Maktab places great emphasis on encouraging all children to gain confidence by speaking in public. There is a weekly period devoted to this activity. Public speaking opportunities are provided to all grades and all children. This year-round activity helps young children gain confidence in public speaking.
From Grade IV onwards, children can participate in inter-house competitions. The inter-house contests include Urdu poetry recitation, Urdu speech, Urdu debating, English poetry recitation, English speech, and English debating competitions.
A range of other public speaking opportunities also arise when Maktab celebrates the birth of various renowned personalities such as Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Muhammad Iqbal, Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Saadat Hasan Manto, and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Such public speaking opportunities have the additional benefit of exposing children to history and to high-quality literature.
Pakistan has a rich and diverse cultural history. It has the distinction that two of the greatest modern singers of Indian classical music: Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Roshan Ara Begum belonged to Pakistan. Lahore has been a major world city for at least a thousand years and has been a significant cultural centre throughout this time. The music programme at Maktab builds on this unparalleled legacy. The children are exposed to playing instruments such as the tabla and the harmonium from Grade IV onwards. Younger children learn to sing using age-appropriate poetry. During celebrations of world-renowned poets such as Ghalib, Iqbal or Faiz, children not only sing their poems but also play the accompanying music. This fusion of timeless poetry and classical music leaves a lasting impression on all children.