33,935 students including 34% Muslims are studying in 87 schools under Catholic Board of Education in Lahore
The network of Catholic Schools is spread throughout the country under National Catholic Education System Catholic Schools with 87 schools serving only in Lahore providing education to 33,935 students including 11,538 Muslim boys and girls (34%) – as a symbol of Christian-Muslim Unity.
The Educationist Investigation found that in two Catholic higher secondary schools St Anthony’s College, Lawrence Road Lahore and Cathedral Higher Secondary School Lahore Cantt, there are 2120 students including 1919 boys and 202 girls, while 1652 students (78%) are Muslims.
There are 10 middle schools accommodating 2547 children comprising 1275 male and 1272 females students with 827 Christian boys, 839 Christian girls and 448 Muslim boys and 433 Muslim girls in the city.
Secretary Catholic Board of Education Mr. Maxwell Shantin told The Educationist that 56 high schools were being running under Catholic Board with enrollment of 26,888 students. He said they had an admission policy without religious discrimination. “That is why 3,800 female and 4679 male Muslims share equal academic atmosphere with 660 male and 10,075 female Christian students.
Mr. Max said their education system included both Urdu and English medium modes. “There are 17 English medium schools enrolling 9833 students with equal number of boys and girls 4931 and 4902 respectively, and 70 Urdu medium schools with a t
otal number of students 24,102 comprising 11,609 male and 12,493 females students.”
Due to quality education the number of enrolled students is increasing every year. As many 28,834 students were enrolled in 2013 and the number increased to 33,935 in 2015. Catholic schools showed high results in all board examinations. In 2015 in 5th class board exams 2010 candidates appeared and 91.19% were passed, while in middle 1415 students passed out of 1571 showing 90 % result success. In Matriculation 1044 (81.37 %) candidates got successful out of a toal 1283 those appeared in exam.
He said Catholic schools hire qualified teachers at every level asa total 1551 teachers were serving including 1004 Christian females, 292 males and 37 Muslim males and 218 Muslim females. Out of them 467 are B.A/B.Sc, some 447 B.Ed and 170 are M.A/M.Sc.
However, investigation reveals that these highly qualified teachers were working at very low salaries. Only 35% of the whole teaching staff get Rs14000 or higher salary while 221 teachers are being paid between Rs2000/- toRs4000 only. Even some teachers were getting only Rs2000 or less.
However, the overall performance of the schools is very good.
Prominent personalities including Prime Minister Mian Muhamamd Nawaz Sharif , his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif , Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq , renowned media person and PCB Committee chairman Najam Sethi, cricketer Rameez Raja, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Moamar Rana and Usman Peerzada and many others are the alumni of Catholic schools.
There are 13 Primary and 5 pre schools also working under CBE.
LIST OF BOARD MEMBERS
- Rev. Fr. Andrew Nisari (Vicar General)
- Mr.Nelson Francis (Procurator of the Archdiocese of Lahore)
- Mr. Younas John (Member) (Finance coordinator of Archdiocese of Lahore)
- Mr. Ijaz Yousaf Bhatti (Principal, St. Joseph’s High school Gujranwala)
- Rev. Sr. Veronica Mangal (OP) (Principal, Sacred Heart Girls High School, Lahore)
- Rev. Sr. Mary Nilanthi (AC) (Principal St. Anthony’s high School Lahore Cantt)
- Sr. Shakila Bhatti (CSJ) (Principal Don Bosco High School Empress Road Lahore)
- Shahid Ambrose Moghul (Principal St. Anthony’s High School Lawrence Road
- Maxwell Shanti (Principal, St. Anthony’s High School, Faisal Town, Lahore)