KARACHI (Oct 24): On the directives of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah the education department has started prioritizing the high enrollment Primary Schools across Sindh with the overall objective of attending to the infrastructure and academic environment of these schools holistically for ensuring higher enrollment from April 2018 onwards and concurrently an analysis and evaluation of remaining schools is also under way.
In this regard, Secretary School Education Iqbal Durani in the light of chief minister’s directives issued in his meeting with school education department held on October 18, 2017 at CM House has submitted a detailed progress report made so far.
The report says that based on high enrollment; a list of 4000 schools have been identified having 100 & 100 plus enrollment across Sindh with more or less equitable distribution. A district-wise & Taluka-wise data has been identified together with a set of seven existing state of infrastructure/facilities such as classrooms; number of teacher; boundary wall; electricity; washrooms; furniture and availability of water and sanitation.
Secretary School education Iqbal Durani says in his report that incidentally, the Public Health Engineering department plans to provide solar Electricity to 4000 schools as such it will be in fitness to give these high priority schools to PHE Dept. The chief engineers and School Infrastructure Development (SID) Teams have been mobilized to undertake a Standard Infrastructure Design (SID) for these 4000+524 schools. It may be noted that the additional 524 elementary/secondary schools have been taken up as it is one of the World Bank requirement. In this way, it turned out to be as a singular and outstanding, “School Education Revival Intervention” of the government with visible impact.
Mr Durani has submitted a list of ‘high priority 4524 schools’ for the chief minister and further says that an implementation plan along with time line as directed by the chief minister with cost estimates and NITs will be submitted by Nov 10, 2017.
The district-wise 4524vschools identified by the education department are Badin 197, Central Karachi 153, Dadu 199, East Karachi 77, Ghotki 175, Hyderabad 221, Jacobabad 189, Jamshoro 129, Kambar-Shahdadkot195, Kashmore 166, Khairpur 187, Korangi Karachi 92, Larkana 193, Malir 106, Matiari 72, Mirpurkhas 204, Mitiari 81, NausheroFeroze-203, Sanghar 197, Shaheed Benazirabad 211, Shikarpur 195, South Karachi 65, Sujawal 84, Sukkur-191, Tando Allah Yar-154, Tando Muhammad Khan 82, Tharparkar 133, Thatta 102, Umerkot 150, West Karachi 121.
The short-term reform program announced by Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah entails a wide range of education improvement, mainly focusing on government and accountability reforms, such as school infrastructure development, school consolidation, school-specific budget, and head teacher recruitment. The outcomes of reform actions would contribute to increase enrollment and retention and target improving sector governance and accountability and strengthening administrative systems.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has set educational development as one of its key priorities; the strong commitment is demonstrated by declaring an Education Emergency in the province.
The project restructuring has been announced to provide a holistic approach to school education by focusing on 4000 primary & 524 middle/secondary schools for improvement/rehabilitation on 7 indicators (Electricity, Washrooms, Boundary Walls, Provision of Teachers, Drinking Water, and Furniture). This would increase retention and enrollment.