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New School Program


New School Program was launched as a pilot project in 2008 to engage private sector entrepreneurs in order to set up new schools in remote, distant and under-served areas of the province. NSP targets to establish schools in areas where there is access gap as government or private schools are unavailable or very few in number. Currently, NSP has 2126 schools in 36 districts of the province.

Region Wise and District Wise Number of NSP Schools

Region Districts No. of NSP Schools
Center Chiniot 37
Faisalabad 21
Gujranwala 11
Hafizabad 8
Jhang 73
Kasur 42
Lahore 17
Nankana 18
Narowal 11
Okara 31
Pakpattan 70
Sahiwal 17
Sheikhupura 15
Sialkot 11
T.T.Sing 12
Total 394
North Attock 10
Bhakkar 83
Chakwal 1
Gujrat 13
Jhelum 2
Khushab 41
M.B.Din 12
Mianwali 13
Rawalpindi 14
Sargodha 16
Total 205
South Bahawalnagar 157
Bahawalpur 168
D.G.Khan 153
Khanewal 39
Layyah 39
Lodhran 119<
Multan 109
Muzaffargarh 431
R.Y.Khan 156
Rajanpur 45
Vehari 111
Total 1527
Grand Total 36. Districts 2126

In NSP, new schools are opened at sites where no formal government or PEF school exists within 1km radius and have population of at least 350 people. Further, schools are encouraged for up-gradation in order to improve transition from one level to another. Grace period of six months is provided to the partner to meet minimum requirement of 50 enrolment, 2 classrooms, 2 teachers, drinking water and 1 toilet.

Phase Wise/Intervention Wise No. of Schools

Phase No. of Schools
I 10
II 14
III 23
IV 175
V 122
VI 207
VII 826
VIII 382
MVS 14
Brick Kiln-I 18
CDA 76
CMS 10
CSO 249
Total 2126

Salient Features

NSP not only ensures enrolment of out of school children but also retention through:

  • Providing guidelines to partners to meet minimum required standards in stipulated time
  • Assessment of students learning outcomes by administering Quality Assurance Test (QAT) once a year
  • Monitoring and evaluation in a continuum both ways; internal and external
  • Capacity building of school management and teaching staff especially targeting weak areas
  • Orientation sessions to establish a new school and keep it functional in effective way
  • Development of Students Information System SIS to track each child enrolled in NSP

Site Identification

The following procedure is adopted for site identification:

  • Potential sites are referred to NSP by School Education Department and other Govt. Departments, Public Representatives and Local Community.
  • Referred sites are evaluated through Geo spatial tools by PEF-GIS team.
  • Sites short listed by GIS team are physically verified by PEF monitors.
  • Final site selection is made on the basis of GIS and physical verification reports.


In addition to the schools affiliated with NSP in Phases I-VIII,

  • 14 Model Village Schools (MVS) are functional in 7 districts under tripartite MOU with 7 NGOs through respective district govt.
  • 249 schools are operational in district Muzaffargarh through MOU with CSO
  • 86 schools, 76 CCS and 10 CMS are operational in 3 districts of Cholistan jurisdiction under MOU with Cholistan Development Authority (CDA).
  • 18 schools are being run in district Muzaffargarh under Brick Kiln-I MOU with 3 NGOs.
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