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Education is only weapon to fight against terrorism: Sindh Chief Minister

Karachi, March 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the recruitment in education department must be made on merit. “Education is the only weapon through which an effective war could be waged against terrorism. Therefore, I won’t allow any body to compromise on merit.”

This he said while presiding over a meeting of $ 66 million World Bank assisted `Sindh Global Partnership for Education (SGPE)’ programme here at the CM House today. Those who attended the meeting include Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Secretary to CM (U and B) Iqbal Durani, Secretary Education Fazalullah Pechuho, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput and others.

He said that there were still reports that over 3000 schools were closed in the province. On this Senior Minister Education Nisar Khuhro said that there were 1100 non-viable schools in the province which cannot be allowed to function. “During the tenure of General Musharraf the nazims had constructed these schools unnecessarily. In a village of 200 population four to five schools have been constructed,” he explained.

The chief minister directed the chief secretary to get a detailed list of 1100 non-viable schools buildings so that they could be given used in the public interest. “The list may be provided with necessary recommendations,” he said. The secretary education said that due to shortage of teaching staff around 2500 schools were closed all over Sindh. “We would start recruitment once the government is pleased to lift the ban,” he said.

He also added that when Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah took over for his second term 8000 schools were closed. “With the constant efforts of the government most of the closed schools have been made function and still 2500 are to be made operational,” he said.

The chief minister pointed out that most of the schools were over staffed; therefore rationalization of the staff should be made in such a way so that extra staff members of one school could be sent to the closed schools to make them operational. He directed Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro to personally supervise the rationalization process.

Talking about SGP programme, the secretary education Fazllullah Pechuho said that it was a $66 million World Bank project for which the bank has released $22 million. The objective of the programme is to establish a monitoring structure that improves performance, transparency of government school system.

He said that one of the component of the project is to establish Sindh School Monitoring System. It is designed and put in place to collect, analyse and disseminate data on key school level indicators, including student enrolment and teachers presence. Secretary education said that the data would be collected on monthly basis and collection would be carried out by independent monitors. By June 30, 2016 four monthly reports would be generated.

Senior Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro said that 225 monitoring assistants or what they can be said `supervisors’ have been selected through IBA test, as was directed by the chief minister. There would be 29 junior clerks, and 11 data processing operators and others.

The chief minister directed the education department to run the monitoring system effectively. “The purpose is put in place proper education system in which every ne, including teachers, students and play their respective responsibility,” he said and added that under the monitoring system each and every one has to be responsive.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

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