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CM decides to make education totally free in Sindh

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KARACHI (March 22): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to overhaul education system in public sector by taking some revolutionary measures to improve teaching skills, making education totally free, developing quality curriculum and offering scholarship for girl students so that quality education  could be provided.     
This he said while presiding over a meeting of education n department to review overall performance of the department. The meeting was attended by Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Mmon, Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili, Additional Secretary education Nawaz Sohu, Abdul Wahab Soomro, and other concerned officers.
Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili briefing the chief minister said that there were 11474 schools functioning without toilets, 13016 without drinking water, 1116 without boundary walls and 13158 without electricity. On this the chief minister said that it was quite painful for him to learn that a large number of schools, male and female are without toilet, water and electricity. “In such a suffocating atmosphere how it is possible for a student to concentrate in his education,” he asked and said “This is very serious and must be addressed seriously.”
The chief minister said that the problem of all our ills is illiteracy. “If we succeed in developing our good education system by inducting well-trained teachers, introducing decent curriculum we would be able to eliminate terrorism, crime and other evils from the society without shedding blood,” he said and added that was why he had declared educational emergency.
He directed Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar to personally go into districts and start constructing toilets and water tanks, including for drinking purposes on war footings. “I’ll urge you to take it as a challenge and provide all the missing facilities to the schools within three months,” he said and ordered finance department to release the required funds.
The Minister education told the chief minister that he has taken personal efforts and have opened 1759 schools all over Sindh where 55816 children have been enrolled so far. The chief minister expressing his happiness said that it was good job that the closed schools have been opened from which students are taking benefit.
It may be  noted that there are 351 schemes of 79.15 billion launched for development of education department. The government has allocated Rs13 billion this year. Out of 351 schemes, 140 are on-going and 211 are new.
The chief minister also directed minister education to hold a review meeting of curriculum being taught in government schools in all the classes. “I want to overhaul the entire curriculum for which leading educationists, literary figure and other people may be involved to invite suggestions,” he said and added that in the first phase mistakes must be removed from the curriculum books and by the time consultative process for overhauling or new curriculum be started.
The chief minister said that he was also working hard to establish an state-of -art teachers training academy which produce genuinely trained teachers and then induct them in schools. It was pointed oput that every year around 3000 teachers retire from service. On this the chief minister said that this shows that every year the education department needs over 3000 thousands teachers. “Let us develop a cycle to produce a lot of properly-trained teachers every year,” he said and added that education system would not develop merely with opening schools but this issue would be must be taken squarely by improving curriculum, adopting new methods of teaching and developing conducive educational.
The chief minister also gave a proposal to make education in public sector totally free. On this the chief secretary said that the education was free but the chief minister said that the students pay their examination fee which also need to be paid by government. He directed education department to work out the proposal in detail by collecting examination board –wise data of the students appear in examination. “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,” the chief minister said.
The chief minister also decided to give scholarships to over 300,000 girl students all over Sindh at a rat of Rs2500 to Rs3500 every month. This must be made in a transparent manner so that the actual fruits of this scheme could be harvested by poor parents, girl students in completing their education and the government in improving literacy ratio. 
He also directed education department to work out detailed data of each and every school on union council, taluka and district level so that teachers transfers/postings could be made on need basis.
The chief minister concluded his two day meetings on education  and also decided t keep it reviewing at least twice in a month.

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