Choosing a good school in Karachi for your child can be quite overwhelming for reasons like top level security, authentic licensed schools and very important the area of the school.
Karachi is a huge city with a population of 2 crores and every corner of the street has a school with a significant strength of children.
So how do you know which one is a good school?
And every social class has a school that fits in its budget.
What to Look for in a Good School
1. Schools that Operate as ONE; not as a Franchise
There are many schools in Karachi that have up to 20-25 branches. (I won’t name them but you know the ones I’m pointing out.)
Any business man who can tap profit in the education market can rent out a bungalow and adopt the franchise.
The biggest problem with these franchise based schools is that they lack a permanent faculty, teachers come and go and they usually hire the ones who are willing to work on a low payroll.
However there are some branches of these schools which are under the management of the actual owners of the franchise.
Such branches have a better reputation, comparatively, and they maintain good standards.
2. The School Building
A well designed school building provides facilities that serves all basic purposes. A good school building raises the spirits and aspirations of the students and teachers.
An improper designed school building directly affects the students and teachers health. Pupil concentration, energy levels and mood are influenced by basic environmental factors such as natural light, air quality,noise, and temperature.
The school building is the foundation of the infrastructure of the school.
3. Playground is A Must
Don’t overlook this element.Your children spend half of the day in school, where a ground is very essential for physical training.
Fresh air, greenery and space to stretch your legs is very important for development and motivation.
Children who do physical training not only are healthier but also perform better academically.
4.Location, Location, Location
In a city like Karachi with so many uncertainties one definitely can’t afford to suffer the pain of sudden strikes,petrol strikes, long traffic jams with your children stuck far away from you.
A maximum distance of 15 minutes by car is fair enough for your peace of mind.
And bonus if the school is by walking distance.
5. Fee Structure
Good schools in Karachi have fees ranging from Rs.5,000 per month, and it goes up to to Rs.100K per month.
Every socioeconomic class does have a good school within its reach.
But if you have the desire of sending your child to a very expensive, elite school then do consider additional costs. Because its not just the school fees you pay, but after school programs, get togethers, foreign trips arranged by the school all cost money.
Note: Its not necessary that a very expensive school will guarantee good results and a low to medium range school will perform poorly.
So always plan out your budget accordingly.
Also consider security when you are looking for a school.
Main road entrance is not very safe and how proactive are the security guards and there must not be any trespassing in the school property.
CCTV cameras, armed security guards, screening of outsiders coming to school all are good security measures.
7. Follow Your Instincts
You have to physically go and search for good schools in Karachi yourself. Talk to teachers, meet the principal, check out the toilets and clear any queries.
Don’t set your mind on for, more the mouths the chances are the better it will be.
Your friends, and family are sending their children to school and that’s how they see it. Don’t let them decide.
Your own analysis and thoughts should matter most and so if you feel certain about a school, no matter what others think, then you did find a good school in Karachi for your child.
Some Important Tips:-
- Dropping and picking up your child yourself is much better then sending him by bus or van. Its more secure.
- Be acquainted with the school staff and maintain a healthy relationship with your child’s teacher.
- In case of Karachi unrest days its better to keep you children at home.