Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah tells Education Department to prioritise development schemes

Published on December 1, 2014 at 4:30 am

Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah tells Education Department to prioritise development schemes

Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah tells Education Department to prioritise development schemes

Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah tells Education Department to prioritise development schemes

KARACHI: Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has asked the Education Department to prioritise development schemes which were supposed to be completed by the end of June, and asked the provincial Works and Services Department to expedite the pace of development work and ensure the completion of such prioritised schemes within stipulate period.

The chief minister said that the PPP government under the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto has kept the education department at the top of 5 Es programme, it was getting Rs110 billions only for the salaries component and Rs10 billion for its ADP schemes.

He said that the purpose of such a high investment was to enhance the capacity building and further raise the quality of education department to meet the global challenge of competition.

This he observed while presiding over a meeting of education department continuously on second day at CM House Karachi. Senior Minister for Education Nisar Khuro the Additional Chief Secretary Education Fazul Pechuho, Secretary to CM Allumdin Bullo, Additional Secretary Education Rehan Baloch, Tamizudding Khero PD- USAID Programme and other executive officers of other development components in education sector, attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that in addition to Sindh government, World Bank, US AID, and European Union were much interested in the development of education sector and also investing a huge amount in this regard. He said that acknowledging the achievements of the Sindh government in the education sector, the US AID has launched a five-year (2012-2018) project to build 120 schools, at it estimated. Cost of $ 165 million including $10 million share from Sindh government, similarly huge amount from provincial government and foreign component was being spent only to provide training to the teaching community to achieve standard education.

The chief minister said that proper ownership and effective monitoring mechanism could further improve the standard of education. Expressing his satisfaction over reopening of closed schools which were inherited to the PPP government, the chief minister said that efforts be made in such a way so that maximum number of closed schools be reopened. He asked the officers to conduct the survey of SSC/HSC schools, colleges and prepare proposal for upgrading HSC schools so that at least each Taluka has one degree college facility. The chief minister also inquired about the development position in the universities and asked that same should also be monitored and expedited. The chief minister said that out of annual development allocation of Rs 10 billion more than 2 billion so far have been released to education department in its 1st quarter and assured that the second quarter of ADP would be released them within week’s time. Qaim Ali Shah said that the PPP government was following the 5 Es programme left by Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto and we kept the Education department to its top priorities. The purpose was to provide qualitative/modern and market oriented education equally to all segments of society. He said that we have made exemplary achievement in education improvement, in the government sector, which could be revelled from the performance of IBA Sukkur. However still there is room of improvement. We are heading forward, and hopefully will achieve all targets with teacher-parent-student triangle approach.

Senior Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while talking in the meeting said that Sindh has 50,000 schools with 4 million students and 0.15 million teachers. He said that he is conceiving an innovative and effective system to assess the performance of teachers and to encourage the efficient and had working teachers.

He said that in addition to Sindh Government Teachers Training Programmes, the education department was also managing the other short training courses of teachers training for their capacity building. While speaking about infrastructure development components, the Sindh minister for education agreed the chief minister for giving priority to the ongoing schemes, which can be completed by end of this financial year. He said that the officers from his department with facility of P&D department and Works & Services department shortly to chalk out this schedule of development works. The Secretary Education Fazullah Pechuho briefed the meeting about the development works of the education department.

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