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