554 primary school to to be up graded in Sindh

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KARACHI (Nov 17): The Sindh school education department has selected 554 primary schools for up gradation to elementary level.

Secretary school Education Iqbal Durani giving presentation to the chief minister on Friday at CM House said that these 554 schools have been selected from all the 133 talukas. He added that among the selected schools there are boys, girls and mixed school which are being upgraded.

The chief minister had given a guideline to the school education department to upgrade those primary schools to the level of elementary which have average enrollment of 400 plus. Therefore, the department has selected 554 schools with an existing enrollment of 237,953.

The chief minister approved the construction of additional class rooms and provision of necessary facilities for 554 schools so that drop-out at class-V can be contained.

The schools selected are 98 in Larkana region, 74 in Sukkur, 69 in Mirpurkhas, 77 in Shaeed Benazirabad, 148 Hyderabad and 88 in Karachi region.

In Larkana region out of 98 selected schools 29 are boys, 28 girls and 41 mixed. In Sukkur region 17 are boys, 23 girls and 34 mixed. In Mirpurkkhas 16 are boys, 17 are girls and 36 are mixed. In Shaheed Benazirabad 23 are boys, 24 girls and 30 mixed. In Hyderabad 37 are boys, 47 girls and 64 mixed. In Hyderabad 37 are boys, 47 girls and 64 mixed and in Karachi 13 are boys, 19 girls and 56 mixed.

Secretary School Education Iqbal Durani giving details of overall 10,115 schools high priority (HP) said that they constitute 24 percent of total schools which have 68 percent enrollment while 76 percent schools have 23 percent enrollment.

He said that in the province there are 42,383 schools with an enrollment of 4,229,128. The HP 10,115 schools which are 24 percent have 2,882,623 or 68 percent of enrollment while 32,268 or 76 percent schools have 1,346,505 percent enrollment which is 32 percent of overall enrollment ratio.

The chief minister in the first phase has selected 4560 HP schools to develop their complete infrastructure within six months and in the second phase the remaining 5555 HP schools would be taken up.

Mr Durani giving more data of the HP schools told the chief minister that out of 4560 HP schools of phase one 3890 primary schools have 998,202 enrollment while  670 post primary schools have 246,780 enrollment and 557 primary schools have 400 plus enrollment which have been proposed for up gradation to elementary.

The meeting was attended by Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Principal secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, and team of school education department.

The chief minister directed Minister health Jam Mehtab dahar to personally monitor up gradation work so that the target given by him could be completed in true letter and spirit.

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