Muscat: As the election campaign for the Board of Directors of Pakistan School Muscat came to a close on Wednesday, the fourth panel in the fray was quietly confident of its chances to succeed against the more experienced competitors.
The panel comprising just three educationists who want to make a difference to the school's fortunes by raising the academic standards significantly.
"We are a small group of like-minded people who feel Pakistani schools in Oman can be run in a much better way," said Mohammed Ibrahim Farooq, one of the candidates, while talking to the Times of Oman on Wednesday.
Farooq, a lecturer in English at Majan College, is joined by Mirza Jamal Ahmed, lecturer at CBFS with Masters in IT and Abdul Qayyum, lecturer in English at a government college in Musannah.
"Keeping in view our great vision and manifesto for the PSM, we wish to steer the ship through turbulent waves to a safer harbour. If elected, we will strive to lead PSM to greater glories through our combined efforts with single-minded devotion and determination. We have a crystal clear vision for accepting the challenge of bringing about radical academic, administrative and managerial transformation for a bright and brilliant future of PSM," he added.
With a total of 19 candidates vying for the six BOD seats reserved for elected members, a close and intriguing contest is on the cards today. The other three panels are led by current chairman Javaid Iqbal Chaudhry, former chairman Shabbir Ahmed Nadeem and Adnan Shehzad, a strong aspirant to the top job.
Muhammed Zia-ul Haq Siddiqui, a former chairman of BOD, has been appointed Election Commissioner while Prof Irshad Ahmed, former PSM principal, will be the Returning Officer. The election process, to be held under the supervision of Ministry of Education officials, will also be monitored by a host of neutral observers invited by the Election Commissioner.
"The polling will start at 7.30 in the morning and will continue till 6.30 pm. We are expecting a large turnout of parents and hope to announce the result by 9pm," said the Election Commissioner while talking to the Times on Wednesday.
The PSM Board is elected for a two-year term and Thursday's election could be the most hotly contested.
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