Mar 03, 2010

Sindh: Private Schools Established In Rural Sindh

Sample ImageThe Sindhi government started the second phase of a project to establish private schools throughout rural Sindh


Below is an article published by The News :

Senior Minister for Education and Literacy, Sindh, Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, inaugurated the second phase of ‘Promoting Private Schooling in Rural Sindh Project’ at a local hotel on Tuesday, March 2. The event was organised by Sindh Education Foundation (SEF).

On the occasion, Haq handed over the papers of 101 private schools to their owners. He said that the students of 50 schools will get Rs350 per head, while the female students of 51 schools will have Rs450 per month and the male students of these schools will receive Rs350 each.

Earlier, educationists and expert held a discussion on ‘Quality education in Public Sector; Need for Innovative Models’ where Advisor to Chief Minster, Sindh (Planning and Development) Kaiser Bengali delivered the keynote address.

Bengali maintained that education could not be promoted in the country during the past six decades because of lack of interest on the part of the ruling elite. “To move ahead as an honourable nation, we would have to invest in education and this investment should come from the government as part of its responsibility in this sector,” he said.

He also called for fostering interest among the local political elite towards the promotion of education. “There should be primary level examinations of students of class five and on this very basis there should be ranking of the districts. On the performance of these there should be a criterion for the provincial finance award and those districts that perform well should be given more money”, Bengali suggested.

The advisor called for the opening up of boarding schools which will help impart education to the youngsters in an effective and organized manner. He added that facilities like library, laboratory and sports should be made available.

Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister, Sharmila Farooqui said that education reforms were a gigantic task which required political commitment, bureaucratic efficiency, clarity and consistency.

She said that public private partnerships were an important strategy to strengthen and further the education and social development agenda. She emphasised the need for successful implementation of public private partnership at the national level especially for achieving Education for All (EFA).

“Our main aim is to increase opportunities through development of our youth and consequently improve the standards of living in the country. This can be achieved only through quality education,” she added.

Managing Director SEF, Professor Anita Ghulam Ali, also endorsed the idea of boarding schools and said that this would help contribute towards quality education.