Sindh Education and Culture Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah said on Monday that all schools which were closed due to lack of teachers will be reopened on August 1 and the provincial government has completed the recruitment of 50,000 teachers on the basis of pure merit. .
Shah was addressing the budget session of the provincial assembly. He said the supply of furniture for around one million children will be completed by August 1. He also said that 56,056 teachers – 38,699 primary school teachers and 17,357 primary school teachers – are being recruited, adding that more than 46,000 of them have been recruited on merit through the Institute. of Business Administration after a one-time testing process.
“Induction training is underway for newly recruited teachers, while 1,200 specialist trainees, 750 music teachers and 750 art teachers are being recruited.”
He claimed that the number of out-of-school children is not genuine, as it is not as high as that reported by non-governmental organizations working in the province. Out of a total of 12 to 13 million children, 4 to 4.5 million are enrolled in schools, while the rest are studying in madrasas and other school systems, he said.
Shah said upgrading schools in terms of infrastructure is most important. In this regard, he pointed out, 600 schools have been upgraded under the Sindh Early Learning Enhancement Through Classroom Transformation project.
He said 305 schools under the annual development program and 20 under the Actions to Strengthen Performance for Inclusive & Responsive Education project have also been upgraded, while another 1,085 schools including 160 under the Actions to Strengthen Performance for Inclusive & Responsive Education project have also been upgraded. improvement of secondary education in Sindh, will be modernized.
The minister said that for the first time, five science museums will be established in Sukkur, Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas districts of the province. He said that under the school cluster policy, 1,860 clusters and 6,000 sub-clusters will be formed, in which 60 clusters have been launched as a pilot project.
In addition, the training institutes of the Department of Education – Sindh Teacher Education Development Authority, Provincial Teacher Training Institute and Teacher Training Institutes – are being restructured to the professional training of teachers, he added.
Shah said that unfortunately only the teaching profession lacks licenses. He said that discussions had taken place with the British Council, the Board of England, the Aga Khan University and other institutions on the licensing of teachers, following which a relevant policy had been formulated, as only the pedagogical qualifications of teachers can change the face of society.
The minister lamented that Khawaja Izhar called private schools a mafia, but he cannot give them the title mafia because even there our own children are getting an education. He said the Private Schools Act is a user-friendly law that provides free education to 10% of poor children and access to libraries, laboratories and playgrounds. Private schools are required to teach both Urdu and Sindhi, but many do not, he added.
He also said that for the first time they are carrying out a census of private schools for the implementation of the language law, and he will present all the figures before the House.
Shah said that all members of the assembly should each own a school. “If they do, we will have 168 schools that will be the best. Let’s leave the criticism aside, let’s own the schools. There are several stakeholders in the whole education system, but the children are absent because no one ever pays attention to them. »
He invited all members of the PA to give him the opportunity to talk in detail about education for a whole day. “All members are willing to share their concerns with me as well as the options available to me.”