Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan School Celebrates
Chitral Times Report
KARACHI: Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan School, one of over
150 schools run by the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P),
celebrated its 50th anniversary in the presence of current and
former students, teachers and staff. The Vice Chancellor of the
University of Karachi, Professor Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, was the chief
guest at the event held at the Aga Khan University Hospital
The CEO of AKES,P, Farhan Bhayani, himself a former student of SMS
Aga Khan School, welcomed the guests and recognized the profound
impact and contribution of the teachers of the school in his
success. He further highlighted new initiatives underway at the
school which include a technology studio built to integrate
information and communication technology into the syllabus and
early childhood development programmes.
Over 40,000 students are currently enrolled in schools across
Pakistan operated by AKES,P, an agency of the Aga Khan Development
Network. The schools range from small, rural schools with less than
a 100 students to large urban ones with over 3,000 students. The
Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan School is one such large urban school
with classes ranging from the pre-primary to the secondary level.
Its students sit for their secondary school certificate through the
Aga Khan University Examination Board.
As part of the celebration of 50 years of academic service and
excellence, students from the school presented songs and tableau on
various themes. In addition, shield and merit certificates were
awarded to about 30 students that attained A1 grade in the
Secondary School Certificate Examination. A short video on the
history of the school containing the recollections of teachers and
former students was shown to the audience. It included an interview
of one of the school’s most iconic principals, Sakar Datoo, who
toured the school and noted the many changes that had occurred
since she left in the 1980s.
Named after its founder, the Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan School
was established by Aga Khan III who laid the foundation for the
present system which operates over 200 schools with the first ones
in Zanzibar and Balochistan, Pakistan, in 1905.