Catholic Board of Education Lahore
Catholic Board of Education Archdiocese of Lahore
The Catholic Board of Education is a registered body registered with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies, Lahore Region, Lahore (vide his No. S-27/LR of 1967-68 dated 27-09-1967. The Archbishop is the Chairman of Catholic Board of Education. The Catholic Board of Education acts as the Supreme Supervisory Body for all the Catholic Educational Institutions in the Archdiocese of Lahore, which consists of 15 permanent members, who meet twice a year to discuss and evaluate the educational matters and to make decisions on all kinds of major policy matters especially regarding the provincial/federal Governments. The Board also devises ways and means by which education of the best quality is imparted in the educational institutions within the Archdiocese. It also coordinates the activities and policies of all the educational institutions within the Archdiocese through their Governing Bodies/Managing Committees. The Board also has an Executive Committee consisting of five members. This committee meets once in two months to grant scholarships to students for higher and technical education and to pursue the urgent educational issues within the Archdiocese. There are about 90 big and small English and Urdu medium schools run by the Catholic Board of Education. Most of the schools running in the rural areas are subsidized by the Catholic Board of Education to maintain their staff salaries and day to day running expenses as their fee structure is very low. The Board is also responsible to arrange Continuous Professional Development for the teachers working in the educational institutions, and also Construction/renovation of the school buildings.
Archdiocese of Lahore is the biggest among the six dioceses in Pakistan numbering around 400, 000 Catholics. The Diocese plans and promotes its Educational endeavors through Catholic Board of Education. Around 33000 children (boys and girls) of 4 years to 17 years age group are being educated in these institutions. Unfortunately, this figure does not give the clear picture of the real situation of the Diocese, as probably an equal number is still unable to get to a school. Reasons for this are many. Few major reasons are:
Lack of awareness of the need of Education
Poor economic conditions
It is against these odds that the Church tries to impart meaningful education with a curriculum geared to holistic growth. The children attending the schools of Catholic Board of Education come from a very poor class whose parents are either jobless or daily laborers. The fee charged in these schools is nominal. Consequently teachers are very poorly paid. This situation does not attract good teachers to these schools. Hence, physical facilities and the teaching standards are left much to be desired.