Mostly people think that The Punjab School is a project of The Punjab Group of Colleges. This is not but a misconception. The Punjab School System is a private educational venture of The Makkah Foundation, whose founders started the school system with an intention of providing quality education to the children of indigent and lower middle class at an affordable expense. The Punjab School System – Having five purpose built campuses and completely centralised – is said to be financially independent and a non profit organization.
The Punjab School System is targeted especially for the mediocre for whom it is an uphill task to afford the outrageous educational expense. The parents who look for the average standard private English medium educational institutes with quite a pocket friendly fee structure prefer schools such as The Punjab School System. The institute has an over all prestigious repute among other schools in Lahore,as far as the academic record history is concerned. The manager human resource of The Punjab School System – Mr. Ahmed Jibran proudly told Bachpan Ke Din that The Punjab School has a consistent record of winning at least two distinctions in the SSC Examination every year from 2004 till 2011. The academic excellence has added to the school repute among those who lead their children towards matriculation – SSC examination.
The Punjab School System is a centralised chain of schools, comprising of four huge purpose built campuses out of which three are located in Lahore. The fifth campus is under construction.The school has separate wings for boys and girls. The Punjab School System is not primarily a co-educational school system, however, at pre school level, it offers co education. The campuses are providing pre schooling, junior and senior schooling services to almost 10,000 students at the moment. The school is affiliated with BISE and leads its students towards their SSC examination. The educational session therefore starts in April, ending up in March.
Addresses and Location:
The Punjab School
Sector C-1, Block -2, Township Lahore.
Telephone: 042-5123451 Extension 302
Johar Town Campus:
537-K, M.A. Johar Town Lahore.
Kot Khwaja Saeed Campus:
The Punjab School
Sher Shah Road, (Near PSO Petrol Pump),
Kot Khawaja Saeed Lahore.
Telephone: 042-6848851 Extension 301
The fee structure is nearly 3000 PKR per month for junior classes and varies a little for the senior grades. Admission fee and security money however have to be paid once at the time of admission. School dues are received on quarterly basis.
Admission Formalities / Requirements:
The main induction to the school education is through Nursery class. Registration for admission to Nursery class remains open throughout the year. The Admission Test is usually held in February / March and the classes start in April.
Admission is granted on the basis of merit determined by written tests and interviews held in mid March. Age requirement for Nursery is 4 years. and standard ages for all classes.
Inter Branch Transfer:
Students studying in different branches of the system can avail the facility of inter-campus transfer.
Teacher Student Ratio:
There are usually 33-35 students enrolled under one section. However 30 students are enrolled for nursery and prep classes. The teacher student ratio is neither low nor high. It is average.
The prevelant curriculum contains a combination of books published by Oxford Publishers, Afaq Publishers, Punjab Text Book board and a few books such as readers designed and published by the school management itself. Boys and girls are prepared for Matriculation Examination for which the School System is affiliated with the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Lahore and, as such Classes IX and X follow the curriculum prescribed by the said Board.
Study of the Holy Quran, Islamic Studies and training in Islamic principles form an essential part of the school curriculum.
There is a term based examination pattern. Three terms are there in one academic year.
Facilities Offered Within The Campuses:
- Computer Lab
- School’s personal transport
- science lab
- school auditorium
- swimming pool
- Basket ball court
- huge playgrounds
- stand by generators
However there are a few areas where The Punjab School seems to lack. For instance, stress upon English as medium of instruction.
Discipline conditions seem to be a bit compromised as it is evident from the video launched by the senior school students. In the video, it is clearly seen that the students are openly cheating each other’s work during school exam while the video is made by one of the students who must have become successful to take along his mobile phone in the examination hall.
It raises several questions. Perhaps there was nobody to monitor the exam conduction. Or may be the students are too clever to take along the mobile phones even inspite of all the disciplinary measures. Drawing conclusions is open to your imagination.
However, just one video footage can’t be enough to base judgements upon. The Punjab School still has its name emerging all because of the academic records made by its students. The school is also known for participating in inter school competitions and extra curricular activities such as sports, debates, dramatics and others.