SEF ini­tia­tive to bridge gap be­tween pri­mary, post-pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI—The Sindh Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (SEF) has launched an ini­tia­tive to es­tab­lish post-pri­mary schools in a bid to bridge the gap be­tween pri­mary and post­pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince.

An of­fi­cial said that the SEF of­fi­cially launched a pro­gram here on Thurs­day to es­tab­lish mid­dle and high schools in the prov­ince in a bid to grad­u­ally bridge the huge gap be­tween pri­mary and post-pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince.

Un­der the ban­ner of the SEF, Mid­dle and High School (SMHS) Pro­gram, with the support of Sindh Gov­ern­ment’s Ed­u­ca­tion and Lit­er­acy Depart­ment, the SEF has fi­nal­ized se­lec­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 60 School Op­er­a­tors for es­tab­lish­ment of around 125 Mid­dle/High schools in Sindh. Th­ese schools are planned to be set up in ar­eas where there are no post-pri­mary schools.

It was fur­ther pointed out that with fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal support ex­tended to th­ese post-pri­mary schools, SEF would ac­com­plish en­roll­ment of 30,000 stu­dents in Phase I, mak­ing a small break-through. The over­all tar­get as­signed to the SEF un­der this pro­gram is to reach out to 200,000 stu- dents in the com­ing five years.

SEF, which is a semi-au­tonomous body work­ing un­der a Board of Gov­er­nors headed by the Chief Min­is­ter Sindh and with Se­nior Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Lit­er­acy Depart­ment as its vice chair­man, would pro­vide fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal support for es­tab­lish­ment and man­age­ment of mid­dle and high schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the SEMIS Data of the year 2014-15, 90% of the pub­lic schools in the prov­ince are pri­mary, leav­ing per­turb­ing 10% of all three types of schools com­bined, i.e. Mid­dle/Ele­men­tary, Sec-ondary and Higher Secondary. As per the data, 42,342 schools are pri­mary, 2,336 are mid­dle/ ele­men­tary, 1,752 are secondary and only 294 are higher secondary. One of the rea­sons be­hind the huge dropout ra­tio to post­pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince, as ev­i­dent from the num­bers men­tioned above, is lack of pri­mary schools.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, SEF Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Na­heed S. Dur­rani said that ‘We want to change the per­spec­tive and ap­proach to­wards ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince. We want to support es­tab­lish­ment of schools that can em­power the stu­dents’.

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