KARACHI: In a bid to provide quality education to the children of Sindh, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has undertaken certain measures to make education free in the province.
He made the announcement during a meeting which was attended by Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili, Additional Secretary education Nawaz Sohu, Abdul Wahab Soomro to focus on the performance of the education department.
The Chief Minister was briefed about the dismal situation of schools in Sindh, which were without basic necessities such as water, toilets and electricity. Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili brought it to the notice of the Chief Minister that there were 11474 schools functioning without toilets, 13016 without drinking water, 1116 without boundary walls and 13158 without electricity.
He ordered Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar to personally overlook the task of construction of toilets and availability of water in schools. He also tasked the finance department to release funds for these projects.
CM Sindh also asked the Minister Education to review the curriculum which was being taught in schools across the province and urged that necessary advice be taken to improve it from experts.
“I want to overhaul the entire curriculum for which leading educationists, literary figure and other people may be involved to invite suggestions,” he said.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister also announced his ambitions of opening up a state-of-the-art teachers training academy which would produce quality teachers who would impart education to the students.
“Let us develop a cycle to produce a lot of properly-trained teachers every year,” he said.
Syed Murad Ali Shah also said during the meeting that he wanted education to be free in the public sector. He stated that students have to pay examination fee and that should also be made free for them.
Murad asked his ministers to support and help him in his quest to improve the literacy rate of Sindh and improve the quality of education in the province.
“I am ready to improve education system and improve literacy rate all over Sindh- but I need support of every individual to support me in this cause,” he said.
Syed Murad Ali Shah also announced scholarships for as many as 300,000 female students in Sindh for up to Rs 2,500-3,500 per month.