Impact of Decentralization on Community Participation in Education Sector at District Level in Pakistan

By S. Manzoor Hussain Shah.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Through devolution plan of 2000, the public representatives at local level were empowered. The purpose behind the plan was to address the public problems at their door with their representative’s participation. In education sector, the Executive District Officers (EDOs), Education were empowered at district level for all educational activities. However, the role of the public representative was still there. The district Nazims, tehsil and union councils Nazims were given new role under the devolution plan. The present study attempted to investigate the impact of decentralization on the community participation at district level. As envisaged the system could not activate the community participation. For this study, data was collected from Executive District Officers (Education) (EDOs), District Education Officers (Secondary Education) (DEOs), Heads of Higher Secondary Schools (Heads) and Secondary Schools and Subject Specialists and Secondary School Teachers (SSs) through different questionnaires. It was found that the performance of the community representatives while tackling educational activities was not positive and up to the mark. The public representatives need training while handling educational activities.

Keywords: Educational Personals, Community Representatives, Devolution Plan, Decentralization

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.57-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.528MB).

Prof.Dr S. Manzoor Hussain Shah

Assistant Professor, Educational Planning Policy Studies and Leadership, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan

I am working as Assistant Professor in the EPPSL department for the last 16 years. I am teaching to Master and M.Phil level students. My area of interest are educational planning, Policy studies, projectization, educational research, policy priorities and issues, inservice teachers training progrms, Micro teaching skills etc.I have been working with NORAD, IMTEC, UNICEF, UNESCO in their different projects as Coordinator. I have developed different training modules for the tutors, senior tutors and teachers students of these projects. Formulation of PC-I is nother area of interest and have prepared different PC-I for NORAD, UNICEF and Governement of Pakistan. Presently I am also working as Coordinator of the Project, “Curriculum Studies and Educational Assessment” sponsored by H.E.c Pakistan.