving the management of these Rawalpindi schools in the hands of Muslim Hands and DIL.
While education officers express their reservations about this move, they are obligated to comply with government directives.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th2023.