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AKES committed to long-term support for community schools: Brig Khush

CHITRAL: The head of the Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan retired Brig Khush Muhammad Khan has said the organization has the commitment to ensure long-term financial and professional support to the community-based schools in Broghil valley.

In reference to a report published in ChitralToday on May 7, he said currently three of the eight schools are not open while one has been taken over by the government.

He said after the imposition of a ban on the Central Asia Institute Gilgit (CAIG), the AKES decided to provide immediate support to the schools to ensure continuity of education of the children. He said since then, the AKES has been paying salaries to the teachers, imparting them training on a regular basis and recently increased their salaries by 7 percent with effect from May 1, 2022.
He said a special unit has also been set up to ensure continuity of the organizational support to the schools which would be further strengthened.
He also said that the AKES would encourage any of the community schools to follow the recruitment process of the AKES if they want to get themselves appointed as the permanent teachers under the organization.

In a statement sent to ChitralToday, Brig Khush said: “As a matter of fact, the CAIG run schools in Yarkhonlasht/Broghil and GB faced the challenge of uncertain future after closure of funding from CAIG in 2019.

From November 2019, AKES,P came to the rescue and started supporting the community based schools, with release of salaries of teachers, whatever they were getting through CAIG. Though the Covid-19 disturbed the entire education sector in Pakistan for the year 2020 and 2021 however, the community school-teachers have been getting their salaries regularly. Beside a professional unit already set up is providing professional and management support to the schools. Several professional development programs have been conducted for the teachers both in Chitral and in Broghil, short PD sessions are regularly held, professional materials, school resources, etc. are being provided. These schools have to function as “AKES,P Supported Community Schools” where AKES, P will continue its full financial and professional support to the schools and gradually will bring their standard up to enable the children join higher schools, colleges and universities. It is to be understood well that AKES, P is an institution, working in Pakistani territory since 1905. Its commitments are long term and it is affirmed that AKES,P support to the “AKES,P Supported Community Schools” is for the future as well.
The community school teachers, asking for being part of regular teachers of AKES, P, have to undergo the recruitment process and those qualifying for the same will be most welcomed. However, there is no other way to make entry other than merit. The salary packages of CAIG are still intact and from this year annual increase has been given from 1 May 2022. The salary package will be improved gradually.”
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