National Education Council is the largest National Educational Platform that is the only representative of the Private Educational Institutions working in the country. At present Mr. Taj M. Karim from Haripur N.W.F.P is the Chairman of the organization. I am working as the general secretary of the organization. Mr. Syed Khalid Shah (Sindh), Mr. Nazar Hussain (N.W.F.P), Mr. Salman Yasin (Punjab), Mr. Syed Agha Gul Shah (Balochistan), Mr. Khawaja Abdul Hanan (AJK) are working as the deputy chairman of the organization and represent their respective provinces in the supreme council. It is worth mentioning that all of these personalities are respective heads of their provincial organizations.
In Pakistan during the 1970s, the government nationalized all private schools, severely restricting the growth of this sector and its potential in educating young Pakistanis.
Fast forward twenty years though and you'll find private sector initiatives in the area of education have re-emerged all over the country. This hasn't happened in a vacuum though. Rather, private schools are more in demand than ever before at a time when Pakistan's public school system is facing massive problems.
Some of the major problems public schools face includes limited financial resources, poor quality of content and a greater demand for education amongst parents of school-aged children. Pakistan's public schools are overcrowded and/or underfunded. These issues have largely fuelled the revival of private schools in Pakistan.
Although traditionally, private schools have been a luxury only the rich can afford, this is not necessarily the case in the current reemergence of the private sector in Pakistan's education system.
A recent survey in urban Pakistan found that 59 percent of households earning less than Rs 3,500 had children who were enrolled in private schools in the city of Lahore. Similarly, in the low-income and economically-deprived Orangi district of Karachi, a surprising 60 percent of all enrolled children went to private primary schools.
The findings of this study are given added support by a 1996 study conducted in the urban areas of five districts in the province of Punjab. This study found that even among low-income households, there was a private school enrolment rate of 50 percent.
This trend towards private school education, even amongst those on the lower economic echelon is not surprising though. Public schools in Pakistan have largely failed their Pakistani children.
According to the Human Development in South Asia's 1998 report, 70 per cent of the schools in Pakistan have no toilets, 68 percent no drinking water, 92 percent no playgrounds, 60 per cent no boundary walls and 16 percent are without a building.
A delegation from the UK to Pakistan has also noted a lack of desks, books, blackboards, electricity, doors, and windows, not to mention the problem of overcrowded classrooms. And the phenomena of "g