Recently there have been increased concern over exorbitant school fee charged by private schools all over Pakistan. Most prominently considered culprits of this act were leading school systems like Beaconhouse School Systems, The City School System, Roots school, Lahore Grammar School Systems and other leading private schools in Lahore and Karachi. Criticism on such system was a regular practice and also written petitions against this act were submitted in 2012 and 2015 respectively, but no legal action was taken at that time. However, luckily in 2016, the court responded to a written petition of a group of lawyers against the extortionate act of overcharging parents. In November 2017, the court ordered that all private schools in Lahore and all over Pakistan must limit their fees to 5000 per month and asked for audit report of 15 private schools that were guilty of overcharging parents. Later in 2018, after several hearing and under the light of arguments presented by the counselors of such school system the Supreme Court made some alternation in its decisions and ordered schools to reduce 20% fee above 5000 rupees. The court also ordered schools to return half of the summer vacation fees to parents.
Although this decision of court receives a lot of appreciation from the general public, the defendants of this petition claim that these schools are providing exceptional educational standards and services to the children, therefore, the fees are justified. This felt the need to review whether the schools charging 5000 or below are not providing sufficient quality of education and extra-curricular activities to the children. Locally Lahore is providing detailed article with carefully analyzes the fee structure and educational services of 10 low-cost private schools in Lahore that are charging 5000 or less in terms of school fee. Not all schools provide full information about their fee because of their revision policies; therefore detailed fee structure is not provided. However, in this article, we managed to give the most authentic information regarding primary and secondary fee/month of different schools.
1. Dar-e Arqam School
Dare-e Arqam is a famous school system which is prominently characterized by its secular educational approach. The school’s philosophy lies in offering education that is a blend of high standard contemporary culture along with ethical and moral training. The sole purpose and philosophy behind its development, expressed by its pioneer is to equip their students with modern educational skills as well as provide them with religious and moral training, so they become a good Muslim and a useful citizen.
Branches and Student Strength
Dare-e-Arqam school system has more than 660 branches in 150 cities and has the strength of over 175,000 students’ nationwide.
The school is currently charging 4900 per month for primary education.
Education and human development programs
Well, the school curriculum and education programs seem no less than any top notch school system. Features of their educational program included.
- Personality Development
- Department of Quranic Studies
- Teacher training
- Co-curricular activities
- Research and Development
- Activity-based Training
- Coordination with parents
Its department of Quranic studies mostly characterizes the school. This department undergoes activities like hifz workshops, Nazra Quran classes. Also, the school offers in-house hifz opportunities for students. They can hifz Quran within the school premises and also get connected with regular education to some extent.
2. The Educators
School Background and Vision
The educator school system is the project of Beacon House school system. The central philosophy behind its establishment was to offer high-quality education at an affordable price. Their vision is to educate individuals in a way that they become a useful member of society. Their mission is to maintain high education quality through meeting the expectations and requirements of parents as well as faculty members. The main feature is their continuous training and development programs for teachers that add significant value to the existing resources.
Branches and Strength
Since its establishment in 2002, The Educators School System has more than 900 branches and Franchises across 225+ cities in Pakistan. It claims to be an educational market leader with a high student strength of 2 lakhs and above. This makes it Pakistan’s most extensive school network.
The fee description of this school system is as follows:
- Tuition Fee (Per Month) Class 1 to 7 PKR 3,850
- Tuition Fee (Per Month) Class 8 to 10 PKR 4,400
Silent features of School’s policy
The school follows the plan to develop strategies that meet the expectations of students as well as parents. To achieve this, they work on certain principles which are as follow:
- Make sure that everybody in administration and teaching faculty is fulfilling their direct responsibilities and jobs, so customer satisfaction is achieved.
- Make sure that all that the organizational goals and departmental targets are met within time without compromising on the quality of services.
There is no doubt that in private school system in Lahore, The Educator Schools have maintained a status of preferred choice of parents when it comes to providing quality education at affordable price.
3. The Punjab School
Background and Philosophy
Establish in 1992 by the creators of Makkah Foundation, Punjab school today stands out as one of the most reputable private school systems. The school got significant recognition because of its high matriculation result in the past decade and emerged as fierce competition for many distinguished schools in Punjab. The chain of school is continuously increasing because of its affordable expenses and high-quality education. The school functions on the philosophy that the primary purpose of education is to promote intellectual development through reasoning, analyzing and critical thinking.
The monthly and quarterly fee structure of The Punjab school is shown in the table below:
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The school currently has two campuses in Lahore, the main in Township and one in Johar Town. Other three campuses are in Gujranwala, Kot Khawaja Saeed, and Khybane Jinnah. Their plans include opening more campuses in Punjab.
Educational Programs and Facilities O
ffered by School
The school provides a comprehensive curriculum for preschool to matriculation. Other than that the most prominent features are:
- Extracurricular activities: The school held regular extra-curricular activities for its students. These include annual sports day, funfair, inter-school debate, essay and drawing competitions and many more. These opportunities allow children to explore their potentials other than academics.
- Faculty development: The school put a lot of emphasis on developing balanced personalities of their teachers.
- The Punjab School is also one of those private schools in Lahore that offer in house Hifz opportunities for students. The school also put special attention to the computer and Islamic education.
4. Allied School
The Allied Schools is another leading and renowned group of schools in Pakistan which is operating under the umbrella of Punjab Group of Colleges. The founder and chairman of this group are Mian Amer Mahmood. Allied Schools aim to give children an all-round education offering which is based on the ideology to provide a caring environment which is focused on the strong academic foundation which is accompanied by an exclusive focus on the individual child. They are offering a quality level of service to children, parents and indirectly to the nation by maintaining a balance between local and global standards with modern approaches.
Branches and Campuses
Within eight years Allied School now has more than 800 campuses in more than 62 cities across Pakistan. All these campuses together have more than 250,000 students enrolled in them. The school started initially from 10 faculty members with 40 students having three fields of study but with the passage of time the secondary school has grown to more than 1600 faculty members having 35,000 students. The degree programs have also been increased to 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units.
- Monthly Tuition Fee (Full Fee Category): PKR 2,680
- Monthly Tuition Fee (Sibling Fee Category): PKR 2,000
Education and Developmental Programs
Allied School is not only focusing on academics, but they also give special attention to both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities providing students an edge over others to be a leader in their respective field of activity. The group has focused on the environment of the school, and that is why their educational setups are customized with physical infrastructures equipped with latest computers. Students are encouraged to participate in Olympics, sports and athletics where individual attention is provided to every student along with well-rounded curriculum which includes arts, language, science, mathematics, and social studies.
5. Wapda Town Public High School
This is also an affordable and unique school system available in Lahore which is providing single-gender education right from the playgroup and kindergarten classes. They have separate campuses for both boys and girls where they can attain individual study. This method is also known as Single-gender education, which is the exercise of conducting training in a manner where there are two separate buildings or classes for each girl and boys.
- Primary and Elementary School
- Junior Level / Middle Level
- High School
The school is providing education in affordable rates with good quality of education, the distribution of which is shown below:
- Primary School Fee: PKR 2000 – PKR 2500
- Middle School Fee: PKR 2500 – PKR 3000
- High School Fee: PKR 3000 – PKR 3500
6. The Knowledge School Network
This school was founded in 1990 by a group of eminent educationists, professionals, philanthropists, and industrialists when they laid the foundation of ILM also known as Institute of Leadership and Management Trust to bring in upcoming trends and varieties in training, education, and research in Pakistan. The group is offering an integrated system of quality education which takes care of all the learning needs of individual from early year of schooling until Graduate and Ph.D. levels.
TKS is providing an education with the vision which will allow students to realize their full potential. Their academics are designed in a way that everything centers around the vision of it. TKS strives to offer an environment of mutual respect to promote high expectations for all and -to equip students to become good citizens of Pakistan.
At TKS the prime focus is not only academics as they also engage their students in extracurricular activities which help in the overall development of every child. Moreover, at TKS the students also encouraged to participate in debating competition for increasing their communication skills. There are other activities such as essay writing, quizzes participation and science fair projects which help students in exploring their interests and increasing their knowledge.
- Tuition Fee per Month (Class Play Group to KG) 3,100
- Tuition Fee per Month (Class I to X) 3,000
7. The Smart School System
The smart school system is a sub-group of the city school which is enlisted as one of the leading largest private schools in Pakistan. The City School wanted to increase its reach to fulfill the hassles for quality education for every middle-class individual too. The Smart School is designed with the intention of having world-class education right here in Pakistan. The management of this subsidiary school was founded under the guidance and support of The City School; it is dedicated to providing an ideal learning environment for students so that they are not left behind in this rapidly-evolving world. They are providing education from kindergarten right up till Matriculation, inefficient and well-organized schools.
In the smart school system, there is almost the same fee structure with some minor differences inapplicable in every school branch. The fee structure of the intelligent school is as follows:
- Tuition Fee per Month Primary PKR 1800 – PKR 2300
- Tuition Fee per Month Secondary PKR 2500 – PKR 3000
Clubs and societies are designed in communities and also in school which assist students in availing opportunities which can increase their additional skills. Co-curricular activities at TSS include:
- Young Orators’ Club
- Environmental Society
- Dramatic Club
- Social Service Club
- Sports Society
- English Literary Society/Association
- Urdu Literary Society/Association
- Arts and Crafts Club
8. JPS School System
JPS school system like all other schools has separate sections for elementary students which follows middle school and then high school process. When a child is admitted in playgroup, every student is given individual attention until they reached their more senior levels. Right from their base level they are prepared both mentally and academically for the challenges and motivate them to pursue higher education.
JPS started from Lahore, and since then there is no looking back, and the school has envisioned to grown to numerous branches across Punjab. They follow the English Medium System of Matric as prescribed by the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. Their outstanding primary education at JPS has stood them in a good position in their careers.
- Kindergarten PKR 3500
- Grade 1-5 PKR 4000
- Grade 6-8 PKR 4500
- Matriculation PKR 5000
At JPS, they believe in educating the child, and that education is about more than just school-work. While they regard your child’s academic achievement as vitally important, they are equally concerned with their personal development. Hence they aim to enable all students to attain their perspective and become fully-rounded individuals, who can make a positive addition to society when they leave our care. Teachers actively encourage students to take part in the full range of sports, drama and art activities provided for them. They also offer a wide range of school trips and activity holidays which we believe will help widen our pupils’ learning experience.
9. KIPS SCHOOL SYSTEM
“Knowledge Inn Preparatory School (also called KIPS Education System) is a privatized educational system of elementary, school, high school, coaching, entry tests preparation center, tests preparation for abroad and PMS-CSS preparation. Its foundation was laid in the year of 1992 by Mr. Abid Wazir Khan in the city of Lahore with a central campus in Johar Town, Lahore. Over time, KIPS has grown into an enterprise with almost 150+ campuses in different cities of Pakistan. It is the fastest developing institution and the most credible name in offering high-quality education. They have purpose built campuses which are not only designed in a modern way but are also equipped with superb facilities. At KIPS; a student is trained and prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of life ahead.”
KIPS Pre-School aims to provide children education in their early years of learning. It has only three branches while this option is available just for the residents of Lahore.
- Fee for Pre-School: PKR 2500 – PKR 3000
“KIPS focusses on establishing a strong academic foundation of their students. They assist children in learning and educating them to polish their own self as well. There are around 20 campuses for girls & boys in diversified areas of Multan and Lahore.”
- Fee for High School: PKR 3000 —PKR 3500
“The other venture of KIPS Education system is KIPS college. It has got 20 campuses in diversified cities of Pakistan. It is responsible not only to focus on studies but to develop personal development of students as well.”
- Fee for High School: PKR 3500 —PKR 4500
10. The Trust School
The first responsibility of The Trust School system is to help the deprived and underprivileged students and help them in attaining a proper education. The school system will be providing comprehensive education along with personality development courses. The management of this school has made assured that they will take every step to provide underprivileged students to study, learn, play and explore in a clean and healthy environment free from any life distractions.
TRUST SCHOOL System aims to have nation-building through human resource development which cannot be attained without providing quality education to the teeming millions of deprived but talented children in Pakistan.
- Monthly Tuition Fee (Play Group, Nursery & Prep) Rs. 5,000
- Monthly Tuition Fee (All Other Classes) 4,700
Sports and Extracurricular Activities
The TRUST School regularly arrange Super Cricket League for keeping young students active. Moreover, they also organize Science and Art Exhibition activities to help and show new ideas of creative learning in students. The different activities which are performed here include:
- Sports and physical education
- Study Tours | Excursions
- Sports Day
- Class presentation
- Debate | Speech Competitions
- Science & Arts Exhibitions
- Foreign Trips
Considering all these models which these schools are following it can be agreed that every school system is trying their best to provide best education system to the society. The research presented above offers useful insights about the philosophy which schools are following. Presently, the most shared way of educating students is through judging their presence and academic accomplishments in a form of whole classroom, and not via individual learning. These low-cost private schools are still charging less fee from their students and providing a high level of education to them along with some blended models of learning. Previously the entire focus of education was on learning, but now this method has been rejected, and it is necessary to induce sports, arts, music, drama, writing and extra-curricular activities in the academic plan. Useful blended learning models should make it probable for students and teacher alike to apply their imagination and innovative capabilities. A small suggestion which all such schools can introduce in their system is that their course curriculum should be made more technological and digital in an operative and user-friendly manner to render successful instruction and learning. Moreover, the students’ enthusiasm level should be enhanced and boosted through various learning application tools that are engaging and fun to work with.
Based on the reviews found on different forums as well as from personal experience, The Punjab School is considered on top among private schools in Lahore, when it comes to quality education at affordable price. It is also important to mention that all the school campuses are quite large mostly in various canals with large playgrounds and sports courts. Even leading private schools in Lahore rent bungalows and provide education there. This was also one of the remarks of Chief Justice when he applied the 5000 fee rule. He remarked that “many of the private schools charging multiple thousands lack basic facilities like playgrounds etc.” So as a comparison Punjab School stands out in Low cost Private school network in Lahore.